Welcome to the Frequently Asked Questions page of Poplar Dental Centre. Here you’ll find some of the most common questions we receive in our office.
A: Yes and no; the acidic content produced by bacteria is the actual cause of cavities. Bacteria thrive on sugars, allowing them to multiply and cause damage to your teeth’s protective enamel.
A: At Poplar Dental Centre, there is no particular brand of toothbrush that we endorse, but we often recommend toothbrushes with soft bristles. Soft bristles are easy on the gums and do well to remove food and bacteria from between the teeth. Remember to replace your toothbrush when the bristles begin to bend!
A: Fluoride offers several protective benefits for your teeth, although a fluoride toothpaste should only be used after a child can brush and rinse on their own. We recommend using fluoride-free trainer toothpastes for children who are not yet capable of self-care. Fluoride bonds to the calcium-phosphate surface of your tooth’s enamel, creating a protective barrier from acids and bacteria.
A: Tooth sensitivities can be caused by either a loss of tooth enamel, or part of the gum line has receded, exposing the root’s sensitive nerves. Discuss your tooth sensitivities with your dentist to find the best possible solution.
A: As oral health is linked with your body’s overall health, it’s important to inform your dentist when you experience changes, such as:
A: New technologies in digital x-rays provide better imaging with lower radiation, typically the same amount you would receive in 2 days of your natural environment. X-rays are important tools in locating hidden dental cavities, bone loss in periodontal diseases, as well as other problems which may occur under the surface of the gums. We supply a leaded chest apron as an additional precaution.
A: You may be surprised to learn that 9 out of 10 Canadians will experience some form of gum disease throughout their lives. Because gum disease begins without pain, it often goes unnoticed if you do not receive regular checkups. But, gum disease can lead to a host of problems, including severe pain, tooth loss, and loss of bone from the jaw. Regular brushing, flossing, and visits can help deter the likelihood of a serious gum disease problem.
A: If you experience bad breath, known as “halitosis”, discuss it with your dentist. Halitosis can be caused by any number of factors, including:
For all “Infrequently Asked Questions” related to oral health, please feel free to call us today!