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Common Questions From Our Dental Practice

The following are the common questions from our dental patients:

1. How Do I Know if My Child Needs Dental Work? What Are The Signs That My Child May Need Dental Help?

It is very important to know if your child needs help with their teeth so they can grow into healthy, smiling adults! Some children may need emergency care, and some may only need a trip to the dentist. Your pediatrician or another health professional should be able to tell you what signs your child has to warrant an appointment with the dentist.

2. What Is The Most Important Thing To Do If My Child’s Teeth Hurt When They Eat, Sleep, Or Drink? How Can I Prevent This Pain In My Child’s Mouth?

It hurts when our young ones eat, drink, sleep, chew or breathe. It could be because baby teeth break off, growing pains, cavities, sore gums, or braces. You can do things at home, such as brushing their teeth before bedtime or giving them pain relievers like Tylenol (acetaminophen). You can also talk to your dentist about having any issues resolved. Depending on your child’s age, your dentist will have different treatment options for each situation.

3. Should I Wash My Toothbrush After Each Use? Should I Use A Soft Bristled Brush Instead of Hard Bristles?

There are two ways to brush your toothbrush: manual and electric. Manual brushes require you to brush your teeth by hand, and electric brushes utilize electrical power. Electric brushes were traditionally made out of plastic, but how many types of brushes are available today. For most people, it doesn’t make much difference whether one kind of brush over another. Most dentists recommend replacing your toothbrush every 3-4 months. One recommended thing is that soft-bristled brushes and hard-bristled brushes use a similar number of times per day.

4. Can Brushing Remove Bad Breath? What About Flossing?

Brushing your tongue to remove food particles before swallowing is called tongue scraping. While this does not completely eliminate bad breath, it helps reduce odor. Tongue scraping is done by placing your index finger below your tongue near its base. Next, use your middle finger to rub along the outer side of the upper lip while pressing slightly forward until the tip of the tongue touches your lower lip. Then push your tongue back and repeat these steps on the lower lip.

5. Which Is More Effective At Removing Bacteria – An Oral Rinse Or Chewing Gum?

You can clean your mouth using a liquid oral rinse or chewing gum. Some studies indicate that oral rinse after meals might eliminate plaque buildup in the grooves between your teeth, thus reducing bacterial growth. However, chewing gum is better than no cleaning at all. According to a study published in 2007, people who used chewing gum had less gum disease than those who did not use any oral hygiene technique.

6. How Long Should I Wait Between Cleanings? Will I Need Extractions If I Don’t Get Them Every 6 Months?

How long you wait between dental visits depends on a few factors, including how old your child is and the state of their teeth. Many pediatricians recommend seeing your child’s dentist annually. Children between ages 1 and 2 usually don’t need dental X-rays unless a serious problem such as decay or severe gum disease is suspected.

7. Does Having Sore Gums Mean That My Adult Kid Needs Care?

When children develop sores or open wounds on their face or mouth, they should see a doctor immediately rather than wait for painful symptoms to appear. This is true even if the wound was caused by something as simple as a little bump from falling. Kids with bleeding gum disease or periodontal abscesses often have severe swelling around their eyes and nose, leading to problems breathing through the mouth or even loss of vision.

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