Frequently Asked Questions

HOW CAN I TREAT BAD BREATH?
Bad breath (or halitosis) can arise for a number of reasons. Some studies suggest that 85% of people with bad breath have a dental condition causing it. These conditions may include poor oral hygiene, gum disease or cavities. Your best way to fight bad breath is to see your dentist and hygienist for an examination. You can then discuss what will be your best way to fight bad breath.


HOW DO I GET MY TEETH WHITER?
First, it is best to start with the practical: Avoiding stain-causing foods or habits such as smoking or excessive coffee or red wine will help. Also, keeping your teeth clean with regular brushing, flossing and dental cleanings will help reduce stain. To whiten your teeth further, we have found the best and most effective whitening treatments are either whitestrips or gel whitening. Whitening strips are available in most drugstores, but are mild in strength. The gel whitening is stronger and is available through your dentist. Most whitening products are safe, but it is advisable to use anything with dentist consultation and to avoid while pregnant or nursing. In office whitening is also available if stronger, more instant whitening is desired.


WHEN SHOULD I TAKE MY CHILD TO THE DENTIST FOR THE FIRST TIME?
Most dental associations agree that most children should see a dentist soon after their first tooth appears or no later than 1 year old. This usually is a brief visit to examine any specific problems or concerns. More regular examinations and cleanings start around the age of 2.


DOES YOUR OFFICE DIRECTLY BILL INSURANCE COMPANIES?
Payment is made directly to our office at the time of your appointment and the dental benefits company will reimburse you directly. We will be happy to assist you by electronically submitting your claim to your dental benefits provider and you will be reimbursed within a few days. We have several payment options available for your convenience such as Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Direct Debit or cash.


IS FLUORIDE NECESSARY?
Yes, research has shown that fluoride, if used appropriately, can decrease cavities. The World Health Organization also advocates the use of fluoride in our toothpastes (if age appropriate). As well, the topical fluorides given at the end of cleaning appointments aid in fighting cavities and decreasing sensitivity. Some people also benefit from fluoride rinses to supplement, but this is something you should discuss with your dentist or hygienist. We recommend discussing your specific needs with your dentist before any supplements are used. 


WHAT IS TMJ DISORDER?
TMJ disorder (or TMD) is pain, discomfort or tenderness around the temporomandibular joint (jaw joint). Signs or symptoms of TMD may include jaw stiffness, difficulty chewing, difficulty opening or closing the mouth, jaw clicking or locking and headaches. It is important to discuss your specific symptoms with your dentist to determine how it can be treated.