Top 5 Home Remedies for Toothache

Your teeth may be small in size, but when they hurt the pain can practically put you on your knees.

If you have a persistent toothache or any other dental health problem, the best solution is to go to your dentist for treatment.

However, if you can’t do that right away, here are some of the best home remedies that many individuals swear by.

Clove Oil

Clove oil is one of the oldest home remedies, and it is for one good reason – it is very effective.

It contains eugenol, which is popular not just for its natural numbing effects but for its antibacterial properties as well.

Mix ¼ teaspoon olive oil and three drops of clove oil, and dip a small piece of cotton in it. Put the cotton on the tooth that hurts then keep it in place by biting it down.

Allow it to remain for a couple of minutes, or until the pain subsides. Take note, though, that clove oil must be used carefully as it can make the pain worse if use improperly.

Although the FDA no longer recommends clove oil, there are dentists and other oral healthcare professionals who still believe in this remedy. Clove oil can easily be bought in drug stores and health food stores.

Salt Water

Warm salt water is effective not only for toothache, but for sore throat as well, thanks to its pain-killing and antibacterial effects.

To make a salt water mouthrinse, put a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water. Swish the solution around your mouth for about 30 seconds before spitting it out.

Aside from its aforementioned effects, salt water washes away debris and thus cleans the area while also drawing out some fluid from the swollen tissues. You may perform this remedy as often as necessary.

Tea Bags

After making a delightful cup of tea, don’t throw the used tea bag just yet.

A hot tea bag may be the perfect solution next time you have a toothache. All you have to do is apply the tea bag directly to the tooth.

Tea is rich in tannic acid that can help decrease swelling, and thus relieve pain. For best results, opt for peppermint tea.

Aside from its nice and refreshing flavor, it is also the most effective when it comes to providing that numbing effect not just for toothache but for headache as well.

You may also swish the tea itself in your mouth for more soothing effect. If peppermint flavor is “not your cup of tea,” black tea can be just as effective.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide in 3% solution is also helpful in providing temporary relief from toothache, particularly if the pain is accompanied by symptoms such as fever and bad taste in the mouth.

Mix equal amounts of warm water and hydrogen peroxide in a glass.

Rinse your mouth with the solution for about 30 seconds then spit it out. You may rinse your mouth with more water, if desired.

Ice Cubes

If for some reason you don’t have any of the remedies above, then you can always go back to basics and use some ice cubes instead.

It is a very simple, yet effective solution to toothache. You can put it directly on the area of the involved tooth or teeth, or massage it over your hands and fingers.

The second method is rather folkloric, but it actually works. The explanation is that the cold sensation travels faster to the brain than pain does, basically overriding the signals coming from the tooth.

Take note that while these home remedies do work, they are not permanent solutions that can get rid of your toothache for good. You still need a definitive treatment that only a trained dental professional can provide.

Teething Do’s and Don’ts

The lower incisors, the first baby teeth to erupt, come out at around six months.

It can be a pain not just to your little baby, but for the whole family as well. It practically leaves everyone in dire need for relief.

There’s drooling, crying, and difficulty sleeping that often throws you in the loop. As a parent, you are often left wondering what you can do to make your little one’s pain go away.

Luckily, there are a lot of remedies that promise to sooth your infant’s sensitive gums, but not all of them are reliable. Here are some of the best – and worst – ideas.

PAIN RELIEF

Do:

Massage your baby’s gums. After washing your hands, use your fingers to gently rub your baby’s gums.

It is a great way to relieve pain, while also making your little one more accustomed to the feel of brushing in his/her mouth.

Give proper dose of pain relievers. If your tot is having difficulty falling asleep or wakes up in the middle of the night due to teething, then you may consider giving him/her some mild pain relievers like paracetamol.

Ideally, you should consult with the pediatrician but if it is some sort of emergency, be sure to use the medications sparingly and follow the instructions closely to avoid any unwanted reactions.

Don’t:

Use topical anesthetics. Gels containing local anesthetics like lidocaine and benzocaine seem like a quick fix, but they actually an absolute no-no.

Anesthetics are toxic to infants and very young children. They can lead to serious side effects like brain damage, seizures, and worst – death.

Benzocaine, which is more commonly available as Baby Orajel, potentially causes a rare serious condition called methemoglobinemia.

Use teething tablets. Just a couple of years ago, the US FDA issued warning against a particular brand of teething tablet due to its potential side effects.

To be sure, avoid using any form of teething tablets for your little one.

