Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I visit the dentist?

Dental insurance usually covers a regular checkup/cleaning every nine months or twelve. If that is the case then that should suffice.  However, according to the Canadian Dental Association (source) the frequency depends on the following questions:

  • Do I floss every day?
  • Do I brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and follow my dentist’s instructions on how to brush properly?
  • Do I eat a well-balanced diet, including food from all food groups, and limit sweets and sticky foods?
  • Do I smoke?
  • Do I have a history of cavities or gum disease?
  • Is my overall health good?

The answers to these questions are all factors that affect your oral health. They will help you and your dentist decide how often you need to visit for dental exams. It’s worth noting that you should not determine your need for dental care on what your dental plan covers.

How often do I need X-Rays?

Here is the short answer based on the Canadian Dental Association’s Position on Control of X-Radiation in Dentistry

If there are X-Ray’s available, then we will try and get them from your previous dentist. We will minimize the effect of X-Radiation on patients by ensuring high-quality x-ray’s are taken with enough information on them to effectively diagnose problems (and avoid taking multiple x-ray’s).

We will try to determine if an X-Ray is required by conducting other examinations first. Ultimately the frequency of a radiological examination is a matter of clinical judgement. The selection of equipment and techniques used is the decision of a dentist. The aim of these guidelines is to ensure that dental offices comply with the ALARA principle and keep the amount of patient radiation exposure at as low a level as possible given current accepted radiological practice.

So I would like to switch to your dental clinic...

We are accepting new patients and will welcome you with inviting smiles. Here at Tamarack Dental we have accommodating hours and invite all new patients to come in for an initial consultation. Bring your insurance information as well as the contact information for your current dentist. We will pull your records and ensure we can provide you with proper care.  However please consider this: Original dental records belong to the dentist who provided the treatment, and not the patient, because dentists have to keep all of their records for a period of time, as set out by their provincial dental regulatory body. Once you have selected a new dentist, you can request that a copy of your records be transferred from your former dentist.

We can take care of this for you and will likely be able to get this done with a mere signature on a release form.

For the entire family

It’s important to get an early start on dental care, so that your child will learn that visiting the dentist is a regular part of health care. The first step is to choose a dentist for your child.

The Canadian Dental Association encourages the assessment of infants, by a dentist, within 6 months of the eruption of the first tooth or by one year of age. (Your Child’s First Visit)

It’s important to make the first visit a positive experience for your child – one reason why it’s best to visit before a problem develops. If you think there is a problem, however, take your child to the dentist right away, no matter what age.

If you are a nervous dental patient, ask your spouse or another family member to take the child for the appointment. If your child senses that you are nervous, he or she may feel nervous too. When you talk to your child about going to the dentist, explain what will happen without adding things like “it won’t hurt” or “don’t be scared.”

Be sure to get an early start on regular dental care at home. Start cleaning your child’s mouth with a soft damp cloth before teeth come in and continue with a soft toothbrush once he or she has a first tooth. Limit the number of sugary treats you give your child, and focus on healthy food choices from the very beginning.