These are some of the most frequently asked questions by our patients on a daily basis.
- Do I really need to floss?
Food that’s left between teeth causes gum inflammation and tooth decay. Flossing is the only way to remove it. A toothbrush just can’t get between teeth. Flossing removes debris that contains bacteria that cause gum disease
- Can a mouthwash be substituted for brushing?
The minty fresh feeling you get from using mouthwashes doesn’t mean that your mouth is actually clean. While ingredients like fluoride in the mouthwashes do help in preventing cavities, no amount of swishing mouthwash can remove the plaque off your teeth.
- What should I do about my bleeding gum?
Problems such as bleeding gums can be a sign that your gums are not being properly cared for and need more attention. Here are some oral hygiene tips that will help you keep your entire mouth healthier and help prevent or reduce gum bleeding:
- Brush often
- Floss Daily
- Avoid Tobacco
- Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
- See a Dentist Regularly
- What age should I start taking my child to the dentist?
We recommend that a child goes to the dentist by age 1 or within six months after the first tooth erupts. Primary teeth typically begin to show up in the mouth around 6 months of age.
- What causes dental cavities?
Major cause of tooth decay is Plaque and acid from bacteria. Bacteria feeds on the plaque and the by-product is acid which creates holes in your teeth (Plaque is soft and it is what we brush off from the teeth).
Other tooth decay factors to watch out for include: Poor Oral Hygiene, Dry Mouth, Medical Problems like Diabetes etc.
- At what age should my child get braces?
Often, your child’s dentist will be the first to notice problems during a regular visit and recommend a correction of their jaw and/or teeth alignment problems. The Dentist can decide whether your child does indeed need braces and which appliances would be best.
There’s no set age for a child’s first orthodontist visit — some kids need to start when they’re 6, others 10, and some in their teens.
- My child’s baby teeth came off, what can I do?
Children usually lose their first teeth around the age of 6. The timing varies from child to child; make sure that you do visit your dentist if your child loses a tooth prematurely due to an accident or tooth decay, especially since the latter scenario could indicate a bigger problem. Furthermore, when a primary tooth falls out prematurely, your child’s permanent tooth may not have enough room to come in properly.
- What should I do, my child fell and his permanent tooth was knocked out?
Taking part in sports and rough-and-tumble play can be healthy fun for children, but it can sometimes result in a knocked out tooth. Whether the child loses a baby tooth or a permanent tooth, parents can help by knowing what to do. Losing a baby tooth might not seem serious, but a visit to the dentist is still required. Your dentist can also try to reattach a lost permanent tooth or provide a cosmetic solution for a gap in the smile.
- What toothpaste is the best to use?
We recommend fluoride toothpaste for someone that is prone to decay and generally for most people. Whitening toothpaste will maintain the brightness of the teeth.
- Which is more effective; toothpaste, chewing stick or charcoal? Effective brushing in a semi-circular manner making sure that all the teeth are covered is more important than the choice of toothpaste/ chewing stick or charcoal. Use a soft toothbrush or chewing stick massaging gently so that you don’t damage the outer protective covering of the teeth (Enamel) and gum.
- What causes bad breath?
Bad breath (halitosis) can result from poor dental health habits and may be a sign of other health problems. Bad breath can also be made worse by the types of foods you eat e.g. Garlic and other unhealthy lifestyle habits.
- My mouth is always dry what should I do?
Dry mouth can be caused by certain medication you’re taking. Your medical doctor may adjust the dose you’re taking or switch you to a different drug that doesn’t cause dry mouth. The dentist may prescribe an oral rinse or prescribe a medication that boosts saliva production. Drinking plenty fluids-water will reduce the effect of dry mouth.
- I’m pregnant, is it safe to go to the dentist?
Getting a checkup during pregnancy is safe and important for your dental and overall health. Not only can you take care of cleanings and procedures like cavity fillings before your baby is born, but your dentist can help you with any pregnancy-related dental symptoms you might be experiencing.
- Hard or soft bristle toothbrush which is recommended?
Brushing gently with a soft bristled toothbrush is highly recommended. If you have sensitive teeth and signs of enamel erosion, your dentist might even suggest a brush with extra-soft bristles.
- How white should my teeth be?
It is worth mentioning that even if you brush, floss and make regular visits to a dentist, various factors like the food you eat or the drinks you drink can still cause some teeth discolorations. Fortunately though, nowadays, there are several teeth whitening and bleaching options on the market today. While some are more effective than others, a good method can help patients eliminate dental stains and achieve their naturally white smiles.
At Choice Dental, we will be happy to answer your questions on dental care. You can visit us at our office in Victoria Island, Lagos or give us a call today at 0700(DENTIST) and set up a consultation appointment.