How many times a day should I brush my teeth?
Ideally it should be after each meal; the minimum is twice a day.
When do children start replacing their teeth with permanent ones?
On average they start at 6 years old, the process gradually continue until the age of 12.
How long does orthodontic treatment take?
This varies greatly from patient to patient, depends on the case and the treatment plan decided by the doctor.
How often should I come for check up and do professional cleaning for my teeth?
The average period is every six months, however in special conditions like diabetes and pregnancy the period should be shorter.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are the name for a procedure to replace missing tooth/teeth. It includes inserting a titanium implant inside the bone replacing the missing tooth root; leave it for healing and integration from 3 to 6 months then placing a crown over it to replace the missing tooth
crown. After the procedure is complete, patient can normally eat and chew on the placed implant like normal tooth.
When should I start teaching my child to brush their teeth?
Not before 3 years old, this should be done under parents supervision and using very small amount of tooth paste.
How safe are dental X-rays?
Exposure to all sources of radiation -- including the sun, minerals in the soil, appliances in your home, and dental X-rays -- can damage the body's tissues and cells. Fortunately, the dose of radiation you are exposed to during the taking of X-rays is extremely small. Moreover digital X-ray machines have further reduced the amount of X-ray required.
What are dental sealants, who should get them, and how long do they last?
Sealants are a thin, plastic coating that is painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth -- usually the back teeth (the premolars, and molars) -- to prevent tooth decay. The painted on liquid sealant quickly bonds into the depressions and groves of the teeth, forming a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth. Typically, children should get sealants on their permanent molars and premolars as soon as these teeth come in. In this way, the dental sealants can protect the teeth through the cavity-prone years of ages 6 to 14. However, adults without decay or fillings in their molars can also benefit from sealants. Sealants usually need to be checked for chipping or wear at regular dental check-ups.