Common Dental Care Questions:
Can Medical Conditions Impact My Oral Health?
Yes. Certain health conditions and medications can affect dental health, such as gum problems caused by heart disease and diabetes. Harmful bacteria from gum inflammation can enter the bloodstream and impact heart health. Antihistamines, antipsychotics, and antihypertensive medications can also darken tooth enamel. Inform the dental team of any medical conditions that may affect oral health.
How Can I improve My Oral Hygiene?
Flossing before brushing enables better access to the areas between the teeth, which are already cleaner after flossing. Brushing the tongue can help prevent bad breath and reduce harmful bacteria. For patients with dental restorations like crowns, implants, bridges, or dentures, an interdental brush can reach hard-to-reach areas underneath the restorations for a deeper clean.
What Are the Best Teeth Whitening Options?
The most effective teeth whitening treatment varies based on the patient’s specific needs. Opalescence Go, Opalescence PF, and Opalescence Boost are in-office and take-home options available. Each patient may prefer either quick or gradual therapy at home. For deep staining, dental bonding or porcelain veneers can cover the front of teeth and improve their appearance.
Why Are Routine Appointments Necessary?
Regular dental appointments allow dental professionals to monitor and prevent the development of oral health issues such as cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. Patients are recommended to visit the dentist every six months to maintain good oral health.
Which Treatments Are Covered by Insurance?
Dental insurance usually covers preventative dental treatments like dental fillings, tooth crowns, and oral surgery, but the coverage may vary depending on the policy. An in-house dental plan is also offered to patients without dental insurance, covering services like x-rays, cleanings, and more. Multiple family members can be added to the plan.