Answers to General Dentistry Questions

Learn More about Brevard Health Alliance’s Dental Clinic

Good oral care is pivotal to total body health, which is why Brevard Health Alliance is proud to provide dental care services for families throughout Cocoa, FL, and the surrounding communities. Our certified dentists along with our knowledgeable and compassionate dental professionals, have the tools and technology to provide you with comfortable and comprehensive emergency and preventative dental care. We understand that some patients may have anxiety about visiting the dentists. We provide comprehensive and accurate information about the care you’ll receive when you visit us to help alleviate any concerns you may have. Please contact our offices today to schedule your next preventative or emergency dental appointment.

What Is General Dentistry?

Our dentists can diagnose, treat, and manage your overall oral health as a general dentistry provider. When you visit us, you can ask any questions about your gums, teeth, or mouth as well as let us know about any concerns you may have. We’re here to assist you. Our dentists will provide preemptive care and can make recommendations to a specialist if we have your comprehensive dental records.

Are Dental X-Rays Safe?

Yes. Dental x-rays are extremely safe. We minimize x-ray exposure by placing a lead vest over your body and focusing the machine directly on your teeth. Digital imagery technologies have made x-rays even safer.

How Often Do I Need to Get Digital X-Rays?

This often depends on your medical and dental history and current condition.  Children are closely monitored with digital x-rays taken every 6 months.  Adults with no recent dental concerns or gum disease and who visit their dentist regularly may get x-rays less frequently (12-18 months).  However, gum disease, excessive decay, and impacted molars may necessitate additional x-rays so our dentists can better monitor your teeth.

How Often Should I See a Dentist?

The American Dental Association recommends that everyone sees their dentist at least once every six months. A routine dental examination allows our dentists to clean and examine your teeth while answering any questions or addressing any concerns you may have about your oral care. Most dental insurances cover twice-a-year check-ups.

When Should My Child Start Seeing a Dentist?

Your child can start seeing their dentist as soon as their first tooth comes in or by their first birthday, whichever comes first. Beginning your child’s oral care routine at a young age provides multiple benefits. Your dentists will be able to monitor your child’s oral health from a young age and make recommendations for other dental services. After the first visit, you can begin scheduling your child’s dental check-up every six months.

How Can I Alleviate Dental Anxiety?

One of the best ways to ease your dental fears is to speak with your dentists. Our compassionate team is always here to listen to your concerns and answer any questions you may have about your treatment options. We understand that dental anxiety is a genuine feeling, and we want you to feel at ease when you visit our office. We provide a calming and relaxing atmosphere. We also offer anesthetics during procedures to reduce any pain you may feel during your procedure.

What Kind of Dental Procedures Do You Provide?

At Brevard Health Alliance, we provide a wide range of preventative and emergency dental services for adults and children. Our team of dental professionals is highly trained to utilize the latest tools and techniques to provide exceptional care for your teeth. Our preventative and emergency care services include:

  • Oral Hygiene & Dietary Counseling
  • Periodontal Disease Treatment
  • Fluoride Treatments
  • “Baby” Root Canals
  • Space Maintainers
  • Crown Placement
  • Teeth Cleaning
  • Dental Exams
  • Extractions
  • Fillings
  • X-Rays

Do Root Canals Hurt?

While root canals may have a reputation of being extremely painful, that isn’t true any longer. As dental technology continues to improve, so do pain management techniques. Root canals are almost entirely painless when performed by a knowledgeable and trained dentist. In fact, the pain you feel due to the infected tooth root is considerably more painful than a root canal. Root canals are designed to eliminate the infection in your tooth’s pulp while still allowing you to use that tooth for chewing once the procedure is complete. If you have any questions about your root canal procedure, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.

What Is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums, which normally causes them to become irritated and bleed when you brush them. It forms when plaque forms between your teeth and along your gum line. Luckily, gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease, and no permanent damage has been done to your teeth or gums. Our dentists will aggressively treat gingivitis to help protect your teeth. At home, you should continue to brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily, and use mouthwash to prevent plaque buildup. If left untreated, gingivitis will continue to worsen until eventually advancing to periodontitis.

