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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Family Dentistry

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Do you have questions about your oral health, or maybe the treatment recommended for you? We love to answer questions and spend time teaching our patients about their dental health so they can be an active partner in their dental treatment choices. Here are a few of the questions we often hear from patients, but feel free to contact us at (302) 376-1500 if you don't find the answers you're looking for here.

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Dental x-rays give Dr. Karian the inside view of your teeth, jaw, and bone that he needs to make the best diagnosis of any concerns that may be happening in your mouth. At every routine dental examination, he looks at your teeth and mouth thoroughly; however, x-rays allow him to detect concerns like tooth decay even earlier than an exam with the naked eye.

Dr. Karian recommends that dental x-rays (bitewings) be updated once a year to help him monitor your oral health. If you are having pain or an issue with a particular tooth, he may use a more specific x-ray (periapical) of just that tooth to help him determine exactly what's bothering it. X-rays can help him decide the best course of action for a problem tooth. 

Dental x-rays are perfectly safe for our patients as they emit much less radiation than other types of x-rays. Dr. Karian also uses a covering that protects patients during the x-ray process. The benefits of having x-rays updated once a year far outweighs the small amount of radiation you're exposed to for only a few seconds.

If you have further questions about dental x-rays or any other procedure at Summit Dental, we encourage you to call us.

Dr. Karian welcomes patients of all ages to Summit Dental, including children starting around the age of one-year-old. Even though this seems early for your son or daughter to visit the dentist, it helps us begin building rapport with your little one, so they feel comfortable visiting the dentist. It also gives Dr. Karian a head start on monitoring your child's oral development and allows him to inform you of any concerns as early as possible.

Your Middletown dentist understands how essential these first encounters with the dentist are in helping your child have successful dental appointments in the future. We do everything we can to make these visits fun for your son or daughter.

Dr. Karian may also have some treatment recommendations, such as fluoride treatments or dental sealants, to help build and protect your child's teeth. Fluoride is easy to incorporate into your son or daughter's routine cleaning appointment, and dental sealants are a quick and non-invasive procedure that coats your little one's back teeth to keep out the harmful acids and bacteria that cause cavities.

Is it time for your son or daughter's next dental appointment? Perhaps you have questions about their dental health? Give Summit Dental a call today. We're happy to answer your questions and schedule your child's next visit.

For most healthy patients, Dr. Karian recommends that you have a thorough professional cleaning every six months, or twice per year. Patients who are keeping gum disease under control may need three or four cleanings throughout the year to maintain their condition as there is no cure for gum disease. 

Your cleaning is essential because your dental hygienist has the skills to remove plaque buildup that you might have overlooked during your brushing at home. Tartar is plaque that has calcified or hardened to the point that makes it impossible to remove with just brushing or flossing alone. It has to be scraped away with the tools your hygienist uses.

The time spent with your hygienist is also great for asking questions about products or techniques that might improve your home care routine. For example, your hygienist might recommend that you switch to an electric toothbrush if you haven't already done so. An electric toothbrush does the hard work of brushing for you while ensuring that you're gentle around your delicate gum tissue. It also times your brushing session to ensure that you're completing the recommended two minutes. 

Is it time for your next cleaning and checkup? This appointment is the most simple and straightforward way to protect your dental health. Call your Middletown dentist today to schedule your next appointment.

Bad breath is the elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about. It's embarrassing for both the victim and the person that has it. In many cases, it's the garlic or onions you ate during lunch that causes bad breath, and an excellent antibacterial mouth rinse can help you get rid of it.

However, for some people, bad breath (halitosis) is chronic and doesn't go away no matter how they try to deal with it. In these cases, it's time to contact your Middletown dentist because you could be dealing with gum disease. Chronic bad breath is one of the early signs of an infection in your gums (gingivitis) that will eventually move to the bone that supports your teeth. Other symptoms of gingivitis may be red, irritated, or swollen gums. Or gums that bleed during brushing or flossing.

Your best defense against gum disease is your bi-annual visit to your dentist for cleanings and checkups. Dr. Karian will screen you for gum disease during every examination, and the good news is that you can often successfully manage gingivitis with a thorough professional cleaning and improvements to your home care routine. Contact Summit Dental today to schedule your appointment if you are dealing with bad breath or other signs of gum disease. 

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