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Routine dental visits are essential to a healthy smile. Our dental team will provide a thorough evaluation of your oral health and a professional cleaning to remove hardened plaque. To make the most of your visit, you may want to ask our dentists some questions that help you maintain your oral health. Let’s take a look at three questions you might ask your dentist during your checkup:

#1 How can I keep tooth decay and gum disease away? Three things are essential: eating a balanced diet to fortify teeth and gums, brushing and flossing daily, and seeing your dentist twice a year for cleanings and exams–unless your dentist recommends otherwise. For example, illnesses and medications may affect your oral health requiring more visits to your dentist.

#2 What is tooth sensitivity? You will know if you have tooth sensitivity if the foods you eat or drink cause you pain. This can happen when you partake of things that have extreme temperatures–hot/cold–or are excessively sweet or acidic in nature. When this happens, your tooth enamel becomes thinner due to erosion, and your dentin or tooth pulp layers are exposed. This can arise because of the gum tissue receding, bruxism (grinding your teeth), having chipped or fractured teeth, among other things.

#3 How can I keep my teeth looking white? Depending on the cause of the discoloration, whether it is extrinsic (on the surface) or internal, you can keep your teeth looking their best with the help of teeth whitening for stains caused by tobacco use, coffee, wine, eating berries, etc. and for intrinsic staining, composite bonding and dental veneers offer effective solutions.

If it is time for your next dental cleaning, our dentists, Dr. Damien Garcia and Dr. Lisa Gortari are happy to evaluate your smile and suggest treatment possibilities for you. Please call Oasis Family Dental in McAllen, Texas, at 956-661-1000 and allow us to help you with your oral health needs!