The more you know about your upcoming treatment or your current oral condition, the less anxiety you’ll have. You’ll feel much more comfortable and at ease. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we hear from patients. If your question isn’t answered here, please give us a call, and we’ll be happy to help.
Why Are Baby Teeth Important?
Baby teeth help your child chew, speak, and smile, but they also help form a path that permanent teeth can follow when they are ready to erupt. As a result, a lifetime of healthy and beautiful smiles starts with taking proper care of baby teeth.
How Many Times Should I See the Dentist?
You should be coming in for a routine examination at least twice a year or every six months. This allows us to check your teeth for signs of decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues before they worsen or become noticeable.
When Should My Child Start Using Toothpaste?
When it comes to brushing your child’s teeth with toothpaste, the sooner, the better! Starting at birth, you should clean your child’s gums with a cloth and water or a soft infant toothbrush. Then, as soon as their teeth begin to appear, it’s time to start brushing twice daily using a soft, age-appropriate toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste. Use a “smear” of toothpaste if your child is two years of age or younger and a “pea-size” amount for three to six-year-olds.
Should I Get a Restoration for My Missing Tooth?
Yes. Leaving an empty space in your smile can cause numerous health issues and affect your appearance. You’ll want a bridge, dentures, or an implant to replace it.
Does Professional Whitening Work?
It depends. The dentist will need to examine your smile to determine if whitening is best for you. If they feel the stains can’t be removed, veneers are a great alternative.
Is it Okay for My Child to Suck Their Thumb?
Thumb sucking generally only becomes a problem if it goes on for a very long time. Most children stop this habit on their own, but if they are still sucking their thumbs or fingers past the age of three, it might be time to take some extra precautions. Too much thumb sucking at that age can disturb the alignment of their teeth and even the structure of their mouth.
Am I Eligible for Dental Implants?
To be eligible for implants, you must have sufficient jawbone structure. However, if it’s not dense enough, there is still hope in the form of bone grafting.
How Long Does Orthodontic Treatment Take?
If you’re wearing clear aligners to adjust your smile, the treatment time will vary from patient to patient. Factors to consider include how often you wear the aligners and the severity of misalignment. The dentist will review a timeline with you during your consultation.
How Do I Make My Child’s Diet Safe for Their Teeth?
A healthy diet and a healthy smile often go hand-in-hand. The best type of diet for your child’s teeth is a balanced one. A balanced diet should include:
- One serving of fruits and vegetables
- Bread and cereals
- Milk and dairy products
- Meat, fish, and eggs
It might also be a good idea to limit the servings of sugars and starches to help protect them from tooth decay.
How Often Should I Brush My Teeth?
You should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day, or you can go above and beyond by brushing after every meal. However, you should wait about 30 minutes after you eat before brushing, or you could harm your enamel. Try to only use a soft-bristled brush, and spend two minutes cleaning your teeth.
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