Frequently Asked Questions
Your questions, answered
Below is a list of the most frequently asked questions from patients regarding their teeth, oral health and dentistry.
When should I take my child to the dentist for the first check-up?
Roughly when the first set of teeth erupt, around his/her first birthday.
Is thumb sucking harmful to my child?
Thumb sucking habits will generally only become a problem if they go on for a long period of time. Most children stop these habits on their own, but if they are still sucking their thumbs or fingers past the age of three, a mouth appliance may be recommended by your dentist.
How can parents help prevent tooth decay?
Parents should take their children to the dentist regularly, beginning with the eruption of the first tooth. Then, the dentist can recommend a specific programme of brushing, flossing, and other treatments for parents to supervise and teach to their children. These home treatments, when added to regular dental visits and a balanced diet, will help give your child a lifetime of healthy habits.
How do I get rid of bad breath?
Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is caused by poor oral hygiene and/or oral health. Routine professional dental cleanings, effective brushing, flossing and tongue cleaning can help eliminate unpleasant mouth odour. If it is established that bad breath is not dentally related, then a physician’s consultation may be necessary to rule out sinus issues, stomach related problems, consumption of certain types of food and medications or other systemic issues.
How often should I visit the dentist?
It is recommended that you visit your dentist once every six months, for routine examination and cleaning.
What’s the best age to visit the orthodontist?
Any age can be a great age to visit the orthodontist. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening at the age of SEVEN. Orthodontic treatment is not exclusive to children and teens. You might be surprised to know that some of our patients are over the age of 21.