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How often should I visit the dentist?

At Mary Ellen Wynn, DDS we recommend our patients come in at least twice a year for a cleaning and exam. This allows our dedicated team to look for any problems or signs of decay while keeping your teeth clean and in good health. Dr. Wynn may recommend more frequent visits depending on each patient’s personal needs.

Why is flossing so important?

Brushing your teeth is a very important part of maintaining good oral health. Brushing should be a regular part of your daily hygiene routine. However, brushing alone is not enough to protect your teeth and gums. A toothbrush cannot reach into the tight cracks between your teeth — leaving these areas at risk. Daily flossing will allow you to clean the bacteria and food particles from between your teeth and make sure your entire mouth is protected.

What are you looking for during an exam?

During your exam, Dr. Wynn and her team of hygienists will be on the lookout for anything abnormal or concerning. As part of your visit we will check for:

  • Signs of periodontal disease
  • Signs of cavities and decay
  • Loose teeth
  • Early signs of oral cancer
  • TMJ disorder
  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Overall oral health

We will also perform an orthodontic evaluation and fluoride treatment (if needed) in addition to your normal cleaning.

Why does my dentist take X-rays?

Oral X-rays are a quick and safe way for Dr. Wynn and her team to check for any abnormalities in the structure of your teeth and jaw. By taking an X-ray, we are able to look for signs of rot or decay, find cracks and breaks, and identify any structural problems in your mouth. These X-rays allow us to find and treat problems before they have a chance to become worse.

How can I prevent cavities?

Cavities are some of the most common problems among U.S. adults and children. If cavities are caught early, they can be treated. However, when ignored cavities can decay down to the roots of the teeth – sometimes resulting in tooth loss.

 

Thankfully, cavities can be prevented with simple daily hygiene. To help prevent cavities and decay, Dr. Wynn recommends brushing your teeth at least twice daily. Floss every day to clean the spaces between your teeth and use mouthwash to kill any remaining bacteria.

 

In addition to daily care, make sure you come in twice a year for a regular check-up and cleaning. Together we can keep your teeth bright and healthy!

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease occurs when gums become inflamed and infected – resulting in “pockets” forming between the gums and teeth. Also known as “gum disease,” periodontal disease can lead to gum recession and tooth loss.

 

Over time plaque and tartar begin to build-up on the surface of the teeth. This gives bacteria a place to live. Regular flossing and brushing can help keep plaque and tartar away from the surface of your teeth, however, the gum line is a difficult place to clean. This is one reason why gum disease is so common.

 

During your visit, one of our skilled hygienists will clean along the gum line and between the gums and teeth – clearing away any build-up and allowing your gums to heal.

What are the signs of dental problems?

Dental problems can come in all shapes and sizes — which is why it is important to keep an eye out for anything unusual. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, please contact us right away and schedule an appointment.

 

  • Unusually loose teeth
  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Tooth loss
  • Bleeding gums
  • Gum recession
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Tenderness or swelling in the gums
  • Sores that do not go away
  • Pain in the face, neck, and mouth
  • A change in bite
  • A change in your ability to speak or eat

 

If you are experiencing anything unusual or have noticed one of these symptoms, call and make an appointment at 513-922-4221. Dr. Wynn will be happy to discuss any of your questions or concerns.

Why are my teeth getting darker?

Over time everyone’s teeth naturally become darker and discolored. This can be caused by a variety of things, such as the consumption of darkly-colored foods and drinks, certain diseases, and some medications.

 

To keep your teeth looking bright and clean, make sure to brush and floss daily. Avoid the following: coffee and tea, brightly-dyed foods, and smoking cigarettes. Teeth whitening solutions are available for those who want to restore their light, radiant smile.

How long will teeth whitening last?

At Mary Ellen Wynn, DDS we are happy to offer Opalescence GO! for our patients who want a whiter smile. The longevity of your whitening treatment depends on two things – the severity of discoloration before the treatment, and the way you care for your teeth afterward.

 

Depending on your personal oral hygiene and diet, your whitening treatment can last anywhere between several months and 3 years.

Do I still need to see a dentist every six months if I have dentures?

A common misconception among those with dentures is that because dentures are prosthetic teeth – they do not need the same level of care as natural teeth. This is simply not true! Dentures need special care – just like your natural teeth do.

 

Outside of daily hygiene and maintenance, it is important to visit your dentist consistently to keep your dentures in the best shape possible. Coming in for an exam will allow Dr. Wynn to check your bite, your fit, and look for any signs of decay or deterioration.

What is the best toothbrush and toothpaste?

From toothpaste and mouthwash to toothbrushes and dental floss, it’s important to choose the right products for your smile. Keep in mind that when you’re looking for a new toothpaste or toothbrush, be sure to choose one that has been approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). Dr. Wynn can also help by recommending certain dental products for use at home.

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