How often do I need my teeth cleaned?
Every patient is unique and needs to be assessed to decide what is healthy for him or her. If you have not had any evidence of gum disease or gingivitis, an appointment every six month is often recommended. Several factors could cause us to recommend a more frequent recurring care appointment. These factors include the presence of gum disease or a systemic illness that makes you susceptible to infection (like Diabetes). Every situation is different and we aim to provide the best available client-centered care.
How long should I keep my toothbrush?
Your toothbrush should be replaced frequently to help reduce the transfer of bacteria. The average life of a toothbrush should be no longer than 3 months due to wear, but if you have been sick or had a cold you should replace your brush as soon as your cold goes away.
Is a certain toothpaste better than another?
No, most toothpastes are very similar. We recommend that you use a toothpaste with fluoride to decrease the chance of getting cavities. Some people require a special toothpaste that targets a specific health need. Children, clients who are prone to cavities, dry mouth, or halitosis may all require a “special” toothpaste. Our hygienist will discuss with you your specific needs as she makes her oral hygiene recommendations.
Do I really need to floss?
If you do not floss, a third of each tooth doesn't get cleaned! Flossing keeps your gums healthy and helps to prevent cavities from forming in between your teeth.
Why do you want to know about my medical conditions?
There are many questions on our Medical History form that ask about your medical conditions. We ask these questions because there may be oral manifestations of those diseases that we need to address. Clients with diabetes, for example, are at higher risk for bone loss and infections (including gum disease) and delayed healing. New studies show that controlling periodontal problems helps in controlling diabetic symptoms (and vice versa!) If you would like to know more, please let us know and we would be happy to discuss this with you!
Why do you want to know what medications I am taking?
We need to know about your medications because there may be side effects (for example, a dry mouth condition) that we can help you treat. Some medications can make you susceptible to infection and we may need to check with your medical doctor regarding safe measures for your appointment. Our staff is careful to ensure that your visits are both pleasant and as safe as possible. If you have more questions, we would be happy to answer them at your next dental appointment.
What is tooth whitening and is it safe?
Whitening has been done safely in Canada for many years and can be done in a number of ways in our office. We use products with the active ingredient Carbamide Peroxide. Studies have shown that it is safe for use in the treatment of discoloured teeth. If you have questions, please feel free to give our office a call and set up an appointment for consultation.
When should I bring my baby in to the dentist?
The Canadian Dental Association encourages parents to bring their infants in for assessment within 6 months of the eruption of the first tooth or by the first year of age. Your child's health is important to us and we will do our best to ensure that their visit is a positive experience. If you think there is a problem with your child's teeth, feel free to bring your child in right away, no matter how old they are. You can start at home by taking care of their teeth regularly. Even before infant's teeth come in, you can start by wiping their gums with a soft, damp cloth. Once their teeth come in, you can continue with a soft toothbrush. Make sure they eat a healthy diet and limit candy and sugary drinks in between meals.
Will my dental appointment hurt?
We strive to make your dental appointment a stress free and relaxing experience. We will take into consideration your personal situation, listen to your concerns, and use modern techniques such as local anesthetic to make your experience as painless as possible.
What are the signs and symptoms of oral cancer?
At every dental hygiene visit we screen you for Oral cancer. In between visits, watch for any of the following and let us know if you are having any of the problems below;
- Tissue patches that are very white or red;
- Sores in your mouth that do not heal;
- Difficulty swallowing;
- Lumps in your mouth or neck;
- Changes in your voice including hoarseness that lasts longer than the average cold;
- Pain or numbness in the head or neck area.