Your Dentistry Questions Answered
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When do baby teeth fall out?
When do baby teeth fall out? – Are you a first time parent wondering when you will take on the role as the tooth fairy, on top of the thousand of endless roles you already do. Wonderful being a parent, right?
For many new parents, this milestone in their little ones life may feel daunting – the unknown of when it will happen, what to expect and how to handle it. Hopefully this helps put any worries to bay.
What are baby teeth?
Deciduous teeth, known as milk teeth, baby teeth, primary teeth – are the first set of teeth in the growth and development of humans
How old are children when they start to lose their milk teeth?
Lucky for any parent this milestone isn’t usually reached until the age of 5 or 6. They milk teeth fall out, making way for the adult teeth. Baby teeth usually fall out in the same order of which they grew.
Caring for milk teeth
Even though these are first teeth and will eventually be replaced by adult teeth, it is still vital you do all we can to look after them. It is so important that baby teeth get careful care and protection from tooth decay – known as ‘ baby bottle tooth decay’ or ‘ nursing mouth syndrome’. This condition occurs when a babies teeth is exposed to sugary liquids frequently. Although baby teeth fall out and are replaced by adult teeth, a decayed primary tooth could lead to infection and may damage the permanent adult tooth growing underneath.
General time line for milk tooth development
The pattern in which the baby teeth emerge varies from baby to baby, but generally you would expect to see:
- 8 teeth present around 15 months
- 12 teeth present around 19 months
- 16 teeth present around 23 months
- 20 teeth by around 27 months
Visiting the dentist
To ensure milk teeth are growing correctly and are in a healthy condition, it is so important your little one visits the dentist as soon as their milk teeth starts to make an appearance. To find out more about tooth decay What causes teeth to decay? and When should my child go to the dentist? have a read of these blogs.
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Are dental X-rays safe?
Are dental x-rays safe? – Just like every medical procedure, dental x-rays have pros and cons. However, the amount of radiation exposure makes the risks of potentially harmful effects very small. Making dental x-rays a safe and in some cases vital procedure.
WHAT ARE DENTAL X-RAYS
Dental x-rays a 2D images used with low levels of radiation to capture images of the interior of your teeth and gums. This can help the dentist identify any oral health problems, for instance:
- Small areas of decay between teeth
- Decay beneath fillings
- Cysts and other types of tumors
- Bone loss in the jaw
- Position of the teeth
There are two types of dental x-rays, film and digital.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENT BETWEEN FILM AND DIGITAL X-RAY
- You need less radiation with a digital x-ray to produce the same quality of image
- Digital x -rays can store the images onto a computer
- Offers 256 shades of grey
We are very fortunate to have this x-ray machine on site, here at Smiles Centre. Not all dental practices do, so make sure your check prior if this is the x-ray method you’d prefer.
- Difficult to store and retrieve images as the film degrade over time
- Uses higher radiation (Still a very low, safe amount)
DENTAL X-RAY PROS
All of the listed above are massive pros to having a dental x-ray. X-rays help with early detection of an infection/problems and can limit or prevent further issues.
DENTAL X-RAY CONS
Like any use of radiation, dental x-rays can promote a small increased risk of cancer in the future. However the chances of this is minimal – ‘ Are dental x-rays safe?’ making this question a simple yes, dental x-rays are a safe, positive procedure.
WHAT DOES DENTAL X-RAYS INVOLVE?
The great thing about both types of x-rays is that the machine does all the work. All you have to do as the patient is sit in the chair. Dental x-rays are simple, painless with minimal risk.
WHAT TOOTHPASTE SHOULD I USE?
We all want to look after our teeth, to have a pearly white smile that doesn’t break the bank. One of the basic decision we all face on a daily basis to ensure our teeth are healthy and well cleaned is the toothpaste we decide to use. This decision is so important, it could have ramifications for years to come. Before we can made a decision we need to know what toothpaste is.
WHAT IS TOOTHPASTE?
Toothpaste is an abrasive that aids in removing plaque and food from teeth; It is used to promote oral hygiene. However, if you are lazy with your brushing technique it won’t work.
FLUORIDE – WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
Fluoride is the most important component in any good toothpaste. It is the primary reason tooth decay and cavities have declined dramatically over the years.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that protects your teeth when you eat. Every time you consume food, it leaves trace elements of sugar and starch on your teeth.
Fluoride helps to strengthen tooth enamel, this added strength makes your teeth less susceptible to chipping and cracking.
Fluoride also fights off previous damage by reversing the process of tooth decay. So for these two reasons it is so important that when you are shopping for toothpaste you pick one that has fluoride.
WHAT TOOTHPASTE SHOULD I USE?
So now you know when shopping for toothpaste it is so important to make sure the toothpaste you choose has fluoride, but what brand is best for you?
