Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a question about your dental health? Want to learn more about our services? Here, we answer some of the most common questions we get from patients.

1) When should I have my teeth checked?

Visit your dentist twice a year, or as recommended by a dental professional. A checkup is advisable if plaque has hardened into tartar as this requires professional dental cleaning.

2) When should I take my child to the dentist for the first time?

One year of age is ideal as this is when their teeth are likely to start showing. This is also a good opportunity for parents to learn important details about how to take care of their child’s teeth.

3) Do you offer any special discounts?

We offer senior citizens 20% off regular fees. Families coming to our clinic for the first time for orthodontic work receive a free consultation.

4) Do I need X-rays at each visit?

If you’re a healthy adult with no cavities or other oral health issues, frequent X-rays are not required. X-rays are normally taken every couple of years to monitor your dental health. However, if said health is being monitored by your dentist, more frequent X-rays may be required.

5) What should I do if I have an emergency after hours?

Dental emergencies can happen anytime, and the sooner you receive treatment, the better. We offer emergency services to provide fast relief to our patients. In case of an emergency, call us at 905-771-0788.

6) My gums bleed when I brush. Is this a reason to worry?

Bleeding gums are a sign of gingivitis. This periodontal disease is caused by a build-up of plaque at your gum line. Left untreated, this condition can lead to tooth loss. Get a thorough check-up and cleaning to improve your gum health.

7) Is there anything I need to do before my dental appointment?

Before you visit us, there are a few things that you should inform us, so we can offer effective treatment.

  • ● Your dental history
  • ● Any allergies
  • ● Any medicines you are currently taking
  • ● Whether you are pregnant
  • ● Any pre-existing medical conditions
  • ● Any changes in your oral health

8) Why should I floss? Isn’t brushing enough?

Although brushing is important, it only removes plaque from the front and back of your teeth. Without flossing, your oral care is incomplete. Flossing removes plaque from between teeth and underneath gums. It also reduces the bacteria in your mouth that feed on food particles left behind in hard-to-reach areas after brushing. Eventually, these harden into tartar that only a dentist can remove.

9) How long do the results of teeth whitening last?

This varies by person but from six months up to three years. Exposing your teeth to foods and beverages that stain will shorten your results.

10) Which is better: Invisalign or braces?

Both Invisalign and braces straighten and position teeth for a balanced bite. Braces are the traditional method; Invisalign is relatively new. The key difference is how they straighten your teeth.

Which is better? That's a tough call. Invisalign is useful for aesthetic purposes and simple dental issues, whereas braces are functional and the best choice to fix complex tooth issues. Also, braces are a fast and effective way to close gaps and align teeth, but they cannot be removed easily, unlike Invisalign.

At Michael Foo, we are committed to offering our patients exceptional dental care at affordable rates. If you have any doubts or want to learn more about a dental procedure, contact us at any time.

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