What is dentistry?
What is a dentist?
Why is visiting the dentist so important?
Dental care is important to the health of your entire healthy. Dental care makes the whole person healthier by:
- Preventing tooth decay.
- Protecting against periodontal (gum) disease, which can lead to tooth and bone loss.
- Preventing bad breath (halitosis) – You can reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth by brushing and flossing.
- Helps you achieve a beautiful and natural looking smile so you can be confident in your appearance.
- Helps keep teeth looking bright by eliminating stains from food, drinks, and tobacco.
- Strengthening your teeth and preserving the natural structure so your teeth last as long as you do.
My teeth feel fine. Do I still need to see a dentist?
If it’s been more than 6 months since you seen the dentist and your teeth feel “fine” then it’s the perfect time to schedule! A regular checkup puts you in the drivers seat of your own oral health. Regular checkups are a proactive approach to keeping your smile beautiful and healthy. Restoring stained, chipped, missing, or misshapen teeth can make a big impact on your smile’s appearance. Today’s dentists offer many treatment choices that can help you smile with confidence, including:
- Professional cleaning and polishing
- Professional Zoom! teeth whitening
- Fillings that are a perfect match for your tooth color
- Tooth restoration and replacement
- Full cosmetic smile makeovers
What should I look for when choosing the right dentist for me?
Finding that “Goldilocks fit” for you and your family is important, and you may wish to consider several dentists before making your final decision. Use these 5 steps as a roadmap to help find a dentist that “clicks” with you:
List your criteria – These are your non-negotiables. Are you looking in network for insurance purposes? Do you need special office hours? Within 15 minutes of your home or office?
- Ask around – This one is a gimme. Ask your family and friends to provide recommendations for dentists. If you’re moving to a new city, your current dentist may have a recommendation for you. All moved in and still stumped. Your classmates or co-workers may be able to provide some valuable insights as to who are the top dentists in your area. If all else fails turn to the almighty Google and look for detailed reviews.
- Look for a dentist with a modern approach – A great dentist will use proven technologies and will be an advocated for the overall health of your whole body. They will take time to understand your health history, ask questions, and share how your oral health is connected to your wellbeing.
- Find a passionate dentist -These dentists are the life-long learners. They join professional associations like the ADA. They attend conferences and late-night study clubs. These dentists aim to go far beyond what is required for continuing education in order to refine their hands-on clinical skills.
- Visit the office – This is not a wedding, it’s a fist date (though hopefully less awkward).. Generally referred to as a consult by most dentists, this first meeting is your chance to interview the dentist. Do they listen to your questions and concerns and communicate effectively? Do they take a preventative approach to dentistry? Are they continuously improving their skills and technologies? Most importantly, do you feel comfortable? Trust your gut here.
- Rinse and repeat as needed – This is your health and hard-earned money. The time it takes to find the right dentist will pay big dividends in your long-term health and satisfaction.
How can I take care of my teeth between dental checkups?
Brush your tongue to reduce the amount of plaque-causing bacteria keep your breath minty fresh.
Schedule your routine visit to the dentist every six months.
At what age should I start taking my child to see the dentist?
How often should I see the dentist?
What is a cavity?
What is a filling?
How often should I brush my teeth?
When should I change my toothbrush?
What is gum disease?
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is caused by plaque and bacteria buildup that is not treated in its early stage. Other causes of periodontal disease include tobacco use, teeth grinding, some medications, and genetics. Gingivitis is the beginning stage of gum disease, and, if detected, is treatable. Gingivitis left untreated may turn into gum disease. Advanced gum disease will lead to tooth and bone loss, and is a permanent condition. Brushing your teeth regularly and visiting the dentist every six months will help prevent gingivitis and more severe cases of periodontal disease. Common signs of gum disease:
- Red, irritated, bleeding, or swollen gums
- Chronic bad breath
- Loose teeth, or loss of teeth
- Extreme tooth sensitivity
- Receding gum line
- Abscessed teeth
If I have braces, do I still need dental checkups every six months?
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