Frequently Asked Questions About Dentist
Q1: How often do I actually need to see the Dentist?
For a majority of people twice a year is fine. Plaque and tartar buildup are inevitable even if you do have perfect oral hygiene. Your teeth will stay clean and healthy with a professional cleaning every six months. At these biannual appointments, your early problems can be detected, saving you time, pain and money! You may be asked to come in more than twice a year, if you have gum disease, are pregnant, or you smoke, among other things. How frequent should be your dental visit depends on the health of your gums as well as how committed you are to a good oral hygiene program. Consult with your dentist to have a better idea about your dental checkup schedule.
Q2: Why do I need a filling when my tooth does not hurt?
Bacteria in acids produced by plaque eat away at your tooth causing a cavity. It might not hurt at the beginning since the protective outer layer of the tooth called the enamel is damaged first. The decay will reach the inner layers of the tooth, finally causing pain and sensitivity if a cavity is left untreated. Dental problems may not show any symptoms until they reach a more advanced stage. That is why it is recommended to come in every six months so we can detect oral problems before you even begin feeling them.
Q3: How can I reduce tooth sensitivity?
Use a desensitising toothpaste. This toothpaste is formulated to soothe the nerve endings in the tooth and reduce pain. Limit the intake of acidic foods and drinks. Acidic food and drinks eat away at your tooth enamel over time, causing sensitivity such as carbonated drinks. Also, do not brush too aggressively to avoid gum recession. This is a frequent cause of sensitive teeth. If none of these steps help, come in to see us at Align Dentistry. We can provide high-tech in-office treatments to reduce sensitivity.
Q4: How to prevent my teeth from turning more yellow?
Your teeth may darken or become yellow over time naturally with age. Your lifestyle behaviours can also contribute to tooth discoloration. Cigarettes, wine, coffee, tea, cola, sports drinks, berries, hard candy and tomato sauce are the most common culprits for surface stains. Align Dentistry offers whitening options to return the sparkle to your smile. Talk to our experts today for more details.
Q5: Which is better to use – an electric or a manual toothbrush?
An electric toothbrush can limit dexterity and ensure a better cleaning. Whereas a manual toothbrush can perform just as good as a powered toothbrush if used for the appropriate amount of time and done with proper technique. There are many features in an electric toothbrush, though, such as the ability to gauge pressure or a built-in timer that do make it a better and convenient choice for many.