Do you have questions about oral health or dental care? Read our FAQ page to find answers! If you have additional questions or to speak with Dr. Amogh Bhalerao or Dr. Gayatri Jadhav, our experienced dentists in San Antonio, Texas, contact Smiles R Us today at 210-694-4999.
Why should I visit the dentist regularly?
Regular dental visits are important for maintaining good oral health. Dentists can identify and address potential problems early on, preventing them from becoming more serious issues. They also clean your teeth thoroughly, removing plaque and tartar that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
Why do I need to floss?
Flossing is essential because it helps remove plaque and food particles from between your teeth and along the gumline. Brushing alone cannot effectively clean these areas, and failing to floss can lead to cavities, gum disease and bad breath.
How often should I brush and floss?
It is recommended to brush your teeth at least twice a day. Ideally, you should brush after meals and before bed, using a fluoridated toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Flossing should be done once a day, preferably before bedtime, to ensure thorough cleaning between teeth.
How safe are dental X-rays?
Dental X-rays are considered very safe with low levels of radiation exposure. We take precautions to minimize radiation exposure by using lead aprons and high-speed film or digital X-rays, which further reduce radiation levels. The benefits of diagnostic information gained from X-rays generally outweigh the minimal risk.
I am terrified to visit the dentist — what can I do?
Dental anxiety is common, but there are strategies to help you cope. Communicate your fears with your dentist beforehand, as they can provide reassurance and explain procedures to alleviate concerns. Sedation dentistry or relaxation techniques may also be options to help you feel more comfortable during dental visits.
When should my child visit the dentist for the first time?
Your child should visit the dentist by their first birthday or within six months after their first tooth erupts. Early dental visits establish a foundation for good oral health, allow dentists to monitor development, and provide guidance on oral hygiene practices for parents.
When will my baby start getting teeth?
Babies typically start getting their first teeth around six months of age, although the timing can vary. The lower front teeth, known as central incisors, are usually the first to emerge.
Why are primary teeth important?
Primary teeth, also known as baby teeth or deciduous teeth, play a crucial role in a child’s oral health. They help with proper chewing, speech development and maintaining space for permanent teeth. Neglecting primary teeth can lead to dental issues that may affect the development of permanent teeth.
What is cosmetic dentistry, and how can it help me?
Cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the appearance of teeth and enhancing smiles. It includes procedures like teeth whitening and dental veneers, as well as preventive, restorative and orthodontic treatments. Cosmetic dentistry can help enhance self-confidence and improve dental aesthetics.
I have lost a tooth. What are my options for replacing it?
There are several options for replacing a lost tooth, including dental implants, bridges and removable dentures. The most suitable option depends on various factors, such as the number of missing teeth, overall oral health and personal preferences. Consulting with our dentists will help determine the best replacement option for you.
What is a root canal?
A root canal is a dental procedure performed to treat and save a severely infected or decayed tooth. During the procedure, we safely remove the infected pulp, clean and disinfect the tooth’s interior, and seals it with a filling or crown to prevent further infection.
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of misaligned teeth and jaws. Orthodontic treatments, such as braces and aligners, help improve the appearance, function and long-term health of teeth.
When should my child receive their first orthodontic screening?
The American Association of Orthodontists® recommends that children receive their first orthodontic screening by the age of 7. Early screening allows orthodontists to identify potential orthodontic issues and plan for appropriate treatment if necessary.
Am I too old for orthodontic treatment?
No! You are never too old for orthodontic treatment. Adults can undergo orthodontic treatment to correct misaligned teeth or bite issues. There are various options available, including braces and clear aligners, to suit different needs and preferences.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an infection of the gums and the supporting structures around the teeth. It starts with gingivitis, causing inflammation and bleeding gums, and can progress to more severe stages, leading to tooth loss if left untreated.
What causes periodontal disease?
The primary cause of periodontal disease is poor oral hygiene, leading to the buildup of plaque and tartar. Other factors, such as tobacco use, hormonal changes, certain medications, genetics and systemic diseases, can also contribute to the development and progression of periodontal disease.
What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?
Symptoms of periodontal disease include red, swollen, or tender gums, bleeding gums, persistent bad breath, receding gums, loose teeth and changes in the bite. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to see us for an evaluation and appropriate treatment.
What do I do if I have bad breath?
If you have persistent bad breath, it is essential to determine the underlying cause. Maintaining good oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing regularly, can help alleviate bad breath caused by bacteria in the mouth. However, if the problem persists, it is advisable to see a dentist, as bad breath can also be a sign of underlying dental or medical conditions that require professional treatment.