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How can I relieve a toothache?

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Many people experience a toothache late in the evening, the middle of the night, or when they are not able to rush off to the dentist. Some people wait the toothache out to see if the tooth feels any better tomorrow because they just really hate going to the dentist. If you ever find yourself in a situation where your tooth is hurting and you are not able to see a dentist right away, you can relieve the toothache by taking some over the counter pain reliever, at the recommended dosage. The medicine will work throughout the day and evening to keep the toothache at bay.  Schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible to evaluate what is causing the toothache. Do not wait. It is much easier to treat a dental problem when it is diagnosed earlier than later.

Which toothpaste should I use?

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There are many varities of toothpastes on the market. There is everything from gels, whitening toothpaste, tartar control toothpaste, to natural toothpaste, toothpaste made for children, and sensitive teeth. The brand of toothpaste you choose is not as important as what is in the toothpaste itself. Even if you have fluoride in your drinking water, it is still wise to choose atoothpaste that contains fluoride. Another thing to consider is, the more chemicals that are added to the toothpaste the higher at risk you are for your teeth and gums to become irritated and sensitive. Before using any of the whitening toothpaste, tartar control toothpaste, sensitive tooth toothpaste, and the likes, consult with your dentist or hygienist to see if any of these toothpastes are recommended for you.

When should my child first see a dentist?

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This is a common question asked by many first time parents. It is recommended that your child’s first visit be around 12-24 months. Do not wait until your child has a toothache or a dental emergency to take him/her to the dentist for the first time. The experience may be very traumatic and one the child will probably remember for many years to come. As a result, the child may develop a fear of the dentist and that fear is sometimes very hard to overcome.

I do not have any dental insurance. Where can I get low cost dental care?

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Many people do not seek regular dental care because they do not have dental insurance coverage or the budget to pay for expensive dental procedures. People often to do not tell their dentist of their situation and some dental practices will not treat anyone unless they have dental insurance. Don’t worry if you find yourself in this situation. There are many resources available who can help you to receive low cost dental care. Your first step should be to consult with your dentist about your situation and ask if a monthly payment schedule can be worked out. You may also contact your provincial dental society to see if there are any programs or dental school clinics in your area. Dental school clinics often offer low cost quality dental care, sometimes only charging for the materials used.

Please visit the links below for low cost dental care provided by local Dental programs:

How can I make my teeth whiter?

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There are many products and procedures available to brighten your smile. Before you purchase any number of the tooth whitening products in the store or online, it is important to understand what is causing your teeth to stain, the risks, as well as the benefits to whitening your teeth. Your first step should be to schedule an examination and cleaning of your teeth. At this time, your dentist or hygienist can review your oral health with you, any medications that you may be taking, as well as make recommendations for any dietary changes or teeth bleaching products or procedures that will work for you.

How Often Should You Go to the Dentist?

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On average, seeing a dentist twice a year works well for most people. A few people can get away with fewer visits; others may need more frequent visits. People with very little risk of cavities or gum disease can do fine seeing their dentist just once a year. People with high risk of periodontal disease(because of current gum disease, a weak immune response to bacterial infection or a predisposition to plaque buildup or cavities) might need to see the dentist every three or four months, or even more frequently, for the best care.  Even if you take excellent care of your teeth and gums at home, you need to see your dentist regularly so he or she can check for problems that you may not see or feel. Tooth decay generally doesn’t become visible or cause pain until it is in more advanced stages. Regular visits allow your dentist to find early signs of decay and disease and treat problems at a manageable stage. Ask your dentist the best schedule for your routine dental visits.

What is good oral hygiene?

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Good oral hygiene results in a mouth that looks and smells healthy. This means:
•    Your teeth are clean and free of debris
•    Gums are pink and do not hurt or bleed when you brush or floss
•    Bad breath is not a constant problem
If your gums do hurt or bleed while brushing or flossing, or you are experiencing persistent bad breath, see your dentist. Any of these conditions may indicate a problem. Your dentist or hygienist can help you learn good oral hygiene techniques and can help point out areas of your mouth that may require extra attention during brushing and flossing.

How is Good Oral Hygiene Practiced?

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Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums. Healthy teeth not only enable you to look and feel good, they make it possible to eat and speak properly. Good oral health is important to your overall well-being. Daily preventive care, including proper brushing and flossing, will help stop problems before they develop and is much less painful, expensive, and worrisome than treating conditions that have been allowed to progress.

In between regular visits to the dentist, there are simple steps that each of us can take to greatly decrease the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems. These include:
•    Brushing thoroughly twice a day and flossing daily
•    Eating a balanced diet and limiting snacks between meals
•    Using dental products that contain fluoride, including toothpaste
•    Rinsing with a fluoride mouthrinse if your dentist tells you to
•    Making sure that your children under 12 drink fluoridated water or take a fluoride supplement if they live in a non-fluoridated area.