10 Most Common Dentist Questions Answered

At some point you will need to visit a dentist whether it’s because you need a routine check up or you are experiencing problems with your teeth and gums.

At this point there are probably going to be a few questions running through your mind. How much will it cost? What do certain dental procedures entail?

So this post is designed to answer some of the most common questions people have for dentists. Hopefully, it will help ease your mind when you are thinking about coming to the dentist.

1) How Do I Get A Dentist?

Finding a dentist is a relatively easy process. This is not the same as when you register with a GP because you are not bound to a specific area. All you need to do is search for a dental practice that’s convenient for you in terms of location and pricing and get in touch with them to arrange an appointment.

2) Do I Have To Pay For A Dentist?

Yes, you will need to pay to visit the dentist and for any treatments that are performed. Dental treatment payments are based on three different bands; Band 1 course of treatment, Band 2, and Band 3.

However, there are circumstances where certain individuals don’t have to pay. People who don’t need to pay include: Those under 18 Those under 19 and studying full time Pregnant women or women who have had a baby in the last 12 months People who are staying in an NHS hospital where treatment is carried out by the hospital dentist People who are NHS hospital dental outpatients

There are also other conditions where people don’t have to pay. You can read more at the NHS website for further details.  On the other hand if you see a dentist privately then you will need to pay because they are not covered under the NHS.

3) What Causes Bleeding Gums?

Bleeding gums is usually an early simply of gingivitis, which is an inflammation of the gums that can turn into gum disease and infection if not treated. Other causes can be something as innocuous as brushing your teeth too hard, needing a new toothbrush, vitamin deficiencies and more.

However, bleeding gums are usually a sign of gum disease and infection so you should consult a dentist as soon as possible to get a definitive answer.

4) Is Gum Disease Contagious?

No. However, the bacteria that resides under the gums can be transferred via saliva so it’s a good idea to not use the other person’s toothbrush or share eating utensils.

5) Can Gum Disease Be Cured?

Unfortunately no but it can be effectively managed and treated via home treatments that are designed by your dentist.

6) What Is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums that occurs when the gums become very red or swollen. The most common sign of gingivitis is bleeding gums that occur as a result of brushing teeth. If this occurs you should see a dentist as soon as possible.

7) What Causes Gum Disease?

Simply, gum disease is a result of poor dental health and hygiene. So not regularly brushing and flossing teeth that effectively removes plaque and bacteria that gets stuck on and in between teeth.

8) What Are The Signs Of Gum Disease?

There are numerous signs that you may have gum disease: Signs of gum disease include red and swollen gums. Bleeding from the gums that occurs as a result of brushing or eating tough foods.  Gums that are gradually receding over time, which causes the teeth to look longer than they previously did. Loose or separating teeth. Persistent bad breath. Change in the structure of your bite or the way your dentures fit.

9) How Do Dentists Remove Wisdom Teeth?

The process for removing wisdom teeth is relatively straightforward. The procedure takes place at the dentist’s practice in a dental surgery room. You will be given a local or general anesthetic first depending on how many teeth you’ll need removed. Firstly, the gum tissue over the wisdom tooth will be removed. Then any bone or tissue connecting the tooth to the bone will be removed followed by the tooth itself.

Once the tooth has been removed stitches may be used to cover up the wound. Then you’ll be given some advice on how to best care for the area where your wisdom teeth were removed until the wound is fully healed.

10) What Are The Best Toothpastes For Gums?

The best toothpastes are simply those that contain fluoride because this has been found to keep teeth strong, healthy, and fight build up of plaque. Specifically, look for the toothpastes that specify on their cover that they fight plaque build up and destroy any bacteria in the mouth that can lead to gum disease. These are ten of the most common questions people have for a dentist. Hopefully your questions have been answered and you’ll feel more at ease when visiting the dentist.