When should I take my child to the dentist for the first time?
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, children should visit a pediatric dentist when their first tooth
comes in, or no later than their first birthday.
How often should I visit the dentist for a check-up and cleaning?
Most children and adults should see their dentist for a regular cleaning and check-up every six months. People at a greater risk
for oral diseases should have dental check-ups more than twice a year. Tobacco and alcohol use, diabetes, pregnancy, periodontal and
gum disease, poor oral hygiene and certain medical conditions are some of the many factors that your dentist takes into consideration
when deciding how often you need your dental cleaning and check-up. The best way to maintain good oral health is to visit your dentist on a regular basis.
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How often should I change my toothbrush?
Adults and children should change their toothbrush every three months because they become worn out and are not as effective as
they once were. (Exceptions to this would be if you were using an electric toothbrush, and the manufacturer states otherwise.
Some electric rechargable toothbrushes have very good brush heads that only need to be changed every 6 months.)
What are dental sealants?
Dental sealants are a clear and protective coating that is applied to the biting surfaces of the back teeth. The sealant protects
the tooth from getting a cavity by shielding against bacteria and plaque. Sealants are most commonly placed on children's permanent
back teeth because they are more prone to cavities. Most insurance companies pay for sealants on children's teeth.
They can also be placed on adult's teeth, however, insurance usually won't cover them.
Do tooth whitening toothpastes really work?
Whitening toothpastes, like all toothpastes, contain mild abrasives to remove surface stains. Whitening toothpastes may have
additional polishing agents or chemicals that are more effective against stains than regular toothpastes.
While whitening toothpastes can make your teeth appear a little lighter by getting rid of stains, they do
not actually bleach your teeth. They are useful for people who smoke, drink coffee or tea, and eat certain foods
that can stain teeth. They are also good to use after you have undergone a teeth whitening procedure to keep surface
stains from building up.
What is tooth decay?
Decay is the destruction of tooth structure. Decay occurs when plaque, the sticky substance that forms on teeth, combines
with the sugars and/or starches of the foods that we eat. This combination produces acids that attack tooth enamel. The
best way to prevent tooth decay is by brushing twice a day and flossing daily. Eating healthy foods and avoiding snacks and drinks
that are high in sugar also help prevent decay. If decay reaches the pulp of the tooth, a root canal
may be necessary to save the tooth.