1. What causes cavities?
Plaque is a clear bacteria laden film, which develops on the teeth. The bacteria in plaque interact with the starches and sugars we eat and form an acid, which breaks down or de-mineralizes our teeth. Plaque and sugar interact with one another to form an acid, which breaks down the enamel of the teeth, resulting in a cavity. Proper removal of plaque will also greatly reduce the risk of getting cavities.
2. When should I take my child to the dentist for the first check-up?
Child’s first dental checkup: Parents are encouraged to schedule their child’s first dental visit at 6 months or no later than his/her first birthday.
3. Baby teeth fall out eventually. Are baby teeth really that important?
Primary, or “baby,” teeth are important for many reasons. Not only do they help children speak clearly and chew naturally, they also aid in forming a path that permanent teeth can follow when they are ready to erupt. Early loss of baby teeth can negatively impact the eruption of adult teeth.
4. What are sealants and how do they protect my teeth?
A sealant is a tooth colored resin material that is usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Sealants work by filling in the grooves and depressions of the teeth. Sealants act as a barrier, protecting enamel from plaque and acids and guarding against disease-causing bacteria. The application is fast and comfortable and can effectively protect teeth for many years.
5. How does fluoride help my teeth?
Research shows that fluoride reduces cavities in both children and adults by halting tooth decay. It also helps repair the early stages of tooth decay even before the decay becomes visible. Interestingly, many people continue to be misinformed about fluoride and fluoridation. Fluoride is a safe chemical component when used correctly. When your dentist applies fluoride to your teeth, usually in the form of a fluoride varnish, gel, or foam, that fluoride is more concentrated than the fluoride contained in toothpaste or mouthwash.
6. How safe are dental X-rays?
X-ray machine There is very little risk in dental X-rays. Dentists are especially careful to limit the amount of radiation to which patients are exposed. Lead aprons and high-speed film are used to ensure safety and minimize the amount of radiation exposure.
7. I am afraid of going to the dentist … What can I do?
Fear of the dentist is quite common and many people are as fearful and concerned as you may be. However, because fear of the dentist is so common, your dentist and staff are also well aware of this and are properly trained to work with you in helping you to overcome these fears. Notify your dental team about any questions or concerns that you may have. You will find they are eager to work with you to make your visits pleasant. Asking questions and understanding your proposed treatment will help to remove fear of the unknown and will help to make your visit more comfortable and rewarding.
8. What is a crown, and why might I need one?
If your doctor has recommended a crown to you, it is likely either to correct a broken tooth or to repair a tooth that has deteriorated due to cavities (decay). The decay in your tooth eats away healthy tooth structure much like rust eats away at metal. If not removed, decay will deteriorate the tooth to the point where extraction is the only viable treatment option. Sometimes, decay is removed leaving healthy tooth structure, but not much of it. A dental crown can then be placed, restoring the look and function of your tooth, while allowing you to keep your natural, underlying tooth structure. Most crowns are porcelain, ceramic, or full metal (gold or silver) and are individually customized for each application in each patient, giving you a natural, long-lasting smile.
9. What are my options for replacing a missing tooth?
By replacing missing teeth either with a bridge or implant, you will alleviate the problems associated with missing a tooth and will give your smile back its beautiful, full appearance. A dental bridge is one solution for replacing a tooth. By using neighboring teeth as the supportive structure, a bridge fills the vacant space, restoring the functionality and look of your smile. A dental implant is also an excellent solution. Dental implants involve the placement of a titanium post directly into the jawbone. Once the post has bonded to the bone, it can act as a new, solid support for a natural looking, porcelain restoration. Implants can replace a single tooth, or an entire set of teeth, offering more function and stability than removable prostheses.
10. I just want my smile to look good. What are some options to help improve the appearance of my smile?
Most people want to have a nice smile since it is the first thing others notice about you.You may be interested in a few minor adjustments, or you may have concerns that need more attention. Some smiles can be enhanced with simple teeth whitening or bonding treatments. Other smiles need porcelain veneers, crowns, or bridges; gum contouring; periodontal therapy; or, a combination of these techniques. Your treatment plan will be based on your goals, areas of concern, and the overall condition of your oral health.
11. What can I expect during my first appointment?
During your first appointment, your overall dental and oral health will be assessed with a comprehensive oral evaluation. Upon completion of your medical/dental health form, we will ask you to tell us your goals regarding your smile, teeth, and gums. Digital photos and X-rays will be taken of your teeth to identify areas of decay, cracked teeth, and malfunctioning restorations. Our goal is to preserve as much of your teeth as possible by catching decay in its earliest stages. We’ll also assess your gums and recommend the appropriate hygiene treatment for you at this time.
12. My gums bleed after I brush. Is this something to be concerned about?
It is certainly not desirable to have bleeding gums following brushing; however, the condition may or may not require attention, depending on the source of the problem. Bleeding gums can be caused by any of the following: improper and rough brushing instead of gentle brushing motions; using a hard-bristled toothbrush instead of a soft one; plaque and/or tartar build-up below the gum line; or gum sensitivity due to gingivitis or periodontal disease. If this problem persists despite correct brushing and flossing methods, or if the bleeding occurs every time you brush, contact our office to set up an evaluation appointment.
Still have questions about dental care?
