Questions & Answers
Q: At what age should I
first bring my child to the dentist?
children should be examined by the age of
three. In the meantime, parents should
maintain the daily responsibilities of keeping their
teeth clean, and ensuring that their nutrition is
balanced with as little sugar as possible.
Q: What kinds of
insurance do you accept?
A: We accept
both private and employer sponsored dental insurance
and when possible, can electronically process claims on your behalf
using our computer system. Dental coverage, with
many employers, is part of your overall
compensation. If you’ve got the coverage, make the
time in your schedule and take care of your dental
Q: Do you accept
A: Our best
patients usually come on the recommendation of other
satisfied patients. So, yes! We appreciate and
Q: What if I have an
emergency and your office is closed?
A: If you are
a patient of record and have a dental emergency at a
time that our practice is closed, please call the
Western Memorial Regional Hospital (709.637.5000) and
ask to be connected to the dentist on call.
Q: What kind of
toothbrush should I use?
A: The market
is filled with whiz-bang toothbrushes in bright
coloured packages and offer one gizmo after the
other. Our best advice is to find a toothbrush with
soft bristles and one with a comfortable handle.
Feel free to speak to one of our staff about our
dentist recommended electric toothbrushes.
Q: What are the
advantages and disadvantages of whitening?
is relatively inexpensive and usually brightens the
teeth quickly and easily. On the other hand, it does
not work equally well for everyone, and results are
less predictable than with other techniques. Newly
whitened teeth tend to fade in colour anywhere from
a month to 1-1/2 years. Teeth, which are very dark,
especially from tetracycline stains, whiten the
poorest. The best results are seen in people who
were born with white teeth, yet whose teeth have
darkened with age due to tea, coffee, tobacco, red
wine and other staining foods. For those with darker teeth, talk to us
about what options are available to you.
Q: My breath has a
terrible odour, but I brush every day. Is
there something that you can do to help?
people struggle with halitosis, or bad breath,
despite daily teeth brushing. Be sure to: brush at
least twice daily, floss and brush your tongue; have
regular professional cleanings; and carefully clean
any dentures or removable dental appliances.
However, if your hygiene is meticulous and the
problem persists, we can offer several solutions.
First, we can provide a plastic tongue scraper that
cleans away bacterial buildup on your tongue. We can
also recommend a rinse treatment designed to inhibit
the excess bacterial growth that can cause odour.
Please be sure to talk to us about any medication
that you are presently taking, as this can sometimes
be a source of the problem.
Q: How do I know when
it's time to come in for a checkup?
A: If it's
been more than six months, you need to come in for
an appointment… an average, healthy adult person
typically benefits from a professional cleaning and
check up twice a year. While twice daily brushing
and daily flossing go a long way towards maintaining
a healthy mouth, it's wise to check for plaque that
has hardened into tartar, requiring professional
cleaning to avoid gum infection.
Q: I want the front of
my teeth to look better, but I don't want to wear
braces, what can you do to help?
A: We have a
number of ways to improve the look of your front
teeth without the use of braces. For slightly
crooked or unevenly worn teeth, a bit of reshaping
may be right for you. If not, the addition of
porcelain veneers or crowns may be what's needed to
give them a bright, uniform look. We'd be happy to
talk with you further about the option that best
suits your individual situation.
Q: My child has had an
accident and his/her tooth has been entirely knocked
out. What do I do?
contact the office immediately and our office staff
will help you determine the safest and most
appropriate plan of action. As for the knocked out
tooth, rinse it gently in warm water (do not scrub!)
and either wrap it in a clean, damp paper towel, place it temporarily in a glass of
milk or under your child's tongue to prevent any