Frequently Asked Questions
Important Facts About Your Oral Health
What to do if a tooth gets loose or knocked out due to accident or trauma to the face?
When a permanent (adult) tooth is avulsed (knocked out of the socket) you’ll need to stop the bleeding. Apply a clean gauze to the affected area and bite down. Place the tooth in a sanitized container filled with milk or saline, you can also place the tooth under your tongue until you reach your dentist’s office. In the case of a baby tooth, your child should bite on a clean gauze to stop the bleeding until you visit your dentist. You’ll need to visit your dentist within an hour if the tooth is loose or displaced in the socket. If you can’t seek immediate dental care, attempt to move the tooth back into its original position and see your dentist as soon as you can.
Why should my child receive a filling when their teeth will eventually fall out?
Asides from chewing, the role of primary (baby) teeth is to preserve room in the mouth for permanent (adult) teeth. For this reason, it is vital to ensure these teeth are healthy to prevent pain, infection, poor aesthetics, premature loss and alignment issues.
Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding your dental health.
When should I take my child for his or her first dental visit?
Unless there are special concerns, a child’s first official dental visit should occur around the 2- to 3-year old mark, when most of the primary teeth have erupted. Usually the primary goal of a child’s first visit is to affirm that dental offices are fun and comfortable.
How often should I visit my dentist for a check-up and cleaning?
In most cases, dental visits should be scheduled every 6 months. Patients suffering from periodontal disease (gum disease) or systemic conditions may be required to schedule visits more often.
I never experience any problems or pain, do I need to get my teeth checked?
In most cases, dental issues like cavities and gum disease are painless until they progress into an advanced stage. Once this occurs, your treatment options become complicated, uncomfortable and expensive. For this reason, it is extremely beneficial to maintain regular dental check-ups and cleanings to ensure optimal oral health.
Do I actually require an X-ray? I am concerned about the potential effects on my body.
X-ray imaging is a vital diagnostic tool used to identify serious disease processes and pathologies. Our advanced digital dental imaging system is low in radiation when compared to medical X-rays or CT scans. In specific, it uses up to 80% less radiation than dental film exposures. When prescribing radiography, we consistently employ ALARA principles that are specific to the needs, history, and risk/benefit ration of each patient. Be sure to let your dentist know if you have any concerns about dental X-rays.