Frequently asked questions at the dentist (Q&A)

Frequently asked questions at the dentist (Q&A)

Which toothpaste to use after tooth whitening?

Refrain from using colored mouthwashes and toothpastes, even those with a “whiteness” label, because some substances can accelerate the yellowing of your teeth. Toothpastes rich in silica should be avoided because they have an abrasive power that can irreversibly damage the enamel while cleaning your teeth. If you use these toothpastes, do so only once or twice a week. An effective toothpaste should contain fluoride, which strengthens enamel, and hydrogen peroxide, an ingredient used by dentists in dental clinics in their whitening treatment. Discover our tips for keeping your teeth white after tooth whitening in our article.

How to maintain a dental whitening?

The first 48 hours following tooth whitening are particularly decisive in maintaining the effect of your treatment. You must take care of your diet to avoid staining your teeth, i.e. coffee, tea and red wine. Fruit juices or vegetables that stain (beets, carrots and spinach), as well as acidic foods should be avoided so as not to negate the effects of your new treatment in the dental clinic. If you use them, brush your teeth! To learn more, read our article on how to keep your teeth white after a dental bleaching treatment.

Why do my gums bleed?

Periodontal disease is a condition where the structure of the gums and jawbones is gradually destroyed, which can cause bleeding in the gums. The main cause of gum disease is bacterial plaque. This is a white sticky layer of bacteria that constantly forms on the teeth. Other factors will also affect gum health, such as heredity, stress, diabetes, smoking and major hormonal changes (pregnancy, menopause). To learn more, read our article on the causes of bleeding gums.

How to see a cavity on a radio?

Without an x-ray, it can be difficult to detect a cavity. Your dentist cannot see with the naked eye between your teeth if you have deep cavities. In fact, by the time you can see cavities in your mouth without x-rays, it is often too late. The tooth may need a root canal. Without x-rays, the dentist also cannot see through your jawbone to determine that you do not have serious bone or gum disease. To learn more, read our article about cavities.

How to get rid of bad breath?

Bad breath results from the action of bacteria that cause the breakdown of, among other things, proteins in food debris. This process generates malodorous compounds that mix with breath.

The main causes of bad breath are:

  • inflammation and gum disease
  • deficient oral hygiene
  • presence of cavities and defective restorations
  • retention of food particles between the teeth
  • infection sites
  • breathing through the mouth, which causes dry mucous membranes
  • smoking
  • decreased salivary flow, or saliva production
  • accumulation of bacteria and food debris on the tongue

To learn more about how to get rid of bad breath, check out our article.

Why remove wisdom teeth?

The main reason for a mandatory extraction is a lack of space in the mouth, which can be reported by an orthodontist. This causes wisdom teeth to be misplaced or to grow in at a dangerous angle. A dentist will take x-rays of your jaw, which will show whether or not an extraction is necessary. To learn more about wisdom teeth, see our page.

How to have white teeth?

Maintaining good dental hygiene is the healthiest and easiest way to keep your teeth whiter. It is important to brush your teeth regularly and thoroughly with a soft-bristled toothbrush. For optimal dental hygiene, it is important to brush your teeth for about two minutes after each meal to remove any residue left on your teeth and freshen your breath. To learn more, please read our article on how to have white teeth.

How to whiten your teeth?

Beware of “ultra-whitening” toothpastes, DIY recipes found on the web or long-term use of over-the-counter whitening strips or trays. All of these methods carry risks to the health of your teeth and mouth. That is why it is important to consult your dentist who will use a product approved by Health Canada that will not damage your tooth enamel. In addition, your dentist will perform a dental examination beforehand to verify the condition of your enamel before beginning the treatment. Discover the 4 myths about tooth whitening.

When and how to brush your teeth?

Having white teeth is not as difficult as you think! From a young age, we are told to brush our teeth every day, and rightly so: this simple habit allows us to remove the film of bacteria, otherwise known as dental plaque, that sticks to our teeth. When you don’t brush your teeth, the plaque turns into tartar and can discolor your teeth and lead to cavities. That’s why dentists recommend brushing your teeth and tongue 2 to 3 times a day for at least 3 minutes. To learn more, discover our 5 tips on oral hygiene.

How does Invisalign work ?

Invisalign is an invisible way to align your teeth and achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. Using sophisticated 3-D computer technology, Invisalign creates your entire treatment plan from your dentist’s prescription, from the initial position of your teeth to their desired final position. Then, a series of clear aligners are custom-made for your teeth, and your teeth only, to move them bit by bit. Learn more about how Invisalign works.

How to repair a broken tooth?

A broken tooth is not just a cosmetic concern. It is important to contact the dental clinic as soon as possible to schedule a repair. Treatment will differ from situation to situation depending on the dental fracture.

– Retrieve the broken piece of tooth if possible. – Store it carefully in a clean, safe place while you wait for your appointment. This can be in a glass of milk, in sterile saline, or even in your mouth (be careful not to accidentally swallow it). – Gently clean the injured area with warm water. – Use ice water compresses on the wound to relieve pain. – Make an emergency dental appointment.

To learn more check out our article on what to do in a dental emergency.