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Answers to Important General Dentistry Questions
People often come across general dentistry questions regarding procedures, treatment options or routine dental care. Being aware of the options that exist can help a person feel more comfortable about going to their dentist. It’s always good to ask questions in order to be fully informed of what is going on. Today, we will go over some of the most important general dentistry questions as well as their answers.
Important dental questions
How often should one visit the dentist?
Visiting your general dentist’s office for regular checkups that include routine cleanings and examinations should be done at least twice a year. People often skip or forget their dentist appointments because they might not think that it is necessary, but that is not the case. A visit to the dentist’s office should be done at least twice a year to ensure that the teeth and gums are both in optimal condition.
What is a “good” dental care routine?
A good dental care routine might be classified as brushing twice a day or after every meal, flossing once a day and rinsing with mouthwash at least once a day too. Brushing with a soft or medium bristled toothbrush and a fluoride-containing toothpaste will ensure that the teeth stay clean. Flossing once a day will keep the gums and spaces between teeth healthy and free of food particles. And lastly, using mouthwash to rinse the entire mouth of germs will help with bad breath as well as aiding in the prevention of bacteria growing.
What are the signs of decay?
Being aware of the signs of tooth decay can help a person if they feel like their teeth are damaged. Often, there are noticeable signs on the surface of the teeth that may indicate a visit to the dentist is in order.
- Abnormal colors, such as brown or black spots
- Tender areas that may cause sensitivity
- Discomfort or pain that is constant or during chewing
If any of these signs are noticed then it is best to immediately get to the dentist’s office in order for the decay to be put to a halt.
What treatment options exist for damaged teeth?
There are so many different dental treatment options for damaged teeth. As dentistry has progressed, it is important to be aware of what available options do exist today. Each person’s situation is different but some of the most common dental treatment options are dental crowns, fillings, bridges, implants, dentures, bonding and veneers.
The bottom line
It is important to be well informed on general dentistry areas like dental care routines, different treatment methods and procedures. Sometimes people are anxious about visiting their dentist, but if they are aware of what they are walking into beforehand, it may help ease any nerves.
If you have any additional questions about general dentistry, reach out to our office today.