Answering Common Questions
Please bring the following items with you to your appointment:
- Insurance information, if applicable
- Self Identification, such as a driver’s license
If your dentist or physician has taken x-rays within the last 1-2 years, you may request that they forward them to us, or if you have physical copies, bring them along
At your first appointment at Canyon West, you will be asked about your full and comprehensive medical and dental history. Our team will inquire about your main complaint, and will conduct a complete oral exam. We will then come up with a treatment plan as to your requirements.
It’s recommended that patients see a dentist once or twice a year, even if they have no dental problems. This keeps problems in check, and if anything is identified, it can be dealt with in time.
There are numerous issues that we wouldn’t be able to detect with a quick examination. Small areas of decay, cysts, bone infection, developmental abnormalities, and tissue disease require an x-ray.
X-rays are completely safe—radiation exposure due to dental X-rays is minimal in comparison to both human-made and natural radiation sources and will not have any adverse effect on you.
We recommend a clean-up at least once every year. While this is ideal for most people, some will need to come in every three months, like ones with a history of gum disease, and others will only need to come in every nine or 12 months.
Deep cleaning is a more aggressive and comprehensive cleaning technique than regular cleaning, and is done under anesthesia.
Deep dental cleaning will control inflammation causing bacteria under the gums which may otherwise cause infection and promote healing. You may be put on a short course of antibiotics after the treatment.
We’ll say it as many times as you need to hear it. Brushing is not enough! When you floss, you’re reaching in between your teeth and slightly under the gum line to release food particles and bacteria. These are places no toothbrush can get to. So, when you skip flossing, you’re increasing your risk of decay and infection.
Tooth decay occurs when bacteria collects on the tooth and breaks down the carbohydrates you eat. The bacteria produces an acid that damages your tooth’s protective enamel, leading to pain, infection, and sometimes tooth loss.
You wouldn’t continuously use a wet towel to dry your body. So, why would you use an old toothbrush to clean your teeth? Every three months, or sooner if you’ve been sick or travelling, you should grab a new toothbrush. This’ll ensure you’re not reintroducing bacteria to your mouth and that the bristles are all intact.
Cleaning your dentures is essential to keeping them intact and maintaining your oral health! Always be sure to clean your dentures over a basin of water or a towel to avoid damage, should you drop them. From there, you’ll need to hold them gently, brushing with the recommended cleaner – meaning one that’s not gritty or may be corrosive. Take the time to do this after every meal and before going to bed! And, if you have any questions, never hesitate to reach out to our team.
We recommend visiting a dentist when your child is about 6-12 months old. Cavities can develop as early as 2 years old, so this helps us take a look at potential problems that can affect their overall health, and curb them in time.
We completely understand that bringing your child to the dentist may be easier said than done! To make sure they have a positive experience, we suggest practicing at home. Introduce brushing and flossing as a part of their daily routine with fun toothbrushes. We also recommend role playing. Pretend to be the dentist at home while explaining why their next visit is so important. Lastly, lead by example! Schedule your dental appointment before theirs, so they can see there’s nothing to be afraid of.
Research suggests a link between gum disease and diabetes, diabetics being more prone to gum disease. Poorly controlled blood glucose levels make you more likely to develop gum disease, and potentially tooth loss. Be sure to see your dentist regularly for check-ups and follow guidelines on how to best care for your teeth. The severity of your medical condition will dictate whether certain treatments are advisable.
About half of women who are pregnant experience a condition called pregnancy gingivitis, and can be uncomfortable and cause swelling, bleeding, redness or tenderness in the gum tissue. A more advanced oral health condition called periodontal disease may affect the health of your baby. Please reach out to us so we can help you with your oral health during your pregnancy.
Gums that bleed are usually a symptom of the onset of gingivitis or periodontal disease. But often, people stop brushing as frequently and effectively because it may be painful or it may cause the gums to bleed again. However, when gums are inflamed, brushing could help reduce the inflammation.
You should see your dentist to have a periodontal screening and recording performed in order to determine the level of disease present and the best treatment course to pursue.
Fluoride treatments are most often done for smaller children, but many adults benefit from them if they have weak teeth that are more susceptible to cavities. If we detect any problems, you might also benefit from dental crowns, bridges, or implants to strengthen your teeth.