Do you often wonder why routine dental treatments are essential? Regular dental care is integral to general dental treatments that maintain the smile and improve oral health. Visiting the dentist regularly can also prevent dental problems from developing into more complex issues. Below, you can learn more about the general and routine dental care we provide patients in our Fayetteville, AR, dentist office.
Q&A From Your Dentist in Fayetteville, AR
Read answers to common questions that many patients ask about routine dental care and treatment:
How often do I need to visit the dentist?
Patients should visit the dentist biannually or every six months. We offer X-rays, cleanings, and exams during routine appointments to ensure patients maintain good oral health. Our team may recommend a more frequent schedule for some patients with chronic dental problems. For instance, we may need to provide deep cleaning treatments for patients with recurring gum problems.
Why do dentists use fluoride?
Fluoride is a mineral that can help strengthen the tooth enamel. We provide fluoride treatments during dental cleanings to help prevent damage from harmful bacteria and lessen the chance of cavities. Our team will paint a fluoride gel evenly on each tooth during a fluoride treatment. We will also recommend that patients use fluoride toothpaste to strengthen their smiles.
Why do dentists use blue light?
Dentists use blue light during dental bonding or veneer treatment as a curing light. Halogen or LED lights help harden resin materials. These lights contain wavelengths that impact the molecules in the resin to set them and ensure that they stay on the teeth.
How can I visit the dentist if I have dental anxiety?
We understand that many patients can experience a fear of visiting the dentist or anxiety surrounding dental treatments. Our dental office can offer dental sedation and local anesthetic to ensure patients receive pain-free dental care. We also know that patients can develop dental problems that require extensive care if they avoid the dentist. Our office is judgment-free, and we want to help patients receive healthy, comfortable smiles. We always ensure patients feel comfortable throughout their treatments and as they heal after more extensive care.
Why do dentists scrape teeth?
When oral hygienists “scrape” the teeth, they are scaling them. During scaling treatment, our hygienists remove plaque and tartar from the smile. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that can cover the teeth and gums. Over time, plaque hardens to create calculus deposits or tartar. It is much harder to remove tartar without professional care and routine cleanings that scale the teeth and gums.
Do you have any more questions about our office? Contact Greenway Dental Care for routine care and general dental treatment today (479) 217-3178. You may also request a dental appointment with Dr. Richard Keech on our website.