Q:            Which is better: a manual toothbrush or an electric one?

A:            Comparisons have been made between power-assisted (electric) toothbrushes and manual toothbrushes to look at the ability of each to remove plaque and prevent or reduce calculus (tartar) buildup, thus reducing gingivitis (gum disease). These research studies have shown both powered and manual toothbrushes to be equally effective when used correctly. So probably, in practical terms, which brush you use is not the critical factor, but how you use it.


Q:         When should a child have his or her first dental appointment?

A:            The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that a child have his or her first oral health exam appointment around age one.  We will begin cleaning them twice a year starting at age three.


Q:         How do I get rid of bad breath?

A:            That depends on what is causing it. Often, bad breath results from poor oral health, and sometimes people are not aware that they are not performing oral hygiene as effectively as they could be. A dental hygienist or dentist will be able to evaluate your oral health procedures and make recommendations for improvement.  These professionals will be able to recognize any associated problems that might be contributing to an unpleasant mouth odor. If it turns out that the problem isn’t in the mouth, a physician appointment is advisable. Sinus problems, stomach problems, certain foods and medications, and other factors can contribute to bad breath.


Q:              Is drinking a lot of soda bad for the teeth?

A:            Yes, any sugar containing beverage can increase the risk of tooth decay. Drinking soda with frequent sips throughout the day is more harmful than drinking it all at once in one sitting. The reason is that every time the sugary solution contacts the teeth, bacteria in the mouth can use that sugar to create damaging plaque acids. These acids cause dental cavities. If you drink soda, you should brush your teeth immediately afterwards.


Q:            What is the best kind of dental insurance?

A:            It is not possible for us to tell you what kind of insurance is best for you or your family.  It will be different on a case-by-case basis.   Some patients who have on going oral health issues may find a larger policy more beneficial.  Most if these insurance policies are best purchased through an employer or through a retirement program.  However some patients are better suited to just pay out of pocket for routine treatment if there is not a history of oral health issues.  We are always glad to answer any questions you may have about a policy that you are interested in purchasing.


Q:            How often should I see the dentist

A:            Usually two times during the year is enough for most people. You should discuss your oral health with the dentist and our hygienist and together decide the best schedule for you personally.   Research shows that regular professional cleaning may reduce the risk of dental caries (cavities) and periodontal (gum) diseases. Some dental conditions require more frequent monitoring and intervention; some require less.   Regular visits to the dentists will ensure long lasting dental health and an attractive smile.