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DENTAL CARE FAQ

  • What is Dentistry?

    Considered to be a necessity to oral health, dentistry is the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases and disorders related to your teeth, gums, jaw and mouth.

  • Who is a Dentist?

    With years of training, a Dentist must either have received a doctor of dental surgery degree or a doctor of dental medicine degree. They act as a specialist with the ability to diagnose, treat and prevent oral health problems. Some Dentists provide services to patients of all ages, and some are more specialized, including pediatric Dentists. Other specialties include orthodontics, periodontics, endodontics and prosthodontics.

  • Why is visiting the Dentist so important?

    Regular dental visits can help prevent problems from arising, and it is part of a good routine to keep your mouth healthy. A Dentist can:

    Help prevent tooth decay
    Protect against gum disease
    Help prevent bad breath
    Provide treatments to strengthen your teeth
    And much more

  • My teeth feel fine. Do I still need to see a Dentist?

    Regular visits to your Dentist are important, some problems, such as gum disease can go undetected by the untrained individual. Also dental visits can help prevent problems from occurring in the first place. And if you are looking to improve the appearance of your teeth, a Dentist can provide you with professional whitening services, fillings, veneers and other cosmetic treatments.

  • What should I look for when choosing a Dentist?

    It is important to feel comfortable with your Dentist. One good strategy is to visit a few Dentists and compare them. If you have scheduled a first visit, here are some things to think about to determine if the Dentist is a good fit:

    Are the appointment schedules convenient?
    Is the office easy to get to?
    Is the office clean?
    Did the dental practice collect my medical and dental records?
    Does the dentist provide explanations of their treatments?
    Are the costs presented before the treatment is administered?
    Is the Dentist a member of the Canadian Dental Association?

  • How can I care for my teeth between checkups?

    The first thing to remember is to always brush and floss your teeth. When brushing your teeth, you can also brush your tongue to remove food particles. Adults should use a toothpaste that contains fluoride in order to help prevent cavities. Avoid foods with lots of sugar, as this can increase the risk for cavities and plaque. Also avoid tobacco.

  • At what age should I start taking my child to see the Dentist?

    The Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry provides a recommendation that a child should see a dentist between the ages of six months and one year. During this time, the Dentist will examine the health of your child’s first erupting teeth. After your initial visit, regular checkups are recommended every six months.

  • How often should I see the Dentist?

    Patients of all ages should see their Dentist at least every six months. Your Dentist may recommend more frequent visits, especially if you are at a higher risk for gum disease or oral cancer.

  • What is a cavity?

    A cavity is tooth decay that has formed a small hole inside of the tooth. Cavities are caused by plaque, which can build up from an abundance of sugars and starches in your mouth. These sugars and starches form acid which eats away your tooth enamel, eventually breaking through to the pulp of the tooth. If a cavity has formed, you should seek immediate treatment as it can lead to more serious health risks.

  • What is a filling?

    A filling can be made of an amalgam or composite material which is used to fill a tooth after decay has been removed. Fillings are typically applied along with anaesthetic so that you do not feel discomfort. You can talk to our dentists at ABBA Dental to learn more..

  • How often should I brush my teeth?

    According to American Dental Association recommendations, you should be brushing at least twice a day. Brushing removes food particles and bacteria which can cause plaque, bad breath and gum disease. We recommend using a soft-bristle tooth brush and a fluoride toothpaste for best results. Also, remember to floss your teeth and brush your tongue.

  • When should I change my toothbrush?

    After everyday use, your toothbrush will wear out in about three months. It is best to replace your toothbrush to ensure that your brushing is as effective as possible. If you use an electric toothbrush, you can read the manual to see if any replacement recommendations are provided.

    Patients with gum disease are encouraged to replace their brushes more often, every four to six weeks, in order to reduce the spread of harmful bacteria. After brushing, you should rinse your toothbrush with hot water to kill the germs. Also if you have been sick, you should change your toothbrush as soon as possible.

  • What is gum disease?

    Gum disease is another name for periodontal disease. It is caused by the buildup of plaque and bacteria. At the onset, the disease is known as gingivitis, which is treatable. But if left untreated, the disease can lead to permanent damage of your teeth and underlying bone structure. Some medications, tobacco use and teeth grinding have all been associated with a higher risk for gum disease.

    Common signs of gum disease include red, swollen gums, tooth loss, tooth sensitivity, receding gum line and abscessed teeth.

  • If I have braces, do I still need dental checkups every six months?

    Yes! It is especially important to visit your dentist while wearing braces, as it can become more likely to have food stuck in your braces leading to cavities or other issues. At ABBA Dental, we can work closely with your orthodontist to ensure that your mouth stays healthy and your smile looks great.

  • How do I schedule my next checkup?

    All you have to do is call 604-688-7201. Our receptionists will be glad to schedule a convenient appointment for you. If you are a new patient, please let us know, so we can tell you about any important requirements and policies.

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