Winston-Salem & Greensboro, NC
We know that many of you have questions that you are just dying to ask us. Perhaps you are a little shy about asking. No worries. We have compiled a small list of the most frequently asked questions (or FAQ’s) that we here at Eric J. Sadler, DDS & Associates get from our patients.
Do I Really Have To Visit The Dentist Twice A Year?
The short answer to this question is always yes. Everyone should visit us twice a year. That way we can clean and examine your teeth. It also gives us an opportunity to make sure you don’t have other dental issues going on. If you use tobacco, you have a history of oral cancer in your family, or you are a heavy drinker, we screen you for oral cancer. You might say that your dental visits could be lifesaving.
Can I Get Away With Not Taking Dental X-Rays? I Worry About the Radiation
We understand that radiation is a scary thing. However, with digital x-ray technology, you are exposed to extremely small amounts of radiation. We measure radiation in millirems. You basically get a grain of sand’s worth of radiation (.05 millirems) when we do a digital x-ray. It would take about 25,000 millirems to really cause any type of problem or injury. So dental x-rays are safe for you to have. Of course, we will still use a lead shield anyway to be doubly- even triply- safe.
What’s A Cavity?
A cavity is a hole in your tooth enamel. It is caused by bacteria. The bacteria that cause tooth decay live in your mouth all the time. Usually, if you are eating a healthy diet and you are practicing good oral hygiene, you are able to get rid of most of the bacteria. However, there are times that bacteria can begin to eat away at your tooth enamel. Over time, if we don’t catch it, the bacteria will eventually make a hole all the way into your tooth pulp, which is usually when your tooth will start to ache. If you don’t do anything about your cavity, eventually it will cause a serious infection. You might even lose the tooth. The earlier we can catch it, the better.
Can I Get My Teeth White at Home?
Yes, but it depends on how white they need to be, and how much time you have to whiten your teeth. If you need your teeth whitened a couple of shades, and you have a couple of weeks to do it or longer, you can try whitening toothpaste and mouthwash at home. You can also try whitening strips, which can whiten your teeth a few shades in two weeks. However, if you need to whiten your teeth several shades, or you need your teeth whitened in a hurry, you need to come and see us. We can get your teeth sparkling white in one dental visit.
If you have other questions about your dental care, our office practice, or anything related to oral hygiene, please don’t hesitate to contact Eric J. Sadler, DDS & Associates. We love to answer all of our patient’s questions, and if we don’t know the answer, we can find out (not that that happens). Give us a call at (336) 331-5271.