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Does bleaching/whitening damage the teeth?

No, whitening your teeth does not damage them. However, if you whiten them too often, for example, every week, you could develop tooth erosion, tooth sensitivity or your teeth could even start looking bluish. Ideally, after the initial office whitening visit, it is recommended to do your touch ups after each dental cleanings (usually every 6 months), for a period of three to five days after to brighten your smile.

I want to have a dental exam and cleaning, but I am pregnant, is it better to hold off until the baby is born?

No, do not wait. Research shows that there is a link between the bacteria that causes gum disease and premature birth and low birth weight in newborns. During pregnancy, the hormones being produced in women make them more susceptible to gingivitis. Women who are pregnant are actually advised to have their teeth cleaned and examined more frequently to keep their gums healthy. Dental x-rays can be postponed until after the delivery.

How do I know when it is time to come in for a dental check-up?

If its been more than 6 months, you need to come in for an appointment. An average adult typically benefits from a professional cleaning and check-up twice a year. While brushing and flossing everyday helps maintain a healthy mouth, its a good idea to see your Dental Hygienist regularly to remove any calcified deposits, called tartar, which can lead to gum infections and bone loss.

How does your office deal with insurance benefits?

Our office will assist you to submit your dental claims for reimbursement. We require your insurance carrier’s name, your policy number, your certificate number and the policy holder’s date of birth. We will send each claim electronically on your behalf. You are reimbursed by your insurance company within three to five days.

When should a child first visit your dental office?

The Canadian Dental Association recommends a child’s first visit within 6 months of eruption of the first tooth or by one year of age. Getting an early start on dental care can be the most effective way to make sure a child’s teeth stay healthy. The visit can detect if the teeth are coming in the way they should. Generally x-rays are taken at the age 5 or 6 but can be taken earlier if needed.