Common Dental Questions

  1. How often should I see a dentist?
    The American Dental Association has recommended that you visit your dentist every six months to receive a dental cleaning and an exam. This will include examining your teeth, removing plaque, a general cleaning and sometimes, a dental X-ray.

  2. What kind of toothbrush should I use?
    We recommend using a soft bristled brush in order to minimize any damage to your gums. It’s also important to make sure that the head of the brush is small enough to fit around the teeth in the back of your mouth.

  3. How important is flossing?
    Very important! Flossing helps to remove plaque that builds up in between the teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. Skipping this crucial step can be a major contributing factor to gum disease, so make sure you do it every day!

  4. What are the symptoms of gum disease?
    Unfortunately, gum disease is painless in its first stages, making it even more important to look out for the physical signs. Otherwise, we may not catch it until it’s too far advanced. Some symptoms to keep an eye out for include red or bleeding gums, receding gums, consistent bad breath, and loosening teeth. If you have any concerns about gum disease, please make an appointment (link to Contact page) at Longmont Dental & Orthodontics, located in Longmont, Colorado.

  5. Should I trust over-the-counter whitening products?
    Any toothpaste on the market will help remove surface stains and yes, some whitening toothpastes will provide additional stain removal. However, it’s important to remember that they will remove surface stains only and don’t actually contain bleach to whiten teeth further. Other whitening products can contain hydrogen peroxide that helps remove stains on the tooth’s surface, but there is no home dental product that can even come close to producing the dramatically whitened effect you’ll receive from Longmont Dental & Orthodontics whitening products.

  6. How will I know if my child needs orthodontic treatment?
    It can be hard for parents to determine whether treatment is necessary. It’s common for problems may go unnoticed until it is too late, and at that point additional care may be needed. On the other hand, there are certain visible issues that can resolve on their own. This is why it’s so important for your child to receive regular 6-month dental exams. Dr. Shepherd can inform you of existing issues or potential issues and give you guidance on the best course of orthodontic action.

  7. When should my child first see an orthodontist?
    The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that your child be evaluated by the age seven. An orthodontic screening no later than this allows our orthodontist in Longmont, Colorado, to detect and evaluate problems that may exist. Dr. Shepherd will then be able to advise you on whether treatment is necessary now or will be in the future.

  8. Does orthodontic treatment hurt?
    In the past few years, technological advances have brought orthodontic treatment quite a long way. Luckily, we here at Longmont Dental & Orthodontics make sure to utilize the latest technology and techniques to make sure your treatment is as pain-free as possible. Dental braces will typically make your teeth sore for a few days, but they should not cause pain. Fortunately, this discomfort can be relieved with over-the-counter painkillers.