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Dental health FAQs
Do I really have to go to the dentist every six months?

Regular dental check up is recommended. It can help detect small problems early. Dental visits vary from person to person. Your dentist can suggest you the right time for your next visit depending upon your oral health. 

What are the factors that affect my dental health?

Ask yourself the following questions to check your dental health:

The answers to these questions are all factors that could potentially affect your oral health.

Do I need x-rays at each visit?

How often dental x-rays are required depends on your oral health. If you are a healthy adult, have no cavities, or no gum problems, you do not need x-ray on every dental visit. If you are unsure, consult with your dentist. 

These days dental x-rays are safer than they used to be in the past. They deliver only a small amount of radiation which is safe for the human body. 

How can I get my records transferred?

Your original dental records are with your dentist who is providing you the treatment. According to a provincial regulatory body, dentists have to keep all of their records for some time. Once you have selected a new dentist, you can request a copy of your records. 

You may need to sign a release form from your previous dentist. You may also be charged an administrative fee to transfer the funds to your new dentist. 

When should I take my child to the dentist for the first time?

A child should learn that dental visits are a regular part of your health care. It is also important to get an early checkup to avoid issues like cavities. According to CDA, an infant’s first assessment, by a dentist, should be done by one year of age or within 6 months of the first tooth eruption. However, if there is any problem, you should take your child to the dentist right away. 

What’s the difference between at-home bleaching and bleaching done by a dentist?

Non-vital bleaching is known for years and it is a very common practice being done by dentists. It is usually done on a stained, damaged, darkened tooth that has had root canal treatment. On the other hand, vital bleaching is done on healthy teeth. It is also known as whitening. 

In a few cases, you may receive instructions from your dentist’s office on how to perform bleaching on your teeth, at home. There are various whitening/bleaching kits available in the market. You may consult your dentist before using these products because every product is different and gives you different results. These products may also have some side effects. 

There is various whitening toothpaste available with abrasive ingredients that work on surface stain only. These kinds of toothpaste are not bleaching products. These toothpastes contain a chemical compound (low amount of bleach) that helps in teeth lighting. The stronger the product is; the more side effects will be. These can be used just like regular toothpaste.

Bleaching kits are stronger than toothpastes and it stays longer on your teeth. These kits do not come with added safety. These are one-size-fit products for all. Therefore, it does not always work well for everyone; and may have side effects. 

Consult with your dentist before using any whitening kits or bleaching products to avoid any problems.

My dentist is recommending treatment (I know nothing about it). What should I do?

Not aware of the recommended treatments? Simply, ask. Ask questions and clear all your doubts. You should be comfortable with the treatment. You should feel better and understand the dental procedure before you perform them. 

Here are a few tips when asking questions. Ask:

You may also get written instructions from your dentist on how to perform the procedure. If you are unsure, call the dental office and ask again. Do not rely on information available on the internet, as it is not always correct, and it may not work for your dental problem or procedure. 

How safe is home teeth whitening?

At-home teeth brightening techniques are safe for use if used correctly. However, long time use of these products may have a serious impact on your dental wellbeing. Consult your dentist, if you wish to use teeth whitening products at home. Nothing is better than whitening done by your dentist.

Why are dental crowns so expensive?

More reliability comes at a greater cost. Dental crowns are designed using the latest CAD technology. As crowns offer the strength, solidness, and usefulness of your normal teeth. Crowns last for a very time and these are more affordable than procedures like fillings.

Does smoking make the teeth lose?

According to new studies, regular smokers have a significantly increased risk of tooth loss. Male smokers are up to 3.6 times more likely to lose their teeth than non-smokers, whereas female smokers were found to be 2.5 times more likely.

Should I use fluoride toothpaste?

Yes, fluoride toothpaste is very useful to protect your teeth. Fluoride is known to keep your tooth enamel protected from the acidic diets that you may consume. It lowers the rate of tooth rot and also decreases the probability of having cavities.

What can I do if my gums are bleeding?

Bleeding gums indicate poor dental health. You may try to quit smoking, take more vitamins, rinse your mouth with hydrogen peroxide, rinse your mouth with saltwater.

Visit your dentist if the condition stays the same or worsens. There could be some serious infections or diseases that require immediate dentist help.

Why is it important to floss my teeth?

The food can get stuck between your teeth and that causes plaque buildup. Flossing your teeth can help you extract the junk out. Regular flossing prevents swelling.

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