First Appointment FAQs
- Do I need to arrive early for my first appointment?
Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to fill out forms.
- How long will my first appointment last?
Depends, but make sure to plan on 1 to 1.5 hours for the first visit.
- Should I go to the dentist regularly?
The basic rule of thumb says you should visit the dentist every six months. Studies have shown that people without any problems are ok to go once a year while those with dental issues should get checked out every 3 or 4 months.
- What are early signs of dental trouble?
Visit our clinic if you have any of these issues or see your child having trouble chewing or complaining of soreness:
- Mouth sores
- Jaw pain
- Swollen face or gums
- Tooth sensitivity
- Broken teeth
- Dry mouth
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
- Is the dental treatment painful?
No, when proper techniques are used, dental treatment can be extremely comfortable and pain free.
- Should I floss regularly?
Yes. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you clean between your teeth using floss, or an alternative interdental cleaner, once each day. Flossing reduces the number of bacteria in your mouth. It gets rid of the bacteria the toothbrush can't get to.
- What is gum disease?
Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease is mostly caused by plaque and bacteria buildup that is not treated in its early stage. Some signs include, red, irritated, bleeding, or swollen gums, chronic bad breath, extreme tooth sensitivity and receding gum line.
- What does it mean when my gums bleed while I brush and floss?
It is one of the signs of Periodontal Disease which is present and needs to be treated immediately. This is what leads to tooth loss.
- How can I get my kids to brush their teeth?
Make it fun! If you are enthusiastic about brushing your teeth, your children will also be enthusiastic. Children want to do the things their parents do. If your children see you brushing your teeth and displaying good dental habits, they will follow. Ask the dentist for other creative ways to get children to brush their teeth.
- When should I change my toothbrush?
Your dentist recommends that adults and children change their toothbrush every three months while patients with gum disease are encouraged to change every four to six weeks to keep any bacteria from spreading.
- Why does the dentist take X-rays and are they harmful?
Many diseases of the teeth and surrounding tissues cannot be seen when the dentist examines the mouth. Our equipment is non-harmful as it decreases patient exposure.
- How do fillings work?
- Your dentist will numb your mouth before drilling around the cavity to prep it. A combination of strong materials or a white mix called a composite goes into the cavity soft and then hardens as it dries. You may feel pain or pressure when getting the numbing shot and during the drilling.
- Once set, fillings can last a long time but need replacing if they break or wear down.
- Are sweets and ice really bad for my teeth?
Yes, sweets and foods with acid, like candy and soda, could stick to teeth and lead to cavities. Smoking and chewing tobacco can also cause oral cancer and gum disease.
- What’s the best way to whiten my teeth?
At Klinik Pergigian Maju, we offer professional teeth whitening.
- How long will the results of teeth whitening last?
In general, a teeth whitening procedure can last up to a few years.
- What is a root canal?
Dentists use the term “root canal” in referring to the tiny, narrow passageways that branch from a central, hollow space in your tooth (called the pulp chamber) down to the ends of the tooth roots. The procedure that is called ‘root canal treatment’ used to save the tooth if the soft tissue deep inside of it (called pulp) becomes acutely inflamed or infected.
- Is root canal treatment painful?
The procedure normally causes no more discomfort that a filling would. Root canal treatment actually relieves the pain and discomfort of your tooth.