Why do I need yearly x-rays?
Yearly dental x-rays are recommended for every patient so that your dental provider can detect decay, periodontal disease, abscesses, or abnormal growths. You may not exhibit any of these symptoms, but having yearly x-rays are necessary to detect anything in their early stages.
Why does the dentist recommend that my child have sealants?
Sealants are recommended on children when their permanent teeth are beginning to erupt. A sealant is a thin, protective coating that is placed on the biting surface of the permanent molars. These areas have the deepest grooves and pits, making it the most susceptible to bacteria and decay. Sealing teeth early in development prevents food debris, acidic drinks, and plaque from residing in these grooves and causing cavities.
I have dentures, do I still need to see a dentist?
Even with dentures, you should still see the dentist every six months. Your dentist is able to check your denture to make sure it is still fitting correctly, as well as make any adjustments as needed. Other than checking your denture, it is recommended to have an oral exam every six months as well. The oral exam is needed to check for infections or lesions, including cancer. Seeing the dentist regularly can detect these lesions in their early stages.
Why do I need to take an antibiotic premedication before my appointment?
Patients who have had a history of infective endocarditis, artificial heart valve, heart transplant, certain heart defects, or joint replacements (including hip or knee) are advised to take an antibiotic premedication one hour prior to dental treatment according to the American Heart Association. Bacteria from the mouth can spread through the bloodstream and could cause infection. The premedication is protecting you from causing a infection somewhere else in the body. Not sure if you need to take a premedication? Please call your doctor or our office to find out.