Frequently Asked Questions

A: Buy toothbrushes with soft bristles. Medium and firm ones can damage teeth and gums. Use soft pressure, for approximately 2 minutes, two times a day.

 

Most toothpaste will clear away bacteria growth and acids from food and drinks. Toothpastes with the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance always have fluoride, which strengthens and protects teeth. If you want a non-fluoride option, stores carry toothpastes and powders made with natural ingredients that don’t have ADA testing and approval.

 

If cold or hot food or drinks make you cringe, use prescribed sensitivity toothpaste.

Mouthwashes for cavity protection, sensitivity, and fresh breath may help when you use them with regular brushing and flossing — but not instead of daily cleanings. Your dentist can recommend the best type for you.

Some people need twice-daily rinses for gum health or alcohol-free washes for dry mouth.

Kids under 6 shouldn’t use mouthwash to avoid the chance of them swallowing it.

There’s no getting around the need to get around your teeth daily with dental floss. It clears food and plaque from between teeth and under the gumline. If you don’t, plaque hardens into tartar, which forms wedges and widens the space between teeth and gums, causing pockets. Over time, gums pull away and teeth loosen.

Either waxed or unwaxed floss will do the job. Using floss picks or interdental brushes is another easy option.

cavities break through the surface enamel of teeth, and they’ll probably get bigger unless you close them off with fillings.

Dentist will numb your mouth before drilling around the cavity to prep it. A combination of strong materials like GIC and composite is filled into the cavity soft and then hardens as it dries. You may feel minimal pain or pressure when getting the numbing shot and during the drilling.

Once set, fillings can last a long time but need replacing if they break or wear down.

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A: The nerves associated with the eyes are the optic nerve, the oculomotor nerve, the abducent nerve and the trochlear nerve whereas nerves related to the upper jaw are the posterior superior  alveolar nerve, the greater palatine nerve and the infraorbital nerve. The nerves of the upper jaw are totally unrelated to the nerves of the eye.

Dental cleaning or scaling is a non-invasive procedure, required in cases of excessive accumulation of plaque (sticky colourless bacterial deposits on the surface of the tooth) and calculus (hardening of plaque) on teeth. Calculus or tartar on teeth forces the gums to recede. Scaling exposes areas of the teeth that were previously covered with tartar, thus exposing the tooth roots. This might cause temporary sensitivity which resolves in a day or two.

Unless a person is suffering from periodontitis (a serious gum disease that damages the gum and bone supporting the tooth), scaling does not lead to mobility of the tooth.

Regular dental checkups and scaling every six months can help in preventing periodontitis.

Bleeding gums is a classic sign of inflammation of gums, clinically known as gingivitis. Bleeding is caused due to deposits of plaque in the gums surrounding the tooth. Proper brushing after dental scaling is recommended in gingivitis or it can lead to periodontitis

Cleaning or dental scaling does not require any anaesthesia and is done with the help of an ultrasonic scaler. Ultrasonic scaling involves mechanical vibration of the scaling tips, which are blunt, along with continuous irrigation with water. It is used to remove hard calculus from the surface of the tooth and does not affect the enamel or any oral tissue.

Wisdom teeth are the third and last molars on each side of both jaws. They can erupt between the age of 18 to 26 years. Since they usually appear much later than the other teeth, at an age where people are probably “wiser”, they are called wisdom teeth. Removal of wisdom teeth does not have any effect on the brain.

There’s no getting around the need to get around your teeth daily with dental floss. It clears food and plaque from between teeth and under the gumline. If you don’t, plaque hardens into tartar, which forms wedges and widens the space between teeth and gums, causing pockets. Over time, gums pull away and teeth loosen.

Either waxed or unwaxed floss will do the job. Using floss picks or interdental brushes is another easy option.

cavities break through the surface enamel of teeth, and they’ll probably get bigger unless you close them off with fillings.

Dentist will numb your mouth before drilling around the cavity to prep it. A combination of strong materials like GIC and composite is filled into the cavity soft and then hardens as it dries. You may feel minimal pain or pressure when getting the numbing shot and during the drilling.

Once set, fillings can last a long time but need replacing if they break or wear down.

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