Dental FAQ

Please Note: the information presented on this page is intended only as a general guideline.
Do not attempt to use this information to diagnose or treat any concerns

Q: When should I bring my child in for her first dental visit?
A: Unless problems are noted by the parent, usually three to four years of age is a good time for a first dental visit. Ask your pediatrician if you have specific questions, or visit a pediatric dentist if there are concerns at an early age.

Q: My five-year-old still has his baby teeth, but his permanent teeth are erupting behind them. Is this a problem?
A: All children lose their baby teeth and get their permanent teeth at different times and in different sequences. Usually this is not a concern, however, it may indicate future needs for orthodontia.

Q: I am concerned about the crookedness of my child’s teeth. When should they see an orthodontist?
A: Depending on the nature of the malocclusion, ages for treatment vary from early childhood to late adolescence. Frequently, early intervention is extremely beneficial and may eliminate the need for orthodontia later in life.

Q: I have not been to the dentist in over 10 years. Now I am afraid to go for fear of the costs and amount of work I need to have done. What should I do?
A: Regardless of your dental history, it is always wiser to see the dentist sooner than later. Dental problems do not go away or get better; they only get bigger and more expensive. Please see us for a consultation and treatment plan soon.

Q: I brush and floss daily as well as visit my dentist every six months. Still, I tend to get many cavities. Do I have soft teeth?
A: Most teeth are the same. There are genetic differences and some researchers claim that some individuals harbor more aggressive bacteria in their mouths; however, there are definite correlations between a person’s diet and beverage consumption and their oral health. Be very aware of sugars and carbohydrates in your diet, especially between meals. Be especially cautious of acidic beverages, such as most colas.

Q: Is there a relationship between dental health and general health?
A: Absolutely. the correlation is twofold. First, without healthy teeth proper chewing and therefore proper digestion is impossible. Patients with an inability to chew their food are routinely seen to suffer from malnutrition disorders.
Second, there is a tremendous amount of research currently examining links between gum disease and systemic disease. Cardiovascular disease, respiratory infections and diabetes are all believed to have some correlation with periodontal disease.