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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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