Do I have to go to the dentist every 6 Months?
Children, teens, and adults should all see the dentist for a regular checkup at least once every six months. Patients who are at a greater risk for oral cancer or gum disease may be required to see the dentist more than just twice a year.
How often you need to go to the dentist depends on your individual oral healthcare needs. Factors to consider are how often you brush, floss, have tartar buildup, have gingival inflammation, are prone to tooth decay, how often you smoke and your diet. My team and I will take into consideration these factors when assessing the frequency of visits to maintain your optimal smile.
Do I really need X-rays? What about radiation exposure?
Dental x-rays help to see tooth decay not visible to the naked eye (especially in between teeth), new decay under an existing filling, bone loss that results from gum disease, infection that can lead to root canal, and in rare cases, cysts and tumors. It is also useful in determining whether you are a candidate for implants, crowns, bridges and other dental procedures.
In children, x-rays can help us to see if all baby and future adult teeth are present, developing normally, if there is enough space for all teeth and if they have any early dental decay or anomalies.
We are exposed to radiation nearly every day from sources as common as the rays of the sun, mineral in the soil, appliances in our home, airplane travel, cell phones and from medical/dental technologies. Digital dental x-rays are amongst the lowest dose of radiation in the healthcare industry. 4 dental x-rays (the usual amount for a routine exam) are less radiation than that of one day of natural sunlight and approximately equivalent to a short 1-2 hour plane ride.
What do I need to know before proceeding with the treatment recommended to me?
My team and I will come up with an individual treatment plan to help you achieve your oral health care goals. This may involve several procedures, in a sequence unique to your different priorities. We encourage you to ask questions! We want you to always feel comfortable making an informed decision. My team and I will always discuss benefits, consequences, and alternatives to your individual treatment plan. We are here to support you in any way we can!
Suggested Questions to ask:
- Can I see a model or picture of this procedure?
- How long will it take?
- How do I maintain this at home?
- Are there alternatives or follow up procedures?
- Is this something that we can do in the office or do I need to see a specialist?
- How much does it cost and will my insurance help with any part of it?
What is fluoride and how does it prevent tooth decay?
Fluoride is a natural mineral found in soil, water and various foods. Fluoride has a positive effect on teeth by making the enamel more resistant to decay. Fluoride can be found in toothpaste, rinses and in the community water to provide protection from decay to a large population of Canadians in a safe and regulated way.