Why is visiting the dentist so important?
Not only will visiting the dentist keep your teeth and mouth healthy, it will contribute to maintaining your overall health. Dental care is essential in preventing problems such as tooth decay, bad breath, and gum disease. Additional benefits gained from regular dental cleanings and dental visits include longer lasting teeth and a whiter, brighter smile. Schedule your appointment with Weninger Dentistry to begin experiencing the advantages of friendly, quality dental care.
If I am not having problems with my teeth, do I still need to see a dentist?
Though your teeth may feel fine, you may have issues that are not yet causing symptoms, which will cause pain and problems later. Regular check-ups, ideally every six months, will allow your dentist to discover a compromised tooth or developing gum issues early on, before they have a chance to develop into serious problems. Schedule your appointment with Weninger Dentistry to make sure any dental issues you may have are being addressed.
How do I choose the right dentist?
In addition to finding a dentist with the right credentials, the dental office you choose should provide you with comfort and confidence, so that your dental visits will be a positive experience. At Weninger Dentistry, we are committed to providing experienced, knowledgeable dental care with a personalized and caring approach.
Some important advantages your dentist office should offer you include:
- Easy appointment scheduling
- Office that is clean, orderly, and organized
- Dentist and office staff that spends time with you, without making you feel rushed
- Information about cost presented before treatment is scheduled
- Your dentist should be a member of the ADA (American Dental Association)
What are the best ways to take care of my teeth between dental checkups?
Some suggestions for optimizing your dental health between dental visits include:
- Brush your teeth two to three times a day, and try to floss at least once per day
- Be sure to use a fluoride-based toothpaste to help prevent cavities.
- Avoid foods with a lot of sugar and refrain from using tobacco
- Gently brush your tongue to remove plaque-causing bacteria
Regular dental check-ups should be scheduled very six months. Don’t miss your next visit! Schedule your appointment with Weninger Dentistry today.
When should children start seeing the dentist?
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) children should begin having dental visits as early as six months of age and no later than one year of age. This is when a child’s baby teeth begin to appear, so it is a good idea to have your dentist examine these first few teeth. Following the first visit, your dentist can help determine when your child’s next visit should be. Schedule an appointment with Weninger Dentistry to begin care for the little smiles in your family!
How often should I see the dentist?
No matter what age, everyone should all see the dentist for a regular check-up at least once every six months. During this check-up, your teeth will be cleaned and checked for issues. More frequent visits may be recommended for patients who are at a greater risk for oral cancer or gum disease. Schedule your appointment with Weninger Dentistry for a check and to discuss the best dental health treatment and check-up schedule for you.
What things will be checked during my regular six month visit?
Your check-up typically begins with a review of your overall health, including the status of any current medical conditions, new medications, recent illnesses, and other factors that will provide insight to your overall health and dental health. A check-up usually also includes:
- Diagnostic x-rays (radiographs) – necessary for detecting tooth decay, tumors, and bone loss. X-rays also help reveal tooth and root positions. Typically 4 x-rays known as bitewings will be taken, once per year. Every 3-5 years a full mouth series of x-rays will be done.
- Oral cancer screening – the face, mouth, neck, throat, and gums will be checked for any indications of oral cancer.
- Gum disease evaluation – the gums and bone around the teeth will be examined for any signs of periodontal disease.
- Evaluation for tooth decay – teeth will undergo a surface inspection for decay with the aid of special dental instruments.
- Examination of existing restorations – check current fillings, crowns, and other dental work.
- Tartar (calculus) is removed– the hardened plaque that develops on the tooth over time is safely removed with special dental instruments.
- Removal of plaque – plaque is comprised living bacteria, food debris, saliva, and must be removed to prevent gum inflammation and periodontal disease.
- Teeth polishing – a final step that removes any remaining surface plaque or stains, and leaves you with a bright smile
- Oral hygiene recommendations – review of current tooth and gum conditions, which may include recommendations for the modification of oral hygiene routines.
A thorough dental exam and cleaning involves a number steps, which are important to your overall health. We are dedicated to providing you with the best possible care with regular check-ups and cleanings. Schedule your appointment with Weninger Dentistry today!
What is involved when a cavity is filled?
A hole that forms inside the tooth because of tooth decay is referred to as a cavity. Cavities develop when plaque and bacteria on the outside of the tooth combines with sugar from food, producing an acid that erodes tooth enamel. Left untreated, a cavity will lead to more serious oral health issues. Treatment of cavities involves the removal of all decay and then the placing of a synthetic material filling into the clean cavity. In most cases, the mouth is numbed with an anesthetic, so the process of filling a cavity is not felt by the patient. Fillings can be made from a variety of different materials, including composites, gold, or ceramic. If you need a filling and would like to discuss the process and your options further, schedule your appointment with Weninger Dentistry today!
