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Q: My dad is about 72 years old. His mouth is dry. He has a sore throat and difficulty swallowing. What’s going on?
A: Dryness, burning, and difficulty swallowing are typical symptoms of Xerostomia (also known as dry mouth). An estimated 20 – 30% of people over 70.. Read More →
Q: Exposed roots, exceeded gum line, dental anxiety and no insurance. Any advice? [Full question in the post.]
Q: I am 38 and this past year, my gum line has receded a ton, and 4 top and the same 4 bottom teeth have.. Read More →
A: Kicking the thumb-sucking habit is challenging but not impossible. The good news is any emerging dental problems created by thumb-sucking are reversible at her.. Read More →
A: The white layer is a buildup of calcium from your saliva. Plaque and tartar from your mouth stick to your retainer too if you’re.. Read More →
A: Lucky you! Few people never get a cavity—an estimated less than 10%. Brushing, flossing, mouthwash, regular dental care, or reducing sugar intake could be what has kept you cavity.. Read More →
A: As you may know, kids typically lose their first baby tooth at 6 years old and the last at 12 years old. Having baby.. Read More →
Q: Six days ago I had a molar pulled and they put a gel-like thing inside the hole. I was rinsing my mouth today and it came out… is that normal?
A: Sometimes a “gel foam” is placed after the extraction to assist in the healing. It’s good to have it checked to make sure everything.. Read More →
A: Floss picks can be effective if they are used properly. Replaceable floss picks are convenient in a few ways—they’re easier to hold and simpler to use.. Read More →
A: Our taste buds (the receptors found in the bumps on our tongue) react to compounds in foods, juices and other liquids. The compounds communicate.. Read More →
Q: My front tooth is growing above my baby tooth, at the top of my mouth. The dentist called it “abnormal eruption.” What will the treatment be?
A: Your dentist will tell you what your options are after a dental exam. Treatment depends on what area of your mouth the abnormal eruption.. Read More →
Q: When I bite into an apple, my jaw feels tight. There’s also this weird clicking noise in my jaw. Do I have tetanus?
A: We’re sorry to hear about your discomfort. Eating should be a positive experience, not a painful one. Don’t hesitate to get expert advice on.. Read More →
A: A scan each year is typically enough, but it depends on your dental health. Rest assured, dental X-rays produce low levels of radiation—safe enough.. Read More →
Q: I’m going on a 6-month trip abroad. Should I bring a toothbrush travel case? A: Travel toothbrush cases appear convenient and hygienic, but without.. Read More →
Q: Why doesn’t my dentist clean my teeth? A: While our Winnipeg dentists have the training to clean your teeth, your appointment is a team effort.. Read More →
I have tooth pain after getting a filling for a cavity — what should I do? It is common to experience some pain or sensitivity.. Read More →
When I stay over at someone’s house and don’t have access to a toothbrush, is there anything I can do to “brush” my teeth or.. Read More →
Fresh breath can often be a deal breaker. Telling someone they have bad breath can be difficult, because you do not want to hurt their.. Read More →
Recession in your gums is normal as you grow older, however it is something you should pay close attention to and talk to your dentist about... Read More →
During the cold season (especially when I get a little under the weather) my body develops a lot of mucus in my mouth, nose and throat. Is that mucus bad for my oral health?
Mucus. Yuck, right? While the buildup of mucus in your mouth, nose and throat can be unpleasant and annoying, it is not necessarily bad for.. Read More →
While it’s true that your teeth can be powerful tools when it comes to chewing food, there’s not much else they should be used for... Read More →
I haven’t been to the dentist in more than five years, if I book an appointment how should I prepare?
Relax. The most important thing for you to do is relax. At Dental Image Therapy Centres your comfort is our priority. That means that we’ll.. Read More →
Q: Allergies or oral health concern? The roof of my mouth has been itchy – is there a rinse or wash I can use to make.. Read More →
My daughter gets really scared to visit the dentist (she’s 5) – do you have any tips to help her calm down?
