Below are some of the most frequently asked questions patients have about dentistry and oral health issues.  If you have any other questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, we would love to hear from you.

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A: Bad breath (halitosis) can be unpleasant to others and embarrassing to you. Many of us don’t even realize how our breath smells, but halitosis happens to everyone, especially in the morning. There can be many causes, but in healthy people, the reason is usually microbial deposits on the tongue, especially towards the back. And when you sleep, your mouth slows down the production and circulation of saliva, which keeps colonies of bacteria in your mouth from growing. It’s not all bad news, though–studies have shown that simply brushing the tongue can reduce bad breath by as much as 70 percent. Now, as you probably know, certain foods can cause bad breath. To mitigate that effect, just brush and floss after any particularly smelly meal. Gum disease could involve bacteria or food particles underneath an inflamed gum line, contributing to bad breath, so make sure to come in for your regularly scheduled dental exams to have your gums checked. Dry mouth or dehydration, tobacco products, or just being hungry can all affect your breath. To prevent bad breath, make sure you practice good oral hygiene. Brush at least twice a day and floss daily. Brush or use a tongue scraper to clean your tongue, especially the back of it. Replace your toothbrush every 2 to 3 months. If you wear any kind of removable dental appliance, like a retainer or dentures, make sure you clean them before putting them on. Come to regularly scheduled check-ups at the office—we recommend one every three months. Stop using tobacco products. If you need help quitting, ask any one of our staff members. Drink lots of water, keeping your mouth hydrated promotes saliva circulation, which breaks down bacteria in your mouth. Use mouthwash, though make sure to ask one of our dentists to make sure you’re using a mouthwash that cleans your mouth instead of just masking bad breath with a minty smell. Follow our advice, and your bad breath will be a thing of the past.
A: Regular brushing and flossing can keep plaque in check, stopping it from destroying your gums and bone before it starts. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, especially before going to sleep. For more technical instructions about how to floss, refer to our page on home dental care.
A: You should come in to the office once every three months, and these visits are crucial to finding problems underneath the surface that you might not be able to treat yourself. At these visits, your teeth are cleaned and checked for cavities. We also perform a full oral cancer screening, checking your face, neck, lips, tongue, throat and gums for any signs of oral cancer. We also check your gums and the bone underneath it for any disease. Using special instruments, we examine the surface of your teeth for tartar or plaque—which we remove—and any existing restorations, like fillings, crowns or bridges. Then we polish your teeth, make sure that you’re taking care of them at home, and send you on your way.
A: Periodontal disease is very difficult to self-diagnose, as the disease is actually painless in its early stages. In fact, by the time it becomes very noticeable, it is possible for serious gum recession or bone loss to have occurred. That’s why it’s so important that you come in for your regularly scheduled check-ups, especially if you smoke or have other conditions that make you more susceptible to plaque buildup on your teeth, such as crowded teeth or medication with side effects that makes your mouth dry, allowing bacteria to grow in the absence of saliva. Your genetic history is also a factor in your susceptibility to periodontal disease, so if you know that you’re at risk, please make sure to come in once every three months. It will be much less expensive and much less time-consuming than the lengthy and difficult procedures that we may have to perform id your periodontal disease become too aggressive.
A: When you brush your teeth, you remove food particles and bacteria from your tooth surfaces. Unfortunately, that’s just the beginning. You see, food tends to get stuck in the cracks between your teeth, where your brush can’t reach it. Those food particles contribute to plaque buildup, which, if left unchecked, could cause periodontal disease. Furthermore, this plaque only takes 24 hours to harden into calculus, which is much more difficult to remove. So remember to floss thoroughly every day. Need some technical instructions? Visit our home dental care page here.
A: Cosmetic dentistry has become more popular in the last few years, and at A New Smile Dental Center, we understand why: it’s for everyone. Over years of use, your teeth get stained from age and from the colors of the food you eat. Do you drink coffee? That’s a stain. What about tea? That’s another one. And don’t even get us started about smoking. We cannot imagine a single adult patient who could not benefit somehow from cosmetic dentistry. At A New Smile Dental Center, we believe in the natural beauty of your healthy smile, and cosmetic dentistry is the best method for transmitting that natural beautiful to the people around you. We’re proud to have one of the most advanced, state-of-the-art tooth whitening centers in Miami, as well as incredibly skilled dentists who can perform anything from a simple bleaching to a full cosmetic reconstruction, complete with implants, veneers and crowns. The only limit to what we can do with your smile is what you want done.