FAQ’s on Dental Health

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Dental health has gained considerable attention in the past few years as an indicator of general wellness. Here’s a list of common doubts our patients have about dental health, dental treatments, and oral hygiene.

How can I care for my oral health?

There are two main parts of oral self-care that everyone should follow. The first one is to follow a thorough daily oral hygiene plan at home. The second is to keep up with regular checkups with a dentist and dental hygienist.

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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. 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. This allows for less invasive, less costly forms of treatment, as well as diminishes the chance of complications.

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 a 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.

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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?

People wondering how to avoid bad breath will find their 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 should 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 dental appointment as soon as possible. These include:

  • An increase in bad breath or a change in oral 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

What healthy teeth and gums should feel like?

For a healthy tooth, chewing should’t feel painful or feel sensitive to the extreme temperatures of your food and drinks. 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. They 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, periodontal (gum) disease can be avoided.

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