What Is Dentistry?
Dentistry is a branch of medicine that deals directly with conditions, diseases, and disorders of the mouth, jaw, gums, and teeth. Our primary objective at New Concept Dentistry is to diagnose, treat, and work to prevent these disorders from affecting our patient’s overall physical health and wellness.
Who Is a Dentist?
Dentists are specialists who have completed extended schooling and training to care properly for their patients, treat oral diseases, and make an accurate diagnosis. Dentists Bruce G. Fay, D.M.D, Amanda Matthews, D.M.D, and Edward Bayley, D.M.D. have each received specialty training to meet your unique dental needs such as cosmetic dentistry, laser treatments, etc. Other dental specialties include the following:
• Oral and maxillofacial (includes surgery, radiology, and pathology)
• Endodontics (root canals)
• Orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics
• Prosthodontics (implants)
• Periodontics (gum disease)
Why Is It Important to Visit the Dentist?
Many people do not realize there is a direct connection between a healthy mouth and their overall health and wellness. Not only do regular visits to your dentist keep your teeth clean, they also prevent the following issues:
• Tooth decay and deterioration
• Premature tooth and bone loss due to periodontal (gum) disease
• Bad breath
• Help you achieve an attractive smile and raises self-confidence
• Reduces the chances of teeth from becoming discolored from drinks, food, and tobacco
• Strengthens your teeth, so you’re smile will be beautiful for years to come
Visiting the dentist regularly also reduces the risk of staining from food, drinks, and tobacco. Dental checkups strengthen your teeth and help you attain the beautiful smile you were meant to have.
Do I Need to Visit the Dentist Even if My Teeth Feel Fine?
Unfortunately, many people put off going to the dentist until a problem presents itself. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could prevent these issues in the first place? You can when you make regular visits to your dentist a priority.
The truth is that some dental problems aren’t always visible to the naked eye. For example, gum disease is one such problem that you sometimes can’t see or feel. Regular checkups will alert us to changes in your mouth that need attention right away.
Thanks to many cutting-edge and advanced techniques, today’s modern dentistry can also help you improve your smile.
A quick trip to the dentist can open up a world of possibilities such as the following:
• Professional teeth whitening
• Dental bonding
• Natural-colored fillings
• Tooth replacement
• Full cosmetic smile makeovers
How Do I Pick a Dentist?
We would like for you to choose us for your dental needs in Wilmington, DE, but we know that choosing a dentist is not always that easy. We’ve learned over the years that when you are comfortable with your dentist the chances are higher that you will continue with regular dental care. Here are some questions to ask yourself before choosing a dentist:
• Does the dental practice offer appointments that work with my schedule?
• Can I get to the office easily or is it out of my way?
• Is the office staff friendly and do they take the time to answer my questions?
• Does the dentist seem invested in my oral health?
• Does the practice take my insurance? If not, are there payment plans available?
• Does the dentist specialize in new treatments?
• Is the dentist a member of the American Dental Association (ADA)?
At New Concept Dental, we work with all a variety of insurance plans. We have affordable payment options for patients not covered by insurance and patients whose insurance does not cover the full cost of treatment. We continuously strive to offer you the latest dental techniques and always take the time to listen to your fears and concerns.
How Can I Care for My Teeth in between My Regular Visits?
• Never skip brushing your teeth or flossing. Flossing should be a once a day habit, and you should brush your teeth at least twice a day; once after breakfast, and once before you go to bed.
• Use toothpaste that has fluoride in it. Also, ask your dentist about fluoride treatments to prevent cavities. Fluoride treatments are not just for children.
• Eat a healthy diet filled with vegetables and fruits. Avoid sugary treats. Sugar increases the amount of bacteria in your mouth that leads to plaque and cavities.
• Don’t smoke and avoid other tobacco products. These products can discolor your teeth and also cause gum disease or oral cancer.
• Brush your tongue. Keeping your tongue clean and free of bacteria keeps your mouth healthy and prevents bad breath.
• Schedule routine checkups once every six months, unless we recommend a different schedule.
