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1How often should i visit the dentist and why?
A visit every 6 months is the minimum recommended, given there are no pains or other problems that require your visit earlier. These visits serve to get you a check-up and a deep cleaning to ensure you stay caries and gum disease free.
2I have a fear of a dentist, how can I overcome that?
The fear of the dentist is usually an acquired fear; that of a previous bad experience. You can encourage yourself to think of your dental visits as a good thing so as to replace such a fear. You have to also keep in mind that dentistry has become almost completely painless, that, accompanied by an empythatic, informative and kind dentist should make your visits easy and carefree!
3Why is important to visit the dentist?
Aside from emergency situations, visiting a dentist on a regular basis serves to your best interests. During such visits, your dentist provides you with full check-ups including radiographs (x-rays) of all of your teeth and an examination of your jaw joints and soft tissues to ensure you are at the best possible dental condition. In case something is detected, treating it at the beggining proves time, money and effort saving. You have to remember that certain dental conditions (such as progressive gum disease) can be very difficult to reverse if left untreated for extended periods of time.
4How can I improve my smile?
Whether it’s a hollywood smile you seek, or a significant improvement over your current condition, your dentist can make it all happen! Resin or porcelain veneers can reshape and change the colour of your teeth. Whitening procedures (ZOOM!) can change your smile from a bitter yellow to a glowing white. Aligners and orthodontics can get those crooked teeth into shape. Sometimes just a simple scaling and polishing procedure can do the trick! Ask your dentist for a cosmetic consult now!
5I have missing teeth, what can I do?
There are 3 basic ways to replace missing teeth, in order of preference they are;
1. Dental implants (see details)
2. Dental bridges (see details)
3. Partial dentures (see details)
6How does smoking affect my dental health
Smoking increases your risk for periodontal (gum) diseases, stains teeth, causes bad breath, compromises immunity and decreases your body’s calcium absorption ability. If you are a smoker, contact your dentist and ask for ways to improve your dental condition.
7What foods or drinks should I consume to maintain proper dental health?
Choose calcium rich foods like; milk, yogurt, cheese, etc. Maintain a good intake of vitamins, especially Vitamin C (found in red and green peppers and citrus fruits) and Vitamin D (found in milk and produced by your body upon sun exposure) which helps your body absorb calcium and phosphorous. Avoid acidic and fizzy drinks like Colas and sodas in general as they tend to demineralize your teeth, and are bad for your bones. Chewing sugarfee gum has also proven efficient in decreasing tooth decay as they promote saliva excretion (which washes away food debris) and neutralizes your saliva after food consumption (as it becomes acidic). Needless to say, you have to brush 3 times daily and floss regularly for best results.
8What is preventive dentistry?
Preventative dentistry is a very important part of a dentist’s job. It entails a plan for home care, regular check-ups and cleaning, and the options of topical fluoride applications and pit and fissure sealants. All of our patients are recalled for regular check-ups and given plans for home care upon request free of charge.
9What can I do to achieve the best possible dental care at home?
There is a minimum requirement of care necessary to maintain healthy teeth and gums. This is summed up in brushing three times a day, flossing once a day, using mouthwash regularly and visiting your dentist at least every six months for a check up and deep cleaning. This is important because practising basic dental care benefits you as follows:
– Prevents tooth decay
– Prevents gum (periodontal) diseases, which damage the bone holding the teeth in place and may eventually lead to tooth loss
– Decreases chair time at the dentist’s office and, generally, makes your visits more pleasant
– Saves money, by prevcenting tooth decay and gum disease you eliminate the need for costly tooth fillings and procedures
– Prevents bad breath
– Keeps teeth whiter as it decreases stain accumulation from food, drinks, tobacco, etc.
– Improves overall health
– Increases the lifetime of your teeth and improves your general appearance
There are ways to avoid dental problems, and by following these easy steps you can ensure a hassle-free mouth!
Keeping your teeth and gums healthy requires good nutrition and regular brushing and flossing.
-Brush your teeth twice a day—in the morning and before bed—and floss once a day. This removes plaque, which can lead to damaged teeth, gums, and surrounding bone. It is preferred that you also use mouthwash.
-Use a toothpaste that contains fluoride, which helps prevent tooth decay and cavities. Ask your dentist if you need a mouthwash that contains fluoride or one with ingredients that fight plaque.
-Avoid foods that contain a lot of sugar. Sugar helps plaque grow.
-Avoid using tobacco products, which can cause gum disease and oral cancer.
-Practice tongue cleaning. You can use a tongue cleaner or a soft-bristle toothbrush, stroking in a back-to-front direction. Tongue cleaning is particularly important for people who smoke or whose tongues are coated or deeply grooved.
-Schedule regular trips to the dentist at least every 6 months or based on how often you need exams and cleaning.
10What are dental implants?
