Did you know, over the course of a lifetime, the average Canadian will spend nearly 40 days of their life brushing their teeth? But, it’s well worth it considering the impact oral health has over our general health and appearance. Here are some other great bits of dental info:
Q: I’m really nervous, is the dentist nice and gentle?
A: Our staff makes every effort to ensure your visit is as relaxing as possible. We recognize that some patients experience dental anxiety more profoundly than others. We will work with you to ensure your visit is as anxiety-free as possible. Please let us know if you are feeling uncomfortable or anxious, either leading up to or at the time of your appointment.
Q: I need a new denture. Do you make dentures or should I go elsewhere?
A: A good part of the training that a dentist receives in the course of their university program is making well-fitting and comfortable full and partial dentures. These may include:
Please give us a call to learn more.
Q: Do you have laughing gas (nitrous oxide)?
A: Yes, we do use nitrous oxide in the office, both for adults and children as required. We can also prescribe an oral sedative to help you relax on the day of your appointment.
Q: Do you do implants?
A: Yes. Implants can be placed to support a single crown, a fixed bridge or a full or partial denture. At Stirling Dental Centre we have placed many implant-supported structures and would be happy to discuss implants with you and answer any questions you might have.
Q: What is the difference between a crown and a cap?
A: A crown and a cap are the same thing. The purpose of a crown is to protect a heavily restored tooth from breaking down further due to functional stresses.
Q: Is a “bridge” a partial denture?
A: Some patients confuse a “bridge” with a partial denture. A partial denture is removable and should be removed for cleaning and maintenance purposes. A bridge is a fixed structure and is attached to adjacent teeth. The teeth are prepared to accept the bridge and the prosthesis is cemented in place. The bridge is then cleaned and maintained in the mouth in a manner similar to your natural teeth.
Q: How does a dental sealant work?
A: Everyone’s teeth have small crevices in them that can be difficult to reach when brushing. These crevices harbour dental plaque, which causes cavities. Following a deep clean, sealants are used to fill these crevices, making it easier to clean.
Q: What’s up with tongue brushes and scrapers?
A: Finally, tongue scrapers and brushes have hit the mainstream! Tongue brushes and scrapers are a great tool for extracting bacteria from your tongue’s pores and surface areas. Clinical studies have proven that tongue scrapers are very useful in removing toxins and bacteria that is responsible for halitosis (bad breath.)
Q: How long should I brush my teeth?
A: Generally speaking, you should brush your teeth for at least two minutes, three times a day. If you’re in doubt, put on a Beatles song, as these are generally right around the two-minute mark. Don’t forget to floss!
Q: What should I use to clean my toddler’s teeth?
A: Due to the risk of swallowing, parents are generally advised to use a non-fluoride toothpaste, or “training toothpaste,” to clean their children’s teeth. The gums should also be gently massaged, either with a fingertip or soft-bristled toothbrush.
Q: Why do you need to take X-rays?
A: Dental problems often go undetected because they remain hidden within the teeth and bones of the mouth. With X-rays, we can diagnose a problem in its early stages when treatment is minimal or non-invasive. Catching a problem early will not only be a benefit to your health, but also to your pocketbook. X-rays enable dentists to see areas otherwise hidden from view, such as areas between adjoining teeth, below the gum line, as well as the surrounding jaw and facial bones. We can examine these areas and discover problems such as cavities, trauma to teeth, periodontal disease and bone disease, tumours and other issues that would likely go undetected until they became major issues.
Q: Do you use digital radiography?
A: Digital dental X-rays use significantly less radiation to obtain an image. An electronic sensor is used instead of X-ray film and this image is stored in the computer. In view of some of the public concerns surrounding dental X-rays, our office has changed completely to digital to put our patients at ease.
Q: What is involved in a comprehensive oral examination (COE)?
A: A comprehensive oral examination (COE) is not just a standard checkup and cleaning. The COE is generally done at your first appointment to the office. A COE varies greatly from a routine visit to the dentist and involves the following:
Once the COE is completed, the dentist and hygienist will inform you of the condition of your teeth, gums, and jaws and suggest a course of treatment going forward.
Q: How often do I need to have a comprehensive oral examination?
A: We recommend having a COE performed at least every five years.
Q: Are Soft Drinks really that Bad for My Teeth?
A: The short answer is — absolutely! It’s been estimated that people who have three or more 12-ounce soft drinks each day are over 60% more likely to have tooth decay, tooth loss, and of course, fillings.
Q: Should I floss every day?
A: We don’t want to be a “Debbie downer,” but we’d be lying to you if we appeased your inner desire to skip the flossing, but yes, you absolutely should floss every day. When you don’t floss, you are essentially missing 40% of your tooth surface — the same surface areas that are most prone to decay.