Dental Clinic in West Mississauga, Clarkson & Oakville
2425 Truscott Drive, Unit 17 (the Park Royal Plaza) in Mississauga, Clarkson, L5J 2B4
Common Dental Questions
1: Use a soft toothbrush for thorough and gentle cleaning.
2: Hold your brush at a 45 degree angle. Begin by brushing the outside of the front teeth. Use gentle, half-tooth wide, back and forth strokes.
3: Next, brush the outside back teeth, starting along the gumline.
4: For the inside back teeth, use short, angled brush strokes.
5: For the inside front teeth, tilt the brush vertically, and use an up-and-down motion.
6: For the chewing surfaces, hold the brush flat, and use a gentle motion.
1: Wind 12 inches (the length of your forearm) of floss around your two middle fingers.
2: Gently guide the floss between teeth.
3: To remove plaque and debris, gently move the floss up and down against the tooth.
4: As you move from tooth to tooth, use a fresh section of floss each time.
Most importantly, if your dental professional has given you any special instructions, be sure to follow them precisely.
Mouthwashes are effective at masking bad breath and as effective as rinsing with water with regards to removing surface particles.
Don’t get me wrong, I like to rinse with my favourite minty wash before I head out for the day, but it is no substitute for brushing and flossing.
In fact, a mouthwash is most effective right after a good brush and floss as it rinses away anything that was loosened and kills bacteria that still remain behind.
Bonding has become a very common procedure and can usually be completed in one, short, comfortable visit.
What is Bonding? Continue reading here.
Brushing your teeth, flossing and regular dental visits will help keep plaque under control. Leaving plaque on your teeth leads to tartar buildup which brushing and flossing alone can not remove. Letting plaque get out of control can lead to many oral problems ranging from bad breath and cavities to gum recession Periodontal disease and tooth loss.
Why is cleaning part of good oral hygiene?
As part of the cleaning, you are also screened for oral cancer, which is curable if diagnosed and treated early.
If gum disease is diagnosed early, it can be reversed through treatment.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is found in the earths crust and throughout nature. Fluoride is used widely in dentistry to combat tooth decay.
It does this in three ways:
Fluoride aids in the remineralization of your teeth – this is the process that replenishes the calcium and phosphorous that keeps your teeth hard.
Fluoride makes the tooth more resistant to the formation of tooth decay.
Fluoride inhibits oral bacteria’s ability to create acids.
Consuming the small amount that is often added in public drinking water has been shown to reduce your risk of tooth decay.
If you have any questions or concerns about fluoride ask us on your next visit, we’d be pleased to answer them.
Common symptoms of a dental emergency and possible infection include:
– Sharp pain when biting down
– Lingering pain after eating hot or cold foods
– Dull pain and pressure
– Sharp, acute and intense pain
– Local tenderness and swelling in the gum.