Frequently Asked Questions

Eat healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, grain products (especially whole grain) and dairy products (milk, cheese, cottage cheese and unsweetened yogurt) for meals and snacks. Limit eating between meals. Eat food containing sugar at mealtimes only and limit the amount of sweet foods you eat. Frequent consumption of foods high in sugar, such as candy, cookies, cake, sweetened beverages and fruit juice, increases your risk of tooth decay.

Yes. If you drink bottled water, look for a brand to which fluoride is added at a concentration of 0.7 to 1.2 mg/L. Drink water or milk between meals rather than fruit drinks, soda pop, Gatorade, sports drinks or other sweetened beverages – they cause cavities. Fluoride is also used to help with reducing tooth sensitivity.

The schedule recommended by your dentist is based on your individual needs and susceptibility to disease. Typically seeing the dentist every 6 months is a good rule of thumb. These visits will help you take the best care of your teeth and can even improve your overall health.

Fluoride gel or varnish applied at dental visits can help prevent new cavities and help stop cavities that have already started. Ask your dentist if fluoride treatments are right for you.

Dental sealants are a thin plastic coating applied to the pits and fissures on the chewing surfaces of the teeth to prevent tooth decay.

Wear a safety belt when riding or driving in a vehicle. Wear a helmet when riding a bicycle, all-terrain vehicle or motorcycle. Wear protective gear when participating in physical activities that could potentially result in injury to the mouth, such as biking, skateboarding, skating, or playing baseball, football or soccer. Avoid oral piercings.

Use of tobacco products increases your risk for gum disease and oral cancer. Not only that, but it will stain your teeth permanently!

The cost of services will depend on your treatment plan and insurance plan or sliding fee scale.  A first-time appointment will have an out-of-pocket cost depending on what procedures are done and whether the patient has insurance or not. Once you are seen by our dentists a treatment plan will be put in place detailing the treatment you need and the costs associated with the treatment.

There is no qualification to be a patient at Bridging the Dental Gap.  Everyone is welcome.

Yes. We do our very best to make sure the same dentist follows you along your entire treatment plan.

Currently, we do not have drop-in hours available.  Although, if you submit the new patient paperwork on-line and contact us, we may be able to get you in soon if we have a cancellation?

 Contact us and let us know ASAP. If you are unable to keep your appointment, we ask that you call 24 hours in advance or it will be considered a failed appointment. Two failed appointments in one year may terminate your treatment and you will not be able to reschedule for one year. We understand weather, family and sickness issues and will try to be as fair as possible, but repeated cancellations can jeopardize your use of our services.

We do on some of the more expensive procedures. Other arrangements are on a case-by-case basis and would be reviewed by our financial team.