Understanding dental health — including preventative measures, problematic signs, and recommended treatment — is the first step in obtaining optimal oral health.

To better understand some common concerns regarding dental health, we are answering a few questions below. If you have any additional questions regarding your dental health, or about our dentist in Sugar Land, TX, please call our office at 281-240-2400 to reserve your appointment with Dr. Siny Thomas today!

How many times should I brush and floss my teeth?

The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth at least twice each day, while also flossing at least once daily.

How often should I replace my toothbrush?

The American Dental Association recommends that you replace your toothbrush every three to four months. Because all toothbrushes are made differently, and some will wear more quickly than others, it is important to be aware of when the bristles become frayed and worn. We also recommend using soft-bristled or electric toothbrushes to reduce the incidence of mechanical damage to teeth and gums.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a progressive condition caused by certain types of oral bacteria. These bacteria emit toxins, with results in infection of the gum tissue and deterioration of the bone supporting the teeth. To prevent gum disease from worsening regular office visits and periodontal treatments are recommended.

What are some symptoms of gum disease?

Because gum disease can occur slowly over time, it is important to be aware of key warning signs and symptoms. Some include having gum inflammation and bleeding, tender gums, bad breath, noticeable gum recession, sensitive teeth due to exposed roots, tooth pain, gum abscesses or tooth loss.

How do you treat gum disease?

Gum disease is a condition that requires treatment immediately. Once Dr. Siny Thomas assesses the state of your periodontal health, he will then be able to better prescribe proper treatment. Depending upon the extent of the infection, he may recommend treatments such as scaling and root planning, a gingivectomy, locally administered antibiotics, periodontal maintenance or other protocols to address and control your gum disease

What is the difference between a silver filling and a white filling?

Silver fillings, known as “amalgam” are made up of a mixture of metals, allowing for the metal to expand and contract within the confined space it is filling. This enables bacteria to enter the tooth once it has been filled. White fillings, known as “composites”, are often made of either plastic or glass polymers. The white coloring of these cosmetic fillings allow for the substance to look and feel just like your existing tooth structure.