Below are some of the most frequently asked questions patients have about dental treatments and oral health issues. If you have any questions which have not been addressed here on on our website, please do Contact US. We would be happy to hear from you and address any questions or concerns you may have.

Dental Hygiene

A: The brand of the toothbrush is not as critical as the type of bristle and the size of the head. A soft toothbrush with a small head is recommended because medium and hard brushes tend to cause irritation and contribute to recession of the gums, and a small head allows you to get around each tooth more completely and is less likely to injure your gums. It's unnecessary to "scrub" the teeth as long as you are brushing at least twice a day and visiting your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings.
A: Yes! Even if you have excellent oral hygiene, you can still be susceptible to cavities, gum disease, and other dangers. Your dentist at Agape Dental would check for problems every time you’re examined, and cleanings help remove plaque and tartar that you may have missed with home care. It’s good to keep a professional eye on your dental health.
A: Although you may have a detailed oral care regime (i.e. brushing twice a day & flossing) there are areas such as under the gums, back of your teeth (molars), and between your teeth which you cannot access properly with floss or brushing alone. A dental hygienist has superior cleaning instruments that access these areas and other surfaces of your teeth. Once that white sticky stuff (plaque) hardens (which is then called calculus,) a toothbrush or floss is unable to remove this hard deposit. This is where a dental hygienist uses her training and specialized tools to remove the buildup.
A. When “gums” bleed during brushing or flossing, it can mean a number of things. The simple reason could be that you have brushed too hard, which often is the case when you use a hard toothbrush. Soft bristled toothbrushes are recommended instead as they are gentler on the delicate gum tissue surrounding the teeth. The more common reason that gums bleed after brushing is inflammation of the gums. Inflammation is your gums reaction to buildup of plaque and food around them which can occur if you have not been practicing good oral hygiene habits. Bleeding gums could be a sign of gingivitis or gum disease that results from that inflammation and if you are experience bleeding gums you should visit a dentist. Gum disease can cause tooth loss if not treated early enough. Therefore, good oral hygiene habits and regular visits to the dentist are important for maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile.
A. Research shows that fluoride reduces cavities in both children and in adults by halting tooth decay. It also helps repair the early stages of tooth decay even before the decay becomes visible. Interestingly, many people continue to be misinformed about fluoride and fluoridation. Fluoride is a safe chemical component when used correctly. When your dentist applies fluoride to your teeth, usually in the form of a fluoride varnish, gel, or foam, that fluoride is more concentrated than the fluoride contained in toothpaste or mouthwash. Children need fluoride to protect their newly forming teeth from bacteria and sugars. People who have braces have more difficulty accessing the surfaces of their teeth in order to maintain proper oral hygiene and therefore need fluoride to protect their teeth from white spots (de-mineralization) and cavities, because it is hard to maintain proper oral care due to difficult access to all surfaces of their teeth. People who have sensitive teeth need fluoride because fluoride has been scientifically proven to help with sensitivity. The main medical ingredient in sensitive toothpaste is sodium fluoride. Adults with recession are prone to root cavities, therefore using fluoride will help prevent root cavities and sensitivity. Xerostomia (dry mouth) is often caused by many different medications or previous radiation treatment. Patients with Xerostomia do not have enough saliva and without sufficient saliva more bacteria grows in the mouth and can possibly cause an infection or cavity. Fluoride can also help prevent cavities in patients with poor oral hygiene. It is important to have your mouth assessed by a dental hygienist or dentist so you can learn new techniques to keep your oral health in optimum state.

A. Bad breath, medically called halitosis can be embarrassing and in some cases, may even cause anxiety. Concern about bad breath is the third most common reason people seek dental care, after tooth decay and gum disease.