Dental implants are basically titanium screws, strongly resembling those one would get after sustaining bone injuries to legs or arms for example. Being titanium, they are extremely bio-compatible. Dentist use them as an anchor; to replace, and act as, the root portion of the tooth and hold the crown fixture. Once insterted into the jaw bone, the implant looks and feels completely natural. If you hav one or more teeth missing, implants may be a proper choice for you as they not only restore function ans esthetics, but, they also help preserve the jaw bone. Ask you dentist about dental implants now!

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1Who makes good candidate for dental implants?
Usually, anyone with one or more missing teeth presents as a good candidate. However, this is adequately confirmed with a clinical inspection and a specialized “Cone Beam” radiograph to determine jaw bone sufficiency and assess available space for implant placement.
2Do dental implants hurt?
It is a completely painless procedure. Patients are adequately prepared with sufficient local anaesthetic for the entire duration of the surgery, however, post operative pain is a common outcome. This pain is easily relieved with Over-The-Counter painkillers (like paracetamol, ibuprofen, diclofenac potassium or acetaminophen) and cold packs. This pain is usually subtle and generally dwindels after the surgery.
3How long would it take to get an implant?
The surgery in itself requires an average of two hours for the placement of the implant in the jawbone. Afterwhich, a waiting period of 2-3 months is required before a crown is mounted for optimal results. This waiting period is required to give sufficient time for the process of “osseointegration”, which means the period in which the bone heals around the impant forming an incredibly strong bond. Another valid option would be an “Immediate Implant” which is basically “loading” or putting the crown over the implant in the same session in which it is placed. In other words, you walk out with an entirely new tooth in the same day. This technique has its downfalls however, as it requires certain bone quality that might not be available with all patients. Ask your dentist about the implant option more suited to your needs.
4What is the success rate of dental implant surgeries?
The success rate for surgeries of this nature range between 97-99% success; which is an incerdibly high percentage. However, this percentage tends to slightly decrease in smokers and immunocompromised patients. In the unlikely event of surgery failure, the implants are easily removed and another type of restoration should be chosen.
5I grind my teeth at night, what should I do?
Signs to look for if you think you grind your teeth are; soreness of facial muscles when you wake up, cracked teeth, broken teeth, worn teeth, mobility and/or sensitivity of teeth and jaw joint pain. Causes of tooth grinding vary between stress, neuro-muscular disorders and chemical imbalances. Treatment comprises of an acrylic nightguard to be worn on your teeth during sleep, muscle relaxant medicaments and bite adjustments to bring teeth into biting equilibrium. Contact your dentist now to assess your situation.
6What are the tools or materials used for whitening? Are they safe?
Different dentists use different agents, the most common active ingredient is hydrogen peroxide. At Helio Dental Clinic, we use a light activated formulation of hydrogen peroxide, called “ZOOM!”, which whitens your teeth safely. Teeth are composed of three layers; enamel (the outermost), dentine (the middle) and pulp (the soft tissue within the core of the tooth which contains the nerve and blood supply of the tooth). The yellowish/greyish colour of teeth mostly arrises from the dentine, ZOOM! targets only the dentine and whitens it, leaving your teeth healthy and sound.
7Does whitening hurt?
During the procedure, the patient recieves an appropraite dose of local anaesthesia, rendering the procedure painless. However, some patients reported mild, intermittent, short duration pain after th anaesthetic wears off. This pain usually occurs within the 8 hours following the procedure and is readily controlled by regular pain killers (eg: cataflam/catafast).
8During the procedure, the patient recieves an appropraite dose of local anaesthesia, rendering the procedure painless. However, some patients reported mild, intermittent, short duration pain after th anaesthetic wears off. This pain usually occurs within the 8 hours following the procedure and is readily controlled by regular pain killers (eg: cataflam/catafast).
We recommed that staining food and beverages (ex: coffee, tea, etc) and smoking should be avoided for the 48 hours following the procedure for optimal effects. Afterwhich, most habits are to be resumed as usual, needless to say, that the less staining consumables used, the longer lasting the results will be. A booster whitening session is recommeded on a an annual or bi-annual basis for a perfectly white smile that would last a lifetime.
9Is it true that deep cleaning (scaling) removes a layer from my teeth?
As opposes public myth, removal of calculus does not remove a layer from the tooth, in fact none of the gum therapies do so. It is simply the process of removing calculus from the tooth surface, as calculus is a harmful, calcific substance that forms on your teeth. By no means is calculus a part of the existing tooth or should it be there. Calculus presence causes gum disease, supporting bone loss, tooth caries and much more. It is recommended by the ADA (American Dentist Association) that calculus should be removed in bi-annual intervals. Read more about deep cleaning
10Are dental X-rays dangerous?
Not at all, at Helio Dental Clinic dental X-rays are taken on need-only basis, which means only when they are absolutely necessary. Also, in-office dental X-rays, as opposes regular X-rays, use very minute X-ray dosages (around 0.005 mSv) which are extremely low. Extra-precautions are available (though unnecessary in most cases) such as lead aprons and protective shields. Read more about dental X-rays.

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