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07Dec

Dental visits – How often should I visit the dentist.

Q: Dental visits: Why is it recommended to see a dentist every six months? A: Regularly scheduled dental visits allow your oral hygienist and dentist.. Read More →
30Nov

Grinding at night – how can I tell?

Q: How can I tell if I’m grinding my teeth at night? A: Do you often wake up with a headache? You may be surprised.. Read More →
23Nov

Sensitive teeth in the cold weather.

Q: The weather is a little colder this month and my sensitive teeth seem to hurt all the time – is there something I can.. Read More →
16Nov

How do I prevent my child from having ‘hockey mouth’?

Q: My son is playing hockey this year – what’s the best way to protect his teeth from any damage on the ice? I don’t want.. Read More →
09Nov

Should I brush my teeth after lunch?

Q: Should I brush my teeth after lunch?I have a co-worker who brushes her teeth after lunch. Is that something I should think about if I.. Read More →
02Nov

Baby’s first visit to the dentist: Ask a Winnipeg Dentist

Your baby’s first visit: Is it true that a new baby should visit the dentist, even if they don’t have teeth? Yes, absolutely. Your child.. Read More →
26Oct

Halloween candy and teeth: Ask a Winnipeg Dentist

With it being just around the corner, I’m wondering how much Halloween candy I should let my child have each day to protect her teeth? In an.. Read More →
19Oct

Your first visit – Ask a Winnipeg Dentist.

I haven’t visited the dentist in quite a few years. What can I expect for a standard appointment? (Your first visit) Because you have not.. Read More →
12Oct

Is Fluoride bad for you? Ask a Winnipeg Dentist.

A friend told me that when I visit the dentist I should say ‘no’ to the fluoride because it’s actually bad for you. Is that.. Read More →
05Oct

I have a pretty significant overbite but it doesn’t hurt my teeth or jaw. Do I still need to worry about it?

I have a pretty significant overbite but it doesn’t hurt my teeth or jaw. Do I still need to worry about it? Even though you.. Read More →
28Sep

If I start treatment now can I have white teeth by the holiday season? Zoom! Whitening in Winnipeg.

Yes, you absolutely can. Both of our Winnipeg dental clinics offer Philips Zoom! Whitening. In one 90-minute session your teeth can whiten up to eight.. Read More →
21Sep

My teeth start to hurt when the weather gets a little cooler – is there something I can do to prevent that from happening?

Having teeth that are sensitive to cool weather is a pain, especially living in a place like Winnipeg! Luckily, there are ways to reduce the.. Read More →
14Sep

Sometimes when I’m working out (specifically sit-ups) my jaw gets tight and ‘clicks.’ Is there something you can do to help me? (TMD pain management)

You’re not alone in this. It sounds like you may be experiencing TMD (temporomandibular disorder) and our team of Winnipeg dentists can help. TMD causes.. Read More →
07Sep

How do I know the tools you’re using in my mouth are clean? Visit our Winnipeg dental offices.

We want to make your dentist appointment as comfortable as possible. Before you enter the office our team follows standard precautions to sterilize our instruments... Read More →
31Aug

Does adding honey to my morning tea affect my teeth or gums at all? Visit us in St. Vital and Garden City.

Unfortunately, yes. The sweet honey you add to your morning tea does have the same effect on your teeth as regular sugar. They are both.. Read More →
24Aug

How is Invisalign different than braces? I’m trying to decide which would work better for my teeth.

We are proud to offer Invisalign in Winnipeg to help our patients smile with confidence. There are a few main differences between Invisalign and braces... Read More →
17Aug

My tooth hurts when I’m running. Is that normal?

Tooth pain when you run could actually be a number of things. Here are some of the most common: 1. Clenching your teeth. If the.. Read More →
10Aug

If my child has canker sore on her tongue should I take her to see the dentist?

Although most canker sores will heal on their own after a couple of weeks, it is not a bad idea to have a persisting sore.. Read More →
03Aug

Are pacifiers bad for babies’ teeth? Ask a Winnipeg Dentist.

Q: My mother told me I shouldn’t let my baby suck on his soother now that he has teeth, because it will make them grow.. Read More →
27Jul

What are the signs of oral cancer? Ask a Winnipeg Dentist.

Q: How does oral cancer start? Are there any signs I should be looking for? A: Oral cancer includes cancers of the lips, tongue, cheeks,.. Read More →
20Jul

How do allergies affect my teeth? Ask a Winnipeg Dentist.

Q: My allergies have acted up this year. Will the excess mucus have an affect on my teeth? A: Allergy season has definitely been prolonged.. Read More →
13Jul

Why is sorbitol in my toothpaste? Ask a Winnipeg Dentist.

