From a very early age, you’re encouraged to ask questions – to parents, in school and especially in the dentist’s office. But when in medical environments, asking dental questions is an important part of your long-term healthcare. Find below the answers of all the questions you have about dental care.
How often should I get a Dental Checkup?
We recommend adult patients to visit a dentist once every 6 months even if their mouth is in excellent condition. Your dentist is trained to detect and treat many problems before you are even aware of them. The goal is prevention – prevent disease, decay and tooth loss. Your dentist can help you but only if you make the appointment. Price & info for Dental Checkup
Why should I have Dental X-Rays taken?
This helps to examine and record your mouth’s hidden areas for issues that need comparing against changes that occur between appointments. Most adult patients have bitewing X-rays every 9 months and a full series every four year. But those with a higher risk for dental caries problems may need them every six months. Price & info for Dental Exam
Why do I need to get my teeth cleaned at the dental office?
The main goal for keeping your teeth clean in the dental office is to remove bacteria that have accumulated on the teeth. It can be very tricky to be able to clean all the surfaces of the teeth at home, and thus bacteria are almost always left on the teeth. This remaining plaque will slowly mineralize and harden, becoming the dental tartar that is not easily removed. This is where it is necessary to get it removed professionally by a dental hygienist or dentist, as tooth brushing and flossing won’t remove it. Price & info for Dental Cleaning
How frequently a dental cleaning should be done?
Studies have shown that for the average person, who has no gum disease or other systemic diseases, a 6 months scaling frequency is adequate. For those who have a history of higher risk for dental caries, gum disease, many fillings or missing teeth, and those with braces, should have a scaling done every 3 months or sooner. Price & info for Dental Cleaning
When should I take my child to the dentist for their first visit?
Your child’s first teeth erupt around 6 months old. For the prevention of dental problems, we recommend that your child should be seen at 1 year of age. This first visit will help your child to become acquainted with the clinic and develop a relationship with the dentist and staff, as well as a chance to help educate parents to properly care for their child’s teeth.
What should I do if my child falls and a permanent tooth is knocked out?
After the accident, the tooth should be located and picked up by the crown or enamel portion and NOT the root. If the tooth is dirty or contaminated, it should gently be rinsed with milk or water. Do not store the tooth in water. It should be noted that if a primary (baby) tooth is knocked out, it should NOT be replanted as it could damage the permanent tooth bud in formation. Parents should NOT try to place the baby tooth back into the socket and should immediately seek the advice and treatment of a dentist.
What is tooth sensitivity and why do I have it?
Patients with tooth sensitivity feel pain when they consume items that are hot or cold, sweet or acidic. This comes from thinned tooth enamel, which doesn’t protect the tooth pulp or dentin from exposure to extreme temperatures. In some patients, this may be a result of:
Tooth grinding during sleep
Chipped or fractured teeth
Orthodontics and fillings
Your dentist will examine the affected teeth and recommend treatment to reduce your sensitivity. Price & info for Dental Checkup
Why should I consider dental implants?
Dental implants are the ideal way to replace missing or weakened teeth. Most adult patients are good candidates for implants because they can help to prevent the remaining teeth from moving or loosening as a result. Implants are permanent and serve as a good alternative to dentures for anyone with an otherwise healthy mouth and jaw. Price & Info for Dental Implant
Why do I need a Crown?
If it hurts when you bite down, it is possible that your tooth is cracked. If a tooth is cracked, it is a serious condition and does usually require a crown. Unlike a broken bone, the fracture in a cracked tooth will not heal. Vertical cracks that travel to the gumline may require a full-coverage crown. If the crack goes below the gumline, the tooth may require a root canal, with crown lengthening or possibly even extraction. However, make sure that the tooth is cracked and not just “crazed.” Craze lines are very common and not harmful. Most every adult back tooth has craze lines. These are just simple stress lines that do not necessarily indicate a crown. Since craze lines do not affect the structural integrity of your tooth, you can choose from a number of different options to fix them. The least invasive of these is whitening, which can bleach the stains from the crack to significantly reduce its visibility.
However, craze lines that exhibit deep stains or are very long could suggest a developing crack. Ask your dentist for either an inter-oral photograph or a hand-held mirror to show you the crack. Price & Info for Crown
How do I prevent tooth decay, gingivitis and other problems?
The best way to ensure a healthy mouth is to follow a balanced diet and visit the dentist regularly – while maintaining your oral care routine twice a day. Conditions such as diabetes or HIV/AIDS can also affect your dental health, as well as medications and certain types of chemotherapy. Protect yourself against problems that can advance quickly by discussing these dental questions with your practitioner. Price & Info Dental treatment