Know your Teeth.
Humans have two sets of teeth.
How can I prevent tooth decay?
Simple steps like brushing your teeth well twice a day, flossing your teeth once a day, rinsing after every meal can help you control the decay level. Drinking water and eating healthy and nutritious food also contributes towards a caries free mouth.
How does tooth decay occur?
When food is stuck to your teeth, it begins to rot and give rise to bacteria. These bacteria release toxins which are acidic in nature. This results in breakdown of the protective layer, the enamel giving rise to decay.
Do I need cleaning of my teeth every six month?
If you visit your dentist every 6 month he will ensure to check your well and point out problems that may be present. The problem would at a nascent stage. If there is inflammtion of your gums or deposition of plaque or tartar your dentist will advice cleaning.
How long does it take to get teeth whitening done in the dental office?
In office tooth whitening is usually a one appointment procedure. It takes usually an hour to complete the procedure. At ties your dentist may call you in prior to finish the cleaning of your teeth to remove any deposits present. If you are not satisfied with the result achieved you may be called in again to repeat the procedure.
My teeth are sensitive. What can be done?
The main cause of sensitive teeth is wearing down of the protective layer – enamel. This results in exposure of the nerve ending. A filling can be used to cover the open nerve endings normally done by dentists. The other option is using special toothpastes which contain minerals that can block out the nerve ending hence ensuring reduction in sensitivity. But to get rid of sensitivity do remember to visit your dentist.
Why do my gums bleed?
When you do not brush your teeth well, especially the area where the gums meet the teeth, plaque starts accumulating around that junction. This plaque is sticky in nature and not easy to remove. This later hardens to tartar. Tartar is high in bacteria content. This causes the gums to get swollen and become red. This is known as gingivitis. This in turn causes recession of the gums and bone loss. Ensure visit to dentist and get it treated before it gets severe.
I have missing or broken teeth. What are my options?
There are three main options to replace missing teeth. A denture which is a removable option can be given for one, few or all missing teeth. A dental bridge is a fixed option for one or few missing teeth. A dental implant replaces a tooth from its base that is the root. LASER Bonding can be done to fix your broken teeth for which you need to visit your dentist.