Do I really need a dental exam and cleaning?
You should have your teeth checked and cleaned at least twice a year, though your dentist or dental hygienist may recommend more frequent visits. Regular cleaning visits are essential in preventing dental problems and maintaining the health of your teeth and gums. At these visits, your teeth are cleaned and checked for cavities. Additionally, there are many other things that are checked and monitored to help detect, prevent, and maintain your dental health.
Do I need to extract my wisdom tooth?
These days it seems like having wisdom teeth extracted is practically a rite of passage for many young adults. This surgery typically carries low risks but can be very rewarding, because extracting hard-to-clean wisdom teeth early can prevent painful problems later on. At MS Smiles Dental we will get an oral surgeon to help you. We will work together to determine if and when wisdom tooth extraction may be the right choice for you, and then provide the best possible care in a comfortable and supportive environment.
How often should I brush and floss?
You already know this. But a lot of them ignore the importance of Brushing and flossing that help control the plaque and bacteria that cause dental disease. Plaque is a film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva that sticks to the teeth and gums. The bacteria in plaque convert certain food particles into acids that cause tooth decay. Also, if plaque is not removed, it turns into calculus (tartar). If plaque and calculus are not removed, they begin to destroy the gums and bone, causing periodontal (gum) disease. Plaque formation and growth is continuous and can only be controlled by regular brushing, flossing, and the use of other dental aids.