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease, also referred to as gum disease, is primarily caused by plaque and bacteria buildup that is overlooked and left untreated in its early stages. Other factors that contribute to the onset of periodontal disease include tobacco use, teeth grinding, certain medications, as well as genetics. Gingivitis is considered an early stage of gum disease, which is treatable if detected. Left untreated, gum disease will advance and lead to tooth and bone loss, which is a permanent condition.
Brushing your teeth regularly and seeing the dentist every six months will help reduce the risk of periodontal disease. Common signs of gum disease include:
- Irritated, bleeding, or swollen gums
- Consistent bad breath
- Tooth loss
- Extreme sensitivity
- Receding gum line
- Abscessed teeth
If you have any of these symptoms, don’t put off treatment! Schedule your appointment with Weninger Dentistry today.
If a patient has braces, is it still necessary to have dental checkups every six months?
It is especially important for patients receiving orthodontic treatment to visit their dentist regularly. Braces can increase the likelihood of food being trapped in places that a toothbrush can’t reach, causing bacteria to build up and create cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Weninger Dentistry will work closely with your orthodontist to make sure that your teeth stay clean and healthy while wearing braces. Schedule your appointment today!
I know dental health is important, but I am extremely fearful of going to the dentist. What should I do?
You are not alone. Statistics show that a significant number of people avoid going to the dentist due to anxiety or fear. The first step in beginning dental care is to talk to the dentist you intend to entrust with your care. The most effective way to cope with dental anxiety is to candidly discuss your fears with your dentist. Once your dentist understands your fears, he or she will be better able to determine the best ways to make you less anxious and more comfortable. If the dentist doesn’t take your fear seriously, don’t settle for treatment in that office.
Weninger Dentistry offers many options to help reduce fear, anxiety, and pain. Our goal is not only to provide you with the best treatment, but to do so in a way that is always respectful of your concerns. We make it a priority to be sure you feel confident and comfortable about your treatment, and we will treat you like family.
If you have being putting off a dental visit due to fear of dental procedures, we will provide you with the special, caring approach you need, including the option and benefits of sedation dentistry. Schedule your appointment with Weninger Dentistry today!
Are amalgam-type fillings considered safe?
Recently, concerns have been raised about silver-colored fillings, also known as amalgams. Since amalgams contain the toxic substance mercury, it is believed that they may be responsible for causing a number of diseases, including autism, Alzheimer’s disease, and multiple sclerosis. While many authorities, including the American Dental Association (ADA), consider link between mercury-based fillings and disease to be unfounded, many people continue to be concerned.
At Weninger Dentistry, we respect concerns regarding the use of metal fillings, and offer our patients non-amalgam or mercury-free dentistry. For this we use new advanced composite fillings made of tooth-colored materials, which are metal-free and BPA-free. Comprised of plastic and glass particles, composite fillings bond solidly to the tooth to provide a long-lasting restoration.
Composite fillings offer a cosmetic benefit over traditional metal fillings in the ability to match your natural tooth color. Composite fillings are hardened by applying a high intensity blue light, so only a few seconds are required for the materials to set. To learn more about how you can benefit from composite fillings, schedule your appointment with Weninger Dentistry today!
What are dental sealants and who should get them?
The primary purpose of sealants is to protect teeth and prevent tooth decay. They are applied to the chewing surfaces of teeth ( usually the back teeth) to create a thin, protective coating. The sealant quickly bonds into the depressions and groves of the teeth forming a shield or barrier over the enamel of each tooth.
Sealants are most often used for children, to protect permanent molars and premolars as soon as they emerge. While the dental sealants are most often applied to teeth during the cavity-prone years of ages 6 to 14, adults without decay or fillings in their molars may also benefit from sealants.
To learn more about the benefits of dental sealants, schedule your appointment with Weninger Dentistry today!
How safe are dental X-rays?
While exposure to radiation is a legitimate concern, dental x-rays are typically not problematic because the dose of radiation to which a patient is exposed during X-rays is extremely small.
Advances in dentistry have lead to much lower radiation levels in today’s X-rays. Though not actually necessary with modern dental X-ray machines, lead-lined, upper-body aprons shields are used to shield the body from radiation as an extra level of pecaution. In addition, federal law requires that X-ray machines be checked for accuracy and safety every two years, with some states requiring more frequent checks.
At Weninger Dentistry, we are always happy to discuss your concerns regarding health and safety! Schedule your appointment with Weninger Dentistry today!