Frequently Asked Questions
What exactly is dentistry?
What education is required to be a dentist?
- Pediatric: children from infancy through their teen years
- Endodontics: root canals
- Oral and maxillofacial: including pathology, radiology and surgery
- Orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics
- Periodontics: gum disease
- Prosthodontics: implants
Why should I visit a dentist?
There are many benefits to maintaining good dental care.
- Prevents tooth decay
- Shields against periodontal (gum) disease, which can lead to tooth and bone loss
- Neutralizes bad breath
- Provides a healthier smile that increases your self-confidence
- Brightens and prevents stains from food, drinks and tobacco
- Improves your teeth adding longevity to your beautiful smile!
If I don’t have problems with my teeth, should I still see a dentist?
What should I consider when looking for a dentist?
During your visit, ask yourself the following:
- Is the appointment schedule convenient?
- Is the office easy to get to and close by?
- Does the office appear to be clean and orderly?
- Was your medical and dental history recorded and placed in a permanent file?
- Does the dentist explain techniques for good oral health?
- Is information about cost presented to you before treatment is scheduled?
- Is your dentist a member of the ADA (American Dental Association)?
What daily dental care methods should I maintain?
- You should brush your teeth at least two times a day and floss at least once. Your toothpaste should contain fluoride. Your dentist may also recommend a daily fluoride rinse to help prevent cavities.
- Avoid eating foods that contain a lot of sugar. Sugar increases the amount of bacteria that grows in your mouth, causing more plaque and possibly leading to cavities. Also, tobacco can stain your teeth and result in gum disease and oral cancer.
- Don’t forget to brush your tongue. Brushing your tongue will eliminate food particles and decrease plaque-causing bacteria. It also helps keep your breath fresh.
- Be sure to schedule a routine checkup and cleaning every six months.
When should my child begin to see a dentist?
How often should I see the dentist?
How should I brush my teeth?
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush with toothpaste containing fluoride
- Spend at least a minute on each, the top teeth and the bottom teeth.
- Remember to brush your tongue to keep your breath smelling fresh.
When should I change my toothbrush?
- Toothbrushes should be changed out every three months.
- Electric toothbrushes may last longer, so be sure to read the directions.
- Patients with gum disease should change their toothbrush every four to six weeks to prevent bacteria from spreading.
To kill germs and keep the bristles clean, rinse your toothbrush with hot water after use. It may be best to change your toothbrush sooner, if you’ve been sick.
Do I still need dental checkups every six months if I have braces?
How do I schedule my next dental checkup?
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Paducah, KY 42001
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