FAQ with Dr. Tracogna
How often should I get my teeth cleaned?
Regular exams or checkups are important to keep your teeth and gums healthy. If you have good oral hygiene habits and a healthy mouth, your dentist will probably suggest professional teeth cleaning at least twice a year. If you have gum disease or if you build up plaque and tartar easily you may have to be seen every 3 or 4 months. Many dental insurance policies will cover two cleanings per year, but few people take full advantage of their benefits.
What causes cavities?
Cavities are permanently damaged areas in the hard surface of your teeth that develop into tiny openings or holes. Cavities, also called tooth decay or caries, are caused by a combination of factors, including bacteria in your mouth, frequent snacking, sipping sugary drinks and not cleaning your teeth well.
Why should I fix a cavity?
If cavities aren't treated, they get larger and affect deeper layers of your teeth. They can lead to a severe toothache, infection and tooth loss. Regular dental visits and good brushing and flossing habits are your best protection against cavities and tooth decay.
Why do my gums bleed?
Bleeding gums may be a sign of poor dental hygiene. Gums become inflamed and bleed when there's a build up of plaque along the gum line. Plaque is a sticky film containing bacteria that covers your teeth and gums. And if you don't brush or floss enough, the bacteria can spread and cause tooth decay or gum disease.
Is an electric tooth brush better than a manual one?
What age should I bring my child in for their first visit?
What do I need to bring to the dental office for my first visit?
Why do I need x-rays and how often do I need them?
How often you need to have x-rays depends on your oral health. A healthy adult who has not had cavities or other problems for a couple of years probably won't need x-rays at every appointment. If your dental situation is less stable and your dentist is monitoring your progress, you may require more frequent x-rays. If you are not sure why a particular x-ray is being taken, ask your dentist. Remember that dental x-rays deliver very little radiation; they are a vital tool for your dentist to ensure that small problems don't develop into bigger ones.
I’m afraid of dental appointments, how can you help me?
Do you offer payment plans and direct insurance billing?
Our Mississauga dental team is here to help you find the best dental services in Mississauga. Our professional and compassionate staff understand the needs of our patients in a comfortable and relaxing environment.