Frequently Asked Questions
Most frequent questions and answers
Set a reminder to replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Toss it sooner if the bristles look bent or splayed out. Bent bristles don’t clean as well. (They’re also a sign you may be brushing too hard).
Most toothpastes will clear away bacteria growth and acids from food and drinks. Toothpastes with the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance always have fluoride, which strengthens and protects teeth. If you want a non-fluoride option, stores carry toothpastes and powders made with natural ingredients that don’t have ADA testing and approval.
If cold or hot food or drinks make you cringe, pick a toothpaste for sensitive teeth and let your dentist know.
Mouthwashes for cavity protection, sensitivity, and fresh breath may help when you use them with regular brushing and flossing — but not instead of daily cleanings. Your dentist can recommend the best type for you.
Some people need twice-daily rinses for gum health or alcohol-free washes for dry mouth.
Kids under 6 shouldn’t use mouthwash to avoid the chance of them swallowing it.
Visit a dentist if you have any of these issues or see your child having trouble chewing or complaining of soreness:
- Mouth sores
- Jaw pain
- Swollen face or gums
- Tooth sensitivity
- Broken teeth
- Dry mouth
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
Getting checked out right away prevents more serious problems and infections.
Regular exams help spot trouble early to prevent bigger and more costly treatments later.
A dental hygienist will start by cleaning buildup from your teeth. Then the dentist will probe spots on the surfaces and near the gumline with special tools. If it’s been a while between appointments, you may have some sore and sensitive areas.
You should get an exam every 6 months, or more often if your dentist recommends it. Find one who makes you feel at ease and lets you know what to expect. Often the dread of seeing the dentist turns to big relief when the visit is over and you have a care plan set up. Being positive as a parent can help your kids overcome any of their fears.
Your dentist will numb your mouth before drilling around the cavity to prep it. A combination of strong materials or a white mix called a composite goes into the cavity soft and then hardens as it dries. You may feel pain or pressure when getting the numbing shot and during the drilling.
Once set, fillings can last a long time but need replacing if they break or wear down.
Stores sell many whitening products, and you can get take-home gels and trays from your dentist, but neither is as strong as procedures done in a dental office.
If you want to try an over-the-counter whitener, look for one with an ADA seal. Check with your dentist for advice before you buy, especially if you have dental work or dark stains. And don’t keep using them, or you could damage your teeth.
Caps and crowns cover problem teeth by surrounding them in a material that looks like a real tooth. They use the root and inside of the tooth as a base to build on, then attach with special cement.
For the overwhelming majority of cases the answer is yes, however, all cosmetic surgery, regardless of procedure entails an element of risk. A full assessment of your current state of health, along with your medical history is made before surgery. All risks, no matter how remote are fully explained to you prior to surgery.
“Our bodies are apt to be our autobiographies.”
Three things must be kept in mind; your current state of health and medical history, desired outcome, and the motivation behind your decision. When you consult with a cosmetic surgeon at Apollo Cosmetic clinics , these factors will be fully determined and explored. At times a patient may believe a certain cosmetic surgery procedure is right for them, when in fact, alternatives exist that are more suitable and may not require surgery at all.
It depends upon the procedures. Combining surgeries can save time and money and also provide your surgeon the opportunity to have the procedures “work in concert” with each other. However, do not assume this will always be the case. There are several important variables that must be considered. As with all patients, decisions of this nature are always made on a case-by-case basis.
Generally speaking, age does not play a factor. However, it may be that certain procedures be put off until young patients reach full height and have stopped growing. The principle consideration is always the current state of health of a candidate. If age is a factor, your doctor will advise you during consultation.
Upon your visit to our clinic, you and your cosmetic surgeon will discuss your goals and the changes you wish to take place. A complete medical history will be taken and your current state of health will be determined. The doctor will explain the procedure, outline risks and viable options. You will have the opportunity to ask and get answers to any questions you may have. As with any surgery, you will sign an informed consent stating you understand the procedure, inherent risks and possible complications.
Depending upon the procedure and individual, recovery times vary. What may take a week for one patient may take two for another. In general, bruising takes a few days to dissipate and swelling may take up to few weeks. Rest and limited activity are the norm and are very important to speed healing and reduce recovery time. Regardless of the procedure, it is very important to follow the specific post-operative instructions provided by your doctor.
The FDA recently approved for general use silicone gel-filled implants and the findings of the Institute of Medicine and the FDA conclude that silicone, gel-filled implants do not cause major illnesses. This does not eliminate the possibility of a leak or rupture, however, should that happen, silicone gel is highly unlikely to be absorbed into surrounding tissue and can be removed in a straightforward manner.
Cosmetic surgery is performed to reshape normal structures of the body in order to improve the patient’s appearance and self-esteem. Cosmetic surgery is usually not covered by health insurance because it is elective. Reconstructive surgery is performed on abnormal structures of the body, caused by congential defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors or disease. It is generally performed to improve function, but may also be done to approximate a normal appearance.