Dental Care Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that you may have a lot of questions and concerns regarding your dental health and oral hygiene. Your smile is one of your most noticeable features, and it’s our mission to provide our patients with the very best in customer service and oral health care. As part of this dedication, we have created a list of some of the questions we are asked most frequently in the hopes that this may answer some of your own questions. However, if you are not able to find your question and you would like to discuss a dental concern in further detail, do not hesitate to contact our team.

What do I do if I’m terrified of going to the dentist?

If you find yourself dreading a dentist appointment or completely avoiding the dentist altogether, you are not alone. Dental anxiety is a common concern that affects many Americans across the country. Luckily, our FWD experts have heard this concern before and are prepared to handle it. Our compassionate staff is extensively trained to make sure your visit is as comfortable as possible. Furthermore, we have gentle sedation dentistry options that can medically reduce your anxiety so that your visit is as stress-free as possible. No matter the extent of your fear, we have strategies to help you effectively deal with that fear and we will personally work with you to establish which option will be best in your situation.

How often should I brush and floss my teeth?

Brushing and flossing is extremely critical to your oral hygiene. This is the biggest way you, yourself, can prevent tooth and gum disease. Dentists recommend brushing your teeth at least twice a day. This will help remove food and plaque from your teeth that could cause many secondary problems later on. In addition to brushing your teeth twice-a-day, you should floss your teeth daily. By developing consistent dental hygiene habits, your teeth will be much healthier and have greater longevity.

How do I choose the right dentist?

When considering what dentist to use, you must first establish your priorities in your dental health care. Are you busy and would you benefit more from a flexible clinic? Do you have kids and would you prefer your kids to see a family dentist with you so that you can all go to the same location? Choosing the right dental practice is extremely beneficial to your overall dental experience, and   and our whole    team are dedicated to providing patients of all ages with the best service possible. With expertise in general dentistry, family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and paediatric dentistry, we are able to tailor our treatment plans to your exact needs.

How often should I have a dental exam?

Your teeth should be professionally cleaned twice a year, about every six months. Depending on your unique situation, however, your dentist may recommend more frequent visits. Consistent dental exams are the most effective way for you to maintain a healthy mouth and prevent bigger problems down the road. Dentists have the opportunity to thoroughly clean your teeth, remove excess plaque and tartar build-up, while also monitoring for warning signs of further problems like cavities. Finally, consistent dental exams give your dentist the opportunity to give you oral hygiene recommendations that you can work into your daily oral care regimen.

When is cosmetic dentistry appropriate?

Cosmetic dentistry can provide innovative solutions to any tooth concerns you may have. It is easy to become self-conscious about the appearance of your smile, and if you notice you aren’t feeling as good as you potentially could about your teeth, cosmetic dentistry may be a great option for you. There have been many advancements in cosmetic dental procedures due to the way technology has evolved in the dental industry. We are now capable of restoring teeth or giving you an entire mouth makeover with cosmetic dentistry, so if a more healthy and beautiful smile is what you seek, cosmetic dentistry treatments can make a noticeable difference.

Is your office family-friendly?

Absolutely. At FWD we emphasize family-friendly services for the greater Austin area, including   . Our dentists and staff know how important it is to be able to take care of the entire family’s oral care, which is why we allow for flexible scheduling and care for patients of any age, from young children to the elderly.

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry helps patients who experience severe anxiety when it comes to visiting the dentist. Sedation calms patients down and allows them to sleep throughout their dental procedure, freeing them of any feelings of nerves or anxiety that may come with dental work. Sedation dentistry can also help anyone with sensitive teeth, with a strong gag reflex, with physical limitations, or anyone who will be undergoing an extensive procedure.

Do you offer implant restoration?

Yes. We understand that certain circumstances such as mouth trauma and tooth decay may lead to tooth loss, and dental implants offer a great opportunity for patients to restore both the appearance and function of their teeth. This way, you can once again enjoy a natural-looking smile that can help you live a normal life.

Is there any way to make my first visit go faster?

