Common Questions

Smile Dental Langley

How frequently should I brush my teeth and floss?

Dentists recommend you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once daily.

Is there a difference between toothbrushes?

Yes, there are manual toothbrushes and electric toothbrushes.  Electric toothbrushes are better because you get more scrubbing action for every movement.  Soft bristled brushes are recommended to prevent wear on your gums.  Also, a smaller head makes it easier to reach difficult areas.

How often should I visit my dentist for cleaning and exam?

We recommend visiting your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings and an exam.  This will ensure the best results for maintaining your oral health.

What are the signs of gum disease?

Gum disease usually starts off with inflammation of your gums. This will usually cause bleeding while brushing or eating. Bad breath and a bad tasted in your mouth are also signs. As the disease progresses, other signs include receding gums, gaps forming between teeth, shifing of teeth and teeth becoming loose.  If you have any of these signs or symptoms, it is best to sit down with your dentist and discuss the health of your gums. You can make an appointment with our dentist and we would be more than happy to discuss this at our clinic.

Is there a way to removed discolourations and stains from my teeth?

There are several ways of removing discolourations from teeth, each of which depends on how deep the staining is.  Most surface stains can be removed during your cleaning and polishing.  Teeth whitening is also an inexpensive way to improve the discolouration of your teeth.  For deeper stains, veneers or crowns may be recommended to improve the colour of the teeth.  Contact our clinic, and the dentist will be more than happy to discuss which option is best for your situation.

Do my silver fillings need to be replaced?

The only time it is recommended to replace your silver fillings is if they are leaking, broken or have a cavity under them.  At that time, amalgam fillings can be replaced with a material that is best suited for your situation.  This can be mercury-free white fillings, inlays or onlays, veneers or crowns.

What do I need for my initial appointment?

We ask that you arrive 15-20 minutes before your appointment in order to fill out the proper paperwork and provide us with your insurance information.  Please bring your insurance card or documents, if you have insurance, or a method of payment if you will be paying for your treatment.

Do you have a cancellation policy?

We ask that you provied a 48 hour notice if you need to cancel your appointment.  Without proper notice, you may be charged a penalty for your missed appointment.