How often should I be coming in for check ups?
You’ve probably heard that you should see your dentist for a check up every 6 months, but where did that number come from? Well, the 6-month schedule is based on most people’s dental needs, but it might not be right for you – it all depends on your mouth and how healthy it is.
If you’re meticulous about caring for your oral health, you might not need a check up every 6 months. On the other hand, if you usually take a more “relaxed” approach to your oral health, or you have oral health issues that need to be monitored, then it may be a good idea to have your teeth checked and cleaned more often.
Does whitening affect the long-term health of my teeth?
Both the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) and American Dental Association (ADA) have recognized in-office and at-home whitening solutions as safe, effective options for removing stains.
At the same time, it’s true that there hasn’t been a lot of research into the long-term effects of teeth whitening treatments, especially newer light or laser-based treatments. With that in mind, it’s best to avoid needing whitening in the first place by avoiding smoking, limiting your intake of staining foods and drinks, and visiting the dentist regularly for cleaning and polishing.
Do you use amalgam fillings or composite fillings?
It depends! Composite fillings blend in more easily with the natural shade of your teeth, but they aren’t as durable as alloy-based amalgam fillings. That’s why composite fillings are generally used for your front teeth, where there’s greater visibility and less wear-and-tear, while amalgam fillings are used for your back teeth, which are responsible for the majority of the grinding and chewing you do.
Yes, amalgam fillings do contain mercury – but they’re not the same as mercury fillings. The amount of mercury your body is exposed to from amalgam fillings is far less than the amount you would naturally absorb, and it’s nowhere close to being an unsafe amount.
When should I take my child to the dentist for the first time?
Your child’s first check up should happen around 6 months after their first tooth appears, or by the time they reach the age of one.
That’s important not just for evaluating your child’s oral health, but for helping them feel comfortable with visiting the dentist and equipping them with healthy habits that they’ll maintain for life.
I have sensitive teeth. Is there anything I can do about that?
If you have sensitive teeth, there are a few ways you can reduce the level of sensitivity and minimize discomfort.
As a first step, we suggest lowering the amount of acidic foods you eat – like oranges, tea, or soda – and brushing more gently with a sensitivity-focused toothpaste. We can also recommend fluoride-rich home care products that will help rebuild your enamel and lessen sensitivity.
If you still feel discomfort, we can apply a sealant to your teeth that protects your roots and significantly reduces sensitivity.