We’re often asked for our best tips to help keep your child calm when they come in for a check-up. It’s important for your child.. Read More →
Brushing your teeth with activated charcoal is one of the latest trends in beauty – why? Many people believe it can dramatically whiten your.. Read More →
Q: Dental visits: Why is it recommended to see a dentist every six months? A: Regularly scheduled dental visits allow your oral hygienist and dentist.. Read More →
Q: My son is playing hockey this year – what’s the best way to protect his teeth from any damage on the ice? I don’t want.. Read More →
Your baby’s first visit: Is it true that a new baby should visit the dentist, even if they don’t have teeth? Yes, absolutely. Your child.. Read More →
I have a pretty significant overbite but it doesn’t hurt my teeth or jaw. Do I still need to worry about it?
I have a pretty significant overbite but it doesn’t hurt my teeth or jaw. Do I still need to worry about it? Even though you.. Read More →
Yes, you absolutely can. Both of our Winnipeg dental clinics offer Philips Zoom! Whitening. In one 90-minute session your teeth can whiten up to eight.. Read More →
My teeth start to hurt when the weather gets a little cooler – is there something I can do to prevent that from happening?
Having teeth that are sensitive to cool weather is a pain, especially living in a place like Winnipeg! Luckily, there are ways to reduce the.. Read More →
Sometimes when I’m working out (specifically sit-ups) my jaw gets tight and ‘clicks.’ Is there something you can do to help me? (TMD pain management)
You’re not alone in this. It sounds like you may be experiencing TMD (temporomandibular disorder) and our team of Winnipeg dentists can help. TMD causes.. Read More →
We want to make your dentist appointment as comfortable as possible. Before you enter the office our team follows standard precautions to sterilize our instruments... Read More →
Does adding honey to my morning tea affect my teeth or gums at all? Visit us in St. Vital and Garden City.
Unfortunately, yes. The sweet honey you add to your morning tea does have the same effect on your teeth as regular sugar. They are both.. Read More →
We are proud to offer Invisalign in Winnipeg to help our patients smile with confidence. There are a few main differences between Invisalign and braces... Read More →
Although most canker sores will heal on their own after a couple of weeks, it is not a bad idea to have a persisting sore.. Read More →
Q: My mother told me I shouldn’t let my baby suck on his soother now that he has teeth, because it will make them grow.. Read More →
Q: How does oral cancer start? Are there any signs I should be looking for? A: Oral cancer includes cancers of the lips, tongue, cheeks,.. Read More →
Q: My allergies have acted up this year. Will the excess mucus have an affect on my teeth? A: Allergy season has definitely been prolonged.. Read More →
Q: I noticed that Sorbitol is listed in my toothpaste’s ingredients. Isn’t that a kind of sugar? A: Sorbitol is a sugar alcohol made from.. Read More →
Q: I have a small chip on one of my teeth – is that something that needs to be fixed? A: Any time a tooth.. Read More →
I saw a Facebook post that says too many summer patio drinks can lead to tooth decay, how does that work?
Tooth decay is a common disease in North America, second only to the common cold. It can definitely be affected by sugary drinks (and the.. Read More →
The gums on my upper mouth have been so painful to floss, but no bleeding. My mom says I could just be sick, is that true?
It’s important to rule out serious issues before making assumptions, so we advise that you make an appointment as soon as you can for us.. Read More →
Your entire body is connected, and that includes your mouth. So sometimes a disease or infection can start in your mouth and adversely affect your.. Read More →
What’s the best way to brush my teeth? When I grew up we said “Up like the flowers, down like the rain, sideways like a choo-choo train!” when we were learning to brush our teeth. Is that still the right way to do it?
We love that you remember that jingle and that it helps you stay on track with oral hygiene. The answer is yes, the first part.. Read More →
I was thinking of getting my tongue pierced but heard it can have a bad affect on my oral health, is this true?
