Dentist FAQ

We want to make sure that we answer all of your questions. At The Teal Umbrella, our first priority is our patients. If you have any questions at all, you can always ask our expert dental staff at our Ottawa dental clinic.

When Should I Change My Toothbrush?


As your trusted family dentist in Ottawa, we recommend changing your toothbrush approximately every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles appear frayed. (If the bristles are quickly becoming flattened, though, it probably means you’re brushing too hard!) 


A fresh toothbrush ensures optimal cleaning efficiency, helping you maintain excellent oral hygiene. This routine ensures that the bristles effectively remove plaque and bacteria, promoting the health of your gums and preventing potential dental issues.


What Causes Cavities?


Cavities, often referred to as dental caries, result from a combination of factors. Family dentists emphasize that the primary culprit is the accumulation of plaque — a sticky film of bacteria — on the teeth. 


When sugars and carbohydrates from food interact with these bacteria, they produce acids that erode tooth enamel. Over time, this process can lead to the formation of cavities. Regular brushing, flossing, and professional dental cleanings are crucial in preventing cavities. 


Your family dentist team is here to guide you on effective oral care practices and recommend personalized strategies to keep your smile cavity-free.


How Can I Prepare My Child for Visiting the Dentist?


Preparing your child for a visit to the family dentist is essential for fostering a positive attitude toward oral care. Start by discussing the importance of dental check-ups and addressing any questions or concerns they may have. 


Reading age-appropriate books about dental visits or role-playing with their favorite toys can make the experience more familiar and less intimidating. Choose a family dentist experienced in pediatric care to create a friendly and supportive environment for your child. 


Our team is dedicated to making each dental visit a comfortable and educational experience, ensuring your child develops a lifelong commitment to oral health.

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