Dental FAQs

Dental FAQs

Answers to Common Questions

At Hill Dentistry, we are always available to answer your questions and concerns or to schedule an emergency dental appointment. We have a different kind of dental office – friendly, vibrant, and focused around total patient comfort. You are invited!

Please view the responses below for answers to common dental questions. If you'd like to book an appointment, call us at (719) 470-2522 today!

What type of toothbrush is recommended?

Your toothbrush should be either a soft bristle manual toothbrush or an electric version. A toothbrush with various bristle heights is more effective.

How often should I replace my toothbrush?

Replace your toothbrush every three months.

What symptoms indicate the need for emergency dental care?

If you have a toothache, you should see a dentist at once. Other symptoms that should be treated without delay include sores in the mouth, jaw pain, swollen gums, or extreme tooth sensitivity.

How often should I go to the dentist?

Most people should have an exam and in-office teeth cleaning every six months, while others may need this treatment up to four times a year.

When should a child have their first dental visit?

Your child should have a first dental visit as soon as the first tooth appears or by their first birthday. Baby teeth are softer and can quickly develop decay if they are not cleaned and maintained well. Keeping on eye on them will help keep the baby teeth healthy until permanent teeth come in.

Does flossing really help?

Flossing removes food debris from between your teeth (where decay can develop) and keeps your gums healthy, as well as promoting fresh breath. Make it a habit!

What is plaque?

Plaque is a film that develops over your teeth due to food debris and bacteria. After eating, it is important to brush your teeth and avoid plaque buildup, as if not removed, plaque can lead to gum disease and cavities.

What are the signs of gum disease?

Periodontal disease (or gum disease) comes with several symptoms:

  • Bleeding gums when brushing teeth
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Receding gums
  • Unpleasant smelling breath
  • Loosened teeth

Are implants better than dentures?

Imagine having sturdy, natural-looking teeth with no restrictions on what you can eat. These are some of the reasons many people choose implants rather than dentures. Both options work well, but dentures require more maintenance than implants, which you just brush and floss like natural teeth.

How many veneers will I need?

Everyone is different, but most patients opt to have veneers placed only on the teeth people can see when you smile: about eight of your upper teeth.

Have a different question or dental problem? Call us at (719) 470-2522 or contact us online today!

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