Some of the most frequently ask questions by our patients.
Visiting the dentist regularly is essential to keep your teeth in tip-top shape and to stay healthy overall. Studies have shown that you should see the dentist every six months to a year if you don’t have any dental problems. While having dental problems, you should see a dentist every three months or so.
Depending on how much debris the dentist finds on your teeth. Your dentist will use different tools. They also have different methods of cleaning your teeth. There are several specialized dental instruments available to gently remove debris without damaging your teeth. The Instruments like Ultra-sonic Scaler picks or curettes.
Dr. Suman Reddy and Dr. Keerthi recommend using a soft or medium-sized toothbrush. Position the brush at a 45-degree angle where the gums and teeth meet. Move the brush several times in circular motions with small, gentle strokes as you brush the outer surfaces of your teeth. Apply light pressure while placing the bristles between your teeth, but not too much so that you don’t feel any discomfort. When you are done cleaning the outside surfaces of all of your teeth, follow the same instructions for cleaning the inside of your molars.
To clean the inner surfaces of the upper and lower front teeth, hold the brush vertically. Make several gentle backs and forth motions on each tooth. Be sure to gently brush the surrounding gum tissue.
Then clean the surface of the biting teeth with short, gentle strokes. Change the position of the brush as often as necessary to reach and clean all surfaces. Try to look at yourself in the mirror to make sure you clean all surfaces. When you’re done, rinse thoroughly to remove any plaque that may have peeled off from the brushing.
In a non-smoker’s scenario, the infected gums are red, swollen, and bleed easily when you brush your teeth. But smokers’ gums are pale and thin and don’t bleed easily. Meanwhile, the chemicals in the smoke, combined with dental plaque, continue to damage the gums and bones. Most deterioration is deep and hidden. Unfortunately, these are few warning signs.
Every child is different, so dentists recommend making the first appointment six months after your child’s first milk teeth appear. This usually happens around the age of three.
During this first visit, the dentist will check that his or her development (mouth, gums, and teeth) are normal and identify possible problems that can be treated before serious illness occurs.
The intensity with which your child sucks their thumb determines the amount of restriction or deviation caused by their thumbs or fingers in their mouth when permanent teeth press (breakthrough) against the gums.
Thumb Sucking is a natural reflex in infants and young children. You can use thumbs, fingers, nipples, pacifiers, and other sucking objects to make them feel safe and happy during difficult times. For some babies, suckling is so relaxing that they develop a habit of sucking their thumbs to help them fall asleep.
If thumb sucking continues after the permanent teeth have erupted, problems with the correct growth of the jaw, mouth, and teeth can arise (mostly causing “protruding teeth”). The intensity with which your child sucks their fingers or thumbs determines whether or not dental problems can occur.
In the case of receding gums, prevention is always better than cure.
Here are some ideas on how to avoid sagging gum problems.
Dentists have different specialties and at times you may want to see someone other than your regular family dentist. If so, you can ask the dentist to tell you several things before making a decision, such as: before and after dental treatment photos, References, and proof of continuing education.
Your dentist will take x-rays to check how your wisdom teeth are growing in your jawbone. Using the X-ray film, they can see whether the wisdom teeth have room and whether they are growing straight and healthy.
Some people are fortunate that their wisdom teeth do not cause problems and do not need to be removed. You may need to make a small incision (cut) in the gum tissue to allow the teeth to penetrate properly in certain situations.
If wisdom teeth need to be removed, you have the option of performing the removal under local or general anesthesia.
You had only a dental procedure that made you nervous and made your heart beat faster, but it is probably that numbness that makes your mouth look weird.
So take your time and stay seated in the chair until you are sure you can stand up safely. Let the staff know that you feel unstable. You need to have the patience to require more time and attention than others after surgery. You and your safety are our priority. Let us help you and when realize that it is only temporary and that you will soon recover.
Smoking causes gum disease by interfering with the attachment of bones and soft tissues to teeth, and smoking appears to interfere with the normal function of cells in the gum tissue. This makes smokers more prone to infection, and there is evidence that smoking affects blood flow to the gums. Poor blood circulation, caused by the nicotine in tobacco smoke, slows the healing process of infections or injuries to the gums.
Smoking has serious effects on the mouth, the main damage being to the gums and lining of the mouth. Smokers are 5 times more likely to develop oral cancer than non-smokers and invariably suffer from some form of gum disease.
There are many theories about what causes teeth grinding. Usually, your dentist will ask you many lifestyle questions to determine what the most likely cause of you is.
Some researchers say that grinding your teeth is a habit; while others suggest that it is due to emotional states such as fear, frustration, and anger.
Teeth grinding can also be caused by malocclusion when the jaw is not properly aligned and the body simply tries to align the jaw and teeth while sleeping. Teeth grinding is also called bruxism
Many modern kinds of toothpaste and/or tooth polishes can damage young teeth because they contain powerful abrasives that can whiten teeth and remove the enamel of young teeth. However, when looking for a toothpaste for your children, you should choose one that is specifically designed for children, contains fluoride, and does not contain whitening abrasive.
If you are concerned about fluoride intake (and the white spots on teeth/fluorosis it can cause), teach your children to spit out the foam toothpaste instead of swallowing it.
For very young children, you can buy fluoride-free toothpaste and use very small amounts of toothpaste. A pea-sized amount of toothpaste is often recommended when children are very young.
The safety of dental amalgam has been carefully studied for several years and the World Health Organization (WHO) wrote in its consensus statement on dental amalgam.
Amalgams are safe and inexpensive. The risk of undesirable side effects is very low for all types of filling materials, including amalgam and all plastic-based materials.
There is no medical evidence that cold sores damage teeth or cause any other dental problems. There are some anecdotal stories from patients who have had “cold sores” in their mouths. In these cases, the canker sores were diagnosed as canker sores.