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dental FAQ

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  • Drink fluoridated water and use fluoridated toothpastes. Fluorides protect against dental decay. However, fluoridated pastes are not recommended in children below the age of 6 years,as children tend to swallow the pastes, which might turn out to be harmful.
  • Take care of your teeth and gums. Thorough tooth brushing and flossing to reduce dental plaque can prevent gingivitis - the mildest form of gum disease.
  • Avoid tobacco. In addition to the general health risks posed by tobacco, smokers have 7 times the risk of developing gum disease compared to non-smokers. Tobacco use in any form - cigarette, pipes, and smokeless (spit) tobacco - increases the risk for gum disease, oral and throat cancers, and oral fungal infection (candidiasis). Spit tobacco containing sugar increases the risk of tooth decay.
  • Limit alcohol. Heavy use of alcohol is also a risk factor for oral and throat cancers. When used alone, alcohol and tobacco are risk factors for oral cancers, but when used in combination the effects of alcohol and tobacco are even greater.
  • Eat wisely. Avoiding sugars and starches when snacking applies to adults as well as children. Limit the number of snacks eaten throughout the day. The recommended five-a-day helping of fiber-rich fruits and vegetables stimulates salivary flow to aid remineralization of tooth surfaces with early stages of tooth decay. Limit intake of cola and such other carbonated drinks. Ensure you rinse your mouth thoroughly after intake of such beverages and fruit juices.
  • Diabetic patients should work to maintain control of their disease. This will help prevent the complications of diabetes,including an increased risk of gum disease.
  • If medications produce a dry mouth, ask your doctor if there are other drugs that can be substituted.
  • Have an oral health check-up before beginning cancer treatment. Radiation to the head or neck and/or chemotherapy may cause problems for your teeth and gums. Treating existing oral health problems before cancer therapy may help prevent or limit oral complications or tissue damage. Oral health checks before cardiac surgery is mandatory.
  • Have a dental check up done once in 6 months. Check-ups can detect early signs of oral health problems and can lead to treatment that will prevent further damage and in some cases reverse the problems. Professional tooth cleaning (prophylaxis)is also important for preventing oral problems, especially when self-care is difficult.

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason. They look and feel very natural such that you may even forget about your loss of tooth/teeth. If you have one or more teeth missing and wish to eat your favorite foods, increase your chewing ability, and improve your appearance, speech, and self-esteem, then you are a candidate for dental implants.

These high-tech prostheses are actually more tooth saving than traditional bridgework, since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support.

As per the available scientific evidence, natural teeth absorb great amount of biting pressure – approximately 540 lbs/sq.inch. On the contrary, those who are wearing dentures can hardly absorb more than 10 per cent of this pressure. However, dental implants can withstand 450 lbs./sq. inch biting pressure without any problems, whatsoever.

Implants are made from materials accepted by the tissues of the body. Present day implants, based on scientific evidence, have shown a very high success rate. Like natural teeth they will last as long as they are well looked after.

What makes a really good dentist? That depends on what the patient values. Most people value the painless, on-time dentist the most. Others go for quality of craftsmanship and select a dentist who makes teeth that look good, feel good and last a long time. And still others look for the most reasonable prices in determining what they consider as "good". Then there are those who go mostly by personality or "chair-side manner",someone they can relate to or get along with well. Many patients appreciate and seek out dentists who are trained comprehensively to do most all dental procedures. Hey, if you can find all these characteristics in one dentist, they must be pretty good….but don’t bring any Kryptonite to the office when you come for a checkup!

Regular checkups will allow your dentist to detect any problems such as gum disease, a dry mouth or other disorders that may be the cause. Maintaining good oral hygiene, eliminating gum disease and scheduling regular professional cleanings are essential to reducing bad breath. Regardless of what may be the cause, good oral hygiene is essential. Brush twice a day and clean between your teeth daily with floss or interdental cleaners. Brush your tongue, too. If you wear dentures, be sure to remove them at night and clean them thoroughly before replacing them the next morning. If you don't already have a dentist, contact your state or local dental society.

Good oral hygiene starts at home. Steps you can take to prevent tooth decay and gum disease include:

Thorough brushing
Brush at least twice daily using a soft-bristle toothbrush and an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste. This helps prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and the need for costly cosmetic or restorative dentistry in the future. Replace your brush every two to three months.

Proper flossing
Flossing is crucial to the health of your teeth and gums and the prevention of gum disease. When flossing, use an 18-inch strand of floss. Ease the floss between each tooth; then, sweep it up and down several times while curving around the tooth at the gum line. Don’t forget to floss behind your last tooth and to floss bridges and artificial teeth with the aid of a floss threader.

Regular dental visits
At every regularly-scheduled dental appointment,one of our dentists will carefully check your teeth, gums, mouth, and throat.