Dental Problem FAQs
Q. What are the early signs of dental problems?
Black spots or tooth caries/cavity
Bad breath or a bad taste in mouth.
Q. What is the best way to whiten my teeth?
A. Market is flooded with whitening products, which are highly non-recommendable without the advice of dentist as they can be abrasive to your tooth enamel. Consult a specialist before using any over the counter dental products.
Q. How can I fix my teeth and smile?
A. Crowns and bridges can help fix smile as they cover problematic teeth by surrounding them in a material that exactly look like a natural tooth. Veneers can improve smile by placing a shell of smooth and white material of porcelain or resin to natural teeth. Consult your dentist to know which is the right procedure for your teeth.
Q. Are sweets and cold food bad my dental health?
A. Yes, food with acid, cold drinks, candies, sweets, chocolates, soda etc. stick to the tooth and can cause cavities.
Q. Are dental X-rays safe and are they really needed for treatment?
A. Yes, dental x-rays are important for a better diagnosis, calculating the extent of a tooth decay or to overview the surrounding structures and bones which are not visible clinically. If someone is having a gum problem, the dentist may take pictures or x-rays every 6 months to evaluate the condition and nature of bone level with time.
Q. Why is filling of tooth needed?
A. Cavities breaks the surface of enamel, progress and get bigger unless they are closed with fillings. Your dentist may anesthetize your mouth before drilling the cavity to prepare it. A tooth colored material called composite resin goes into the cavity and the it gets hard as it dries. Once set the filling lasts long but it might need to be replaced if it breaks or wears down.
Q. What type of toothpaste and tooth brush should be used?
A. Toothbrushes only with soft bristles should be used. Mild pressure should be applied for brushing the teeth for 2 minutes twice daily. Toothpastes with fluorides strengthens and protects the tooth and removes bacterial growth and acids from food and drinks. If hot or cold drinks cause sensitivity and make you cringe, use a desensitizing toothpaste and consult a dentist as soon as possible.
Q. Are mouthwash or rinse helpful?
A. Mouthwash are useful for protection from cavity and sensitivity and for fresh breath when used in addition with regular brushing and flossing but not without daily cleaning. For better recommendation you should visit your dentist. Kids who are under 6 should not use mouthwash as they can swallow it.