The FAQs of Routine Dental Care

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The FAQs of Routine Dental Care

When people visit the dentist’s office, especially if they do not do so very frequently or routinely, they tend to have a lot of the same questions about dental care or about the routine checks they’re about to receive. This is to be expected, and there are a great many dentists out there who might very well thank you for reading this ahead of time so as to cut down on the number of times they respond to any one of the following concerns. Granted, hopefully your dentist answers your asinine questions with a cheery disposition, but the old adage, “there’s no such thing as a stupid question,” can only be guaranteed to be true at home.

Must I Expect Pain?

Of course not—actually, this question cannot really be answered in absolute terms because it isn’t quite so black and white. Even among those who are going in for the same routine visit, two separate experiences may very well be quite different. The key here is how often you already go to the dentist. Depending on how frequently you visit for routine checks such as these, you may not feel much of anything at all, especially if you not only visit the dentist frequently but also do a good job cleaning your teeth on your own time.

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On the other hand, if you don’t really go to the dentist’s office very often at all, then you might need to brace yourself for a little discomfort. Infrequent visits can yield discomfort, and poor dental hygiene on your part will only compound with this problem and likely lead to more pain. Your gums may experience irritation, and it could linger for a few hours after leaving the dentist’s office, too. As a general rule of thumb, in case you’re unfamiliar with the answer to this other frequently asked question, you should go to the dentist about twice a year.

How Do I Know if I’ll Need a Filling?

So as not to assume anyone knows anything more about dentistry than the average bear, this is frequently asked question, but it’s really a question about cavities more than anything else. The reason you would get a filling most likely is to fix a cavity. Fillings are substances used to replace decayed portions of teeth, and cavities are inherently decayed parts of teeth. If you can relate to “Ed, Edd& Eddy” because you often chase jawbreakers or any of the rest of Walgreens’s sweet miscellany, there’s a good chance you’re decaying your teeth and will soon need a filling.

In general, the answer to this question is dependent on your own oral hygiene habits. You can eat as many sweets as you want (assuming you’re not concerned about obesity), but what you really need to do if your goal remains avoiding fillings at all costs is to simply take good care of your teeth. How well and how frequently you brush and floss is going to have a considerable bearing on whether or not you need a filling.

Are There Always Dental X-rays?

So, dental X-rays are, in fact, a pretty common procedure. Actually, the term, procedure, may be overstating it because, with modern technology, it’s become a rather quick method of getting a detailed look at the entire jaw from the inside of your mouth. This is actually how dentists typically find cavities, but it’s also the main way that they discover infections. In the case of the latter, the X-ray scan is going to be used by your orthodontist to determine how best to treat your infection. If you have bone disease, this X-ray is likely going to be the means by which your dentist figures it out. In these and in many other situations, dentists can often get you a head start on dealing with problems that you didn’t know you had, and it’s usually the X-ray that gives them the requisite information to catch these things. Yes, they’re common, but you wouldn’t have it no other way.

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