Flossing

Flossing is an essential part of caring for your teeth and gums. The American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once a day to help remove plaque from the areas between teeth where the toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing helps to prevent plaque from hardening and turning into calculus or tarter as well as preventing gum disease and cavities.

Flossing before or after brushing is still up for debate, but everyone agrees that flossing is essential to a healthy mouth.

At Hilltop Dental, we work with all of our patients to ensure that they understand proper techniques for flossing and maintaining gum health. We provide one on one care that allows us to take that extra time with each of our patients, guaranteeing that they get the treatment they deserve.

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What’s a Veneer?

Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth in order to change their color, shape, size or length.

Veneers are commonly used for:
1. Teeth that are discolored
2. Teeth that are worn down
3. Teeth that are chipped or broken
4. Teeth that are misaligned, uneven or irregularly shaped
5. Teeth with gaps between them

At Hilltop Dental, we pride ourselves in providing the absolute best experience to all of our patients. We take the time to explain each procedure to our patients in great detail as well as answer any questions or concerns that they may have.

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What’s a Crown?

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cast” that is placed over a tooth to cover the tooth in order to restore its shape, size and to improve its appearance. Crowns are cemented into place and fully encase any part of the tooth that is above the gum line.

Dental crowns are needed for the following reasons:
1. To protect a weak tooth from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
2. To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
3. To cover and support a tooth with a large filling that can no longer be maintained by a filling
4. To hold a dental bridge in place
5. To cover misshapened or severely discolored teeth or teeth that have had a root canal
6. To cover a dental implant
7. To make cosmetic modification

At Hilltop Dental, we pride ourselves in providing the absolute best experience to all of our patients. We take the time to explain each procedure to our patients in great detail as well as answer any questions or concerns that they may have.

Please contact us for any additional questions!

Common Misconceptions about Dental Care

1. Only sugary foods / drinks cause cavities
Plaque that is formed on the teeth is a sticky film of bacteria. If not removed effectively, when one eats or drinks foods containing sugar, the bacteria in the plaque produces an acid which attacks the enamel of the tooth. This constant contact of acid on your teeth, over time breaks down the enamel, which is when a cavity forms.

2. Children are more prone to cavities than adults
Kids are actually not inherently more prone to decay. They’re just not as good at brushing! Teaching your child thorough brushing techniques and helping them out until they’re dexterous enough to do a good solo job will lower their chances of getting cavities.

3. My teeth are fine if I have no pain
Decay can eat clear through your enamel and dentin before some people feel it at all! This is why 6 month checkups are so important. Catching tooth decay early typically allows for more of the tooth to be saved as well as sparing discomfort and cost.

4. If my gums bleed I should stop flossing
Actually, it’s the exact opposite. Bleeding gums are often the first sign of gum disease. Bleeding occurs when bacterial infections inflame your gums due to a lack of efficient cleaning. Floss gently if your gums are sensitive, but be thorough and extra diligent. Using mouthwash can also help to eliminate bacteria in the mouth.

5. After dental work is done on a tooth, it’s stronger than ever
This, unfortunately, is not always the case. One of the biggest risk factors for decay is previously having it. Dental crowns and fillings are great for fixing issues, but they are not perfect. Each filling and crown has nooks and crannies where bacteria can hide, especially as the restorations age. Having regular checkups helps to alleviate any further issues.

At Hilltop Dental, we pride ourselves in providing the absolute best experience to all of our patients. We take the time to explain each procedure to our patients in great detail as well as answer any questions or concerns that they may have.

Please contact us for any additional questions!