1. Why Do I Need to See the Dentist Regularly?
Many individuals don’t visit their dentist regularly. They only make an appointment when they’re experiencing a problem. This is referred to as “crisis treatment” instead of “preventive treatment.”
Although these patients might believe they’re saving themselves money, often it winds up costing them more in both money and time, because many dental issues don’t trigger symptoms until it’s at the disease’s advanced stages. Tooth decay is a good example. Tooth decay often doesn’t cause pain until it becomes too close to the tooth’s nerve. Many individuals have a large cavity, but never felt any pain. Dentists can typically detect cavities three to four years before it triggers any symptoms.
2. Is There a Way to Prevent Cavities?
When brushing your teeth, be sure to spend two to three minutes doing so. Bacteria that destroy your tooth enamel take this long to be removed. Don’t brush aggressively. It doesn’t take much pressure to eliminate plaque and bacteria. Floss at least once daily to eliminate bacteria that gets between your teeth. Be careful not to eat too much sugar. If you can’t brush your teeth after you’ve eaten a meal, at least rinse your mouth out with water, which helps remove food debris from your teeth. You can chew on sugarless gum after meals which can help.
3. What Is Periodontal Disease (Gum Disease)?
Periodontal disease is an advanced stage of gum disease where you have infection and inflammation of your gums and the supporting bone structure. It can cause potential tooth loss and permanent jaw bone destruction if left untreated. It’s also been linked to a higher risk for conditions like stroke and heart disease. Periodontal disease can be successfully treated and prevented by seeing your dentist regularly and following their recommended oral hygiene care plans.
4. What Can I Do About Teeth Grinding at Night?
If you wake up with a persistent headache or pain in your jaws, you could be suffering from bruxing (teeth grinding) while you sleep. Persistent teeth grinding can damage your teeth, causing them to become shorter and shorter. It can also affect your hearing and damage your temporomandibular jaw joint. If you suspect you’re struggling with teeth grinding, set up an appointment with us, so we can recommend an oral appliance or night guard.
5. Can I Schedule a Cleaning Only for My First Appointment?
Fishinger Dental believes in fixing issues, not overlooking them. Your first appointment is where our dentist will check your oral health by providing you with an oral exam to ensure you’re in good oral health. They’ll then tailor a treatment plan based on your oral health and have you set up an appointment for a cleaning.
6. Is Fluoride Essential to Dental Health?
Fluoride is a mineral found in water and found naturally in many types of food. Some city water will contain fluoride, so when you drink tap water, you’ll acquire fluoride. Supplements are available if your city’s water doesn’t contain fluoride. Some natural fluoride sources can be found in apples, canned fish, brewed tea, cooked spinach and kale and skim milk.
When you don’t receive enough fluoride, it places you at risk for dental decay. Fluoride is essential for good dental health since it contributes to tooth decay prevention by causing your tooth enamel to be more resistant to plaque bacteria acid attacks in your mouth.
These are just a few of our frequently asked questions. If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at (614) 771-6060.