September 25, 2017
You scheduled an appointment with us, but you are overwhelmed with questions you’d like to ask. It may be many years since you last received dental treatment and you now want to make your oral health a priority. Maybe you’ll be bringing in your child for his or her first dental visit and you don’t know what to expect. There are many reasons why you may have lots of questions.
We love answering patients’ questions and subscribe to the philosophy that there is no such thing as a bad question.
To save you time during your appointment and to make your appointment go smoothly, we’ve put a list below of common questions patients ask us and brief answers.
We hope this will help relieve some of your anxiety, give you ideas for additional, specific questions to ask and allow you to better focus on asking more specific, in-depth questions relating to your specific treatment.
Do I have to go to the dentist every six months?
We can’t force you to come in to our office, but we highly encourage patients of all ages to come in every six months for a dental exam and cleaning. Depending on the condition of some patient’s oral health and any additional, underlying health issues, such as diabetes, we may recommend patients come in more frequently.
When should my child’s first dental visit be?
We recommend parents schedule their child’s first dental visit by the time their child turns one. This appointment will mainly serve the purpose of introducing your child to the office and staff. A brief dental exam may be done at this appointment.
Your child’s first dental exam and cleaning appointment should be scheduled by the time your child is two years old. After this appointment, we recommend children to come in every six months.
How do I best take care of my teeth and gums?
Nobody wants to come in and be told they have cavities or the onset of gum disease. While these are easily treatable if caught early, why not have to treat them at all?
We tell our patients that their at-home dental hygiene routine plays the biggest role in preserving their healthy, beautiful smiles.
Proper at-home dental hygiene involves brushing one’s teeth for two minutes, twice a day, daily flossing and swishing with mouthwash. We recommend patients change out their toothbrushes every three months, and use toothpaste and mouthwash that is approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). Toothpaste that contains fluoride and alcohol-free mouthwash are recommended.
Why are my teeth sensitive?
Teeth sensitivity is often the result of tooth decay, but it can also be the result of gum disease or trauma to the teeth.
If you have severe teeth sensitivity to hot and cold food and beverages, we recommend you schedule an appointment to see us as soon as possible. Even if the cause is minor, the sooner we treat the source of your teeth sensitivity, the sooner you’ll be done dealing with the pain and discomfort.
Why do my gums bleed?
Bleeding gums can be the result of flossing, especially if you don’t floss regularly or correctly, cuts in the gums from trauma to the mouth or the onset of periodontal disease. If you don’t know why your gums are bleeding, schedule an appointment with us and let us take a look. If your gums are also red or swollen, chances are you have periodontitis, a moderate form of gum disease that can lead to tooth loss and deterioration of the jaw bone.
What is a dental emergency and what do I do if I have one?
Dental emergencies generally include severe pain in the mouth, jaw or face, profuse bleeding, loose, chipped, cracked or lost teeth. We see any situation where a tooth can be lost as a dental emergency.
Dental emergencies can happen at any time. If your emergency happens during office hours, come in immediately. If your emergency happens after office hours, go immediately to the nearest hospital emergency room.
We understand you’ll have many questions during your dental appointment and we’ll take the time to answer them.
To schedule an appointment at Lake Point Dental, contact us today.
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