Why should I visit the dentist regularly?
We invite you to visit our office whenever you notice a problem. However, it is also important to make time to visit our dentist regularly. Regular exams and cleanings can help prevent future dental problems and, over time, save you money. The ADA recommends that you visit a dental professional twice every year. To make an appointment for a cleaning and exam, call 714.823.3344.
Why do I need to floss?
While brushing helps keep some of the tooth surface clean, flossing gets the areas that cannot be reached by a tooth brush. Brushing cleans the visible, outside surfaces of the tooth and flossing gets those areas that are beneath the gum tissue and in-between teeth.
How often should I brush and floss?
The American Dental Association recommends that patients brush their teeth twice a day, especially in the evening, before bed. OS Dental recommends that our patients use an ADA-approved toothpaste and toothbrush with soft bristles. To help keep your gums and teeth healthy, it is important to floss every day as well.
How safe are dental X-rays?
Dental X-rays are designed to be as safe as possible and are mandated by law to be checked for safety every other year. The machines themselves expose the patient to less radiation than simple sunlight. Digital X-ray imaging also helps lower the exposure to radiation even more.
I’m terrified to visit the dentist – what can I do?
If you are nervous visiting our dentist, please let our office know. Many people suffer from dental anxiety and our practice strives to help patients feel as comfortable as possible. Ask our team today about how we can help you feel at ease at your appointment.
When should my child visit the dentist for the first time?
Most institutions recommend that parents schedule their child’s first appointment after their first tooth appears — between six months and one year. Appointments help make sure that their teeth and gums stay healthy and that your child feels comfortable visiting the dental office.
When will my baby start getting teeth?
Children usually start developing teeth when they are still in the womb. However, the teeth first start to appear between six and ten months after birth.
Why are primary teeth important?
Primary teeth are the first teeth that appear in children (also known as “baby teeth”). Keeping these teeth healthy helps prevent future problems and helps your child speak, chew and develop their adult teeth properly. If you would like to learn more, call 714.823.3344 to speak with our office.
What is cosmetic dentistry, and how can it help me?
Cosmetic dentistry improves the appearance of your smile. Teeth whitening, orthodontics, veneers and tooth-colored restorative work are often considered “cosmetic” treatments. Contact our office today to find out how these treatments can improve your smile!
I’ve lost a tooth. What are my options for replacing it?
When a patient has lost a tooth, our office provides many ways for our dentist to restore your smile. Some common restorative treatments include: dental bridges, dentures (complete or partial) and dental implants. Dr. Elizabeth Kim will complete a restoration examination and determine what treatment will best fit your needs.
What is a root canal?
Root canals treat damage that occurs inside of the tooth. During this treatment our dentist will remove damaged tissue, clean the site and repair the tooth using a biocompatible material and restoration treatment. Throughout your root canal, our dentist will do her best to make sure you feel as comfortable as possible.
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontic treatments help improve the alignment of a patient’s teeth, bite and jaws. Orthodontists have received dental school training, along with two to three years of orthodontic training.
When should my child receive their first orthodontic screening?
To help ensure that your child’s teeth develop properly, orthodontic institutions recommend young patients come in for their first orthodontic examination around age seven. By this time, our dentist can examine the erupted teeth and come up with an early treatment plan.
Am I too old for orthodontic treatment?
No patient is too old for orthodontic treatment and many adults receive treatment. Any patient with healthy teeth and gums can undergo braces or other orthodontic treatments.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is a disease that primarily affects the gum tissue. It starts an infection in the gums (known as gingivitis), but then can spread and cause damage to the dental and even boney tissue. It is important to catch signs of gum disease early and visit our dentist regularly for check-ups.
What causes periodontal disease?
Periodontal, or gum disease, happens when bacteria and plaque gather on the surface of the tooth. When this hardens and becomes calculus, it can start to spread more quickly and cause the soft tissue of the mouth to form pockets.
What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease has many different stages. It is first characterized by swelling, redness and slight bleeding of the gums. This can worsen and the soft tissue can start to pull away and form pockets between the gums and the teeth. A patient may suffer from pustules, sores, bad breath or shifting in the teeth. Please contact our office at 714.823.3344 if you have any of these symptoms.
What do I do if I have bad breath?
There are many different causes of bad breath, known also as halitosis. While many people experience it in the morning or after eating aromatic foods, persistent bad breath can also be caused by poor dental hygiene, tooth decay, gum disease or ill-fitting appliances. Dry mouth conditions, tobacco, illness or missing meals may also cause halitosis.
Keeping hydrated, brushing and flossing, using an oral rinse and avoiding tobacco can help address bad breath. However, if you have difficulty addressing the cause of your symptoms, come in for an appointment with our dentist.