Why do I need to go to the dentist?
Dentists are doctors who want to keep your mouth and teeth healthy. Just like you go to the doctor for check-ups to make sure your body is strong and growing, Dr. Perry wants to make sure your teeth are clean and in good health. Does going to the dentist hurt?
Going to the dentist is fun! When you come to Dr. Perry’s office, you will get to lie down in a comfortable chair while she cleans your teeth and makes sure they are healthy. She and her staff will do everything possible to make sure that your visit is not painful.
Why do I need to brush my teeth?
When you eat food, small pieces stay in your mouth and stick to your teeth. If you leave these bits in your mouth, it becomes gunk that builds up and makes your teeth decay. Ick! You should always brush after eating to keep your teeth clean and healthy.
Why do I need to floss?
The food you chew can very easily get stuck between your teeth. If you let little food bits stay wedged between teeth, it can rot and lead to cavities – ouch! Flossing cleans out the tight spaces between your teeth, and keeps your teeth clean and healthy. What is a cavity?
Cavities are injured teeth that have suffered decay. Eating lots of sweets and not brushing/flossing regularly can cause cavities to occur. When you have a cavity, Dr. Perry will have to fix the tooth to make it healthy again. Why does my breath smell bad?
Food particles left in your mouth break down and cause bad smells, especially when they are not regularly cleaned out. Brushing and flossing will remove the particles … and the bad smells!
What foods are bad for my teeth?
We all love cookies and pop and chocolate! However, your teeth do not. When exposed to large amounts of sweets, acids form that eat away at your teeth. Even worse, the deposits bond with bacteria and form plaque. And so it is important to brush and floss every day and avoid sweets to keep your teeth healthy. When will my baby teeth fall out?
Your baby teeth will loosen and fall out on their own to make room for your adult teeth when you are around 6 to 7 years old. This is totally normal, and usually does not hurt. What happens is that your adult teeth are pushing on the baby teeth, and are asking them to make room so the adult teeth can grow in.