Frequently asked questions
Ever since you were a child, everyone has been telling you that you must ask questions in order to learn. This is exactly what you need to do now that you have to visit your dentist. Here are the most important questions and answers:
How often should I visit the dentist for a regular checkup?
Dental health varies from person to person, but the general guideline is that adult patients need to visit the dentist once or twice a year, even if their mouth is in excellent condition. This allows you to take care of your teeth deeply and effectively at regular intervals and ensure that potential problems are detected in a timely manner.
What are the best ways to keep my teeth healthy?
Daily brushing of teeth, at least in the morning and evening, is vital to their health. Apart from this good habit, you should also:
- Use fluoride toothpaste.
- Use dental floss after eating.
- Avoid sugar.
- Have a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
- Avoid tobacco in any form.
How can I make my teeth whiter?
A beautiful smile with clean, white teeth charms and inspires confidence and admiration. Most people experience discoloration of their teeth over the years. You can deal with stains and yellowing of teeth at home with specialized products that your dentist recommends or do a deep whitening in the dental office. The whitening effect lasts for about 2-3 years, but the color of the teeth does not return to the original before whitening. Teeth stay whiter over the years but the effect depends on your diet, smoking and coffee consumption. It is not recommended for pregnant women and minors to have their teeth whitened. Whitening toothpaste does not give a bright color but maintains it after bleaching.
In which case will my doctor ask me to have an x-ray?
Although there are patients who are concerned about radiation from x-rays, your doctor is always suitable to judge when it is necessary. If all precautions are taken, you are not at risk from X-rays. With the help of a teeth X-ray, the doctor can identify lesions in the oral cavity before symptoms appear, which is very important in some diseases. Also, some dental treatments cannot be started or continued if the patient does not have the x-ray recommended by the dentist.
How can I prevent tooth decay, gingivitis and other problems?
The best way to ensure a healthy mouth is to follow a balanced diet and visit your dentist regularly - while maintaining your oral care routine twice a day. Health problems such as diabetes or HIV / AIDS, as well as medications and certain types of chemotherapy, can affect your dental health. Protect yourself from problems that can develop rapidly by discussing them directly with your dentist.
My teeth are sensitive and sore. What should I do?
Patients with tooth sensitivity experience pain when consuming foods and beverages that are hot or cold, sweet or sour and it's a common dental problem. This is a condition that develops gradually and is due to the receding of the gums and the deterioration of the enamel. When the dentin is exposed (the softest, inner part of the tooth) our teeth become sensitive. A broken tooth, gnashing of teeth and the use of whitening products can irritate the teeth. Discuss the problem with your doctor to recommend the appropriate treatment.
What are dental implants and when should I get them?
A dental implant replaces one or more missing teeth. It is an artificial tooth root, which is placed in the jaw to hold a crown, a bridge or even a complete denture. Untreated tooth loss can lead to serious side effects such as displacement of healthy teeth, indigestion, loss of bone mass, premature aging and speech problems. Dental implants are suitable for all ages. You can find out more about dental implants here.
Should I use mouthwash regularly?
Mouthwashes are divided into fluoride and antimicrobial. The first one's main goal is to strengthen the surface of the teeth (enamel) in order to increase their resistance to caries acids. Antimicrobial mouthwashes are usually recommended for patients with periodontitis and those who have undergone surgery in the oral cavity. Gargling or rinsing with mouthwash does not replace the oral hygiene that daily brushing of teeth and the use of dental floss can offer you. The main function of most mouthwashes is to work additionally in the protection of the teeth and help us keep our breath fresh.
When should I take my child to the dentist for the first time?
The first visit should be at the appearance of the first tooth and no later than the first birthday. This helps the dentist identify potential problems that may affect the child's overall health and well-being.
Why do my teeth break so easily?
The most common reasons for a tooth to break is an accident, when we bite something hard or caries that erodes its dentin and creates a hole inside it. Tooth restoration is usually done with a filling or in more difficult cases with the endodontic treatment of the tooth (denervation) and its reconstruction. Some people gnash their teeth while sleeping, putting a lot of pressure on them. In some other cases, there may be a lack of vitamin D. Inside the teeth there are cells called odontoblasts, which need vitamin D to activate. Οdontoblasts are the cells that produce dentin, one of the most important components of teeth. Proper hygiene and regular dental checkups can help control the problem.