Frequently asked questions for your dentist
Browse through commonly asked questions from our patients interested in creating beautiful smiles, preserving their dental health and concerns they have about dental treatment.
Generally speaking children and young adults who are disease free, meaning their gums are pink and healthy without any bleeding, sensitivity, or deterioration, need to see the dentist at least twice a year.
“80% of the adult population has some form of periodontal disease. We have excellent results preventing and treating our adult patients when we see them more often. More frequent visits will aid in maintaining our patients oral health over their lifetime.
Tooth pain is not normal. When experiencing discomfort it is best to consult your dentist.
Only the dentist can determine what is the cause of tooth pain.
If you have pain that persists for more than a few hours or more than a few days it is extremely important to contact the dental office.
Many oral health issues can cause bad breath.
If you are experiencing bad breath and have not been examined by the dentist in more than a year it is likely caused by gum disease or another type of infection in the mouth.
To schedule an appointment give us a call at 856-547-0100.
There are a lot of factors that cause tooth discoloration.
The staining of teeth and dental restorations is a primary cause of tooth yellowing. Dr. Goldberg and Dr. Baer are highly trained to whiten even the most stained smiles.
If your smile is extremely yellow we offer industry recognized ZOOM whitening treatment for our patients.
Natural tooth coloration is normal. However, the majority of our patients want to have brighter whiter teeth. For more information check out our page on cosmetic dentistry.
Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that hold your teeth in place. In its early stages, it is usually painless, and many people are not aware that they have it. But in more advanced stages, gum disease can lead to sore or bleeding gums, painful chewing problems, and even tooth loss.” -National Institute of Health (March, 2013)
“No, gum disease does not have to be a part of growing older. With proper dental hygiene and regular dental visits, people can reduce their chance of developing periodontal disease as they age.”
No, if caught and treated it takes between two to four visits to your dentist to irradiate the disease.
“If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in older adults.”
Treatments may include deep cleaning, medications, surgery, and bone and tissue grafts.
For more information on these treatments contact us at 856-547-0100
Regular dental visits are important because they can help spot dental health problems early on when treatment is likely to be simpler and more affordable. They also help prevent many problems from developing in the first place. Visiting your dentist regularly is also important because some diseases or medical conditions have symptoms that can appear in the mouth.
- Your teeth are sensitive to hot or cold
- Your gums are puffy and/or they bleed when you brush or floss
- You don’t like the way your smile or teeth look
- You have persistent bad breath or bad taste in your mouth
- You have pain or swelling in your mouth, face or neck
- You have difficulty chewing or swallowing
- You have a family history of gum disease or tooth decay
- You have a medical condition such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, eating disorders or are HIV positive
- You smoke or use other tobacco products
- You are undergoing medical treatment such as radiation, chemotherapy or hormone replacement therapy
Yes. Even if you don’t have any symptoms, you can still have dental health problems that only a dentist can diagnose. Regular dental visits will also help prevent problems from developing. Continuity of care is an important part of any health plan and dental health is no exception. Keeping your mouth healthy is an essential piece of your overall health. It’s also important to keep your dentist informed of any changes in your overall health since many medical conditions can affect your dental health too.
- Healthy habits. Brush twice a day two minutes and floss daily. It’s the best way to fight tooth decay and gum disease.
- Build a relationship. Continuity of care is an important part of any health plan and dental health is no exception. When your dentist sees you regularly, he or she is in a good position to catch oral problems early. For instance, catching gum disease when it’s still reversible, or cavities when they are small and are more easily treated.
- Maintain. Keeping your mouth healthy is an essential piece of your overall health. It’s important to keep your dentist informed of any changes in your overall health as well.
- Talk about it! Only your dentist can determine what the best treatment plan is for you. Have questions about your oral health or certain dental procedures? Start a conversation. Ask your dentist to explain step-by-step. Dentists love having satisfied, healthy patients.