Q: I noticed that Sorbitol is listed in my toothpaste’s ingredients. Isn’t that a kind of sugar? A: Sorbitol is a sugar alcohol made from.. Read More →
06Jul

Does a small chip need to be fixed – Ask a Dentist

Q: I have a small chip on one of my teeth – is that something that needs to be fixed? A: Any time a tooth.. Read More →
29Jun

I saw a Facebook post that says too many summer patio drinks can lead to tooth decay, how does that work?

Tooth decay is a common disease in North America, second only to the common cold. It can definitely be affected by sugary drinks (and the.. Read More →
22Jun

The gums on my upper mouth have been so painful to floss, but no bleeding. My mom says I could just be sick, is that true?

It’s important to rule out serious issues before making assumptions, so we advise that you make an appointment as soon as you can for us.. Read More →
15Jun

Does your oral health really affect your overall health?

Your entire body is connected, and that includes your mouth. So sometimes a disease or infection can start in your mouth and adversely affect your.. Read More →
01Jun

I was thinking of getting my tongue pierced but heard it can have a bad affect on my oral health, is this true?

As dentists we do generally advise against an oral piercings, including the tongue, lips or cheeks. However, if you’re diligent in your cleaning practices you can.. Read More →
25May

Can I brush my teeth with celery?

Q: Sometimes when I eat celery it feels like my teeth are cleaner – is there such thing as a natural toothbrush? A: We wouldn’t.. Read More →
18May

What’s in my mouth? Ask a dentist.

Q: I have these small, smelly white things that come out of my mouth. Are they coming from my teeth or gums? How do I get.. Read More →
11May

What is the process of getting a new dentist in Winnipeg?

Q: What is the process for getting a new dentist? A: If a dentist is accepting new patients all you need to do to is book.. Read More →
04May

Toothpaste for my child? Ask a Winnipeg Dentist

Q: Is it safe for my child to use a toothpaste with fluoride? A: Although fluoride is very effective in fighting tooth decay, swallowing too much at.. Read More →
27Apr

How are dental tools cleaned? Ask a Winnipeg Dentist

Q: Does my dentist use new tools every time? How do I know what’s being used is actually clean? A: We want to make your dentist appointment.. Read More →
20Apr

My tooth hurts when I eat something frozen – Ask a Winnipeg Dentist

Q: One of my teeth hurts for a couple of seconds when I drink or eat something frozen. Should I be concerned? A: You may.. Read More →
13Apr

My gums bleed when I floss – Ask a Winnipeg Dentist

Q: Is it normal if your gums bleed when you floss? I haven’t flossed in a few days and when I did today they started.. Read More →
06Apr

Is it OK if I wiggle out a loose tooth? Ask a Winnipeg Dentist.

Q: I have a loose tooth and I think I can wiggle it out myself – is it ok to do that? A: If you are.. Read More →
30Mar

Is drinking milk good for your teeth? Ask a Winnipeg Dentist.

Q: Is drinking milk good for your teeth? I know there’s a lot of calcium in milk. A: Yes!Drinking milk helps to make your teeth.. Read More →
23Mar

When do your wisdom teeth come in? Ask a Winnipeg Dentist

Q: When do your wisdom teeth usually come in? Your wisdom teeth, which are the molars located at the very back of your mouth, usually.. Read More →
16Mar

Q: I wake up with bad breath every morning, even though I brushed the night before. Is there a way for me to fix this? I usually cover up the stench with my morning coffee.

A: This issue is more common than you may think – and there are more permanent solutions than a cup of coffee. Regular brushing and flossing,.. Read More →
09Mar

Q: I sometimes feel my jaw popping or locking, is this something my dentist can help with?

A: It sounds like you may be experiencing TMD (temporomandibular disorder). If so, your dentist can probably help you. TMD causes uncomfortable clicking and popping.. Read More →
02Mar

Q: If my child has a sore tooth, when do I know it’s serious enough to take her to the dentist?

A: If your child has a sore tooth, especially one that keeps them awake at night with pain or interferes with chewing, we highly recommend you.. Read More →
23Feb

Q: I heard that whitening toothpastes don’t do as good a job cleaning your teeth as regular toothpastes – is that true? (Ask a Dentist)

A: While these types of products are still cleaning your teeth, there is the possibility that they could lead to sensitivity issues or cavities. That’s because.. Read More →
16Feb

Q: How often do I actually need to visit my dentist?

A: Generally we recommend that our patients come to see us twice a year (about every six months). Regular cleanings and checkups will allow us to.. Read More →
09Feb

I’m a smoker – can I get rid of my stained teeth? Ask a Winnipeg Dentist.

Q: I’ve been a smoker for the last 10 years and have developed a yellow tinge on my teeth. Is there a way to get rid.. Read More →
02Feb

When do baby teeth start to fall out? Ask a Winnipeg Dentist.

Q: When do baby teeth usually start falling out? A: Though there is no definite age for this to happen, most children will start losing their.. Read More →
26Jan

What is gum disease? Ask A Winnipeg Dentist.

