Dental Care FAQs

What are common dental problems?

Some of the most common dental problems that we encounter are, but are not limited to:

  • Toothache (which may be due to a more serious underlying factor)

  • Tooth decay and cavities

  • Cracked or chipped teeth

  • Wisdom Tooth Problems (e.g. impacted tooth)

  • Root Canal Problems
     


What can poor oral health lead to?

Poor oral health may lead to a variety of dental problems such as cavities, gum disease, and tooth decay. If it worsens over time, it may also have a detrimental effect on the rest of our body systems, such as developing respiratory problems and cardiovascular diseases.

 


My teeth feel fine. Do I still need to see a dentist?

Absolutely! Some problems may not be visible at first glance. By regularly visiting your dentist, any potential dental problem you may have can be easily prevented.

 


At what age should my child see a dentist?

It is recommended for your child to see a dentist at least at 6 months old - when their first tooth starts to erupt, or you can wait it out by the time they turn 1 year old.

 


How can I improve the whiteness of my teeth?

You reduce the consumption of any food and drinks that are known to stain the teeth such as carbonated drinks, tea, and coffee. You may also want to avoid smoking, as its tar component is one of the biggest contributors to turning your teeth yellow. Continue brushing your teeth regularly and look into toothpaste that has ingredients that can improve teeth whiteness such as active charcoal; or better yet, you can also visit your dentist and see if they can recommend a teeth whitening procedure for you.
 


How often should I get a dental check-up?

It is recommended to get a dental check-up at least every 6 months.
 


How can I take care of my teeth between dental checkups?

Regular toothbrushing is one of the most effective ways in caring for your teeth. Moreover, using mouthwash moderately and flossing are effective ways to keep your teeth clean and healthy at all times. 
 


What are the best ways to practice good oral hygiene at home?

Good oral hygiene includes brushing your teeth after every meal. This also includes cleaning and maintaining your dental equipment such as changing your toothbrush after every 3 months at least. 
 


What is tooth sensitivity and why do I have it?

Tooth sensitivity is usually caused by damage to your teeth and gums, especially when overseen for quite a long time. This includes gum disease, cracked or worn-out teeth, cavities, and exposed roots and nerves.
 


What can I do to treat my sensitive teeth?

Seeing a dentist is the most recommended course of action, especially when it starts to become unbearable. Alternatively, should your symptoms be more bearable and manageable, you can do the following:

  • Use a salt-water mouthwash

  • Go gentle on brushing your teeth and use a soft toothbrush, if possible

  • Look for a toothpaste that’s specifically formulated for teeth sensitivity treatment
 


Why is fluoride important?

Fluoride has the capacity to strengthen your tooth enamels and protect your teeth from getting cavities and decay, due to its acid-resistant properties. 

 


Should I use mouthwash regularly?

Yes, it’s recommended to mouthwash twice a day! It’s a good way to keep your mouth clean and fresh at all times.
 


What can I do if I have a dry mouth?

The best way is to keep yourself hydrated by drinking lots of water! Brushing your teeth after every meal can also help get rid of dry mouth problems. 
 


What should I do if I knock my tooth out?

It is recommended to visit your dentist at the soonest time possible.
 


How do I treat a toothache?

A salt-water mouthwash is one of the most effective home remedies for alleviating toothache, next to over-the-counter pain medicines. If neither options work, it’s recommended to visit your dentist as soon as possible. 
 


What causes teeth to decay?

Poor oral hygiene and maintenance are the number one cause leading to tooth decay. 
 


Why am I in pain after a tooth extraction?

This is caused by the blood clotting of your blank tooth socket after the extraction. It should take about a week or two for it to heal.
 


How often should I brush my teeth?

The recommended frequency for toothbrushing is at least twice a day, but if possible, you can do it after every meal.
 


When should I change my toothbrush?

Your toothbrush should be changed between 3 to 4 months at most.
 


Are electric toothbrushes better than manual toothbrushes?

Electric toothbrushes are said to be more effective in removing more plaque than how many manual toothbrushes can remove. Moreover, electric toothbrushes may be helpful for people with mobility problems or limited movement (e.g. arthritis). 
 


If I have braces, do I still need dental checkups every six months?

Yes, of course! This may also depend on what your dentist thinks would be more suitable for you, but having a dental check-up every six months can still benefit you even if you are wearing braces.
 


What should I do if I have bad breath?

The best way to combat bad breath is regular toothbrushing and mouthwash. However, if the bad breath is caused by something deeper, such as a tooth cavity or an abscess already forming, you would need to visit your dentist at the soonest time possible.
 


How can I tell if I have gingivitis or periodontitis (gum disease)?

If you have gingivitis, your gums would be swollen and irritated, but your teeth should still be intact in their place. Otherwise, if they are loose in their place, that would be periodontitis.
 


What are dental sealants and why are they needed?

Dental sealants are placed on your teeth to fill up any opening at the back part of your teeth as they are the hardest part to reach when cleaning. It is an effective way to prevent food from getting stuck and keeping bacteria out, hence, reducing your chances of getting tooth decay.
 


Why should I choose Gorgeous Smile as my dentist?

Gorgeous Smile will live up to its name of giving you the most stunning smile you can ever have by providing top-quality, affordable dental services. Our resident dentist, Dr. Ahmed Salim, practices his philosophy of seeing one patient at a time, and with his years of expertise, he is accompanied by the latest and modern dental technologies and equipment to give you the best dental experience you can ever have!

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