Frequently Asked Oral Health Questions
1. Is it necessary for me to be early for my appointment?
Yes, absolutely. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to complete any remaining patient forms.
2. What should I do if I need to be medicated before then?
Please request a prescription before your visit, or if you are unsure, please contact us and we would be happy to assist you.
3. What should I bring with me to my first appointment?
Please remember to bring the following items to your appointment:
• Patient Information Form
• Identification such as Driving License, Voter ID, Aadhar Card
• Patient Health History Form
• Patient Authorization Form
4. How long will my first appointment last?
It varies, but for the initial visit, please plan prior 1 to 1.5 hours.
General Dentistry FAQs
Have a question that is not answered below? Please don’t hesitate to contact and inquire!
1. Why should I visit the dentist regularly?
A lot of people don’t go to the dentist regularly. They only go when there is an issue. The distinction between “crisis treatment” and “preventive treatment” is known as “crisis therapy.” While these patients may believe they are saving money, they are often spending far more in terms of money and time. This is because many dental diseases do not manifest symptoms until late in the disease process. Tooth decay is an example. “Nothing hurts… I don’t have any troubles,” is a common response.
2. Why should I floss when brushing is sufficient?
Flossing helps to lower the number of bacteria in the mouth. These microscopic organisms number in the millions and feed on food particles left on your teeth. Plaque, which may be removed by flossing, is where these germs dwell. Brushing your teeth removes some microorganisms from your mouth. Flossing removes microorganisms that a toothbrush can’t reach. Bacteria can be found in the microscopic gaps between your teeth. The plaque will build up between your teeth if you don’t floss. As a result of the hardening, tartar forms. Plaque can be removed by brushing your teeth. A dentist is the only person who can remove tartar.
3. What can I do to get my children to brush their teeth?
Make it enjoyable! Brushing your teeth should be fun for you, and it should be fun for your kids. Children aspire to do the same things as their parents. If your kids witness you brushing your teeth and practicing good oral hygiene, they will do the same. Inquire with your dentist about additional inventive techniques to urge kids to brush their teeth.
Getting your children to brush their teeth begins with a visit to the dentist when they are young. By their first birthday or six months after the development of their first tooth, all children should be seen.
4. How can I avoid getting cavities?
Brush your teeth two to three times a day for two to three minutes each time. It takes that long to eliminate the bacteria that cause tooth decay. Don’t scrub your teeth too hard. To eliminate bacteria and plaque, only a small amount of pressure is required. At least once a day, floss your teeth. The only way to remove bacteria from between your teeth is to floss.
If you don’t have time to brush after a meal, rinse your mouth with water to help eliminate food particles from your teeth. After a meal, chewing sugarless gum can also assist. Chewing helps to regulate the flow of saliva, which functions as a natural plaque-fighting agent. Also, don’t forget to go to the dentist regularly. A cavity-free visit will be aided by good dental habits.
5. What is the purpose of X-rays taken by the dentist?
When the dentist examines the mouth, many disorders of the teeth and surrounding tissues are not visible. An X-ray examination may reveal the following:
Tiny cavities between teeth or beneath current restorations (fillings)
Bacterial infections in the bones.
Periodontal (gum) disease is a condition that affects the teeth and
Cysts or abscesses
Abnormalities in developing
Tumors of many sorts
Early detection and treatment of dental problems can save time, money, and frequently unnecessary discomfort. Damage to oral structures that aren’t obvious during a typical exam can be detected via X-rays. X-rays may potentially save your life if you have a concealed tumor. Your dentist will determine whether or not you require X-rays based on the current state of development. Having Xrays done has numerous advantages. Any such concerns or issues should be explored with your dentist.
6. What can I do if my teeth are sensitive?
Sensitive toothpaste with strontium chloride or potassium nitrate is highly efficient in treating sensitive teeth. You may notice a decrease in sensitivity after a few weeks of use. Tea and soda, as well as highly acidic foods like oranges, grapefruits, and lemons, can aggravate dental sensitivity and operate against sensitive toothpaste. If brushing carefully and using desensitizing toothpaste does not provide relief, consult your dentist. Special chemicals can be applied in-office to the roots of your teeth to minimise sensitivity, if not eliminate it. To help lessen tooth sensitivity, high-fluoride home care products can be prescribed.
7. What is periodontal disease and how does it affect you?
Periodontal disease is an infection and inflammation of the gums and supporting bone structure that, if left untreated, can result in permanent jaw bone loss and tooth loss. The periodontal disease left untreated has been associated with an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, low birth weight newborns, pre-term delivery, respiratory disease, and prostate cancer. Periodontal disease has progressed to the point where inflammatory gums are pulling away from your bone and teeth. Other periodontal disease symptoms include:
- Breath problems
- Gums that are red or swollen
- Teeth that are loose or have shifted
- Sensitive teeth
- Around the teeth, there’s a lot of pus.
- When chewing there is pain.
- Tender gums
- Gums that are bleeding
8. How long will teeth whitening results last?
If you whiten your teeth, the amount of time it will endure will vary, just like any other treatment. Your bright smile may begin to yellow more quickly than you expect if you smoke, drink red wine or coffee, or consume other acid-containing meals. A teeth whitening operation can last up to a few years in most cases. Even if the results fade, touch-ups can be done regularly to restore luster.
9. Is it unhealthy to use smokeless tobacco?
Although smokeless tobacco does not produce smoke, it is not without risk. The following are some of the potential dangers:
- A hurt that won’t go away
- A white patch or a lump
- A persistent aching throats
- Chewing difficulty
- Tongue or jaw movement is restricted.
- A feeling that something is caught in your throat
- Pain is rarely the first sign of a problem. Tobacco smokers should see their dentist regularly.
10. What should I do if my gums are bleeding?
When it comes to bleeding gums, many people use the wrong treatment strategy. Gums that bleed are usually a sign of periodontal disease, often known as gingivitis. However, many people stop brushing as frequently and properly as they should because it is painful or causes the gums to bleed again. Brushing, on the other hand, may aid to lessen the inflammation of irritated gums. More importantly, you should visit your dentist for a periodontal screening and recording to establish the severity of the illness and the best treatment options available.
11. What causes my teeth to darken?
Many causes conspire to obliterate your naturally white grin. Tobacco, some meals, and some beverages can cause teeth to discolor. These toxins are always at work on our teeth, causing our pearly white smile to fade with time. Because they modify the temperature of teeth, hot coffee and tea are extremely harmful to your smile. The teeth stretch and contract as a result of the temperature change (hot and cold cycling), allowing stains to permeate the teeth. Cutting back on coffee and tea can help you achieve a beautiful smile.
12: I'm a diabetic. What makes my dentist so concerned?
According to current research, there is a relation between gum disease and diabetes. Diabetes has been linked to an increased risk of gum disease, according to research. If your blood sugar levels aren’t well-controlled, you’re more likely to develop gum disease and lose teeth. Gum disease, like all illnesses, can cause blood sugar levels to rise, making diabetes more difficult to manage. Make regular dental appointments and follow your dentist’s home care instructions. Make an appointment with your dentist if you notice any other symptoms, such as a dry mouth or bleeding gums.
13. I'm using dentures. Is it still required for me to go to the dentist?
At the dentist’s office, more than just “checking teeth” is done. While denture wearers no longer have to worry about tooth decay, they may experience issues such as ill-fitting equipment or mouth ulcers, to mention a few. Annual dental appointments are suggested (or sooner if discomfort is present). An oral cancer screening and a head and neck exam will be performed during these visits, as well as an assessment of the fit and need for replacement of existing appliances. Visiting the dentist regularly can help you avoid more significant problems in the future.