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Dental Care & Health Questions

1. Why should I visit the dentist every 6 months?

We recommend that you visit our office twice a year to maintain good oral health and for regular checkups that can detect more serious dental issues. Prevention and early detection is the key to avoiding painful or costly dental problems down the road. At your appointment, we do not simply polish and clean your teeth – we’re also checking for potential problems like oral cancer, tooth decay, gum disease and more. For some patients, we may recommend more frequent visits in order to treat conditions that need more attention.

2. Is a mouth guard from the dentist different from the ones available at a sporting goods store?

HIf you or your child is involved in a sport such as hockey, football, soccer or basketball, you should consider wearing a custom-fitted mouth guard. Any high-speed collision that occurs in one of these sports can cause serious damages to your teeth. When compared to a store bought mouth guard, a professionally fitted mouth guard offers a more comfortable and more secure feeling fit. A mouth guard created by your dentist can be tailored to each specific patient, and the material it is made of is chosen based on the wearer’s needs. A store bought mouth guard cannot offer the same type of protection and fit.

3. Can my chipped teeth be fixed?

Your dentist can examine your chipped or damaged teeth to determine the treatment option to correct the damage. The method used to fix your chipped tooth will depend on the location and size of the chip. Here are some of the most common treatment options:

Enamel Shaping
Your dentist will use a special tool to reshape your tooth and smooth out smaller chips.
Crowns
A crown is custom made to fit over the chewing surface of your tooth. Crowns are typically used on chipped molars.
Veneers
Porcelain veneers are custom created to cover imperfections in individual teeth.
Bonding
Bonding is a fast and easy solution for smaller-sized tooth chips. Your dentist will use a tooth-colored resin to hide the chip.

4. What teeth whitening options are available?

Teeth whitening can have a big impact on the overall appearance of your smile. Your dentist offers both in-office tooth whitening treatments, as well as in-home whitening kits.

An in-office treatment uses a bleaching substance and heat or light to activate the bleach. Within an hour of your treatment, you’ll see a noticeable difference in the shade of your teeth. With an at-home kit, you’ll use a custom-fitted tray and bleaching gel given to your by your dentist. He or she will let you know how long you should wear the tray each day.

Any form of teeth whitening should always be supervised by your dentist. Before you decide to whiten your teeth, visit your dentist to find out if there are any underlying causes for the discolouration of your smile. From there, we can help you choose the best method for getting that bright smile you’ve always wanted.

5. What is periodontal disease and can it be prevented?

Often referred to as gum disease, periodontal disease occurs when bacteria (plaque) builds up at the gum line. In time, this plaque will harden into tartar, and if tartar is not properly removed, it can lead to infection of the gum tissue and bone underneath.

In some more serious cases, your teeth can loosen and fall out as a result of periodontal disease. The bacteria can also enter your bloodstream and cause other types of serious health concerns.

To prevent gum disease, you should practice good oral hygiene and visit your dentist regularly. Your dentist will be able to detect the beginnings of gum disease and recommend treatment. If your gum disease is more advanced, you may be referred to a periodontist.

 

Can’t find the answer to your dental question? Give us a call us today at (905) 424-7344 – we’d be happy to talk to you about any questions or concerns.

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