Frequently Asked Questions
Many of our patients ask us the same questions when it comes to their oral health and routine dental care.
Here are some fun FAQ’s you may find helpful!
Why should I go to the dentist regularly?
Most people don’t visit their dentist on a regular basis. Being proactive and having regular hygiene cleanings can prevent you from being reactive and having to deal with dental problems later on, costing you time and money, and causing you pain.
How often should I go to the dentist?
It is recommended for patients to visit the dentist for their routine cleanings at least twice a year, roughly every six months. Some patients visit more often due to their specific dental needs. No matter how thorough patients are at proper oral care, plaque will still build up and a dental visit is needed. In addition, x-rays are taken and an oral exam is performed. This allows your dentist to detect any decay or other dental issues. Catching them early can save you time, money, and pain.
Do you know my insurance coverage?
We are a non-assignment office which means that we do not direct bill to your insurance. We will submit your insurance claim to them on your behalf, but they will reimburse you directly. Since we are non-assignment we are considered a third-party. Because of this, we do not have access to your insurance information. We are NOT able to determine your insurance coverage before your appointment. If you have any questions regarding your coverage, please contact your insurance company prior to your appointment.
Why are x-rays important?
Dental x-rays are routinely taken to fully examine your mouth on a regular basis. X-rays may reveal: areas of decay in between the teeth, infections in the bone, gum disease, abscesses, and some types of tumours. Routine x-rays are important as they can diagnose problems at an early stage to save you time, money, and pain.
Why do I need to floss?
Brushing alone does not remove all the bacteria in your mouth caused by food particles left on your teeth. Flossing reaches the areas brushing does not reach, which are the spaces in between your teeth. Without flossing, the bacteria that turned to plaque turns to tartar. While your toothbrush can remove plaque, it cannot remove tartar, and at this point dental intervention is needed.
What is fluoride and why should I get it?
Fluoride is a natural mineral that is used to strengthen teeth and prevent cavities by protecting the enamel and fighting the bacteria that causes decay. Fluoride treatment is beneficial to patients who are prone to cavities, and administered as a rinse, foam, gel, or varnish.
Why are my teeth yellow?
Foods that are high in tannins (natural compounds) can cause the yellowing of your teeth, such as pop, coffee, and wine. The tannins enter the enamel of your teeth and cause long-term discolouration. Smoking is also a factor of yellow teeth. Other reasons include genetics, age, illness, medications, and injuries to the tooth.
Why are my teeth sensitive?
There are many reasons why your teeth may be sensitive. Brushing too hard can damage your enamel, which can also lead to gum recession. Sugary food and drinks contribute to bacteria growth, which in turn affects the structure and durability of the tooth. Acidic food and drinks can also break down your enamel and leave your teeth feeling sensitive.
How do my medications affect my dental health and treatment?
Medications can cause many dental problems, including gum inflammation, bleeding, and ulcerations, which can all lead to tooth loss. Some medications can reduce the amount of saliva produced, often causing dry mouth, which can increase the risk of tooth decay.
Do I need to take a pre-medication for my dental appointments?
Sometimes medications are taken before dental procedures to protect your body when it is more susceptible to infection. Patients with certain conditions are advised by their health care provider whether or not they need to take pre-medication based on their medical history.
Does being pregnant affect my dental health and treatment?
Pregnancy can affect some women’s dental health, causing gum disease and an increased risk of tooth decay. Morning sickness can cause the stomach acid to weaken the surface of your teeth, so proper oral care is important to manage and control the damage that can be done. Eating healthy foods allow the proper nutrients to enter your body and strengthen your teeth. Going to the dentist for cleanings on a more frequent basis can help with sensitivity and bleeding. X-rays are generally avoided during pregnancy, but can be taken if the risk of not taking them is greater than having them taken (to diagnose decay or infection). If dental work is needed, waiting until the second trimester is best.’