WHAT IS DENTISTRY?
Dentistry primarily deals with the detection, treatment, and prevention of issues related to oral, dental, and jaw health. Its importance goes beyond just dental health and can affect one’s overall well-being.
WHAT IS A DENTIST?
A dentist is a highly specialised health care professional who diagnoses, treats, and prevents oral health conditions. All of our dentists hold a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree, the latter of which requires an additional two years of study beyond a standard dental school programme. To focus on the unique dental needs of children from infancy through puberty is to practise paediatric dentistry. Paediatric dentists have obtained additional education and training to better serve the specific dental requirements of children. Pediatric dentists have received specialized training to effectively address the unique oral health needs of young patients. Other specializations include:
- Endodontics (root canals)
- Oral and maxillofacial (including pathology, radiology, and surgery)
- Orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics
- Periodontics (gum disease)
- Prosthodontics (implants)
MY TEETH FEEL FINE; DO I STILL NEED TO SEE A DENTIST?
Even if your teeth appear healthy, you should consult us regularly. Occasionally, issues can be concealed. An alluring and healthful smile is essential, and we’re here to help you maintain it. Modern dentistry has advanced significantly. You are not required to exist with discoloured, broken, or missing teeth. Dentists offer a variety of treatments to enhance smile confidence, including:
- Professional dental bleaching
- Fillings that resemble natural dentition
- Tooth replacement and comprehensive dental makeovers
WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR WHEN CHOOSING THE RIGHT DENTIST FOR ME?
A dentist that “clicks” with you and your family is vital to select, and you may want to see a few before deciding on one. On your first visit, you should be able to determine whether the dentist is a suitable match for you. The following should be considered before your booked appointment:
- Is it easy for you to meet at the appointed time?
- Is there quick and simple access to the workplace?
- Is everything neat and tidy at the workplace?
- Did your dental and medical records get filed away for good?
- Does the dentist provide advice on how to maintain healthy teeth and gums?
- Do you know how much a procedure will cost before you get it done?
- Does your dental practitioner have membership in the ADA?
HOW CAN I TAKE CARE OF MY TEETH BETWEEN DENTAL CHECKUPS?
- Remember to cleanse your teeth at least twice a day and floss once!
- Use fluoride toothpaste and see whether our staff thinks you may benefit from a fluoride rinse. Cavities may be avoided using this method.
- Sugary foods should be avoided because they promote the growth of bacteria in the mouth, leading to an increase in plaque and the development of cavities, and tobacco products should be avoided because they discolour teeth, induce gum disease, and increase the risk of developing oral cancer.
- It’s okay to brush your tongue every day! This will clean your teeth and lower the number of microorganisms that cause plaque. Similarly, cleaning your tongue might aid in maintaining minty breath.
- Don’t forget to book your annual physical. Every six months, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist.
AT WHAT AGE SHOULD I START TAKING MY CHILD TO SEE THE DENTIST?
Infants should start seeing a dentist about six months of age and continue doing so until they turn one, as recommended by the American Academy of Paediatric Dentistry. We can check on the development and health of your child’s first teeth when they emerge throughout this period. After the first appointment, you should plan to return every six months for follow-up care.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I SEE THE DENTIST?
At least once every six months, we should see all children, adolescents, and adults for a physical. It could be necessary for patients who are more likely to develop gum disease or oral cancer to visit more often than twice a year. We will help you determine how often you should visit our office for regular exams.
WHAT IS A CAVITY?
A cavity is a tiny opening that develops within a tooth as a result of dental decay. Plaque accumulation on the surface of the tooth combines with the carbohydrates and polysaccharides in the food you consume to create cavities. This produces an acid that can erode away at tooth enamel. If left untreated, cavities can contribute to more significant oral health issues. Cavities can be prevented by brushing and flossing regularly.
WHAT IS A FILLING?
Fillings are synthetic materials used by dentists to replace cavities after all decay has been removed. We will sedate your mouth with an anaesthetic so that fillings are generally painless. Numerous materials, including composites, gold, and ceramic, are used to manufacture fillings. If you require a filling, be sure to inquire about the best option for your teeth.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I BRUSH MY TEETH?
The American Dental Association and our dentists recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice per day. By removing bacteria-causing plaque, brushing maintains the teeth, gums, and mouth clean and healthy. When cleansing your teeth, it is recommended to use a toothbrush with gentle filaments and toothpaste containing fluoride. Devote a minimum of one minute to the upper teeth and another to the lower teeth. Don’t neglect to cleanse your tongue as well; doing so will help you maintain fresh breath.
WHEN SHOULD I CHANGE MY TOOTHBRUSH?
Using your toothbrush twice a day for two to three minutes will wear it out. We suggest changing toothbrushes every three months for kids and adults. As you may not need to replace toothbrush heads as often with an electronic toothbrush, check the instructions. To avoid germs, gum disease patients should replace their toothbrush every four to six weeks. Rinse your toothbrush with hot water after brushing to eliminate germs and clean bristles. After being unwell, replace your toothbrush immediately.
WHAT IS GUM DISEASE?
Gum disease, also referred to as periodontal disease, typically results from the buildup of plaque and bacteria when not addressed in its early stages. Additional factors contributing to periodontal disease encompass smoking, teeth grinding, certain medications, and genetic predisposition. The initial phase of gum disease is known as gingivitis, which, when identified, can be effectively treated. Neglected gingivitis may progress into more severe gum disease, ultimately causing tooth and bone loss, which is irreversible. Regularly brushing your teeth and scheduling biannual check-ups at our office are vital measures to prevent gingivitis and the development of more advanced forms of periodontal disease. Common indicators of gum disease include:
- Red, inflamed, bleeding, or swollen gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Loose or missing teeth
- Heightened tooth sensitivity
- Receding gumline
- Tooth abscesses
IF I HAVE BRACES, DO I STILL NEED DENTAL CHECKUPS EVERY SIX MONTHS?
Yes, without a doubt. In fact, individuals receiving orthodontic care have a heightened need for punctuality. Cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease are all possible consequences of food being stuck in braces and then being difficult to clean. While you’re wearing braces, our staff will collaborate closely with your dentist to keep your teeth clean and healthy.
HOW DO I SCHEDULE MY NEXT CHECKUP?
Simply call our practice! Our front desk staff will be happy to schedule your next dental checkup at your convenience. If you are a new patient, please let us know and we will provide you with all the information you need for your first dental visit.
I HAVEN’T BEEN TO THE DENTIST IN YEARS.
Will you judge me? No not at all, we welcome the opportunity help you smile more!
I HAVE A DENTAL EMERGENCY.
Can you fit me in? do you take walk-ins? Absolutely! Life happens, let us help you smile confidently.
I NEED A DENTIST FOR MY ENTIRE FAMILY.
Do you see children and adults? Yes, we treat everyone, the entire family can be patients in our practice.
I HAVE DENTAL INSURANCE.
Do you accept my provider? We are willing to work with you, and have several smile financing options.
I DON’T HAVE DENTAL INSURANCE.
What are my options? Please call our office to speak with a financial advisor.