Everyone has questions about going to the dentist. Below are answers to some of the questions we hear most often about dental services. Have a question that isn’t addressed here? Contact us to learn more or to schedule an appointment.
Click on one of the topics below to read common FAQs.
What causes bad breath and how can I get rid of it?
Many things can cause bad breath, but in the healthy people the main cause is microbial deposits on the tongue, especially on the back of the tongue. Practicing good oral hygiene by brushing twice a day, flossing daily and using a brush or tongue scraper to clean the tongue and reach the back areas will prevent bad breath in most cases. It also helps to replace your toothbrush every 2 to 3 months, quit smoking, and see your dentist regularly.
What is good oral hygiene?
What are the benefits of good oral hygiene?
Can diet affect my teeth?
What is sedation dentistry?
Is sedation dentistry safe?
Does sedation dentistry have any side effects?
How long does teeth whitening last?
Is teeth whitening expensive?
The cost of teeth whitening can depend upon what method of whitening is used. For example, over the counter kits usually cost $10 – $100, but results can vary widely. OTC whiteners may not whiten all affected areas because the trays are not custom fitted to fit your teeth. Many dentists offer take-home teeth whitening kits that are custom fit to your teeth and range in price from $100 to $400 and provide noticeable results in 1 – 2 weeks. Finally, in-office teeth whitening procedures are the most effective option, but also the most expensive, costing about $650 per visit. Depending on how stubborn the stains are on your teeth, it may take several visits to achieve complete success.
Do implants require any special care or maintenance?
How long will my dental implants last?
Will my dental insurance pay for dental implants?
Are baby teeth really that important?
Can pacifiers and thumb sucking harm my child’s teeth?
Thumb sucking and pacifiers typically become problematic only if the practice goes on for an extended period of time. Most children grow out of these behaviours on their own, but if your child is still sucking his or her thumb after the age of 3 you might want to ask your dentist to recommend a mouth appliance.
What should I do if my child has a toothache?
Anyone who is suffering from a toothache should see a dentist as soon as possible. If your child is experiencing pain after office hours or at night you can rinse the affected area with warm salt water and place a cold compress on the face. Administer acetaminophen for pain and consult a dentist as soon as you can.
What causes snoring?
Is snoring dangerous?
What is sleep apnea?
What are some of the benefits of cosmetic dentistry?
What are some examples of cosmetic dental procedures?
Is cosmetic dentistry expensive?
Veneers and Crowns
What are veneers?
What are the benefits of veneers?
Why choose a dental crown?