How do I get rid of bad breath?

Bad breath, also called halitosis, is caused by poor oral hygiene and oral health. Routine professional dental cleaning, effective brushing, flossing and tongue cleaning can help to eliminate unpleasant mouth odor. If bad breath is not dental related, Dr. Kennedy may want to consult with you to rule out sinus issues, problems associated with the stomach, consumption of certain types of food and medications or other systemic issues.

Can teeth whitening damage teeth?

Professional teeth whitening products used by trained dental personnel are not harmful to teeth or gums. After the whitening process, mild sensitivity can easily be treated with desensitizing gels.

I catch myself clenching and grinding. How can I stop this habit?

Clenching and grinding is an unconscious habit, also known as bruxism. Stress is a crucial contributor to this habit. Clenching and grinding have also been associated with obstructive sleep issues and restricted airways. Dr. Kennedy will evaluate your concerns to determine a likely causative factor. Clenching and grinding can cause TMJ related problems such as tooth wear, jaw, neck and shoulder area discomfort, and jaw joint clicking. Clenching and grinding cannot be stopped, but wearing a custom mouthguard from Kennedy Dental can help to protect your jaw and teeth. Consistent use of the mouthguard can help to relax the muscles around the jaw and reduce stiffness and pain in the jaw, neck, and shoulder.

Which is better—a manual toothbrush or an electric toothbrush?

Comparisons between the electric and manual toothbrushes have been made to see which is more efficient in removing plaque. Research has shown that both are equally effective if used correctly. Our trained dental hygienist can show you how to brush and floss your teeth for the best result. Kennedy Dental often recommends an electric toothbrush as brushing with a manual toothbrush is difficult for many patients.

How often should I brush and floss my teeth?

Kennedy Dental strongly recommends that you brush and floss at least two times a day, preferably once in the morning and once at night, just before bedtime. This routine will decrease plagues development, particularly during sleeping hours, reducing the risk of gum disease and decay of teeth. In addition to daily brushing and flossing, routine dental cleaning and check-ups twice a year at Kennedy Dental are essential for oral health.

What cosmetic procedures are available for people who are missing teeth?

Dr. Kennedy wants you to love your smile and feel confident for many years. Dental implants or a dental bridge can better serve people who are missing only certain teeth or consecutive teeth. Although dentures are not considered a cosmetic procedure, they still offer an aesthetic benefit to people who have lost all or some of their teeth. It is best to have your situation assessed by Dr. Kennedy to discover the best option for you.

Are veneers my only option if I want a smile makeover?

No! Dr. Kennedy determines which procedures are best for your long-term dental health. Dr. Kennedy bases his recommendations on a thorough examination to determine the condition of your teeth and then takes into account your wishes for care. Together, you and Dr. Kennedy establish the plan and procedure to best address your dental needs. Therefore, your smile makeover may consist of teeth whitening, crowns, composite bonding, gingival sculpting, inlays, and onlays or any other combination of procedures determined by your Kennedy Dental team to be appropriate for your treatment plan.

How long will it take me to recover from a procedure?

The recovery time from any dental procedure will vary depending on what you have done. Some methods are noninvasive and there is little to no recovery time at all. Other procedures may leave you sore and tender for a couple of days. The team at Kennedy Dental will ensure you're well cared for and that you have detailed information on what to expect from your procedure.

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