At Teeth Q Dental Surgeons, we understand it can be a daunting experience if you / your child have not visited the dentist for a while. Here are 5 questions to help you prepare for your dental appointment.
Q1. What is the recommended age for my child to visit a dentist?
A. It is recommended to bring your child to a dentist between 6 to 12 months of age or within 6 months when the first baby tooth erupts. The dentist will detect any potential problems and prevent them from developing.
Scheduling a regular dental appointment from an early age will also allow your child to learn and familiarise himself or herself with the experience at the dental clinic.
Q2. My child is afraid of visiting the dentist. What can I do to make my child feel better before the dental appointment?
A. These days there are many materials related to a dental visit, such as videos or books which you can introduce to your child. This can help build excitement and a general idea of what to expect.
You may also bring any older siblings along to be a model for the younger child. As a parent, it is important to give moral support and not to relate your fear or anxieties to your child while at the dentists. Your child can pick up the fear and become anxious themselves.
Q3. How long does a dental appointment last?
A. A dental appointment usually takes half an hour or longer if there are more complex procedures. Do expect a slightly longer appointment if your child’s last dental visit has been a while. Your dentist may also advise you to schedule different visits if there are a few problems to manage, so it is not too much for your child in one sitting.
Q4. What can I expect for my first dental appointment?
A. As a new patient, your dentist will carry out a comprehensive examination and address any concerns you may have.
Depending on your concern and oral health status, your dentist may recommend first dealing with the most urgent issue or routine cleaning for your teeth. Your dentist may also suggest taking dental x-rays to have a complete look at your teeth, gums, and jaw overall.
Going to the dentist can be a daunting experience, but it is essential to prevent oral health problems from developing. Before you leave, remember to schedule your regular follow-up appointment to keep track of your dental health.
Q5. Do I need to visit the dentist for sensitive teeth?
A. Vigorous brushing or acidic dietary habits/reflux may wear off the outer enamel layer causing the inner dentine to be exposed, leading to teeth sensitivity.
The most common solution is to incorporate sensitive toothpaste into your oral hygiene regimen and to practise gentler toothbrushing.
However, you should seek further advice from your dentist if there is prolonged teeth sensitivity to rule out other possibilities such as tooth decay or cracks.
Q6. I am experiencing pain when biting. I’m not sure if I have a cracked tooth.
A. If you have a cracked tooth, your dentist may recommend a crown to relieve the pain and prevent the crack from worsening.
However, if you are experiencing prolonged pain upon biting or your tooth has an extensive crack, a root canal treatment followed by a dental crown is usually the route to go.
Root canal treatment, in this case, is necessary to remove the inflamed nerve tissues and prevent pain in the future.
Cracked teeth are unpredictable. Sometimes, extraction would be the best option if the crack extends too deep below the gum or into the root.
Teeth Q Dental Surgeons seek to deliver cost-effective dental treatments in a pleasant and friendly environment. Also, we provide a full range of dental services, ranging from dental braces to wisdom teeth surgery, dental implants, and Invisalign.
We currently have three clinics at Hougang Green, Punggol, and Sengkang, and are opening two new branches at Geylang Serai and Hougang Rivercourt (Kovan area) in the first half of 2022. We look forward to serving you soon!
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