1. How often should I see a Dentist?
It depends on the individual’s dental needs. Guidelines suggest that you visit the dentist twice a year for checkups and professional cleanings. This helps the dentist to spot potential dental problems before they become serious. If you have not seen a dentist for quite some time, fix up an appointment with us immediately.
2. How safe are dental X-rays? Do I need X-rays at every visit?
Exposure to any source of radiation may cause damage to the tissue and body cells and may result in cancer. Fortunately, while taking X-Ray you are exposed to a very small dose of radiation. With the advances in dentistry, new X-ray machines are available that limit the radiation to the small area to be x-rayed. The beams are also high speed thus reducing the time you are exposed to the radiation.
How often you need x-rays would be determined by your dentist depending on your oral needs. Healthy individual with no activities or dental problems don’t require x-rays at every visit. But your dentist may suggest an x-ray if you experience dental problems.
3. What are dental sealants?
Sealants are a thin, plastic coating that are applied to the molars and premolars i.e. on the chewing surfaces of the teeth to prevent them from cavities. It binds to the enamel of the teeth thus forming a protective cover. Typically it is used in children as soon as their permanent teeth erupt to prevent them from decay common in the age group of 6-14 years. However adults can also make use of them if there are no existing cavities in their teeth. On application of sealants, regular visits to a dentist are required to check for chipping or wearing away over the years.
4. What causes sensitive teeth?
Tooth Sensitivity is the pain or discomfort you experience while eating or drinking anything hot or cold or sweet etc. It is very common with one in every four individuals experiencing it. It is caused when the surface of the tooth is worn down and the tooth root is exposed to the pressure or hot or cold food thus causing pain and discomfort.
5. What are the options for crooked teeth?
With the advances in dentistry, your options for correcting crooked teeth are innumerable. You don’t have to put up with painful metal braces any more. Invisalign, invisible plastic aligners can shift your teeth back to position comfortably. Other orthodontic procedures such as composite bonding, veneers etc may be used to mask your crooked teeth though they may not be able to correct problems such as underbite, overbite, crossbite etc. So it is important to discuss your options with our dentist.