Q: My teeth feel great. Do I still need to see a dentist?
Even if your teeth feel fine, it is still beneficial and important to see your dentist routinely because issues can develop or exist without you knowing about it. Not only is your smile’s appearance important, so is your oral hygiene which your dentist will help keep healthy so that your smile shines bright and your teeth and gums remain healthy.
Q: How often should I see the dentist?
Dental visits are recommended every six months. Of course, additional treatments for added dental issues may result in more frequent visits.
Q: At what age should I bring my baby in?
Your child should see a dentist when his or her first tooth comes in, or no later than their first birthday.
Q: I’m nervous about my dental visit. How can you help?
About 40 million Americans do not see their dentist because they are scared too, according to Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. Simply put, you are not alone in your fear of the dentist! However, Dr. Medina wants you to know that you have nothing to fear. Maintaining good oral hygiene makes you feel good and look good too. Also, if dental care is consistently neglected, you can develop severe dental issues which require more dental visits than the average person who only sees their dentist about twice a year. A great way to limit the number of times one visits the dentist is to visit the dentist routinely!
Q: What is gum disease?
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is caused by bacteria and plaque buildup that goes untreated during its first stage. Some causes of periodontal disease include teeth grinding, some medications, tobacco use, poor dental hygiene, and genetics. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, and once it is detected, it is treatable. However, when a patient leaves gingivitis untreated, it can result in gum disease like periodontal disease. Advanced gum disease can lead to bone loss and tooth loss and remains a permanent condition. Dr. Medina can treat cases of gum disease and help detect its early signs.
Q: How can one prevent periodontal disease?
It is important to brush your teeth and floss daily, as well as visit your dentist every six months. Routine dental care will help prevent gingivitis and other more serious gum diseases from occurring. These are some common signs of gum disease:
- Abscessed teeth
- Bleeding or swollen, red gums
- Chronic bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Lost teeth
- Advanced tooth sensitivity
- Receding gum line
Q: What insurances does your practice accept?
We accept most insurances including Med-Cal, HMO, & PPO.