Dental FAQ

What can I do to improve my smile?

There are many ways to improve your smile.  Whether you wish to whiten your teeth,  place a crown or fill a gap, there are many state of the art cosmetic dentistry techniques that will help you improve your natural smile. Read our Tips for a Dazzling Healthy Smile or contact our office to discuss how we can help you dramatically improve your smile.  We'd be happy to hear from you!

What do I do if I have an emergency and the office isn’t open?

Call the Newmarket Dental Emergency Clinic at 905-252-5555

Do you accept referrals?

Yes we are currently accepting new patients and we gladly accept referrals. New patient appointments can be made by contacting our office.

What is Nitrous Oxide?

Nitrous Oxide or “Laughing Gas” is a mild sedative that is inhaled through the nose. It reduces anxiety, sensitivity, and the gag reflex. The sedation only lasts until the end of the appointment and patients feel completely normal upon completion of the appointment.

What is baby bottle tooth decay?

Baby bottle tooth decay is a common occurrence among children. It occurs when a child regularly goes to sleep with a drink containing sugars such as milk, formula, juice, soda, or another liquid sweetened with sugar or honey. The drink pools in the mouth and this constant attack from the acids and sugar leads to tooth decay. In order to prevent this type of decay, we recommend children only be permitted to drink water after they brush their teeth at night.

How do I prevent baby bottle decay?

Do not put your child to bed with any drink other than water. If your baby does not have teeth yet, you can use a clean damp cloth to wipe their gums. If your child has teeth, you can use a small soft bristled toothbrush to gently clean teeth before bedtime. Ask us about tooth floss devices made specifically to make flossing easier for children.

Is it important to take care of my child’s baby teeth?

Yes! The health of primary or “baby teeth” is very important. Although these teeth are not permanent, they act as a guide to lead the adult teeth into place If your child has cavities in their baby teeth, they will need to be treated by a dentist. If a cavity is not treated, it will continue to worsen and eventually it may become a serious and painful infection requiring the removal of the tooth. When this occurs, it will be necessary to put a fixed retainer into place in order to keep other teeth from moving in the child’s mouth. Contact us to schedule an appointment for your child’s first visit to the dentist!

At what age should my children see a dentist?

Ideally, a child’s first visit to the dentist is at approximately age 1. This can be done during a parent or sibling’s regular checkup appointment when they will have the opportunity to meet everyone at the office and become familiar with what will be expected of them when they have their own appointment.  Dr. Gavrilov can review how to care for you child's teeth and answer any questions or concerns you may have.
The first scheduled dental checkup should be at about 2 1/2 to 3 years of age, depending on the child’s temperament and maturity. Contact our office to schedule your child’s first dental checkup appointment!

Is whitening my teeth safe?

Several studies over the past five years have concluded that whitening teeth is safe and effective in most cases. Some people do experience gum and/or tooth sensitivity that will dissipate shortly after treatment. However, whitening is not recommended for pregnant women or nursing mothers as there have been no studies on its effects on these patients. There are a variety of different whitening options available.