Why should I visit dentists when I do not have any dental concerns?

Dental health determines a person’s overall health. Visiting a dentist regularly will help keep your teeth and gums healthy and will reduce the chances of tooth decay and periodontal diseases. It also helps a person maintain an attractive smile. Your shiny teeth will give you the confidence to face the world happily.

Your teeth might look fine to you, but only a dentist will be able to identify the health of your teeth and gums. Your stained, chipped, misaligned teeth would be treated, and then the difference would be visible.

What should be the frequency of visiting a dentist?

People of all ages should visit the dentist at least twice a year to get their teeth and gums appropriately checked and to avoid any dental issues. People having a risk of mouth and gum diseases such as cancer should visit the dentist more frequently.

What are some of the urgent matters to contact a dentist?

Sometime the dentists should not be made to wait till the next appointment. If you notice any of the below signs, please contact your dentist urgently:

  • Teeth or gums bleeding with severe pain
  • Sudden tooth loss
  • An infection in your mouth disturbing you
  • Excessive swelling in your gums
How safe and clean are dentist instruments used at dentistry?

Your health is of prime importance to a dentist. A good dentist will always make sure all the instruments used at the dentistry are sterilized and used once. This will prevent germs and other diseases from spreading.

Why do teeth become sensitive?

There are multiple reasons due to which teeth become sensitive. Some of these are as follows:

  • Using a hard brush
  • Using acidic food regularly
  • Drinking fizzy drinks
How do I judge the reliability of a dentist?

Choosing the right dentist is crucial for your dental health and treatments.
A patient should be mentally and financially satisfied with the dentist. The dentists who are members of the American Dental Association are considered as reliable. However, the following are also considered before selecting a dentist for subsequent check-ups:

  • Is the office clean and hygienic?
  • Does dentist use separate equipment for each patient (the ones that should be used separately)
  • Does the dentist explain and discuss the procedure in detail with the patient?
  • Does the dentist share the limitations of a particular treatment?
  • Is the cost of treatment discussed with the patient before the procedure?
  • Are the post-operative procedures discussed?
How often should I change my toothbrush?

For maintaining healthy oral habits, we should get a new toothbrush every three months. With regular use, the brush deteriorates, and patients with dental concerns are suggested to change their brush every month. In case of sickness, change the brush right away.

Is changing toothpaste necessary whenever toothbrush is changed?

Toothpaste should not be changed until you are using a medicated toothpaste. A simple paste to clean teeth can be used without any fear. It is not the toothpaste that matters but the style and frequency of brushing your teeth.

What are periodontal diseases?

Periodontal diseases are diseases related to gums. They are caused by bacteria built-up in gums if not treated at an early stage. Substance abuse also becomes a significant cause of periodontal diseases. Severe gum disease might result in a tooth or bone loss and is irreversible.

How can I clean my teeth with my braces on?

Many youngsters apply braces to straighten their teeth. But cleaning teeth with braces can be challenging. Before brushing rinse your mouth properly with water to loosen any food stuck in between your teeth. Then brush your teeth in portions. Brush your gum line first later brush downwards cleaning each bracket. After this brush upwards in a similar manner to clean all the brackets. This will ensure that all your teeth are correctly clean even with braces.

How should I prevent bad breath?

Many people go through this unpleasant condition of having a bad breath, especially in the morning. Good oral hygiene would help keep bad breath at its minimum. Brushing teeth regularly twice a day and avoiding any substance abuse would help prevent bad breath. A mouth wash can be a very effective way to prevent bad breath.

If a dentist recommends treatment and I am unaware of the procedure, what should I do?

The best way to get information about dental treatment is to ask the procedure from your dentist. The dentist will be happy to share the details. You can also ask your dentist to share the pictures and models (if any) of the desired treatment. The explanation would help you understand the process and then take decision accordingly.

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