1. Do you specialize in cosmetic dentistry? Cosmetic Dentistry is not a recognized speciality in Dentistry. Examples of recognized specialities in dentistry include Oral Surgery, Periodontics (gums), and Orthodontics (braces). There is really no such thing as a “Cosmetic” dentist. Doctor Hoe has taken continuing education in cosmetic dentistry at the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies among other places and has a keen interest in making their patients’ smiles look their absolute best!
  2. Why does the dentist need x-rays of my teeth? X-rays are the only way that we can see in-between teeth to check for cavities or leaking fillings. Bitewing x-rays are also the best way to monitor the level of the jawbone in-between back teeth which is an indicator of periodontal (gum) health. Obviously, a 30 year old patient who has never had a cavity and has perfect gums will require x-rays far less frequently than a patient with 16 fillings, 2 root canals, 3 crowns, and moderate gum disease. The amount of whole body radiation that you receive from a full mouth series of x-rays (16 films) is approximately equal to the radiation you receive from spending an afternoon in the sunshine.
  3. Do I need a fluoride treatment? As the water in Calgary is no longer fluoridated, we highly recommend a fluoride treatment after you get your teeth polished. A polishing removes the microscopic top layer of enamel from your teeth, and the newly exposed enamel should receive a fluoride treatment to protect it from decay. Seniors often have root recession and the exposed root surfaces are very soft and prone to decay. Fluoride will help to protect these root surfaces from developing cavities.
  4. Are electric toothbrushes better than manual toothbrushes? Studies have shown that some electric toothbrushes are better than manual ones at removing plaque from your teeth. Some of this benefit is due to the “novelty” effect – people spend more time brushing when they get a new electric toothbrush. We recommend the Sonicare toothbrush (www.sonicare.com) because of its proven ability to clean beyond the tips of the bristles, its built-in two minute timer, and its durability.