I have lost a tooth. Do I need to have it replaced?

Yes. If left without treatment, a missing tooth may compromise your ongoing oral health. A space left from a missing tooth increases the risk exposed tissues will contract an infection and surrounding teeth may drift out of position causing misalignment among other things. If you have lost a tooth, contact your dentist immediately.

My teeth are overly sensitive to hot and cold sensations. Is there anything I can do to remedy this?

Absolutely. There are a number of options for individuals who have sensitive teeth, such as specialized toothpaste and other dental products. Consult with your dentist to determine what course of action will be best suited to you.

My bums bleed when I brush. Why?

There are a number of reasons why gums may bleed when brushing. The bristles of your toothbrush may be too stiff, in which case, invest in a toothbrush with softer bristles. You can also run your toothbrush under warm water to soften the bristles.

You may also be using too much force when you brush. Be gentle yet thorough when brushing.

Lastly, sensitive and/or bleeding gums could be a sign of a more serious problem such as gum disease. It’s recommended to talk to your dentist to determine what should be done.

I was told that if I have a tooth knocked out I should put it in a cold container of milk and bring it to the dentist. Why milk?

Life happens, and as such traumatic injuries to the teeth are something that could happen to anyone for any number of reasons. Should you ever have a tooth knocked out however, it’s vital to salvage the tooth if possible and see your dentist immediately.

Distilled water, contact lens solution and milk are all considered acceptable liquids to transport a tooth as they help to preserve the delicate, soft tissue surrounding the root of the tooth.

Also note, it’s important to have your dentist replant the tooth in its socket within thirty to sixty minutes, if not immediately. Otherwise, the possibility of salvaging the tooth may be lost completely.

I can’t fit dental floss between my teeth – they are too close together. How else can I clean them?

While there is no adequate substitute for flossing you can use various kinds of cleaning utensils, such as a smaller or electric toothbrush to help clean hard-to-reach areas in the mouth.

Flossing however, is highly recommended as part of a proper oral hygiene routine. You can discuss the issue with your dentist to determine a solution that best works for you.

As a nervous patient, I prefer to avoid visiting the dentist unless absolutely necessary. However, I am currently experiencing tooth pain. If I choose to “ride it out”, will the problem eventually dissipate over time?

Never ignore a toothache or any kind of pain in the mouth. It could be the sign of an infected tooth that requires treatment sooner than later, or it could be the sign of an underlying health issue. Your dentist will help you decipher what needs to be done.

If you are a nervous patient, rest assured you will be treated with the utmost professionalism and empathy when you come in for a consultation or treatment. Sedation options are also available, should treatment be required.

I have amalgam (silver) fillings. Should I worry about mercury poisoning?

The odds of developing mercury poisoning from amalgam fillings are low. However, your dentist will be happy to discuss with you the option of composite resin fillings that are free of metal and blend seamlessly with your natural teeth.

At what age should I bring my child in for his/her first dental checkup?

A child’s first visit to the dentist should be between the ages of two to three. This gives the dentist an optimal chance to examine the ongoing development of your child’s teeth and gums, as well as create a trusting relationship with the child early on.

How often should I visit my dentist for a dental checkup?

Every six months to a year is a reasonable frequency for a checkup and professional cleaning by your dentist.

If I have my teeth whitened how much brighter will they be?

The degree of whitening will depend on the initial shade of your teeth before the whitening process, what product is used and how many treatments are administered over a period of time. However, in most cases, there will be a noticeable difference in the shade of your teeth.

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