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Let’s Answer Some Dental FAQs!
A lot of patients and parents of patients come to us with the same dental health questions, so let’s have a quick FAQ session!
1. How often do I need to visit the dentist?
Twice a year is a good general rule, though it may vary depending on individual circumstances. Regular dental visits are critical for combating tartar buildup and catching problems early.
2. Why do I need a filling if my tooth doesn’t hurt?
A cavity typically doesn’t start to hurt when it’s still in the outer layer of the tooth, but that makes it the best time to get to it with a filling, to keep it from getting deeper!
3. Why are my teeth turning more yellow?
Over time, our teeth naturally get darker or more yellow, but tooth discoloration can also be the result of trauma or consuming a lot of substances that leave stains.
4. When should my child start having dental exams?
A good time to start coming to the dentist is when the first tooth appears!
5. Is it really that important to keep baby teeth healthy?
Yes! Baby teeth might be temporary, but they’re still serving a lot of important roles. Kids need them for chewing food, learning to speak clearly, and mastering the dental health habits they’ll need to keep their adult teeth healthy for life. They also help guide those adult teeth into their proper positions.
The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.