5301 50th Street
Stony Plain, AB
Call Today: (780) 963-2973

When should I start bringing my child in to see the dentist?

It is recommended to have your child’s first oral health consultation visit by age 1, or six months after they get their first tooth. Over half of children ages 5 through 9 already have at least one cavity. We realise that visiting the dentist for the first time can be very scary, so we offer ‘happy visits’ for children at no charge. Your child will meet one of our hygienists, go for a ride in the dental chair, and have his or her teeth looked at by our hygienist. Of course, if your child is particularly nervous, he or she is welcome to sit on your lap in the dental chair. Our goal is to develop a caring relationship with your child and encourage proper oral hygiene for a lifetime.

What causes tooth sensitivity?

There are several factors which cause tooth sensitivity. One is receding gums. When this happens, the root of the tooth is exposed to factors that normally wouldn’t cause sensitivity, such as hot or cold. Teeth also can become sensitive when the tooth is cracked, or when the outer layer of the tooth – the enamel – is lost, exposing nerve endings. There are several courses of treatment which may help with tooth sensitivity. Please feel free to ask your dentist or hygienist at your appointment about the options available to you.

What is the recommended way to brush?

We recommend that our patients brush twice a day for two minutes each time, using fluoride toothpaste, in a gentle, circular motion with a soft toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, finishing off with a last ‘brushstroke’ from the gum to the eating surface of the tooth. Please note that, for young children, we recommend using a ‘smear’ of fluoride (about the size of a grain of rice) once a day, and a non-fluoride toothpaste once a day. We advise parents to help their children brush their teeth, to make sure they’ve done a thorough job. Getting your child to hum their ABC’s, or “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”, four times while brushing gently in a circular motion adds up to their two minutes of brush time. Disclosing tablets are good for showing kids the recommended way to brush.

Is it going to hurt?

Our dental team is committed to making your appointment as comfortable for you as possible. Your dentist may recommend a local anaesthetic for you during your procedure. For nervous patients, he or she may also suggest oral sedation, or nitrous oxide during your treatment. We also offer nitrous oxide during dental hygiene appointments. Please refer to ‘sedation dentistry’ under our ‘procedures’ tab for more information.

How much will it cost? Will you bill my insurance company directly?

Regardless of what course of treatment you decide upon, our staff will do their utmost to provide you with an accurate estimate upon your request. Assignment, or direct billing to an insurance company, is one of the many services we offer our patients. For more extensive restorative work, we will preauthorize your treatment with your insurance company.

Do I really need an x-ray?

Only part of your tooth is visible to your dentist. An xray shows your dentist if there is any cause for concern below the gumline, or between the teeth. Without them, your dentist is only getting half the picture of your oral health.

Is the mercury in amalgam fillings hazardous to my health?

According to both the Canadian Dental Association and the American Dental Association, there has never been clinical evidence to show that amalgam fillings release enough mercury vapour to adversely affect human health, although they may release small amounts when the teeth are grinding or chewing. Please refer to the following articles for more complete information:

5301 50th Street
Stony Plain, AB
Parkland Dental Associates
Call Today: (780) 963-2973
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