What is dentistry?
Dentistry is the treatment of the mouth, including the diagnosis and prevention of diseases of the teeth, gums, and jaw. It is vital to the health of your mouth, and can impact overall health as well.

What is a dentist?
A dentist is an oral specialist who diagnoses, treats, and prevents oral disease. Dr. Manzanares and Dr. Stewart are general dentists, meaning they are trained and experienced in treating a variety of dental conditions. Other dental specialists include:

    • • Endodontists


    • • Orthodontists


    • • Oral and maxillofacial surgeons


    • • Prosthodontists


    • Periodontists

Why is visiting the dentist important?
Visiting Just Clean Smiles regularly keeps your mouth healthy and, therefore, benefits your entire body. Routine dental care offers the following benefits:

    • • Treatment and prevention of tooth decay


    • • Protection against gum disease, can cause tooth and bone loss


    • • Promotion of proper oral hygiene to prevent bad breath and reduce bacteria


    • • Enhancement of teeth for a more attractive smile


    • Stronger teeth and lifelong smiles

Do I need to see a dentist if my teeth feel fine?
Even if you do not notice a dental problem, you should visit the dentist regularly in case there is a dental problem that you cannot see. We can also enhance areas of your smile that you wish were more attractive, such as stained, chipped, misshapen, or missing teeth.

What should I look for in a dentist?
It is important to choose a dentist whom you trust and who takes excellent care of you and your family. You may see several dentists before choosing one for your family. During your first visit to a dental office, ask yourself the following questions:

    • • Was the appointment convenient to schedule?


    • • How accessible is the location of the office?


    • • Is the interior clean and neat?


    • • Did the team record your dental and medical history for future reference?


    • • Did the dentist take the time to explain procedures and techniques?


    • • Was the cost of treatment presented to you before the treatment was scheduled?


    • Is the dentist a member of the American Dental Association (ADA)?

How should I care for my teeth between appointments?
• Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily.
• Brush your tongue to remove food particles and bacteria.
• Use fluoridated toothpaste and consult our dentists about a fluoride treatment.
• Limit your intake of sugar and avoid tobacco products.
• Schedule routine dental checkups every six months.

How often should I brush my teeth?
The ADA, as well as Dr. Manzanares and Dr. Stewart, recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice a day to keep your teeth, gums, and surrounding tissues clean. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste, and brush for two minutes, dividing the time equally between the top teeth, bottom teeth, and tongue.

When should I change my toothbrush?
Toothbrushes wear out and become frayed. Manual toothbrushes should be replaced every three months. If you use an electric toothbrush, read the directions to determine how often you need to change the head. Patients with gum disease may need to replace their toothbrush every four to six weeks to prevent the spread of bacteria. Toothbrushes should also be replaced if you have been sick. After brushing your teeth, rinse your toothbrush with hot water to kill bacteria.

How often should I see the dentist?
Patients should visit the dentist every six months, or as recommended by your dental professional. If you are at high risk of gum disease or oral cancer, you may need to see the dentist more often. Dr. Manzanares and Dr. Stewart will help you determine the frequency of your appointments.

What is a cavity?
A cavity is a tiny hole in your tooth that develops from tooth decay. They form when plaque buildup produces acid that erodes the protective tooth enamel. If left untreated, cavities can lead to greater health problems, such as gum disease and tooth loss. You can prevent cavities by brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing regularly.

What is gum disease?
Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is an infection caused by the buildup of plaque and bacteria. It can also be caused by teeth grinding, tobacco use, genetics, and certain medications.

The early state of gum disease is called gingivitis, and can be easily treated before it becomes gum disease. Advanced gum disease is a permanent condition that can cause tooth loss and bone loss.

Daily oral care and regular visits to the dentist will reduce the risk of gum disease. Please contact our office if you notice any of these symptoms:

    • • Inflamed, irritated, and bleeding gums


    • • Receding gum lines


    • • Tooth sensitivity


    • • Abscessed teeth


    • • Loose teeth or tooth loss


    • Chronic bad breath

What is a dental filling?
Dental fillings are synthetic materials that dentists use to fill cavities following the removal of tooth decay. We numb the mouth with anesthetic to ensure the procedure is not uncomfortable. Your filling can be made from a variety of materials, such as ceramic, composites, gold, or amalgam. Our dentists will explain the different types of fillings during your appointment.

If I have braces, do I still need to visit the dentist?
It is especially important to visit the dentist during orthodontic treatment so that Dr. Manzanares and Dr. Stewart can work with your orthodontist to properly care for your smile. Braces can easily trap food in hard-to-reach places, increasing your risk of cavities and gum disease. Our dentists will care for your smile during appointments to keep your teeth clean and healthy during your orthodontic treatment.

How do I schedule my next dental visit?
You are welcome to contact our office at any time to schedule an appointment. Give us a call or request an appointment straight from our website. If you are a new patient, please notify our team so that we can provide you with the information you need prior to your first visit.

Please feel free to give us a call today if you have any questions about your dental health or would like to visit our dentists in Peralta, New Mexico. We look forward to hearing from you!