Dentistry FAQs

What one should do first – Brushing or flossing and how many times a day?

Either flossing or brushing first is okay as long as you do them both. You must brush at least two times a day and floss once daily. Remember, not to brush more than three times a day as this can harm your gums. Try to keep a standard time of brushing daily although there is no fixed time for flossing. Some people find it ideal to floss before going to bed. You can choose a time convenient to you.

How safe is tooth whitening?

Tooth Whitening is absolutely safe if done properly and carefully. Bleaching and other whitening methods adopted by dentists are safe and effective. But if you are going for self whitening methods, look for products that are clinically proven, follow the instructions carefully and seek advice of your dentist, if possible. Sensitivity tends to occur when you intake something hot or cold after whitening procedures, but will naturally disappear within three days of treatment. If you feel any trouble after the whitening procedure, seek professional help immediately.

What to do in case of bad breath?

Bad breath or Halitosis is a common problem and leave many in a state of embarrassment. There are several causes of bad breath, but the most common cause in healthy people can be the deposition of bacteria and microbes on the tongue. In such a case, bad breath can be eradicated by simply brushing or cleaning your tongue. If this does not work take help of your dentist to know the actual cause of bad breath (which can be some infection, gum disease, dental cavity, smoking or any other) and its treatment.

How to find a dentist?

The best way to locate a good dentist is to ask for references from –

  • Co-workers
  • Neighbors
  • Family and relatives
  • Friends
  • Family doctor or local pharmacist
  • State or local dental society

What should I look for when choosing a dentist?

Choosing a good dentist for yourself and your family is very important to sustain a good oral health. You must like to call or visit more than one dentist before selecting a dentist for your future needs. During your first visit you can determine if the dentist is right for you or not. Judge on the following factors:

  • Is the dental clinic near your home or office and is easily accessible?
  • Is the office well maintained, clean and equipped with all latest machinery and equipment?
  • Is your medical history properly recorded and stored at a permanent place?
  • Is dental procedure explained to you before doing the treatment? Are dental health tips advised?
  • Is emergency dental service provided by the dentist after office hours?
  • Is payment and fee detail provided to you before the treatment is scheduled?
  • Is your Dentist member of the American Dental Association or any other dental association?

Ask questions from your dentist and make a decision only if you are convinced.

How frequent one should visit a dentist for regular checkups?

Ideally, you should visit your dentist for a regular check-up every six months. But it totally depends on your dental health as some people do not need to visit a dentist often and others may need more frequent checks. Your dentist can suggest you your next dental checkup based on your dental condition which may vary from three months to two years.

What to do when the silver filling in your tooth grows old?

Silver fillings have a life of five to eight years and need to be replaced after some time. To avoid leakage, breakdown or tooth decay, you must get your silver fillings replaced. Your dentist can very well inform you about this when the need persists. If you are concerned about the looks, then you can also go for beautiful and long lasting restorations that are the new methods to replace these old fillings. Tooth-colored filling materials, porcelain inlays, crowns and veneers are some of the options.

What are dental Implants?

A dental implant is a permanent solution to the tooth loss. It is an artificial tooth root, usually made of titanium, used in dentistry to support restorations that resemble a tooth or group of teeth to replace missing teeth. This procedure is best for those who have lost their tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason. Like traditional procedures, implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support.

There are several toothbrushes in the market, how to choose the right one?

Always choose a soft bristled toothbrush with a small head. The soft bristles are gentle on your gums and keep them healthy. Soft-bristled toothbrush hardly damages enamel, efficiently removes debris and plague and is harmless to your gums. Small headed toothbrush reaches every corner of the mouth easily even the hard to reach areas and this helps in better brushing of teeth.

When should I take my child to the dentist for the first time?

Proper dental care begins even before the baby’s first tooth appears. To develop a habit in your child to visit a dentist at regular intervals, it is vital to get an early start on dental care. You must take your kid to your family dentist or a pediatric dentist before his/her first birthday or when the first tooth appears.