Common questions about dental care

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Is teeth whitening safe?

Teeth whitening as a whole is not dangerous, though over-bleaching can cause gum irritation and sensitivity as well as potentially wear away enamel on teeth. Teeth whitening done by professionals is safe and effective when performed at a recommended amount, no more than twice a year.

What kind of foods cause cavities?
Cavities are caused by eating a lot of food rich in carbohydrates as well as by bacteria that live in our mouths. Foods that are high in sugar and other carbohydrates cause germs in our mouth to digest them and produce acid, which dissolves hard enamel on our teeth.

What is a root canal and are there alternatives?
A root canal is needed when the tooth’s root is infected. The only other way to remove the infection is to remove the tooth. Permanent bridges, implants, or partial dentures can replace the missing tooth once the jaw heals.

How often should I visit the dentist?
It is usually recommended to schedule a visit at least every six months. This allows the dentist to monitor your oral health and prevent possible future dental problems. Some may need to visit the dentist more than twice a year if they have certain oral issues or diseases. The best way to find out is to ask your dentist.

If you have further questions, do not hesitate to call your dentist and schedule a consultation.

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment or talking to our dental healthcare staff today, please contact BridgeView Dental’s Austin dentist office by calling 512-347-8299.