Q&A – Cosmetic Dentistry

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Q: What causes tooth discoloration?

A: Discoloration may be the results of genetics, medication, poor oral hygiene, aging, smoking, certain foods and beverages or a combination of these factors.

Q: Is this whitening procedure safe?

A: Absolutely! When used under the supervision of your dental professional, the procedure is safe and will not harm your teeth or gums.

Q: Why brush?

A: Brushing your teeth after meals and between-meal snacks not only gets rid of the food particles that you can see, it removes plaque from your teeth. Using fluoride toothpaste is important because the fluoride can help kill bacteria, as well as make your teeth stronger.

Q: Why Floss?

A:Flossing removes plaque and food particles from between teeth and under the gum line, areas your toothbrush cannot reach. Because tooth decay and periodontal disease often start in these areas, it is important to clean them thoroughly on a daily basis.
Flossing is a skill that needs to be learned. Do not be discouraged if you find it difficult at first. With practice, you will find that flossing takes only a few minutes of your time each day.

Q: What about Mouth Rinses and Mouth Washes?

A:If used as directed, in addition to brushing and flossing, mouth rinses and mouthwashes can help to prevent tooth decay.

Q: How Often Should I See My Dentist?

A: We recommend that you come into the Office every 6 months. To maintain your Oral Health in top condition, you should see our Hygienist every 6 months. You will be recalled more often if you are prone to periodontal disease.