Q: What exactly is gum disease? A: Gum disease (periodontal disease) is a chronic infection that is most often caused by plaque buildup. Over time, the.. Read More →
19Jan

Do I need to floss in the morning? Ask a Winnipeg Dentist.

Q: Is it necessary to floss in the morning? When I’m in a hurry I usually just brush and feel ok. A: Flossing in the morning isn’t.. Read More →
12Jan

Why do dentists take photos of my teeth? Ask A Winnipeg Dentist.

Q: My dentist recently took a photo of my teeth – why would they need a photo when I’ve already had x-rays done? A: A digital photograph,.. Read More →
05Jan

Sensitive Teeth – Ask A Dentist

Q: I’ve noticed recently that when I eat ice cream (or something else cold) it hurts my teeth. Is there a way to reverse tooth sensitivity?.. Read More →
29Dec

Awkward at the Dentist – Ask a Dentist

Q: I always feel awkward when my dental hygienist is looking in my mouth, I’m never sure what I should do. Do you have any tips?.. Read More →
22Dec

A friend of mine told me that the foods I eat can cause tooth decay, is that true? Ask A Dentist.

Q: A friend of mine told me that the foods I eat can cause tooth decay, is that true? A: Tooth decay is a common disease.. Read More →
15Dec

I seem to always have bad breath – is it something I’m eating or is there a problem with the way I brush and floss my teeth? Ask a Dentist.

Q: I seem to always have bad breath – is it something I’m eating or is there a problem with the way I brush and floss.. Read More →
08Dec

Is it true that if one of my teeth gets knocked out it can be put back in? Ask a Dentist.

Q: Is it true that if one of my teeth gets knocked out it can be put back in? In certain situations – yes, if you.. Read More →
01Dec

Those pink tablets – Ask a Dentist Winnipeg

Q: When I was a kid we had to chew on these pink tablets when we visited the dentist. Why did we do that? Those little.. Read More →
24Nov

Adult braces or Invisalign – Ask A Dentist Winnipeg

Q: I’ve been thinking about straightening my teeth, but as an adult I feel kind of embarrassed. How long would I have to wear braces? A:.. Read More →
17Nov

Is chewing food on one side bad for you? Ask a dentist

Q: I usually just chew food on the right side of my mouth. I don’t have any issues, but heard it can be bad for.. Read More →
10Nov

How do I get that clean dentist feeling at home? Ask a Winnipeg Dentist

Q: Why do my teeth feel cleaner when my dental hygienist flosses them than when I do it at home? A: First of all, it’s.. Read More →
03Nov

How do I keep my child’s teeth healthy? – Winnipeg Dentist in St. Vital and Garden City

Q: My child’s first teeth are starting to grow in and I’m wondering how to keep them healthy. I’ve heard that even milk (breast milk and.. Read More →
25Oct

Q: At what age do I start brushing my child’s teeth?

A: As experienced dentists in Winnipeg, we recommend you start brushing your child’s teeth before he/she has teeth. Brushing your baby’s gums with a soft.. Read More →
18Oct

Q: My tooth hurts, how do I manage the pain until my dentist appointment?

A: When you have an oral issue that requires medical attention, our dentists at Dental Image Therapy Centres, located at Garden City and St. Vital.. Read More →
11Oct

Q: I am having my wisdom teeth removed, how long do I need to recover?

A: After getting your wisdom teeth extracted, you are likely to experience some pain and swelling. There may be some bleeding. Typical wisdom teeth recovery time is.. Read More →
04Oct

Q: What causes my teeth to turn yellow?

A: There are many reasons for your teeth to turn yellow. As your dentist, I can assure you that yellowing teeth is not always a.. Read More →
27Sep

Why do dentists tell you to floss every day if it’s not scientifically proven? Ask a dentist

Q: I read an article a while ago saying there’s no proof that flossing is good for your teeth, but all my life my dentist.. Read More →
20Sep

Is there a way to whiten your teeth without a professional system? Are there natural ways to do it? Ask a dentist

Q: Is there a way to whiten your teeth without a professional system? Are there natural ways to do it? Ask a dentist A: While.. Read More →
13Sep
06Sep

Q: I’ve heard foods like apples and celery are good for your teeth, is that true? What makes them good for your teeth? Ask a dentist

Q: I’ve heard foods like apples and celery are good for your teeth, is that true? What makes them good for your teeth? Ask a.. Read More →
30Aug

How does Zoom! Whitening work? Is it good for my teeth? Ask a dentist

Q: How does Zoom! Whitening work? Is it good for my teeth? A: Zoom! Whitening is available at both our St. Vital and Garden City.. Read More →
23Aug

What’s the best way to cure sensitive teeth? Ask a Dentist.

