Do you want to learn more about your oral health and dental care at Wesley Dental? Read answers to FAQs from our dental patients in Greenville, TX. Here we will review signs of common dental problems and how we can transform your oral health at Wesley Dental.
Dental FAQs in Greenville, TX
What should I do if I have bad breath?
Bad breath (halitosis) can be an unpleasant and embarrassing condition. Many may not realize we have bad breath, but everyone has it occasionally, especially in the morning.
One may have bad breath for various reasons, but in healthy people, the primary reason is due to microbial deposits on the tongue, especially the back of the tongue. Some studies have shown that brushing the tongue reduces bad breath by as much as 70 percent.
Are amalgam (silver) fillings safe?
Over the years, there has been some concern about the safety of amalgam (silver) fillings. An amalgam blends copper, silver, tin, and zinc bound by elemental mercury. Dentists have used this blended metal to fill teeth for over 100 years. The controversy is due to claims that exposure to the vapor and minute mercury particles can cause various health problems.
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), up to 76% of dentists use silver-containing mercury to fill teeth. However, the ADA also states that silver fillings are safe and that studies have failed to find any link between silver-containing mercury and any medical disorder.
How can I tell if I have gingivitis or periodontitis (gum disease)?
Four out of five people have periodontal disease and don’t know it! Most people are unaware of it because the disease is usually painless in the early stages. Unlike tooth decay, which often causes discomfort, it is possible to have periodontal disease without noticeable symptoms. However, regular dental check-ups and periodontal examinations are essential and will help detect if periodontal problems exist.
How can cosmetic dentistry help improve the appearance of my smile?
If you’re feeling somewhat self-conscious about your teeth or want to improve your smile, cosmetic dental treatments may be the answer to a more beautiful, confident smile.
Cosmetic dentistry has become very popular in the last several years due to the many advances in cosmetic dental procedures and materials available today and because patients are becoming more and more focused on improving their overall health. This includes dental prevention and having a healthier, whiter, more radiant smile.
What are porcelain veneers, and how can they improve my smile?
Porcelain veneers are very thin shells of tooth-shaped porcelain that are individually crafted to cover the fronts of teeth. They are very durable and will not stain, making them a popular solution for those seeking to restore or enhance the beauty of their smile.
What can I do about stained or discolored teeth?
Professional teeth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel. It is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile. Over-the-counter products are also available but are much less effective than professional treatments and may not be approved by the American Dental Association (ADA).
As we age, the outer layer of tooth enamel wears away, eventually revealing a darker or yellow shade. The color of our teeth also comes from the inside of the tooth, which may become darker over time. Smoking and drinking coffee, tea, and wine may also contribute to tooth discoloration, making our teeth yellow and dull.
Sometimes, teeth can become discolored from certain childhood medications, such as tetracycline. Excessive fluoridation (fluorosis) during tooth development can also cause teeth to become discolored.