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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What should I do if I have bad breath?
Q: How often should I brush and floss?
Q: Are amalgam (silver) fillings safe?
Q: How often should I have a dental exam & cleaning?
Q: How can I tell if I have gungivitis or periodontitis (gum disease)?
Q: Why is it important to use dental floss?
Q: How can cosmetic dentistry help improve the appearance of my smile?
Q: What are porcelain veneers and how can they improve my smile?
Q: What can I do about stained or discolored teeth?

Q: How often should I have a dental exam & cleaning?

A: You should have your teeth checked and cleaned at least twice a year, though your dentist or dental hygienist 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. These include:

  • Medical history review: Knowing the status of any current medical conditions, new medications, and illnesses, gives us insight to your over all health and also your dental health.
  • Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
  • Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any sings of oral cancer.
  • Gum disease evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
  • Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
  • Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc.
  • Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for sometime and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line, and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
  • Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
  • Teeth polishing: Removes stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during toothbrushing and scaling.
  • Oral hygiene recommendations: Review and recommend oral hygiene aids as needed (electric dental toothbrushes, special cleaning aids, fluorides, rinses, etc.).
  • Review dietary habits: Your eating habits play a very important role in your dental health.
 
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Timothy A. Ungarean, DMD, FAGD
Creating Beautiful Smiles

Pittsburgh Location

4701 Baptist Rd.
Suite 301
Pittsburgh, PA 15227
(412) 884-1424

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West Location

3153 Broadhead Rd.
Suite A.
Aliquippa, PA 15001
(724) 857-1010

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