If you’re taking your child into the dentist for the first time or you haven’t kept up with regularly going to the dentist and it has been years since you last went or you chipped a tooth, you likely have questions for your dentist.
Dentists are used to answering patients’ questions.
There really isn’t a dumb question to ask.
At Dental Horizons, our Longmont dentist office gets asked the following common questions:
- What happens if my tooth gets knocked out accidently?
You should find the tooth, but it in milk and come to the dental office immediately.
- What do I do if I have a dental emergency and can’t get a hold of the dentist?
Most dentist have emergency numbers and extended office hours for emergencies. If, for some reason you can’t make it into the office, go to the emergency room at your local hospital.
- Are silver fillings and x-rays safe?
Yes, both contain very low amounts of silver and harmful rays. The amounts are so small they typically don’t cause any immediate or long-term side-effects.
- Why should the cavities in my child’s baby teeth be filled if they are going to fall out in a few years anyways?
Cavities on or in the baby teeth can grow and infect the permanent teeth growing in underneath them, leading to cavities or tooth decay in the permanent teeth.
- What are sealants and are they necessary for my child’s teeth?
Sealants are thin, clear protective coverings that go on top of your child’s teeth. They are strongly encouraged for young children who are still learning proper brushing techniques.
- Why should I have my teeth cleaned twice a year?
Too much time can cause plaque can accumulate, making it harder to remove. Six months is the right amount of time that elapses before plaque can build up.
- What should I do if I haven’t been to the dentist in a while?
If it has been a long time since you’ve visited your dentist, chances are, you’ll receive a deep, dental cleaning, and an exam.
- What is plaque and why is it bad?
Plaque is the build-up of food particles that accumulate on and around the teeth. The bacteria can eat away at the enamel of the teeth and can lead to tooth decay and gum disease if not treated.
- Are electric toothbrushes better than manual ones?
Both types of toothbrushes are effective in cleaning your teeth. An electric toothbrush does provide a more even clean. No matter what one you choose, you should brush constantly for two minutes.
- Is the use of floss and mouthwash necessary?
While mouthwash is optional, it doesn’t hurt to add it onto your dental hygiene efforts. Floss, on the other hand, is important and necessary. Floss gets in between teeth where a toothbrush can’t.
- How do I get my child to brush their teeth and practice good dental hygiene habits?
There are a couple different ways to get your kids to brush properly. The biggest motivator is making dental hygiene fun. Some ideas include brushing together and giving rewards.
- When should I bring my child in for his/her first dental appointment?
You should bring your child in for a preliminary dental exam by the time they are one years old. Their first dental cleaning should be done no later than three years of age.
- Do you take insurance? If so, what is covered?
Yes, most dental offices accept insurance. Not all dental procedures are covered under insurance, however. Contact your dentist for details.
- What are my payment options if I don’t have insurance?
Most dentists accept additional payment options as well as insurance. Each office is different, so contact your dentist’s office.
- Why is fluoride used to clean teeth?
Fluoride has been proven to be the most effective in cleaning teeth, reducing cavities, and strengthening tooth enamel.
At Dental Horizons, we provide a welcoming and comfortable environment where all questions are welcomed.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us today.