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What age is recommended to take baby to see a dentist for first time? My son is a year old.

What age is recommended to take baby to see a dentist for first time? My son is a year old.

1st dental eval: The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests the first pediatric dental visit be at 1 year of age or 6 months after the first tooth eruption. In reality, most pediatric dentists start scheduling at around 2 years old unless there are issues such as cavity, pain, bleeding or broken teeth. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can buy online for to achieve straighter teeth over time? I cannot afford to see a dentist for braces or retainers.

Is there anything I can buy online for to achieve straighter teeth over time? I cannot afford to see a dentist for braces or retainers.

Unfortunately no: Orthodontic treatment needs to be performed by a licensed dental professional, one who has gone to college and dental school for a minimum of 8 years, more if a specialist. Dental care is not a DIY project. Consider financing your care or saving up for it. It is a worthwhile investment in yourself. ...Read more

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I broke a bad tooth and the pain is unbearable.cant see a dentist until tues. will the er help me with the pain short term or is it a waste of time?

I broke a bad tooth and the pain is unbearable.cant see a dentist until tues. will the er help me with the pain short term or is it a waste of time?

ER: Some ERs have dental staffing, but most do not. A prescription for pain meds will be given to you, but if the pain is unbearable, then they may not help much. Following the below link may be of some help: http://24hrdental.net/ac/search/kentucky/latonia ...Read more

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3 year old complaining of teeth hurting, is it safe to go see a dentist?

3 year old complaining of teeth hurting, is it safe to go see a dentist?

Yes: 3 years old is fine to see the dentist. Many general dentists treat children and there are even pediatric dentists. ...Read more

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How long does TMJ pain last? I wake up in the morning with pain in my jaw that my dentist says is caused by tmj. Will this last a certain amount of time and go away on its own, or will I have to see a dentist or doctor to fix this? .

How long does TMJ pain last? I wake up in the morning with pain in my jaw that my dentist says is caused by tmj. Will this last a certain amount of time and go away on its own, or will I have to see a dentist or doctor to fix this?


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Depends: It may go away on it's own as long as the causative factor goes away. If the pain is not going away in 2 to 4 weeks i would suggest seeing a dentist who can diagnose the cause of the pain and then help you with treatment options. Complex dental care and surgery are rarely needed. ...Read more

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Please help! I have a hole in my tooth to my root, what can I do for a shot period of time until i can go to the dentist?

Please help! I have a hole in my tooth to my root, what can I do for a shot period of time until i can go to the dentist?

Not much: There is really very little you can do at home to stop the decay process. Keep the area clean to avoid food impaction, and get to the dentist as soon as you can. ...Read more

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When should I see a dentist for tmj?

When should I see a dentist for tmj?

Depends: Depends on how bad your symptoms are. If you only have painless minor popping, no problem. If your symptoms are painful, see the dentist soon. Not just ANY dentist, see a TMJ expert. ...Read more

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How often should you go see a dentist for check ups?

How often should you go see a dentist for check ups?

Depends: Every six months if you have health teeth and gums. Sometimes every three to four months if you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease. ...Read more

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How often should you see a dentist for oral check-ups?

People are different: It really depends on your needs, the problems you have or the lack of problems, your family and your history. There isn't one interval the is appropriate for everyone. I see one special needs person once every 6 weeks and other people once a year. I don't think anyone should go longer than a year. Consult with a dentist for what is appropriate for you. ...Read more

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Do i need to see a dentist for a possible small chip on my tooth? I think i might have just barely chipped my tooth this weekend. I can't really see much of a difference, but i still feel like i might have. Is it worth going to my dentist as a precaution?

Do i need to see a dentist for a possible small chip on my tooth? I think i might have just barely chipped my tooth this weekend. I can't really see much of a difference, but i still feel like i might have. Is it worth going to my dentist as a precaution?

A : A very small chip that is not on the edge of a filling may not need to be restored. In many instances, your dentist can just smooth it down to prevent food and bacteria from getting trapped in the rough surface. If the chip occured at a tooth-filling interface, then it should be evaluated and possibly be restored since that opening may lead to decay and a potentially larger restoration. It can't hurt to have it evaluated. ...Read more

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I need to see a dentist for major service and have no insurance what are the options at 64?

I need to see a dentist for major service and have no insurance what are the options at 64?

Dental treatment: If there is a dental shcool in your area, this would be a good option to get some really fine dentistry done at a lower cost. ...Read more

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Will that work as a temporary filling until I can go see a dentist for a cavity?

Will that work as a temporary filling until I can go see a dentist for a cavity?

Go to your pharmacy.: Temporary dental filling material is available for purchase over the counter at your local pharmacy. It may seem self-evident, but needs to be stressed: temporary filling material is only for temporary use, and will do nothing to prevent the progression of tooth decay or avert dental infection. You should arrange for professional dental service at your earliest opportunity. ...Read more

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I have a exposed nerve in a tooth and will be unable 2 see a dentist for at least 3 months how can I keep it from getting infected?

I have a exposed nerve in a tooth and will be unable 2 see a dentist for at least 3 months how can I keep it from getting infected?

Exposed Nerve: Three days is a long time to see a dentist for an exposed nerve let alone 3+ months. Not much you can do to ward off pain and infection , other than moving up the time frame for your treatment. All the best... ...Read more

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How can I know if i need to see a dentist for my canker sore?

How can I  know if i need to see a dentist for my canker sore?

Wait a week: A canker sore (or apthous ulcer) should begin to heal in about a week. If you notice no improvement after that time see your dentist. ...Read more

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Is there any way I can personally help unswell my gums as funds are tight at the moment I cant afford to see a dentist for atleast a monthor so?

Is there any way I can personally help unswell my gums as funds are tight at the moment I cant afford to see a dentist for atleast a monthor so?

Determine the cause: If the cause of the swelling is bacteria stuck under the gumline where your toothbrush won't reach, then you'll need dental care to scrape and clean those pockets. After that, proper home care such as brushing your teeth and flossing, as well as regular professional cleanings should maintain them. Most offices accept credit cards and offer financing plans. Your Obamacare insurance may have dental. ...Read more

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Is it appropriate to talk to your dentist about an upcoming procedure especially if I am a new patient? I went in for an exam with a dentist that is new to me. I have not been in to see a dentist for four years. Due to putting this off, I have to have

Is it appropriate to talk to your dentist about an upcoming procedure especially if I am a new patient? I went in for an exam with a dentist that is new to me.  I have not been in to see a dentist for four years.   Due to putting this off, I have to have

Absolutely, : Absolutely, no questions asked. You are entrusting your dental health to a provider that is new to you. His answers to your questions will make you feel at ease and allow him to work on you without the fear of making you nervous. Once you feel comfortable you will not need to ask so many questions or be nervous. ...Read more

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Hard, painless bony bump on top of mouth. A little to the right of midline. Same color as palate. I'm scared and can't see a dentist for week. ?

Hard, painless bony bump on top of mouth. A little to the right of midline. Same color as palate. I'm scared and can't see a dentist for week. ?

Don't panic: Most likely this is a palatal torus as suggested by the other doctors here and is harmless. Regardless of what it is, you have your appointment with a dentist in a week, nothing will happen with this type of area in that short period of time. ...Read more

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