Our dental team and dentists in North Conway and Gorham, New Hampshire, do their best to answer any and all questions patients may have before, during and after their treatment. Here, we have provided a few answers to commonly asked questions from our patients. Reach through the questions below and don't hesitate to call or stop by North Country Dental in person.
Many people only visit the dentist when they have a noticeable problem. While they may think that they are saving money, the reality is that the treatments to repair and restore their teeth and smiles cost more money and time than it does to visit the dentist at regular intervals. Visiting the dental office regularly ensures that you receive preventive care to stop problems in the earliest stages of development, and to hopefully prevent them from developing in the first place. Your dentist can monitor your oral health and help you learn the best ways to care for your teeth so that they remain healthy. You should visit the dentist twice each year.
Brushing your teeth will clean the surfaces of your teeth, but will not reach the areas between the teeth or below the gum line. Flossing ensures that plaque and bacteria are removed from your mouth before they can cause damage to your teeth.
You should brush at least twice each day. It is especially important that you brush your teeth before going to bed. Use an ADA-approved soft-bristled toothbrush, and fluoridated toothpaste. You should floss daily. We also recommend that you use a mouth rinse. Contact our office if you have questions.
Dental X-rays are extremely safe. In fact, you are exposed to less radiation with dental X-rays than you are in your day-to-day life from the sun. Advances in dentistry continue to make dental X-rays safer through digital imaging technologies and higher-speed X-rays. Additionally, federal law requires that X-ray machines be checked for safety and accuracy every 2 years.
Please speak with our team. We take your fear seriously, and will work with you to help you feel more comfortable in our office. There are many strategies that we can use to help lessen anxiety and fear. These include medications to number treated areas, sedation dentistry, the use of lasers instead of drills in your treatment, and a variety of techniques to reduce anxiety and mind/body pain (guided imagery, deep breathing, biofeedback, acupuncture, etc.). There are also dentophobia clinics and support groups available.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children visit the dentist for the first time about 6 months after their first tooth erupts, or no later than their first birthday. These appointments are designed to help your child become comfortable in the dental office and ensure that he or she is growing the developing correctly.
Babies actually begin to develop teeth in the second trimester of pregnancy (about 16-20 weeks.) Teeth typically begin to emerge between 6 and 10 months of ages. You should begin flossing your child's teeth as soon as they have two adjacent teeth.
Primary teeth are critical to maintaining good oral health and proper development. Your child's primary teeth facilitate:
Cosmetic dentistry is a field of dental specialty that focuses on improving the appearance of your teeth so that you can enjoy a more beautiful smile. It includes preventive care as well as restorative treatments. Some common cosmetic dental treatments include:
There are several options available to replace your missing tooth. When you visit our office, our dentist will examine your mouth, discuss your oral health needs and smile goals with you, and review your treatment options. We will design a customized treatment plan to restore your tooth and your smile. Some of the tooth replacement options we may discuss include:
A root canal is a procedure performed when injury, infection, or decay reach the inner tissues of the tooth. Our dentist will clean out the infected pulp tissue within your tooth roots, sterilize the canals, and then fill them with medicated material and seal the tooth to prevent future infection. While root canals have a reputation as being painful, advances in dentistry have made it possible to perform your treatment comfortable as well as effectively.
Orthodontics is a field of dental specialty that focuses on diagnosing, preventing, and treating dental and facial irregularities, including misaligned teeth and jaws. An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has received 2-3 years of additional training following dental school in managing tooth movement and guiding facial development.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children receive their initial orthodontic screening by age 7. At this age, several permanent teeth have erupted, and any developing problems will be easy to diagnose and treat.
No! While the majority of patients who receive orthodontic treatment are children or teenagers, more and more adults are seeking orthodontic treatment to improve their smiles and oral health. As long as your teeth and supporting structures are healthy, you can receive treatment.
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an oral condition that affects the gums and supporting structures in your mouth. It begins as a bacterial infection of the gums, and gradually progresses until it destroys your gums and bone structure. The milder stage of periodontal disease is known as gingivitis, while the more severe form of the disease is known as periodontitis. You should be checked for periodontal disease each time you visit your dentist.
Periodontal disease is caused by the harmful bacteria trapped in plaque. As plaque hardens into calculus (tartar), the disease becomes more established in your mouth, and the gum attachments begin to separate from your teeth and create pockets that harbor these harmful bacteria. If gum disease is allowed to progress without treatment, the condition may become irreversible.
Halitosis (bad breath) may be caused by any number of factors, including: