FAQs About Oral Health and Hygiene


FAQs About Oral Health and Hygiene

What should I do if my tooth becomes loose or gets knocked out?

Bite on clean gauze to stop any bleeding if your permanent tooth is avulsed– knocked out of its socket. Place your tooth in a sanitized container filled with milk or saline (avoid water). Alternatively, you can place the tooth underneath your tongue and visit your dentist in Waterloo within an hour. If the tooth is a baby tooth, ask the child to bite on clean gauze to stop the bleeding and visit your dentist immediately. Visit your dentist within an hour if the tooth is loose or displaced in the socket. If you cannot reach your dentist, try to move the tooth back into its original position until you seek professional care.

How often should I see my dentist for a check-up and cleaning?

You should visit your dentist in Waterloo every six months. If you have periodontal (gum) disease or systemic conditions, you may be required to schedule more frequent appointments.

Do I really need an X-ray? I am concerned about the effects on my body.

Dental X-rays are an important diagnostic tool. They can detect many serious disease processes and pathologies. We use advanced digital dental imaging that is low in radiation. When compared to traditional dental film exposures, our technology uses 80% less radiation.

When should I schedule my child's first dental visit?

You should schedule your child’s first dental visit around the age of two to three unless there are any particular concerns.

My child's baby teeth will fall out eventually, why do they need to be filled?

Apart from chewing, primary (baby) teeth maintain space in the mouth for permanent teeth. For that reason, primary teeth need to be healthy for as long as possible to prevent poor aesthetics, pain, infection, premature loss, and subsequent alignment issues. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding your dental health.

I never have any problems with my teeth or experience pain; why do I need a check-up?

For most dental ailments like cavities and gum disease, you will not experience pain until you have reached an advanced stage. At this point, treatment options become more complicated, uncomfortable, and expensive, with poorer prognosis. Maintaining regular dental check-ups and cleanings will ensure your oral health and overall health are in optimal condition.

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