Dr. Ligia Stanca Muntianu
Asking questions to your dental professional is one of the best ways to improve your dental health care. From childhood, we are encouraged to ask questions whenever we want to know something. It is said that there is no stupid question. Curiosity should not be stopped at the dental office's door.
Here are some common questions people ask their dentists:
Why should I go to the dentist?
How often should I go to the dentist?
What are the factors that can affect my oral health?
What are the best ways to have good oral hygiene at home?
Why do I have to brush, is a mouth rinse not enough?
Why do I have to floss? Is brushing not enough?
What is a removable denture?
How does a removable denture wearer have to maintain oral hygiene?
Does oral health affect general health status?
What questions should I ask my dentist?
And see the answers here:
1. WHY should I go to the dentist?
Fear is a primal strong emotion that stops many people from going to periodical visits to the dentist.
Dental root infections, due to complicated carries, can very quickly spread to maxillary sinuses or to major blood vessels and so life can be put in danger.
Periodical visits help prevent caries development and catch it in its early stages which are easier to solve and manage.
2. How often should I go to the dentist?
Usually, 2 visits per year help your dental practitioner to keep you in an excellent dental state shape.
3. What are the factors that can affect my oral health?
Oral health is strongly linked to general health status, a balanced diet, limited sugar intake, smoking, and stress, but surpassing all of these, oral hygiene is mandatory in any general health status.
Use a mouth rinse after brushing and flossing. It contains antiseptic substances that limit dental plaque formation
Change your diet with more fruits to increase salivary secretion. Saliva has natural antimicrobial factors that also limit cariogenic flora s development.
4. What are the best ways to have good oral hygiene at home?
Here are some steps to good dental health
Limit sugar intake
Eat fruits that clean your teeth-like eat an apple
Brush your teeth like a dentist=after each meal or at least in the evening and in the morning
Floss after the evening brush
Brush your tongue- alimentary debris remains on the tongue. You should clean them up. This also stimulates salivary secretion, which has antimicrobial effects.
5. Why do I have to brush? Is a mouth rinse not enough?
Food remains stuck on the teeth, gingiva, and tongue. Rinsing only will not clean it away from the oral cavity. Brushing is similar to cloth washing. The mechanical effect of brushing with toothpaste cleans food and dental plaque.
6. Why do I have to floss? Is brushing not enough?
Brushing cleans teeth and tongue, but interdental spaces are inaccessible for the toothbrush, no matter the type. Interdental floss enters this space and cleans it. Some people use floss too intensely, and they cause gingival bleeding. It is very good to associate floss with oral health.
7. What is a removable denture
A removable denture is a prosthodontic device that restores teeth, mastication, phonetics, and deglutition. You can take it out of your mouth whenever you want. It should be washed regularly and have a check-up twice a year for maintenance. It is movable, but it should stay in place when you eat, speak or smile. For overall health, it is much better than no teeth at all.
8. How does a removable denture wearer have to maintain oral hygiene?
A removable denture is a prosthodontic device with artificial teeth that restores a partial or complete edentation. It is removable, which means one can take it out of his mouth as opposed to a dental bridge cemented on teeth. After a meal, very small amounts of food can remain trapped underneath. They are made from acrylic material that is polished on the outer surface but rough on the inner surface. They have to be cleaned outside the mouth, with a special large brush, after each meal, with dishes liquid detergent. Liquid dishes detergent washes away the food just like it cleans a plate. Toothpaste should not be used because it is too abrasive for this material.
A denture wearer should clean her gums and tongue with toothpaste and a normal brush.
9. Does oral health affect general health status?
Yes. Average body s defenses mechanisms and daily brushing maintain good oral health by maintaining oral bacteria under control. Without daily brushing at least twice a day after meals, cariogenic bacterias get loos and determine caries and many infections that can put general health on the brink.
10. What questions should I ask my dentist?
How can I improve my smile?
What should my oral regimen be?
How often should I have a dental exam and cleaning?
Do I have any dental conditions I should know about?
Do I need any dental treatment?
Sometimes my gums bleed. Do I need a paro examination?
When would you have the next opportunity to ask these questions to your dentist?...
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