What should be done if accidentally a tooth is knocked out?

You should immediately rush to a dental clinic carrying the tooth in a container filled either with milk, own saliva or even contact lens solution. No attempt should be made to clean the tooth as it may damage the tissues. Most often it is possible to re-attach the tooth to the jaw so that it functions normally.

Should missing teeth be replaced?

Yes. Missing teeth may act as areas of accumulation of food leading to cavities and gum diseases. The teeth adjacent to these areas try to move into this space, thus, disturbing the natural arrangement of the teeth. Also, inadequate pressure resulting from these areas may cause problems in the joints of the face. Removable dentures, fixed bridges and implants are the replacement options.

What is the easiest way to reduce gaps in the teeth?

The two common ways to close gaps in the teeth are:

Braces: They close gaps naturally. Today, there are a number of options for kids and adults, including removable and invisible braces. A qualified orthodontist is the best person to help you when it comes to braces.

Cosmetic procedures: Gaps can also be closed using veneers or resin materials. A cosmetic dentist is the best person to help you decide which treatment works for the results you want.

Sometimes when we floss, our gums may bleed. What is the right way to floss teeth? And how many times, and when should one floss in a day?

If you’ve just started flossing and your gums bleed, it could mean that your gums are already swollen. A teeth clean-up at the dentist’s may help reduce the inflammation before getting into a flossing routine. It could also mean your flossing technique is incorrect and you are unintentionally damaging your gums. Use a waxed floss, and slide it carefully between teeth. Handheld floss or even a water flosser are far easier to use than the conventional thread-spool floss. Flossing once a day before bedtime is ideal, but your dentist may recommend you floss after every meal if you have any underlying dental issue.