WHAT AGE SHOULD I BRING MY CHILD IN TO SEE THE DENTIST?
We recommend bringing your child in for a dental appointment from an early age, primarily to get them comfortable with the environment. The primary or ‘baby’ teeth are very important as they set the stage for the adult teeth to erupt into the mouth. Problems with the primary teeth can sometimes result in issues with the adult teeth. We believe in preventative care from an early age.
It may be beneficial to first bring your child in whilst you undergo an examination and clean, so they can observe and realize there is nothing to fear. We can also offer you advice on diet and oral hygiene at this early stage. Generally the first visit should be around the age of 18 months – 2 years.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I VISIT THE DENTIST?
Bay Dental Brighton is a preventative practice, and we recommend our patients return six monthly for their routine examination and cleaning.
This is the correct amount of time to monitor your dental health, and ensure any potential problems can be detected and treated early before they escalate into more serious conditions.
MY GUMS BLEED WHEN I BRUSH, IS THIS NORMAL?
No, certainly not.
Gum disease is not a painful condition, in fact the only indicator that may alert a patient is bleeding from the gums following brushing or flossing.
This should never be considered normal, and is not an indicator that you may be brushing ‘too hard’.
If your gums bleed, discuss with your dentist at Bay Dental Brighton.
I DON'T HAVE ANY PAIN, WHY DO I NEEDS FILLINGS?
Dental decay is generally not painful or sensitive until the disease process is quite advanced.
We recommend regular examinations and routine radiographs to assess for decay in the early stages, so we can treat early and avoid problems down the road.
A simple filling is significantly cheaper than root canal treatments, crowns or extractions- procedures that may be required for large cavities.
MY TEETH ARE SENSITIVE, DO I NEED A LOT OF FILLINGS?
Teeth can become sensitive for a number of reasons- often it involves a loss of enamel or the protective layer of a tooth.
Loss of enamel can be caused by cracks, grinding your teeth, brushing too vigorously, dental decay or cavities- to name a few.
The good news is that we can help reduce your sensitivity, often without the need for fillings.