Frequently Asked Questions
At Eugene D. Otto DDS, we’re proud to provide high-quality dental treatment to patients throughout the Suwanee Area. Dr. Otto and our world-class team work to provide comprehensive, personalized care to every patient we see, and we strive to make every visit to our office a pleasant experience.
We want your dental treatment to be as convenient a process as possible. So, to help you learn everything you need to know about our office and the treatments we offer, we’ve pulled together some of the most frequently asked questions we hear from patients and their answers.
Many people only see a dentist when they have a problem, which is “crisis treatment” versus “preventive treatment”. They believe they are saving money, but it ends up costing much more because dental problems have advanced without early detection in a routine dental visit.
Flossing reduces the number of bacteria in your mouth. The bacteria lives on plaque between your teeth that the toothbrush cannot get to, creating cavities. It’s important to floss at least once a day.
Provides early detection of disease or damage not otherwise visible. Examples: decay between teeth, infections in the bone, periodontal (gum) disease, abscesses or cysts, developmental abnormalities, some types of tumors, etc.
Sensitivity toothpaste is very effective and after a few weeks of use, you should notice a decrease in sensitivity. Cutting back on highly acidic foods may help decrease sensitivity. See your dentist if there’s no improvement.
Commercial whitening toothpastes vary greatly in their ability to whiten teeth. Because they are abrasive they can destroy tooth enamel and contribute to tooth sensitivity. They work by removing surface stains, but unlike professional whitening they do not alter the intrinsic color of the teeth. Always consult your dentist for the best recommendations.