Going to the dentist twice a year should be part of your routine to keep your teeth and body healthy. It is important to communicate with your dentist and ask questions if you have any queries or concerns about your teeth, or the impact your mouth has on your long-term healthcare. At White Dental Rooms we always encourage you to talk about your teeth, and here are 5 questions we are often asked and happy to answer:
- How Do I Prevent Tooth Decay?
We will do a thorough inspection of your gums and teeth to see if you have any signs of decay, and where in particular it may be occurring. We can then discuss what could be causing this whether it is your eating habits, such as having too much sugar, or your lifestyle choices such as smoking. Medical conditions like diabetes and medications such as chemotherapy can also affect your teeth. The best way to prevent any decay is to follow a balanced diet, visit the dentist regularly, and to maintain a good oral care routine twice a day.
- How Can I Make My Teeth Whiter?
Many of us will experience natural discolouration of our teeth as we get older, but it also occurs through consuming tea, coffee and red wine which stain your teeth. Having yellowed teeth can make us feel very self-conscious, so being able to show a clean white smile gives us a great confidence boost. At White Dental Rooms we will recommend the best whitening system for you, whether it is using an at-home whitening kit, or undergoing our professional laser treatment. For cases of extreme discoloration, we can use a composite bonding, or the application of veneers to provide a more permanent solution.
- Why Should I Consider Dental Implants?
There are many reasons why you may need or want implants. If you have gaps in your teeth or need teeth removed, you could find your remaining teeth are left unsupported and become weak. You may have found your gums have shrunk and you can no longer comfortably wear dentures. An implant is a metal rod topped with a false tooth that is placed in the jaw which the bone fuses to, so it is very strong and secure. An implant can help you eat and speak much easier, and it takes the strain off the adjoining teeth. We are experts in implants and will recommend the best choice for your needs.
- What Age Should a Child Start Seeing the Dentist?
Studies have shown that children could develop their first cavities by two years old, so it is important to start brushing their teeth as soon as the first one arrives. This will not only protect the teeth but familiarise your child with a good oral health routine. We recommend that you visit your dentist when the first tooth appears, and we can help and advise you about brushing. It also means the dentist can detect potential problems that could affect the child’s future teeth and overall health.
- Do I Need X-Rays?
Your dentist will take a full set of x-rays when you first visit them to thoroughly record your mouth. X-rays are used to examine the hidden areas of your mouth for potential problems that could be inside the tooth or gum, and to see how the teeth and roots are aligned. The frequency and type of x-ray will depend on whether you are having any problems with your teeth, or you are having a dental procedure carried out. At White Dental Rooms we will advise you as to whether you need any x-rays carried out.
If you have any questions you would like to ask your dentist, then we suggest writing them down ahead of your appointment. It is always good to ask questions before your examination so that we can bear them in mind while carrying out the check-up.