- September 25, 2017
Visiting a new dentist for the first time or taking your young child to their first dental appointment can be nerve-wracking. You want a pleasant, painless, smooth experience. You also likely have many questions you want to ask.
While you’ve heard the saying that there is no dumb question, you still feel embarrassed about some of your questions. To help remove some of the anxiety over what questions you should ask, here are some common questions we get from patients and our short answers:
When should I take my child to the dentist for the first time?
It is recommended that your child sees the dentist for the first time by his or her first birthday. Your child’s first dental cleaning, however, will be done when they are 2 years of age. If you suspect something is not right or there is a dental problem, bring your child into our office, regardless of their age.
How often should I come in?
We highly recommend you and your family come and visit us every six months for an examination and cleaning. Depending on the health of your teeth and gums and whether you have any additional, underlying health concerns or issues, we may recommend that you come in more frequently.
Are dental x-rays safe?
Depending on the health of your mouth, we may take x-rays of your teeth and gums on every appointment. Our x-ray machine is safe and we take extra precautionary measures to ensure each patient is safe.
Why are my teeth sensitive?
A sensitive tooth can mean many different things ranging from poor dental hygiene to advanced gum disease. Most of the time tooth sensitivity indicates the possible onset of tooth decay, periodontal disease or a tooth abscess.
These are possible serious dental issues that should be checked out right away by a dental professional. Even if nothing is wrong, the fast relief of the pain will be worth it.
Do I have to wait to eat after getting a filling?
Yes, you can immediately eat food after getting a dental filling. The only restriction comes after you’ve received “freezing.” After “freezing” we recommend patients to avoid chewing on that side of the mouth and to avoid consuming anything unusually hot and chewy.
How much brighter does teeth get with professional whitening?
Modern dental technology has made professional teeth whitening quicker and longer-lasting. Chair-side or in-office teeth cleaning can now be done in an hour and offer immediate, noticeably whiter teeth. Professional teeth whitening utilizes special lights and potent whitening or bleaching agents which give a brighter smile than other teeth whitening techniques.
What are dental sealants and who should get them?
Typically, we recommend sealants for children, but they can be beneficial to anyone. Sealants are thin, plastic coverings that go over the teeth. Sealants block out food particles, and germs and protect teeth from the cavity-causing build-up of plaque and tartar.
I can’t afford traditional dental care? What are my options?
Many Americans don’t have dental insurance nor can they afford steep dental costs. At Historic Triangle, we know our patients have different financial situations. We work with patients with dental insurance as well as those who don’t have dental insurance. For those without dental insurance, we offer a variety of low-cost plans such as in-house membership plans and pre-pay discounts.
What toothpaste and mouthwash should I use?
There are many mouthwashes and toothbrushes out there. We recommend toothpastes and mouthwashes that have the ADA (American Dental Association) stamp of approval. Be sure that your toothpaste has fluoride and your mouthwash is alcohol-free.
I’m afraid of the dentist. What should I do?
The fear of the dentist is common. Historic Triangle Dental Care offers mild sedation that relaxes patients during their dental appointment without them losing consciousness or getting drowsy. This type of sedation quickly wears off and is safe enough patients can get into their cars and drive to work or home without any drowsiness.
Are whitening toothpastes effective?
It depends. Some patients see great results with using a fluoride, whitening toothpaste. For other patients, they must come in for a professional whitening or use either the trays or whitening strips at home.
The professional cleaning and whitening, however, generally yields the most immediate, noticeable and longest-lasting whitening results.
It is good to ask your dentist questions and we hopefully gave you the motivation and courage to make the next step in bettering your dental health.
Even if you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, it is never too late to begin taking proper care of your oral health. Contact us today at your local Williamsburg dental office to schedule an appointment.