As dentists we do generally advise against an oral piercings, including the tongue, lips or cheeks. However, if you’re diligent in your cleaning practices you can.. Read More →
Q: What is the process for getting a new dentist? A: If a dentist is accepting new patients all you need to do to is book.. Read More →
Q: Does my dentist use new tools every time? How do I know what’s being used is actually clean? A: We want to make your dentist appointment.. Read More →
Q: One of my teeth hurts for a couple of seconds when I drink or eat something frozen. Should I be concerned? A: You may.. Read More →
Q: Is it normal if your gums bleed when you floss? I haven’t flossed in a few days and when I did today they started.. Read More →
Q: I have a loose tooth and I think I can wiggle it out myself – is it ok to do that? A: If you are.. Read More →
Q: Is drinking milk good for your teeth? I know there’s a lot of calcium in milk. A: Yes!Drinking milk helps to make your teeth.. Read More →
Q: When do your wisdom teeth usually come in? Your wisdom teeth, which are the molars located at the very back of your mouth, usually.. Read More →
Q: I wake up with bad breath every morning, even though I brushed the night before. Is there a way for me to fix this? I usually cover up the stench with my morning coffee.
A: This issue is more common than you may think – and there are more permanent solutions than a cup of coffee. Regular brushing and flossing,.. Read More →
A: It sounds like you may be experiencing TMD (temporomandibular disorder). If so, your dentist can probably help you. TMD causes uncomfortable clicking and popping.. Read More →
A: If your child has a sore tooth, especially one that keeps them awake at night with pain or interferes with chewing, we highly recommend you.. Read More →
Q: I heard that whitening toothpastes don’t do as good a job cleaning your teeth as regular toothpastes – is that true? (Ask a Dentist)
A: While these types of products are still cleaning your teeth, there is the possibility that they could lead to sensitivity issues or cavities. That’s because.. Read More →
A: Generally we recommend that our patients come to see us twice a year (about every six months). Regular cleanings and checkups will allow us to.. Read More →
Q: I’ve been a smoker for the last 10 years and have developed a yellow tinge on my teeth. Is there a way to get rid.. Read More →
Q: When do baby teeth usually start falling out? A: Though there is no definite age for this to happen, most children will start losing their.. Read More →
Q: Is it necessary to floss in the morning? When I’m in a hurry I usually just brush and feel ok. A: Flossing in the morning isn’t.. Read More →
Q: My dentist recently took a photo of my teeth – why would they need a photo when I’ve already had x-rays done? A: A digital photograph,.. Read More →
Q: A friend of mine told me that the foods I eat can cause tooth decay, is that true? A: Tooth decay is a common disease.. Read More →
I seem to always have bad breath – is it something I’m eating or is there a problem with the way I brush and floss my teeth? Ask a Dentist.
