Huntsville, TX, Dentist FAQs

Below are some of patients’ most frequently asked questions about dentistry and oral health issues. We would love to hear from you if you have any other questions or want to schedule an appointment. And, if you would like more information on our patient services, please visit For patients.

Dental FAQs in Huntsville, TX

Learn more about your oral health with answers to these common questions:

What should I do if I have bad breath?

Bad breath (halitosis) can be an unpleasant and embarrassing condition. We may not realize we have bad breath, but everyone has it occasionally, especially in the morning. In healthy people, the primary reason for halitosis is microbial deposits on the tongue, especially the back of the tongue. Some studies have shown that brushing the tongue reduces bad breath by as much as 70 percent.

Are amalgam (silver) fillings safe?

Over the years, there has been some concern about the safety of amalgam (silver) fillings. An amalgam filling is a blend of copper, silver, tin, and zinc bound by elemental mercury. Dentists have used this blended metal to fill teeth for over 100 years. The controversy is due to claims that exposure to the vapor and minute mercury particles can cause various health problems.

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), up to 76% of dentists use silver-containing mercury to fill teeth. However, the ADA also states that silver fillings are safe and that studies have failed to find any link between silver-containing mercury and any medical disorder.

How can I tell if I have gingivitis or periodontitis (gum disease)?

Four out of five people have periodontal disease and don’t know it! Most people are unaware of it because gum disease is usually painless in the early stages. Unlike tooth decay, which often causes discomfort, it is possible to have periodontal disease without noticeable symptoms. Regular dental check-ups and periodontal examinations are essential and will help detect problems.

Why is it important to use dental floss?

Brushing our teeth removes food particles, plaque, and bacteria from all tooth surfaces except between teeth. Unfortunately, our toothbrush can’t reach areas highly susceptible to decay and periodontal (gum) disease.

Daily flossing is the best way to clean between the teeth and under the gumline. Flossing helps clean these spaces and disrupts plaque colonies from building up, preventing damage to the teeth and gums.

What are porcelain veneers, and how can they improve my smile?

Porcelain veneers are fragile shells of tooth-shaped porcelain that are individually crafted to cover the fronts of teeth. They are very durable and will not stain, making them a popular solution for those seeking to restore or enhance the beauty of their smile.

What can I do about stained or discolored teeth?

Professional teeth whitening is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel. Teeth whitening is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile. Over-the-counter products are also available but are much less effective than professional treatments and may not be approved by the American Dental Association (ADA).

As we age, the outer layer of tooth enamel wears away, eventually revealing a darker or yellow shade. The color of our teeth also comes from the inside of the tooth, which may become darker over time. Smoking and drinking coffee, tea, and wine may also contribute to tooth discoloration, making our teeth yellow and dull. Sometimes, teeth can become discolored from certain childhood medications, such as tetracycline. Excessive fluoridation (fluorosis) during tooth development can also cause teeth to become discolored.