Why are dental x-rays necessary?

Dental x-rays or radiographs can help diagnose issues with the teeth, gums and jaw that may not be visible to the naked eye. By finding these issues early on, you can save money, time and discomfort.

How often do I need dental x-rays?

It depends on your current oral health, age, physical health and whether you are predisposed to certain conditions. Children generally require more frequent dental x-rays while their teeth and jaws develop and because they are more likely to develop tooth decay.

Are dental x-rays safe?

Dental x-rays require low levels of radiation exposure, which reduces the risks of harmful effects. At Holland Landing Dental we follow the Canadian Dental Association’s recommendation, using the ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) approach to keep your dental exposure as low as possible. Where possible, we will use x-rays from your previous dentist (if available) for diagnostic purposes.

How will I be protected during dental x-rays?

During dental x-rays, we let our patients wear protective aprons and thyroid covers.

We also use the quickest methods possible to reduce exposure time.

What if I’m pregnant?

We request that, if you are pregnant, you inform us right from the beginning of the appointment. That way, we can try to delay all or parts of your treatment. All elective procedures should be delayed until after the pregnancy.

If it can’t be delayed, we keep the number of x-rays to a minimum.

By what age should I take my child for his /her first dental visit?

The CDA recommends that all children should visit the dentist within 6 months of their first tooth erupting. That means that most children should visit the dentist around the time of their first birthday.

However, if your child no longer drinks or eats during the night, and has switched from the bottle to the cup, you can postpone it for up to a year.

What should I tell my child to prepare him / her for the first dental visit?

A simple “We’re going to see how well we’re taking care of your teeth.” will do. Children generally don’t have any preconceived notions, so saying that he / she needn’t be scared or that it won’t hurt will do more harm than good.

Should I go with my child to his / her first dental visit?

Only if you are not a nervous dental patient. If you feel anxious about dentists, your child will feel it, so it would be better to ask your spouse or a grandparent to take him / her.

What will happen during my child’s first dental visit?

The dentist will have a look inside your child’s mouth to ensure that your home dental care is working and to ensure that there are no issues. Most children don’t have cavities or tooth decay, therefore, the visit is more about creating a positive first dental experience to set your child up with a good relationship with the dentist to ensure life-long oral care.

How frequently should I take my child to the dentist after his / her first dental visit?

Once you have taken your child for his / her first dental visit, the CDA recommends that you take him / her every 6 months.

The dentist will usually take x-rays when your child is between 4-6 years of age, and cover the teeth with a plastic resin sealant to protect against cavities when your child turns 12.

How should I care for my child’s teeth until his / her first dental visit?

Wipe your child’s mouth with a clean, soft, damp cloth daily from birth. When his / her first tooth sprouts up, you can introduce an infant toothbrush and special baby toothpaste.

What is Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Syndrome?

It is a condition of the jaw that causes pain and discomfort. It most commonly occurs in women aged 20-40.

What are the symptoms of Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Syndrome?

People with TMJ disorder will commonly experience tenderness or pain in the jaws, as well as pain in the ear area and in the face. They may have discomfort when they chew. Sometimes, the jaw may lock, which makes it difficult to move the joint.

What are the causes of Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Syndrome?

Poor posture in the upper back and neck, stress, chronic inflammatory disorders, painful musculoskeletal conditions, poorly positioned teeth, jaw trauma and genetic predispositions can make people susceptible to TMJ disorders.

TMJ always causes discomfort, but it can be really painful if the disk moves out of its correct alignment, or if it erodes, or when the cartilage is damaged.

What medication is indicated TMJ Disorders?

In most cases, OTC drugs are not effective, but your doctor may prescribe stronger medications. Tricyclic antidepressants are also indicated for pain relief. Muscle relaxants may be prescribed for a few days to a few weeks, too. Sedatives may be prescribed if you clench your teeth at night.

What procedures are effective for TMJ disorders?

Counseling is prescribed to help patients deal with stress and to assess the issues and behaviors that may be aggravating the condition. Physical therapy such as heat, ice and moist treatment, jaw exercises to strengthen the muscles and ultrasound may be indicated too.

Many patients with jaw pain benefit from firm or soft bite guards.

What can be done if the TMJ disorder treatments above don’t work?

Some people benefit from corticosteroid injections into the joint. Botulinum toxin may help relieve the pain caused by TMJ disorder.

Arthrocentesis involves needle irrigation of the joints in order to remove inflammatory byproducts and debris.

Surgery to replace or repair the joint is indicated when nothing else works, or if the pain is caused by a structural issue.