Use pain relievers on infants below four months. Children under four months are more prone to serious adverse reactions from pain relievers.

If medications are absolutely needed, consult a pediatrician first before giving him/her any medicine.

INFLAMMED GUMS

Do:

Give a teething ring to bite on. Teething babies love to chew on things because it can somehow relieve the discomfort caused by their inflamed gums. A cold teething ring will do just that.

Have your kid chew on a cold washcloth. If you don’t have a teething ring lying around, this is a much simpler, yet equally effective trick.

Put damp washcloth in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes, being careful not to freeze it. And be sure that the cloth is made from safe materials and that your kid does the chewing under supervision.

Also watch out for any tears and holes, and replace the cloth if any.

Don’t:

Give liquid-filled teething rings.

This kind may leak or break over time and cause you child to ingest potentially dangerous materials. And while cold teething rings feel good, remember to avoid freezing them because they can hurt your kid’s already sensitive gums.

DROOLING

Do:

Keep a dry washcloth handy. This is so you can dry all the excess saliva that has pooled on your baby’s chin.

Teething involves a lot of drooling here and there so you always have to have a cloth nearby.

Apply a protective coating on your baby’s skin. Try using Vaseline and apply it onto your kid’s cheek and chin before putting him to sleep.

This will help protect your baby’s skin.

It is particularly beneficial if your baby has a sensitive skin that develops “drool rash” upon contact with saliva.

The appearance of your baby’s little teeth is such an amazing milestone. And while the process of teething can be stressful for you and your baby, it is a step closer to a wonderful smile.

Be sure to take great care of your kid’s teeth by cleaning it twice daily and paying a visit to your pediatric dentist.

Second Opinion for Dental Work: Why, How, and When it is Necessary

When your dentist has diagnosed that you have a “mouthful” of oral health problems that need to be fixed, there are times when you have doubts if all of the prescribed dental work are absolutely necessary.

Don’t worry, it’s perfectly normal.

Each dentist has a unique background and have encountered various dental health problems in their practice.

If you think you need a second opinion just to be sure, then by all means, get one.

There is nothing wrong with seeking a second opinion – even the American Dental Association says so.

The benefit of getting a second opinion

Seeking a second – or even third or fourth opinion – can help you make a more informed decision about your treatment because you are given multiple perspectives.

Especially if your dentist is a general dentist, it would be more advantageous to seek the opinion of a specialist.

This is not to say that your general dentist lacks knowledge; rather, it’s because a specialist has more experience in the diagnosis and management of specific oral health problems.

When to get a second opinion

To reiterate, one instance where it might be necessary to get a second opinion is when your case requires to be seen by specialist.

While there is no rule on when to get a second opinion, it still depends on what the problem is and the corresponding treatment for it.

For example, minor oral health problems like a little cavity on your molar or changing a filling don’t really warrant a look by multiple dentists.

But if it is something like a gum surgery, then it is worth consulting with a periodontist (a dentist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of gum problems).

Other instances where you should consider a second opinion include:

1) A major health problem was diagnosed (i.e. oral cancer),
2) The treatment instituted did not improve your condition in any way, and
3) The recommended treatment or treatment plan is not within your budget and you want an alternative.

How to get a second opinion

There are a number of ways for you to find another dentist to seek second opinion from. For one, you can ask you current dentist for referral to one of her colleagues.

If you’re not comfortable talking to your dentist, you can ask your family or friends instead and see if they can recommend their dentist.

You can also call a dental society (local or national) and they can surely refer you for a second opinion consultation.

If you have dental insurance, be sure to call your insurance company first to confirm if second opinions are covered.

Most companies cover further consultations but only under certain conditions or circumstances.

Once your find you second dentist, here are some important points to discuss:

  • The diagnosis of your current dentist.
  • The treatment options available, both recommended and alternative.
  • The cost and risks of each treatment option.
  • The consequences of refusing treatment.
  • The longevity of the results and need for additional treatments in the future.

Upon getting your second opinion and comparing it with your current dentist’s recommendations, be sure to weigh your options thoroughly before proceeding.

If the two opinions are conflicting and you can’t make up your mind, you can always ask for another opinion.

After all, when making decisions about your health – oral or general – you have to be 100% comfortable and satisfied with the information you receive.

Top 5 Reasons for Avoiding the Dentist and How to Go About Them

Regular trips to your dentist are the number one key to better oral health, but some people don’t seem to grasp their importance.

Whatever the reason is, you’re not alone – many of us make skipping dental visits practically a habit.

