How can I prevent cavities? 

Cavities, caused by tooth decay, are one of the most common dental problems. You can help to protect your teeth from cavities by following a few simple steps. Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice every day, floss every day, and eat a balanced diet with a limited amount of sugary foods. We recommend that you use a fluoridated toothpaste, and ask your dentist if you should use other fluoride products; fluoride is a mineral that protects and strengthens your tooth enamel to prevent decay. Dr. Janice Hall Ormsby may also recommend other preventive treatments, like sealants, to prevent cavities. Be certain to visit our dental office every six months for a routine dental exam and cleaning as well!


My tooth hurts. What should I do?

If your tooth hurts, it may be a sign of a serious dental problem. Tooth decay, tooth infection, and other conditions can cause persistent, severe tooth pain. If you notice that your tooth hurts, we encourage you to contact our office to schedule a visit to receive the care you need.

Do I need to go to the dentist?

Everyone needs to go to the dentist! We encourage you to visit East Shore Dental Care every six months for a routine dental cleaning and exam; during these visits, we will make sure that your smile is in good health. You should also go to the dentist if you experience tooth pain or damage, or if you suffer from a dental emergency.

How should I take care of my smile at home?

Practicing good oral hygiene at home is critical to keeping your smile in good health. We encourage you to follow these basic steps for taking care of your smile at home:

  • Brush your teeth with a fluoridated toothpaste at least twice a day. If possible, brush your teeth after each meal.
  • Floss at least once a day. The best time to floss is at night before you go to sleep.
  • Maintain a balanced, healthy diet. Limiting your intake of sugary and acidic foods can help to keep your teeth healthy.
  • Use other products, such as mouthwash, as directed by your dentist.

If you have any questions about how to improve your at-home dental care, please feel free to ask our team at East Shore Dental Care.

How often should I brush my teeth?

You should brush your teeth at least two times every day – in the morning and at night. We also suggest that you brush your teeth after each meal if possible.

How often should I floss?

We recommend that you floss your teeth at least once a day. The best time to floss is at the end of your day, before you go to bed. You may also floss after meals.

My gums bleed when I floss. Is this normal?

Healthy gums do not bleed. If your gums bleed, you may suffer from periodontal (gum) disease. The early stage of this disease, known as gingivitis, results in gums that are tender, swollen, and bleed easily. If you do not regularly floss, your gums may bleed when you first begin to floss. This should go away within a few days of flossing. If your gums do not stop bleeding, or if you notice that your gums are redder than usual, tender, or receding (making your teeth look longer than usual), we encourage you to contact our dental office.

How often should I go to the dentist?

Dr. Janice Hall Ormsby recommends that you visit our office every six months for a routine dental cleaning and exam. This helps us make sure that your smile is healthy and allows us to provide you with any needed treatment as soon as possible. We may recommend more frequent visits if you suffer from certain conditions. You should also go to the dentist if you notice dental pain of any kind or if you suffer from a dental emergency. We are always here to care for your smile.

Is fluoride good for teeth?

Yes, when used properly, fluoride is good for your teeth. Fluoride is a naturally found mineral that strengthens the tooth enamel to prevent tooth decay. Fluoride is important for patients of all ages, including children and adults. It helps to strengthen teeth as they develop, as well as forming a shield that protects the enamel once your teeth are done growing. If you would like to learn more about fluoride and its benefits, please contact our office.

I feel nervous about going to the dentist. How can I feel more comfortable?

We understand that many people feel nervous about going to the dentist. Dental phobia is a real concern. At East Shore Dental Care, we provide sedation dentistry to help you feel more comfortable and relaxed during your visit. If you feel nervous about your upcoming dental visit, ask us about sedation dentistry! We also encourage you to discuss all of your concerns with your dentist before your treatment; we are always happy to answer your questions and address your concerns.

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry involves using safe sedative medications to help you have a more comfortable, enjoyable experience at the dentist. We offer oral conscious sedation as our main form of sedation dentistry at East Shore Dental Care. For this type of sedation dentistry, you will simply take a pill before your visit to ensure that you feel relaxed and at ease during your treatment. To learn more, please contact our dentist in Ithaca, New York.

What are my options for replacing missing teeth?

We offer several options for replacing missing teeth at East Shore Dental Care, including hybrid bridges, dental implants, and dentures. When you meet with Dr. Janice Hall Ormsby, we will help you choose the type of restoration that will best meet your dental needs, financial situation, and personal preferences.

What is laser periodontal therapy?

We are pleased to provide laser periodontal therapy at our office as an efficient and comfortable alternative to traditional gum treatment. Laser therapy involves using a dental laser to treat gum disease. We use a dental laser to kill bacteria and remove infected tissues. This results in a dental experience that is exceptionally comfortable; we often do not need to use anesthetic for procedures completed with the laser. Laser periodontal therapy is also very precise, allowing our dentist in Ithaca, New York, to treat the diseased tissues without affecting the nearby healthy tissues. If you would like to learn more about laser periodontal therapy and its advantages, please contact our dental practice today.