Fear of the dentist is quite common and many people are concerned about it. Your dentist and his/her staff are also well aware of this and are trained to work with you to overcome these fears. Most importantly, remember that your dental team is eager to work with you not just on you, in order to achieve a mutual goal – maintaining the health of your smile.
He he perhaps you expected me to tell you there’s a special thing you should do, and the fear is gone. The only proven technique is communication with your dental team.
If your oral health is good than every 6-12 months, but if you are in the middle of a dental therapy then visit your dentist as appointed.
Any brand with thin synthetic bristles. Shape size or design doesn’t matter much. The important thing is that it is labeled SOFT or MEDIUM. You have to be able to reach all the surfaces of your teeth with it.
Brush from the direction of the gum to the chewing surfaces from the outer and inner side.
Chewing surfaces are brushed separately and if your teeth have spaces between them there are interdental brushes specially made for cases like that.
In each appointment you can freely ask for a demonstration to refresh your memory.
Toothbrush is the primary and the most important instrument that keeps clean teeth. Toothpastes are only helping the cleaning process. Most of them are just about identical if you take away color and taste. The important thing is that it has to contain Fluoride. The ones with bigger concentrations of fluoride can be bought in pharmacies under the recommendation of your dentist. In this mater the price doesn’t always reflect the quality.
If you have an unpleasant mouth odor make an appointment with your dentist. If he sees that there are no problems in your mouth you should check with ENT (ear nose and throat) specialist or gastroenterologist, one at the time.
With a good oral health if you floss and brush regularly that’s all you need to keep your mouth fresh.
Onion and garlic for dinner, well there we can’t help you.
No. There is no substitute for a brush.
Yes. It is as important as brushing, because almost all dental diseases start between the teeth and no bristle can get in there. Besides dislodging debris, flossing fights bacterial growth by making the tooth surface less sticky.
If your teeth are uneven or fairly close together choose a thin waxed brand. If you have little spaces between your teeth choose a brand that inflates in contact with saliva.
Anyway you won’t make a mistake if you purchase one of these brands: Oral-B, GUM, Johnson&Johnson.
Gum swelling, gum bleeding while brushing the teeth, bad mouth odour, or a sharp thin metal line touching the gum at the edge of the crown… If one ore more of these are present please consult your dentist. Porcelain fused to metal bridge should be changed every 6-10 years and the same goes for composite bonded to metal crowns.
A wisdom tooth need’s to be pulled out only if:
– it is surrounded by a fluid filled sac that’s enlarging into a cist
– it is growing in the wrong directions (severely angled)
– it is only partially broken through the gum and is causing infection
– extraction in youngsters indicated by an orthodontist
When you think of your wisdom teeth, think of your appendix. Just because other people have it removed doesn’t mean you have to.
Yes. The accumulation of plaque and tartar around the teeth causes gingival infection and difficulty in maintaining good oral health. Scaling and deep cleaning does not harm the teeth in any way especially if it is done with ultrasonic instruments.
– inspection of teeth, tongue and mouth
– scaling and deep cleaning
– fluoride application
– sealants -depending on the structure and the shape of the teeth
No. Although it lacks the unforgettable sound of a “drill” it has great power. The dentist must be adept at using one, and the patient must be very relaxed. One move and you have a hole in your cheek or tongue. Lasers are approved for soft tissue (gum) surgery and on hard tissue (tooth and bone).
After the procedure which can last from one hour (BEYOND) up to 3 weeks, the results last 1-3 years under the condition that the oral health is impeccable. You can maintain the whitening every 2 years or so without any harm to your teeth.
After the whitening the teeth are sensitive to hot cold and sweet for about 48 hours but that sensation is individual.
If you are pregnant the effect of a bleaching gel on a baby is unknown. It is normal, during the bleaching procedure for an adult to swallow a bit of the gel.
While this is safe for adults, pregnancy is a very delicate time for mother and the baby that cosmetic dentists advise against teeth whitening while you are pregnant.
And REMEMBER that the most vulnerable time for the baby is in the very early stages of pregnancy. So if you could be possibly pregnant but aren’t sure I would still recommend against teeth whitening.
If you have any questions feel free to send them to me.
Dr Jaser Badawi