Frequently Asked Questions

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Reasons for having bad breath

Many people suffer from bad breath; in fact. Some reasons for bad breath may include:

  1. Poor Dental Hygiene
  2. Eating certain foods, such as garlic, onions or drinking lots of caffeine
  3. Smoking
  4. Diseases, such as cancer or diabetes
  5. Dry mouth (often called morning breath)

You can help reduce the incidence of bad breath by brushing and flossing each day to remove plaque. By avoiding certain foods you can also eliminate a lot of bad breath problems. If you wear a denture or removable partial denture, it is important to clean it thoroughly every day and remove it at night so your mouth tissues can restore themselves daily. If a bad breath problem persists then let us know and we will try to discover what the problem is and recommend a treatment.

How common is gum disease?

Gum disease is the most common dental problem, and it can progress quite painlessly until you have a serious problem. The end result is bone loss and the loss of teeth. Even though you may brush and floss regularly, regular visits to the dentist will help detect gum disease in the early stages.

Are X-Rays safe?

You are already exposed to low levels of radiation from the environment on a daily basis. This is caused by natural sources of radioactive substances in the earth, the sun and from naturally occurring radiation in our bodies. This is commonly referred to as background radiation. The amount of radiation you receive during a single x-ray is equivalent to a few days of background radiation. In addition to the low levels of radiation used, we target the x-ray machine only at those areas we need to review in order to ensure that you have healthy teeth. We also cover the remainder of your body with a lead apron providing you with additional protection. So when done properly by our experts X-rays are safe.

What should I do before my Dental Appointment?

There are a few things that you should do before your dental appointment to ensure that we are most effective when treating you. Please keep us informed about:

  1. Whether your teeth or gums are more sensitive to heat, cold or sweets
  2. Any changes in your gums, such as changes in colour, tenderness or bleeding when you brush or floss
  3. Whether your floss catches on rough edges of teeth that cause the floss to tear
  4. Any changes in the skin on the inside of your mouth, such as changes in colour
  5. If you clench or grind your teeth, or if your neck and jaw muscles are tense or sore
  6. Inform us of any allergies you have
  7. Inform us if you are pregnant
  8. Any medications you are taking
  9. If your medications have changed since your last check-up
  10. Any health problems or medical condition that you are being treated for
  11. Any other changes in your general health

Reasons for my teeth to be sensitive?

Sensitive teeth are often experienced when the surface of a tooth has been worn down. One of the most common reasons for adults is that the roots of the teeth are exposed because the gums are receding. This allows the effect of heat and cold to penetrate to the pulp where the nerves are located. The problem gets worse as you tend not to brush your teeth properly if they are causing you pain. If you are experiencing pain or sensitivity, let us know so we can assess your situation and recommend the best treatment to take care of your discomfort.

Can Fluoride help my teeth?

Tooth enamel is hard but also has microscopic pores in it. Sugar combines with the bacteria in plaque, which forms on your teeth daily, to produce acids that seep into the enamel’s pores. This causes the enamel to demineralize and become weak, contributing to the formation of cavities. Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by slowing the breakdown of enamel and speeding up the natural remineralization process. This keeps your teeth strong and healthy. Fluoride also fights cavities by reducing the amount of acids that are produced by plaque.

Which toothbrush is the best and I should buy?

The brand of toothbrushes is less important than the type of brush, and how often you brush your teeth. We recommend that you have a soft bristle brush. This type of brush will effectively remove plaque and a soft brush will not damage your gums. We also recommend that you brush at least twice a day. The condition of your brush is also important, as when the bristles begin to bend over it is time to start using a new brush. When the bristles on your toothbrush are bent over they lose their ability to remove food and plaque. It is the tip of the bristles that clean your teeth the best.

Does sugar cause cavities?

Plaque forms on your teeth daily. When sugar combines with the bacteria in plaque it produces acids that damage the enamel on your teeth. Although decreasing sugar intake will help, it is impossible to avoid sugar completely as it is naturally found in many of our foods, including fruits and vegetables. In order to maintain healthy teeth and gums, you must brush and floss daily using good techniques to ensure the best results in avoiding cavities.

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