At Four Seasons Dental Centre, we believe a healthy smile is a happy smile. 

This area will contain tips, answers to commonly asked questions, and information regarding important dental and general health topics.   

If you have a specific question that you would like addressed, please email us at veitchdental@gmail.com.  Dr. Veitch will post answers to these questions here.

 

How often should I brush my teeth?

Most patients should be brushing their teeth at least twice a day, with a soft-bristled brush and fluoridated toothpaste.  Ideally, brush after every meal.  Remember "2 for 2" - brush twice a day for at least 2 minutes.

Tips:

  • electric or powered toothbrushes may help to remove plaque and debris from hard to reach places
  • flossing at least once per day drastically reduces plaque and improves oral hygiene
  • rinsing with a CDA approved mouthrinse nightly is a great way to improve oral health

At what age should I bring my child to the dentist?

Establishing an early routine is a great way to mainting good oral health for your children.  The Canadian Dental Association suggests that your infant should be assessed by a dentist within 6 months of the eruption of their first tooth, or by one year of age.

This visit will be a short one, and the goal will be to leave with a positive experience.  It is far better to begin regular visits before a problem arises.

Once your child is 3 years old, a more regular cleaning and checkup schedule will be established.

How often should I visit the dentist?

Your visits for dental hygiene are based on your individual needs.  Our team assesses your oral health at each hygiene therapy appointment and tailors a program based on our findings.  Studies have shown that plaque and calculus can build up in as little as 90 days, which leads to inflammation and infection that can affect your entire body.

Should I brush my teeth right after eating?

It is not recommended, as acids in our food can slightly weaken the hard enamel coating on your teeth for a short period of time.  The more acid that is present (in cola or certain fruits for example) can lead to more enamel weakening.  Brushing right after eating may lead to enamel wear and increased sensitivity.

It is best to wait 30 minutes after eating or rinse with water after eating to protect your teeth.

Are electric toothbrushes better than manual brushes?

Yes! Studies have shown that high quality electric brushes with soft bristles clean teeth more effectively than manual brushes.  Many have built-in timers that will help you brush for at least 2 minutes.  Please ask a member of our team for recommended brands.

I don't have any pain in my mouth, so I don't need to see a dentist.

Not true! Many dental issues are not painful until they have progressed significantly - often leading to a root canal or extraction.  Gum disease, a serious condition that can affect the entire body, may not be painful at all. 

Seeing the dentist regularily is the best way to prevent these issues from developing and to maintain healthy oral hygiene.

Are whitening toothpastes effective?

The best way to whiten your teeth and keep them white is to visit the dentist and have custom trays made to fit your teeth.  Whitening toothpastes typically abrade teeth, and don't provide the desired whitening effect.

The whitening material used at the dentist office is stronger, has less sensitivity, and works better. Use regular toothpaste with fluoride to keep your teeth looking great and cavity-free.

Will a mouthwash freshen my breath?

Most mouthwashes cover bad breath but they do not treat the underlying cause.  Bad breath can be caused by bacteria in your mouth, cavities, gum disease, or it may be the sign of other medical issues. Your dentist can help rule out dental issues as the cause.

We recommend mouthwash as a useful part of your oral hygiene routine, and we always suggest that you use a Canadian Dental Association approved brand (ask us if you are unsure).

If you have a dry mouth, be sure to use alcohol-free mouthwashes, as the alcohol will lead to further dryness.

Does sugar-free gum clean my teeth?

Yes!  Sugar-free gum can help increase saliva flow and remove trapped food particles.

Why does the dentist keep asking me to floss?

Flossing is just as important as brushing!  Brushing alone will miss almost half of the surfaces in between your teeth and at your gumline.  To prevent cavities and gum disease, flossing daily is required.

If I don't eat candy, does that mean I can brush less often?

No! Most of the food we eat is easily broken down into sugar which feeds bacteria in our mouth.  This bacteria needs to be removed regularily by brushing, flossing, and regularily visiting the dentist.  The worst offenders for your smile are sticky foods like raisins or fruit roll-ups, or highly acidic food or drinks.

Dr. Greg Veitch HBSc, MSc, DDS
101-396 Queens Avenue, London, Ontario N6B 1X7
Phone (519) 672-3401 Fax (519) 672-3403