Dental FAQs

Dental questions may be answered below as part of this dental FAQs page.

Dentistry is a branch of science dealing with the study and practice of diagnosing, preventing, and treating diseases of the mouth. Those that are in the practice of dentistry are known as dentists.  

It is recommended by dental and health organizations that twice-yearly visits to the dentist for checkups and teeth cleaning is best for maintaining healthy and proper care of the teeth and gums.

It is very important to find a good dentist in your area that takes great care in your personal interest as a patient and the health of your teeth. You have many choices for dentists in the St. Petersburg, FL area, but we’re the dental office that tailors your treatment to your needs.

Cosmetic dentistry is a branch of dentistry that pertains to the appearance of the teeth and has really become very important in the dentistry world. Contact our office and tell us about your cosmetic dental needs and for more information about the services we offer to beautify your smile.

Family dentistry and general dentistry go hand in hand. A family dentist should be a comfortable environment that provides you with the oral care you need. The family dentistry services we offer at our St. Petersburg, FL office is tailored to each and every family member and we treat everyone from children to the seniors.

There are many teeth whitening products on the market these days. Some of these products work great and others do not. To achieve the best results you should consult this dentist office in St. Pete. We will help you find the best way to achieve the results you want.

It is recommended that you should brush your teeth when you wake up in the morning, after each meal, and at the end of the night before you go to sleep. This, however, isn’t always achieved but teeth should be brushed at least twice a day.

The best type of toothbrush to use is one with soft bristles and a small head. The soft bristles are important for maintaining the health of your gums and teeth. The small head makes it easier to reach every part of your teeth.

You should floss your teeth once a day, everyday. If you can’t find time to floss everyday, do it as often as possible.

Plaque is a soft, sticky substance that clings to the teeth from food and other bacteria. Brushing regularly, flossing daily, and going to your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings can remove plaque. If plaque is left on the teeth, it can lead to gum disease, gingivitis, and cavities.

Gingivitis is one of the most common gum diseases caused by improper oral hygiene. Gingivitis causes redness and swollenness of the gums and also causes the gums to bleed easily. Gingivitis is a mild form of periodontal disease but can be easily reversed with professional treatment and proper home oral care.

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, can be caused by a number of reasons. The best ways to get rid of constant bad breath, however, is to brush regularly, including the tongue, address the issue with your dentist, stop smoking or chewing tobacco (if you smoke or chew), drink water regularly (which will wash away bacteria in the mouth), and use a good mouthwash.

Brushing your teeth can only remove plaque from the parts of your teeth that the brush can reach. Flossing is used to remove plaque and other material from in between the teeth, which your toothbrush cannot reach.

DDS stands for Doctor of Dental Surgery. DMD stands for Doctor of Dental Medcine. The acronym after the dentist’s name just designates the type of degree received in dental school. Dentists with DDS and DMD after their names all have the same required education.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that you take your child to visit the dentist for the first time at around the age of 12 months. Most dentists recommend that by the age of 2 your child should start to receive regular checkups and cleanings.

 If you have a dental emergency, it is important to have your dentist’s mobile number or the dentist office’s number.

The rough scrubbing of the gums instead of gentle, circular motions can cause this, as well as plaque build-up which can lead to gingivitis and periodontal disease.

Tooth sensitivity can be caused by a number of things. Among these are cavities, a cracked tooth, tooth decay, worn enamel or fillings, or exposed tooth roots.

The best way to get rid of tooth sensitivity is by talking with your dentist on the best way to handle the situation. Proper oral hygiene is the best way to avoid any problems.

A crown, or cap, is a cover or hollow tooth that is bonded with tooth-colored porcelain and is permanently cemented over a tooth to restore the function in that tooth and to restore the look of the tooth.