How often should I brush/floss?
It is recommended that you brush/floss after every meal or at least, twice a day.
What is a cavity?
A Cavity is a tiny hole that forms in the tooth due to decay. Cavities are formed when plaque on the tooth combines with sugars and starch in your food. This leads to the production of acid that erodes the enamel on your tooth. If left untreated, they can cause serious oral health problems. Cavities can be prevented by brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day.
What is a filling?
Filling is the synthetic material that dentists use to fill the cavity after the decay has been removed. Fillings are made up from a variety of materials such as gold and ceramic. Most fillings do not hurt because there is no direct contact with your nerves.
What is gum disease?
Gum diseases are also known as periodontal disease and are caused when plaque and bacteria build-up are left untreated in the early stage. There can be other causes of periodontal disease, including teeth grinding, medications, genetics and tobacco use. The early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis and can be treated. If left untreated, gingivitis can turn into something more serious, which could lead to bone and tooth loss. Brushing your teeth and getting routine check-ups every six months can help prevent gum disease and other serious dental problems.
What should I do if I have bad breath?
Bad breath can be an embarrassing and unpleasant condition. Poor oral hygiene habits, dry mouth, use of tobacco products, dehydration, missed meals and gum diseases are some of the reasons you could have bad breath. To know better, you should pay attention to what might be causing the bad breath, review your current medications and discuss your recent surgeries or illnesses with your dentist. Simple measures to prevent bad breath include a good oral hygiene, regular dental check-ups, frequent water consumption and flossing or brushing after having meals.
How often should I have a dental check up and cleaning?
You should get dental check-up and cleaning done once in six months, but you might need more frequent visits depending on the condition of your teeth. Regular dental check-up and cleaning is important to preventing dental issues. They help in maintaining healthy teeth and gums. At these visits, your teeth are checked for cavities, cleanliness and other things that can help in detecting and preventing other dental problems.
If I wear braces, how often should I see a dentist?
It is very important for patients taking orthodontic treatment to see their dentist regularly. Braces can cause food to get stuck in places where the brush can’t reach easily. This can result in bacteria building up and cause cavities, gum diseases or other dental issues. So, make sure to visit your dentist at least four times a year, or as suggested by your dentist to ensure your teeth stay clean and healthy.
At what age should I start taking my child to see the dentist?
As per the American Academy of Paediatric Dentistry (AAPD), you should take your child to see a dentist as early as six months after their birth and not later than a year. This is because your child begins teething around this time and the dentist can examine the health of your child’s first set of teeth. After the first check-up, ensure you take your child to the dentist every six months.