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Daniel W. Salvatore, DDS

Daniel W. Salvatore, D.D.S.   

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Q. Why did Dr. Dan become a dentist?

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Dr. Dan says he always wanted to work with his hands in the medical field. He set his sights on either being a surgeon or a dentist, but dentistry won out when he considered which would afford him more time for family and for interacting with his patients.
   
Q. Why should I have regular cleanings?
  There are plenty of reasons. Each peek into your mouth gives your dentist an opportunity to, among others: check for oral cancer, gum disease, signs of other health problems that sometimes show symptoms in the mouth, prevent dental problems from occurring prematurely, fix existing dental problems you may not be aware of having, and keep your pearly whites shining.
   
Q. At what age should my child first visit a dentist?
  The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that by the age of 1, a child should see a dentist. The ADA suggests no later than the age of two because by that age, they say, 10% of children have already developed at least one cavity!
   
Q. Why should I brush my tongue when I brush my teeth?
  Brushing your tongue is a win-win effort because it results in freshening your breath and removing bacteria. After brushing your teeth, finish off by a few gentle strokes across your tongue.
   
Q. How are teeth numbered? (i.e. What's that numbering scheme Dr. Dan uses on our charts to tell one tooth from another?)
  Although there are two tooth numbering systems widely in use today, the most commonly used system - the Universal Numbering System - has been adopted by the American Dental Association and is in use by most general dentists today. (The other system, Palmer Notation Method, is more often used by dental specialties such as oral surgeons, orthodontists, and so on.) Here's a chart to show you the numbering scheme.
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Last Updated: April 08, 2010