Category: Ask 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?”

I am pregnant and my gums bleed every time I brush. Is there anything I should be doing?

Brushing

There is no need to be concerned at this increased tendency for your gums to bleed when you are pregnant. It is caused by the elevated hormone levels in your blood that you get when you are pregnant. It makes your gums more sensitive… Continue Reading “I am pregnant and my gums bleed every time I brush. Is there anything I should be doing?”

I had a wisdom tooth extracted yesterday. It is still bleeding and clotting. Is this normal?

Wisdom Teeth

Apply a mouth pack (available from your local pharmacy) to the wound and bite on it for a half hour to an hour. A small amount of bleeding is not harmful. However, losing a large amount of blood is not normal and may require… Continue Reading “I had a wisdom tooth extracted yesterday. It is still bleeding and clotting. Is this normal?”

My nine year old daughter has yellow stains and discolouration on some of her teeth, especially her top two. Is there anything I can do?

Girl brushing her teeth

If you can, try to find out from your dentist what is the cause of your daughter’s tooth discoloration. If the stains are extrinsic (on the outside of the tooth), perhaps they can be removed by having a dental cleaning from the dentist or… Continue Reading “My nine year old daughter has yellow stains and discolouration on some of her teeth, especially her top two. Is there anything I can do?”

Can tooth whitening damage tooth enamel?

Teeth whitening

Is it suitable if teeth have already received white fillings? Tooth whitening treatments, if performed according to manufacturer’s instructions, do not appear to cause any long lasting damage to tooth enamel. The main side effect of using bleaching agents is tooth sensitivity, which eases… Continue Reading “Can tooth whitening damage tooth enamel?”

What is your advice regarding breastfeeding and having dental work done involving amalgam silver fillings?

Pregnant

The scientific advice regarding silver amalgam fillings is that they are perfectly safe and offer many advantages over other types of fillings because of their lower cost, easy placement and durability. However, as in all things in life, it is wise to use precautions… Continue Reading “What is your advice regarding breastfeeding and having dental work done involving amalgam silver fillings?”

My two year old daughter drinks a lot of orange squash. Will this damage her teeth?

Juice drinks damage teeth

Try to wean her off this as soon as you can and replace it with ordinary tap water. The orange squash is potentially harmful in two respects. It is usually heavily sweetened, so bacteria in plaque can metabolise acid and over time infiltrate the… Continue Reading “My two year old daughter drinks a lot of orange squash. Will this damage her teeth?”

I suffer from a recurring mouth ulcer on the tip of my tongue which generally lasts approximately two weeks. Is this normal?

Ulcer

A recurring mouth ulcer should always be followed up and investigated further, initially by your own dentist and sometimes by your own doctor and if necessary by an expert in oral medicine. A reassuring aspect of your ulcer is that it appears to heal;… Continue Reading “I suffer from a recurring mouth ulcer on the tip of my tongue which generally lasts approximately two weeks. Is this normal?”