At New Essence Dentistry, we aim not only to provide quality dental care to our patients in Sacramento, but to educate them as well as we can on their oral health. Here are a few frequently asked questions we receive in our dental offices. If you have a question that has not been answered here, please contact us.

How often should I visit the dentist?

Dental professionals recommend two dental visits a year. This means an appointment every six months. Individuals with a history of dental issues or dental appliances may require additional visits in between these appointments for exams and cleanings.

What happens during a dental appointment?

During a routine appointment at New Essence Dentistry for a cleaning and exam, your dentist will check your teeth and gums to evaluate their health. He or she will also examine for signs of gum disease or cavities. An oral cancer screening or dental x-rays can also be a part of the appointment. A dental cleaning will thoroughly remove traces of plaque and tartar from the teeth surfaces.

How should I take care of my teeth at home?

To maintain healthy teeth and gums, you should brush your teeth twice a day for approximately two minutes each time. Flossing every day is also highly recommended. Rinsing with a mouthwash can be beneficial for getting into the spaces between teeth. Additionally, it is a good idea to limit the consumption of sugary foods and drinks, especially in young children.

When should I take my child for their first dental visit?

Children should have their first dental visit by the time they turn one-year-old or within six months of the emergence of their first tooth. Even before teeth have erupted, babies should have their gums cleaned and massaged gently with soft gauze or a soft wet washcloth.

What should I do in case of a dental emergency?

It is important to act quickly if you have suffered damage to the teeth or mouth. Contact our office in Sacramento as soon as possible to try to make an appointment – we may be able to see you on the same day, even if it is outside of office hours.

If a tooth has been knocked out, rinse it off gently, holding it only by the crown and not the root, and try to place it back into its socket. If this cannot be done, keep it in a container of milk or saliva until you can visit the dentist. A cracked or broken tooth may be treated with dental cement. If there is any bleeding, bite down on a clean piece of gauze until the bleeding stops.

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