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Yes! We are always happy to meet new patients.  We look forward to showing you why our patients have trusted us with their families’ smiles for over 35 years.
It is impossible to accurately quote our fees over the phone or online. Our fees depend on which tooth needs treatment, which materials we require, how much planning is involved, the current condition of your teeth, and what kind of end result you are expecting. We suggest coming in for a complimentary consultation with the doctor so that we can accurately assess your situation, review different options, and tell you how long it will take and how much it will cost.

If you are asking about fees because you are looking for the lowest fees, we can tell you that you will probably find lower fees at another dental practice. We believe in providing the finest quality dental care in the most convenient and comfortable manner possible. We take meticulous care in our treatment and use top quality materials and labs, all the while making sure your visits are as pleasant as possible. We don’t want to be the cheapest dental office in town, but if you are looking for someone to take excellent care of your family and your smile, this is the place for you!

We accept virtually all forms of dental insurance. We are happy to file your claims electronically and will provide you with a statement at each visit. After paying the bill for your treatment, with our assistance your insurance company will reimburse you usually within one week.

We understand that all families must operate on a budget, and that dental care can sometimes be expensive. Your insurance benefits are not designed with your best interests in mind, but we are committed to giving you our best professional advice, regardless of what your insurance covers. Of course, it is always your decision whether you are interested in the treatment, and whether it fits within your budget.

Your agreement with your insurance carrier is a private contract between the two of you.  We can not accept payment on your behalf.  We would be more than happy to file your claim electronically on your behalf.  With this electronic system, most of our patients receive reimbursement from their insurance company within one week.

We do our very best to make sure there are no surprises about the amount or timing of your invoice.  Some of our patients with larger treatment plans choose to take advantage of our alternative financial arrangements.  We specialize in finding creative solutions that fit almost any budget!

We have patients from all walks of life – doctors, lawyers, teachers, firemen, factory workers, unemployed single moms, and everything in between. But the one thing ALL of our patients have in common is that they want the finest dental care possible in the most comfortable environment possible.  Come visit and let us show you what truly exceptional dental care is all about.
Sugar and acids are your teeth’s worst enemies. What are we talking about? Soft drinks, energy drinks, fruit juices, and candy. Because of the acid content, Mountain Dew seems to be the worst of the worst. Dentists even have a name for the damage it does – they call it “Dew Mouth.” These soften the tooth enamel, making it highly susceptible to decay.

Parents, watch your kid’s consumption of these, because young children’s enamel hasn’t developed fully. This makes these drinks even more damaging for kids. As well as eliminating the above (or at least reducing their consumption), use a sugar-free xylitol chewing gum after meals. Also, rinse your mouth with a high-quality dental mouthwash.

Community water fluoridation is perfectly safe, and is a critical means for preventing rampant tooth decay in our children. Tooth decay is the most frequent infectious disease affecting our children, other than the common cold, and tooth pain is one of the leading reasons for school absences.

The global scientific evidence is overwhelming in its support for water fluoridation at regulated levels for the prevention of tooth decay. In fact, the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) listed water fluoridation as one of the top 10 public health initiatives of the 20th century, a list that included motor vehicle safety, promotion of heart health, recognition of the health risks associated with tobacco, and awareness of a mother’s health during pregnancy.

And our community has something to be very proud of – in 1945, Brantford was the very first community in all of Canada to have access to fluoridated water!

Excessive amounts of ingested fluoride by children can cause minor tooth irregularities, including white or brown spots. Young children can have a tendency swallow too much toothpaste while brushing. So parents, please supervise your young kids while they brush. Kids (and even adults) often use way too much toothpaste (a pea-size drop is plenty). A little goes a long way.

Do you wake up with pain in your jaws or a persistent headache? If so, you may be grinding (called bruxing) while you sleep.

