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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if I have bad breath?

Some studies have shown that simply brushing the tongue reduced bad breath by as much as 70%.  Other ways to help reduce bad breath include:

  • Practice good oral hygiene – Brush at least twice a day with an ADA approved fluoride toothpaste and toothbrush.  Floss daily to remove food debris and plaque from in between the teeth and under the gumline.  Brush or use a tongue scraper to clean the tongue and reach the back areas.  Replace your toothbrush every 2 to 3 months.  If you wear dentures or removable bridges, clean them thoroughly and place them back in your mouth in the morning.
  • Come see us regularly – Get a check-up and cleaning at least twice a year.  If you have or have had periodontal disease, we may recommend more frequent visits.
  • Stop smoking/chewing tobacco – Ask the dentist what they recommend to help break the habit.
  • Drink water frequently – Water will help keep your mouth moist and wash away bacteria.
  • Use mouthwash/rinses – Some over-the-counter products only provide a temporary solution to mask unpleasant mouth odor.  Ask your dentist about antiseptic rinses that not only alleviate bad breath but also kill the germs that cause the problem.

How often should I have a dental exam and cleaning?

You should have your teeth checked and cleaned at least twice a year, though in some cases we 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.

How often should I brush and floss?

Toothbrushing – Brush your teeth at least twice a day (especially before going to bed at night).                                                                        

FlossingDaily flossing is the best way to clean between the teeth and under the gumline.  

Why is it important to use dental floss?

Brushing our teeth removes food particles, plaque, and bacteria from all tooth surfaces, except in between the teeth.  Unfortunately, our toothbrush can’t reach these areas that are highly susceptible to decay and periodontal (gum) disease.

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.

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

Daily flossing will help you keep a healthy, beautiful smile for life!

How can I tell if I have gingivitis or periodontitis (gum disease)?

Four out of five people have periodontal disease and don’t know it!  Most people are not aware of it because the disease is usually painless in the early stages.  Unlike tooth decay, which often causes discomfort, it is possible to have periodontal disease without noticeable symptoms.  Having regular dental check-ups and periodontal examinations are very important and will help detect if periodontal problems exist.

Signs and Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

  • Red and puffy gums – Gums should never be red or swollen.
  • Bleeding gums – Gums should never bleed, even when you brush vigorously or use dental floss.
  • Persistent bad breath – Caused by bacteria in the mouth.
  • New spacing between teeth – Caused by bone loss.
  • Loose teeth – Also caused by bone loss or weakened periodontal fibers (fibers that support the tooth to the bone).
  • Pus around the teeth and gums – Sign that there is an infection present.
  • Receding gums – Loss of gum around a tooth.
  • Tenderness or Discomfort – Plaque, calculus, and bacteria irritate the gums and teeth.

What is Six Month Smiles?

Six Month Smiles is a short term treatment to straighten teeth. This system consists of clear braces and tooth colored wires to minimize the appearance of the braces. Typically Six Month Smiles is best for adult patients that want to straighten their smile, and this system is usually completed in as little as 3-8 months.

For more information about Six Month Smiles, call us at (251) 947-3636.

What can I do about stained or discolored teeth?

Since teeth whitening has now become the number one aesthetic concern of many patients, there are many products and methods available to achieve a brighter smile.

Professional teeth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.  Over-the-counter products are also available, but they are much less effective than professional treatments and might not be approved by the American Dental Association (ADA).

As we age, the outer layer of tooth enamel wears away, eventually revealing a darker or yellow shade.  The color of our teeth also comes from the inside of the tooth, which can become darker over time. Smoking and fluids such as coffee, tea, and wine can also contribute to tooth discoloration, making teeth yellow and dull.  Sometimes, teeth can become discolored from taking certain medications as a child, such as tetracycline.  Excessive fluoridation (fluorosis) during tooth development can also cause teeth to become discolored.

Since teeth whitening is not permanent, a touch-up may be needed every few years to keep your smile looking bright.

Teeth whitening can be very effective and can give you a brighter, whiter, more confident smile!

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Relief

Relief from your dental issue and from the anxiety that often accompanies dental problems is at the heart of Robertsdale Dental Care.

Understanding

Robertsdale Dental Care understands your issue, including the emotions that can surround dental health. We long to offer kindness and comfort to fellow humans. Regardless of what makes you "you," we welcome you here.

Gratitude

We are grateful that you are considering us as your dental health provider, or are already part of our family. We look forward to taking care of you and showing kindness with each moment you are with us.

Experienced Staff

Our hygienists and dental assistant staff have an average of 15 years of experience. Including the doctors, we have a combined 236 years of dental health practice.

Comfort

We recognize and know that many patients experience dental anxiety. We're here to help. We have multiple sedation options to help make sure your experience is enjoyable, and we always communicate what to expect.

Convenience

We practice general dentistry and provide advanced dental procedures. From dental exams to dental implants, we make it convenient so you don't have to make multiple visits to different dental health providers.

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Our dental assistant staff and hygienists have an average of 15 years of experience. Including the doctors, we have a combined 236 years of dental health practice.

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