Dental FAQ

What can I do about bad breath?

There are various reasons bad breath may arise.  Your dentist can help you diagnose and discuss any associated problems such as dry mouth, gum disease, or other disorders. During your brushing routine, be sure to brush your tongue too. Dentures should also be removed at night and be cleaned thoroughly before the next morning.

How frequently should I brush and floss?

The ADA and Dr. Chiang both agree that you should brush your teeth twice per day (morning and night) with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. You can brush all areas in your mouth to remove any bacteria that may cause bad breath. You can floss at least once per day, be sure to reach areas that your toothbrush has difficulty reaching.

What is the recommended amount of times to have a dental exam and cleaning?

We recommend visiting the dentist at least twice per year for a routine cleaning and exam. Your personal oral hygiene is also important to help maintain healthy teeth and gums.  Regular dental checkups also allow your dentist to discover early signs of a disease. Those with a high risk of disease must see the dentist more frequently. Patients who smoke, are diabetic, or have gum disease are considered a high risk.

How do I know if I have gingivitis or gum disease?

Gum disease is characterized by bleeding or swollen gums. At this early stage, the disease is reversible and can be treated with regular brushing and flossing. In advanced stages, the gum disease progresses into periodontitis, where the supporting gums and bones become seriously damaged.

Does teeth whitening have any risks?

If you have sensitive teeth or have a history of gum disease, you may not be a suitable candidate for teeth whitening. These treatments are considered safe by the ADA, but there are risks you should be aware of.  Patients may experience temporary increases in tooth sensitivity to temperature, pressure, or physical touch. Those with gum disease may have the greatest risk of sensitivity.

What age is the best for children to have their first check up?

Your child’s initial dental visit is good for healthy oral development. The American Dental Society recommends that the first visit should be made once the teeth have erupted from their gums. Children who see the dentist early will be provided with fluoride varnish applications that greatly reduce the risks of cavities.