How do I know that my dentist works hygienically?

Ask! A good dentist will be happy to answer your questions. Ask for autoclave validation, and whether he uses new gloves on each patient. Check whether there are soap dispensers, and whether the dentist and staff uses it frequently. Look to see whether gloves and instruments are hygienically stored in dispensers and autoclave bags.

How can I help my dentist to avoid spreading disease?

Tell your dentist if there have been any changes in your health. If you are contagious, you can postpone your visit until after the quarantine period.

What happens to needles and other sharp objects?

Your dentist should dispose of all needles and sharp objects in a special container, and use new disposable devices on each patient.

Where should instruments be kept until they are needed?

Your dentist should use new instruments on each new patient. Until needed, the instruments should be kept in sealed autoclave bags.

How often should I visit the dentist?

The American Dental Association recommends bi-annual visits to the dentist. Most dentists recommend that you visit every six months.

What happens at my bi-annual dental check-up?

The regular bi-annual check-up monitors your dental health. Your dentist will do an examination of your general dental health and your dentist will clean your teeth.

Do I have to have x-rays taken every time?

If you take good care of your oral health, and you have not had any cavities in a long time, you should not need x-rays every time. However, if your dentist is monitoring a specific issue, x-rays will probably be necessary.

What are the risks of dental x-rays?

Dental x-rays have a very low radiation risk. However, if you are unsure about why you need x-rays, you could speak to your dentist.

I take good care of my teeth – do I still need to visit every six months?

Oral hygiene is only one of the aspects of your bi-annual dental cleaning appointment. Your dentist will check a range of other things, including your gums and your bite. Your oral health affects your general health, and issues such as oral cancer, vitamin deficiencies and diabetes can be spotted during your bi-annual dental cleaning appointment.

What will happen during my bi-annual dental cleaning?

Your dentist will do mouth examination, and check your bite, your jaws, face and neck. After flossing between your teeth, the dentist will remove tartar and plaque and check the cleanliness of your gums and teeth. Finally, your teeth will be polished, and your dentist will make recommendations for future treatments or home care, and schedule a follow-up appointment.

Can Fluoride Help Adults?

Fluoride isn’t just for children. Regular use of fluoride helps to protect the permanent teeth from decay and sensitive.Some adults are at higher risk of decay than others.

What Causes Dry Mouth?

Are you taking medications that cause your mouth to become dry? Do You have a disease that causes dry mouth?Many adults take medicines that cause dry mouth, which is also called xerostomia. Many common drugs have this side effect. They include antihistamines and medicines for allergies, anxiety and high blood pressure.

Some diseases also can cause dry mouth. The most notable are Sjoren’s syndrome and diabetes. Decreased saliva flow can increase your risk for dental decay. Saliva helps wash away bits of food that are fuel for decay causing bacteria. These bacteria produce acids that decay teeth. Saliva helps to neutralize the acids. It also contains many minerals, including fluoride that help keep your teeth decay free.

If you are having dry mouth symptoms, try using a fluoride mouthwash. It can help to moisten your mouth and protect your teeth. Sugar free candy or sugar free gum also helps to increase the flow of saliva. Xylitol is particularly helpful to help protect teeth from decay.

Mouth Guards

Mouth guards have become standard in many sports. Currently mouth guards are required in ice hockey, lacrosse and field hockey. Mouth guards have proved to be extremely effective in preventing facial injury in contact and non-contact sports. Mouth guards are made custom just for you. An impression is taken of your upper and lower jaw and a mouth guard is formed from your very own teeth. This creates comfort while wearing your mouth guard during sports. Mouth guards are meant to be cleaned. Remembering to brush and rinse your mouth guard helps to keep it clean and free of bacteria.

Planning a Vacation?

Don’t let a dental disaster ruin that long awaited vacation. Emergencies such as broken teeth, ill-fitting dentures and lost fillings are sure to spoil any vacation. Plan a quick dental check up before leaving home. Put together an inexpensive dental kit to take on your travels. Orthodontic wax protects from sharp edges, particularly with braces. It can be used to create a temporary filling; however don’t take any chances with broken or infected teeth. See your dentist as quickly as possible. Don’t forget your toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste and of course, your dental floss. Make sure to pack any dental insurance card and our office phone number. Have a Safe Trip!!

What to do in the Case of A Dental Emergency?

Our Dental Team is here to look after you. In the case of a dental emergency, all you need to do is call us and we will find the most convenient time to take away your pain and put that smile back on your face.