Frequently Asked Questions
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“Why is visiting the dentist so important?”
- Helps prevent tooth decay
- Protects against periodontal (gum) disease, which can lead to tooth and bone loss
- Prevents bad breath; brushing, flossing, and seeing the dentist regularly will help reduce the amount of bad breath-causing bacteria in your mouth
- Gives you a more attractive smile and increases your self-confidence
- Helps keep teeth looking bright by preventing them from becoming stained by food, drinks, and tobacco
- Strengthens your teeth so that you can enjoy healthy, beautiful smiles for the rest of your life!
“How can I improve my smile?”
We have the capability to improve your smile using one or all or some of these procedures. For a comprehensive dental consultation, please contact your local, caring and gentle dentist.
“What is ‘teeth whitening’?”
“My teeth feel fine. Do I still need to see a dentist?”
- Professional teeth whitening
- Fillings that mimic the appearance of natural teeth
- Tooth replacement and full smile makeovers
“What should I look for when choosing the right dentist for me?”
- Is the appointment schedule convenient?
- Is the office easy to get to and close by?
- Does the office appear to be clean and orderly?
- Was your medical and dental history recorded and placed in a permanent file?
- Does the dentist explain techniques for good oral health?
- Is information about cost presented to you before treatment is scheduled?
- Is your dentist a member of the ADA (Australian Dental Association)?
“How can I take care of my teeth between dental checkups?”
- Make sure to use toothpaste that contains fluoride, and ask your dentist if you need a fluoride rinse. This will help prevent cavities.
- Avoid foods with a lot of sugar (sugar increases the amount of bacteria that grows in your mouth causing more plaque and possibly cavities) and avoid tobacco (this can stain your teeth, cause gum disease, and eventually lead to oral cancer).
- Don’t be afraid to brush your tongue! By brushing your tongue, you will remove food particles and reduce the amount of plaque causing bacteria. Tongue brushing also helps keep your breath fresh.
- Be sure to schedule your routine checkup. It is recommended that you visit the dentist every six months.
“At what age should I start taking my child to see the dentist?”
“How often should I see the dentist?”
“What is a filling?”
“What is ‘Gum Disease’?”
“What causes gum disease?”
- Gingivitis — This is the early stage of gum disease, when the gums become red and swollen, and bleed easily. At this stage, the disease is treatable and can usually be eliminated by daily brushing and flossing.
- Periodontitis — If left untreated, gingivitis will advance into periodontitis, and the gums and bone that support the teeth will become seriously and irreversibly damaged. Gums infected with periodontitis can cause teeth to become loose, fall out, or be removed by a dentist.
Certain factors can increase a patient’s risk of developing periodontal disease, including:
- Smoking or using chewing tobacco
- Certain types of medication such as steroids, anti-epilepsy drugs, cancer therapy drugs, calcium channel blockers, and oral contraceptives
- Bridges that no longer fit properly
- Crooked teeth
- Old fillings
“What are the signs and symptoms of gum disease?”
- Gums that bleed easily
- Red, swollen, tender gums
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste
- Pus between your teeth and gums
- Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
- Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
- Any change in the fit of partial dentures
“Can gum disease be treated?”
- Non-surgical treatments such as at home periodontal trays, and scaling and root planing (deep cleaning)
- Periodontal surgery and laser gum surgery
- Dental implants
“How can I prevent gum disease?”
“Do you use a digital x-rays system”
“How do I schedule my next check up?”
“What causes tooth sensitivity?”
- Gum recession.
- Acidy liquids (such as soda) that cause enamel wear and dentin exposure.
- Tooth grinding, in which case all teeth feel sensitive.
- Brushing teeth too hard, which may cause enamel loss and dentin exposure.
- Dental treatment such as teeth whitening, professional dental hygiene cleanings, orthodontics or tooth restorations (i.e. root canals).
- Root nerve damage, gum disease (periodontitis), or a chipped or fractured tooth
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