Frequently Asked Dental Questions
Get Answers to Your Dental Questions with Goeringer Family Dentistry
Question: Why should I go to the dentist regularly?
Answer: It is important to visit the dentist regularly to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy. During your visit, the dentist, assistant, or hygienist will clean the teeth and remove plaque and tartar buildup. We recommend that all patients have a standard teeth cleaning once a year. Call Goeringer Family Dentistry today at (570) 675-3646 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.
Question: Why should I floss? Is brushing not enough?
Question: How can I get my children to brush their teeth?
Question: How can I prevent cavities?
Question: Why does the dentist take x-rays?
Question: What is fluoride? Why is it important?
Question: What are cavity-fighting sealants?
Question: What are the dangers of oral piercings?
Question: If I knock out a tooth, can it be saved?
Answer: A knocked out tooth can be re-implanted but the long term prognosis is questionable. This is mostly done in children and teens.
Question: What causes morning breath?
Question: How can I treat sensitive teeth?
Question: What is periodontal disease?
Answer: Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, occurs when the gum and bone that support the teeth are inflamed. Two common gum diseases include:
Gingivitis: inflames the gums at the neck of the teeth
Periodontitis: affects the bone and tissue of the teeth
Question: How long will my teeth stay white after teeth whitening treatment?
Question: Do whitening toothpastes work?
Question: What causes canker sores?
Answer: Some possible causes of canker sores include the following:
Ongoing gum disease
Most canker sores clear on their own in one to four weeks. Treatments can include mouth rinses, pastes, and medication.
Question: Is smokeless tobacco harmful?
Answer: Smokeless tobacco increases the chance of developing or dying of heart disease, stroke, and dental and gum disease. The sugar and other irritants in smokeless tobacco products can increase the risk of cavities, wearing down of teeth, stains, bad breath, receding gums, and bone and tooth loss.
Question: What should I do about bleeding gums?
Answer: If you suffer from sore and bleeding gums, it is best to follow these rules:
Brush and floss your teeth regularly
Rinse your mouth with hydrogen peroxide or salt water
Decrease stress levels
Take supplements or eat more Vitamin C and Vitamin K-enriched foods
Eat a low-carb diet
Drink green tea
Question: I have dentures. Is it still necessary for me to see the dentist?
Answer: Those who have full dentures may feel that they no longer need to visit the dentist regularly or after their dentures fit; however, that is not the case. When visiting the dentist after dentures, they will remove the denture and check the health of the tissue under it. If any sore spots exist, we can adjust the dentures. An oral cancer screening exam is also an important part for denture wearers, as many who lose their teeth are older and may be at a greater risk for oral cancer.
Ill-fitting dentures can lead to poor nutrition if the patient’s dentures do not fit and function properly. Regular periodontal care can also extend the life of dentures.
Question: I am undergoing chemotherapy/radiation for cancer treatment. How will this affect my mouth?
Question: I just found out I am pregnant – how will that affect my mouth?
Question: Why should I consider dental implants?
Question: Which is better: a manual toothbrush or an electric one?
Question: Is it still safe for amalgam fillings? Or should they be replaced with composite?
Question: When should I take my child for their first dentist visit?
Answer: You should take him or her to their first dental visit by the time they celebrate their second birthday.
Question: I am afraid to go to the dentist. What can I do?
Question: How do dental bridges work? What is a conventional fixed bridge or a Maryland bridge?
A bridge is made of two crowns, one on each tooth on either side of a gap. These two anchor teeth have a false tooth placed in between and fill the gap.
A Maryland bridge attaches to the backside of the teeth with adhesive to provide a natural looking false tooth. This bridge is not cemented to the adjacent teeth, but is bonded via the back of the adjacent teeth with special resin or metal wings.
Question: Do you do root canals?
Answer: Goeringer Family Dentistry in Dallas, PA, does root canal therapy. Root canals are done in three visits and are accepted by most insurances. If the dentist cannot perform the root canal, we will refer the patient to an endodontist who works in collaboration with the dentist. This depends on the type of tooth and shape of the roots. Root canals are done in one to three visits depending on the complexity of the problem.
Question: What type of cosmetic dentistry is done at Goeringer Family Dentistry in Dallas?
Answer: Cosmetic teeth whitening: This service can brighten and whiten your teeth.
Veneers: Veneers are designed from thin porcelain or composite, and cemented to the front of the tooth. This works to help the appearance of damaged, misshapen, or discolored teeth.
Dental implants: Designed to replace missing teeth, implants are generally made of titanium and surgically placed in the jawbone. The dental implants act as the tooth root, many choose these over crowns, bridges, or dentures.
Dental crowns: Also called caps, cosmetic dental crowns are custom-made to fit over your whole tooth. These crowns are made from acrylic or porcelain that has been fused to metal to withstand pressure.
Teeth shaping: The dentist can reshape the tooth by filling or removing some of the enamel.
Tooth bonding: The dentist bonds a tooth-colored resin to the teeth to repair or perfect stained, broken, or chipped teeth.
Orthodontics: Orthodontics are not only for children. Braces or other appliances can help adults with crooked teeth. Call Goeringer Family Dentistry in Dallas, PA, to learn more.