Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why are dental X-rays needed?

    Why are dental X-rays needed?

    In dentistry, no mouth is the exact same. In order for our professionals to assess your individual needs, an x-ray helps identify any underlying signs of bone loss or gum disease that can be undetectable from the naked eye. It is typical for new patients to undergo a full set of dental x-rays to assist with an image of their oral health status. In order to help with future comparisons, we may request additional x-rays during follow-up visits in order to determine what treatment will be needed as well as to identify any conditions that may require prevention.

  • What is the cause of bad breath?

    What is the cause of bad breath?

    When breath has an unpleasant odor, it is known as “halitosis”. Depending on the cause, the odor can occur occasionally, but it has been known to become more of a long lasting problem with some people.

    The mouth contains millions of bacteria, and the back of the tongue is where condensation of bacteria can occur. The bacteria that accumulates on the back of the tongue has been identified as a primary cause of bad breath.

    Although bad breath and the accumulation of odor forming bacteria can be considered a common problem there are many causes of why frequent halitosis can be occurring, such problems could be:

    Poor dental hygiene- If brushing and flossing is not conducted on a regular basis, bacteria and plaque can begin to form in hard to reach places. If this is the situation, poor dental hygiene can eventually lead to much more serious problems.

    External sources – Smoking, chewing tobacco, drinking coffee, tea, or wine are just some of the causes of regularly occurring bad breath. These activities can also lead to the discoloration of teeth.

  • What is plaque and how is it bad?

    What is plaque and how is it bad?

    Plaque constantly forms on teeth, it is a clear film of bacteria that builds in hard to reach areas such as between the teeth and in the lines of your gums.

    When allowed to accumulate the plaque can irritate the gums, eventually leading to certain gum diseases such as gingivitis. Research has provided evidence that gum disease has been linked to many health problems including stroke, heart disease, pneumonia, and even pregnancy complications.

    Plaque can be removed with regular brushing and flossing twice daily along with your dentists help with tartar removal. Early stages of gum disease are often unnoticed and by the time you begin to feel pain or irritation, it may already be too late to focus on prevention. Regular checkups can assist to prevent plaque and tartar buildup and many other dental complications that may become costly when treatment becomes necessary.