What should I do in case of a dental emergency?

In case of a dental emergency, contact our office immediately for guidance. We'll provide you with instructions and schedule an appointment to address your issue promptly. If you are having any difficulty breathing or swallowing, seek urgent medical care immediately.

If you're currently experiencing dental pain and have a waiting period until your next appointment, try this over-the-counter combination for relief.

Alternate Every 3 Hours:
500-1,000mg Acetaminophen (extra strength Tylenol) and 400mg Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin)
***Do not exceed limit of 6 Acetaminophen in 24 hours (3,000mg max)***

What constitutes a dental emergency?

Dental emergencies can include severe toothaches, significantly broken or knocked-out teeth, large swellings inside or outside your mouth, or any condition causing severe pain or discomfort. If you're unsure, contact us for advice. If you are having any difficulty breathing or swallowing, seek urgent medical care immediately.

Where can I find reliable dental information for patient education?

The American Dental Association (ADA) provides excellent patient education resources on their website with videos detailing the steps involved in many dental treatment options. We recommend visiting their site for comprehensive dental information.
There can also be helpful information found regarding oral health and optimal dental products found at www.askthedentist.com.

What's the proper way to brush my teeth?

To brush your teeth effectively, use a soft or supersoft-bristle toothbrush and toothpaste. Hydroxyapatite toothpaste is our favorite! Brush for at least two minutes, using gentle circular motions. Using an electric toothbrush will get you the best clean. Don't forget to scrape your tongue for a quick and natural way to detox and boost your oral microbiome and keep your breath fresh!

How do I floss correctly?

To floss properly, use a piece of dental floss about 18 inches long. Gently slide it between your teeth and along and slightly below the gumline and use massaging motions, curving the floss into a 'C' shape to clean each tooth's side.

What can I do for sensitive teeth?

If you have sensitive teeth, try using toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth such as a toothpaste containing hydroxyapatite or potassium nitrate. If the issue persists, contact our office for an evaluation as sensitivity could be caused by dental conditions that should be addressed, like gum recession, a cavity, or a cracked tooth.

How do I choose the proper oral hygiene products?

Ask Us at your next visit! We love educating our patients on the best oral hygiene products for their oral microbiome and overall health. To start, many products that we stand behind can be found on www.askthedentist.com.

What can I do to prevent cavities?

To prevent cavities, maintain good oral hygiene practices by daily brushing, flossing, tongue scraping and using remineralizing toothpaste. Avoid cavity-causing snacks and beverages, and attend regular dental check-ups and cleanings. Ask us about how you can remineralize early cavities at your next visit!

When might I need a tooth extraction?

Tooth extractions may be necessary for severely damaged or impacted teeth. Our dentists will assess your situation and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

What are fillings, bridges, and crowns, and when are they used?

Fillings are used to repair small cavities, bridges replace missing teeth, and crowns restore damaged or broken teeth. Our dental team will explain which treatment is best for your specific case.

What is gum disease, and how is it treated?

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums and is intimately connected to your overall health. It is very important to address periodontal disease in a timely manner to prevent systemic contributions and permanent damage to your oral health. Treatment options vary depending on the severity of the condition and may include periodontal therapy and infection debridement, laser treatment, or surgical procedures. We’ll talk through your options with you!