Why should I visit the dentist?

Visiting the dentist regularly keeps your teeth and mouth healthy, and the rest of your body healthy, too. Dental care is not only important to help keep your smile looking healthy and beautiful, but it also helps prevent tooth decay, protects against a periodontal disease that can lead to tooth and bone loss, and prevents bad-breath causing bacteria from growing in your mouth. You can supplement your regular visits to the dentist by having a good dental routine at home that includes brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day.

How often should I visit the dentist?

At Polaris Family Dental, we recommend scheduling a routine dental hygiene visit at least every six months, depending on your current oral health. Regular visits to the dentist help keep your natural teeth as healthy as possible so you can enjoy your real smile throughout your life. Our routine dental hygiene services prevent decay, infection, tooth loss, pain, and more.

What happens during a routine dental hygiene visit?

During your appointment, one of our highly qualified hygienists will do a thorough exam on your mouth. They will check for signs of periodontal disease, cavities or decay, loose teeth, early signs of oral cancer, and general oral health. Once they finish the exam, they will begin the cleaning process. Our hygienist will brush and floss your teeth, polish your teeth, and apply a fluoride treatment if necessary. At Polaris Family Dental, we use cutting-edge technology to make your dental hygiene visits as efficient as possible. We will take x-rays and images to make sure that each area of your mouth is thoroughly inspected. After your cleaning is complete, one of our dentists will come in to do their own brief exam and answer any questions you may have.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal or gum disease is a condition that causes inflammation and infection of the gums and other tissue surrounding your teeth. Without treatment, the infection can destroy the bones that support your teeth which leads to loose teeth and tooth loss. Many adults suffer from periodontal disease, but it is preventable by committing to a good oral hygiene routine and regular visits to the dentist. The two most common types of periodontal disease are gingivitis, which is inflammation of the gums, and periodontitis, which is inflammation that affects the tissue and bone in your mouth.

Brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day, and getting regular dental checkups can reduce your risk of getting any periodontal disease.

What are the signs and symptoms of dental problems?

There are many different signs and symptoms of dental problems, so it’s important to keep an eye out for anything unusual going on in your mouth. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should call your dentist to schedule a checkup.

  • Loose, cracked, or chipped teeth
  • Tooth loss
  • Very sore or bleeding gums
  • Gum recession
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Swelling in the gums
  • Mouth or gum sores that do not heal
  • Pain in the face, neck, and mouth
  • A change in bite
  • A change in your ability to speak or eat

If you have any of these symptoms, call Polaris Family Dental right away to schedule an appointment.

What is emergency dentistry?

If you are having severe pain or experienced a trauma to your mouth or teeth, call your dentist right away to make an emergency dental appointment. Dental emergencies include:

  • Severe toothache
  • Swollen jaw
  • Cracked tooth
  • Loose fillings
  • Bleeding of gums

When dealing with trauma to the mouth or severe pain, it’s important to see a dentist that is experienced, efficient, and understanding. Polaris Family Dental makes emergency dental care as comfortable as possible and gets you the relief you need quickly.

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry has gained popularity recently because patients are becoming more aware of the options available to improve the look of their teeth and smile. If you feel self-conscious about your teeth, or just want to improve the look of your smile, Polaris Family Dental offers many treatment options in addition to preventative care. Depending on the desired results, there are a number of procedures available including:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Veneers
  • Dental implants
  • Tooth-colored fillings

Want to learn more about cosmetic dentistry? Call Polaris Family Dental today!

How do I know if I need orthodontic services?

The American Association of Orthodontics recommends children have a screening by an orthodontist by age 7. At the screening, an orthodontist can assess crowding and bite issues that may benefit from orthodontic treatments. Adults, too, can benefit from orthodontics if they want straighter teeth or a more comfortable bite. No matter the age, orthodontic treatments can give you the beautiful smile you’re looking for. At Polaris Family Dental, we offer a wide range of orthodontic options, including traditional braces and Invisalign.

What makes Polaris Family Dental different than other dentist offices?

At Polaris Family Dental in Columbus, Ohio, we strive to make all of our patients feel like family. On a daily basis, our team provides high-quality services in a caring and comfortable environment. Polaris Family Dental was founded with the mission to treat patients like family. Our caring team fulfills this mission on a daily basis by providing high-quality services in the most convenient, comfortable manner possible. We use the most cutting edge technology to provide the very best services available.

Call Polaris Family Dental today to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our services. We look forward to serving you and your family!