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Frequently Asked Dentistry Questions

Dentistry covers many different facets of your oral health and habits to keep in mind. We understand that many patients may have questions or concerns about their care or specific treatments they may need. Carlisle Family & Cosmetic Dentistry always wants to clear up any confusion when possible, which is why we’ve included a dedicated frequently asked dentistry questions page on our website for your convenience. If your question isn’t listed, feel free to give us a call!

Why are checkups recommended every six months, even for people with excellent oral health?

We recommend you come to see us every six months for general family dentistry visits because the earlier we find any problems, the more able we’ll be to provide you with the most conservative, least invasive dental care options available. The earlier we detect gum disease, for instance, the more likely we can treat it with non-surgical periodontal therapy and save your tooth. Even with excellent oral healthcare routines practiced at home, dental decay and damage can occur. That’s why we want to see you and your family every six months for a dental checkup. Besides, we just enjoy getting to know you.

My gums bleed after I brush. Is this something to be concerned about?

If any other part of your body bled when you touched it, you’d immediately visit the emergency room. Some people believe that bleeding gums aren’t that serious, but if your gums bleed when you brush, you should make an appointment with Dr. Neslund as soon as possible. It’s most likely one of two problems. You’re either brushing too hard, in which case we can teach you better techniques for optimum brushing, or you’re suffering from gum disease. Should gum disease be the problem, we offer periodontal therapy at our Carlisle dental office.

What happens if missing teeth are not replaced?

Missing teeth can lead to a host of oral health problems, most notably additional tooth loss. Research shows that if you lose a tooth and don’t have it replaced, up to 20% of the nearby teeth will fall out within 4 to 8 years. Other risks include increased likelihood of cavities, chewing alteration, TMJ pain, and bite collapse. However, there is no need to worry! Dr. Neslund offers several options for tooth replacement.

What is a cosmetic dentist?

Because cosmetic dentistry isn’t an official specialty, any general dentist can call him or herself a cosmetic dentist. So how do you know which cosmetic dentist to trust? Take a look at our smile gallery to view the work of Dr. Neslund and read more about his post-graduate education in cosmetic dentistry. He’s studied at the Spear Institute, taking the time to gain greater experience and education in cosmetic dental care.