Our team knows that when it comes to visiting the dentist, you have a lot of questions and concerns. We are here to help put your mind at ease. We are addressing some of our most frequently asked questions below, so you feel comfortable heading into your next appointment.
Why is visiting the dentist so important?
Visiting the dentist regularly will not only help keep your teeth and mouth healthy, but will also help keep the rest of your body healthy. Dental care is important because it:
Helps prevent tooth decay
Protects against periodontal (gum) disease, which can lead to tooth and bone loss
Prevents bad breath – brushing, flossing, and seeing the dentist regularly will help reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth that causes bad breath
Gives you a more attractive smile and increases your self-confidence
Helps keep teeth looking bright by preventing them from becoming stained by food, drinks, and tobacco
Strengthens your teeth so that you can enjoy healthy, beautiful smiles for the rest of your life!
At what age should I start taking my child to see the dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children first see a dentist as early as six months of age and no later than one year of age. During this time, your child's baby teeth will be coming in and your dentist can examine the health of your child's first few teeth. After the first visit, be sure to schedule regular checkups every six months.
Whate are some common myths about children's teeth?
Starting proper dental habits early is the best way to ensure a healthy smile for life, however, there are many myths about the best dental practices for children. The most prominent one is that you don't have to bring your children to the dentist until they start school. In reality, bringing your child in for pediatric dentist appointment when their first tooth appears is recommended. Another common misconception is that baby teeth don’t need to be treated. Untreated tooth decay or damage can affect the overall health of your mouth in the future.
Why do baby teeth need to be fixed?
While baby teeth are temporary, they are still needed to help properly chew food and guide adult teeth into the proper position. This means baby teeth are crucial for setting up your mouth for success in the future.
What is a cavity?
A cavity is a small hole that forms inside the tooth because of tooth decay. Cavities are formed when plaque buildup on the outside of the tooth combines with sugars and starches in the food you eat. This produces an acid that can eat away the enamel on your tooth. If a cavity is left untreated, it can lead to more serious oral health problems. Cavities can be prevented by remembering to brush your teeth at least two times a day and floss between teeth at least once.
What is a filling?
A filling is a synthetic material that your dentist uses to fill a cavity after all of the tooth decay has been removed. Fillings do not generally hurt because your dentist will numb your mouth with an anesthetic. Fillings are made from a variety of different materials, including composites, gold, or ceramic. If you need a filling, be sure to talk to your doctor about what type is best for you and your teeth.
What is gum disease?
Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease is mostly caused by plaque and bacteria buildup that is not treated in its early stage. Other causes of periodontal disease include tobacco use, teeth grinding, some medications, and genetics. Gingivitis is the beginning stage of gum disease, and, if detected, is treatable. Gingivitis left untreated may turn into gum disease. Advanced gum disease will lead to tooth and bone loss, and is a permanent condition. Brushing your teeth regularly and visiting the dentist every six months will help prevent gingivitis and more severe cases of periodontal disease. Common signs of gum disease:
- Red, irritated, bleeding, or swollen gums
- Chronic bad breath
- Loose teeth, or loss of teeth
- Extreme tooth sensitivity
- Receding gum line
- Abscessed teeth
What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontic treatments are designed to realign your teeth, lips, and/or jaw. These problems can be caused by a number of factors, including jaw-growth issues, overcrowded teeth, and spacing problems, and can develop or worsen over time without treatment. We make your first orthodontic appointment convenient, starting with a thorough evaluation to discuss all your potential treatment options.
What Are the Benefits of Sedation Dentistry? And Is It Safe?
Sedation dentistry is a safe way to reduce worries about visits to the dentist. Most often, there are two types of sedation: nitrous oxide gas, IV sedation or general anestesia in a hospital settting. Reach out to our team to learn more about which method is right for you.