Q:  When should my child first visit the dentist?A:  We routinely see patients for their first visit typically by age 3.  It is at this time that we introduce them to a “ride in the chair” and count their teeth together.  This is usually done whilst they are accompanying their parents or other family members for a routine recall appointment.   While age three is only a guideline, some children younger than three may express a desire to visit the dentist and are always more than welcome.   It is important to stress that if any child complains of oral pain or the parent/guardian notices something that concerns them, this should be brought to the attention of the attending dentists or hygienist regardless of the child’s age.

Q:  How often should I have my teeth cleaned?

A:  There is no ideal time that is right for every individual.  Frequency depends   on factors such as diet, home care regiment, genetic predisposition or history of decay or gum disease, or an existing or incipient periodontal condition.  Your dentist and hygienist will determine a recall frequency that is appropriate for your individual situation.  This recommended frequency can and does change as the patients’ oral health care changes.

Q:  Does teeth whitening actually work?

A:  Yes.  However, the degree is patient-specific.  Some patients experience rapid and profound change while others are less pronounced and take longer to achieve.   We offer the most potent strength of professional grade whitening agent allowed by law.  Factors that affect a patients’ degree extent of change include; diet, genetics, their pre-existing base tooth colour.  Also, the number and type of existing restorations on teeth that are to be whitened will affect the outcome.

Q:  My partner says I grind my teeth while sleeping.  What can I do about this?

A:  A simple, effective, and non-evasive option is easily available in the form of a custom made dental biteguard.  This will eliminate the grinding noise and also protect the temporal mandibular joint (TMJ) and at the same time, preventing damage to teeth and existing dental work.

Q.  My teeth are sensitive.  What does this mean?

A:  Sensitivity may be caused by a variety of factors including but not limited to a) exposed root surfaces as a consequence of gum recession b) broken or leaky restorations c) dental decay  d) bite discrepancies or e) excessive clenching and/or grinding of teeth often while sleeping f) improper brushing techniques.  Your dental professional will help determine the cause of your sensitivity and provide ways to treat it that are most appropriate for you.

Q:  Are silver fillings bad for you?

A:  It is the official position of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States, Health and Welfare Canada and both the Canadian and American Dental Associations, after numerous studies that silver amalgam restoration pose NO demonstratable adverse affects of health and should not be routinely replaced for that reason.

Q:  Why do my gums bleed when I brush and/or floss?

A:  Gums bleed for a variety of reasons ranging from a) poor brushing/flossing techniques, b) gingivitis, c) periodontal disease, d) an underlying systemic medical condition.  Your dental professional will help determine the cause of your condition educate and instruct you on appropriate oral care techniques and treatment options.