At what age do children need to be seen by dentist?
It is recommended that children begin seeing the dentist around the age of three years for check-up and cleanings. This allows the dentist and hygienst to develop a fun relationship with young patients prior to any problems developing. Parents should begin brushing children’s teeth as soon as the first tooth comes in using an infant tooth brush or soft washcloth. Infants and toddlers should never be put to bed with a milk or juice bottle as this can create early tooth decay referred to as “bottle mouth”.
What causes tooth loss?
The most common cause of tooth loss is periodontal disease. Tooth decay is also a cause of tooth loss if left untreated. Many patients with no decay issue are often frustrated when they learn that they have loose teeth or bone loss related to periodontal disease.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is often associated with patient’s neglect of the periodontal (gum) tissue. Smoking and genetics are also contributing factors. Some medical conditions may also be responsible for periodontal disease. Bone loss occurs when plaque and bacteria is allowed to build up over many months or years and caused irritation and recession of the gum and bone. While there is no cure for periodontal disease, it can be controlled with regular treatment and excellent home care. A comprehensive exam and full series of dental radiographs are necessary for the diagnosis of periodontal disease.
Is tooth whitening (bleaching) safe?
Bleaching has been approved for patients age sixteen and older. Although safe, some patients may experience sensitivity which may last from several hours up to a day or more. Using toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth is recommended if this should occur. This procedure will lighten the teeth to their naturally lightest capability. Individual patient results do vary and cannot be guaranteed.