To further our commitment to patient education, we have provided a variety of our most frequently asked questions regarding dental procedures and/or oral health issues. We also encourage you to Contact Us with any questions or if you would like to schedule an appointment.
What causes a cavity?
A cavity is tooth decay caused by bacteria (plaque) on your teeth that react with sugary and starchy deposits from food you eat. An acid is produced from this reaction which damages your enamel.
Why are my gums bleeding?
Inflammation caused by bacteria in your mouth will result in your gums to bleed. If you do not brush, floss and receive a professional dental cleaning the bacteria build up to a level where gingivitis presents itself and if left untreated can lead to periodontal (gum) disease.
Why are my teeth sensitive to cold?
Cold sensitivity can be due to a number of reasons. Some people are just more sensitive to temperature changes. Other causes may be due to recession of the gum tissue, abrasions of the teeth, large metal restorations or decay. Treatments for this condition can include fillings, fluoride applications or the use of desensitizing toothpastes.
What causes bad breath?
Bad breath or halitosis, can be caused by many things. The most common cause is the presence of bacteria in your mouth and on your tongue. These bacteria produce odorous compounds. In some cases, the cause of bad breath can be from gastrointestinal origin.
Will a whitening toothpaste really whiten my teeth?
Not entirely. Whitening toothpastes will reverse the effects of some surface stains, but not change the shade of the teeth themselves. The change is usually minimal.
How long should I brush my teeth?
You should brush your teeth for at least 2-3 minutes twice a day. Unfortunately, many only brush for 45-60 seconds twice a day, and that is just not enough. Many new mechanical toothbrushes have built in timers to help you brush the proper length of time.
Do I have to floss?
Yes! Flossing removes the bacterial plaque which accumulates between your teeth. Brushing alone cannot remove this. Over time this un-cleaned bacteria can cause decay between your teeth and lead to gum disease.
David A. Faget, DMD PA
260 Giralda Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
t: 305 446 5571
f: 305 446 7437
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