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Below are some of the most frequently asked questions patients have about dentistry and oral health issues.  If you have any other questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, we would love to hear from you.

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Q: What should I do if I have bad breath?

Q: How often should I brush and floss?

Q: Are amalgam (silver) fillings safe?

Q: How often should I have a dental exam and cleaning?

Q: How can I tell if I have gingivitis or periodontitis (gum disease)?

Q: Why is it important to use dental floss?

Q: How can cosmetic dentistry help improve the appearance of my smile?

Q: What are porcelain veneers and how can they improve my smile?

Q: What can I do about stained or discolored teeth?

Q: My teeth are sensitive when I drink something cold or sweet, why?

Q: My tooth has been sensitive to temperature for a while and presently aches spontaneously and has even woken me up in the middle of the night. What is going on and how can this be problem be mended?

Q: I knocked out a tooth, what do I do?

Q: When I floss or brush my teeth, my gums bleed. What's going on?

Q: I've just chipped my tooth, what do I do?!

Q: My cap is loose (or has fallen off), what do I do?

Q: My teeth are not temperature sensitive but when I bite down on something I get a sharp shock-like pain?

Q: What should I look for when choosing a dentist?

Q: What happens if I miss a dental appointment?

Q: What is the best way for me to prevent cavities in myself and in my children?

Q: How often should I change my toothbrush?

Q: Do I really need to floss my teeth?

Q: Are routine dental x-rays safe & necessary?

Q: What is teeth bleaching /whitening?

Q: Do I need a "cleaning" appointment every six months?

Q: Are fluoride treatments effective for adults?

Q: When should children have their first dental appointment?

Q: What exactly is Gingivitis, and what causes it?

Q: What is the best prevention for Gingivitis?

Q: How is Gingivitis treated?

Q: How are Periodontal Disease and Gingivitis related?

Q: What should I know about dental treatment during pregnancy?

Q: What is the normal eruption sequence of baby teeth?

Q: When is it appropriate to pull a baby's teeth?

Q: What are dental Sealants?

Q: Can children get too much fluoride?

Q: When is it the right time to seek the services of an orthodontist?

Q: Why should I have orthodontic treatments now?

Q: Why do I need root canal treatment?

Q: Does a root canal therapy hurt?

Q: What are dental implants?

Q: Why do I need dental implants?

Q: What are some of the symptoms of TMJ (TMD)?

Q: How is TMJ treated?

Q: What is an impacted wisdom tooth and what can I do about them?

Q: What is a crown and/or bridge?

Q: What is Zoom! tooth whitening?

Q: How long does Zoom! Chairside Whitening take?

Q: How does the Zoom! In-office system work?

Q: What will I experience during the Zoom! In-Office Procedure?

Q: How long do the results last?

Q: Are there any side effects?

Q: What causes tooth discoloration?

Q: Do many people whiten their teeth?

Q: Who may benefit from tooth whitening?

Q: Is tooth whitening safe?

Q: What is Invisalign?

Q: How does Invisalign work?

Q: What are the primary benefits of Invisalign?

Q: What are Invisalign aligners made of?

Q: What do Invisalign aligners look like?

Q: Is Invisalign a new way to straighten teeth?

Q: How old is the Invisalign company?

Q: How old is the Invisalign technology?

Q: How many patients are being treated with Invisalign?

Q: Do doctors need special training in order to use Invisalign?

Q: How does Invisalign effectively move teeth?

Q: Has the FDA cleared Invisalign?

Q: What is Invisalign Express?

Q: What is composite/resin bonding and what does its procedure entail?

Q: What are veneers used for and what's the difference between veneers and crowns?

Q: First off, what are inlays and onlays and secondly, what's the difference?

Q: Crowns and veneers...aren't they the same?

Q: What does a bridge do? What does it even look like?

Q: What is Bruxism? What causes it and how can it be prevented?

Q: What is TMD? How do I know I have it? Is it treatable?

Q: I recently had my tooth exctracted---now what?

Q: What is "dry socket"? What are its causes and how can I prevent it?

Q: What should I do after I get my white fillings?

Q: What do I do proceeding a cosmetic treatment?

Q: What do I do proceeding a root canal therapy?

Q: What is a temporary crown or bridge used for?

Q: What is equilibration and how does it work?

Q: What is bottle syndrome? How does it occur and how can it be prevented?

Q: How can I keep my child's teeth healthy?

Q: I'm afraid of going to dentist--how can I relax?


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