At What Age Should I Take My Child to the Dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) believes a child should visit the dentist between the ages of six months and their first birthday. While six months to a year may seem too young to visit the dentist, the AAPD recommends this age because it is the time that your child’s first teeth will begin to erupt. We examine young teeth because we want to make sure they are coming in correctly and to address any concerns you may have. After this first visit, we recommend you begin a six-month cycle.
How Often Should I Schedule Dental Checkups?
Everyone, adults, teens, and children, should visit their dentist once every six months. These checkups help prevent problems and keep your teeth clean. There are exceptions to this rule though. If you are at a high risk for gum disease or are recovering from oral cancer, we may recommend you visit us more frequently. Together, we will determine the best schedule for you and your situation.
What Is a Cavity?
A cavity is a crack or hole that forms in a tooth as the result of tooth decay. Tooth decay occurs because of plaque on a tooth’s surface. If the plaque is left alone, mouth acid will build over time and begin to eat away at the enamel on your tooth. You should not leave cavities untreated because this puts you at risk for serious problems like infections and leads to tooth loss. Cavities can be prevented by avoiding sugary treats, eating a nutritious diet, and brushing your teeth at least two times a day.
What Happens If I Get a Cavity?
If you have a cavity, you will need to have it filled with a dental restorative called a filling. Fillings are made of ceramic, gold, or other composites. We will suggest which material will work best for your situation during the initial consultation. After we remove all the decay from the cavity, we will then begin the process of filling the hole or crack with the filling material. If you are concerned about the pain associated with fillings, we can assure you that we go out of our way to make sure our patients are always comfortable. Drs. Faye, Redden, and Bayley offer sedation dentistry to help you relax and feel at ease during the procedure.
How Often Should I Brush my Teeth?
Good oral hygiene is essential to avoid cavities, tooth loss, and gum disease. But that doesn’t mean you should go crazy brushing your teeth. Overly brushing your teeth can harm the enamel on the teeth’s surface. According to recommendations from the ADA, you should aim to brush your teeth two to three times a day. You should also pay close attention to your tongue and your gums. Steer clear of toothbrushes with medium or hard bristles. Opt for a soft bristle toothbrush instead and pick toothpaste that has fluoride in it. You may also want to consider investing in an electronic toothbrush. These toothbrushes do virtually all the work for you and are excellent at removing the plaque. No matter whether you use a standard toothbrush or an electric toothbrush, staying on top of brushing and flossing will give you a winning smile.
How Often Should I Change My Toothbrush?
If it’s been several years since you changed your toothbrush, throw it out now and head straight for the drugstore. Toothbrushes are meant to be disposable. They are not built to last for years and years, especially if you’re faithfully brushing your teeth two or three times a day. Replace your toothbrush once every three months unless instructed otherwise. Individuals that use electronic toothbrushes will want to refer to the instructions that came with their toothbrush for specific recommendations. If you suffer from gum disease or have oral cancer, we may recommend more frequent changes.
Have you been sick recently?
If the answer is yes, as soon as you recover you’ll want to toss your toothbrush and head to the store for a replacement. If you need help choosing a toothbrush, give us a call. We’ll provide you with a list of suggestions.
How Do I Know If I Have Gum Disease?
Gum disease results from a buildup of plaque and, if left untreated, can cause significant oral health problems. However, if you are keeping current with your regular checkups, we will be able to spot early indicators and provide treatment to prevent major problems. Common signs of gum disease include the following:
• Bleeding gums
• Receding gums
• Persistent bad breath
• Severe tooth sensitivity
• Loose teeth
Teeth grinding, genetics, tobacco use, and certain medications can also cause gum disease. In its earliest stage, known as gingivitis, gum disease is highly treatable. But, gum disease not caught right away, can lead to permanent tooth loss and bone loss.
Do I Need to Visit the Dentist If I Wear Braces?
Absolutely! Regular orthodontic treatment does not take the place of general dental care. An orthodontist is not responsible for cleaning your teeth and catching other problems. When you have braces, you are at an increased risk of developing certain oral health conditions like cavities and gum disease because food particles become lodged in your braces and hard to brush away. Regular cleanings can prevent this problem from happening. We work with you and your orthodontist to make sure you get complete dental care.
How Do I Schedule a Checkup?
Pick up the phone and make an appointment today! We’re always scheduling appointments. Don’t wait a minute longer. We’d love to hear from you.