Frequently Asked Questions
Why does my breath smell bad?
Bad breath is usually caused by bacteria build up inside the mouth. Brushing and flossing alone may not prevent this problem. Factors such as, gum disease, dry mouth, infection, tooth decay can also cause bad breath.
I didn’t bite on anything hard but why are my teeth chipped?
Chipped teeth may be caused by severe grinding, especially when you’re asleep or clenching when you are awake. We recommend for you to visit your dentist and have a thorough check up and recommendation.
My tooth is not hurting, but why does my dentist say I need a filling for decay?
Decays can sometimes go unnoticed and may not show symptoms of pain until the decay has already reached the nerve and becomes a root canal. Don’t wait until it starts hurting and/or swelling to have it fixed because it may be too late where your tooth is unable to be savage.
I heard that Amalgam (silver) fillings contain mercury that can cause health hazard?
Amalgam fillings are silver fillings used to fill in cavities. Yes, there is some level of mercury in amalgam fillings however, the amount is proven to be safe for adults and children by the FDA. There have been no risks and/or health relations between dental amalgams and health factor.
Why does my gum bleed whenever I brush?
Bleeding or sore gums can be a sign of gingivitis, an early and reversible stage of gum disease, or simply the result of brushing too hard or starting a new flossing routine. If your gums bleed regularly, or enough to worry you, make an appointment with your dentist, it could be a sign that something else is wrong.
Why are my teeth sensitive whenever I drink/eat something hot/cold?
Sensitive teeth can be the result of tooth decay, fractured teeth, worn fillings, gum disease, worn tooth enamel or an exposed tooth root due to gum recession. Treatment will depend on the source of sensitivity. If you’re concerned about the sensitivity of your teeth , see your dentist for diagnosis and treatment options.
I brush regularly but why are my teeth still yellow?
Over time your teeth can become stained and change color. This is often the result of eating certain foods, such as coffee or tea, smoking, aging, genetics, injury, or certain medications. Whitening options can include over the counter or in office treatments. Check with your dentist about your options for stain removal.
How much radiation will I be exposed to if I get an x-ray?
According to the American Dental Association, dental x-ray exposures have minor effects compared to the daily electronics we use such as phones, TV, microwaves, etc. Dental x-ray radiations are among the lowest radiation compared to all other x-ray procedures such as chest x-rays and mammograms. Please be advised that having dental x-rays as recommended will provide your dental provider with better sources for a more accurate diagnosis.
When can I start bringing my child in for his/her dental visit?
We recommend parents to start bringing their children in for routine dental checkup as early 6 months old – the time frame where the child’s will experience their first tooth arrival!
How often should I visit the dentist/get my teeth cleaned?
You should at least get your teeth professionally cleaned every 6 months. Many things may occur to your oral health within those months, and if there are any problems, it is best to visit your dentist at least twice per year to prevent any problems from occurring!
Why do my child’s teeth have to be filled if they’re just going to fall out in a few years?
Decayed baby teeth will lead to severe pain and infection if left untreated. Such infections will increase the decay causing bacteria in the mouth and will result in an increased risk for growing adult teeth to develop future cavities.