Combining the Art and Science of Dentistry in a Caring Environment

Chris A. Gipe, DDS and Associates

When it comes to your oral health, it is natural to have lots of questions. For your convenience, Dr. Chris A. Gipe and our team have provided a list of frequently asked questions regarding oral health and dental care:


  1. What is the difference between a pediatric dentist and a family dentist?

A family dentist focuses on patients of all ages, while a pediatric dentist undergoes an additional two or three years of training after dental school to provide dental care for young children. Dr. Chris A. Gipe provides both pediatric and family dentistry at Preferred Dental Care.


  1. How often should my child visit the dentist?

All patients, regardless of age, should see a dentist at least every six months. Depending on your child’s oral health, however, he or she may need to visit Preferred Dental Care more frequently. Our team can tell you when and how often your child should visit our dental practice.


  1. How do I treat a toothache?

Your first step should be to rinse the affected area with warm saltwater and then place a cold compress on your outer jaw. Second, take over-the-counter pain relievers as prescribed on the bottle. Third, if the pain persists longer than a day, schedule an appointment with our dentist, as the toothache could be a symptom of a health issue.


  1. What is causing my bad breath?

Diet, poor hygiene, and low saliva levels can all contribute to foul-smelling breath. However, chronic bad breath may be a sign of an oral condition such as gum disease or dry socket. If you have persistent bad breath, visit Preferred Dental Care for an oral exam.


  1. How long with my dental restoration last?

Dental crowns, bridges, and fillings do not last forever, and often begin to wear out after 15 to 20 years. However, you can extend their efficiency through daily oral hygiene and regular dental cleanings.


  1. What are my options for whitening my teeth?

When it comes to teeth whitening, you can choose between over-the-counter products and professional treatments. When selecting a product from your local pharmacy, always choose ADA-approved samples to protect your teeth. For quicker results, you are welcome to visit Preferred Dental Care and take advantage of our teeth-whitening in Los Alamitos, California.


  1. What is a cavity?

Cavities, also known as tooth decay, are pits that form in the teeth as a result of plaque and tartar. Bacteria erodes the tooth enamel, exposing the inner structure of the tooth and increasing the risk of infection. We encourage daily oral hygiene and regular dental checkups to prevent the development of cavities.


  1. How safe are X-rays?

Many patients are war of X-rays because of the radiation involved. However, dental X-rays produce as much radiation as you would receive from a cross-country airplane ride. Digital X-rays, a recent development in dentistry, produce even less radiation.


Thank you for visiting our FAQS page! If you have a question that is not answered on our website, feel free to contact our office and speak with Dr. Chris A. Gipe or a member of our team.

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