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Being a well-informed patient is a very important part of your long-term healthcare. Here are the top inquiries we hear most often at Memorial Family Dental – if your question isn’t on this list, we encourage you to speak up and use the contact form to ask your question!

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends adult patients visit a dentist once or twice a year, even if their mouth is in excellent condition. Having your teeth professionally cleaned on a regular basis allows you to identify potential problems early and prevent them from occurring.

Studies show children can develop their first cavities by two years old, so the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry suggests scheduling the first visit once their first tooth erupts – or, at the latest, before their first birthday. We can then catch problems that could affect your child’s overall health and well-being as more teeth emerge.

It is common for children to lose their baby teeth between the ages of six and eight, and they usually fall out in the same order as when they were erupted. Remember that every patient is different. Children’s and adults’ oral health depends on how long they haven’t been to the dentist, how long their baby teeth last. You will never be in doubt about the health of your mouth with these questions lined up.

Dental x-rays are taken to help examine and record your mouth’s hidden areas for issues that need to be compared against changes that occur between appointments. A bitewing X-ray is usually taken every year for adult patients and a full mouth series is usually taken every four to five years. For those who are more likely to develop dental complications, they may need them every six to 18 months.

To achieve good dental health, it is crucial that all adults brush and floss every day. However, you should follow a few specific steps in order to enhance your oral hygiene. Fluoride-containing products should be used. Sugar-rich snacks should be limited. Eating a balanced diet of fruits and vegetables should be followed. Tobacco should be avoided in all forms.

A beautiful smile with pearly whites creates a great self-esteem boost. Over time, discoloration caused by external or internal sources can occur. If you consume substances like coffee, wine, tobacco and food with pigmented coloring, look into an at-home whitening process or visit Memorial Family Dental for regular whitening treatments. Intrinsic discoloration can be solved using composite bonding and veneers on the troubling teeth for a more permanent outcome.

Following a balanced diet and visiting Memorial Family Dental regularly – while maintaining your oral care routine twice a day – is the best way to keep your mouth healthy. In addition to medications and certain types of chemotherapy, conditions like diabetes and HIV/AIDS can also affect your dental health. Ask your dental professional these dental questions to protect yourself against problems that may advance quickly.

Due to thinned tooth enamel, which does not protect the pulp or dentin from extreme temperatures, patients with tooth sensitivity feel pain when eating hot or cold, sweet or acidic foods. Some patients experience this due to: receding gums, grinding during sleep, chipped or fractured teeth, tooth whitening, orthodontics and fillings just to name a few.

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Houston, TX 77024