Jeffrey J Tibbs DDS PA
The Dental Practice of Dr. Jeffrey J. Tibbs

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Preventive Dentistry

How can we help you?

At the office of Jeffrey J. Tibbs, DDS, patient education is the cornerstone of our practice. We know from experience that educated patients generally enjoy healthier smiles because they understand how their oral health affects their overall health and quality of life. 

We always have time for your questions because we don't expect you to be an expert on your oral health. Dr. Tibbs and our team are always more than happy to explain what we need to do and why we recommend a certain procedure. In addition to answering your questions, we also use state-of-the-art technology like digital x-rays and intraoral cameras that allow you to be an active participant in the process.

Here are a few of the questions we hear most often from our patients. You probably have some of your own that aren't shown here, so please don't ever hesitate to call our office at (336) 765-7477 or use our convenient online contact form.

Preventive Dentistry

Patient smiling in treatment chair for dental exam & cleaning in Winston-SalemWe agree with the recommendation of the American Dental Association that you should schedule checkups every six months. This frequency allows us to stay a step ahead of dental problems by monitoring your oral health on an ongoing basis.

Why Twice Per Year?

Obviously, semi-annual checkups are needed for good oral health, but numerous studies also point to a connection between what’s happening in your mouth and your overall health. Chronic dental conditions like decay and gum disease have been shown to contribute to problems like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and dementia.

Dental Exams with Dr. Tibbs

During your exams, Dr. Tibbs visually examines your teeth to look for any changes since your last visit. If you are a new patient and don’t have current x-rays, we will probably recommend a set of low-radiation digital x-rays to use as a baseline for future visits.

If he does find a problem, we can resolve it when it is still small and easily treatable. Dr. Tibbs will use an intraoral camera that displays a real-time image of your teeth on your chairside monitor. You will be able to clearly see what the concern is so you can understand why treatment is needed.

Call Your Winston-Salem Dentist

If it’s time for your routine checkup, please call us to arrange an appointment at our Winston-Salem, NC dental office.

Woman holding her face in pain from tooth sensitivity near 27103 Do you notice a sharp pain when you take a bite of ice cream or a sip of coffee? Is tooth brushing and flossing a painful procedure? If so, you are not alone; some surveys show that one in eight Americans deals with tooth sensitivity.

Causes of Tooth Sensitivity:

When your teeth are healthy, the outer layer of enamel protects the visible part of your tooth (the crown). Beneath the gum, a layer of material called cementum shields the root of the tooth. Under these two layers is a material called dentin.

Embrace Preventative Dentistry!

If you want to avoid dealing with sensitive teeth, proper oral hygiene is essential. You can speak to Dr. Tibbs about your concerns, and after he performs a thorough exam, he may recommend a desensitizing toothpaste that blocks pain sensations between the surface of your tooth and the nerve. An in-office fluoride application is a treatment that strengthens enamel, or we may suggest a crown or bonding to build up worn portions of your tooth.

Call Your Winston-Salem Dentist

Tooth sensitivity is common and usually easy to treat. If you have sensitive teeth, please call our Winston-Salem dental practice to arrange an appointment so we can find the solution you need to relieve your discomfort! 

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