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Spider FAQ
  • 1. I feel sensitivity in a particular tooth when I drink or eat something hot or cold. What is it?

    You could have a cavity, or you could have bad decay. If you already have a filling in that tooth, it could be a leaking filling. You should schedule an appointment with your dentist.

  • 2. When I eat something sugary, I have sensitivity. What is it?

    You could have a cavity, or you could have bad decay. If you already have a filling in that tooth, it could be a leaking filling. You should schedule an appointment with your dentist.

  • 3. My jaw hurts in the morning when I wake up. What could be wrong?

    You could be grinding, clenching, or bruxing. You should schedule an appointment with your dentist to discuss possible TMJ problems and the need for nightguard therapy.

  • 4. I notice white or grey discolorations on my teeth. What is that?

    They could be from developmental hypo or hyper calcifications or antibiotic therapy (tetracycline staining). You should schedule an appointment with your dentist to discuss whitening techniques or veneers.

  • 5. My teeth seem to be shifting and are starting to overlap. What can I do?

    See your dentist to discuss a possible removable appliance, invisalign, braces, or veneers.

  • 6. My gums bleed when I brush. What could be causing the bleeding?

    It could be from brushing too hard or you may need a professional cleaning. Other possibilities may be that you have gingivitis or periodontal disease. Schedule an appointment with your dentist and hygienist.

  • 7. I'm very sensitive to cold above one tooth, in between the tooth and the gum. What's wrong?

    It could be gum recession (the root of the tooth is exposed). Make an appointment with your hygienist for a cleaning and have an examination by your dentist.

  • 8. I have a temporary crown in my mouth and it fell out. What do I do?

    Call your dentist's office and set up an appointment to have it re-cemented.

  • 9. I want my front teeth to look better but I don not want to wear braces. What do you recommend?

    You can opt to wear Invisalign which are clear plastic acrylic shells (which orthodontists call aligners) that snap over the teeth; or you can opt for veneers.

  • 10. Do I have to floss everyday? Is it really that important?

    What your brushing can't reach, flossing can. Flossing removes food particles and plaque that elude your toothbrush since the little stuff often hides behind and between the teeth. In fact, dentists consider it even more crucial in the prevention of tooth decay and periodontal disease than brushing.

  • 11. What is a canker sore?

    Canker sores are small sores that can form inside the mouth. They can be white, yellow, grey and sometimes have a small red border surrounding them. They can be painful when talking or eating. Canker sores are not contagious and usually go away on their own in 7-10 days. If a canker sore persists for more than 2 weeks, see your dentist.

  • 12. Which toothbrush do you recommend, manual or electric?

    If dentists ruled the world, everyone would own an ultrasonic toothbrush. It gives you a professional clean feeling, right in your own bathroom. The plaque is brushed off the surface of the teeth with just the right amount of aggression, and the day's extrinsic stains get brushed off as well. What's more, the latest models have a beeper installed that goes off every thirty seconds to signal when it 's time to move on the next quadrant in your mouth.
     
    Do you actually need a rotating or oscillating toothbrush? 31% of Americans have one, but that doesn't necessarily mean you need
    one. It simply depends on how well you treat your teeth. So you probably already know the answer.
    How well, and for how long do you brush your teeth? If you know that you're a lazy brusher then you need one. If you're still on the fence about whether you should use a rotating brush, ask your dentist and hygienist to grade you on your oral-care habits.
     
    If you prefer to use a standard manual toothbrush, there are some characteristics you should look for when purchasing one.
    Easy grip: It should have a handle that's easy to grip and long enough so as not to make the action of brushing awkward.
    Head space: It should have a marginally small head so it can easily reach every spot. 
    Soft touch: It's bristles should be soft with rounded ends and lie at a forty-five-degree angle to the teeth to allow you to easily and gently move it between the gum and teeth in a non-aggressive sideways motion.
  • 13. Why is oral hygiene so important during pregnancy?

    Good oral hygiene is extremely important during pregnancy because the increase in hormone levels during pregnancy can cause dental problems to be intensified.

  • 14. Are mouthguards important when playing sports?

    According to the ADA, and athlete is 60 more times likely to have an injury to the teeth when not wearing a mouthguard. A mouthguard is designed to help buffer the teeth from injury and trauma. If you play the following sports, you should probably wear a mouthguard: football, boxing, hockey, basketball, snow skiing, snowboarding, soccer, etc.)

  • 15. What is calculus?

    Also known as tartar, calculus is the hardened residue that forms on your teeth when plaque is not removed. Plaque can be removed by brushing everyday and flossing daily. If calculus is allowed to remain on the teeth and below the gum line, it can lead to chronic infection and inflammation. The only way to remove calculus is to have your teeth professionally cleaned.

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  • 16. What is halitosis?

    Is a clinical name for bad breath. According to studies, 85% of people with bad breath have a dental condition that is to blame. These conditions could be gum disease, cavities, poor oral hygiene, oral cancer, and bacteria on the tongue.