Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How old should a child be when they
have their first visit with the dentist?

A: Ideally we see your child for the first time by the age of two. By this age most or all primary (baby) teeth are present. We are hoping their first visit to us is fun and easy. However, if you have concerns prior to this age, do not hesitate to contact us.

Q: How often would I have a dental check-up?

A: How often you go for a check-up depends on your oral health needs. The goal is to catch small problems early. For many people, this means a check-up every six months. Your dentist may suggest that you visit more or less often depending on how well you care for your teeth and gums. If you have had any problems that need to be checked or treated and how fast tartar builds up on your teeth are other examples that may change how often the dentist suggests that you have a check-up. It is worth noting that you should not determine your need for dental care based on what your dental plan covers.

Q: Why do my gums bleed when I brush my teeth?

A: Your gums may be inflamed and swollen, therefore even the softest toothbrushes can irritate the tissues and make them bleed. When the pressure of a toothbrush is applied, the blood easily escapes from the weakened gum tissue. Most times our gums get inflamed and swollen because of a plaque or tartar build-up. It is not okay to allow your gums to continue bleeding. You may require immediate attention by your dentist and follow up with daily brushing and flossing. This will not go away on its own. If left untreated, bone loss is inevitable.

Q: I am thinking about a cosmetic
procedure. What should I do?

A: We always start with a consultation. Every smile is a little different, so each patient must be considered individually.

Q: What if I have a dental emergency
and the office is not open?

A: If you are patient of Dr. Todd, contact the after hours emergency phone number provided. If you are not one of our patients and you have a dental emergency, go to your local emergency department.

Q: What payments does your office accept?

A: We accept cash, debit, VISA, MasterCard
and American Express.

Q: What whitening options are available?

A: We offer a range of whitening options from home whitening to in-office procedures. (Click now to learn about our whitening options.)

Q: Can I have whitening done if
I am not a patient of Simcoe Smile Dental?

A: Yes! We often have patients of other dentists for procedures such as whitening.

Q: Does whitening damage the teeth?

A: No. There may be a little bit more sensitivity to cold but it should only last for a short time.

Q: Is whitening covered by insurance?

A: Insurance may apply depending on your personal dental plan. Please speak to your benefits administrator before undergoing the procedure.

Q: Do you make mouth guards for sports?

A: Yes – we make lots of them! And there are a lot of different colours to choose from!

Q: What if I have to cancel my appointment?

A: We understand that sometimes it may be impossible to keep a previously confirmed appointment. For the courtesy of our staff, dentists and other patients, we request 2 business days notice in these cases.

Q: What if I miss an appointment

A: As your appointment approaches, we will contact you to remind you about your upcoming appointment. Neither patients nor our office like missed appointments but we will do our best to find another time convenient that is suitable for both of us.

Q: Does your office do orthodontics?

A: Yes. We offer orthodontics to children and adults. We offer traditional “train tracks” or “Invisalign” and almost always without extractions. (For more information on our Orthodontic options, click here.)

Q: Is cosmetic dentistry covered by insurance?

A: Insurance may apply depending on your personal dental plan. We can always send through for a quote if you have any concerns about your coverage.

Q: What is tartar?

A: Tartar is what forms from the lack of brushing and flossing. Tartar (the dental term is calculus) is plaque that has hardened/adhered to the tooth both above and below the gums. A professional cleaning is the only way to remove tartar.

Q: What is plaque?

A: Plaque is a soft, invisible bacterial film that builds up on the teeth. It can be removed by brushing and flossing on a daily basis. If left on the teeth for more than 24 hours it will need to be professionally removed.

Q: What are veneers?

A: Veneers are fingernail-thin customized porcelain pieces that fit on the outside of teeth. They can improve the colour and shape of teeth and give you an “elegant” or “Hollywood” smile.

Q: How often should I brush my teeth?

A: According to the Canadian Dental Association, you should brush your teeth twice a day. Brushing your teeth helps to remove plaque which causes tooth decay and can lead to gum disease. Always use a soft bristled toothbrush with a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Make sure that the toothbrush fits inside of your mouth so that you can easily reach all areas. When brushing, use gentle back and forth strokes, brushing all sides of the teeth. Always brush your tongue to remove any bacteria and to help keep your breath fresh.

Q: How often should I floss my teeth?

A: You should floss your teeth at least once a day. Flossing in between your teeth removes food debris and plaque from in between the teeth that a toothbrush can’t reach. Plaque causes tooth decay and can lead to gum disease. Another great reason to floss is that recent studies have shown that flossing helps to prevent a heart attack or stroke. When flossing, be sure to gently insert the floss in between the teeth, without snapping, which could damage the gum tissue. Gently move the floss up and down into the spaces between the gum and teeth. Floss the sides of all of your teeth, even if there isn’t a tooth next to another one. There are a number of dental products available that are designed to make flossing easier, such as disposable dental flossers.

Q: What is the best toothpaste to buy?

A: Choosing a toothpaste that contains fluoride will help to prevent cavities. Many of the considerations for choosing toothpastes are personal, such as flavour, whitening, tartar control and price. If you have small children, you may want to try some fun-flavoured kid toothpaste without fluoride. When applying toothpaste to your toothbrush, you only need to use about a pea size amount.