QUESTION 1.

If I lose a tooth/teeth at the back of my mouth it's not a big deal is it, because no one can see???

Posterior teeth (teeth at the back of your mouth) actually play a major role during mastication (chewing of food). You may encounter many problems even if one posterior tooth is missing. First of all, all the forces that are applied on muscles during mastication are not even. That can initially lead to pain in these muscles, and in chronic cases, it can lead to severe dysfunction. Secondly, the bone in the area of the missing tooth is reduced. That may further lead to periodontal problems. And finally, the normal occlusion of the teeth (the contact between the teeth) is disturbed. In the case of a missing tooth, its opposing tooth has no contact in the oral cavity and as a result it over-erupts. So as you can see, our posterior teeth are actually extremely important, and may cause us considerable problems and discomfort if we have even one missing!

 

QUESTION 2.

Are dental problems hereditary???

Dental problems are not hereditary. However, being prone to some dental problems is. In any case, your dental health is still the responsibility of yourself and your dental doctor. This means that if someone in your family has many dental problems it is not inevitable that you will have those same problems. And on the other hand, if everybody in your family has "perfect" teeth, it doesn't necessarily mean that you should never visit a dental doctor for a check-up (preferably twice a year).

 

QUESTION 3.

Is it normal for my gums to bleed now and then???

Even mild bleeding of the gums is not normal. There are many reasons why your gums bleed. It can be due to mechanical injury (an injury during eating), biological (the accumulation of bacteria), chemical, or a combination of the above. Making an on-line diagnosis would be risky and unprofessional, so we would always advise you to visit a dental doctor if you notice your gums bleeding.

 

QUESTION 4.

Is chewing gum bad for my teeth???

Chewing gum can actually be helpful for your oral health. Of course as with most things, there are indications and contraindications. We suggest that you chew sugar-free gums, containing xylitol, but not for more than 10-15 minutes per day. Xylitol protects your teeth from bacterial plaque and also reduces the bacteria that cause caries. However, chewing gum for more than the above-indicated time may lead to fatigue of the masticatory muscles. Needless to say, you should always avoid gums containing sugar. 

 

QUESTION 5.

Is root canal (endodontic) treatment painful???

The vast majority of root canal treatment cases are painless or only slightly painful if they are done correctly. In Hersonissos Dental Care clinic we use the latest techniques and materials in the field of endodontics, and thus, we can guarantee our results.

 

QUESTION 6.

When should I visit the dentist? Only when I feel pain in my tooth???

Nearly 90% of patients visit dental offices only when they feel some pain or when they notice some bleeding in their oral cavity. However, there are many "silent" (no pain or bleeding) symptoms that you cannot observe, but your dental doctor can. For example, dental caries in the initial stages present no pain, but pain occurs only when the caries are advanced. Advanced caries can lead to either reversible or irreversible problems. Further, dental plaque that is left untreated can lead to calculus accumulation, which in turn may lead to gingivitis or even periodontitis. Generally, advanced dental problems require more advanced treatment, which in turn costs more. So, think about it - save money, pain and time by visiting your dental doctor regularly (twice per year).