It’s recommended that you keep appointments at the dentist office twice a year (about every six months). Those who have a history of dental issues or dental appliances may require additional visits in between the biannual cleanings.
In short, during a dental cleaning, the gums and teeth are checked for any signs of disease or other potential problems. An oral cancer screening may be performed, and x-rays are usually taken once a year. The teeth are then cleaned by removing tartar buildup. If any issues are detected, the dentist will discuss them with you after the cleaning.
To maintain good oral health that includes healthy teeth and gums, you should brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. Mouthwash is recommended to clean the spaces that brushing and flossing can miss. Sugary foods and drinks should be limited.
First, contact your dentist office. At Dental Health Centre, we offer after-hour emergency services for our existing patients. Our 24-hour answering service will contact our dentist on call for that day to see you as soon as possible.
In the case of a cracked or broken tooth, you may experience discomfort and possibly pain, but you have time to wait to see the dentist if you’re not able to get an appointment immediately. In the meantime, apply a cold compress to help with the pain. Over-the-counter medications may also provide some relief.
A tooth that has been knocked out requires more immediate attention. It will need to be placed back in the socket as soon as possible, so rinse it off (touching only the crown and not the root) with some water. Keep the tooth in a container of milk or saliva until you can get it to the dentist office.