Mulkins Main Dental FAQs
Listed below are general questions regarding
dentistry and dental care at Mulkins Main Dental
How often should I have my teeth checked?
At least twice per year. However, if you have medical issues or a history of poor dental hygiene, it may be more frequent. At our office, we include screenings for gum disease, cavities, infections and early signs of cancer.
How often should my teeth be x-rayed?
This depends on your oral and medical history. X-rays let the dentist see between and around the teeth including fillings. They also are a good tool to find any bone loss, infections, root problems or abnormalities. When planning dental procedures, x-rays are taken more frequently.
Why do my gums bleed when I brush my teeth?
There could be a few reasons. If plaque has accumulated along or below the gum line, it can be irritated or infected. If you experience bleeding, contact your dentist to check out why this is happening.
Is there a difference between my dentist whitening my teeth and those over-the-counter kits?
Yes. The dentist will use a special bleach and heat source to activate the treatment. Frequently you will be given a kit to take home that has a customized tray specifically for your teeth. Store kits have generic trays and gels which can sometimes be too harsh for your teeth. It is always safest to have a professional whiten your teeth.
How early should my child's first dental trip be?
When the first tooth comes through the skin, around age 2, is a good time to start dental visits. Studies are showing that cavities can form as early as age 3. Premature loss of primary teeth can be detrimental to permanent teeth. It also gets the child used to the office, equipment and having someone work in their mouth.
Should I go to the dentist while I am pregnant?
Pregnant women are more likely to have dental complications including periodontal disease and gingivitis. Just be sure to inform the staff you are pregnant so that appropriate precautions can be taken.
What's the difference between silver and white fillings?
Silver fillings are called amalgams and have shown to be very durable over the decades. As silver fillings deteriorate, we recommend tooth-coloured fillings, which are more aesthetically pleasing and long-lasting restorations.