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FAQ’s

How often should I visit the dentist?

For most patients, it is best to visit the dentist twice each year; depending on your individual needs, your dentist can help you determine whether you should visit more or less frequently. We recommend that you schedule regular dental cleanings and exams every six months; during your routine cleanings and exams, we will check for early signs of tooth decay and dental diseases. When we are able to catch these conditions early, we can treat them before they become more serious and harder to treat. Your regular dental cleaning will also help to prevent future tooth decay and dental diseases. You may also need additional visits to our dental office in Montrose, Colorado to treat dental conditions or emergencies that may arise. To schedule your next visit to the dental office of Christine S. Bloss, D.D.S., we invite you to call us today!


How often should I brush and floss my teeth?

You should brush your teeth at least twice a day: once in the morning and once before going to bed. The most important cleaning of the day is before bed – the bacteria have a party in your mouth while you sleep! Some people also like to brush after meals. In addition to daily brushing, it is important to floss once every day. By brushing and flossing every day, you can prevent tooth decay, periodontal disease, and other dental problems!In addition to daily brushing, it is important to floss once every day. By brushing and flossing every day, you can prevent tooth decay, periodontal disease, and other dental problems!


What is plaque?

Actually, plaque is an outdated term; the new term for plaque is biofilm. Biofilm is a tooth-colored, sticky film made up of bacteria, sugars, and acids that constantly forms on our teeth and cannot be rinsed off – it must be physically removed with brushing and flossing. Biofilm can cause cavities and periodontal (gum) disease. To remove biofilm, be sure to brush and floss your teeth every day! Limiting sugary and starchy foods can also help to prevent biofilm buildup. Visit your dentist, Dr. Bloss, every six months for a gentle, thorough, professional teeth cleaning to remove biofilm and tartar.


What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a degenerative condition caused by bacteria. The bacteria cause inflammation and, when the condition is not treated, can eventually lead to tooth loss, gum loss, and bone loss. In severe cases, periodontal disease can also contribute to serious medical conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and pregnancy complications. Some people are genetically more susceptible to periodontal disease. Contact your dentist, Dr. Bloss, today to learn about how to prevent and treat periodontal disease!


What are the signs of periodontal disease?

The signs of periodontal (gum) disease include:

  • Red or swollen gums
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Loose teeth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Overly sensitive teeth
  • Painful chewing
  • Receding gums or teeth that appear longer than usual

If you suffer from any of these symptoms of periodontal disease, we encourage you to contact Christine S. Bloss, D.D.S. in Montrose, Colorado today. We are eager to help you improve your oral health!