FAQ’s PARR Dental


1. FAQ: How often should I have a dental check-up?

It’s generally recommended to visit your dentist for a check-up and cleaning every six months. However, your dentist may recommend more frequent visits if you have a high risk of dental disease.

2. What can I expect during a routine dental visit?

During a routine visit, your dentist will check your teeth, gums, and mouth for any signs of issues, perform a professional cleaning to remove plaque and tartar, and may take X-rays if necessary. The visit may also include a discussion about your diet, oral care habits, and any lifestyle factors affecting your oral health.

3. Why are my teeth sensitive and how can I reduce the sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity can occur due to worn tooth enamel or exposed tooth roots. Sensitive teeth can be treated with a variety of dental procedures, as well as certain types of toothpaste made for sensitive teeth. It’s best to discuss this issue with your dentist to identify the right solution for you.

4. Can you tell me more about teeth whitening options at Parr Dental?

At Parr Dental, we offer both in-office and at-home teeth whitening treatments, as well as options like whitening toothpaste and strips. We also provide porcelain veneers for more severe discoloration. We can evaluate your needs and recommend the most suitable option for you.

5. What are porcelain veneers and how can they improve my smile?

Porcelain veneers are thin shells designed to cover the front surface of your teeth. They can correct various cosmetic issues, including discoloration, chips, gaps, or misalignment, resulting in an improved smile.

6. How can I prevent tooth discoloration?

To prevent tooth discoloration, limit your intake of stain-causing foods and drinks like coffee, tea, and red wine, stop smoking, and maintain good oral hygiene habits including brushing and flossing regularly.

7. How do I know if I need a dental filling or a root canal?

Both procedures address tooth decay, but the severity determines which is needed. A filling is usually sufficient for minor decay, while a root canal is necessary for severe cases where the tooth’s nerve is affected. Your dentist will decide the best course of action based on an examination and X-rays.

8. What should I do in case of a dental emergency?

In a dental emergency, contact us immediately. We offer emergency dental care services for situations like severe toothache, knocked-out teeth, or broken teeth.

9. How often should I replace my toothbrush?

It’s recommended to replace your toothbrush every three to four months or sooner if the bristles are frayed.

10. Is it necessary to floss every day?

Yes, daily flossing helps to remove food particles and plaque from between your teeth and along the gum line, areas that your toothbrush can’t reach.

11. What's the best way to prevent cavities?

Regular brushing and flossing, eating a balanced diet, and scheduling routine dental check-ups can help prevent cavities. Fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash can also be beneficial.

12. Can gum disease be reversed?

Early-stage gum disease (gingivitis) can be reversed with professional treatment and good oral home care. However, advanced gum disease (periodontitis) is a chronic condition that requires ongoing management.

13. What are the signs of oral cancer that I should be aware of?

Signs can include sores that don’t heal, red or white patches, loose teeth, difficulty, or discomfort when swallowing, and persistent pain in the mouth. Regular dental check-ups are crucial, as your dentist can screen for symptoms of oral cancer.

14. What are dental implants and who can benefit from them?

Dental implants are a long-lasting solution for missing teeth. They are surgically placed into the jawbone and serve as the roots of missing teeth. If you have one or more missing teeth, are in good general and oral health, and have sufficient bone in your jaw, you may benefit from dental implants.

15. How can I improve my dental hygiene routine at home?

Brush at least twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, use a mouthwash, and clean your tongue to remove bacteria. It’s also beneficial to eat a balanced diet and limit sugary snacks and drinks.

16. What is the right way to brush my teeth?

Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, replace it every three months, and brush for two minutes. Make sure to cover all surfaces of your teeth, brush your tongue, and avoid aggressive brushing to protect your enamel and gums.

17. What foods should I avoid to maintain good oral health?

It’s best to limit sugary foods and drinks, as well as acidic foods like citrus and tomatoes, which can wear down your tooth enamel. Sticky and hard foods can also damage your teeth.

18. Can braces be a suitable solution for adults?

Yes, braces are suitable for adults and can correct issues like overcrowding, gaps, and misalignment. Your dentist can advise on the best type of braces for your needs.

19. What is the process of getting a dental crown?

First, the tooth is reshaped to make room for the crown. Then, an impression of the tooth is taken to create a custom crown. A temporary crown is placed until the permanent one is ready. In the final visit, the permanent crown is cemented onto the tooth.

20. How can I overcome dental anxiety?

Communicate your fears with your dentist. They can adjust their treatment plan to make you more comfortable. and  offer other options. Techniques such as deep breathing exercises and listening to calming music may also help.