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Dental FAQs, from Toothpaste Options to Amalgam Safety

We know that sometimes, visits to the dentist can be stressful – especially if you have questions you’re not sure how to answer. To help you get the best oral care possible, we’ve answered a few of your most common questions.


How do whitening toothpastes work? How effective are they?

Whitening toothpastes are one of the most popular ways to get the smile of your dreams at home. While a whitening toothpaste may be able to help you remove surface stains, they won’t help eliminate deep stains the same way professional products do.

A whitening toothpaste can help brighten your smile, but don’t expect the same results you would see from a professional whitening.

How do I know which toothpaste to choose?

There are many different toothpastes on the market, but they are all more or less the same. When purchasing a toothpaste, be sure you select one that contains fluoride. Fluoride helps prevent cavities.


How do I get over my fear of going to the dentist?

Many people are scared of going to the dentist. The first step in overcoming that fear is finding a dentist you’re comfortable with and that you trust. Your dentist can help you cope with your anxiety when you come in for your appointment by using alternative treatments or medications.


How often should I see the dentist for a checkup?

Most people only need to see the dentist twice a year for a checkup. However, if you have gum disease, diabetes, or you’re prone to cavities, you may need to see a dentist more frequently. Pregnant women or smokers may also need to see the dentist more than twice a year.


Is it safe to have amalgam fillings?

Amalgam fillings, also known as silver fillings, have been raising some questions lately over whether or not they lead to diseases like Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, or autism. However, the American Dental Association and the FDA both state that amalgam fillings are safe.

If you have additional questions you’d like a dentist to answer or you’re ready to schedule an appointment, contact the Kansas City, MO dental office of Dr. Jim Anderson.

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