Bad breath is often caused by buildup of bacteria in your mouth that causes inflammation and gives off noxious odours. Everyone has nasty smell at sometime like when you get out of bed in the morning

Causes of bad breath
Odour Causing Food. Foods with strong odors affect the air exhaled by the individual who consumes those foods. Foods commonly known to contribute to bad breath include onions and garlic, exotic spices (such as curry), some cheeses, fish, and acidic beverages such as coffee. These foods may also cause stomach and gastrointestinal upset and belching, which can contribute to bad breath. In addition, certain supplements, such as fish oil capsules, can contribute to bad breath.

Dieting. Low-carbohydrate diets may cause what is known as "ketone breath." During "Low carb" diets, the body to burn fat as its energy source. This results in the ketones, which cause a fruity acetone-like odor on the breath when exhaled.

Morning Breath. Saliva flow almost stops during sleep resulting in reduced cleansing action. This allows bacteria to grow causing bad odour.

Poor oral hygiene. When a person does not brush or floss their teeth thoroughly, food particles that may remain in the mouth can rot and cause foul odors. These food particles over time can promote the growth of bacteria, which can also cause foul odors. The bacteria can also lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

Dry Mouth or Xerostomia. Dry mouth may be caused by medications, breathing through the mouth, or salivary gland problems.

Tobacco Products. These dry the mouth, causing bad breath. Additionally, smoking or chewing tobacco-based products can stain teeth, irritate gum tissue, and exacerbate tooth decay.

Dentures and Dental Appliances. Bad breath can be caused if food particles are not properly cleaned from the dental appliances. Ill-fitting appliances can cause sores and infections which can also lead to bad breath.

Medical conditions. Diseases, such as some cancers, and conditions such as metabolic disorders, can cause a distinctive breath odor as a result of chemicals they produce. Chronic reflux of stomach acids (gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD) can be associated with bad breath. Bad breath can also come from stones that form in the tonsils which are covered with bacteria that produce odour. Chronic inflammation of nose, sinuses or throat can also cause bad breath due to postnasal drip.

Gum or Periodontal Disease. Food that gets stuck between inflamed gums causes bacteria that cause odour

Prevention and Treatment of Bad Breath
Practice Good Oral Hygiene. Brush your teeth with fluoride-containing toothpaste at least twice a day, especially after meals. Toothpaste with antibacterial properties has been shown to reduce bad breath odours. Flossing at least once a day helps remove food particles stuck between teeth, which helps control bad breath. Brush your tongue which harbours bacteria. A tongue scraper may help individuals who smoke or have a coated tongue.

Clean dentures or dental appliances. If you wear a bridge or a denture, thoroughly clean it, at least once a day or as directed by your dentist. Retainers and mouth guards should be cleaned thoroughly before putting it into your mouth. Your dentist can recommend the best cleaning product.

Avoid dry mouth. Drink plenty of water and avoid tobacco. For those people who suffer from dry mouth due to diseases and/or medications, your dentist can prescribe prescribe an artificial saliva preparation or an oral medication that stimulates the flow of saliva.

Adjust your diet. Avoid foods such as onions and garlic that can cause bad breath. Eating a lot of sugary foods is also linked with bad breath.

Get a new toothbrush regularly. Change your toothbrush about every three to four months, and choose a soft-bristled toothbrush.

Schedule regular dental checkups. See your dentist on a regular basis — generally twice a year — to have your teeth or dentures examined and cleaned.

If you have bad breath, review your oral hygiene habits and if needed, make some changes to improve your oral hygiene. Additionally, drink plenty of water and give up smoking and chewing tobacco, if you do.

If your bad breath persists after making such changes, see your dentist. Your dentist may refer you to your physician if he/she suspects a more serious condition.

Dental Exams

A: Yes, we do offer digital X-rays (radiographs) at Agape Dental. Digital X-rays use less radiation and are safer for you than traditional film X-rays. You will find that our dentists at Agape Dental research the latest trends in technology to find the solutions that promote your overall health, safety, and comfort.

