Welcome to our online dental library! We love it when patients take the initiative to learn more about their oral health. Here, you can learn more about dental treatments and your oral care options at Love Family Dentistry. Feel free to contact our dentists, Dr. Lovecchio, if you have further questions regarding family dentistry in Roanoke, Virginia. We are happy to provide you with the information you need.
Why should I visit the dentist regularly?
By visiting the dentist regularly you can prevent dental problems such as tooth decay and periodontal disease from occurring and keep your mouth and smile healthy. This also makes your care less expensive in the long-term, as you will not need to receive more extensive and costly treatments to resolve problems.
Why do I need to floss?
Flossing reaches the areas between your teeth where your toothbrush cannot clean. This helps prevent cavities and other problems.
How often should I brush and floss?
You should brush at least twice each day. It is especially important that you brush your teeth before going to bed. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste. You should floss daily to clean between your teeth.
How safe are dental X-rays?
Dental X-rays are extremely safe for use. Advances in dental technology also continue to make dental X-rays safer through digital imaging technologies and higher-speed X-rays. Additionally, federal law requires that X-ray machines be checked for safety and accuracy every two years.
I’m afraid to visit the dentist – what can I do?
Please speak with our team. We take your fear seriously and will work with you to help you feel more comfortable in our office. There are many strategies that we can use to help reduce anxiety and fear, including sedation options.
When should children visit the dentist for the first time?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children visit the dentist for the first time about six months after their first tooth erupts, or no later than their first birthday.
When will my baby start getting teeth?
Babies actually begin to develop teeth in the second trimester of pregnancy (about 16-20 weeks.) Teeth typically begin to emerge between 6 and 10 months of age.
Why are primary teeth important?
Primary teeth are critical to maintaining good oral health and proper development. Your child’s primary teeth facilitate:
- Proper speech production and development
- Proper chewing, nutrition and good digestion
- Straighter smiles – primary teeth hold the places of the adult teeth
- Excellent oral health
What is cosmetic dentistry, and how can it help me?
Cosmetic dentistry is a field of dental specialty that focuses on enhancing the beauty of your smile It includes a wide range of services, ranging from purely cosmetic to preventive and restorative care. Common cosmetic treatments include:
- Teeth whitening
- Dental veneers
- Composite (tooth-colored) dental fillings
- Dental bonding
- Dental crowns and bridges
- Dental implants
I’ve lost a tooth. What are my options for replacing it?
There are several options available to replace your missing tooth, including dental implants, dental bridges, and complete or partial dentures. We will review your oral health needs and smile goals with you, and perform a comprehensive examination of your mouth in order to determine which replacement option is best for your needs.
What is a root canal?
A root canal is a procedure performed when injury, infection or decay reach the inner tissues of the tooth. Our dentist will clean out the infected pulp tissue within your tooth roots, sterilize the canals, and then fill them with medicated material and seal the tooth to prevent future infection. While this treatment may sound painful and intimidating, most root canals can be completed comfortably and in a single appointment.
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a field of dental specialty that focuses on diagnosing, preventing, and treating dental and facial irregularities, including misaligned teeth and jaws. Common orthodontic treatments include braces and clear aligner therapy to straighten your teeth and jaws.
When should my child receive their first orthodontic screening?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children receive their initial orthodontic screening by age 7.
Am I too old for orthodontic treatment?
While the majority of patients who receive orthodontic treatment are children or teenagers, many adults also seek orthodontic treatment. As long as your teeth and supporting oral structures are healthy you will be able to receive orthodontic treatment.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a degenerative oral condition that affects the gums and supporting structures in your mouth. It begins as a bacterial infection of the gums, and gradually progresses until it destroys your gums and bone structure. Your dentist will check for signs of periodontal disease during each of your regular dental exams.
What causes periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is caused by the harmful bacteria trapped in plaque. These bacteria infect and inflame the gums, and eventually cause them to recede and separate from your teeth. If untreated the condition will lead to gum and bone tissue loss as well as tooth loss.
What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?
Symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Red, swollen or tender gums, or other pain in your mouth
- Bleeding while brushing, flossing or eating hard foods
- Gums that are receding or pulling away from the teeth
- Loose or separating teeth
- Pus between your gums and teeth
- Sores in your mouth
- Persistent bad breath
- A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite, or in the fit of an oral appliance
What do I do if I have bad breath?
Halitosis (bad breath) may be caused by any number of factors, including:
- Morning time
- Poor oral hygiene
- Periodontal disease
- Poorly fitted appliances
- Dry mouth
- Tobacco products
- Medical conditions or illnesses
- Dehydration, hunger or missed meals
- Certain foods
You can prevent bad breath by visiting the dentist regularly, staying hydrated, practicing good oral hygiene, using mouth rinses and by not using tobacco products. You may also want to schedule an appointment with your physician to determine if your halitosis is caused by a medical condition.