A research published by the Canadian Institute for Health Information in October 2013 states that severe tooth decay and cavities are the primary reasons leading to daytime anaesthetic surgeries of preschoolers. The report revealed that these day surgery operations cost $21.2 million each year across Canada, excluding Quebec. and increasing consumption of sugar and irregular tooth brushing habits are adding to this number.
However, you can avoid the additional costs and painful surgical procedures by keeping in touch with your dentist. The following are common questions asked at dentist will be helpful in your first visit.
Why Are Regular Dental Visits Important?
Around 17% Canadians avoid visiting the dentist regularly to save money. They visit the dentist only when the problem becomes severe. Such emergency treatments are called ‘crisis treatments’ in dentistry. Like other emergency treatments, crisis treatments are very expensive, more time consuming, and more painful. By visiting the dentist regularly, you can easily save at least 60% of emergency treatment cost as well as avoid the painful treatment.
Why Do I Need to Floss Even When I Regularly Brush My Teeth?
Regular flossing is an essential part of every oral hygiene regimen even if food never traps in your teeth. Millions of bacteria and other microscopic elements live in plaque. These bacteria hide in places where a toothbrush cannot reach, like the space between teeth. Floss removes the plaque, which may harden into tartar. Remember that only dentist can remove tartar. If you want to save tartar treatment cost, then regular flossing is crucial.
How Can I Accomplish the Difficult Task of Getting My Kids to Brush Their Teeth?
A general rule is that your kids may not follow verbal instructions but they would follow what you do. Aside from that, try to make brushing a fun activity using the following tricks.
- Tell them a story about tooth brushing, like a story of sugar bug that made house in teeth of a kid.
- Conduct a toothbrush bubble-making contest among kids. Then participate in the contest with your kid.
- Set timer goals by counting down from 10–0 or rhyming poems.
- Make their favourite stuff toy as their brushing partner.
- Compliment your kids, both verbally and at times by giving them their favourite lunch.
How Can I Prevent Cavities?
Do you know that the world’s most common disease is cavities? However, it is also the easiest disease to avoid with following simple steps.
- Avoid too much sugar in your food.
- Brush your teeth for at least two to three minutes to remove plaque and bacteria.
- Always rinse your mouth after a meal.
- Saliva is a natural plaque-eradicator. Chewing sugar-free gum after a meal helps produce saliva that removes plaque.
- Make sure to visit your dentist regularly.
Why Do Dentists Take X-Rays?
Oral health is more complex than it seems. Dental radiography helps reveal problems like infection in the bones, cysts, tumours, periodontal disease, decay between teeth or fillings, and more. The process of radiography starts with X-ray examination. It also helps evaluate the current and required amount of fluoride. The radiography schedule depends on risk percentage and patient’s age.
Plaque bacteria attack the teeth with acids. Fluoride defends these attacks and prevents tooth decay and degenerative bone diseases like osteoporosis. Fluoridate water and high fluoride toothpastes are highly effective in increasing fluoride percentage.