We understand that you may have questions about your dental care. Our experienced dentist, Dr. Belen, and our friendly team are here to provide you with the answers and support you need. Below, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions about our dental services. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at (650) 344-7500 if you have any questions or concerns.
To maintain good oral hygiene, it's important to use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste each time you brush your teeth. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and replace it every three to four months, or earlier if the bristles are frayed or the brush head is visibly damaged. Both manual and electric toothbrushes are effective, but we suggest using an electric toothbrush for optimal results. If you have any questions about your dental hygiene routine, feel free to contact us for more information.
Regularly changing your toothbrush is important for maintaining good oral hygiene. The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles become frayed or damaged. By doing so, you can ensure that your toothbrush is effective at removing plaque and keeping your teeth and gums healthy. So, don't forget to check your toothbrush regularly and replace it as needed!
Flossing is just as important as brushing your teeth. Its purpose is not just removing food from between your teeth, but also plaque that would otherwise lead to decay, gum disease, and bad breath. Tests have shown that it may actually be beneficial to floss before brushing to allow the fluoride in your toothpaste to coat all sides of your teeth.
The first step to flossing is making sure your hands are clean. Then use about a foot and a half of floss, winding it around your fingers to only expose a few inches at a time. When flossing, remember there are two sides to each gap between teeth. Use the floss to scoop out plaque following the curve of the tooth. As you move on to the next tooth, remember to unwind the floss from your fingers to use a clean section. Ask our dentist or hygienist to demonstrate the proper technique at your next appointment.
Properly brushing and flossing every day, twice a day is necessary for a healthy smile, but it is not a substitute for professional cleanings. Only professional cleanings by your dentist or dental hygienist can remove plaque buildup that leads to gum disease. The most effective way to ensure the health of your teeth and gums is to come in for your routine cleanings.
The American Dental Association recommends coming in for a dental cleaning every 6 months. However, patients who are more prone to gingivitis are recommended to come in more often, every three to four months, to prevent infections. This is also recommended for patients with dental implants.
Periodontitis, also known as gum disease, is a preventable infection that can damage and destroy teeth to the point of tooth loss. It begins with the buildup of plaque and tartar from oral bacteria. Warning signs to look out for include bleeding gums, receding gums, swollen gums, and even the loss of teeth.
Luckily gum disease is treatable, and can be detected by your dentist even in early stages. If left untreated it can lead to serious health concerns such as a risk of stroke and heart attack. Your oral health is tied to your overall health.
Cosmetic dentistry is different from general dentistry in that its purpose is not oral health, but rather aesthetic appearance. At San Mateo Dental Care, our cosmetic dentistry team will work with you to create the personalized results you’ve always dreamed of. Your perfect smile is just a consultation away.
Cosmetic dentistry is different from general dentistry in that its purpose is not oral health, but rather aesthetic appearance. Our cosmetic dentistry team will work with you to create the personalized results you’ve always dreamed of. Your perfect smile is just a consultation away.
Whitening your teeth is the quickest way to change your smile. A daily cup of coffee or glass of red wine in the evening takes a toll on the appearance of your teeth. You could take years of stains off your teeth with just one hour in our office. Whether you have an upcoming wedding, job interview, or party, let professional teeth whitening give you the confidence boost you need.
Dental implants are the gold standard for restoring missing teeth. These implants bolt into your jaw bone for the most secure and realistic anchor. The cap or crown is then attached to this structure for a realistic appearance. Another option for missing teeth is dental bridges. A dental bridge is different from a crown in that its purpose is not to cover a damaged tooth, but to bridge the gap of a missing tooth.
These types of fillings are usually very noticeable. They also do not bend when pressure is applied to the tooth, and this can cause more cracks in the teeth. This is why we recommend if you have amalgam fillings to replace them.
Aligning your teeth isn’t just for cosmetic reasons. It changes the position of your entire mouth. This includes the jaw and tongue. Changing the position of your jaw and where your tongue rests in your mouth can open up your airway and alleviate snoring and sleep apnea.
By straightening your teeth, you could also be treating other health concerns. Crowded and misaligned teeth make it harder to brush and floss properly. By straightening your teeth, you can do a better job of flossing and brushing. This is why patients with straighter teeth are less likely to have gum disease or tooth decay.
If you knock out a tooth, timing is very important to save the tooth. You need to get to a dentist or endodontist within 30 minutes. Your first step is to pick up the tooth by the crown, never by the root. Next rinse off the tooth with water only. Do NOT use any products on your tooth and do not scrub or dry it off. If possible, return the tooth to its socket and hold it in place. If the tooth cannot be immediately placed back into the socket, make sure to keep it moist either in your mouth or in milk. Do not keep the tooth in regular tap water. Next, go see a dentist! Ideally you should go to the dentist within 30 minutes, but it is possible to save a tooth even outside of that time frame.