FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

We know you may have many questions when you come to the dentist. Here are a few examples of the questions we hear on a regular basis. Look over them to find the answers to the questions that you have.

I heard that it is bad to chew on ice; is this true?

As a matter of fact, it can be very harmful for your teeth. This is because ice and hard foods can injure your tooth enamel. While your enamel is tough, it is not unbreakable. If you have cracked a tooth from eating hard foods or ice, consider veneers, bonding, or a dental crown to restore your tooth.

Are soft drinks really bad for your teeth?

Soft drinks are bad for your teeth. Anything that is high in sugar and acid can break down and soften your tooth enamel, leading to cavities. Mountain Dew is said to be the most harmful soda because of the high acidic content. These types of drinks are especially harmful for small children who have not fully developed their tooth enamel.

What is the difference between oral sedation and IV sedation?

The obvious difference between these sedation options is that oral sedation is taken orally, while IV (intravenous) sedation is injected directly into your bloodstream. There is also the difference in how effective these techniques are. While both oral and IV sedation can increase comfort level, IV sedation is ideal for more in-depth procedures performed in the office.

How do I stop grinding my teeth at night?

The technical term for this is bruxing. Bruxing is a consistent grinding or clenching of your teeth, usually at night. This can damage your teeth over time and may cause headaches and jaw pain. Dr. Bessonet can help. One way he can treat this condition is through a mouthguard or other oral device to arrest the grinding.

Is an oral cancer screening part of my exam?

A ViziLite oral cancer screening is part of your dental exam. As unpleasant as it may be to think about oral cancer, it is even more important to detect it early. The earlier oral cancer is detected, the greater the likelihood that you will be cured.

Do dental cleanings really benefit me?

Dental cleanings do so much more than just clean your teeth. During your dental cleaning, plaque and tartar are removed from the surface of your teeth. This is essential to having a healthy mouth. In addition, there are areas in your mouth that you do not reach with your toothbrush or floss. Only a dental professional is able to get in there and get your mouth cleaned.

If you have a question that was not answered here, give us a call at 225-963-5548. You can also ask us through the contact form. We will be happy to help you in any way we can.