I am afraid of going to the dentist ... What can I do?

At Milford Family Dentistry we believe in Quality and Compassionate Dentistry. We will listen to your concerns and do our best to make you feel comfortable. Contact us at 513-248-1233 or fill out the booking form here.

What causes cavities?

Bacteria, food particles and saliva combine to form plaque, a sticky film that covers the teeth.The acids then remove minerals in your tooth’s hard, outer enamel. This erosion causes tiny openings or holes in the enamel — the first stage of cavities. Once areas of enamel are worn away, the bacteria and acid can reach the next layer of your teeth, called dentin.

Are baby teeth really that important to my child?

Baby teeth are eventually going to fall out and be replaced by permanent ones. Baby teeth serve as placeholders for permanent teeth. If they decay and fall out too soon, permanent teeth are more likely to grow in crooked.

How safe are dental X-rays?

Dental x-rays are one of the lowest radiation dose studies performed. A routine exam which includes 4 bitewings is about 0.005 mSv, which is less than one day of natural background radiation. It is also about the same amount of radiation exposure from a short airplane flight (~1-2 hrs).

What is gum disease?

Bacteria can cause inflammation of the gums called “gingivitis.” The gums become red, swollen and can bleed easily. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that can usually be reversed with daily brushing and flossing, and regular cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist. This can prevent the next stage called Periodontitis that can lead to tooth loss, also it’s a risk factor for heart and lung diseases.

How often should I go to my dentist for a check-up?

People with good oral health should come in for dental cleanings twice a year, but those with more serious problems will need check-ups more often.

When should I take my child to the dentist for their first visit?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that a child go to the dentist by age 1 or within six months after the first tooth erupts. Primary teeth typically begin growing in around 6 months of age.