Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ'S


Dentistry is the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders, conditions, and diseases of the teeth, mouth, gums, and jaw. Often dentistry can have an impact on the health of your entire body.

A dentist diagnoses, treats, and prevents problems in the mouth area. A dentist has to complete at least 8 years of schooling to obtain his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS).

A pediatric dentist specializes in caring for children from infancy through their teen years. A pediatric dentist has received the proper education and training needed to work with young kids.

Other specializations include:

  • Endodontics (root canals)
  • Oral and maxillofacial (including pathology, radiology, and surgery)
  • Orthodontics (straightens teeth)
  • Periodontics (gum disease)
  • Prosthodontics (implants and dentures)

Visiting Dr. Miskin’s office regularly will keep your teeth and mouth healthy, as well as help keep the rest of your body healthy. Dental care is important because it:

  • Prevent tooth decay
  • Protects against gum disease, which leads to tooth and bone loss
  • Brushing, flossing, and seeing Dr. Miskin on a regular basis will help prevent bad breath by decreasing the number of bacteria in your mouth that causes the bad breath
  • Gives you a more appealing smile and as well as increasing your self-confidence
  • Helps keep your teeth looking bright by preventing them from becoming stained by drinks, food and tobacco
  • Strengthens your teeth so you can experience beautiful and healthy smiles for life!

Your teeth may feel fine, but it’s still essential to see Dr. Miskin regularly since problems can exist without your knowledge. Your smile is so important, and Dr. Miskin can help keep it looking beautiful and healthy always.

You don’t have to settle for stained, chipped, missing, or misshapen teeth with modern dentistry. Dr. Miskin offers many treatment choices that can help you smile with confidence, including:

  • Fillings that mimic the look and feel of natural teeth
  • Professional tooth whitening
  • Tooth replacement with full smile makeovers

Choosing a dentist who “connects” with you and your family is very important, and you should consider several dentists before deciding. During your first visit, you should be able to determine whether the dentist is the right one for you. During your first appointment, consider the following before deciding:

  • Is the dental office close by easy and to get to?
  • Is the appointment schedule convenient?
  • Does the office appear to be clean and orderly?
  • Was your dental and medical history recorded and stored in a permanent file?
  • Is the staff caring and helpful?
  • Does the dentist explain the techniques for a good oral health?
  • Is information about cost presented to you before treatment is scheduled?
  • Is your dentist a member of the ODA (Canadian Dental Association)?
  • Remember to always brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste twice and floss at once daily. This will help prevent cavities.
  • Avoid sugary foods (which increases the bacteria that grows in your mouth and can cause more plaque and potential cavities), and avoid tobacco which can stains your teeth, cause gum disease, and eventually lead to oral cancer.
  • Brush your tongue! This will remove food particles and reduce the plaque-causing bacteria. Tongue brushing also helps keep your breath fresh.

Be sure to schedule your regular 6 month checkup.

The Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children first see a dentist as early as age one and no later than two. Your child’s baby teeth will be coming in then and we can examine the health of those first few teeth. Be sure to schedule regular checkups every six months to check growth of the teeth.

Children, teens, and adults should come for a regular checkup once every six months. Patients who are at a greater risk for gum disease may be required to come in more often to have their teeth cleaned. Dr. Miskin will help you decide how often your checkups should be.

A cavity is a small hole that forms on the inside of the tooth because of tooth decay. Cavities form from plaque buildup around the tooth and combines with the sugars in the food you eat. This and acid from pop can eat away the enamel on your tooth.

If the cavity is left untreated it will lead to more serious problems. Cavities can be prevented by brushing your teeth two times and floss between teeth one time a day.

A filling is a man-made material that a dentist uses to fill the cavity after the decay has been removed. Generally, fillings don’t hurt because we will numb the affected tooth. Fillings are made from a variety of different materials and if you need a filling, be sure to talk to Dr. Miskin about what type is best for you.

According to Dr. Miskin and the Canadian Dental Association, you should brush your teeth at least twice a day and also you need to floss your teeth daily which will keep your teeth, gums, and mouth clean and healthy by removing the plaque.

You should use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste when you brush your teeth. You should spend at least 90 seconds on the top teeth and 90 on the bottom teeth, and brush your tongue; it will help keep your breath smelling fresh!

Your toothbrush will eventually wear out, especially if you are brushing your teeth twice a day for 3 or 4 minutes each time. Dr. Miskin recommend that adults and children change their toothbrush when the bristle start to flay (bend over). Patients with gum disease should change their toothbrush every 3 to 4 weeks to keep bacteria from spreading. After brushing, rinse your toothbrush to keep the bristles clean. If you’ve been sick change your toothbrush when you get better.

Gum disease (periodontal disease) is mostly caused by plaque and bacteria buildup that is not removed in its early stage. Other causes of periodontal disease include teeth grinding, tobacco use and some medications.

Gingivitis is the beginning of gum disease and it is treatable but if left untreated it will turn into periodontal disease. Advanced gum disease will loosen the teeth and cause bone loss, which is permanent!

Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly and visiting our office every six months will help prevent gingivitis and gum disease. Common signs of gum disease:

  • Red, bleeding, irritated, or swollen gums
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Loose teeth, or loss of teeth
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Receding gum line
  • Abscessed teeth

Yes, it’s even more important that patients receiving orthodontic treatment have checkups regularly because with braces, food gets caught in places your toothbrush can’t reach. This causes bacteria to build up and can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Dr. Miskin and his staff will work closely with you to make sure your teeth stay clean and healthy while wearing braces.

Simply call our practice! Linda will be happy to schedule your next dental checkup at your convenience. If you are a new patient, please let us know and we will provide you with all the information needed for your first dental visit.