FAQs

You should use a match-head sized amount of toothpaste. The use of toothpaste should not begin until 2 years of age.

Rinse the mouth with warm water. Try to remove any dirt, blood, or debris from the injured area using sterilized gauze or a clean cloth and warm water. Apply cold compresses on the face next to the injured tooth to reduce swelling. Cover the tooth with cotton or gauze if the rough edges are cutting you or if it is sensitive to air, and see your dentist immediately.

A. When you have a toothache, you should clean your mouth by rinsing with warm water and remove any food that is trapped between teeth by flossing. Do not apply aspirin on the aching tooth or gum tissues. See your dentist as soon as possible.

A. Every case is different, but generally there is a two-shade improvement as seen on a dentist’s shade guide. The success rate relies on the types of stain involved, your compliance, and the material and method used.

Generally, orthodontic treatment time with braces ranges from 1 to 3 years. Early treatment procedures may take only a few months. The actual time depends on the growth of the patient’s mouth and face, the cooperation of the patient and the how severe the problem is.

A. Studies have proven bleaching to be safe and effective. Bleaching does not soften, demineralize, or weaken the teeth.

Orthodontic treatment is important because crooked and crowded teeth are hard to clean and maintain. This may lead to conditions tooth decay, but eventually cause gum disease and tooth loss. Malocclusion (bad bite) can also lead to pain associated with TMD

With proper placement, excellent home care, regular dental visits, and good overall health, dental implants should be permanent.

There is an increase in the amount of plaque on your teeth due to pregnancy because there is an increase in estrogen and progesterone.

For many women, oral health depends on their different stages of life that are directly related to surges in sex hormone levels. Your dentist may request to see you more frequently during hormonal surges.

A. If you can’t brush your teeth you can rinse your mouth with water after a meal or snack to reduce acid reproduction by 30%. Wiping your teeth with a napkin is also a temporary measure until you can brush your teeth. Chewing sugar free gum helps, too.

Orthodontics, also known as malocclusion or “bad bite”, is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities.

With the inappropriate or prolonged use of the baby bottle, decay may occur on the upper front teeth (incisors). The second most-often occurring site is the upper primary molars, which are found furthest back in the mouth. If there is no spacing between the primary teeth, there is a much greater chance of decay between the primary molars. These teeth should be flossed as soon as they come in

Dental implants are inserted surgically in two steps. The first step is to insert a “post” into or onto the jawbone. This post will then become the “anchor” for the artificial tooth that will be placed over the “post”.

The actual cost of treatment relies very much on the individual case and depends largely on the length and complexity of treatment

A. Depending on your personal habits such as smoking and drinking coffee or tea, tooth whitening should last from one to five years.

While the “post” is bonding with your jaw and gums, your dentist will place a temporary artificial tooth on the post. During the bonding period, you will need to eat soft foods.

Wisdom teeth generate problems because the shape of the modern human mouth is too small to accommodate these teeth, and they become impacted or unable to come in or move into their proper place.

Gingivitis may occur with long-term use of oral contraceptives because they contain estrogen or progesterone. Women who use oral contraceptives are two times as likely to develop dry sockets.

Wisdom teeth are the third molars.

A. You should brush your teeth twice a day for at least two to three minutes (until they are clean!).

A dental implant is a permanent artificial tooth replacement.

It is recommended that children see a dentist by age one and definitely by 16 months of age

It is recommended that children see a dentist by age one and definitely by 16 months of age.

A. You would consider tooth bleaching if your teeth have yellowed with age or are stained from tobacco, tea, coffee or food.

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