• What should special precautions of dental care be taken with pregnant patient?

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    Before you get pregnant, your teeth can be professionally cleaned, gum tissue can be carefully examined and any oral health problems can be treated in advance.

    During pregnancy, the hormonal changes will increase the risk of developing gum disease which can affect the health of your developing baby. You should tell the dentist your pregnant period, the names and dosages of drugs you are taking including medications and prenatal vitamins and medical advices given by your doctor. The dentist may alter your dental treatment plan based on your information. Moreover, you should not skip your dental checkup appointment and please pay particular attention to any changes in your gums including bleeding or gum swelling. You should follow good oral hygiene practices to reduce or prevent oral health problems; avoid sugary snacks to limit the developing tooth decay. In addition, you should also eat a healthy and have balanced diet because your baby’s teeth begin to develop about 3 months into pregnancy. Healthy diets which contain dairy products, cheese and yogurt are beneficial for baby’s developing teeth, gums and bones.

    Finally, after labor, if you experienced any gum problems, see your dentist soon to have your entire mouth examined and periodontal health evaluated.

  • What if I am already in the early stages of gum disease?

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    If you have gum disease, let the dentist clean to remove built-up tartar. You must brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day to remove plaque.

    When gum disease is more serious, let the dental specialist treat it and restore (or regenerate) bone and gum tissue that have been lost. At this time, brushing and flossing become even more important.

  • How brushing and flossing properly?

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    Brushing: Brush your teeth gently, paying special attention to the areas where your teeth and gums meet. Clean every surface of every tooth. Use the tip of your brush to clean behind your upper and lower front teeth.

    Flossing: Take a piece of floss about 46 cm long and wrap it around your middle fingers. Using a clean section of floss each time, wrap the floss into a C shape around a tooth. Wipe it over the tooth, from base to tip, a couple of times. Repeat on each tooth.

  • When should I take my child to the dentist for the first time?

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    It is very important to get your child visit the dentist at an early start on dental care. Once you choose a dentist, call the office to find out at what age the dentist prefers to see child patients for the first time. CDA encourages the assessment of infants, by a dentist, within 6 months of the eruption of the first tooth or by one year of age. However, if you think that your child develops problem, you should take your child to the dentist right away, no matter what age.

    If you are a nervous dental patient, ask your beloved one to take the child for the appointment. If your child senses that you are nervous, he or she may feel nervous too. When you talk to your child about going to the dentist, explain what will happen without adding things like "it won't hurt" or "don't be scared."

    You should provide a good home dental care at an early start for your child such as cleaning your child's mouth with a soft damp cloth before teeth come in and continue with a soft toothbrush once he or she has a first tooth. Limit your child with the number of sugary treats, and focus on healthy food choices from the very beginning.

  • There are so many toothpastes to choose from; how do I know which one to use?

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    You should purchase toothpaste containing fluoride to prevent cavities. But please take a very important note that: use only a very small amount for children under the age of 6 (the size of their fingernail) because if kids swallow toothpaste, too much fluoride can lead to tooth discoloration in permanent teeth.

    If you are considering the properties of toothpaste such as whitening, tartar-control, gum care, desensitizing… you should ask your dental hygienist or dentist about what the greatest concerns are for your mouth at this time and then look for the products followed their instruction.

    With regard to your personal preferences, you should choose the toothpaste that tastes and feels best. If you find that certain ingredients are irritating to your teeth, cheeks or lips, or if your teeth have become more sensitive, or if your mouth is irritated after brushing, try changing toothpastes. If the problem continues, see your dentist.

  • What health problems are associated with bad breath?

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    Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth may be warning signs of gum disease. The buildups of plaque on teeth as well as the bacteria which cause toxins to form in the mouth irritate the gums. Yeast infections of the mouth and dental cavities also cause bad breath.

    In addition, bad breath may be caused by dry mouth. Saliva is necessary to moisten and cleanse the mouth by neutralizing acids produced by plaque and washing away dead cells which accumulate on the tongue, gums and cheeks. If not removed, these cells decompose and can cause bad breath. The side effects of various medications, salivary gland problems or continuous breathing through the mouth may cause dry mouth.

