What are the top most dental questions asked?
In this blog, we will go through, what are the top most dental questions asked, and answering some of them.
Top most dental questions asked
- What exactly are cavities?
- How often should I go to the dentist? check out this blog for more information how-often-should-i-get-a-dental-check-up/
- Are dental x-rays safe? have a read of dental-x-rays-safe to find out more.
- What is the best way to whiten my teeth naturally?
- What are wisdom teeth?
- What toothbrush is the most effective? A great read is are-electric-toothbrushes-better-than-manual.
- What mouthwash should I use?
- What should I do if my gums are bleeding? If this is something you are suffering with, have a read of why-do-my-gums-bleed/
We thought we would do a blog about these questions because we want to provide our patients with the best knowledge and self-care for their oral hygiene. Asking these questions is so important, but knowing the answers is vital for healthy gums and teeth.
What exactly are cavities?
Cavities in teeth are generally the beginning of tooth decay and easily treatable when caught early.
The treatment is usually a deep clean to help clean the tooth out, however, in some cases we may have to do a filling, which is perfectly safe.
With fillings they can sometimes be temporary or last a lifetime depending on the type of product is used to fill the tooth in.
If the cavities are big and need more work, don’t worry there are other treatments out there. For example, A crown, which covers the top of the tooth.
It is so important that you have regular check-ups with your dentist and hygienist, to ensure any cavity is treated early.
What is the best way to whiten my teeth naturally?
There are many ways to whiten teeth naturally:
Bicarbonate of soda and tooth paste, the reaction to using your tooth paste is the fluoride in the toothpaste reacting with the bicarbonate of soda which creates a foam and does work, when done regularly.
In some cultures, they use oil by swishing any oil, such as coconut oil, in their mouths, however it isn’t technically scientifically proven to be effective to whitening teeth.
Charcoal toothpaste is another way because charcoal in the charcoal toothpaste has a natural whitening agent in the toothpaste, this shows results after everyday use for two weeks.
An unorthodox way is using hydrogen peroxide, which is a natural bleaching agent, but in most toothpastes, they have hydrogen peroxide in it so by using a higher concentration there are no scientific studies by using this alone to whiten teeth.
Whitening toothpastes always work, when you brush your teeth every day with them.
When you go to the dentist, get some disclosable tablets, and use your normal toothpaste to brush what the tablet has shown you and it does show you where you have missed. Repeat this every day.
Brushing your teeth twice a day every day helps keep your teeth white, flossing always helps!
What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the last back molars that generally affects young adults and adults (18-25).
These are the last teeth that come in and can be slightly more painful when pushing through because of all of your other adult teeth and sometimes lack space.
When they come through, they normally come through in each corner at the back of the mouth, but our 28 adult teeth are fixed in place. The wisdom teeth have no where to go so they can grow partially in, emerge at an angle or get stuck, meaning that the wisdom teeth are impacted.
As time has progressed we don’t actually need our wisdom teeth, unlike back in the stone age days. This is because we had bigger heads and jaws due to climate and hunting.
If your wisdom teeth are not causing you any pain, there is no need to go to the dentist.
What mouthwash should I use?
According to some advertisements, the most recommended mouthwash is Listerine.
However, there are many brands of mouthwash and they all do the same job.
(Not all mouthwash is suitable for children, make sure you check the label before)
You may need to try a variety of mouthwashes before you find which one works best for you.
Remember to not swallow the mouthwash and to rinse your mouth with water after each use.
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