Persistent bruxing can damage teeth and cause them to get shorter and shorter. It can also damage your temporomandibular (jaw) joints and even affect your hearing. If you suspect that you are a bruxer, ask us about our NTI night-time appliance. It is FDA approved as a drug-free treatment for migraine headaches.

TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, your jaw joints. The pain, discomfort, or tenderness in or around the jaw joints is called a TMJ disorder.

Signs that you might have a TMJ disorder are:
• Facial pain or tenderness
• Jaw pain
• Pain in or around the ears
• Neck pain
• Jaw stiffness
• Discomfort while chewing
• Headaches
• Difficulty opening and closing the mouth
• Jaw “locking up”
• Jaw makes a clicking sound
• Teeth that don’t come together properly when eating or chewing

There are a variety of treatment options for TMJ. Be sure to ask us about these.

Yes. Recent medical research has caused many doctors to reach a startling conclusion: gum disease, stroke, and heart disease are linked. Since heart disease is usually fatal, it is clear that gum disease is a serious matter.

The Canadian Dental Association estimates that 8 out of 10 Canadians have periodontal (gum) disease. If this were any other affliction, such as AIDS or tuberculosis, it would be considered an epidemic! Most dentists think it is just that. They also knew that gum disease would never be labeled epidemic because “no one ever dies from it.” The worst is that you lose your teeth. Not pleasant – but certainly not life threatening. But that’s all changed.

The Canadian Academy of Periodontology reports that studies found periodontal infection may contribute to the development of heart disease, increase the risk of premature, underweight births, and pose a serious threat to people whose health is already compromised due to diabetes and respiratory diseases. Periodontal disease is characterized by bacterial infection of the gums. These bacteria can travel into the bloodstream – straight to the heart.

Now the Good News

With advanced periodontal disease, the treatment is surgical. Gum surgery is never fun, but it is almost always successful in controlling the condition, and it’s usually covered by common insurance plans. With mild periodontal disease, there are very effective NON-surgical procedures which, coupled with improved dental hygiene, can virtually halt the spread of the disease. This, too, is usually covered under most dental insurance plans.

Yes, we do. Our dentists and hygienists routinely screen for the early signs of oral cancer. Oral cancer can affect your lips, tongue, gums, salivary glands, and jaw bones. The number of new cancers detected in the mouth are higher than cervical, liver, stomach, brain, and ovarian cancers. The effects can be devastating. In fact, survival rate for oral cancers is much lower than for cervical, melanoma, and prostate cancers.

Like many cancers, there are often no symptoms in the early stages. Early detection is key, and regular visits with your dentist and hygienist are your first line of defence.

Did you know “teeth cleaning” does more than just clean your teeth? Removing plaque is absolutely essential if you want to preserve your teeth. It builds up on the tooth surfaces and between the teeth.

Brushing and flossing are, of course, vital, but everyone needs their teeth professionally cleaned on a regular basis. Remember – only a dental hygienist can completely clean your teeth.

Teeth can be lost due to an accident or other trauma, but the most common reason people lose a tooth is because of gum disease and/or decay. So, is it a big deal to lose a tooth? I mean you can’t die from it, right? No, you can’t, but losing even a single tooth can cause the other teeth to shift and move around – not good. This can affect chewing and your ability to absorb nutrients from your food.

Other bad things can happen; your face will change shape, often looking “sunken.” This can make you look much older than you really are. Your speech can be affected. Because it’s harder to chew with missing teeth, you may find yourself favouring softer foods and more carbohydrates, which can cause you to gain weight.

The best way to treat a missing tooth (or missing teeth) is with dental implants. An implant can replace one tooth or many. They can be made to look so natural that even a dentist has to look hard to tell the difference.

Many people assume that tooth loss is due to decay. It’s not. It’s because of gum disease. And it can be completely painless right up until you lose your teeth. Symptoms include bleeding gums when you brush or floss and loose or shifting teeth.

If you’ve been told you need gum surgery, you will be glad to know that it’s possible to control gum disease with a variety of non-surgical methods.

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