Frequently asked dental questions
How can I improve the whiteness of my teeth?
- While at the drugstore you will find an array of teeth whitening products, you should first know that purchasing a whitening product may not the best or quickest solution. You should be aware of the foods you are eating and the medications you are currently on because those can all affect the color of your teeth. There are risks and benefits to using over the counter products on your teeth so schedule an appointment with our office for an examination, cleaning and review of the procedures and options best available to you personally.
Where can I find affordable dental care?
- It is common that for so many people to go without regular maintenance of their teeth due to lack of extended dental coverage This is something that can be most costly in the long run as you are avoiding preventative measures. These people only end up at the dentist once something goes terribly wrong, and the cost is now so much the average person cannot afford it.
- If you do not have extended coverage and you want to make sure you take the best preventative measures for your health, talk to one of our team members and see if there is a payment plan arrangement that can be made in your situation.
At what age should my child first see a dentist?
- It is recommended that your child’s first visit to see the dentist should be when there is an eruption of his or hers first tooth, and no later than the first birthday. The earlier you start bringing your child in for visits, the easier it is on them as they get older. The dentist should not be something that you need to build your child up to, or something that they fear. As long as it is a place that they feel comfortable going to, you should not have any problems.
What is a sealant?
- A dental sealant is a clear plastic coating that gets bonding to the grooves and pits of a tooth. Sealants are most often used on children but can also be used with adults. Sealants are used as a cost effective preventative measure for teeth that could turn into cavities or may even be starting to form one.
What is a root canal?
- This procedure involves the removal of the nerve inside a tooth. When a root dies it needs to be removed from inside the tooth to treat infection and as preventative maintenance. If this goes untreated and the root canal is not performed it may cause an infection and the bone may deteriorate.
How often should x-rays be taken?
- X-rays should be taken yearly however some patients will require it be done more frequently for a host of reasons including treatment, nutrition, hygiene and other health issues. Be sure if there is a chance of pregnancy you inform whomever is taking the x-rays.
What is a dental implant?
- A Dental implant is used to replace teeth and in some cases it is a small screw placed in your jawbone.
What toothpaste should I use?
- The bottom line is that you should use a toothpaste with fluoride and the least amount of chemicals. Talk with your hygienist to see what’s right for you.
What is a dry socket?
- After you have a tooth pulled or extracted, your blood will clot in the hole to protect your bone tissue and aid in healing. If the clot doesn’t form properly your bone tissue can be exposed to air and debris which will cause it to dry out and form a ‘dry socket’. This very painful socket needs to be treated immediately to prevent further complications. It is always recommended after you have a procedure done, you avoid sucking on straws or in the case that you are a smoker, avoid inhaling on a cigarette.
How can I relieve a toothache?
- Immediately schedule an appointment with your dentists as soon as you can to find out what is causing your toothache. Many people, unfortunately, experience a toothache in the late evening or early morning when the dentist’s office is not open. It has been said that you can relieve some discomfort by placing clove oil, using a q-tip, on the tooth which acts as a natural sedative for the throbbing nerve inside of your tooth. There are also over the counter items such as Advil and Tylenol if you so choose.
At Crystal Smiles, we want you to have strong healthy teeth and gums, and a beautiful smile. Please call us now at 587-757-9809 to schedule an appointment, ask any questions about keeping your teeth and gums nice and clean, or even to schedule a complimentary toothbrushing and flossing lesson. We are here for you!