A visit to the dentist can be intimidating. However, practicing good oral care prevents many dental diseases. The past century has seen an explosion of dental practices and specializations. From regular to emergency dentist practices, regularly visiting your dentist is fundamental to maintaining your oral health.

Choosing your Dental Clinic

Choosing your dentist is an important step to having good oral health! One thing to check for is proper credentials. After all, you don’t want someone poking sharp things in your mouth without making sure they know what they’re doing. The basic degree for a certified dentist is the D.M.D. (Doctor of Dental Medicine) or D.D.S. (Doctor of Dental Surgery).

Everything else, like extended education or experience, can help indicate which dentist is more practiced and suitable for you. For example, if you’re looking for oral surgery, checking for dentists with prior surgical experience is a good idea.

The Regular Checkup

A regular checkup happens only twice a year, but we tend to forget about them. While many of us don’t go regularly, these checkups are important to maintain our oral health. A dentist can check for any serious health developments in your mouth. Whether you have perfectly white, straight teeth or are prone to cavities visiting regularly will definitely benefit you in the long run.

During each visit, the dentist will also clean your teeth thoroughly. Even if you take care of your teeth by brushing and flossing (gold star for you), a dentist removes excess plaque buildup that we can’t get rid of.

Emergency Dentist

What happens if you your teeth are suddenly giving you unbearable pain? That’s when visiting an emergency dentist is a good option.

Emergency dentists help you when you receive unexpected pain in your mouth. An emergency dentist treats a number of injuries, like toothache, dental trauma, or even emergency oral surgeries. Like a walk-in clinic, emergency dentist services will welcome you without an appointment. Most clinics have a hotline you can call prior to your arrival.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic surgery is another profession that has developed significantly during the 21st century. It basically deals with the appearance of teeth. Cosmetic dentistry involves anything from making your teeth whiter to tooth reshaping. No matter how serious your problem, dentists can literally recreate the perfect smile for you. So yes, feel free to pursue your movie-star ambitions.

Coordinator - Marie-Eve Gallant

A member of the Ordre des dentistes du Québec and owner of the dental clinic Clinique de l’Avenir, Dr. Gallant obtained her doctorate in dentistry at the Université de Montréal in 2010. Since the beginning of her multidisciplinary practice, she has expressed an interest marked for surgery and cosmetic dentistry. Always in the interest of perfecting her art, she took part in several continuing education courses in order to provide the most sophisticated dental care to her patients. Her personalized, gentle approach inspire confidence in those who typically fear dental work. For her, a radiant smile of health is a pledge of confidence and success.