But really, why do people avoid dental visits? The answers to this age-old question include the following:

Cost

One of the major factors that discourage people to visit their dentist or even getting the treatment they badly need is the high cost of dental work.

Most people whose cost is the main concern don’t have an insurance plan.

But the truth is, if you take good care of your teeth and you try to invest on preventive treatment, yearly dental visits won’t actually cost a lot of money. Keep your mouth healthy by improving your oral hygiene.

Aside from brushing, incorporate in your routine flossing and using an alcohol-free mouthrinse with therapeutic benefits.

Dental fear and anxiety

Another very common reason for skipping dental appointments is the fear of dentist or the misconception that the treatment is going to be a dreadful procedure involving a scary dental instrument.

Nonetheless, there are lots of things you can do to address this, and one effective way is to talk to your dentist about your fears. As with lots of things, communication is the key.

You may also consider listening to a soothing, relaxing music while undergoing treatment.

Oral health neglect

Some skip their appointments not because of fear to the dentist or dental instruments; rather, they don’t want to hear the dental problems they’ve acquired and be lectured about it.

But then again, who wants lectured (or worse – reprimanded)?

To prevent this pervasive thought, just think instead that your dentist is not reprimanding you, but just giving a reminder that you should not neglect your oral health because there are consequences for it.

Bad memories

Unpleasant past experiences instill fear that can actually last for many years.

Even the gentlest hands and most advanced techniques won’t be able to erase bad memories of past dental visits.

But the good thing is, most clinics now are offering music, videos, and other form of entertainment (especially for kids) that can help ease your worries and make the experience much more pleasant.

Too busy… or just plain lazy

Sometimes, there’s too much going on in our life that we forget about dental visits.

Most of us, however, are just too lazy to make an effort.

Regardless, you should know that we are creatures of habit, so incorporating dental visits in your routine is a must if you want it to be among the things that you have to get around doing.

Once you skip a visit or two, then it will be out of your routine already.

Whatever reason/s you have, the best way to address avoidance is to voice out your concerns to your dentist. Let them know so they can have the opportunity to explain, reassure, and lead you back on the right path to good oral health.

Understanding Your Dental X-rays

Dental x-rays are classified as either intraoral or extraoral.

Intraoral x-rays requires the x-ray film to be positioned inside the patient’s mouth while in extraoral, the film is outside the mouth.

The most common intraoral x-rays include periapical, bitewing, and occlusal x-rays. Extraoral x-rays, on the other hand, are your panoramic and cephalometric x-rays.

As mentioned in the previous article (A Patient’s Guide to Dental X-rays), different conditions and procedures require different types of dental x-ray. Each type provides different views of the teeth and associated structures.

Periapical:

A periapical x-ray captures the image of a single tooth (or sometimes two) from the crown to its root/s and supporting bone.

It uses a small film that fits inside the patient’s mouth.

It is the most detailed of all the dental x-rays (intraoral or extraoral) and thus most often required in determining the extent of tooth decay.

It is also the one used in procedures such as extraction and more importantly, in root canal treatment.

Bitewing:

A bitewing x-ray produces an image of both the upper and lower back teeth when in full contact with each, a.k.a. bite – hence the name.

It shows the crown of these teeth only and not the roots and supporting bone.

It is used to assess the extent of decay in-between teeth. The small film used for periapical x-ray is also the one used in this type of dental x-ray.

When taking bitewing x-ray, a small tab is used to position the film beside the involved teeth.

Occlusal:

An occlusal x-ray shows the whole dental arch viewed from the biting (occlusal) surface of the teeth.

It is done to see how the upper and lower teeth line up when in contact with each other.

It may also show abnormalities in the palate or roof of the mouth. The film used is slightly bigger than the ones used in periapical and bitewing x-rays.

Panoramic:

A panoramic x-ray captures the upper and lower teeth – all 32 of them, including the wisdom teeth – in one film.

It shows the jaws (both upper and lower) and other surrounding structures as well.

This type of x-ray is shot by a machine that revolves around the head. This type of dental x-ray is used to identify the presence of impacted wisdom teeth or to plan an orthodontic treatment.

It may also be a useful aid in diagnosing advanced cases of periodontal disease, investigating jaw problems, or determining the feasibility of an implant surgery.

A panoramic x-ray is otherwise known as orthopantomogram.

Cephalometric:

A cephalometric x-ray is the primary type of x-ray required from patients who wish to undergo orthodontic treatment, along with panoramic x-ray.

