Frequently Asked Questions…
Every day in our office we speak with patients to answer any questions that they may have regarding the health and maintenance of their oral condition.
Listed below for your reference are the questions that we are asked most often. If you would like to discuss any of these questions in more detail or if you have questions of your own, we invite you to contact us.
Why is it important that I visit my dentist every 6 months?
We recommend that patients visit our office at least twice a year to ensure optimal oral health and to help avoid serious and costly future problems. In addition to cleaning and polishing all the visible and hidden surfaces of your teeth, we also check for a number of potential problems. Tooth decay, oral cancer and periodontal (gum) disease are just a few examples of issues that can have serious consequences if left undetected. In certain cases, we may even recommend 3 or 4 visits per year in order to properly treat conditions that require more attention. Maintaining a regular appointment schedule with your dentist isn’t just good for your teeth, it’s an important part of your overall health.
Why do my gums bleed when I brush my teeth?
Bleeding during brushing and flossing is often the first sign of periodontal (gum) disease. This means that your gums have become inflamed or infected as a result of plaque and tartar buildup along and below the gum lines. This condition can become very serious if left untreated and can eventually lead to receding gums and tooth loss.
The best treatment for this condition is a visit to your dentist for a thorough check-up and cleaning, followed by a complete regimen of brushing and flossing. With prompt and thorough treatment, the condition, if caught early, can normally be corrected. Please feel free to call our office if you have noticed bleeding during tooth brushing, or if you would like direction on proper home-care techniques.
How can I help myself to prevent bad breath?
According to recent studies, almost half the population of adults in North America suffers at least occasionally from bad breath (halitosis). The most common cause of bad breath is bacteria in the mouth and on the back of the tongue. These bacteria produce a volatile sulfur compound, which in turn produces a smell similar to “rotten eggs”. (Other non-dental causes of halitosis include certain foods, smoking, alcohol, hormonal changes or simply being hungry.)
If the halitosis is of oral origin, the treatment usually begins with ensuring meticulous hygiene of the mouth. Your dentist or dental hygienist will check for gum disease and, if necessary, prepare a detailed treatment plan. Tongue scraping should also become an important part of daily home care and part of your regular tooth brushing routine. (Don’t worry, it’s easy and painless!)
How is a mouthguard from my dentist different from one I buy at a sporting goods store?
High-speed collisions that occur when playing sports like hockey, football, soccer and basketball can cause serious tooth damage. A professionally fitted mouth guard is the best defense for any athlete against potential damage. The mouthguards provided in our office are custom-made to perfectly fit the wearer’s teeth which ensures a more comfortable and secure fit. In addition, we use a heavier mouthguard material selected based upon each patient’s individual needs. The boil and bite mouth guards that you purchase in retail stores simply cannot provide the same level of protection.
So what is “cosmetic dentistry”, and what types of treatments does it involve?
Have you ever wondered what you would look like if you had a more attractive looking smile? Providing people with a means of achieving their best smile is what Cosmetic Dentistry is all about.
More and more people today are booking appointments with our dental office, not because they are having dental problems, but because they want to smile more confidently. In many cases, these smiles begin with teeth that are crooked, stained, chipped or missing all together. From simple teeth whitening to full smile reconstruction, the end result in most cases is a healthy, attractive looking smile that provides a greater sense of self-confidence and enjoyment of life.
If you feel self-conscious about the appearance of your teeth, ask us about what specific treatments in cosmetic dentistry would benefit you.
Am I a candidate for implants?
Generally, candidates for dental implants should be in good overall health, have healthy gums, good oral habits for aftercare and a healthy jawbone to support the implants. Dental implants can be adversely affected by some chronic diseases, existing dental problems, diabetes, bone disorders, smoking and alcohol. Your dentist can evaluate your situation to determine if dental implants are the best option for you.
Can I replace an old crown that looks unnatural?
Many of our patients have asked us about replacing very old crowns that have deteriorated or crowns that do not blend well with their natural teeth.
One of our skilled dentists will ensure that the colour and shade is matched and the crown is shaped precisely for a very natural, indistinguishable appearance.