When should I bring my child in for their first dental appointment?
It is recommended that your child come in for their first dental visit 6 months after their first tooth, or at one year of age.
What should I do if a tooth is loosened or has been knocked out?
Call us immediately. If the tooth has been knocked out it is recommended to put it in a cup of milk until you can get in to see your dentist.
What precautions do you take to ensure patient safety?
The entire dental team at Advanced Dental Arts is trained in sterilization techniques designed to ensure patient safety. We utilize all universal precautions as required by the Manitoba Dental Association and the Province of Manitoba, and regularly train our staff to ensure all policies are followed. Find out more about what we’re doing in light of COVID-19 here.
Will I be charged for short notice cancellations or missed appointments?
We do request 48 hours’ notice if you must reschedule or cancel your appointment. There may be a $75 fee for last-minute cancellations and rescheduling.
How often should I visit the dentist for a cleaning and dental exam?
Typically, patients come in every six months for a dental cleaning and checkup. For those patients who tend to have more plaque and tartar, we do often recommend they come in at the three-month mark for a scaling.
Why should I brush and floss my teeth?
Brushing and flossing your teeth is an important part of keeping your dental health in check. Your dental health also plays a role in your overall health.
What type of toothbrush and toothpaste should I use?
Soft bristle toothbrushes with a fluoride toothpaste work well for most patients. A powered toothbrush like Sonicare or Oral B is also a good investment when it comes to your oral health.
How often should I brush and floss my teeth?
The Canadian Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes with a fluoride toothpaste, and floss once a day. You can floss before or after you brush.
When should I change my toothbrush?
Change them as often as the seasons change. A toothbrush should last you about three months, but keep an eye on the bristles. If they are starting to fray or the colour indicator is disappearing, it’s time to change it!
What is gum disease?
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is the #1 cause of tooth loss. It is an infection of the tissues that hold your teeth in place, typically caused by poor brushing and flossing habits. Up to 80% of the population has some form of it, with a higher prevalence in smokers and those with diabetes, but if caught early gum disease is generally easily treated with minimally invasive procedures. Download our totally free report to learn more.
What is fluoride?
Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and in water. Fluoride is important to dental health because it helps prevent tooth decay by making your tooth enamel more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria in your mouth.
What causes canker sores?
No one is fully sure what causes canker sores, but genetics, allergies, stress, and vitamin and mineral deficiencies could play a role. You can treat a canker sore by rinsing your mouth with antimicrobial mouthwash or warm water and salt if that is more readily available to you. If you are prone to frequent recurrences of canker sores, please advise your dentist and medication can be prescribed to improve your comfort and speed the healing.
What do I do if I have an emergency but your office is closed?
Read more about dental emergencies here.
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