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Dental Health Questions & Concerns

Many people have questions about proper dental care habits. We hear them every day at Harmony Dental and are always happy to answer any questions or address concerns that our patients might have. If you would like information or if you have dental questions of your own, we invite you to call us.

1. Why should dental visits be scheduled every 6 months?

Visiting the dentist twice a year is a good way to prevent costly dental problems. While a routine cleaning is an important part of the visit, we also check for signs of issues such as tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancer. If we see any serious problems, we will suggest an additional one or two visits in addition to the standard two.

Maintaining good oral health not only impacts the appearance of your teeth, but also the health of your body overall.

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

It would be best if you came in so that we could make a custom fit for you. A properly fitted mouth guard is more likely to stay in place in your mouth, providing optimal protection against tooth damage. Additionally, a dental guards are made from a heavier material to provide better cushioning.

3. What can be done about my chipped teeth?

First, make an appointment to see your dentist. Your dentists will make the right decision for your tooth based on the size and location of the chip. Here are some procedures they might propose, depending on the specifics of your situation:

Enamel Shaping
Small chips are smoothed away as the tooth is reshaped
Bonding
Tooth-coloured resin is bonded to the area in question, convincingly masking the chip.
Veneers
Custom-made from porcelain to match your teeth, veneers cover and hide any imperfections such as chips.
Crowns
Crowns 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.

4. 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 achieve the desired result.

5. 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 loose or lost teeth. Additionally, bacteria can enter the bloodstream through the gums and result in additional health issues.

It is important that everyone schedule regular checkups, but it’s crucial 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 the intervention of a periodontist.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment or if you have any more dental care questions.

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