Below, Dr. Mark Galli answers frequently asked questions from his Encinitas dentistry patients. If you have additional questions that are not answered here, Dr. Galli welcomes you to call or email our practice today.
It’s important to brush and floss your teeth regularly to remove food particles, bacteria and other debris from your mouth. Aim to brush your teeth at least twice a day with a toothbrush and toothpaste (check for the Seal of Approval from the American Dental Association on your products). Floss at least once daily and clean the tongue and along the gum line, where a toothbrush can miss. Ask you hygienist for special instruments to help with these areas. Rinse your mouth out well after brushing and flossing.
Professional teeth cleanings and exams are important for maintaining the health of your teeth and gums and preventing serious problems. Ideally, you should visit Dr. Galli three times a year for a dental exam and cleaning. He will advise whether you should visit more or less frequently, based on your oral health status.
Dr. Galli offers a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures to improve your smile. Depending on your specific concerns, a comprehensive smile design is usually the starting point to help you decide what is best. You may benefit from teeth whitening, placement of porcelain veneers, Invisalign to straighten the teeth, or bonding and smoothing.
No, however, dentures are a good option for multiple missing teeth. Today, dentures are much more stable than they used to be if they are secured in the mouth with a few dental implants. Dr. Galli can talk to you about additional solutions during a consultation.
Many people prefer to straighten their teeth with the Invisalign system, as opposed to traditional orthodontic braces. Invisalign uses a series of plastic aligners that are comfortable, clear and removable to gradually shift teeth into the desired position and alignment.
Swollen, bleeding gums are a symptom of gum disease, but that is not always the case. It’s best to schedule an appointment with Dr. Galli so he can diagnose the problem and explain gum disease treatment options, if necessary.
When you visit Dr. Galli’s Encinitas dental practice, you can expect to be treated with respect, honesty and integrity. The objective of every visit is to establish an understanding of your particular oral health needs and goals, evaluate the potential treatments and select the most appropriate option.Learn More