Have you recently been told that you need a large amount of dental treatment, or a costly procedure to save your teeth? If you’ve been away from the dentist for a while, this may be a concern after seeing a new dentist for the first time. Before beginning any large or expensive treatment plan, dental patients should know that it’s never a bad idea to get a second opinion.
Many dentists will treatment plan using different methodologies. Some dentists prefer to wait out and monitor mild areas of concern, while others are more proactive in treatment. Some dentists may present several options to the patient, allowing them to help co-plan their treatment, while other dentists recommend or offer only one type of treatment for the condition. Patients should know that sometimes there are options available to them, and need to feel confident in the care that their personal dentist offers.
Sometimes patients don’t have that confidence, and want to find out what another dentist would recommend instead of immediately going through with treatment. That’s completely fine! If you decide to seek out a second opinion, there is no need to show the other dentist what treatment plan was recommended by the previous dentist. You will need to have dental x-rays for a new dental exam and diagnosis though, so you may need to acquire copies of your older films (which can be printed or emailed – if digital) or else possibly be ready to pay for a new set.
Having a second opinion on your dental needs is a great way to put your mind at ease and feel confident about the choices you make for the future of your smile.
Posted on behalf of Group Health Dental
Although your kids are out of school for the summer, that doesn’t mean there isn’t still homework to do! Many children enjoy relaxing, sleeping in, and taking it easy…but some of them do this with their oral hygiene habits as well. As a result, bad oral care habits can form which can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and bad breath.
Summer is a great time to schedule your child’s routine teeth cleaning and dental exam. If any dental work is needed, it can be completed without missing school. Between dental visists, remind your children to:
Brush their teeth twice each day.
In the summer, there’s absolutely no reason why your child can’t work brushing into their routine. After all, they aren’t packing up school lunches or cramming in last minute homework projects. Get them a timer and have them brush for a minimum of two minutes, twice each day. In fact, adding in a 3rd brushing session mid-day isn’t a bad idea either! Remind them to brush along the gumlines on all surfaces of the teeth. Younger children may need help during their bedtime brushing session to make sure they go to sleep with clean teeth.
Floss every day.
Even if you’re on vacation, you need to clean between your teeth. The areas between our teeth are highly susceptible to tooth decay. If the gums bleed when your child flosses, then they are likely developing gingivitis in those areas. Floss every day for 2 weeks before expecting bleeding to go away for good.
Use fluoride mouth-rinse before bed.
Mouth-rinse does not eliminate the need for brushing and flossing, but if it contains fluoride then it can help strengthen areas of the teeth that are weaker than others. Bedtime is the best time to use it, since your child won’t be eating or drinking after using the rinse.
Posted on behalf of Dr. David Janash, Park South Dentistry
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