Frequently Asked Questions
Your Health, Beautiful Smile is Our Priority
At Just Smiles Dental, we believe that education is the key to productive patient/dental office relationship. Our professional team is readily available to assist you with any questions or concerns. Listed below, for your reference, are commonly asked questions:
Q: Are you accepting new patients?
Yes, Just Smiles Dental continues to grow and accept new patients. Walk-ins and emergencies are also welcome. Call us to schedule your appointment.
Q: Is a little bleeding of the gums after brushing or flossing normal?
Bleeding gums are never normal. If your gums bleed when you brush, it could be a sign of gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease. It also could be something simple like brushing or flossing too hard. If your gums bleed regularly or enough to worry you, make an appointment to see us.
Q: Fillings: silver or white... what's the difference?
Many of us who grew up before the time of fluoridated water have a month full of silver fillings. These fillings known as amalgams, have proven to be extremely durable restorations, but they are not very pleasing to the eye.
Fortunately, recent advances in dental materials have made it possible to use tooth coloured filling materials. These materials can be virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth and are used to achieve long lasting and attractive restorations. In our practice, we use tooth coloured materials for almost all of the fillings that we place. We even use these materials to replace old amalgam fillings that have started to deteriorate or that simply detract from the appearance of our patient’s smiles.
Q: Aspirin placed next to a tooth is a good way to relieve a toothache. Fact or Fiction?
Fiction! Placing an aspirin directly on your gum causes an ulceration of the tissue, commonly referred to as an aspirin burn. Aspirin can be effective as a pain reliever when you take it as directed, however you are not supposed to put it next to a tooth. The best cure to a toothache is a trip to your dentist to find out what's causing the pain
Q: Discoloured teeth can be just as healthy as pearly whites. Fact or Fiction?
Somewhat Fact... Discoloured teeth are not necessarily unhealthy, but they can be. Discolouration can indicate a cavity, but can also be caused by eating or drinking certain foods/beverages (coffee, tea, red wine), smoking, aging, genetics, injury or certain medications. Whitening options can include over the counter or in-office treatments. There is one intrinsic stain that doesn't come off, called tetracycline stain. When you were either still nursing or an infant, as the teeth are developing, if you have tetracycline in your blood stream, it will permanently stain the teeth in greenish-pink. It doesn't happen as much anymore as the physicians are now more aware of this issue.
Q: Whitening toothpaste can bleach my teeth. Fact or Fiction?
Somewhat Fiction... All toothpastes help remove surface stains, because they contain mild abrasives. Some whitening toothpastes contain gentle polishing or chemical agents that provide additional stain removal effectiveness. Most whitening toothpastes can help remove surface stains only and do not contain bleach. Over-the-counter and professional whitening products contain carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide that helps lighten the colour deep in the tooth. Whitening toothpastes can lighten the tooth's colour by about one shade. In contrast, light-activated whitening procedure in the dentist's office can make your teeth at least three and up to eight shades lighter.
Q: Pregnant women should pay extra attention to their dental health. Fact or Fiction?
Fact! Pregnant women should pay extra attention to their dental health, because all the changing hormone levels that occur with pregnancy can actually make some dental problems worse. So if you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant, schedule a visit with your dentist.
Q: Baby teeth don't need to be brushed because they fall out in a few years. Fact or Fiction?
Fiction! Baby teeth need proper care just as much as adult teeth. It's important now and it's important later. That's because baby teeth can help your child chew and speak, and they also hold space in the jaw for permanent teeth that are growing in under the gums.