Q: What are the main causes of tooth loss?
A: The most common causes of tooth loss are attributed to tooth decay and periodontal disease. Tooth decay takes place when most of the tooth's mineral makeup has been dissolved away and a hole (cavity) has formed. While tooth decay primarily affects children, periodontal disease, or gum disease, affects mostly adults. Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums caused by the buildup of plaque, and its earliest stage is known as gingivitis.
Q: How many times a day should I brush my teeth?
A: It is recommended to brush your teeth at least twice a day. Brushing after meals and flossing at least once a day is also a good way to maintain your dental health.
Q: When should a child have their first appointment?
A: Many dentist recommend that you make your child’s first appointment as soon as his/her first tooth comes in but no later than his/her third birthday.