Dental Health Resources & FAQs

Here at Byrne Dental, we are committed to helping our patients improve their smiles and oral health. Providing our patients with the resources and education they need to understand their treatment options is an important component of our work. Since our beginning, we have worked hard to provide our patients with an environment where they feel welcome. We offer personalized general and restorative dental services and make time during each appointment to ensure your questions and concerns are addressed.

We hope the links, resources, and FAQs on this page are helpful to you. If you have additional questions about our practice we encourage you to give us a call at 605-342-1200. A member of our friendly team will be happy to address your concerns and answer your questions!

Helpful Links

Browse the websites below for access to professional articles and information on how to improve your oral health habits. Have additional questions? We are here to answer them!

Mouth Healthy
Academy of General Dentistry

Frequently Asked Questions

Dental Emergencies

What should I do in a dental emergency?

• Knocked-Out Tooth: Make sure to hold the tooth by the crown, not by the root. If the root is dirty, rinse it off, but do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue. If possible, try to replace the tooth in its socket and hold it there with the tongue. If you cannot replace the tooth into the socket, put it in a glass of milk or water and get both the tooth and the patient to your dentist as soon as possible.

• Broken Tooth: To clean the broken tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water. To reduce swelling, put a cold pack on your face. It is important to get to your dentist as soon as possible.

• Possible Broken Jaw: It is important to not move the jaw. Secure the jaw by tying a towel, necktie, or handkerchief under the jaw and over the top of the head. Go to a hospital emergency room or contact an oral surgeon to ensure you receive the care and attention you need. General dentists are not equipped to treat a broken jaw.

• Toothache: To clean food particles out of the aching tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water. Do not place aspirin on the gum tissues or aching tooth. Ibuprofen or other over-the-counter pain relievers may help. For more severe toothaches, sips of water can provide short-term relief. Contact our office for an appointment as soon as possible.

Dental Hygiene

How often should I have my teeth examined?

For most patients, we recommend dental exams twice a year. While these visits are routine, they play an important role in helping us find potential issues — cavities, gum disease, etc — in the early stages and allows us to correct it before it becomes a bigger problem.

Why do my teeth need professional cleaning?

Gum disease and tooth decay develop when plaque builds up on the teeth and remains there. Regular brushing and flossing helps to remove the plaque, but it is important to receive regular dental cleanings to remove any plaque that has hardened into calculus (often in hard to reach areas near the gum line and between the teeth).

What is caries dye?

Caries dye is a colored chemical that is used by dentists when removing tooth decay. The dye reacts with the decayed tooth structure and stains it so the dentist can clearly see it and remove it. It does not stain the healthy tooth structure. Without the use of caries dye, caries removal is often incomplete.

Children’s Dentistry

At what age should a child first visit a dentist?

By the age of 2½ years, most children will have developed the social skills to cope with a dental visit. This is also the age at which all deciduous teeth have usually completely eruption into the mouth. Of course, if there appears to be a problem before age 2½, do not hesitate to call your dentist.

What can I expect at my child’s first visit?

Our goal is to help your child develop positive associations with the dental office and their oral health. During the first appointment, we will gently examine their mouth, teeth, and gums. We may take X-rays to check on the progress of your child’s permanent teeth under the gums and reveal and hidden decay. To help protect against decay, we may clean their teeth and apply topical fluoride. In addition, we will work with you to make sure your child is receiving the right kind of at-home dental care and fluoride at home. We will teach you to clean and care for your child’s teeth to ensure they have healthy smiles!

For more information about our practice, additional questions, or to schedule an appointment, please contact us today at 605-342-1200. We look forward to caring for you and your family.