This week is national teacher appreciation week. Given the topic of today’s blog, that simple fact is particularly relevant to the fact that, many times, good teeth are the result of good teaching.
One of the most common roles we find ourselves in as dental care professionals is that of the teacher. Without good teachers, our children are hopeless. Similarly, without good dental education, it’s no stretch to say our teeth are hopeless, too. But that’s where your nearest family dentist comes in, to answer the questions you have about teeth to ensure you have healthy teeth for years to come. So let’s start with a few of the most common questions we get from both patients looking for a new family dentist in Cypress, CA and existing patients alike.
When should I take my child to the dentist?
Most dentists recommend that your child should see the family dentist around the age of one, or about 6 months after his or her first tooth has come in. Don’t think that just because your baby has “no teeth” they don’t need to see the dentist. Establishing comfort with the dentist early on, and ensuring everything is “coming in” properly can pay long-term dividends when it comes to a long life of healthy teeth.
Do I need Fluoride?
Fluoride is an important mineral that is actually found in a number of foods, as well as in your water. Naturally, fluoride can be found in tea, fish, spinach, cooked kale, skim milk, and apples. On top of this, many municipalities add fluoride to water supplies, giving residents access to vital fluoride from simple tap-water. Fluoride in tap-water is a primary contributor to teeth that are stronger and healthier in the long-term, and fluoride deficiency has been identified as a contributor to cavities and decay.
Fluoride’s primary function is help your tooth’s enamel protect itself against decay by strengthening the enamel against acid and plaque.
Who can get their teeth whitened?
Many patients often wonder if age is a factor when it comes to teeth whitening. The answer? Sort of. After about age 10 or older, most of a patients permanent front teeth will be fully erupted. While it’s generally not “worth it” to bleach a discolored baby tooth, it’s incredibly common for patients young and old to bleach their teeth once most of the front teeth are “here to stay”. The reason is simple: why deal with silly nicknames for darkened teeth when they can be taken care of quickly and inexpensively?
If a young patient is self conscious about a tooth’s discoloration, the solution is incredibly simple and likely only required a short whitening session in our dentist’s chair.
Do you have a question? We’re a dental office in the Cypress, CA area focused on delivering the highest level of care to our patients. To us, that starts with questions answered. Feel free to ask your own below, or contact us today to schedule your first visit.