Oral health can be a complicated subject. At Plessis Dental, we want you to have all the information required to make sound decisions regarding the health of your teeth and gums. If you have specific concerns regarding your oral health, we recommend scheduling an appointment at our Winnipeg practice, but if you are simply interested in learning more about some common dental subjects, we encourage you to browse this page of frequently asked questions.
Find Answers to Common Dental Questions in Winnipeg
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF IMPLANTS?
Dental implants are a popular option for replacing missing teeth because they are permanent treatment options that look, feel and function like regular teeth. While there are benefits to implants over other treatment options for missing teeth, not everyone is a suitable candidate. For instance, if a patient has significant periodontal issues, it may affect their eligibility for implants.
CAN ADULTS BENEFIT FROM ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT?
Absolutely! While it is ideal to receive orthodontic treatment at an age when you are still growing, there are orthodontic treatments available for people of all ages. Modern advances in orthodontics have created less invasive and less visible options for adjusting the position of your teeth and jaw. To learn more about orthodontic treatments for adults, give us a call today.
DOES WHITENING DAMAGE TEETH?
While whitening doesn’t damage your teeth, it can cause increased sensitivity. This can be controlled by using a whitening gel with a lower percentage of active ingredients or by applying a desensitizing gel following whitening treatment.
WHAT OPTIONS DO I HAVE FOR REPLACING MISSING TEETH?
There are many options for replacing missing teeth, including implants, bridges, partial dentures, complete dentures, and implant-supported dentures. Finding the right option for replacing missing teeth will not only benefit the aesthetic of your smile, but it will help keep your remaining teeth in their proper position. They will benefit your ability to eat and speak comfortably. To find out what option is best for you, schedule an appointment at our dental clinic.
WHAT CAUSES SENSITIVE TEETH?
There are a number of factors that can lead to sensitive teeth. Underneath the enamel layer of your tooth is a dense porous tissue called dentin. It is this part of your tooth that registers pain. Common problems that cause dentin to be exposed include:
- Fractured or chipped teeth
- Teeth damaged from grinding or clenching
- Receding gums
Useful Dentistry Tips for Our Winnipeg Patients
Ignoring your oral health can lead to costly procedures and time consuming treatments. At our family friendly dental practice in Winnipeg, we emphasize preventative treatment to keep your teeth and gums healthy and vibrant. Be sure to read through this page to learn some useful tips to maintain optimal oral health.
BRUSH THE SURFACE OF YOUR TONGUE AND THE ROOF OF YOUR MOUTH
Nobody likes bad breath! Gently brushing the surface of your tongue and the roof of your mouth will remove unwanted bacteria and improve your breath.
USE ANTIMICROBIAL MOUTH RINSE IF YOU HAVE GINGIVITIS
Antimicrobial mouth rinses can be very effective at eliminating gingivitis-causing bacteria. If you have gingivitis or other periodontal issues, speak with us about an appropriate antimicrobial mouth rinse.
IF YOUR GUMS BLEED WHEN YOU BRUSH OR EAT, SEE YOUR DENTIST
There are a number of reasons your gums may bleed when you brush, ranging from diet and medications to gum disease. If you notice your gums bleed when you brush, schedule a visit at Plessis Dental to identify the root cause of the problem.
CHECK THE FIT OF YOUR DENTURES YEARLY TO PREVENT SORES
It is normal for a person’s gums and jaw to shift over time, especially if you’re missing teeth. This can negatively affect the fit of your dentures, causing soreness and irritability. It’s important to have your dentures checked every year to identify whether they need to be rebased or relined to improve their fit.
HAVE A DENTAL CHECK-UP AT LEAST ONCE EVERY 6 MONTHS
It’s important to schedule regular trips to the dentist twice a year so your dentist can check your mouth for concerns like gum disease, cavities, plaque and tartar. Regular brushing and flossing won’t remove plaque that has turned to tartar. A trip to the Plessis Dental twice a year will allow your dentist to remove any tartar build-up before it causes oral complications.
BRUSH PROPERLY TWICE A DAY
To properly brush your teeth, position the bristles at 45° near your gum line with the bristles touching both your gums and teeth. When you brush, sweep the bristles away from the gum line and don’t brush too firmly. Make sure to brush the outer, inner and chewing surfaces of each tooth. It is recommended to brush for 2 minutes twice a day.
FLOSS PROPERLY EVERYDAY
Start with about 18 inches of floss, winding the ends of the floss around your middle fingers. Pinch the floss between your thumb and index finger then slide it up-and-down in the space between your teeth. Curve the floss around the base of your tooth gently, and make sure to reach the area underneath your gum line. Move to clean sections of floss as your go from tooth-to-tooth.