Q1: My dental condition started out as a minor tooth pain but has now become a larger issue. When should I have visited a dentist to discuss a dental treatment plan?
Our dentists recommend frequent visits to your dental surgery for early detection of any underlying dental problems. An important goal of dentist-patient interaction is education. An area of concern that a patient has, is to be thoroughly discussed with the dentist or dental hygienist in order to bring the patient upto speed with their own health.
Q2: My teeth are in poor condition. I have tooth pain, cavities, bad breath and gum pain. How can my dentist help me?
There are multiple issues mentioned here. Having said that, the key to a bright and healthy smile is to practice good oral hygiene. Dental cavities and gum disease will lead to serious health problems. You should visit your dentist immediately for a thorough investigation and consequential dental treatment plan.
Q3: My teeth are badly stained due to years of neglecting my oral health. I want to have white teeth again. Can you help?
Our dentists will need to see the state of your teeth and overall oral hygiene in order to recommend an appropriate dental treatment plan. Normally, professional cleaning will remove most external stains caused by food, drink and tobacco. A tooth whitening toothpaste will also remove stains between your dental visits. Internal stains are treated with bleaches, bonds or dental crowns to improve your oral aesthetics.
Q4: I visited a dentist a few months ago and it looked like the treatment he carried out was unnecessary. Does this happen?
Modern day dentistry is full of new perspectives and new knowledge. Issues can be viewed from different perspectives. Dentists can also differ on their diagnosis and this can have implications on treatment that is rendered to you. As a patient, you always have an option to get an evaluation by another dentist. The treatment option that is agreed, be it a simple cavity, a root canal or gum treatment, is arrived at after a careful patient-dentist interaction.
Q5: I eat a lot of fast-food and drink a lot of soda. Will this impact my teeth?
Healthy nutrition is the foundation of healthy teeth and pink gums. A well-balanced diet gives your body the nutrients and minerals that are needed to remain strong and resist infections. Infections contribute to gum disease. Foods that are firm and high in fibre help in cleaning your teeth and surrounding tissues. Foods that are sticky and high in starch remain between your teeth and these remnants produce plaque. Replacing fast-food with nutritious food such as fruit and vegetables will help your teeth, oral health and general health.
Q6: On certain days, my gums bleed when I brush my teeth. What should I do?
Bleeding gums indicate an inflammation in your gums. There are multiple possible causes for inflammation of your gums. You should visit your dentist immediately.
Q7: I have a few possible borderline cavities and gum conditions. Should I visit a dentist for treatment?
You should visit your dentist as early as possible. There are multiple approaches to prevent your cavities from growing and protect your gums from advancing gum disease. Such approaches include assessment of diet and altered cleaning techniques to better access all areas of your mouth. While frequent cleaning at your dental surgery is a good first step, how you maintain oral hygiene is crucial.
Q8: I brush twice a day but I still have bad breath. What does your dentist recommend?
Bad breath is an unpleasant condition that everyone has from time to time. There are many underlying causes for bad breath but the most common cause is bacterial deposits on your tongue. As a starting point, our dentists recommend brushing your tongue or using a tongue cleaner. If your bad breath still continues, you should visit your dentist or your dental hygienist.
Q9: I have a missing tooth and I visited a dentist recently. They asked me to get it replaced. What does your dentist recommend?
A missing tooth is normally replaced as the gap left between two teeth causes them to shift towards the space and opens up space between other teeth. There are also certain gum problems that can happen with shifting teeth.
Q10: I am planning to have a tooth extraction soon. What do I need to after an extraction?
You should avoid vigorous rinsing or gargling for the first 12 hours after extraction. This is to allow the blood to clot and support active healing. From the next day onwards, use hot salt water to wash your mouth. If there is any pain in subsequent days, you will need to talk to your dentist or visit your dental surgery.