Frequent questions

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General Questions

At what age is the first dental visit recommended for children.

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When does the first milk tooth fall?

Around 5 to 6 years, the first teeth to fall are the lower central incisors.

What is the best toothpaste?

In the market there currently several brands of toothpaste, there are many choices depending on the different needs of the patients: plaque control, sensitivity, gingival problems. It is recommended that it be a toothpaste with an amount greater than 1,000 ppm of fluorine.

How many times a day should one floss?

It is advisable to use it once a day to remove traces of food that are trapped in the teeth and that the toothbrush cannot remove.

How often should the toothbrush be changed?

We recommend changing it every two or three months. One should check that the bristles are straight and firm . The dentist can also provide advice about the toothbrush that is best suited for the patient .

What is the difference between resin fillings and amalgam fillings?

Both types of fillings are used to restore tooth decay, they are functional and one of the differences is esthetics , resin fillings are white and amalgam fillings are gray.

What are fixed dentures for?

They serve to restore a tooth that has been fractured as a result of dental decay, accident or to replace a tooth that has been lost, by anchoring it to neighboring teeth.

When should a root canal treatment be performed (Endodontics)?

When the nerve or pulp tissue are affected due to a deep cavity, strong impact, dental fracture, that can cause moderate to severe pain, infections, etc.

What is a root canal treatment (Endodontics)?

It is the the complete removal of the nerve or pulp tissue followed by cleaning and disinfecting the dental root canals and finally sealing the area with a filling material to avoid the loss of the tooth.

What is a Dental implant ?

It is an artificial root that is placed inside the maxillary bone to replace one or more teeth that have been lost due to tooth decay, fractures, accidents, etc.


What are the benefits of a Dental Implant?

Improve health and appearance, eliminate the need to carve or wear down healthy teeth, Tooth implants are also comfortable and most importantly they give the patient the confidence to eat what they want.

At what age should can a patient get braces ?

There is no exact age for orthodontic placement, in most cases it is suggested that the patient no longer have their baby teeth, but depending on the issue at hand, a person can get braces at early ages (8 or 9 years old).

At what age should a patient have his first visit with the orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists suggests that all children should have their first visit with the orthodontist between 7 and 8 years old but if parents, guardians or relatives observe that the patient has a problem in their bite (open bite, finger sucking) , crossbite or inverted bite) before that age, then a consultation with the orthodontist is recommended so that they can suggest the possible solutions or options.

I'm an adult, can I use braces?

Yes! Adults can use orthodontics to improve the appearance of their smile. Adult patients may require a full orthodontic treatment combined with other dental treatments such as implants, bridges, crowns, etc. Patients with periodontal disease can benefit from orthodontic treatment because by aligning the teeth and improving the occlusion the patient can experience an improvement in their dental hygiene, however it should be taken into account that these treatments may have limitations and patients should consult with a professional to indicate what the best option is for each case.

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Centro Dental San Lucas

Centro Dental San Lucas
Centro Comercial Plaza San Lucas,
2do Nivel. Km29.9 Carretera Interamericana San Lucas Sacatepéquez.
Teléfono: (502) 7830-1573 / (502) 4063-5851 / (502) 4005-3818
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