Routine dental visits (typically every six months) promote good overall dental health. In addition, Dr. Hiremath can detect problems early on, in hopes of minimizing major dental work and expenses in the future. Regular dental visits (coupled with good home care) can prevent halitosis (bad breath), tooth decay, gum disease, and more.
Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection of the gums and the bone that surround and support your teeth. Once bone is lost, it will never come back. Our goal is to preserve what remains. That requires faithful home care habits and regular visits with the hygienist at the recommended interval.
One clue may be bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth, but unfortunately, you may not have any sign until it is too late. Gum disease is usually painless until the late stages. That is why regular professional cleanings are so important. Your hygienist will use a combination of x-rays and a tiny “tooth ruler” to evaluate the bone support of your teeth.
We recommend bringing your child in for an introduction to our office as early as age 2 or 3. It allows Dr. Hiremath to check for any obvious problems and allows your little one to get used to the office as a fun place to be.
Our recommendations for all small children: NEVER put a baby to bed with a bottle. NEVER give your child ANY soda.
It is very important to maintain the health of the primary (baby) teeth. Neglected cavities can and frequently do lead to problems which affect developing permanent teeth. Primary teeth are important for (1) proper chewing and eating, (2) providing space for the permanent teeth and guiding them into the correct position, and (3) permitting normal development of the jaw bones and muscles. Primary teeth also affect the development of speech and add to an attractive appearance. While the front teeth (incisors) last until 6-8 years of age, the back molars last until ages 10-12.