Frequently Asked Dental Questions
People seeking dental treatments have many questions in their minds.
Probably, you are concerned about your dental health or worried about what type of toothbrush to use. You could even be asking when and how you should floss or whether or not you need a dental emergency appointment.
Like many other patients, don't hesitate to take advantage of our dentist's expertise. Here are some frequently asked questions that our dentist at Pacific Ave. Dental often gets from patients.
What is a Dental Exam?
A dental examination is an assessment of your oral health. This includes an evaluation of your teeth, gums, and jaw to check for any signs of disease or decay.
A periodic dental exam ensures that any issues you may have will be identified early on and can be dealt with in a timely manner. It can also involve taking an x-ray to assess if there are any underlying issues that cannot be spotted by a physical exam.
What Happens On My First Visit?
A typical first visit would be examination with necessary x-rays of your teeth. Your treatment options will be presented to you and you can decide what treatment best fits your needs.
What is a Dental Emergency?
A dental emergency is any probable life-threatening situation that requires immediate treatment to stop bleeding or reduce pain.
Typical dental emergencies include severe pain, a broken or knocked out tooth, an infection, or persistent bleeding after a recent procedure or car, sports, or work-related accident.
What If I Have a Dental Emergency?
We will do the best we can to try to accommodate you on the day you call for an emergency and do any necessary treatment to relieve pain or swelling.
What Are Some Good Dental Habits?
Maintaining good oral health starts with establishing healthy habits. Brush your teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and floss at least once per day to remove built-up plaque from between teeth and along the gumline. Make sure to visit our dentist at least twice a year for regular checkups and cleanings as well. Regular dental visits ensure that any underlying issues are caught before they become serious.
What Type of Toothbrush Should I Use?
When selecting a toothbrush, look for one with soft bristles since hard bristles can cause damage to your gums. You should also choose one that is big enough to reach all areas in your mouth but not too big that it becomes uncomfortable to use. Do not forget to replace the brush every three months so that the bristles will not get frayed and worn down over time.
Is Flossing Really That Important?
Yes, flossing helps remove food particles and plaque buildup from between teeth where brushing cannot reach. This helps avoid cavities and other serious dental issues such as periodontal gum disease. Therefore, you must make flossing part of your everyday routine alongside brushing your teeth twice daily, both of which will help maintain healthier gums overall.
Should I Use Mouthwash?
Using mouthwash can be an excellent way to supplement your daily brushing and flossing routine as it kills bacteria in hard-to-reach areas of the mouth, thus promoting fresh breath. In addition to better overall oral health, using mouthwash prevents any potential problems from developing over time but only when done regularly as suggested by dentists themselves.
Do You Accept New Patients?
Yes, we do accept new patients. In fact, our greatest source of referrals is from our existing patients. We are very proud of that fact and consider it a great compliment to our office.
What Is Your Sterilization Protocol?
We use the latest sterilization techniques. Our dental team utilizes high quality steam autoclaves to sterilize our instruments. This, along with the use of disposable barriers and broad spectrum disinfectants, allows us to maintain the highest standard of infection control.
Do You Offer Payment Plans?
Visit our Patient Information Page for more information or call our business team.
Call and Schedule Today To Ask Us Your Questions!
At Pacific Ave. Dental, we go above and beyond when it comes to answering all questions regarding your oral health and treatments while taking into consideration factors such as age, diet, and lifestyle among others. Call us today at (360) 373-3515 and we will give in-depth answers.