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Common Questions We Receive

Should I be concerned about bleeding gums?

Bleeding, red, or swollen gums are typically an early indication of gum disease. Other symptoms include bad breath or a metallic taste in the mouth, loose teeth, pockets between teeth, and tooth sensitivity. If caught in its early stages, gum disease can be reversed. However, if it’s left to progress, gum disease becomes a chronic infection that requires continual maintenance. Schedule an appointment with your dentist if you notice any change in your soft-tissues (gums), so he or she can diagnose the problem and recommend the appropriate treatment.

How often should I visit the dentist?

The American Dental Association recommends that everyone sees a dentist at least twice a year for a comprehensive exam. At your exam, Dr. Chenet will inspect your teeth and gums for early signs of trouble that often aren’t visible to the naked eye. He’ll also screen for oral cancer, a deadly disease that claims 8,000 lives annually. Regular checkups promote early detection and more conservative treatments, as well as allow our patients to maintain optimal oral health throughout their lifetimes.

Why does the dentist use digital X-rays?

Digital X-rays offer our numerous benefits for our patients compared to older, traditional X-rays. With digital X-rays, we can show you the results on-screen immediately, without waiting for films to be developed in a darkroom. Digital X-rays also require much less—about 80-90% less—radiation, so they’re significantly safer for our patients. In addition, we can store your files digitally for easy access and retrieval.

How can I prevent tooth staining?

A variety of factors contribute to tooth discoloration, including coffee and tea consumption, smoking, aging, heredity, and medications. Surface stains – those caused by foods, beverages, and tobacco – can typically be prevented with rigorous oral hygiene. Brush and floss after any stain-causing activity and try to avoid dark-colored foods and liquids (blueberries, ketchup, wine, coffee, tea, soda, etc.). If your teeth have yellow or orange tinges,Dr. Chenet can remove the stains with professional teeth whitening and brighten your smile up to 10 shades.

What is bruxism?

Bruxism is a common condition in which a patient grinds his or her teeth. Typically a subconscious reaction to stress, bruxism most frequently occurs at night, although some patients brux during the day, as well. If left untreated, bruxism can cause tooth wear, fractures, sensitivity, and other problems. Dr. Chenet can offer solutions, such as a nightguard, to prevent bruxism from damaging your teeth.