Dental Health Questions & Concerns

Why should dental visits be scheduled every 6 months?

Visiting the dentist twice a year is an essential way to prevent costly dental problems. While your routine cleaning is an important part of the visit, we also check for signs of any problem issues such as tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancer. If potential problems have presented themselves, we may suggest an additional one or two visits in addition to the standard two. Maintaining good oral health not only impacts your smile, but also the health of your entire body overall.

Can I use a boil and bite mouth guard instead of a dental guard?

It is best that you come in to have a mouthpiece custom fitted by your dentists. This is because a properly fitted mouth guard is more likely to stay in place in your mouth, thereby providing optimal protection against tooth damage. Additionally, our mouth guards are made from a heavier material to provide better cushioning.

What can be done about my chipped teeth?

Your first step should be to make an appointment to see your dentist. The ideal solution determined by your dentists will be based on the size and location of the chip. Here is an example of some available solutions:

  • Enamel ShapingSmall chips are smoothed away as the tooth is reshaped.
  • BondingTooth-coloured resin is bonded to the area in question, convincingly masking the chip.
  • VeneersCustom-made from porcelain to match your teeth, veneers are covers that hide any imperfections such as chips.
  • CrownsCrowns are custom-fitted to cover damaged molars. They are often used to protect molars that have been extensively filled, have undergone a root canal or have sustained large chips.

Talk to us today about the best option to effectively repair chipped teeth.

How can I get a whiter smile?

There are two ways that your dentist can effectively help you to whiten your smile. The first option is an in-office treatment. This method of teeth whitening uses a dental bleach and a source of heat or light to activate the bleach. Patients typically see results within an hour of an in-office treatment. The second option is an at-home kit. This kit comes with a tray that is custom-fitted to your teeth. Within the tray is a dental bleaching gel, which is provided by your dentist. The tray is to be worn for a certain length of time each day. It’s important that tooth whitening is always done under a dentist’s supervision. We can rule out any underlying causes for the discolouration of your teeth and we can help you choose the whitening option that will best achieve your desired results.

What is Periodontal Disease and How Can I Avoid It?

Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) is caused by plaque that has built up along the gums. Eventually, the plaque hardens into tarter, which can lead to an infection that may eventually break down the gum tissue and spread to the underlying bone. This can result in loosened or lost teeth. Additionally, bacteria can enter the bloodstream through the gums and result in additional health issues. It is very important for everyone to schedule regular checkups, but even more so for individuals with a history of gum disease. Always remember that early detection is your best defense. If gum disease is detected early on, it may be easily remedied thorough professional cleaning and a more dedicated oral hygiene routine. However, gum disease in its later stages may require you to be referred to a periodontist.

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