Are you interested in learning more about oral health care in Santa Ana, California? Please read our FAQs page to learn more about oral health and your treatment options. If you have further questions, please call SA Dental at 714-852-3140 and make an appointment with Dr. Leo Man, Dr. Roxanne Ramirez or Dr. Elizabeth Kim. Our dentists and team are always happy to help you.
Why is visiting the dentist important?
Visiting the dentist regularly ensures that you receive preventive care so that any problems can be stopped from developing or diagnosed and treated before they cause damage. Our dentists can monitor your oral health and teach you the best ways to care for your teeth at home. Additionally, visiting the dentist regularly saves you time and money in the long tun. You should visit the dentist every six months.
Why does flossing matter?
Flossing cleans in between the teeth and below the gum line to clean the entire tooth. It helps remove bacteria and plaque before they can cause cavities, gum disease or other problems.
How often should I brush and floss?
Brush at least twice a day, including before you go to bed. You should floss daily. We also recommend that you use mouth rinse. Please speak with our dentists or hygienists if you have any questions.
How safe are dental X-rays?
Dental X-rays are extremely safe. In fact, you are exposed to less radiation with dental X-rays than you are in your day-to-day life from the sun! And X-rays are only continuing to become safer as further advances in dental technology are made.
What do I do if I’m afraid to visit the dentist?
Please speak with our team. We will help you find strategies to feel more comfortable in our office and work with you to help reduce your anxiety and fear so that you can receive treatment.
When should children visit the dentist for the first time?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children visit the dentist for the first time about six months after their first tooth erupts, or no later than their first birthday. These initial visits do not usually include treatment but are intended to help your child become comfortable with the dentist.
When will my baby start getting teeth?
Babies actually begin to develop teeth in the second trimester of pregnancy (about 16 to 20 weeks.) Teeth typically begin to emerge between 6 and 10 months of age. Your child’s permanent teeth will begin to erupt around age 6.
Why do primary teeth matter?
Primary teeth are critical to maintaining good oral health and proper development. Your child’s primary teeth help them learn how to speak properly; ensure good digestion, proper chewing and nutrition; help your child enjoy a straighter smile; and promote good oral health.
What is cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the appearance of your teeth and creating a more beautiful smile. It includes preventive care, restorative treatments and orthodontics as well as purely cosmetic treatment. Common cosmetic services include:
- Teeth whitening
- Dental veneers
- Tooth-colored dental fillings
- Dental bonding
- Dental crowns and bridges
- Implant dentistry
- Orthodontics (braces, clear aligner therapy, etc.)
What are my options for replacing a tooth?
There are several options available to replace your missing tooth. Our dentists and team will help you choose the option that is best for you. Some of the replacement options available include:
- Dental implants
- Dental bridges
- Complete or partial dentures
What is a root canal?
Root canals (or root canal therapy) is an endodontic treatment that removes infected, decayed or injured tissue from within your tooth. It involves cleaning out the tooth, sterilizing the root canals and filling the tooth with medicated material. While root canals may seem scary, advances in dentistry have made it possible for them to be performed in complete comfort.
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a field of dental specialty that focuses on diagnosing, preventing, and treating dental and facial irregularities, including misaligned teeth and jaws. Common orthodontic treatments include braces and clear aligner therapy.
When should my child receive their first orthodontic screening?
The American Association of Orthodontists® recommends that children receive their initial orthodontic screening by age 7. At this age, several permanent teeth have erupted, and any developing problems will be easy to diagnose and treat. Our dentists can determine if and when any orthodontic treatment should begin.
Am I too old for orthodontic treatment?
No! You can receive treatment at any age as long as your teeth and supporting structures are healthy. It is never too late to straighten your smile.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal (gum) disease is an oral condition that affects the gums and supporting structures in your mouth. The milder stage of periodontal disease is known as gingivitis while the more severe form of the disease is known as periodontitis. You should be checked for periodontal disease each time you visit the dentist for a checkup.
What causes periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is caused by the harmful bacteria trapped in plaque. As plaque hardens into calculus (tartar), the disease becomes more established in your mouth. Gum attachments begin to separate from your teeth and create pockets that harbor these harmful bacteria. If gum disease is allowed to progress without treatment, it may lead to tooth loss, gum recession and bone loss.
What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?
Symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Bleeding while brushing, flossing or eating hard foods
- Pain when chewing
- Gums that are receding or pulling away from the teeth
- Loose teeth
- Sores and pus in your mouth, especially between the teeth
- Recurring bad breath
- A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite or in the fit of oral appliances such as dentures
What do I do if I have bad breath?
Halitosis (bad breath) may be caused by any number of factors, including:
- Poor oral hygiene
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Poorly fitted oral appliances (dentures, mouth guards, etc.)
- Dry mouth
- Using tobacco products
- Certain illnesses, medical conditions or medications
- Dehydration, hunger or missed meals
You can minimize or prevent bad breath by staying hydrated, practicing good oral hygiene, visiting the dentist regularly and not using tobacco products.