The brand you choose we all depend on what you want from the toothpaste and your lifestyle, For example:
If you are a smoker or coffee drinker you should choose a brand with the highest fluoride content. (The highest concentration of fluoride you can buy over the counter is Sensodyne – you are looking for a minimum of 1000 PPM)
If you have yellow teeth, you need a toothpaste that has a higher number of silicates – Silica is used in tooth whitening toothpastes, to it will gradually alter the shade from yellow back to white.
If you have sensitive gums and/or teeth, the best toothpaste to use would be one that treats the underlying problem of sensitivity.
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Can pregnancy cause dental problems? – This is a question so many expecting mummy’s ask and it’s a great question. For all those women who are expecting their bundle of joy and experiencing dental issues, or for those who are trying, here is everything you need to know about dental problems and pregnancy.
SIGNS OF DENTAL ISSUES
Pregnancy is wonderful, yet for some it can be tough. Throw dental problems such as:
- Sore gums
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth
Mouth sores and it may not be a very glamorous, joyful experience. These are the most common symptoms women experience when pregnant.
WHAT DENTAL ISSUES CAN BE CAUSE THROUGH PREGNANCY?
If you are expecting a baby and you start to notice dental issues, it can worrying. Pregnancy can cause some dental issues to surface for instance:
- Pregnancy Tumor – (please don’t panic the name makes it sound scarier than it is). This is more common in the second trimester due to the hormonal changes. Pregnancy tumor is when an overgrowth of tissues appear in the gums. (it is not cancerous). It usually starts to improve after pregnancy.
- Pregnancy Gingivitis – Swelling and inflammation of the gums due to the growth of bacteria on the teeth resulting in plaque. This irritates the gums, making them red, swollen and sensitive and even bleed. This is caused by the hormone changes the body is undergoing, this has an impact to the way the gums react to plaque buildup.
- Increased Acidity – one of the joys of pregnancy is the probability to increased acid reflux and heartburn, put this along side some morning sickness and it will elevate the acid level in your mouth; which could erode your teeth. If you notice this, it is so important to maintain a proper dental hygiene. Along side brushes twice daily, regularly washing your mouth can help.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU EXPERIENCE DENTAL ISSUES WHILE PREGNANT
If you are experiencing any dental issues that you are concerned about while pregnant, the best cause for action is to visit your dentist. They can diagnose the issue and recommend the most appropriate treatment.
Dentist check up while pregnant are extremely important and safe. Dental check ups can help you avoid any prolonged complications that may arise if your dental problems are left unattended.
If you do not have a dentist and feel you need to see one, Smile Centre offer a free meet and greet appointment, alongside a fabulous Smile Plans to make private dentistry that enough more affordable, and for you to receive the dental treatment you deserve. If you want more information, please get in contact Contact Us with the Smiles team and let them start your dentistry journey.
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WHAT TO DO IF YOUR TOOTH HAS BEEN KNOCKED OUT?
When you lose a tooth, it is scary! You can’t help but worry about the thought of being without a tooth.
If your tooth does get knocked out, don’t panic! – you will never be without a tooth. In this day and age there are wonderful things in place to either save the tooth or replace it.
WHAT TO DO?
If an adult tooth comes out, there are a few things you can do to help save the tooth before going to the dentist, for example:
- Hold it by the crown ( the white part that sticks out of the gum) what ever you do, do not touch the root.
- Lick if clean (If it’s yours) if dirty, Alternatively you can rinse it under cold water. Do not do this for more than 10 seconds.
- Try and put it back in – If you can not put it back in easily, either:
– Put it in milk ( This contains the correct fluid balance in the root, helping it survive longer)
– Put it in saliva in a container
– Or if you feel confident enough hold it in your cheek until you get to the dentist.
If the tooth does so back in easily, bite down gently on a clean cloth to help secure it in place. (You will still need to go to the dentist)
WHAT WILL THE DENTIST DO?
Depending on what above actions you take, will all depend on what the dentist does. For instance:
- If you have managed to get the tooth back in, they will check to make sure it is in the correct position.
- If you have brought it in, in milk or saliva – They will clean it up and try and put it back in.
Regardless of what option, once the dentist is happy that the tooth is in the right place, they will secure it with a splint. You will then need to return a few weeks later for the splint to be removed.
WHAT IF THE TOOTH CAN NOT BE SAVED?
This is something no-one wants to hear, being without a tooth is so many peoples worse nightmare. However being in 2021 there are so fabulous option out there.
Your dentist will discuss with you your options and what one is best for you. But if you want to find out more have a read of dentures or implants.
If it is a baby tooth that has fallen out, do not attempt to put it back in. This could damage the tooth growing underneath.
If you are unsure whether the tooth is a baby or adult tooth, take it to a dentist. Again in either milk or saliva (from the person who has lost a tooth).
You may be sat there worrying about how much this will cost. Yes, dentistry treatment can be expensive but can you but a price on your identity? (Check out Top 10 Celebrity Smiles).
Luckily for you the Smiles Centre put their patients at the heart of every decision. We know how vital affordable dentistry is and that’s why we have put together our Smile Plans. Taking the stress away from you, and making the whole experience more enjoyable!
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