Frequently Asked Questions
- Your gums are swollen, puffy, and they bleed
- You have pain or swelling in your mouth, face or neck area
- You have existing fillings, crowns, implants, or denture
- Your teeth are sensitive to hot and cold
- You’re a smoker or use other tobacco products
- You have difficulty chewing and/or swallowing
- You have dry mouth
- You have a spot or sore that does not go away
- You have bad breath
- You are pregnant
- You are undergoing radiation, chemotherapy, or hormone replacement therapy
- You have a medical condition such as heart disease or diabetes
Dental x-rays are very safe. In fact, the radiation from dental x-rays is very low. It’s about the same amount of radiation you would be exposed to in a cross-country flight. In addition, during dental x-rays, you are covered with a heavy lead apron that minimizes your exposure to radiation.
X-ray’s help the dentist see things that they may not be able to see with the naked eye. Such as decay between the teeth or under existing restorations; infections in bone; periodontal (gum) disease; abscesses and cysts; developmental abnormalities; and some type of tumors. X-rays can help detect these things early on, preventing discomfort from conditions left untreated. They aid the dentist is completing a comprehensive exam and providing a complete picture of your dental needs.
Sensitive teeth can happen to anyone. Teeth become sensitive when the inner layer of the tooth, called Dentin, gets exposed. Dentin is exposed when the outer protective layer, the Enamel, starts to weaken or breakdown. There are certain things that can lead to enamel breakdown, such as brushing too hard. You should be using a soft bristle tooth brush with gentle pressure to brush your teeth. Acidic foods such as lemons, grapefruits, tomato sauce, and coffee lead to enamel breakdown. Grinding your teeth also leads to enamel wear. A nightguard can help protect your teeth from grinding and breaking down your enamel. Excessive plaque build-up around your teeth can weaken the enamel leading to sensitivity and cavities. It is recommended to brush your teeth twice a day, and floss at least once a day.
Using a fluoride mouth rinse, or a toothpaste for sensitive teeth helps. If the sensitivity is severe, your dentist may bond or seal the surfaces that are exposed.
Fluoride is a natural mineral that is found in many foods and water. Some cities have fluoride in their water system. Drinking tap water helps make sure you are getting enough fluoride. If your city does not have fluoridated water, fluoride supplements may be necessary.
No matter how old you are, if you’re not getting enough fluoride, you are at risk of tooth decay. Fluoride mineralizes enamel, strengthening it so that it is resistant to tooth decay and acid erosion.