At Canyon West Dental, we believe that oral health is a partnership between you, the patient, and our dentist! We aim to equip all of our patients with the information they need to continue proper care at home. Please see the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions below:

How often should I see a dentist?

For most people, coming to see our dentist every six months is acceptable. This allows us to stay on top of your development and make sure we can nip any issues in the bud. For patients with more complex treatment plans, like cosmetics or restorations, we may have you come in more frequently!

Why do I need to floss? Isn’t brushing enough?

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.

What causes tooth decay?

Tooth decay occurs when bacteria collects on the tooth and breaks down the carbohydrates you eat. The bacteria produces an acid that damages your protective enamel, leading to pain, infection, and sometimes tooth loss.

How often should I change my toothbrush?

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.

How can I stop my child’s fear of the dentist?

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.

How should I clean my dentures?

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.