New Patients

A: During your first appointment, your overall dental and oral health will be assessed with a comprehensive oral evaluation. Upon completion of your medical/dental health form, we will ask you to tell us your goals regarding your smile, teeth, and gums. Digital photos and X-rays will be taken of your teeth to identify areas of decay, cracked teeth, and malfunctioning restorations. Our goal is to preserve as much of your teeth as possible by catching decay in its earliest stages. We will also assess your gums and will recommend the appropriate hygiene treatment for you.

At Agape Dental, our patients always come first. Our emphasis is on educating our patients so they are better informed about their treatment options and dental care. We actively partner with our patients to develop personalized dental care plans that reflect their unique individual dental care needs and circumstances. We continuously strive to earn the loyalty of our patients
A: Over the years, patients have given us the compliment of referring family and friends to our practice. Agape Dental is your trusted dentist in the Millwoods, Edmonton South area. We are committed to developing long-lasting relationships with our patients based on honesty and trust and by treating them as family. Your confidence in our care motivates us to continue to strive for excellence. Thank you for your referrals. Your trust and support are greatly appreciated.

Dental Treatments

A: These are restorations to repair a severely broken tooth by covering all or most of the tooth after removing old fillings, fractured tooth structure, and all decay. The restoration material is made of gold, porcelain, composites, or even stainless steel. Dentists refer to all of these restorations as "crowns". However, patients often refer to the tooth-colored ones as "caps" and the gold or stainless steel ones as "crowns".
A: Both bridges and partial dentures replace missing teeth. A fixed bridge is permanently attached to abutment teeth or, in some cases, implants. A removable partial denture is attached by clasps to the teeth and is easily removed by the patient. Patients are usually more satisfied with bridges than with partial dentures.
A: No. While most teeth which have had root canal treatments do need crowns to strengthen the teeth and to return the teeth to normal form and function, not every tooth needing a crown also needs to have a root canal.
A: Many people are uncomfortable with visiting the dentist. Your comfort is our highest priority and our office is designed so that you can enjoy a relaxing dental visit. For entertainment and distraction, we provide stereo headphones with music, or you can watch TV. We also offer blankets and pillows. Should your anxiety level be high and you need further help, we offer Oral sedation and Nitrous Oxide sedation to keep you comfortable and relaxed.

Orthodontics

At Agape Dental, we have a Board Certified Orthodontist on staff. You can Contact us to set up a consultation with Dr. Reedy. He will explain the options available to you and tailor a treatment plan best suited to your needs
A. Q. Yes. It is really important to go to your regular dentist while wearing braces to ensure that your mouth, teeth, and gums stay healthy.
A. Yes, you need to take care of your teeth even though they are in braces. We recommend brushing your teeth after every meal and before you go to bed. We will show you how to floss while wearing braces so you don’t get cavities. There are also times when you may need special fluoride to keep your teeth strong.

Dental Insurance

A: Dental insurance is designed to assist you in paying for your dentistry. Most procedures are not fully covered by your insurance. What is covered and what is not covered, depends on the type of plan you have. Government benefits plan rarely, if at all, cover cosmetic dentistry. Private insurance plans, either through employment or individual plans, may cover some cosmetic procedures, but there is almost always, a maximum on the amount you can spend on those procedures. To help you afford your smile, we are in the process of setting up financial plans with different payment options. We also pay special attention to maximizing the benefits that your insurance does provide. Please ask your provider and/or employer if it is employer group plan as to what procedures and how much is covered. Once your dentist has worked out a treatment plan for you, our team would be happy to do a pre-determination for you to find out if and how much of each procedure is covered by your plan so there are no surprises during payment time.

Childrens Dentistry

A: The Canadian Dental Association recommends your child’s first visit to the dentist be by one year of age or six months after the eruption of the first tooth, but no later than two and a half years of age. This is probably a lot earlier than most people think, but tooth decay in children can progress rapidly and visiting the dentist early can prevent damage to your child’s first teeth.