It is common for patients to come to Barré Dental Care with questions regarding their oral health or medical conditions. We want you to be able to receive the answers you need without a lot of hassle, which is why we have provided a list of FAQs and answers for your convenience:
How often should I visit the dentist?
We recommend visiting the dentist twice a year or every six months for regular dental cleanings and exams. You should also schedule an appointment with Dr. Barton Barré whenever you feel something is not right with your mouth.
What is the difference between dental crowns and dental bridges?
A dental crown mimics the appearance and function of a single tooth that has been lost to damage or decay. A dental bridge looks like a line of teeth on a strip of artificial gum tissue and replaces an entire row of missing teeth.
Why does my toddler need to visit the dentist?
From the moment a tooth erupts through your toddler’s gums, it is vulnerable to tooth decay and damage. To keep your child’s mouth healthy and strong, we encourage bringing them to our office at the age of two to receive dental exams and cleanings. Starting oral care at a young age will also teach your child to cultivate strong dental habits that will protect their mouths and reduce the need for a lot of dental treatments in the future.
If I have gum disease, why don’t I feel any pain?
Many symptoms of gum disease are virtually painless. In fact, thousands of adults are currently living with gum disease and are unaware that anything is wrong. The best way to detect gum disease before it reaches an advanced stage is to visit the dentist regularly for checkups.
What are my options for replacing a missing tooth?
Missing teeth often require a dental implant to replace the root and crown. A single tooth can receive a dental crown, but multiple teeth may necessitate a dental bridge or even a partial denture.
Why don’t my dentures fit anymore?
Dentures that are several years old may not fit your mouth like they used to due to a change in the shape of the bone. When teeth fall out or are extracted, the bone loses that support and begins to shrink. If your dentures no longer fit snugly in your mouth, pay a visit to Barré Dental Care to receive a new fitting and replacement.
I’m pregnant and my gums are sensitive and prone to bleeding. Why is this?
Sensitive, bleeding gums are a common symptom of gum disease, but they can also be a direct result of changing hormone levels brought on by pregnancy. This condition is known as “Pregnancy Gingivitis.” During your pregnancy, it is very important to remain current with your dental checkups, although we may postpone any major treatments until after your baby is born.
What causes bad breath?
Bad breath has many factors. Poor dental hygiene, potent food, and decreased saliva production overnight can all result in a foul-smelling mouth. However, if your breath is constantly stale after thorough oral care, it could be a symptom of an oral condition such as gum disease or dry mouth. Chronic bad breath is a good reason to visit Dr. Barton Barré.
If you have a question that is not answered on our site, or you would like to schedule an appointment with our dentist in Harvey, Louisiana, feel free to contact our office.