Questions about Going to the Dentist

Whatever your age, oral health and hygiene is vital. More than 90 million Americans fall prey to one or more dental problems every year. The following information details why it is very important to visit a dentist regularly. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions patients have about dentistry and oral health issues. If you have any other questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, we would love to hear from you.

Q. Why should I visit a dentist regularly?

A. Visiting a dentist regularly would save you from getting into future complications of oral health and hygiene. Moreover, it would also save a lot of time and money. Your mouth might have some of the following symptoms which might lead to serious medical conditions if not treated and if you experience any of them, it is suggested to visit the dentist right away.

  • Tooth sensitivity to cold and heat.

  • Puffy gums which bleed while brushing and flossing.

  • You have crowns, dentures, fillings and implants.

  • You are not happy with your smile or the color of your teeth.

  • Frequent bad breath and/or a bad taste in your mouth.

  • Pregnancy

  • Swelling and pain in the mouth, face and/or neck.

  • Difficulty chewing and/or swallowing.

  • Hereditary issues with tooth decay and/or gum diseases.

  • Diabetes, eating disorders, heart diseases or HIV.

  • Dry mouth

  • Use of tobacco products.

  • You are undergoing radiation therapy, hormone replacement or chemotherapy.

  • Your jaw often pains when closing or opening the mouth, while chewing or as soon as you wake up from sleep.

  • Long standing sore or a spot in the mouth.

Q. Should I visit the dentist even though I do not have any of the above symptoms?

A. Even though you do not find any of the symptoms, there is a possibility of an oral health issue which can only be diagnosed by a dentist. Maintaining a continuous dental plan is as important as a continuous health plan. As many health conditions effect oral health, it is better to let your dentist know about any change in your health too. If you visit the dentist regularly, you can prevent problems from developing into irreparable damages.

Q. What happens during a dental check-up?

A. Apart from examining your mouth, the dentist will also discuss with you your medical history. Your gums and teeth are checked for any symptoms of disease and all this information is used to generate your treatment plan. Oral cancer screening is conducted by holding your tongue with gauze, examining the mouth and tongue and also feeling your jaw and neck.

Q. What should my dental visit frequency be?

A. The complete health condition of your mouth, teeth and gums decide the number of times you have to visit the dentist.. In normal conditions it is good if you visit a dentist twice a year.

Q. Could you please suggest how to take care of my smile?

A. Follow the below pure dental health points to take care of your Smile.

  • Healthy habits. Brush twice a day, three minutes each time and floss whenever you brush. This prevents tooth decay and gum diseases.

  • Build a relationship. Remember that maintaining a continuous dental plan is as important as a continuous health plan. Visiting a dentist regularly can keep dental issues at bay.

  • Maintain. It is important to follow proper oral hygiene as oral health and overall health are interrelated. Let your dentist know about even minute changes in your mouth.

  • Talk about it! As the best treatment plan for you can be determined by your dentist, start asking your dentists about any questions you have regarding dental care. You can also walk into our office and talk to your dentists who would be more than happy to help you.