Dental FAQ's Top 5

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What causes tooth loss?

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How many times a day should I brush my teeth?

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When should a child have his/her first dental appointment?

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What causes oral cancer?

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What are the warning signs of oral cancer?

 

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What causes tooth loss?

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Tooth decay and periodontal disease are the most common causes of tooth loss.  Tooth decay takes place when most of the tooth's mineral makeup has been dissolved away and a hole (cavity) has formed. While tooth decay primarily affects children, periodontal disease, or gum disease, affects mostly adults.  Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums caused by the buildup of plaque, and its earliest stage is known as gingivitis.

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How many times a day should I brush my teeth?

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Most dental professionals recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice a day.  Brushing after every meal (and flossing at least once a day) is also a good way to maintain dental health.

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When should a child have his/her first dental appointment?

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A child should have his first dental appointment no later than his third birthday.  Many dentists recommend a child have his first appointment when his first tooth comes in.

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What causes oral cancer?

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Tobacco (cigarettes, pipes, cigars, chewing tobacco, and snuff) is the most common cause of oral cancer.  Combining tobacco use with heavy drinking can also foster the development of oral cancer.  Bad hygiene, prolonged irritation of the oral cavity, and extended exposure to strong sunlight on the lips are among other causes of the disease.  Many dentists believe vitamins A and E can help prevent the acquisition of oral cancer. 

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What are the warning signs of oral cancer?

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Early symptoms of oral cancer include: a sore on the lip, in the mouth, or in the throat that does not heal; a lump on the lip, in the mouth, or in the throat; a red or white patch found anywhere in the mouth; unusual pain or bleeding in the mouth; swelling of the mouth; and any difficulty or discomfort felt in chewing or swallowing.  

Additional faq’s

I really do not like visiting the dentist, is there anything you can do to help me relax?

  • Dr. Farzad is noted for his gentle touch and our team goes to great lengths to make your visit relaxed. Still, many people are jittery about coming to see us. Some will even put off an appointment (exposing themselves to more serious dental problems) rather than see a dentist.
  • If you have had a past traumatic dental experience, difficulty becoming numb, a bad gag reflex, very sensitive teeth, or complex dental problems, we can offer sedation dentistry. For this service, we request that a companion accompany you to the office.

What makes you different than any other dental practice I can visit?

We can sum up the difference in one word---commitment. We are committed to our patients. We strive to provide each one with the highest quality dental care experience possible, exceeding their expectations.