As families serve the backbone of society, they are also the backbone of our office. Essentially, we take looking after your family’s oral health very seriously, as it does not just impact the mouth; Good oral health is a critical conduit to our overall health as well. Not only does the mouth serve as a gateway for nutrition, but it also allows our patients to make a positive first impression, communicate effectively, and secure a foundation of well-being.
Braeside Dental Centre has been fortunate to serve our community for over 35 years. We have grown alongside families, seeing them through creating a beautiful smile, toothaches, emergency dental services, accidents, general hygiene services, and preventive care. We aren’t kidding when we say that we watch families grow every year, often getting to see the children of the once young patients we had 30 years ago. From the very young (we encourage mom and dads to bring in their child for a happy visit by a year old), to those who have many years behind them (into their nineties) we do our very best to look after everyone’s needs and desires.
When should I bring our newborn in?
That is a common question I get from many new parents. I encourage parents to bring their child to the office at approximately 1 year of age. By that time, we will be able to look at some the development of the child. We will look at the growth of the upper and lower jaw, the tongue, gums and mucosa, lips, any digit habits, and evaluate some of the teeth that have erupted at that time (to name just a few aspects that need to be looked at). I will generally have the parent hold the child in the chair to make sure everyone feels safe and comfortable. This visit also allows for a discussion on preventive care and any questions that the parent may have. We call this a happy visit. At our office, we make this visit complementary.
Do we see children?
Yes we do! Children are the best of us and we enjoy having their energy in our SW Calgary family dental office. Our pediatric dental team is privileged to be treating second and third-generation patients in each area of their dental needs. Be sure to ask one of our staff at Braeside Dental Centre for more information. We are always happy to answer your questions.
Do we see emergencies?
Yes, we see emergencies. We will make every effort to see someone within 24 hours. We understand that when there is an accident, if someone is in pain, or if there is an infection causing a serious health concern, it needs to be addressed soon to minimize problems and alleviate pain. We are here for you, we want to get you out of pain, and we will do our best to put you in a stable state until things can be rehabilitated.
What services can we provide?
We are able to provide most services that a dental office is licensed to provide. Please look through the rest of our website for a more detailed description of the most common services we offer. Our goal is to provide it in a comfortable, caring and calm environment.
How often should I have a check-up?
That depends on the individual’s risk factors. Some people are low risk for gum disease, tooth decay, or function. If this is the case, that individual would likely be fine coming to our office once a year. Unfortunately, most of us are not so lucky. If there are factors that increase our risk for gum disease, tooth decay, or functional risks (from low to moderate to high), then it is best to come in more often. This can mean every 6 months or even as frequently as 3 months for some individuals. I usually use the analogy of an oil change in a car: If we do the oil changes with regularity, there are likely to be less costly expenses and our car will last longer. In dentistry, we only get one set of adult teeth, so it is vital to keep them as long as we need them.
Are dental radiographs safe?
As a general rule of thumb, the answer is: yes they are safe. Unlike some medical radiographs, dental radiographs tend to have much less exposure for the patient. For example, a typical set of four bitewings that are taken at a check-up appointment are equivalent to the exposure we would get on a short airplane ride. Over the years, dentistry has been very sensitive to the concerns of our patients, as we want to provide the necessary treatment while at the same time minimizing risk. This is why we use digitally enhanced radiographs (this significantly reduces the exposure time), a collimating device (restricts the size of the x-ray beam), maintenance and enforcement of regulatory requirements, lead shields, and fast image receptors (just to name a few). In a nutshell, we want to follow the ALARA principle, which means that we want to have radiation exposure to patients and staff As Low As Reasonably Achievable. Please speak with us if you have concerns.