commom questions

1. Why is it necessary to visit the dentist every 6 months?

Patients are recommended to visit the dentist at least two times per year for a professional dental exam and teeth cleaning. Prevention, early detection and education are all keys in asvoiding serious dental problems that may be painful or costly. Additionally, The Urban Dentist screens for oral cancer and gum disease (periodontal disease). We believe a healthy oral environment is necessary for great overall health, so maintaining a consistent appointment schedule with your dentist is important.

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2. What age should my child be to have their fist dental visit?

By the time your child is 3 years old, they’re already at risk of getting cavities. This can be caused by something as simple as a baby falling asleep with a bottle of juice or milk in their mouth. The first dental appointment for your child is focused on developing a trusting relationship. Parents learn to create a good oral hygiene and diet program, and to look for abnormalities in your child’s mouth.

Adult teeth are directly affected by the health of the primary teeth; the premature loss of primary teeth (due to decay or accidents), may cause serious problems in your child’s future such as crooked teeth or poorly spaced teeth. Keep in mind that baby teeth need just as much attention and care as adult teeth.

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3. How can I prevent or fix bad breath?

Studies show that almost half the population of North American adults suffer from bad breath, or halitosis. Bacteria in the mouth is the most common cause of bad breath, but other causes of halitosis include certain foods, smoking, alcohol, hormonal changes, or hunger. If you’re concerned about bad breath issues, your dentist or oral hygienist will check for gum disease and create a treatment plan for you. To combat bad breath it's important to integrate tongue scraping into your daily routine.

4. Is a mouth guard from my dentist different from one I buy at a sporting goods store?

Tooth damage can occur due to high speed impact during sports. In addition, if you grind your teeth at night your teeth will wear down and become pitted. A professionally fitted mouth guard is recommended for athletes and tooth grinders in order to prevent oral injury. Our mouth guards are custom made to fit each patient’s mouth for optimal comfort. Regular mouth guards may be effective, but they won’t last as long and they won’t be as comfortable. Invest in your teeth and you will not have as many problems later in life!

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5. I'm afraid of the dentist. How do I confront my fears?

Many adults and children have some fears and phobias of going to the dentist. You’re definitely not alone! It’s important to maintain healthy teeth and gums so here are a few ways to deal with your fears and dentist anxiety:

1. While sitting in the dental chair, visualize a happy place in your mind to calm your nerves. Imagine you’re sitting on a beach, or a cafe in Paris.

2. Avoid drinking caffeinated beverages before your appointment as it will increase your jitters and anxiety. Try drinking something soothing like herbal tea.

3. While at the dentist ask questions! We’re here to help you and would be happy to clarify and concerns you may have.

4. Our goal is to provide a comfortable dental experience. Please feel free to call our office if you’d like to book a dental appointment or learn more.

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