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Questions About Your Teeth? We Have Answers

At our Phoenix, AZ dental office, we hear a lot of the same questions. Here are some of the most common ones and some answers to go along with them.


Q: Why Does My Jaw Sometimes Make Noises?

If you hear a popping, clicking, or similar noise when you move your jaw, you could have temporomandibular disorder (TMD). This condition happens when your jaw joints, or TMJ, get sore or have suffered from an injury. You depend on these joints to talk, eat, and drink. When you have TMD, all of those could become difficult or even painful. At our office, you can get an occlusal splint to rest your jaw joints so they can heal. Some patients can take medications to help those joints relax.

Q: Is It Vain To Want Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry has several benefits. Yes, your smile will look beautiful. That means your confidence and self-esteem will improve. You can get a lot farther in life and feel happier when you have a better opinion of yourself. Plus, some cosmetic treatments like veneers, tooth bonding, and orthodontics can help keep your teeth healthy.

Q: Can A Dentist Help Me Stop Snoring?

Chronic snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea, a serious condition that robs you of a good night’s rest. We can get you a home sleep test to help diagnose the problem. We’ll send the test data to a neurologist who can confirm whether you have sleep apnea. We offer a dental appliance to help shift your jaw and keep your airway open while you sleep.

Q: Besides Brushing And Flossing, How Can I Keep My Teeth Clean?

If you want an extra edge in keeping your teeth and gums clean, try Waterpik®. Using floss is great, but the safe yet powerful stream of water used by Waterpik devices can help get rid of tiny food particles stuck between your teeth. It’s fast, easy, and effective at getting rid of particles in hard-to-reach areas of your smile.

Q: What Is The Best Toothpaste To Use?

There are a lot of toothpastes out there. Most of the fluoride-containing toothpastes will do the job. Otherwise, they would not be approved by the ADA. However, the old saying “You get what you pay for” sometimes applies. After much research and study, we believe Oral-B and Colgate are the best choices to help keep your teeth clean. Also, be careful about teeth whitening toothpastes. Many contain harmful abrasives to scrub away stains. Anything strong enough to do that can also scrub away some of your enamel.

Q: Will I Need Metal Braces As An Adult?

If you’re an adult who doesn’t want to wear metal braces, you’re not alone. You can straighten and align your teeth with “invisible braces” instead. At our Phoenix, AZ dental office, you can get Invisalign or ClearCorrect. Both use clear plastic aligners similar to mouthguards but smaller. You wear these over your teeth. Over time, they reposition your teeth like braces — but without any metal or wires. In fact, they’re almost invisible when worn.

Q: Why Does My Jaw Hurt Each Morning?

Jaw pain when you wake up could be a sign of TMJ trouble. If not treated, this can lead to problems such as migraines, muscle pain, and even lockjaw. Thankfully, Dr. Cavendish is highly trained at TMJ treatments to help stop those from happening. With an occlusal splint and a dental laser, you can get relief from TMJ pain today.

Q: What Do I Do During A Dental Emergency

If you are having a dental emergency, do two things first. Stop any bleeding, then call our Phoenix, AZ dental office at 602-842-6504 for an emergency appointment. Dr. Cavendish is highly trained and can help you get through your dental emergency. Whether you have a lost tooth or one that hurts badly, you will be seen the same day that you call whenever possible.

If you have a question that’s not answered here, or to schedule your next appointment, call us today at 602-842-6504 or fill out our online form.