Dentistry is a medical field that focuses on the mouth, jaw, teeth, and gums. Studies have shown that the health of a patient’s smile is directly correlated to the health and wellbeing of his or her entire body.
A dentist is someone who offers oral health services, including the diagnosis of conditions, the treatment of dental concerns, and the prevention of periodontal disease. They receive at least eight years of training to obtain a DDS or DMD degree. Proper training and education is received to provide dental services including general and cosmetic dental treatments.
Your oral health is important, and visiting a dentist regularly has its benefits. Dental care helps to prevent tooth decay, keep periodontal disease from developing, and improve the beauty and health of your smile. It can also help you strengthen your teeth and prevent bad breath.
Patients are encouraged to visit their dentist at least twice a year for a full examination, oral cancer screening, and for a professional deep cleaning. X-rays may be necessary to examine the bone of the jaw and ensure everything is healthy.
It is important that every family have a dentist that they “click” with and trust for their oral health care needs. Dentists who have convenient appointment hours, are close to your home and work, and have the proper qualifications are perfect for families seeking a professional dental facility. Financing, a large variety of services, and relevant accreditations are also important to many looking for quality dental care.
It is important to brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day to remove plaque and food particles. You should also avoid high-sugar foods and drinks, and eat a healthy diet. Avoiding tobacco use is also a great way to reduce your risk for oral cancer and lead a healthier lifestyle.
Children should see the dentist by their first birthday when their first tooth erupts from the gums. This is the best time to seek dental care and consistently provide children with a positive role model for good oral health habits.
Most patients benefit from visiting their dentist every six months. If other dental concerns are present, such as an increased risk for oral cancer or periodontal disease, these patients may need regular dental appointments more frequently. Dr. Kotecha and Dr. Goel discuss with patients the best times to schedule their recall appointments.
A cavity is a hole that forms on a tooth due to plaque buildup and bacteria. It can be aggravated by sugary foods and can result in pain and discomfort if left untreated. Patients should always contact their dentist immediately if they believe tooth decay has occurred.
Fillings are used to restore a tooth after tooth decay. Most patients prefer composite fillings because they match the tooth and are practically indistinguishable in a patient’s smile.
The Canadian Dental Association recommends that patients brush their teeth at least two times a day using a soft bristle toothbrush. However, it is beneficial if patients brush their teeth after every meal whenever possible.
Patients who brush their teeth at least two times a day should replace their toothbrush every three months, sooner if the bristles are frayed. If a patient has recently been sick, their toothbrush should also be changed to avoid reinfection.
Also known as gum disease, this particular condition results from poor oral health. It can also be aggravated by grinding the teeth, tobacco use, medications, and genetic predisposition. It starts out as gingivitis, which can result in red, inflamed gums that bleed when you brush or floss. If left to advance into further stages, it becomes periodontitis which can result in lost gum tissue, bone, and teeth.
Of course! It is best to see your dentist regularly even when undergoing orthodontic treatment. Braces can make it difficult to properly clean parts of the teeth, and bacteria tend to build up easier on orthodontic patients. Getting regular cleanings and examinations with your dentist is still important during this time.
Dr. Kotecha and Dr. Goel of Dentistry On 10 encourage their patients to call to schedule their next dental check-up.