If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, or have a newborn and want to know more information on how to best take care of his or her teeth, Regardless of the current state of your oral health, your Phoenix dentist can help you improve it. Here’s a list of FAQs regarding this crucial aspect of your health.

What is the practice of dentistry?

Dentistry involves the study, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of the mouth, gums, teeth, and the jaw. Dentistry is focused on oral health, which is a very important aspect of the health of the entire body.

How many times do I need to go to the dentist?

Starting as soon as you first get baby teeth, regular dentist visits at least once every six months should be a part of your oral care program. In some cases, the dentist may recommend that you come in more often than that, especially if you’re at greater risk for oral cancer or gum disease.

Is there a difference between a DDS and a DMD?

No. The DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) and DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) both mean that your dentist graduated from an accredited dental school.

Why does the dentist take X-rays?

Your dentist cannot see evidence of many conditions through a basic oral exam. The X-ray allows your dentist to see issues such as:

  • small areas of decay between the teeth
  • infections in the bone
  • evidence of gum disease
  • abscesses or cysts
  • abnormalities in tooth or jaw development
  • evidence of tumors

When should I start taking my child to the dentist?

If you have a newborn, the general rule is that the first visit to the dentist should occur when the first baby tooth appears or before his or her first birthday.

Should I see the dentist while I’m pregnant?

Although it’s a common myth that the dentist should be avoided during pregnancy, it’s absolutely vital to see the dentist when you’re pregnant and to notify him or her that you are. Hormonal changes due to pregnancy can lead to greater incidences of gum disease, which may lead to complications during pregnancy.

Is fear of dentists common?

Dental fear is very common. About half of the US population does not visit the dentist regularly, mostly due to fear. What many people don’t realize is that the dentist understands these fears and is trained to ease your anxiety while providing the best possible care.

If it’s time for a checkup, make an appointment today!