    Many diseases such as respiratory tract infections (pneumonia or bronchitis), chronic sinus infections, postnasal drip, diabetes, chronic acid reflux, and liver or kidney problem may cause bad breath.

  • What poor habits cause bad breath?

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    Foods after being digested and absorbed into our bloodstream will be eventually carried to our lungs and given off in breath. So if you eat foods with strong odors such as garlic or onions, it is easy to leave smell in your breath.

    If you do not brush and floss your teeth daily, particles of food you eat can remain in your mouth which promotes bacterial growth between teeth, around your gums and on the tongue. It will cause bad breath.

    If your dentures are not properly cleaned, the odor-causing bacteria and food particles can cause bad breath as well.

    In addition, smoking or chewing tobacco-based products can cause bad breath, stain teeth, reduce your ability to taste foods and irritate the gums.

    Therefore, brushing, flossing, using mouthwash such as antibacterial mouth rinses can help reduce strong smell in your breath but not get rid of the source. Go to your dentist to get better smile with nice breath.

  • What is the cause of halitosis or bad breath, and what can be used to cure it?

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    There are various causes of halitosis or bad breath such as food odors, gum disease, tooth decay, stomach problems, sinus problems, and even certain diseases. To treat any possible dental causes, everyone should have a good cleaning, the dentist can help you examine and figure out the exact cause and treatment and instruct you exact oral hygiene procedure at home. Mouthwash and some specialized rinses can help. For example, antibacterial rinses kill plaque-causing bacteria that can cause gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease.

  • What Is Periodontitis?

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    Periodontitis is a serious gum infection in which the inner layer of the gum and bone pull away from the teeth. It damages the soft tissue and destroys the bone that supports your teeth and eventually cause tooth loss or worse. Periodontitis is common but largely preventable: brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily and getting regular dental checkups.

    Signs and symptoms of periodontitis can include: Swollen gums, Bright red or purplish gums, Gums that feel tender when touched, Gums that pull away from your teeth (recede), making your teeth look longer than normal, new spaces developing between your teeth, Pus between your teeth and gums, Bad breath, Bad taste in your mouth, Loose teeth, A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite

    Healthy gums are firm and pale pink. If your gums show any abnormal signs, you should see your dentist soon. The sooner you seek care, the better you prevent potential serious health problems.

  • What causes teeth to become sensitive to hot and cold?

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    Sensitivity of teeth to hotness or coldness may be caused by receding gum tissue. As gum tissue pulls back away from teeth, the root of the tooth becomes exposed. A soft tissue graft would be the recommended treatment. Other treatment suggestions might include using a fluoride mouth rinse or switching to toothpaste made specifically for sensitive teeth.

    The best way is to visit the dentist so that you can be diagnosed and treated properly.

  • I haven't seen a dentist in a long time. My gums are bleeding every time I brush my teeth. Is this a problem? Do I need to go to the dentist every six months?

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    Bleeding from your gums while brushing teeth is not normal.  This is a sign of an infection! Get yourself to the dentist immediately. 

    Visiting your dentist depends on your oral health needs. The goal is to treat the problem if any as early as possible. You may be recommended to visit your dentist more or less often depending on how well you care for your teeth and gums, problems you have that need to be checked or treated, how fast tartar builds up on your teeth, and so on. Ask yourself: Do I floss every day? Do I brush properly my teeth twice a day and follow the dentist’s instruction? Do I follow a proper diet and limit sweets and sticky foods? Do I smoke? Do I have a history of cavities or gum disease? Is my overall health good?

    The answers to these questions are all factors that affect your oral health and they help you and your dentist decide how often you need to visit for dental exams. 

  • What can I do for gingivitis?

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    Let the dentist do examination and determine what type of gingivitis you have, the appropriate level of hygienic care can then begin. The dentist may also provide you with directions for the proper home care regimen, which includes brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash.

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