Patient Education

At Sandhurst Family Dental Clinic, we like to put an emphasis on patient education. We are committed to educate our patients on oral health conditions, dental procedures, and proper oral hygiene techniques.

We believe that dental knowledge and education is the key to a productive and successful patient/dental office relationship. Our professional team is readily available to assist you with any questions or concerns.

Patient Educational Videos

Below are some educational videos that cover the following common dental concerns:

  • Restorative Dentistry
  • Oral Hygiene
  • Kids Dentistry
  • Cosmetic Dentistry-Crowns Bridges and Veneers
  • Periodontal Disease and Gum Health
  • Oral Surgery- Extractions
  • Endodontics- Root Canal Therapy

Proper Tooth Brushing Technique (1:12)

Hand Scaling and Polishing (0:49)

Plaque And Tartar (0:41)

Deep Scaling and Root Planning (1:03)

Gingival Recession (0:44)

Frequently Asked Questions

A toothache occurs when the nerve within the tooth gets damaged or inflamed. This is usually caused by bacteria from the tooth decay communicating with the nerve of the tooth. These cavities are usually brought about by a combination of poor oral hygiene coupled with eating a lot of sticky, sugary and starchy foods. This bacteria feeds on the sugars and starch left over from poor brushing and flossing. As a result, acids are produced that will slowly eat away at the good tooth structure until the nerve becomes damaged, causing the toothache.

Parents should take their children to the dentist for their first check-up after their first birthday. Subsequently, they should go for regular check-ups every 6 to 12 months, so your child’s dentist can monitor their oral hygiene, diet and growth patterns. It is best if your child’s first experience occurs at a time before invasive dental work becomes necessary. A ride on the dental chair, magic tricks with “Mr. Thirsty” and visiting the toy chest should make your child’s visit pleasurable and non-threatening. The first visit should also include the counting of teeth while your child looks at what is happening in a hand held mirror. Remember, early dental check-ups makes it easier to build a good rapport with your child to establish a foundation of trust and comfort for future visits.

This is a warning sign that gum disease is present and needs to be treated by a dental hygienist. Gum disease is what leads to tooth loss and failure of dental treatment. This frequently occurs in the absence of pain, making it an important first symptom in detecting the disease.

No. Wisdom teeth that are healthy and that fit comfortably in your mouth do not need to be removed. However, if your wisdom teeth are impacted (so far back in your mouth they are growing improperly), are causing you to suffer severe headaches or mouth pain, or if they reveal signs of disease or infection upon examination, you do need to have them removed by an oral surgeon. If you are concerned about your wisdom teeth or their removal, talk to your dentist.

Although teeth whitening seems relatively new, whitening agents have been used in dentistry for many years. They are usually peroxide based, and can be very successful when used as directed. Some patients with nerve exposure notice sensitivity, but this can be managed by our dental team’s expertise. Don’t wait for that beautiful smile any longer.

Whitening too much can cause sensitivity and abrasion – too much is never recommended.

Dentist will prescribed x-rays only when needed – client specific. Improved digital x-rays technology means up to 80% less radiation exposure vs old conventional manually chemically processing of x-rays. We step out of the room to activate x-ray tubing and there is no residual radiation left in the room after.

Many people suffer from bad breath. In fact, 40% of the population has problems with bad breath at some time in their lives. Some reasons for bad breath may be: poor dental hygiene, eating certain foods like garlic or onions, smoking, chewing tobacco, diseases like cancer or diabetes, and dry mouth (often called morning breath).

You can help reduce the incidence of bad breath by brushing and flossing each day to remove plaque. Also by avoiding certain foods, you can eliminate a lot of bad breath problems. If you wear a denture or removable partial denture, it is important to clean thoroughly every day and to remove the device at night so your mouth tissues can restore themselves daily. If a bad breath problem persists then let us know and we will try to discover what the problem is and present you with a treatment.