Important Facts About Your Oral Health
What should you do if your tooth becomes loose or gets knocked out?
If your permanent (adult) tooth is avulsed, or in other words “knocked out” reach for a clean gauze. You will want to bite on it to stop the bleeding. Next, carefully place the tooth in a clean container filled with milk or saline. Alternatively, you can set the tooth under your tongue. Be sure to visit your dentist within an hour.
If the avulsed tooth is not permanent, (a baby tooth) follow the same steps listed above if you are unable to visit your dentist within an hour, attempt to move the tooth back in its original position until you can.
How many trips should I make to my dentist for a dental cleaning or checkup?
You should visit your dentist every six months under normal circumstances. If you suffer from gum disease or a systemic condition, you may require visits more frequently.
Are X-rays essential? The effects on my body concern me.
Dental X-rays are an important diagnostic tool as they allow your dentist to detect disease processes and pathologies. Our advanced digital dental imaging system is low in radiation, meaning it is up to 80% less radiation than traditional dental film exposures. For more information regarding dental X-rays, contact us.
When should I schedule my child’s first dental visit?
Your child’s first visit to the dentist should take place around the age of two to three. Usually, most of the primary teeth have erupted at this time.
Why does my child need a filling, their baby teeth will fall out anyway?
Your child’s primary (baby) teeth play a significant role. Not only do they allow your child to chew, but they also reserve space in the mouth for permanent teeth. For this reason, your child’s teeth should be kept in good condition to avoid pain, infection, poor aesthetics, premature tooth loss, and alignment issues.
My teeth never give me any problems; why do I need to get them checked?
Cavities, gum disease, and most other dental ailments are asymptomatic until they reach an advanced stage. Treatment options then become more complex, uncomfortable, and expensive with poorer prognosis. Consequently, when you maintain regular dental checkups and cleanings, you are ensuring your oral health and overall health is in optimal condition.