Dentist reveals why you should get cavities filled in the afternoon…

Do you need to have a tooth cavity filled? The best time for your appointment is in the afternoon. One study found that Lidocaine, the drug used to numb your gums, was five times more effective when injected early in the afternoon compared to early in the morning. Dentists recommend that you should brush your teeth after
meals, floss daily, and go for regular checkups to avoid getting cavities.

Q: In your daily work, which is the most common dental problem you deal with?

Dental cavities are the most common problem. Most patients present with a toothache from untreated cavities. It is prevalent because of the lack of proper dental hygiene, predominant sugary diet, and not visiting your dentist regularly. Other non-modifiable factors, such as genetics and environment, play a minor role.

Q: My gums are bleeding every time I brush my teeth. What could be the problem?

Bleeding gums is a common sign of gum disease. The disease could be bacterial, viral or fungal in nature. The force used while brushing can contribute to bleeding through the trauma of the gums. Other causes would be underlying medical conditions. The solution to the problem depends on identifying the exact problem. Visit your dentist at your earliest opportunity for further review.

Q: My parents are aged and are considering dental implants. Would you recommend them and how much do they average in Kenya?

Dental implants can be placed safely in old age. In fact, tooth replacement enables the patient to chew better and look better, which is a great benefi t, especially in old age. They range from about sh100,000 to Sh300,000 per implant, depending on the need for additional minor surgical procedures that need to be done to prepare the replacement site for the implant.