Category: Ask The Dentist

Do’s & Don’ts after Oral surgery

Oral Surgery is a term used to describe operations performed in your mouth by a dentist or by a specialist dentist called an Oral Surgeon. Very complex mouth head and neck operations are carried out in a hospital by an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. Most minor oral surgery procedures take place in the confines of a dental practice, but for some, this may occur in a day care setting at a hospital.  

Dental Anxiety

Dental anxiety is the term used to describe anxiety, fear or stress associated with a dental setting. Being nervous or even scared to visit the dentist can result in delaying or avoiding dental treatment. It can be associated with certain triggers such as needles, drills or the dental setting in general.

Q – When should I bring my child for their first dental check-up?

A survey of children’s dental health in Ireland found nearly half of all children under age five have decay in their baby teeth. According to the European Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the earlier a child starts visiting the dentist for preventive visits the better the chance of avoiding dental problems.

Q – The bottom of my top two teeth seem to be becoming see-through. HELP!

Dental Erosion

You may have dental erosion (tooth surface loss). If so, this condition should be carefully monitored by your dentist. The first and most important consideration is to get an accurate diagnosis and recording of the extent of the condition. The next consideration is to accurately identify the probable cause so that remedial action can be taken immediately to prevent or minimize any further tooth surface loss (TSL).

Q – Should you brush your teeth immediately after drinking coffee?

Coffee

No you shouldn’t and it’s true what they say that you shouldn’t do it. However, the problem is not with the coffee itself. It is the milk and sugar in the coffee which can be metabolized by bacteria in your mouth into acid. The… Continue Reading “Q – Should you brush your teeth immediately after drinking coffee?”

Is it true that your gums bleed more easily when you are pregnant?

Pregnancy

True:  During pregnancy gums, are more susceptible to the presence of plaque biofilm near the necks of the teeth which causes them to become red and swollen…

My wisdom teeth are all fully erupted I heard it is advisable to have them extracted? Is this true?

Wisdom teeth

This will depend on the clinical circumstances which are unique to each individual. Your dentist will advise specifically for you. If your 4 wisdom teeth are fully erupted into good positions and your oral hygiene is good around these teeth you may be advised… Continue Reading “My wisdom teeth are all fully erupted I heard it is advisable to have them extracted? Is this true?”

When is the best time to visit the dentist for a check up and clean during pregnancy?

Pregnant

Ideally you should visit the dentist for a check up if you are planning to become pregnant or as soon as you find out you are pregnant. Your dentist will be able to assess your oral health status and plan any dental visits you… Continue Reading “When is the best time to visit the dentist for a check up and clean during pregnancy?”

My three year old daughter grinds her teeth while sleeping. Is there anything I can do or do I need to take her to the dentist?

Grinding Teeth

Teeth grinding (bruxism) is a common habit in young children and usually disappears on its own as children grow older. The two peak periods for bruxism are when the baby teeth arrive and again when the permanent teeth begin to come in at five… Continue Reading “My three year old daughter grinds her teeth while sleeping. Is there anything I can do or do I need to take her to the dentist?”

My 3 year old son fell and banged his mouth and his front tooth has turned grey. Will he lose the tooth? Will it affect his permanent teeth?

Children's Teeth

There is no need to worry; your son will probably lose his front baby tooth at around six years of age, just before the permanent front tooth comes into the mouth. The grey colour is the result of some bleeding that has occurred into… Continue Reading “My 3 year old son fell and banged his mouth and his front tooth has turned grey. Will he lose the tooth? Will it affect his permanent teeth?”