Shipp Family Dentistry

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Preventive Dentistry

How can we help you?

The entire team at Shipp Family Dentistry believes in making sure your time with us is as relaxing and comfortable as possible. We strive to provide every member of your family with an atmosphere where they are comfortable asking questions and learning about taking care of their oral health.

We firmly believe that good oral health is important for the well-being of the entire body. Our mission is to provide our patients with a quality atmosphere where they can learn about taking care of their oral health and enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles.

Columbus, MS dentist, Dr. Patrick Shipp, enjoys educating his patients and talking about how they can best take care of their oral health. We never want you to feel rushed; instead, we want to make sure your questions are answered so you fully understand why specific treatments might be recommended.

Some of the questions you have may already have been asked by other patients. We’ve compiled a list of those questions here, for your convenience. If you have questions that are not answered here, we invite you to give us a call or bring them to your appointment. Don’t worry about your question sounding silly; the only silly question is the one that goes unasked!

Preventive Dentistry

Toothpaste with Fluoride 

Dental patient with braces brushing their teethA fluoride containing toothpaste is the recommended toothpaste for everyone. If you are not sure which toothpaste to purchase at the store, we recommend looking for the ADA seal of acceptance on the toothpaste package. This seal tells you that toothpaste has proven to meet the safety and effectiveness standards to help fight plaque and strengthen teeth for preventing decay

In addition to using toothpaste with fluoride, make sure to see your dentist for regular exams and dental cleanings in Columbus, MS. For more information, give our office a call today at (662) 329-3431

Woman thinking and looking up with questions marks around her head Twice-Yearly Dental Cleanings

Most people require only two visits to the dentist each year for examinations and cleanings. These visits allow us to check for any signs of tooth decay and gum disease and conduct an oral cancer screening. We will also take x-rays once a year in most cases.

Twice-yearly teeth cleanings give us a chance to remove any plaque and tartar that have built up on your teeth and along the gum line. Even the most diligent home care cannot remove the hard tartar that builds up on your teeth. The only way to remove it is with unique dental instruments.

Gum Disease Treatment in Columbus, MS

We will also check your mouth for any signs of gum disease. Gum disease in its early stages, known as gingivitis, is reversible if it is caught early. Gum disease is often present with no symptoms, so the only way to see if you have it is by going to the dentist.

Those who already have gum disease in its advanced stages may need to come to the dentist every few months for deep cleaning. Deep cleanings enable us to monitor the gum disease. When left unchecked and untreated, gum disease usually leads to tooth loss. We will treat it aggressively to help make sure this does not happen.

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If you're due for check-up and cleaning, contact our office today to schedule your appointment.

Man holding face from tooth pain at dentist office in Columbus MSTooth sensitivity can be caused by multiple reasons that include: Tooth decay, fractured teeth, worn out dental fillings, gum disease, worn tooth enamel, and exposed tooth root. All of these cause exposure of the inner layer of the tooth called dentin. Dentin has microscopic pores that allow cold, hot, acidic and sweet foods to reach the nerves in the teeth causing sensitivity to occur. Dentin is normally protected by hard enamel, but once this protective layer is removed the pores become exposed causing sensitivity.

What Helps Tooth Sensitivity

Our dentist in Columbus MS can tell you which source is causing the sensitivity in your teeth, and determine the appropriate course of treatment. If you are dealing with tooth sensitivity, we suggest you contact Shipp Family Dentistry.  When you come in for a comprehensive exam and dental cleaning, our dentist will determine the best treatment for tooth sensitivity. 

To schedule your next appointment at Shipp Family Dentistry, give us a call at (662) 329-3431

Plaque is a sticky film in our mouths that is fast growing. Dental cleaning tools in Columbus dentist officePlaque can lead to gingivitis and dental decay. Good home care can keep the level of plaque very low but over time plaque can hardened to form calculus (tartar) and we cannot remove it with regular brushing and flossing. 

The Importance of General Dentistry

Our dentist in Columbus recommends scheduling dental exams and teeth cleanings every six months to prevent accumulation of plaque, and also to inspect for other oral health issues. Routine dental cleaning appointments help to catch potential oral health issues early before they become serious.

Contact Shipp Family Dentistry in Columbus, MS!

If you have questions or would like to schedule your next dental exam and cleaning, contact Shipp Family Dentistry today at (662) 329-3431!

Dental X-Rays in ColumbusDentist and patient looking over x-ray at Columbus, MS dental office

X-rays are a useful diagnostic tool that allows a dentist to detect potential disease or damage to teeth and jaw bones that are not visible during a routine dental exam.

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