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Frequently Asked Dental Questions

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Questions about Dental Cleanings

How often should I visit my dentist for a dental cleaning?

You should visit your dentist to receive a cleaning twice a year. Even with good oral hygiene, buildup of plaque and tartar can occur and should be dealt with regularly. Most Canadian benefit plans cover this semi-annual procedure.

How long do dental cleanings usually take?

Depending on the amount of work that needs to be done, a cleaning can take anywhere between 30 minutes and an hour. Longer lapses between cleaning appointments usually equate to longer amounts of time needed to receive a thorough cleaning.

Do I need to do anything to prepare for a dental cleaning?

While it is important to maintain oral hygiene at all times, most people tend to fall behind in caring for their teeth. Improving brushing and flossing habits, chewing sugar-free gum after meals, and being honest with yourself and your dentist can help to make the experience of a dental cleaning easier.

How long do I wait to eat after my dental cleaning?

Waiting to eat or drink after receiving a dental cleaning is primarily important if you have received a fluoride treatment. It is best to wait 30 minutes before eating or drinking after receiving a cleaning.

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Questions about General Dentistry

What is calculus on teeth?

Calculus is a word that refers to hardened plaque build-up on teeth. It is also called tartar, and while plaque can be removed by brushing, calculus must be scraped off using the proper tools by a dental hygienist.

Ho does calculus form on teeth?

Calculus forms on teeth when minerals from saliva and gingival crevicular fluid precipitate with plaque to cause it to harden. While this process does kill the bacteria in plaque, it also creates a better surface onto which plaque can adhere.

How do I get rid of bad breath?

There are many causes of bad breath and many ways to combat it. Methods include frequent brushing and flossing, rinsing with water or mouthwash, scraping your tongue, avoiding more pungent foods like garlic and onions, chewing sugar-free gum, and altogether avoiding any kind of tobacco products.

What is the difference between a crown and a veneer?

The difference between a crown and a veneer is that, while a crown encases and protects the entire tooth, a veneer usually merely covers the tooth’s front side. Crowns require much more preparation and work to fit, while a veneer can be done with minimal preparation.

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a procedure that a dentist uses to save a badly damaged or infected tooth. If a cavity or injury goes untreated, the inner tissue of the tooth can become infected, and must be removed before the infection spreads. A dentist cleans out this tissue and replaces it with a filling material and then caps the tooth.

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is the removal of stains or discoloration to improve cosmetic appeal. In order to combat yellowing teeth, a dentist can use a form of hydrogen peroxide to return teeth to their bright white colour. This procedure can take multiple sessions to achieve the desired level of whiteness.

What is a composite filling?

A composite filling is a tooth-coloured filling that offers decent durability and is made from a mixture of plastic and glass. This filling offers the benefit of looking closer to the colour of the natural tooth.

What are dental sealants?

Dental sealants seep into the hard-to-reach grooves of teeth and protect them from bacteria. The sealant bonds to the tooth and hardens to help prevent cavities. Sealants are usually painless to apply and are typically made of plastic.

How long do dental sealants last?

Dental sealants can last up to ten years; however, the dental sealants should still receive regular check-ups to ensure that they are maintained and protecting the teeth properly. They will eventually start to wear out and, at that point, they can be replaced.

How do I clean a sports mouth guard?

The primary way to clean a sports mouth guard is to brush it and rinse it regularly. Plaque can build up on a mouth guard and it can gather debris, so it is ideal to keep it clean and dry. Sometimes it can help to soak it in a mouth guard soaking solution to kill bacteria and eliminate smell.

What are Invisalign braces?

Invisalign braces are clear plastic brackets that help to straighten teeth in a similar fashion to regular braces, but are much less noticeable. For cosmetic reasons, they are preferable to metal braces, and they can also be easier to clean

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Questions About Preventative Dentistry

What is preventative dentistry?

Preventive dentistry is the adoption of good dental habits to keep teeth healthy and avoid the need for drastic dental procedures due to enamel wear, cavities, or other dental issues. Such habits include regular brushing, flossing, and dental cleanings, as well as regular check-ups with the dentist.

How often do I need dental x-rays?

Depending on your dental history and the condition of your teeth, the regularity of dental X-rays can vary between six months and a couple years. If your teeth are consistently healthy and you have no history of dental problems, X-rays are only necessary to ensure that nothing has been missed during a check-up.

How often should I brush my teeth?

The regular brushing of teeth is one of the most important habits to get into to ensure good dental health. You should be brushing your teeth twice every day, preferably with a fluoride toothpaste. Brushing three times a day (once after every meal) is optimal.

How often should I floss?

Flossing should precede every tooth-brushing session to ensure that no plaque is left between the teeth. By flossing before you brush, you can make sure that the plaque gets swept away.

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