Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What causes bad breath?
A: Bad breath (halitosis) affects everyone. In healthy people, the main cause of bad breath is microbial deposits on the tongue. You can reduce bad breath simply by brushing the tongue, teeth and flossing.
Q: How often should I get a dental exam and cleaning?
A: You should undergo a dental exam and cleaning at least twice a year.
Q: How do I know if I have gingivitis or periodontitis (gum disease)?
A: Because periodontal disease is painless in early stages, four out of five people have it and don’t know it! Having regular dental check-ups and periodontal examinations will help detect periodontitis.
Q: Why is it important to use dental floss?
A: Brushing removes bacteria, food and plaque from tooth surfaces. But brushes can’t reach in between the teeth. That’s why flossing is the best way to clean between teeth and under the gum line. Flossing also prevents plaque build-up and helps ward off periodontal disease.
Q: Can periodontal disease cause other medical conditions?
A: Periodontal disease, at times more prevalent than the common cold, is the main reason people lose teeth. It also can affect your overall health. Infections in the mouth can contribute to the incident of heart disease, stroke and increase a woman’s chance of having a preterm baby.
Q: What do I do about stained or discoloured teeth?
A: There are many teeth whitening products and methods available today. Consult with us for the best option for you.
Q: What should I do if I have missing teeth?
A: If you’ve lost a tooth due to an accident, decay or disease, you have many replacement options. Dr. Catherine L. Mari will discuss whether an implant, bridge or dentures are your best option.
Q: What do I do when a tooth is knocked out?
A: Everyone is at risk of losing a tooth in this emergency, but when a tooth is knocked out, it’s possible to implant them if these steps are followed:
1. Handle the tooth only by the crown. Don’t touch the roots.
2. Don’t clean the tooth with soap or chemical. You may gently rinse it with your saliva or whole milk. If that’s not possible, rinse with water.
3. You have 30 minutes to get to a dentist. The longer it takes, the less chance for the implant to succeed.