It is taken from the side of the head, and thus enables the orthodontist to evaluate the patient’s profile and predict how the treatment may affect the teeth and the surrounding bone.

It helps determine what course of treatment is most applicable to the patient’s case. This type of x-ray is sometimes ordered by an otorhinolaryngologist as well because it can show a good view of the airways. An otorhinolaryngologist is medical doctor who specializes in the conditions of the ears, nose, and throat.

A Patient’s Guide to Dental X-rays

Dental x-rays, which dentists call radiographs, pertain to the images of the teeth used to assess the health of teeth and associated structures.

It utilizes low levels of radiation that penetrate the tissues to form a radiographic image on an x-ray film.

It produces images of the interior or internal part of the teeth, as well the bone that supports it.

Dental x-rays are very important tools your dentist needs to come up with a correct diagnosis.

Why are dental x-rays taken?

Dental x-rays are taken to help dentist detect problems (i.e. deep and recurrent tooth decay, impacted teeth, etc.) that are not readily identified through visual examination.

They may also be performed on a regular basis to track or monitor response to treatment.

How often dental x-rays are needed depends on the patient’s age, history of oral diseases, risk for oral disease, and current oral health status.

Children may require dental x-rays more frequent than adults do because their teeth and jaw are still in the process of growth which dentists need to monitor on a regular basis.

This monitoring is necessary because it helps determine if there are baby teeth that have to be pulled out to allow the adult teeth to erupt into their proper alignment.

To determine if you need dental x-rays, your dentist will first review your medical and dental history and perform comprehensive oral examination.

If you are a new patient, x-rays are most likely needed to enable your dentist to assess your current oral health status and get a baseline upon which changes (that will occur later) can be compared to.

If you have any radiographs from your previous dentist and you switch to another dentist, the later may ask for these radiographs.

What procedures require dental x-rays?

Almost every dental procedure require x-rays first, but the ones where they are an absolute requirement include periodontal therapy, root canal treatment, orthodontic treatment, extraction (both simple and complicated), and implant placement.

Different conditions and procedures require different types of dental x-ray.

These types will be discussed in a separate article.

Are dental x-rays safe?

While dental x-rays requires exposure to radiation like your chest x-rays (and any other type of x-rays for that matter), the dose is so low and thus deemed safe even for children.

If digital x-rays are used, the dose is even lower and therefore much safer.

But even though radiation exposure is very low, it should still be limited as much as possible.

No one – dentist and patient alike – should receive more radiation than necessary.

This can be prevented by placing a lead apron over the chest, pelvic, and abdominal regions when taking x-rays.

A lead apron with collar is indicated for patients with thyroid problems, but it can be used in all patients whenever possible.

Although dental x-rays are generally safe, women who are pregnant or suspect they could be pregnant must x-rays, unless absolutely necessary.

It is dangerous for the developing baby to be exposed to any kind of radiation.

Be sure to tell your dentist if you think you may be pregnant.

If dental x-rays are part of the treatment plan, a collared lead apron should be enough to protect your developing baby from radiation exposure.

Implant-Supported Dentures

If you have had traditional dentures before, you understand the struggle and limitations – biting and chewing issues, mouth sores, and some difficulty talking.

Simply put, traditional dentures are do not function as good as your natural teeth.

And that’s because such type of denture basically just floats on the gums and do not stimulate the underlying bone.

As a consequence, the bone will resorb or shrink over time. But there is a solution: implant-supported denture.

What is an implant-supported denture?

An implant-supported denture, as the name suggests, is a denture that is anchored to the bone by dental implants.

A dental implant is a small titanium screw surgically placed into the jawbone to act as artificial tooth root.

It has a latching system on the top, upon which the denture will be locked firmly in order to function like natural teeth.

Benefits of implant-supported dentures

Implant-supported dentures offer the following benefits over traditional or conventional dentures:

Preservation of bone:

Implant-supported dentures preserve the remaining underlying bone by encouraging bone growth and preventing bone loss.

Traditional dentures just sit on the top of the bone, and it can’t do anything to prevent bone loss which eventually leads to premature aging, facial sagging, and loss of function.

Secured fit:

Dental implants are embedded and therefore firmly anchored into the bone.

The denture on top of it won’t slip, slide, or fall off no matter how much you talk, laugh, or chew. This will give you more confidence to face other people.

Comfort:

Implant-supported dentures, particularly upper dentures, require minimal palatal coverage; meaning, they don’t cover your whole palate unlike traditional dentures do.

