FAQs & Oral Health

Common Questions

Oral Health Tidbits

How is gum disease related to overall health?

Gum disease has been linked to several systemic illnesses, including heart disease and diabetes. In fact, studies show that patients with gum disease are twice as likely to develop heart disease. The exact link is unclear, but studies suggest that bacteria enters the bloodstream through the gums, causing arteries to swell, elevating blood-sugar levels, and causing secondary infections. Scientists also think the body’s inflammatory response to gum disease can trigger other inflammatory disease like heart disease and diabetes.

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Why are my teeth sensitive?

Tooth sensitivity can result from a variety of factors, the most common being tooth decay. Teeth grinding, small cracks, and exposed tooth roots due to gum disease may also be a factor. In some cases, tooth sensitivity can be treated with a de-sensitizing toothpaste, but if the problem persists, you should visit our Calgary office right away. After an exam, we can diagnose the source of your discomfort and recommend a custom solution to alleviate your discomfort.

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Why should I visit the dentist if I don’t notice any problems?

Even if you don’t notice any problems, you should still visit the dentist at least twice a year for checkups and cleanings. We can prevent common problems like gum disease and tooth decay from forming, and we can detect small problems not visible to the naked eye. Many times, early-stage symptoms for common conditions are so mild that patients don’t notice them on their own. By attending regular checkups and cleanings, you’re improving the chances that your teeth will last a lifetime.

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How can I get my teeth whiter?

At Bow Trail Dental Centre, we offer two methods of teeth whitening. Choose from in-office whitening for fast results or take-home whitening with custom trays. We can also discuss popular alternatives to whitening, including cosmetic bonding and porcelain veneers. We will explain your options and recommend the right treatment for your smile when you visit us for your consultation.

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Do you see new patients with emergencies?

Yes! We make every effort to treat dental emergencies the same day. Please call us at (403) 240-1257 or come by the office to be seen promptly.

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Do you accept dental insurance?

We work with most insurance companies and will file your claim on your behalf. We also accept assignment of benefits, which means we bill the insurance company first, and then bill you for any remaining balance. If you have questions, please call and speak with our financial expert.

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A Beautiful Smile Starts Here

We invite you to call our Calgary dental office at (403) 240-1257 and reserve your appointment with Dr. Sean Wong. Our family of dental professionals looks forward to welcoming you and learning about your unique needs and goals. We’re happy to offer general, cosmetic, and restorative dental care to patients from Calgary, Westgate, Rosscarrock, Wildwood, and beyond. We love to see you smile!