Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Arlington, TX

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Every member of our team at Sonria Dentista of Arlington loves taking the time to educate our patients and answer their questions, as knowledge empowers them to take better care of their smiles and make confident treatment decisions. You can call us any time, but first, be sure to look over our responses to some of the most common dental questions we receive in the office and online.

How often should I visit the dentist for regular checkups?

It is generally recommended to visit the dentist for regular checkups every six months. However, the frequency may vary based on your oral health needs and your dentist's recommendation. Some individuals with specific dental conditions may require more frequent visits, while others with excellent oral health may need fewer visits.

Why do I need a professional teeth cleaning?

A professional teeth cleaning, also known as dental prophylaxis, plays a crucial role in maintaining oral health. It helps remove plaque and tartar buildup that can’t be accomplished with regular brushing and flossing, which lowers the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath. Teeth cleanings performed by a trained dental hygienist can go a long way in preventing many of the most common dental problems from developing in the first place. 

What are the common signs and symptoms of gum disease?

Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, can manifest in various ways. Common signs and symptoms include swollen or tender gums, bleeding gums during brushing or flossing, persistent bad breath, receding gums, loose teeth, and changes in the way your teeth fit together. If you notice any of these symptoms, it's important to visit a dentist for evaluation and appropriate treatment.

What are the available options for replacing a missing tooth?

There are several options for replacing a missing tooth depending on your specific situation. Common ones include dental implants, fixed dental bridges, and removable dentures. Dental implants are a popular choice as they provide a long-term solution that closely mimics the look and function of natural teeth.

How can I alleviate tooth sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity can be caused by various factors, such as exposed tooth roots, worn enamel, or dental problems like cavities or gum recession. To alleviate tooth sensitivity, you can try using a desensitizing toothpaste, avoiding acidic and cold foods, practicing good oral hygiene, and visiting a dentist to address the underlying cause of tooth sensitivity.

What are the benefits of orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontic treatment, such as braces or clear aligners, can correct crooked or misaligned teeth, improve your bite and jaw alignment, enhance your smile's appearance, and contribute to better oral health by making it easier to clean your teeth effectively. Additionally, properly aligned teeth can help prevent issues like tooth decay, gum disease, and jaw joint disorders (TMJ).