At Bloomfield Dental, we understand the world of dental care can often bring up many questions. To help you better understand and take charge of your oral health, our dentists and team in Cerritos, California, have answered some of the most common queries below. If you have any additional questions and would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ayman Balshe, Dr. Vivian Villasenor, Dr. Hany Youssef or Dr. Ryan Raouf, please give us a call at 562-926-6502.

Why is oral hygiene important?

Maintaining good oral hygiene not only ensures a bright smile but also plays a pivotal role in your overall health. Regular care can prevent issues like gum disease, tooth decay and bad breath.

How can I protect my teeth from decay?

Brush twice daily, floss once a day, use fluoride toothpaste, limit sugary foods and drinks, and see your dentist regularly. These steps can significantly reduce your risk of tooth decay.

Are electric toothbrushes better than manual ones?

Both types can be effective. However, electric toothbrushes can make brushing easier and can sometimes remove more plaque than manual brushing.

Is fluoride safe?

Yes. Fluoride is a mineral that strengthens tooth enamel and reduces the risk of decay. It is often found in tap water, toothpaste and some mouthwashes.

Why do my gums bleed when I brush or floss?

Bleeding gums can be a sign of gingivitis or early-stage gum disease. Regular dental cleanings, brushing and flossing can help, but if bleeding persists, please visit our office.

How does diet affect my dental health?

Consuming foods high in sugar and acids can erode enamel and lead to cavities. A balanced diet with fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains supports both dental and overall health.

Can I straighten my teeth as an adult?

Absolutely! Many adults opt for orthodontic treatments like braces or clear aligners to correct misaligned teeth.

How safe are dental X-rays?

Modern dental X-rays use minimal radiation and are considered extremely safe. They are a crucial tool for dentists to diagnose and treat dental issues not visible to the naked eye.

Is teeth grinding harmful?

Yes, chronic teeth grinding can lead to fractured teeth, jaw pain and other issues. If you suspect you are grinding your teeth, especially during sleep, consult with our dentists.
Your journey to a radiant smile begins with knowledge. If you have further inquiries or are ready to experience top-tier dental care, book an appointment with us now! Your best smile awaits!