Dr. Kanu Priya Dara

Parent FAQs

What You Need To Know

Parent FAQs

What You Need To Know
Do you accept assignment or direct billing?
We will bill your insurance company directly and collect the balance from you (if any) at the time of treatment.
How often should my child see the dentist?

Generally, children should see a dentist for checkups and cleanings every six months, just like adults. Early and regular dental visits help establish good oral hygiene habits and monitor their dental development.

How often do adults need to see the dentist?

For most adults, regular dental checkups and cleanings are recommended every six months. However, your dentist may advise more frequent visits based on your individual oral health needs.

What should I do in a dental emergency?

In a dental emergency, you should call your dentist immediately. Most dentists set aside time for emergency procedures. Keep a list of emergency dentist phone numbers handy.

How can I prevent cavities?

Good oral hygiene practices, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits are the best defense against cavities. Brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and getting regular dental check-ups can help prevent cavities and gum disease.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are a permanent solution for tooth loss. They are artificial tooth roots, similar in shape to screws. When dental implants are placed in your jawbone, they bond with your natural bone and act as a sturdy base for supporting one or more artificial teeth, called crowns.

What is a root canal treatment?

A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed, and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed.

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the appearance of a person’s teeth, mouth, and smile. It provides elective treatments or services, which can also provide restorative benefits such as dental fillings and teeth whitening.

Do you offer any tips for maintaining good oral health at home?

Brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, and maintaining a healthy diet are all crucial for good oral health. Regular dental checkups and cleanings are also essential for prevention and early detection of any problems.

What is a good diet for healthy teeth?
Healthy eating habits lead to healthy teeth. Like the rest of the body, the teeth, bones and the soft tissues of the mouth need a well-balanced diet.
Most snacks that children eat can lead to cavity formation. The more frequently a child snacks, the greater the chance for tooth decay. How long food remains in the mouth also plays a role. For example, hard candy, sticky foods and breath mints stay in the mouth for a long time, which cause longer acid attacks on tooth enamel. If your child must snack, choose nutritious foods such as vegetables, low-fat yogurt, and low-fat cheese, which are healthier and better for children’s teeth.
Children should eat a variety of foods from the five major food groups. Most snacks that children eat can lead to cavity formation. The more frequently a child snacks, the greater the chance for tooth decay. How long food remains in the mouth also plays a role. For example, hard candy, sticky foods and breath mints stay in the mouth for a long time, which cause longer acid attacks on tooth enamel. If your child must snack, choose nutritious foods such as vegetables, low-fat yogurt, and low-fat cheese, which are healthier and better for children’s teeth.
What are sealants?
A sealant is a clear or white acrylic resin material that is applied to the chewing surfaces (grooves) of the back teeth (premolars and molars), where most cavities in children are found. This sealant acts as a barrier to food, plaque and acid, thus protecting the decay-prone areas of the teeth. It is a simple, non-invasive, cost effective procedure that has been proven to greatly reduce the chance of pit and fissure cavities.