Dental FAQ

How can I treat bad breath?

Bad breath stems from a number of practices or causes.  Your dentist can evaluate you and discuss if there are any diseases or disorders that may be responsible for the problem. While you are brushing, you can reduce bad breath by brushing the tongue. If you wear dentures, remove at them and ensure they are cleaned before the next morning.

What is the recommended amount of times I should brush or floss?

The ADA recommends that you brush and floss twice per day, this before bedtime and after waking up. Use a soft toothbrush with fluoride toothpaste and be sure to brush all areas in your mouth that may contain bad bacteria.

When should I have a dental exam and cleaning?

You can schedule routine exams and cleaning twice per year, which is the amount we recommend. By having regular dental checkups, you can find early signs of disease and treat them more effectively. IF you have a high risk for getting a disease, you may have to make more frequent visits.

How is gingivitis or gum disease detected?

If you experience bleeding or swollen gums, this may be a sign of gum disease. The condition can be reversible at this stage through consistent brushing and flossing practices. When the condition becomes more serious, it can result in serious damage to the supporting gums and bones.

What are the risks of teeth whitening?

Those with sensitive teeth or have previously been affected by gum disease may experience high risks from teeth whitening. While this cosmetic treatment is considered safe by the ADA, there are various risks you should be notified of. The effects of teeth whitening include increased sensitivity. Discuss with your Dr. Chiang for additional considerations before having teeth whitening.

At what age should children have their first visit?

The American Dental Society recommends children to have their first visit after their teeth have erupted. Scheduling early visits can help reduce the risk of having cavities.