Q: I seem to always have bad breath – is it something I’m eating or is there a problem with the way I brush and floss.. Read More →
Q: Is it true that if one of my teeth gets knocked out it can be put back in? In certain situations – yes, if you.. Read More →
Q: I’ve been thinking about straightening my teeth, but as an adult I feel kind of embarrassed. How long would I have to wear braces? A:.. Read More →
Q: I usually just chew food on the right side of my mouth. I don’t have any issues, but heard it can be bad for.. Read More →
Q: Why do my teeth feel cleaner when my dental hygienist flosses them than when I do it at home? A: First of all, it’s.. Read More →
Q: My child’s first teeth are starting to grow in and I’m wondering how to keep them healthy. I’ve heard that even milk (breast milk and.. Read More →
A: As experienced dentists in Winnipeg, we recommend you start brushing your child’s teeth before he/she has teeth. Brushing your baby’s gums with a soft.. Read More →
A: When you have an oral issue that requires medical attention, our dentists at Dental Image Therapy Centres, located at Garden City and St. Vital.. Read More →
A: After getting your wisdom teeth extracted, you are likely to experience some pain and swelling. There may be some bleeding. Typical wisdom teeth recovery time is.. Read More →
Q: I read an article a while ago saying there’s no proof that flossing is good for your teeth, but all my life my dentist.. Read More →
Is there a way to whiten your teeth without a professional system? Are there natural ways to do it? Ask a dentist
Q: Is there a way to whiten your teeth without a professional system? Are there natural ways to do it? Ask a dentist A: While.. Read More →
Q: When I was camping this summer I didn’t always have a chance to brush and floss my teeth twice a day – is it ok to miss a day of brushing or flossing? Ask a dentist
Q: When I was camping this summer I didn’t always have a chance to brush and floss my teeth twice a day – is it.. Read More →
Q: I’ve heard foods like apples and celery are good for your teeth, is that true? What makes them good for your teeth? Ask a dentist
Q: I’ve heard foods like apples and celery are good for your teeth, is that true? What makes them good for your teeth? Ask a.. Read More →
Q: How does Zoom! Whitening work? Is it good for my teeth? A: Zoom! Whitening is available at both our St. Vital and Garden City.. Read More →
Q: What’s the best way to cure sensitive teeth? Sometimes cold drinks hit a certain tooth the wrong way and it’s very uncomfortable. A: Tooth sensitivity.. Read More →
Q: I feel like flossing takes up so much time, is there a way to shorten the process? A: Keep in mind that flossing is.. Read More →
Q: Is there such a thing as too much brushing? A: Unfortunately there is such a thing as too much brushing and it can lead.. Read More →
Q: A friend of mine told me that you shouldn’t brush your teeth right after you eat because it wears down your teeth, is this true?.. Read More →
Q: My boyfriend hasn’t been to the dentist in more than eight years. He says he doesn’t have any oral health issues and doesn’t need.. Read More →
Q: I read that your oral health has a big effect on your overall health but i’m not sure how. What are some of the.. Read More →
Q: If my gums bleed a little when I floss, is it really a big deal? A: Bleeding gums can definitely be a cause of.. Read More →
Q:For me, the worst part of visiting the dentist is the gritty taste and texture of the polish. I dread it every time. Do I.. Read More →
A: It can be very tempting to grab a bite or a drink after a cleaning appointment; however, it is important to give the fluoride rinse.. Read More →
A: It might sound out of the ordinary, but brushing your tongue actually helps to improve the health of your mouth. The action of brushing from.. Read More →
Q: If someone has been a smoker for decades and has badly stained teeth, is there a way to whiten their smile?
A: Aside from stained teeth, extended use of tobacco can have many negative effects on your oral health. This includes bad breath, increased risk of disease,.. Read More →
Q: Three or four days before every cleaning appointment I start brushing and flossing more regularly to hide my bad habits. Does this little bit of extra effort help, or should I leave it so my dentist and hygienist can see what’s really going on?
A: Good brushing and flossing before a cleaning appointment is definitely healthy, but only if done on a regularly, not just on a short term.. Read More →
A: The best way to avoid buildup of plaque is to brush twice daily and floss before bed. Be thorough. We recommend brushing for two minutes.. Read More →
A: Over time, chewing on one side of the mouth can lead to strain, sensitivity and sometimes TMD (Temporomandibular disorders.) This can result in jaw problems.. Read More →
A: While brushing is great for cleaning the surfaces of teeth, flossing gets between the teeth and gums where plaque and tartar can build build.. Read More →
A: Braces are typically metal or ceramic brackets placed directly on the teeth and connected with wires to help shift teeth into place. Invisalign is.. Read More →
A: As soon as possible! A chip in your tooth can lead to further damage, including infection and disease. If you chip a tooth, it’s.. Read More →
A: In order to prevent dental problems, your child should see a dentist when the first tooth appears, or no later than his/her first birthday... Read More →