Contact Woodland Hills Family Dentistry
22600 Ventura Blvd. # 203
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
Phone: +1 818 225 9410
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Amalgam – Material made from mercury and other alloy mixtures used to restore a drilled portion of a tooth.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Anesthesia – Medications used to relieve pain.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Anterior teeth – Front teeth. Also called incisors and cuspids.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Arch – The upper or lower jaw.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Baby bottle tooth decay – Caused by sugary substances in breast milk and some juices, which combine with saliva to form pools inside the baby’s mouth.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Bicuspids -A premolar tooth; tooth with two cusps, which are pointed or rounded eminences on or near the masticating surface of a tooth.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Bitewings – X-rays that help a dentist diagnose cavities.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Bonding – Application of tooth-colored resin materials to the surface of the teeth.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Bridge – A prosthetic replacement of one or more missing teeth cemented or otherwise attached to the abutment teeth or implant replacements.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Bruxism – Teeth grinding.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Calculus – A hard deposit of mineralized substance adhering to crowns and/or roots of teeth or prosthetic devices.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Canal – The narrow chamber inside the tooth’s root.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Canines – Also called cuspids.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Canker sore – One that occurs on the delicate tissues inside your mouth. A canker sore is usually light-colored at its base and can have a red exterior border.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Caries – A commonly used term for tooth decay, or cavities.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Cold sore – Usually occurs on the outside of the mouth, usually on or near the nose or lips. A cold sore is contagious because it is caused by the herpes simplex virus, and it is usually painful and filled with fluid.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Composite filling – Tooth colored restorations, also known as resin fillings.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Composite resin – A tooth colored resin combined with silica or porcelain and used as a restoration material.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Contouring – The process of reshaping teeth.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Crown – An artificial tooth replacement that restores missing tooth structure by surrounding the remaining coronal tooth structure. It is also placed on a dental implant.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Cusps – The pointed parts on top of the back teeth’s chewing surface.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Cuspids – Front teeth that typically have a protruding edge.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Dentin – The tooth layer underneath the enamel.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Denture – A removable set of teeth.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Endodontics – A form of dentistry that addresses problems affecting the tooth’s root or nerve.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Fluoride – A harmless over-exposure to fluoride resulting in tooth discoloration.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Fluorosis – A harmless over-exposure to fluoride and resulting sometimes in tooth discoloration.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Gingiva – Another word for gum tissue.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Gingivitis – A minor disease of the gums caused by plaque.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Gum disease – An infection of the gum tissues. Also called periodontal disease.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Impacted teeth – A condition in which a tooth fails to erupt or only partially erupts.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Implant – A permanent appliance used to replace a missing tooth.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Incisor – Front teeth with cutting edges; located in the center or on the sides near the front.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Inlay – An artificial filling made of various materials, including porcelain, resin, or gold.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Laminate veneer – A shell that is bonded to the enamel of a front tooth. The shell is usually thin and made from porcelain resin.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Malocclusion – Bad bite relationship.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Mandible – The lower jaw.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Maxilla – The upper jaw.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Molar – Usually the largest teeth, near the rear of the mouth. Molars have large chewing surfaces.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Neuromuscular Dentistry – Addresses more than the aches and pains felt in and around the neck and head that are associated with your teeth and jaw.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Onlay – A filling designed to protect the chewing surface of a tooth.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Orthodontics – A field of dentistry that deals with tooth and jaw alignment.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Overdenture – A non-fixed dental appliance applied to a small number of natural teeth or implants.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Palate – Roof of the mouth.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Partial denture – A removable appliance that replaces missing teeth.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Pediatric Dentistry – A field of dentistry that deals with children’s teeth
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Perio pocket – An opening formed by receding gums.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Periodontal disease – Infection of the gum tissues. Also called gum disease.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Periodontist – A dentist who treats diseases of the gums.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Permanent teeth – The teeth that erupt after primary teeth. Also called adult teeth.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Plaque – A sticky, colorless substance that covers the teeth after sleep or periods between brushing.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Posterior teeth – The bicuspids and molars. Also called the back teeth.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Primary teeth – A person’s first set of teeth. Also called baby teeth or temporary teeth.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Prophylaxis – The act of cleaning the teeth.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Prosthodontics – The field of dentistry that deals with artificial dental appliances.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Pulp – The inner tissues of the tooth containing blood, nerves and connective tissue.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Receding gum – A condition in which the gums separate from the tooth, allowing bacteria and other substances to attack the tooth’s enamel and surrounding bone.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Resin filling – An artificial filling used to restore teeth. Also called a composite filling.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Root canal – A procedure in which a tooth’s nerve is removed and an inner canal cleansed and later filled.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Root planing – Scraping or cleansing of teeth to remove heavy buildup of tartar below the gum line.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Sealant – A synthetic material placed on the tooth’s surface that protects the enamel and chewing surfaces.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care TMJ – Temporomandibular joint disorder. Health problems related to the jaw joint just in front of the ear.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Tarter – A hardened substance (also called calculus) that sticks to the tooth’s surface.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Veneer – A laminate applied or bonded to the tooth.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Whitening – A process that employs special bleaching agents for restoring the color of teeth.
- Woodland Hills Dental Care Wisdom tooth – Third set of molars that erupt last in adolescence.
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