Q: What’s the best way to cure sensitive teeth? Sometimes cold drinks hit a certain tooth the wrong way and it’s very uncomfortable. A: Tooth sensitivity.. Read More →
16Aug

Do at-home whitening kits work? – Ask a Dentist

Q: Do at-home whitening kits work? What’s the best one? A: At-home whitening kits do have the ability to whiten your teeth – but it’s.. Read More →
09Aug

I feel like flossing takes up so much time – Ask a Dentist

Q: I feel like flossing takes up so much time, is there a way to shorten the process? A: Keep in mind that flossing is.. Read More →
02Aug

Is there such a thing as too much brushing? Ask a Dentist.

Q: Is there such a thing as too much brushing? A: Unfortunately there is such a thing as too much brushing and it can lead.. Read More →
26Jul

Ask a Dentist: Should you brush right after you eat?

Q: A friend of mine told me that you shouldn’t brush your teeth right after you eat because it wears down your teeth, is this true?.. Read More →
19Jul

How do I get my boyfriend to go to the dentist? Ask a Dentist.

Q: My boyfriend hasn’t been to the dentist in more than eight years. He says he doesn’t have any oral health issues and doesn’t need.. Read More →
12Jul

How does a healthy mouth help overall health? Ask a Dentist.

Q: I read that your oral health has a big effect on your overall health but i’m not sure how. What are some of the.. Read More →
05Jul

Is it really a big deal if my gums bleed when I floss? Ask a Dentist.

Q: If my gums bleed a little when I floss, is it really a big deal? A: Bleeding gums can definitely be a cause of.. Read More →
28Jun

How do I get rid of bad breath? Ask a Dentist.

Q: I brush and floss every day but still get bad breath. How do I get rid of it? A: The good news is, temporary.. Read More →
21Jun

Do I have to get my teeth polished? Ask a Dentist.

Q:For me, the worst part of visiting the dentist is the gritty taste and texture of the polish. I dread it every time. Do I.. Read More →
14Jun

Q:Why is it important not to eat or drink after a cleaning appointment?

A: It can be very tempting to grab a bite or a drink after a cleaning appointment; however, it is important to give the fluoride rinse.. Read More →
07Jun

Q:I have a friend who brushes their tongue – does that help keep your mouth clean?

A: It might sound out of the ordinary, but brushing your tongue actually helps to improve the health of your mouth. The action of brushing from.. Read More →
31May

Q:Does coffee actually stain my teeth?

A: Although you can’t see them, there are tiny cracks and holes that line your enamel. When darker drinks like coffee, tea and cola seep into.. Read More →
24May

Q: If someone has been a smoker for decades and has badly stained teeth, is there a way to whiten their smile?

A: Aside from stained teeth, extended use of tobacco can have many negative effects on your oral health. This includes bad breath, increased risk of disease,.. Read More →
10May

Q: Are certain foods better for my teeth?

A: A healthy diet affects the entire body, including your mouth! We recommend lots of fruits and vegetables – which can sometimes act as nature’s toothbrushes... Read More →
03May

Q: I seem to build up plaque fast – how can I prevent that?

A: The best way to avoid buildup of plaque is to brush twice daily and floss before bed. Be thorough. We recommend brushing for two minutes.. Read More →
26Apr

Q: Is it bad to chew with only one side of the mouth?

A: Over time, chewing on one side of the mouth can lead to strain, sensitivity and sometimes TMD (Temporomandibular disorders.)  This can result in jaw problems.. Read More →
19Apr

Q:What is the best kind of toothbrush to use?

A: In most cases, the kind of toothbrush we send home with you every six months is ideal. That is one with soft bristles of varying.. Read More →
12Apr

Q: How often should I go to see my dentist?

A: We (and the Canadian Dental Association) recommend that you come for a visit every six months for a cleaning and checkup. That usually gives.. Read More →
05Apr

Q: Why do dentists say it’s important to floss everyday?

A: While brushing is great for cleaning the surfaces of teeth, flossing gets between the teeth and gums where plaque and tartar can build build.. Read More →
12Mar

Q: What is the difference between Invisalign and braces?

A: Braces are typically metal or ceramic brackets placed directly on the teeth and connected with wires to help shift teeth into place. Invisalign is.. Read More →
12Mar

Q: If I chip a tooth, when should I see my dentist?

A: As soon as possible! A chip in your tooth can lead to further damage, including infection and disease. If you chip a tooth, it’s.. Read More →
12Mar

When should I take my child for his/her first dental exam?

A: In order to prevent dental problems, your child should see a dentist when the first tooth appears, or no later than his/her first birthday... Read More →

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We want your experience at Dental Image Therapy Centres to be as comfortable as possible. With that, we’ve set up this section of the site to provide answers to your questions about oral health. This page will be updated regularly with useful information about dental procedures, cosmetic dentistry and keeping your mouth healthy.