The following are answers to some of the questions we are asked the most. If you need more information about any of these topics or have questions about anything else, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
At what age should my children first see a dentist?
Generally, we recommend that children get their first dental checkup about 6 months after all of their primary teeth have erupted. This first visit lets us check for any potential oral health/dental problems and provides your child with a positive introduction to our dental office.
My gums bleed after I brush. Is this something to be concerned about?
While bleeding gums following brushing may concern you, the condition may or may not require attention, depending on the source of the problem. Bleeding gums can be caused by any of the following: improper, rough, ‘scrubbing’ instead of gentle, circular brushing motions; using a hard-bristled tooth brush instead of a soft one; plaque and/or tartar build-up below the gum line; or gum sensitivity due to gingivitis or periodontal disease. If this problem occurs every time you brush, contact our office to set up an evaluation appointment
I brush everyday, but my breath is just not fresh. Is there anything I can do?
Millions of people struggle with halitosis, or bad breath, despite daily teeth brushing. Here is a checklist of procedures that can eliminate the problem: twice daily brushing, daily flossing, and tongue cleaning; regular professional cleanings; and careful cleaning of any dentures or removable dental appliances. However, if your hygiene is meticulous and the problem persists, we can offer several solutions.
First, we can provide a plastic tool called a tongue scraper that cleans away bacterial build-up on your tongue and significantly alleviates odor. Or, we can recommend a specially-prepared rinse or toothpaste designed to actually break the odor-causing sulfur bonds that cause bad breath. Finally, we may also suspect a systemic or internal problem such as an infection or underlying condition, in which case we may recommend a visit with your family physician or specialist to identify the cause.
I want my front teeth to look better, but I do not want to wear braces. What would you recommend?
There are several methods Dr. Honore’ can use to improve the look of your front teeth without the use of unsightly braces. For slightly crooked or unevenly worn teeth, a bit of tooth reshaping and the addition of porcelain veneers can give your teeth a bright, uniform look. We would be happy to talk with you about the options available and what would best fit your individual circumstances.
Will I be charged if I need to cancel an appointment?
Dr. Honore’ has a very busy practice, and when you make an appointment we reserve that time just for you. If you have to cancel, we do ask that you give us at least twenty four (24) hours notice so that we can accommodate another patient who is waiting to be seen. If you do not give us the required twenty four (24) hour notice, we will charge you for the appointment.