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At Herriott Street Dental, we care about our patients and aim to give them excellent health care and education related to their issues. This only only give them peace of mind, but can also equip them with the knowledge required to take care of themselves. In this FAQ section, our talented dentists answer your questions:  

How Often Should I Schedule Dental Check-ups?

You should aim for at least two dental check-ups per year. However, if you have underlying medical conditions or a history of poor dental hygiene, more frequent visits may be necessary. At our practice, we provide comprehensive screenings for gum disease, cavities, infections, and early signs of oral cancer during your check-ups.

How Frequently Should X-Rays Be Taken?

The frequency of dental X-rays depends on your individual oral and medical history. X-rays allow dentists to assess areas between and around teeth, including dental fillings, and are valuable for detecting bone loss, infections, root issues, or abnormalities. When planning dental procedures, X-rays may be required more frequently for precise diagnosis and treatment.

Why Do My Gums Bleed When I Brush?

Several factors can contribute to bleeding gums during brushing. Accumulated plaque along or beneath the gum line can lead to irritation or infection. If you experience gum bleeding, it’s crucial to contact your dentist to determine the underlying cause and address any issues promptly.

Is Professional Teeth Whitening Different from Over-the-Counter Kits?

Yes, there are significant differences. Professional teeth whitening performed by a dentist involves the use of specialized bleaching agents and heat sources to activate the treatment. You are typically provided with a customized take-home kit designed specifically for your teeth. Over-the-counter kits, on the other hand, often feature generic trays and gels, which may not be as gentle or effective. For safe and efficient teeth whitening, it’s recommended to seek professional dental care.

When Should My Child's First Dental Visit Be?

It’s advisable to schedule your child’s first dental visit when their first tooth emerges, typically around the age of 2. Research indicates that cavities can develop as early as age 3, and early dental visits help in preventing premature loss of primary teeth, which can impact permanent teeth. These visits also familiarize children with the dental office, equipment, and oral care practices.

Should I Visit the Dentist During Pregnancy?

Yes, it’s essential to continue dental care during pregnancy. Pregnant women are more prone to dental complications, including periodontal disease and gingivitis. However, it’s crucial to inform the dental staff about your pregnancy so that appropriate precautions can be taken to ensure your safety and well-being during dental procedures.

What's the Difference Between Silver and White Fillings?

Silver fillings, known as amalgams, have been known for their durability over the years. When silver fillings deteriorate, we recommend tooth-colored fillings, which are not only aesthetically pleasing but also offer long-lasting and durable restorations. Tooth-colored fillings blend seamlessly with your natural teeth, providing both function and aesthetics.

How Can I Prevent Tooth Decay and Gum Disease?

Preventing tooth decay and gum disease involves maintaining good oral hygiene practices. Regular brushing and flossing, along with a balanced diet and limiting sugary snacks, play a crucial role. Additionally, scheduling routine dental check-ups for professional cleanings and advice on oral care can help prevent these common dental issues.

What Should I Do in Case of a Dental Emergency?

Dental emergencies can happen unexpectedly. It’s essential to know what to do in such situations. Contact your dentist promptly for guidance and to schedule an emergency appointment. In the meantime, you can rinse your mouth with warm water, use dental floss to remove any trapped debris, and apply a cold compress if there’s swelling or pain.

Are There Alternatives to Traditional Braces for Straightening Teeth?

Yes, there are alternatives to traditional braces for teeth straightening. Invisalign, for example, offers clear and removable aligners that gradually align teeth without the need for metal braces. It’s a discreet and comfortable option for individuals seeking orthodontic treatment.

Can I Get Dental Implants if I Have Missing Teeth?

Dental implants are an effective solution for replacing missing teeth. They provide a stable and natural-looking replacement, improving both function and appearance. Your dentist can assess your suitability for dental implants based on your oral health and specific needs.