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Frequently Asked Dental Questions Los Angeles

We have tried to answer to some of most asked questions here. Keep in mind though that these are general responds and that the answers that you need or looking for, may be different than the ones discussed here. To be able to properly answer to your questions and diagnose your problems, you need to make an appointment and give our dentists the chance to examine you thoroughly. If you need answers to questions that are not mentioned here, feel free to cantact us and ask your questions directly. We always welcome any chance to help you maintain the health of your teeth and beauty of your smile. :)

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Q. Should I floss every day? Q. What is tooth abscess?
A. Yes. Daily flossing is the best way to clean between the teeth and under the gumline. Flossing not only helps clean these spaces, it disrupts plaque colonies from building up, preventing damage to the gums, teeth, and bone.

* Take 12-16 inches (30-40cm) of dental floss and wrap it around your middle fingers, leaving about 2 inches (5cm) of floss between the hands.
* Using your thumbs and forefingers to guide the floss, gently insert the floss between teeth using a sawing motion.
* Curve the floss into a “C” shape around each tooth and under the gumline. Gently move the floss up and down, cleaning the side of each tooth.

Floss holders are recommended if you have difficulty using conventional floss.

A. A tooth abscess is a collection of infected material (pus) resulting from a bacterial infection in the center of a tooth. A tooth abscess is a complication of tooth decay. It may also result from trauma to the tooth, such as when a tooth is broken or chipped. Openings in the tooth enamel allow bacteria to infect the center of the tooth (the pulp). Infection may spread out from the root of the tooth and to the bones supporting the tooth. Infection results in a collection of pus (dead tissue, live and dead bacteria, white blood cells) and swelling of the tissues within the tooth. This causes a painful toothache. If the pulp of the tooth dies, the toothache may stop, unless an abscess develops. This is especially true if the infection remains active and continues to spread and destroy tissue.
Q. How to get my teeth whiter? Q. Why do I need to extract my wisdom teeth?
A. The fastest way to get your teeth whiter is Zoom In-Office Teeth Whitening. You will get up to ten-twelve shades whiter in about one hour. A. When wisdom teeth are fully erupted, aligned properly, and gums are healthy, you do not have to extract your wisdom teeth. Unfortunately, in most of the cases, the crowding and malposition of the erupting wisdom teeth is likely to happen. When the wisdom teeth are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth, the extraction might become imperative.
Q. Which is the best toothpaste? Q. Does it hurt???
A. The best of anything is a choice that has a lot of variables and options. For example a person with sensitive teeth will choose a toothpaste that handles sensitivity and the person who wants whiter teeth will call the whitening toothpaste the best. I would recommend discussing this question with our dentists to be able to choose what's best for you. A. This is the question that bothers everybody, regardless of the dental procedure to be performed. The good news is, that presently most of the dental treatments are virtually painless. The use of local anesthetics and in some cases an oral or IV sedation will be administered in order to eliminate the pain and anxiety. Of course when your tooth is infected and/or your nerves pain threshold is very thin than there might be some pain, but than it will be less than you already felt because of your toothache.
Q. How to brush my teeth properly, and how often? Q. What is the difference between tooth caries and tooth decay?
A. Brush your teeth at least twice a day (especially before going to bed at night) with an ADA approved soft bristle brush and toothpaste.

* Brush at a 45 degree angle to the gums, gently using a small, circular motion, ensuring that you always feel the bristles on the gums.
* Brush the outer, inner, and biting surfaces of each tooth.
* Use the tip of the brush head to clean the inside front teeth.
* Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.
Electric toothbrushes are also recommended. They are easy to use and can remove plaque efficiently. Simply place the bristles of the electric brush on your gums and teeth and allow the brush to do its job, several teeth at a time.

A. Actually tooth caries is the medical (Latin) term for tooth decay. So if you have been told by your dentist that you have a caries than you have a tooth decay, and it needs to be taken care of as soon as possible.
Q. Why do I need to visit a dentist if my teeth don't hurt? Q. Will my tooth infection go away by itself, if the tooth doesn't hurt anymore?
A. You should have your teeth checked and cleaned at least twice a year, though your dentist or dental hygienist may recommend more frequent visits. Regular dental exams and cleaning visits are essential in preventing dental problems and maintaining the health of your teeth and gums. At these visits, your teeth are cleaned and checked for cavities. Additionally, there are many other things that are checked and monitored to help detect, prevent, and maintain your dental health. A. The existing toothache will ease as a result of the release of the puss from the infected area. As soon as all the accumulated puss finds its way out and releases the pressure to the nerve you are more likely to feel some pain relief. In no case this means though that your problem is solved. If left untreated, the infection will spread fast and affect the other teeth, as well as other areas of your face and head.