What Is Periodontitis?

Periodontitis is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults in the United States. It is an inflammation in the gums caused by plaque and calculus buildup. The inflammation leads to deepening spaces between your gums and the base of your tooth. As your body continues to fight the infection, it can lead to the breakdown of your gums and bone. Eventually, your teeth will become loose and fall out. Once periodontitis has developed, there is no way to cure it, only to help reduce the effects of the symptoms. With routine check-ups, our doctors will be able to identify the early warning signs of periodontitis more easily.

What Are the Benefits of Visiting the Dentist Regularly?

There are innumerable benefits to visiting your dentist regularly. Bi-annual check-ups allow our dentists to examine your oral health and identify problems with your teeth before they lead to more significant issues. Not only that, a routine check-up allows you to voice any concerns you may have about your teeth or ask any questions about your at-home oral care routine. Some of the benefits of visiting your dentist every six months include:

  • Prevents Gum Disease – Having your teeth cleaned is one of the best ways to prevent gum disease. Our dentists can remove sticky tartar that may not be removed with brushing and flossing alone.
  • Monetary Savings – Most dental insurances cover two cleanings per year. Having your teeth routinely cleaned and examined allows our dentists to uncover potential issues before they lead to more costly problems, saving you money in the long run.
  • Oral Cancer Detection – Oral cancer is responsible for thousands of deaths every year. Our dentists can detect oral cancer early when the tumor is much more treatable during your routine exam.
  • Brighter Smile – Our dentists can remove stains on your teeth during your cleaning, creating a healthier, brighter-looking smile.

Why Are My Teeth Sensitive to Hot and Cold?

There are numerous causes of teeth sensitivity. Luckily, there are multiple brands of toothpaste explicitly designed to reduce the sensation so you can continue to enjoy the foods and drinks you love. However, if it becomes painful to enjoy your favorite foods, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist. Some of the most common reasons for tooth sensitivity include:

  • Cavities – Cavities are decayed holes in your teeth that can expose the dentin and even tooth pulp and nerves that are typically protected by enamel.
  • Worn Enamel – When your tooth’s enamel is worn down, it can expose the underlying dentin and even the nerves below your teeth. Your enamel can begin to thin if you grind your teeth or you brush too hard.
  • Large Fillings – Large fillings that sit on your tooth’s nerves can also lead to tooth sensitivity.

What Is a Dental Emergency?

If you have a loose tooth or your tooth has fallen out due to gum disease or sudden impact, such as a fall, you should see a dentist right away. Also, if you’re experiencing severe pain or bleeding from the gums, that is considered an emergency. When it comes to your teeth, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Our dentists are available to answer any questions you may have about any dental emergencies you may be experiencing.

What Kind of Toothbrush Should I Use?

Most dentists recommend a soft-bristle or an electric toothbrush.  Softer bristles are easier on the gums, whereas hard bristle brushes can actually damage the gums, root surface, and tooth enamel.  Electric toothbrushes are more effective at removing plaque and are easier for people with limited mobility.  Both toothbrushes help provide a good oral care routine so you’ll enjoy healthy, clean teeth.

Schedule Your Next Dental Checkup or Emergency Dental Service

At Brevard Health Alliance, our top priority is to provide our patients throughout Brevard County, Cocoa, Malabar, Palm Bay, Titusville, Melbourne, and Rockledge, FL, with the best dental care. Our highly trained team of dental professionals uses the latest dental tools and techniques to deliver excellent service. Proper oral health is key to your body’s overall health. Whether you’re a new patient or have been with us for years, we’re happy to answer any questions you may have about the types of insurance we accept and our services. Contact our offices today to schedule your next appointment.

Brevard Family Medicine icon
Women's Health and OB/GYN icon
Pediatric Button
Brevard Pediatric Walk-in Care icon
HIV & HepC Button
Patient getting feet worked on by podiatrist