Dental FAQ's

Q: What is halitosis, and what should I do if I have it?
A: Halitosis, commonly known as bad breath, refers to unpleasant odors emanating from the mouth. It can stem from various causes, including poor oral hygiene, certain foods, dry mouth, smoking, or underlying health conditions. If you experience halitosis, maintaining a consistent oral care routine is crucial. This includes brushing your teeth and tongue, flossing, using mouthwash, and staying hydrated. Additionally, it's advisable to visit Dr. Ionescu at Dentistry by Design to rule out any potential dental problems contributing to bad breath and receive personalized guidance on addressing the issue effectively.

Q: Could you explain what porcelain veneers are and how they enhance one's smile?
A: Porcelain veneers are thin, custom-made shells that cover the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance. These veneers can change the shape, size, color, or length of teeth, masking imperfections and creating a more uniform, aesthetically pleasing smile. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Ionescu at Dentistry by Design to explore whether porcelain veneers are the right choice for enhancing your smile.

Q: Can I consume solid food after getting a filling or crown?
A: It's advisable to wait until the anesthetic wears off before eating. Otherwise, the numbing effect might make it challenging to sense, possibly risking accidental bites to your lips, cheeks, or tongue.

Q: Why does consuming hot or cold items cause discomfort?
A: Sensitivity to hot or cold items can stem from various dental issues like enamel erosion, abscesses, pulpitis, cracked teeth, or gum disease. Such discomfort might require urgent dental attention for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Q: What's the recommended frequency for brushing and using dental floss?
A: It's advisable to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once daily to remove plaque and food particles that brushing alone may not reach. This routine helps prevent cavities, gum disease and maintains overall oral health. For personalized advice on your oral hygiene routine, schedule a visit with Dr. Ionescu at Dentistry by Design.

Q: How frequently should I change my toothbrush?
A: We recommend changing your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months to maintain optimal oral hygiene.

Q: How often should I undergo a dental check-up and cleaning?
A: Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are crucial for maintaining good oral health. It's generally recommended to visit Dr. Ionescu at Dentistry by Design every six months for a comprehensive examination and professional cleaning. He can assess your oral health status and provide preventive care to avoid potential issues.

Q: How can I distinguish between gingivitis and periodontitis (gum disease) symptoms?
A: Gingivitis and periodontitis exhibit different symptoms. Gingivitis typically involves red, swollen gums that may bleed easily, especially during brushing or flossing. Periodontitis symptoms include persistent bad breath, receding gums, loose teeth, and changes in bite alignment. If you notice any of these symptoms, it's essential to consult Dr. Ionescu at Dentistry by Design promptly for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

Q: What should I do if my gums bleed?
A: Consult your dental hygienist to determine the underlying cause of the bleeding and suitable actions to eliminate it. Bleeding gums often indicate gum health issues that require attention.

Q: Why does my Dental Hygienist use lasers during teeth cleaning?
A: Laser therapy in dental hygiene offers numerous benefits such as bacterial reduction, improved coagulation, tissue removal, and even cold sore treatment. It's a versatile and effective method with minimal discomfort and broader applicability across age groups.

Q: How do gingivitis and periodontitis differ?
A: Gingivitis is a mild gum inflammation that's reversible with proper care, while periodontitis denotes severe inflammation and, if untreated, can lead to tooth loss.

Q: What's the distinction between periodontal maintenance and prophy teeth cleaning?
A: Periodontal maintenance involves deep cleaning for those diagnosed with periodontal disease. Prophy cleaning is preventive, targeting tartar above the gum line and intended for patients without a history of periodontal disease.

Q: Why is the utilization of dental floss crucial for oral health?
A: Dental flossing is vital as it removes plaque and food particles from between the teeth and below the gumline, areas where a toothbrush might not reach effectively. This practice helps prevent cavities, gum disease and reduces the risk of dental decay and inflammation. For guidance on proper flossing techniques, schedule a consultation with Dr. Ionescu at Dentistry by Design.

Q: What options are available for dealing with teeth that are discolored or stained?
A: Teeth discoloration or staining can be addressed through various methods such as professional teeth whitening treatments, veneers, or bonding. Your dentist, Dr. Ionescu at Dentistry by Design, can assess the cause of discoloration and recommend the most suitable treatment option to achieve a brighter, whiter smile tailored to your needs. Reach out to schedule an appointment for a personalized assessment!

Q: What's the best way to whiten teeth?
A: In-office teeth whitening provides quick and safe results. Alternatively, at-home whitening using custom-made trays and professional gel or over-the-counter products can also be effective.

Q: Can teeth whitening affect crowns or fillings?
A: Crowns and fillings don't whiten with conventional treatments. Discuss options with your dental professional before whitening, as additional steps might be needed to match the shade of existing dental work.

Q: Why are X-rays necessary during dental visits?
A: X-rays help dentists identify issues like hidden cavities or infections that aren't visible during a regular examination, enabling early intervention and preventing further dental problems.

Q: What's the difference between intraoral pictures and X-rays?
A: Intraoral pictures capture detailed images of teeth conditions, while X-rays reveal hidden issues like infections or root problems, aiding comprehensive diagnosis and treatment planning.

Q: How do dental hygienists differ from dental assistants?
A: Dental hygienists focus on professional teeth cleaning and periodontal treatments, maintaining gum health to prevent tooth loss. Dental assistants aid dentists during procedures and treatments, with different levels of expertise.

Q: What natural dental remedies are effective at home?
A: Brushing with baking soda and using a diluted hydrogen peroxide mouthwash (3%) can serve as natural dental care alternatives. Make sure to use a 1:1 ratio of peroxide and water to dilute it.