28 Mar Answers to Common Questions about Dental Health
Prevention is always better than cure. Protecting your dental health is the best way of retaining your pearly whites. Preventing dental problems, like gum inflammation and tooth decay, is not only important but also easy. Your dentist can provide the highest level of care required for your oral health needs. Apart from treatment and care, your dentist supports ongoing dental health by answering any questions patients may have.
How often should I visit a dentist?
Dental checkups ideally should be done every 6 months. When you follow this schedule, any dental disease is least likely to develop.
Typically, on these visits, you would need routine checkups and cleanings only. But if tooth sensitivity or pain occurs in between periodic checkups, you need to schedule an appointment right away to examine the potential causes.
Some people feel anxious about seeing the dentist and may avoid any more visits than are absolutely necessary. Do not worry because your dentist will use sedation wherever required. And seeing the dentist at the earliest sign of a dental issue ensures that the problem can be resolved with conservative r non-invasive treatment.
Why do my teeth show sensitivity and how can I prevent this?
Teeth feel sensitive when the protective layer enamel layer on top wears out or the gum tissue recedes from the enamel.
Sensitivity may also be a sign of a cavity or the early stages of gum disease. If you experience tooth sensitivity, this is the right time to see your dentist for a complete checkup and treatment, if needed.
To reduce tooth sensitivity –
- Ask your doctor which toothpaste is best for sensitive teeth in your case.
- Avoid frequent consumption of acidic foods, like soda, red wine, and citrus fruit.
- Wait for at least 20 minutes to brush after consuming acidic foods or drinks.
- Alter your brushing style. Softer bristles are better for your gums and enamel if you are experiencing tooth sensitivity.
- Ask your dentist if a nightguard will help you. Bruxism, or grinding and clenching your teeth can lead to tooth sensitivity. Wearing a nightguard may not help you change your habit of grinding your teeth but it protects your teeth and the underlying nerves from overstimulation.
The best way of preventing any serious dental issues and invasive treatments is to regularly visit your dentist or as frequently as s/he recommends. Do not wait for dental problems to go away on their own.