Why is it so important to maintain dental health?
Maintaining your teeth and gums as you age is an important step in sustaining your general health and well-being. Whilst exercising, eating right and regular health checks are important – looking after your teeth and gums is also essential. Good dental health has been linked to good overall health, which will help you to lead a long, happy and healthy life.
How can I maintain my smile as I age?
Routine visits to Roseville Fine Dentistry are of paramount importance. Visiting us every six months for a thorough examination and clean will enable us to detect any dental problems early and limit the extent of the problem. It is also essential to brush at least twice each day (after breakfast and dinner) and floss once a day. This will help to prevent decay and gum disease. Speak with our team during your next visit for more information on preventative care and hygiene.
What can I do to improve the health and appearance of my smile?
If your teeth become damaged, lost or simply worn over time there are a number of options available to treat these problems. If teeth are lost then Implants, Dentures or Bridges may be an option for you. If a tooth needs rebuilding, then Crowns, Inlays or Onlays could be the solution. For cosmetic changes, Tooth Whitening, Veneers and Bonding are amongst some of our treatments that you could consider.
What are the main benefits of quality dental treatment?
Achieving optimal dental health has the power to change your life for the better. Just a few of the major benefits dental treatment provides include;
- Improved confidence and self-esteem
- Improved oral health and general well-being
- Improved facial appearance
- Improved comfort
- Improved speech
- Improved dietary habits and nutrition
Why do teeth seem to darken when people age?
As we age, it becomes more difficult for our mouths to produce saliva. As a result, teeth may seem to darken as plaque can build up more rapidly and in larger amounts as we age. Staining from coffee, tea, soft drinks, wine, certain medications and smoking can also affect the colour of our smiles. Changes in dentin may cause teeth to appear a little darker as well.
When should I start caring for my child’s teeth?
Proper dental care should begin before your child’s first tooth appears. It is important to remember that just because their teeth are not seen, doesn’t mean they are not there. At birth your baby has 20 primary teeth, some of which are well developed in the jaw.
Running damp, disposable gauze over your baby's gums following feedings can prevent build up of damaging bacteria. Once your child has a few teeth showing, you can brush them with a soft child's toothbrush or rub them with gauze at the end of the day.
How can cavities be prevented?
Brushing at least twice each day along with routine flossing will help maintain a healthy mouth. Your child’s first dental check-up should begin just after their third birthday. Such visits can help in the early detection of potential problems and allow your child to get used to visiting the Dentist. When all of your child’s primary teeth have come in (by age three) your dentist may start applying topical fluoride. Fluoride hardens the tooth enamel, helping to prevent tooth decay.
What should I do if my child is complaining of tooth ache?
In some instances even the most diligent brushing and flossing will not prevent a cavity. Please contact Roseville Fine Dentistry as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.
Is thumb sucking harmful?
Thumb sucking can lead to problems with the normal growth and development of the mouth and tooth alignment. Children should stop sucking their thumb by the time their front permanent teeth start erupting by age six.
What should I do if my child’s baby tooth is knocked out or chipped?
Baby teeth are usually not put back in the mouth but we should examine your child to determine that it is in fact a baby tooth, if any roots remain or any other teeth have been injured. These primary teeth play an important part in maintaining space for secondary-adult teeth. If they develop cavities they should be filled as soon as possible. Early loss of primary teeth can lead to speech and orthodontic problems.