Many people have questions about the dental care. Dr. Glen Fung has provided answers to a few of the questions that we are asked regularly on this page. If you have further questions, or to make an appointment with our dentist in Newbury Park, California, please call Newbury Oaks Dental at 805-499-0471.
Which type of toothbrush should I use?
The brand of the toothbrush is not as important as the type of bristle and the size of the head. We recommend using a soft toothbrush with a small head, as this will clean your teeth effectively without causing irritation or contributing to the recession of the gums. Be sure to be both gentle and thorough when brushing your teeth, and brush at least twice each day.
Is one type of toothpaste better than others?
Not necessarily. However, we do recommend using an ADA-approved, fluoridated toothpaste.
How often should I floss?
You should floss once each day. Flossing helps to prevent cavities from forming between the teeth where your toothbrush does not reach, and helps to keep your gums healthy.
What is the difference between a crown and a cap?
In dentistry, there isn’t a difference between a dental crown and a cap. Both these terms refer to full-coverage restorations used to cover the visible portion of your tooth. Dentists refer to all types of these restorations as “crowns.” However, patients often refer to the tooth-colored restorations as “caps” and the gold or stainless steel restorations as “crowns.”
What is the difference between a dental bridge and a partial denture?
Dental bridges are permanently attached to abutment teeth or dental implants to provide a stable, long-lasting restoration that cannot be removed from your mouth. Partial dentures are attached by clasps to the teeth, and can be easily removed by the patient.
Do I need a root canal just because I have to get a dental crown?
No. While teeth that have received root canal treatment do require a crown afterward, you will not need a root canal for a simple crown that is restoring a tooth to normal form and function. Root canals are only necessary when the inner tissues of your tooth are infected.
How often should I visit the dentist?
We recommend that you visit the dentist every six months for routine preventive care. Depending on your oral health needs, your dentist may recommend more frequent visits.
What is gum disease, and what are the symptoms?
Gum disease is a degenerative condition caused by bacteria trapped in plaque. Periodontal disease becomes increasingly worse if left untreated, and eventually leads to loss of gum tissue, supporting bone, and teeth. If you believe that you may have gum disease, schedule an appointment with our dentist as soon as possible to receive treatment.
Common symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Gums that are red, swollen, or tender
- Gums that bleed easily
- Gum recession
- Loose or separating teeth
- Pus around the teeth and gums
- Persistent halitosis
- Changes in your bite or the fit of your oral appliances
When should children begin visiting the dentist?
It is recommended that children visit the dentist for the first time no later than their first birthday. It is rare for treatment to be provided at this initial visit. Instead, the dentist and team provide a “well-baby checkup” and help you child feel comfortable in the dental office. Early dental visits are designed to help children develop positive associations with visiting the dentist and to answer any questions parents have about how to care for their child’s oral health.