It’s quite common that your first visit to a new dentist can be a lengthy process. Fortunately, at  , we have implemented a way to expedite the process. Under the “New Patients” tab at the top of our homepage, you may access and fill out all of the initial paperwork ahead of your visit. Having these documents already filled out when you walk in is an efficient way of getting everything done quicker.

What services can you provide my small children?

At DFW, we offer a number of important pediatric dental services. Your child or children can benefit from the following services:

Routine dental exams

Teeth cleaning

Dental sealants

Tooth fillings

Fluoride treatments

Pediatric crowns

The oral health of all individuals in Fort Wayne and beyond is very important, so feel free to get in touch with our office today about scheduling an appointment.

Does your office do dentures?

Yes! At DFW, we offer our patients options for both full and partial dentures. Depending on your specific oral needs, we’ll provide you with information about your options and work with you on preventative care for the future. We also offer denture maintenance, relining, and more.

What cosmetic procedures do you offer?

Many individuals consider cosmetic dentistry when they wish to improve the appearance of their smile. At DFW, we offer the community with a number of cosmetic dentistry options:

• Implants

• Veneers

• Smile makeovers

• White fillings

• Whitening and bonding

If you are interested in any of these cosmetic dentistry procedures, then our dental team at   can answer any questions that you have, and set you up with an appointment

Do you take x-rays on the first visit?

At DFW, we generally take x-rays on your first visit to our office. An x-ray taken at another facility within the last year may be accepted as well. In such case, patients are required to obtain their previous x-rays.

What if my teeth are extremely sensitive?

Sensitive teeth prevent many individuals from consulting a dentist as regularly as they ought to. However, the dentists at   may use gentle sedation on an individual with highly sensitive teeth. Gentle sedation allows a patient to undergo a dental procedure such as a cleaning or filling without any of the pain associated with extreme sensitivity.

What if I need a root canal, but am unsure?

Root canal therapy is a fairly common dental procedure used to remedy an infected tooth. If you see a dentist regularly, he or she may notice that a tooth or its pulp is inflamed or infected. When things get to this point, it may be time for a root canal, which involves the removal of part of the infected tooth, cleaning of the root canals, and the placement of filling and a crown. If you have any dental concerns in the  area, feel free to consult with an experienced member of our team today.

Is mouthwash worth my time?

While not everyone needs a mouth rinse as part of their daily dental hygiene routine, the American Dental Association recommends this step for people who have difficulty flossing and/or brushing. Mouth rinses are not a substitute for brushing or flossing, but they can still help remove extra debris from a person’s mouth. The best person to ask about the necessity of a mouth rinse is your dental practitioner.

What are the worst foods for my teeth?

Though there is debate about the “best” and “worst” foods for teeth, it is evident that acidic foods can be especially damaging. Foods like citrus and fruit juices can erode teeth enamel over time. Other acidic foods and drinks like soda and hard candy can also seriously damage your teeth; sticky candy like caramels can also stick to your teeth and get stuck between them, causing infection. So, although taking care of your teeth by eating healthy can sometimes be difficult, our    dentistry team recommends routine dental care to ensure the best health of your teeth.

What is the best way to floss my teeth?

You need to clean your teeth with the assistance of dental floss (the floss can be the waxed or unwaxed type) by holding and performing a sawing motion, this action will remove debris and clean areas which are not accessible using your toothbrush. You should gently pass the floss below your gum tissue as you wrap the floss around the corner of the tooth. Clean by moving the floss up and down approximately 10 times. Use a new section of floss as you move along your teeth.

Why do I need to see the dentist every 6 months?

Preventive care through attending regular check-ups is dental insurance – the best way to

preserve the health of your teeth and gums. However even if you exercise the best oral hygiene habits on a daily basis you may still have a genetic predisposition to tooth decay or gum disease. Therefore the early diagnosis is vital in order to minimise this and prevent the need of tooth canals or from other problems. Early detection also helps to lower any dental fees.

What is fluoride and does it really protect my teeth?

Fluoride is a naturally occurring substance, which has been found to help prevent tooth decay, when fluoride was found in higher concentrations in the local drinking water in many states. When used properly in small amounts, fluoride is a very safe material. The amounts found in local drinking water are safe and are less than than are found in many naturally occurring water sources. Fluoride becomes incorporated into the structure of the teeth and provides extra strength and resilience. Fluoride is also naturally antibacterial. It helps the most as the teeth are forming.

