Frequently Asked Questions
- Diagnosing oral diseases.
- Promoting oral health and disease prevention.
- Creating treatment plan to restore and maintain the oral health.
- Monitoring growth and development of teeth and jaws.
- Ensuring the safe administration of regional/local anesthetics.
- Performing surgeries on the teeth, bone and the jaws.
- Replacement of missing teeth and orofacial tissues.
Regular dental visits are important to keep your teeth and gums healthy and to early diagnosis of oral diseases.
A soft bristled toothbrush is always recommended. Medium and firm ones can damage teeth and gums.
Yes, X-rays have their set values and limits for safety, your dental professional will be expertized to use it wisely as required.
In office or in clinic teeth whitening procedures are the best way to whiten the teeth. Many over the counter products are available for teeth whitening, should be used only under professional supervision
Cavities break through the surfaces of the teeth, and they will get bigger unless sealed/restored with fillings.
Sealants protect against cavities that can form in the natural tiny pits and crevices on the surface of teeth.
Root canal treatment is a restorative procedure to save the badly decayed teeth involving the vital part(pulp/nerve).
A common misconception is that dental fillings last forever but unfortunately this is rarely true. With time dental restorations may break down or become loose, allowing the decay to occur around the restoration.
Oral injuries are often painful, and should be treated by a dentist as soon as possible. If you have knocked out a tooth, these tips may be able to save it:
- Rinse, do not scrub, the tooth to remove dirt or debris.
- Place the clean tooth in your mouth between your cheek and gum or under your tongue.
- Do not attempt to replace the tooth into the socket as this could cause further damage.
- Get to the dentist. Successful re-implantation is possible only when treatment is performed promptly.
- If it is not possible to store the tooth in the mouth of the injured person, wrap the tooth in a clean cloth or gauze and immerse it in milk/tender coconut.
Gums that bleed are a symptom of the onset of gum disease. You should see your dentist to have a periodontal screening and recording performed in order to determine the levels of disease present and the best treatment course to pursue.
- Mouth sores.
- Jaw pain.
- Redness, swollen face or gums.
- Tooth sensitivity.
- Broken teeth.
- Dry mouth.
- Bleeding gums.
- Bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth.
- Painful cavities.
You should have a regular dental visit at least every 6 months or as recommended by your dental professional.
Yes, Flossing clears food and plaque between teeth and under the gum-line. If you don’t floss, plaque hardens into tartar, which forms wedges and widens the space between the teeth and gums, causing pockets. Over time, gums pull away, lead to loose/mobile teeth.
Yes, Mouthwashes can prevent cavities ,hypersensitivity, and provide fresh breath, when you use them with regular brushing and flossing.
Yes, sweets and foods with acid, like candy and soda, could stick to teeth and lead to cavities.
Fluoride helps make teeth strong and prevents decay. ADA and IDA recommends kids and adults both to use fluoride containing toothpaste.
Yes, by using aligners. Invisalign is one of the easiest ways to straighten teeth without braces.
A dental implant is a surgical fixture that is placed into the jawbone to replace the missing teeth. Cap/bridge/dentures are fixed to the dental implants.
Make it fun! If you are enthusiastic in brushing your teeth, your children will also be enthusiastic.
Children wants to do the things their parents do. If your children see you brushing your teeth and displaying good dental habits, they will follow.
Ask the dentist for other creative ways to get children to brush their teeth.
Getting your children to brush starts with taking them to the dentist at any early stage. All children, should be seen by their first birthday or 6 months after the eruption of the first tooth.
Sensitivity toothpaste, which contain strontium chloride or potassium nitrate are very effective in treating sensitive teeth.
If you don’t get relief by brushing gently and using desensitizing pastes, see your dentist.
While patients who wear dentures no longer have to worry about dental decay, they may have concerns with ill-fitting appliances or mouth sores to name a few. Annual visit to the dentist (or sooner if soreness is present) is recommended.