Dental Advice
From Dr jon: faq's
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions that our Chesterfield dentist receives! If your question is not on this page, feel free to contact us directly!

What are some warning signs that my oral health could be better?

There can be problems even though everything feels fine. Usually, by the time there is pain, a problem is significant. Common signs of trouble include increased tooth sensitivity, bleeding or swollen gums, continuous bad breath, redness, mouth sores, jaw pain, dry mouth, or broken teeth. If you notice something is wrong, schedule an appointment with our Chesterfield dentist as soon as possible.

Is flossing worth it?

Absolutely! There are areas of your mouth that a toothbrush simply cannot reach. Flossing helps get rid of food and plaque in-between your teeth. Flossing is key to keep the gums healthy and to reduce the risk of cavities in-between the teeth. Set aside a few extra minutes to floss every day, it’s worth it!

What kind of toothbrush
should I be using and how often should I switch it?

Our Chesterfield dentist knows that the type of toothbrush you use can have a big impact on your smile. Medium and firm bristles on a toothbrush can cause damage to your teeth and gums, so we recommend using soft-bristle toothbrushes. For an even more effective brush, find a toothbrush with mixed bristle heights and bristles on an angle. Toothbrushes should be replaced every 3-4 months, or when the bristles begin to shift out of place, and after a cold/flu.

What foods are bad for my teeth?

At Chesterfield Family Dentistry, sugary/sticky and acidic foods are our nemeses. Try to avoid candy and soda, as well as smoking and chewing tobacco. Over time, these things can take their toll on your teeth and cause major issues.

Why are dental exams necessary?

Visiting the dentist at least twice per year helps make sure there are no red flags when it comes to your oral health. It can help prevent more costly procedures in the future!

How often do I need to brush and floss my teeth?

Good oral health habits make all the difference in your smile. According to the American Dental Association, you should brush your teeth twice per day and floss your teeth once per day.
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Dr. Jonathan W Silva DDS LLC
13463 Olive Boulevard
Chesterfield MO 63017
MONDAY                      8am-5pm
TUESDAY                      7am-4pm
WEDNESDAY              7am-noon
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FRI-SUN : Emergency hours available to existing patients