Frequently Asked Questions on Dental Health

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Commonly Asked Questions

Dental health has gained considerable attention in the past few years as an indicator of wellness.

Here you’ll find a list of common doubts our patients have about oral health, dental treatments, and oral hygiene.

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Why is it necessary to see a dentist and a hygienist at least every 3 to 6 months?

There are two main reasons why regular checkups are preferred.

#1 – To be proactive.

Nowadays one of the main tendencies in health care is to encourage proactive prevention instead of a “crisis treatment.” The idea behind this is to catch any potential conditions or problems while they are still early and not painful.

Being proactive allows you to need invasive, costly forms of treatment. This also diminishes the chance of complications.

#2 – In the case of oral health, there is also specific reason why an in-depth professional cleaning session is needed at least 3 to 6 months. It will get rid of the buildup of plaque which could, later on, precipitate something more serious such as gingivitis or a cavity.

What does a daily oral hygiene plan require?

Your exact oral hygiene routine may vary depending on your specific needs and habits. You should consider your medical history, the shape of your teeth, if you use or have used braces, and your diet. But in almost all cases, it’s based on brushing your teeth after every meal and daily flossing.

There are also many healthy habits that are part of dental health. This includes avoiding smoking, tobacco products, and eating refined sugar. Make sure you are eating enough calcium and vitamin C as part of the daily diet.

What is restorative dentistry?

Restorative dentistry deals with treating diseases or conditions in the teeth, mouth, gums, or jaws. This branch of oral health aims to restore your mouth to its previous condition. Fillings, root canal treatments, crowns, inlays, and onlays fall in restorative dentistry.

What can I do to treat bad breath?

Your best shot is with a stricter dental hygiene routine. In addition to brushing your teeth after every meal and flossing every day, a good dental care routine should involve a professional cleaning every 3-6 months.

This can keep plaque at minimal levels and slow down bacterial growths inside your mouth, preventing bad breath.

How can I check for signs of dental disease at home?

Only a health professional can diagnose a disease. But there are many alert signs that you should take as a reminder to schedule a dentist appointment as soon as possible.

These include:

  • Bad breath
  • Swollen, red, or bleeding gums
  • Loose gums, or pus coming out of gums
  • Changes in the amount of saliva you produce
  • Pain, especially when eating
  • Tooth sensitivity

What healthy teeth and gums should feel like?

For a healthy tooth, chewing should’t feel painful. Nor should your teeth feel sensitive to at extreme temperatures.

When your tooth is cracked, a sharp and momentary pain results from the pressure of your bite. A cracked or fractured tooth can also feel sensitive to temperature extremes.

Healthy gums should be pink, firm, and smooth. Your gums should not bleed when you brush. Healthy gums should also be scalloped in appearance and should hold tight to each tooth. If caught early enough, you can avoid periodontal (gum) disease.

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