Below is a list of some of the questions we get asked most frequently from our patients. If you have a question that isn't answered below, feel free to give our West Coxsackie, NY dental practice a call and we'll be happy to assist you.
You should visit the dentist at least twice a year. A dental exam can reveal early signs of decay and disease that you may not see or feel. Catching these conditions early can help control them before they get worse and harder to treat. Additionally, getting a cleaning by a trained professional will remove plaque in areas you may have missed or cannot reach.
You should brush at least twice a day, once in the morning and once before going to bed. You should floss once a day as well.
The following guidelines are important to brushing correctly.
The following guidelines are important to flossing correctly.
Plaque is a sticky, clear film which forms every day on teeth from food debris and bacteria. If plaque is not removed, it can lead to gum disease and cavities. Regular dental check ups, along with brushing and flossing every day, can help prevent plaque buildup on teeth. In addition, avoiding sugary snacks and eating a balanced diet can help control plaque.
Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection of the gums and bone that hold your teeth in place. Typically, periodontal disease occures when plaque builds up on the teeth and hardens, often due to poor brushing habits. The gums can become swollen and red in the early stage of the disease, called gingivitis. As the disease advances, periodontal disease can lead to sore and bleeding gums, pain while chewing, as well as tooth loss.
The following are signs of periodontal (gum) disease, and you should contact your dentist if you experience any of these:
Periodontal disease can be prevented by practicing good oral hygiene. This includes brushing, flossing, and visiting you dentist regularly. Also make sure to eat a healthy diet to get the required vitamins and minerals necessary for your teeth.
While our teeth start out pearly white, they can discolor through the years as our enamel wears down. The wearing down of enamel allows dentin, a yellow color substance that makes the core of our teeth, to show through. This is what gives our teeth a yellowish tint.
Below are the three most popular teeth whitening options available today.
In-office teeth whitening works by producing a significant color change in your teeth in short amount of time, usally within an hour. The procedure is done at the dentist's office applying a high-concentration peroxide gel on the teeth after they have been protected with a special shield.
These whitening kits are purchased from your doctor for use at home. The strength of the gel used in these kits is lower than that used for in-office bleaching, and thus the gel can be applied for longer periods of time. Usually the trays are worn a couple hours a day or overnight for a few days or weeks depending on the product.
Over the counter teeth whitening kits are store-bought and use a lower concentration gel than both in-office bleachin and take-home kits purchased from your doctor. While they are less expensive, they typically are less effective than methods that can be performed by your dentist because of the low concentration gel. Additionally, over the counter trays are not custom fit for your teeth, which can result in irritation to your gums while wearing the trays.
Teeth whitening usually lasts from one to three years before darkening of the teeth is noticed. Additionally, once your teeth have been initially whitened, typically only "touch ups" are required to maintain the whiteness.
To schedule a time that fits your needs just give us a call. Our office hours are Monday-Thursday 8:30-5:00pm.
Our team is prepared to make you feel like part of our family. We will introduce you to the team and give you a tour of your new Dental office. You will meet with your Doctor and be encouraged to share your thoughts and feelings on what is important to you.
This is a common concern for many new patients.
We understand that a negative experience in the past, finances, or just being a busy Mom or Dad may have prevented you from seeking care. We are proud of you for having the courage to come now. Our Doctors and staff will encourage you and show you how you can regain the health you enjoyed previously.
Yes there is. When comes to improving the looks of your teeth there are many good options. Our Doctors are experts in Cosmetic Dental Care and depending on your needs and budget, we will customize a plan specifically for you.
The use of sedatives before and during a dental procedure to help ease the patients anxiety of visiting the dentist. Sedation dentistry has become very popular for not only patients but Dentists as well. The patients relaxed state of mind allows the Dentist to work efficiently resulting in a faster appointment and fewer visits needed.
Bleeding gums is usually a symptom of gum disease. Here at Coxsackie Dental Arts healthy gums are very important to us. We believe that healthy gums is the foundation for a healthy mouth. We will diagnose and recommend treatments that are comfortable and affordable to maintain the health of your gums.
Bad breath is usually related to bacteria that may be in your mouth or throat area. Many times eliminating a source of dental disease will also cure the symptoms of bad breath. When you come in the doctor will perform a thorough examination and determine if your bad breath is related to one of those problems.
Please call our office to schedule an appointment. Our Providers and Staff will take the time to answer all your concerns in a personal and professional manner.
We look forward to meeting with you.