Dental Questions Answered at Mayerthorpe Dental Clinic

Curious about your oral health? Here are some of our most frequently asked questions.


Q: How often should I brush my teeth?

A: We recommend that our patients brush at least twice a day. If possible, brushing after every meal would improve your oral health even more as this prevents plaque build-up, which can lead to cavities.


Q: How often should I floss?

A: Floss once or more every day. It's a great way of getting rid of food and plaque stuck in areas your toothbrush can't reach. You'll be able to avoid tartar build-ups, which must be removed by a dentist or hygienist.


Q: What is plaque?

A: Plaque is sticky, colourless bacteria, which constantly forms on teeth. When plaque mixes with saliva, food and fluids, this can result in a hard deposit, known as tartar or calculus, which coats the enamel and root surfaces of teeth.


Q: Why is visiting the dentist so important?

A: Regular dental care will not only keep your teeth strong and your mouth healthy, it'll also promote overall wellness. Dental care helps:

  • Prevent tooth decay
  • Prevent periodontal (gum) disease, stopping tooth and bone loss
  • Prevent bad breath
  • Promote an attractive smile
  • Promote bright looking teeth
  • Promote strong teeth – so you can enjoy a healthy, beautiful smile for many years to come!


Q: How often should I see my dentist?

A: Ideally, you should see your dentist twice a year. Regular check-ups and cleanings ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy and strong. Should you experience any pain in your teeth, bleeding or swollen gums, consult your dentist immediately.


Q: When should my child see a dentist for the first time?

A: Take your child to their first dentist visit before his or her first birthday, or 6 months after their first tooth comes in. Having your child see a dentist at a young age is the best way to prevent tooth decay and other problems. It sets the foundation for a lifetime of good oral care habits and reduces any anxieties and fears they may develop otherwise.


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