Do you accept referrals?
Our office loves referrals because they indicate that we have happy, satisfied patients. When you send family and friends to our practice, we consider it the nicest compliment.
How do I know when it is time to come in for a checkup?
We recommend that you come in twice a year for a full-mouth checkup and thorough cleaning. These two convenient appointments may be all you’ll need to keep your smile clean and healthy. However, they also allow us to find problems in the earliest stages so that we can treat them quickly, efficiently, and conservatively. Before you leave our office, schedule your next visit at the front desk. We’ll remind you of your appointment as the time draws near.
My gums bleed after I brush. Is this something to be concerned about?
Red, swollen, bleeding gums may be signs of periodontal disease, the primary reason that adult Americans lose teeth. Also called gum disease, periodontal disease has been linked to increased risk for stroke, heart disease, low-weight births, and complications for diabetics. Call or e-mail us right away for a periodontal screening before this pervasive infection gets out of hand.
Will you care for my entire family?
Certainly! We feel honored when patients trust us with the precious smiles nearest to their hearts. We treat patients of all ages. Dr. Cannilla encourages moms and dads to bring in their little loved ones shortly after their first birthday. This first visit helps build a solid foundation for a lifetime of healthy oral habits and regular dental visits. Short and easy appointments as toddlers helps make children far less apprehensive as they get older.
What is your emergency care policy?
If you have an emergency after hours, please call the main line where you will be given an emergency number. Dr. Cannilla is more than happy to take phone calls.
Are silver/amalgam fillings safe?
Over the years there has been some concern as to the safety of amalgam (silver) fillings. An amalgam is a blend of copper, silver, tin and zinc, bound by elemental mercury. Dentists have used this blended metal to fill teeth for more than 100 years. The controversy is due to claims that the exposure to the vapor and minute particles from the mercury can cause a variety of health problems. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), up to 76% of dentists use silver containing mercury to fill teeth. The ADA also states that silver fillings are safe and that studies have failed to find any link between silver containing mercury and any medical disorder.
How often should I brush and floss?
Brushing and flossing help control the plaque and bacteria that cause dental disease. Toothbrushing – Brush your teeth at least twice a day (especially before going to bed at night) with an ADA approved soft bristle brush and toothpaste.
Electric toothbrushes are also recommended. They are easy to use and can remove plaque efficiently. Simply place the bristles of the electric brush on your gums and teeth and allow the brush to do its job, several teeth at a time. Flossing – Daily flossing is the best way to clean between the teeth and under the gumline. Flossing not only helps clean these spaces, it disrupts plaque colonies from building up, preventing damage to the gums, teeth, and bone.
What should I do about bad breath?
Bad breath (halitosis) can be an unpleasant and embarrassing condition. Many of us may not realize that we have bad breath, but everyone has it from time to time, especially in the morning. There are various reasons one may have bad breath, but in healthy people, the major reason is due to microbial deposits on the tongue, especially the back of the tongue. Some studies have shown that simply brushing the tongue reduces bad breath by as much as 70 percent.
What may cause bad breath?
What can I do to prevent bad breath?