Excellent restoration of function:

Implant-supported dentures, being more stable and secured than traditional dentures, can restore function much better.

According to studies, as much as 95% of normal function (that is, the biting and chewing ability normally provided by natural teeth) can be restored with implant-supported dentures versus the 25% of their traditional counterparts.

And because there is lesser palatal coverage, there is less denture component that will limit the taste of food.

You can therefore enjoy a wider variety of food with implant dentures.

In fact you can enjoy almost all the foods you were eating when you still have your natural teeth.

Cost-effectiveness

It may be costlier to replace missing teeth with an implant-supported denture, but given the benefits listed above, it actually pays off tremendously in the long run.

Because they don’t preserve the remaining bone, traditional dentures tend to get loose after about five years or so and will therefore have to be replaced.

With implant-supported dentures, there will be less need for relining, rebasing, or replacements.

As long as you practice good oral hygiene and you visit your dentist on a regular basis, your implant-supported denture can even last a lifetime.

Even with all the advantages of an implant-supported denture, there are still some patients who feel that a traditional denture is more suitable for their case.

Ultimately, it is your dentist who can determine which of type of dentures we’ve discuss is best for you.

Top 5 Misconceptions About Orthodontics

A lifetime of happy smiles begins by knowing what’s true and what’s not when it comes to dental treatment.

When patients are told about orthodontic treatment for the first time, it is not surprising that they have loads of questions.

Along with these questions are misconceptions about the treatment.

But of course, we want to make sure that you are fully informed, so read on as we dispel 5 most common myths about orthodontic treatment.

1. Orthodontic treatment can be done by any dentist.

Orthodontists are dentists, but not all dentists are orthodontists.

An orthodontist is a certified specialist who had years of additional specialty training in orthodontics, which include both theoretical and clinical training.

Orthodontic treatment is a very particular dental service that must be done only by specialists.

General dentists have no specialty, they might have taken a few hours of orthodontic courses, but that doesn’t mean that they are already as qualified to do orthodontic treatment as orthodontists are – unless, it is a very simple case.

Orthodontists, on the other hand, are allowed to do everything that a general dentist can.

2. Orthodontic treatment is only for kids and teens.

Orthodontic treatment is for everyone – no one is too old for it.

While it is true that you see a lot of young kids when you visit an orthodontic clinic, you’ll also see teenagers, college students, and adults.

In fact, according to the American Association of Orthodontists, one in every five orthodontic patients is adult. Most of them avail of the Invisalign, or the invisible braces.

As long as your bite problem is indicated for orthodontic treatment and getting such treatment can make you feel better about yourself, then your orthodontist can render it no matter what your age is.

There are a lot of factors that can cause teeth alignment problems, so the need for orthodontic treatment at any age is entirely possible.

3. Orthodontic treatment takes many years.

Orthodontic treatment, in general, takes about two to three years only.

This can vary depending on the dental problem that needs to be corrected.

But with the major developments in the field of orthodontics, there are devices and appliances with allow for a much shorter treatment duration.

In the end, it is still your dentist who will determine the time frame, and always remember that no date is set in stone.

4. Orthodontic treatment may be continued by other orthodontists.

Switching to different doctors – or orthodontist for that matter – is well within your rights, but it is not recommended.

Each orthodontist handles their orthodontic cases somewhat differently, so it would be best for you and your smile to commit to just one and stick with them.

5. Orthodontic treatment is a permanent solution.

Unfortunately, orthodontic treatment is not a 100% permanent solution.

Teeth alignment is constantly influenced by natural forces that are ever-present throughout a patient’s life.

That’s why once the orthodontic treatment is completed, the orthodontist asks the patient to wear a retainer to keep the teeth in their corrected alignment.

The type of retainer can be fixed or removable, depending on the case. But regardless of the type, it is important that your wear your retainer exactly as instructed by your orthodontist.

A Parent’s Guide To Tooth Decay in Kids

Tooth decay is one of the most common chronic diseases that affect children. According to studies, more than half of children aged 2 to 11 has at least one decayed tooth in their mouth.

In this article, we come up with a handy parent’s guide to tooth decay in kids so you’ll know what expect when your child develops a cavity and how to prevent it.

Early Childhood Caries

The American Dental Association define Early Childhood Caries, or ECC, as having at least one missing, decayed, or filled tooth surface in any of the 20 primary teeth.

The primary teeth, or baby teeth, are the first set of teeth that erupt in the mouth. ECC is an infectious disease that poses a significant public health problem and must therefore be prevented.

