At Larson Dental, we truly care about our patients and like to ensure their comfort with each dental procedure. Whether you need a simple routine cleaning or are coming in for more complex care, we want our patients to feel confident in not only the procedure but our Prescott Valley dentists as well. We believe that the more our patients know about dentistry, the more comfortable they’ll feel.
We’ve compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions with the hopes of relieving any doubts or concerns – or simply, provide the clarity you need. Scheduling a consultation with our Prescott Valley dentists can also help put your mind at ease and will give you the opportunity to ask more specific questions about your specific oral health needs.
Why is visiting the dentist so important?
Regularly visiting the dentist will not only have a positive impact on your mouth but on your overall health as well. Getting professional dental cleanings and exams that occur during these routine visits are critical in preventing more serious consequences. During regular dental check ups, our Prescott Valley dentists look for signs of tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. If we notice something wrong, these early visits give us the opportunity to recommend – as well as, improve the aesthetic look of your smile.
How often should I see the dentist?
Generally, individuals are advised to visit the dentist for a regular checkup at least twice a year or every six months. However, this may vary depending on each individual case. Patients who are battling infections or are at a higher risk for oral cancer may be advised to visit the dentist more frequently. Talking to your dentist can help clarify and give you a more definitive answer if needed.
How do I keep up my oral health?
Maintaining your oral health can be as simple as brushing and flossing twice a day. However, other things that can help keep your mouth clean include using fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash as well as brushing your tongue. Avoiding certain foods that are in high in sugar and stopping bad habits such as smoking also help in keeping your mouth healthy throughout the year.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection in the gums caused by a buildup of plaque and bacteria. There are three stages of gum disease which vary from mild to severe. If gum disease is not treated in its early stages, it may potentially result in serious consequences such as tooth loss. Other symptoms of the infection include:
- Chronic bad breath
- Extreme tooth sensitivity
- Receding gum line
- Abscessed teeth
- Bleeding, red, irritated, or swollen gums
Visiting your dentist biannually and keeping up with a good dental hygiene routine can help in the prevention of gum disease.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are fixed titanium posts that are placed beneath the gum line – creating a firm foundation for the prosthetic tooth. Their fixed nature allows them to restore the oral and the aesthetic look of teeth. Unlike traditional replacement treatments, dental implants are permanent, natural looking, reliable, highly functional, and long lasting. They also don’t require any special maintenance which means that individuals with dental implants can treat them as they would their natural teeth.