What is gingivitis and how does it differ from gum disease?

The terms gingivitis, pyorrhoea, periodontal disease and gum disease are actually the same. Gingivitis means the oral response to a bacterial infection. There are some body dysfunctions which allow a greater likelihood of periodontal disease such as diabetes and others. However usually generally bacteria is the cause of the infection. Healthy gingival tissues provide a balance between the type and number of bacteria present. Disease happens when this balance is lost and bacteria dominates. Tissue swelling, redness, exudate and pain generally accompany the disease process. Left unchecked, this affects the bone support for the teeth. This means that  there is more bone loss than regeneration. This process of more loss than replacement is linked to the severity t and duration of the infection. Unless the disease process is addressed the oral health will decline.

When should my children begin dental exams?

It is desirable to see children as early as possible, however some children aren’t ready to sit for a lengthy dental visit at an early age. We recommend that a young child visit our office and watch the parents of other siblings during an appointment. We have found learning by example works brilliantly. The child is allowed to observe the office and get to know our staff in a safe, non threatening environment. We usually suggest that children begin their first exams the time they are three years old.

What is the right way for my child to brush?

In the beginning, you will need to brush your child’s teeth for them. For the very young, just chewing on the brush is helpful. As the primary teeth erupt during teething (usually around 6 months) they need as much care and cleaning as adult teeth. As children copy others, it’s important to lead by example. The majority of children will get the best results with back and forth brushing. This is their starting point, from which they can improve their technique as their coordination and dexterity improves.

What type of toothbrush should be used for very young children?

We provide safe tooth brushes for very young children. The design is large and shaped to be safe to prevent reaching too far back or swallowing. Please ask for a demonstration.

How long do dental veneers last?

Dental veneers are perfect for people who want to restore the physical appearance of their teeth. It is made of a thin porcelain material that covers decay, stains, or an uneven bite. Although veneers are made of cemented dental materials, they need to be looked after – your dental expert will be able to advise.

How often should you brush our teeth?

Brushing your teeth is one of the mindless activities we do every day. We usually don’t take time to do it and sometimes we do it mindlessly. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing your teeth at least twice a day. Most likely, you can give your mouth a brief scrub before going to work and before bedtime.

How can I maintain a healthy beautiful smile?

Good oral health has a lot of physical benefits. Because it boosts your confidence, a healthy smile can also improve your career and relationships. Here are some helpful tips you can take to promote a great oral hygiene: Regular check-ups with your dentist: visiting your dentist at least twice a year helps keep your mouth healthy.

What are the day to day causes of tooth damage?

We use our mouth and teeth much often than we think about during the day. We eat, chew, and take in substances that could potentially harm our oral cavities. By senior age, most people will have lost most of their teeth. However, people can minimize this harm buy getting rid of some poor habits and arranging regular dental office appointments.

Do I need to Protect My Teeth During the Winter?

Many people aren’t aware of the winter’s proclivity to make teeth more sensitive than they would be in warmer weather. While there is no stopping colder weather from coming and bringing anywhere from mild to severe oral discomfort along with it, there are precautionary measures that you can take to combat the pangs of irritation from the cold.

How Can I Minimize Tooth Decay?

When it comes to tooth problems, perhaps the most prevalent is tooth decay. Even those who have a full regimen of basic dental practices are not guaranteed decay-free teeth. With this in mind, the severity of such damage can always be minimized when you perform proper health care. Essentials Habits to prevent tooth cavities: proper brushing and regular dental appointments.

What is the Prescribed Fluoride Intake?

What is Fluoride? As a simple definition, it is a natural mineral found in the earth’s crust and normally found in foods and water supplies. Most sources of fluoride intake at this time come from dental products like toothpaste, mouthwash, fluoride gels, among others. Some facts about fluoride products are: Toothpaste —over 95% now contain fluoride.

Do you have more questions? please contact us for an appointment or free smile assessment