Common Dental Questions Answered

Eugene, OR dentist Dr. Rita Feldmanis and her compassionate staff care about your health. There are many questions we receive in our dental office and we wanted to answer some of those here.

Why is it important to brush twice a day?

Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day is very important for your overall oral health. We tell our patients that the best oral health care is always preventive and taking steps daily is essential to your health. One main reason it is so important, is it can reduce bacteria in your mouth, which will limit the potential of cavities. This can help prevent diseases and stop halitosis.

What is the main cause of cavities?

Most people link cavities directly to sugar, but bacteria in your mouth is the main reason. However, bacteria can be triggered to make more acid when you eat anything that has carbohydrates — and sugar is a carb. The acid will eat into your teeth and build.

What is the benefit of a fluoride treatment?

Dr. Rita Feldmanis might decide that fluoride will be a good part of your overall treatment. Fluoride treatments are helpful because the can re-mineralize teeth, stop developing cavities and make your teeth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque, bacteria, and sugars in the mouth.

Is it possible to avoid tooth decay?

Tooth decay happens over time. It occurs when bacteria in your mouth creates acids that eat away at your teeth. It is necessary to treat tooth decay because it can cause tooth pain, infection, and tooth loss.

The combination of bacteria and certain food is what causes tooth decay. A sticky substance known as plaque contains bacteria and it is always forming on your teeth and gums.

Should I do Teeth Whitening?

Many people achieve the look they’ve been dreaming of with the simple “bleaching” procedure provided by Feldmanis Family Dentistry. Teeth whitening is an inexpensive and safe procedure.

We will provide you with a special bleaching agent that you put into the clear trays, which removes stains from the enamel of your teeth. Once your teeth reach your preferred brightness, only occasional treatments are needed to maintain your new smile.

Make an appointment today to learn more about these options.

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