The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children have their first dental visit six months after their first tooth appears or around their first birthday. The first visit is typically a lap exam where the child sits comfortably in the parent’s lap for an oral inspection and to learn about the dentist. The kids love watching their favourite TV programs on our ceiling-mounted entertainment system. A Metro Dental Care we are a family-oriented practice and we hope to establish long, trusting relationships with your children.
Myth #2 – You Can Feel a Cavity
Tooth decay do NOT always cause symptoms. By the time a cavity gets to the point of pain, it usually require invasive and expensive treatments, like a root canal or extraction, because once the nerve in a tooth is damaged, it has very limited ability to repair itself (unlike a cut or bruise on other body parts such as your tongue or finger).
Many of the severe dental problems we see are preventable. A small cavity is quick and easy to take care of, and costs a lot less than root canal therapies. An ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure. A small hole in the tooth is definitely easier to fix and will have less complications than fixing a big hole! If you suspect something is wrong with your teeth, give us a call!
Myth #3 – Flossing Isn’t Necessary because I use an electric toothbrush and mouth rinse.
The places where most cavities form are in the deep chewing grooves and between the teeth where NOTHING EXCEPT FLOSS can reach. Dental product companies have been years trying to come up with products such as Waterpik and AirFloss that can replace the old-fashioned floss, but there is no complete substitute yet.
When you brush your teeth, you miss up to a quarter of the tooth surface. That’s why flossing is important. It dislodges the particles and plaque that cause decay. You Don’t Need To Brush Every Tooth- Just The Ones You Want To Keep!