You ask the questions that are answered here, so please E-Mail Dr. Golden with your queries. Remember that the following advice is general and is not a substitute for an in-person evaluation by your dentist.
Q. Why do I need to see the dentist every six months?
A. Preventive care by way of frequent check-ups is your best guarantee of preserving the health of your teeth. Even if you have the best oral hygiene habits you may have a genetic predisposition to tooth decay. Early diagnosis of decay is the key to minimizing its effect and saving your teeth from needing root canals or from breaking.
Similarly, periodontal (gum related) disease is episodic and may not be apparent at the time of the check-up. The best chance of early detection is in frequent check-ups. When periodontal disease is detected early enough it can be nonsurgically treated. If the disease advances your teeth may become mobile or loose, your roots may become exposed and sensitive to hot and cold, you may develop constant bad breath and bad taste and it may not be possible to save your teeth. Please, take your check-ups seriously as preventive care can save your teeth and your money.
Q. My teeth are yellowish in color, is this healthy and what can I do to make them look whiter?
A. Yellow is a natural color for teeth. Often our teeth become more yellow as we grow older. This is normal.