Answers to frequently asked dental questions

How often should I get my teeth cleaned by a dentist?

A schedule for teeth cleaning and dental health maintenance should be established after a complete dental examination, including radiographs. Most people should have their teeth professionally cleaned by a dentist or dental hygienist every 6 months. However, some people may need more frequent visits to keep their teeth and gums healthy.

How often do I need dental X-rays?

Dental check-up radiographs or bitewing x-rays are taken approximately once a year. Every patient is unique so the dentist will establish the frequency of radiographs based on the specific needs of the individual patient.

How often should I brush my teeth?

It is recommended to brush a minimum of two times per day.

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a treatment needed to remove diseased or injured nerve tissue from a tooth. There are several indications for this procedure including severe tooth decay, deep fillings, a cracked tooth or trauma to a tooth. At The Dentistry Place, the dentist will completely anaesthetize the affected tooth and surrounding tissues to ensure comfort during the procedure.

What is a crown?

A crown is a complete covering of a tooth in order to protect the tooth after major treatment such as large fillings and root canals. A crown also serves to protect the tooth from further fracture if a tooth has cracked.

Can teeth whitening damage my teeth?

Moderation is key: occasional whitening of teeth is not usually problematic; however, if used too frequently the enamel or the root structure of the teeth can be damaged. Your dentist will suggest an appropriate whitening schedule.

How can I get rid of bad breath?

If you neglect your daily hygiene over time, bad breath can become a symptom of more serious dental health problems. Teeth that are not cleaned properly become a place for bacteria to reside as food particles stay in your mouth and decay. Bacteria attack your teeth and gums and cause cavities and gum disease. If this is happening, gum disease will cause an unpleasant odour.

Regular dental check-ups with a dentistry professional will help keep your mouth healthy and working well. Your dentist can stop problems before they cause trouble, including problems that cause bad breath.

What is Invisalign and how does it work?

A popular orthodontic alternative, Invisalign braces work to gradually shift your teeth into a desired final position. Today, more and more teenagers and adults are being introduced to the innovative Invisalign technology. Due to the fact that Invisalign is removable, you are able to eat or drink whatever you like during treatment. In addition, patients are able to brush and floss teeth without trouble, allowing for better oral health.

Invisalign utilizes clear, plastic aligners to correct your bite. You will wear each set of aligners for approximately two weeks, which will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place. After the specified time, you can start the next series of aligners until treatment is complete and your smile is straight!

Why should I get my wisdom teeth removed?

Wisdom teeth generate problems because the shape of the modern human mouth is too small to accommodate these teeth, and they become impacted or unable to come in or move into their proper place. Wisdom teeth can become breeding grounds for bacteria and germs that may cause infection.

Why do I need to floss?

You need to get around your teeth daily with dental floss. It clears food and plaque from between teeth and under the gumline. If you don’t, plaque hardens into tartar, which forms wedges and widens the space between teeth and gums, causing pockets. Over time, gums pull away and teeth loosen.

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