Q: My child is 8 years old. Is this too young for braces?

A: Actually, if we see a child who will potentially require orthodontics in the future, we recommend a consult with an orthodontist as early as 7 years old. Sometimes preliminary treatment can be completed early, saving you time and money in the long run. However, not every child is ready for orthodontics at such a young age. In this case the orthodontist may want to check him in a year or so to evaluate how things have developed. It never hurts to have a consult.

Q: Is it normal for my gums to bleed when I brush?

A: It is not normal for gums to bleed with normal brushing. This is usually an indication of an infection. I would recommend that you discuss this with Dr. Cook to determine what may be the cause.

Q: Is whitening harmful to my teeth?

A: The whitening systems we offer have been studied extensively. They have proven to be safe and effective. Whitening does not damage the tooth’s enamel.

Q: What causes bad breath?

A: Bad breath is usually caused by the presence of bacteria. Dr. Cook can conduct an exam to diagnose the problem and plan a treatment. There are also several products we offer to help with this such as Periomed. This is a microbial mouth rinse that kills bacteria and has the added benefit of fluoride.

Q: What age should my child start seeing the dentist?

A: We recommend that a child start with an evaluation at around 2 years of age. Of course if you have problems prior to this age, you should schedule an appointment sooner. We will probably not be able to acquire x-rays at this age, but the main idea is to create a positive experience. Our hope is that children will learn at an early age that coming to the dentist is fun.

Q: Are sodas really that bad for your teeth?

A: Sodas are full of phosphoric acid and sugars among many other substances that are not good for teeth. However, we all have our vices. This best thing you can do is consider moderation. Brushing teeth or rinsing afterwards will certainly help. Also, try not to eat or drink anything after brushing your teeth at night.

Contact Dr. Cook if you have any other questions and our staff will be happy to assist you.

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