Frequently Asked Questions about General Dentistry


Yi-Tsu Cheng, D.D.S & Associates offers general dentistry services to patients in the Atlanta area. The dental office has published a list of frequently asked questions about their services to help educate people who are looking for more information before making an appointment with the dental office.

Why should I go to the dentist regularly?

A dental visit is important for everyone because it helps to maintain a healthy and attractive smile. A regular dentist will clean your teeth, check for signs of problems, and make recommendations on how you can best take care of your oral health. A lot can happen in just one year that could affect whether or not you need to go back to the dentist- tooth decay from sugar consumption may have progressed enough that it requires a filling, gum disease could have developed into periodontal disease requiring surgery or worse yet infection if left untreated, cavities might have become so bad they needed root canal treatment. And this is just scratching the surface!

Why should I floss, isn’t brushing enough?

Brushing alone is not enough to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. Plaque, the sticky stuff that builds upon the surface of your teeth, can cause gum disease or infections in sensitive areas such as wisdom teeth. Tartars are hard deposits formed by chewing tobacco or other substances containing sugar and/or salt for an extended period of time which then become ground into the enamel surface below the gum line. Brushing alone will only remove some of these harmful particles from your mouth; it does not cleanse all parts where bacteria reside (the “throat” region). Flossing removes even more buildup by scraping between teeth and around any brackets holding them together.

How can I get my kids to brush their teeth?

To get your kids to brush their teeth, you can start by making a dentist appointment. Dentists are experts in oral health and they can show parents how to properly brush and floss their children’s teeth at home. You may also want to try using incentives like points or money towards brushing teeth with the goal of getting them all brushed before bedtime. Kids love prizes! And if it works, the great news is that this will be one less thing on your list of things to worry about as an adult too! 😉

How can I prevent cavities?

Cavities are caused by bacteria that live in your mouth. These bacteria feed on sugar, and when they grow, they produce acid that damages the tooth enamel. To prevent cavities, you should brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time and floss at least once a day. You should also avoid eating foods with lots of sugar in them (including candy, cookies, ice cream, cakes). If you have a lot of dental work or certain types of infections, see your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings.

Why does the dentist take X-rays?

X-rays are a valuable tool used by dentists to detect any problems in the teeth and mouth. They may also be used to plan treatments, such as fillings or extractions, and for the diagnosis of diseases that affect bones or teeth. X-rays produce an image (or radiograph) of whatever is being X-rayed; this process can take place quickly (e.g., during an examination) or more slowly (e.g., over time). The dentist will request X-rays when they think there’s a problem with your teeth/jawline; they’ll want you to sit still while they shoot rays into your mouth using large machines that make loud noises!

What is fluoride and why is it important to dental health?

Fluoride is a mineral that is important to dental health. It helps to prevent tooth decay and cavities. Dentists often add fluoride to toothpaste and water because it is a safe and effective way to help keep teeth healthy. Fluoride is a mineral that helps to protect teeth against decay. It is important for dental health because it strengthens tooth enamel, making the teeth more resistant to cavities and decay. Dentists often recommend fluoride treatments or supplements for people who are at risk of developing dental problems. Fluoride can be added to water supplies or used in oral hygiene products like toothpaste and mouthwash. It is also available as a supplement, which can be taken by mouth or applied directly to the teeth. Fluoride is a natural substance that is found in many different foods and drinks, including tea, fish, and some fruits and vegetables.

What are cavity-fighting sealants?

Cavity-fighting sealants are a type of dental filling that can help to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. They work by trapping food particles near the root surface, which prevents them from being able to reach the nerve endings in your gums. This is why it’s important to brush your teeth regularly – not only do you want to remove plaque and bacteria, but also any food particles that may have been trapped between your teeth. If you experience any symptoms such as bad breath, red spots on your gums, or pain when chewing then see a dentist as soon as possible for an examination and treatment options including cavity-fighting sealants if needed.

What are the dangers of oral piercings?

Oral piercings can increase your risk of dental problems. Because oral piercings pierce the tissue in your mouth, they can cause damage to your teeth, gums, and other oral tissues. This type of damage can lead to serious infections and even tooth loss. In addition, oral piercings can also be a safety hazard. If you accidentally bite down on your piercing jewelry, you could damage your teeth or choke on the jewelry. So it’s important to keep in mind that oral piercings are not without risks and should only be done by a qualified dentist.

What causes morning breath?

Morning breath is often caused by the bacteria in our mouth producing sulfur compounds. These bacteria flourish during periods of low oral hygiene and can be killed with a good brushing and flossing routine. There are many reasons why people experience morning breath in addition to poor oral hygiene or diabetes which contribute to sugar cravings at night that lead to tooth decay. Morning breath is caused by bad oral hygiene and/or visiting the dentist too often. Morning breath can also be a sign of serious health problems, such as diabetes or lung cancer. If you have any of these conditions, it’s important to see your dentist as soon as possible for treatment.

What can I do about sensitive teeth?

Some people are born with sensitive teeth, others develop them over time. It can be caused by numerous things such as grinding your teeth, eating acidic or sugary foods, drinking acidic drinks (like wine or citrus juices), and even brushing your teeth too hard! The good news is that there are a number of things you can do to help reduce tooth sensitivity. One is to see your dentist for a check-up and ask for their advice on how to reduce tooth sensitivity. They might recommend using fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash, avoiding acidic and sugary foods, and/or using a softer toothbrush. Dentists can help you determine if your teeth are sensitive and, if so, what might be causing the sensitivity. They can also recommend ways to treat the sensitivity. One of the most common causes of tooth sensitivity is exposed dentin. Dentin is a softer tissue that lies beneath the enamel on your teeth. When dentin is exposed, it can easily become irritated by foods or drinks that are cold, hot, sweet, or acidic. This type of tooth sensitivity is often treated with fluoride varnish or gel that helps to build up a protective layer over the sensitive dentin.


DISCLAIMER: The advice offered is intended to be informational only and generic in nature. It is in no way offering a definitive diagnosis or specific treatment recommendations for your particular situation. Any advice provided is no substitute for proper evaluation and care by a qualified dentist.


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Yi-Tsu Cheng, D.D.S. & Associates

5008 Buford Hwy NE ste b, Chamblee, GA 30341

Long: 33.888563, Lat: -84.2892626

(770) 457-3671


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