Causes of Early Childhood Caries

Early Childhood Caries can occur as soon as the first baby teeth appear in the mouth.

The most common risk factor to its development is prolonged exposure of the teeth to sugary fluids, such as when leaving your kid’s baby bottle in his/her mouth while he/she sleeps or when using a training cup.

The sugary fluids in the bottle or cup pool around the teeth, causing decay. This is why ECC is otherwise known as baby bottle tooth decay.

Another factor than has a huge impact on your kid’s teeth is diet. Again, sweets should be limited because they cause increased risk for decay, while nutritious foods can help make teeth healthy and strong if coupled with good oral hygiene.

What to Expect

Tooth decay, especially if extensive, can cause pain and discomfort. If left untreated, it can also lead to the damage of the developing permanent teeth underneath.

Most cases of decay require dental work, which can range to simple fillings for small cavities to a full crown for the more extensive ones. Treatment is necessary from prevent decay of other teeth.

Prevention of Early Childhood Caries

The best way to ensure that your kid’s teeth will be decay free is institute proper oral hygiene early on. In babies, it is important to wipe their gums with a clean washcloth every after feeding.

Once the primary teeth begin to erupt, brush them gently with small toothbrush and water – no need to use fluoride toothpaste yet, water is just fine.

When your child is old enough, usually at age 2, you may begin using fluoride toothpastes. Use a pea-sized amount only and be sure to supervise him/her until you’re sure that he/she can brush properly enough (oftentimes at age 6).

Although very common among kids, tooth decay is easily preventable. Aside from watching your kid’s eating habits and instilling good oral hygiene at a young age, it is also advisable to visit the dentist regularly so that any dental problems can be detected and treatment – be it curative or preventive – can be rendered as early as possible. Always remember, your kid’s dental health is just as important as his/her general health.

Dental Myths – Debunked! Top 5 Misconceptions About Dental Treatment

People who fear dentists or dental treatments have probably heard of one or more of these misconceptions and such must have affected their perception of the profession.

Setting aside or putting off your much needed dental visits could lead to serious oral health issues which, in the long run, would require more extensive treatment.

To avoid that, allow us to help you get rid of that fear by debunking some of the most common misconceptions about dental treatment.

1. Dental procedures are painful.

One of the most popular reasons why patients fear the dentist and avoid dental treatment is because they think all dental procedures are painful.

Well, it’s about time to put this misconception to rest once and for all.

With the advent of general and local anesthesia, most dental treatments are virtually painless. And to make your experience as pleasant and comfortable as possible, the type of anesthesia your dentist will use depends on what procedures you need and how extensive are they going to be.

2. Professional cleaning causes teeth to become loose.

Some loosening of the teeth may be experienced after professional cleaning, if the tooth involved has had heavy tartar deposits around it.

But it is not because of the cleaning itself; rather, it is due to the removal of tartar that basically held the tooth in place. Normally, teeth are supported and held in position by bone.

In severe forms of gum disease, the bone gets destroyed by too much plaque and tartar deposits. As a result, the space it previously occupies gets replaced by these deposits.

Tooth loosening aside, professional cleaning is necessary to allow the bone and gums to recover.

3. Dental braces are for young patients only.

We often see dental braces in kids and young adults, but older patients can have them as well.

Dental problems that require braces are more frequently seen in kids due to the so-called mixed dentition stage, wherein both the primary and permanent teeth are present in the mouth.

But as long you have problems with your bite and teeth alignment, you can have that dental braces no matter what your age is.

4. Pregnant women should avoid dental treatment.

Pregnant women are advised to undergo dental checkups regularly, but the treatment they can undergo depends on what trimester are they in.

In most cases, dental treatments are done during the second trimester but in general, pregnant patients at any trimester may undergo cleaning and restorative treatment.

Procedures that require the use of x-rays must be postponed until after birth unless absolutely necessary.

As for patients, be sure to inform your dentist if you are pregnant to ensure you and your unborn baby’s safety and avoid any problems.

5. Dental visits are not necessary if you’re not having any oral health problems.

Dental visits are advised whether or not you have oral health problems. Cliché as it may sound, but prevention is better than cure.

If you don’t have a tooth that needs to be filled, you must still visit your dentist regularly for checkups and professional cleaning.

This is especially important since dental issues usually are not evident and have no symptoms in their early stages.

Early detection of dental problems can prevent them from getting worse and requiring more advance form of treatment later on. Patients are advised to visit their dentist at least twice a year.