Don´t suffer! Our clinics offer emergency dental appointments for current and new patients. It is important to seek help as soon as possible. In the event of a dental emergency, such as extreme pain, a missing tooth, or an accident, you can call our office and we will fit you into our schedule. You may also visit your doctor, a walk-in clinic or the emergency room to be prescribed painkillers and apply a cold compress to your cheek. From the first symptoms, take action - don´t let the pain take over! Contact us immediately!
The staff is wonderful; I have been coming for 20 plus years. Dr. MacDonald and Jody have always given excellent care and service. Sandy Haché
There is no standard timetable for when your child’s mouth should be X-rayed. The need varies with the child’s development and dental health. If your child has had many cavities and fillings or has a high risk of tooth decay, it is recommended X-rays every six months. This can help to detect cavities developing between teeth. Whether X-rays are needed also depends on how well your child brushes and flosses, and your child’s diet. Description The need for dental X-ray films varies for each child. They are most likely taken to identify potential problems unseen by a visual exam. Generally, children need X-rays more often than adults as their mouths are still growing and changing. In addition, they are more susceptible to tooth decay and thus are important to identify potential cavities with early diagnosis. What to Expect During the x-ray, your child will wear a protective lead body apron which acts to shield and protect them from exposure. Using [...]
Appointments are always on time. Jodi does a good job. Dave Phillips
FLUORIDE APPLICATION Fluoride is a dental treatment that can help prevent tooth decay, slow it down, or stop it from getting worse. Fluoride varnish is made with fluoride, a mineral that can strengthen tooth enamel (outer coating on teeth). Keep in mind that fluoride treatments cannot completely prevent cavities. Fluoride treatments can best help prevent decay when a child is also brushing using the right amount of toothpaste with fluoride, flossing regularly, getting regular dental care, and eating a healthy diet. What to expect? Please click here
Sealants to protect your child´s teeth Sealants are one of the best ways to protect your child’s teeth. Sealants that are used on your child’s teeth are a clear or tooth colored coating (sealant) that is bonded to the chewing surfaces of your child’s molars and premolars. This forms a hard coating to protect your child from food and bacteria in the grooves in the teeth and causing decay. Children should have sealants to protect their molars and premolars, on average a typical toothbrush cannot get into the grooves of these teeth so it is crucial to protect them with sealants, otherwise their teeth can be exposed to bacteria and decay resulting in tooth loss or costly procedures. Many insurance companies will cover if not all, or most of the costs for sealants. A good age to bring your child in for sealants would be between 5-7 when their 6 year molars come in, and 11-14 when their 12 year [...]
When we moved to Caledonia 20 years ago, we were looking for a new Dentist. Dr. Alan Macdonald was the one we were told we needed to go to. We booked our appointment right away and we have never regretted it. The staff is amazing, they know us by name and makes us feel great. Seeing them all out in the Community is also a plus. Dr. Macdonald is involved with sponsoring soccer and the kids the goodies that sometimes he provides. We would not go anywhere else. Lori Elgin
Early orthodontic treatment takes advantage of the time when young children’s bones and muscles are growing rapidly. This allows the dentist to influence growth and perfect the bite, accomplishing things that cannot be done as easily as the child ages, and prevent future bite problems. Early orthodontics can correct or prevent an unbalanced profile, overbite, under-bite, cross-bite, deep bite, open bite, overlapping or crowded teeth, difficulty chewing, open mouth breathing, speech problems, tongue thrusting, thumb sucking and jaw joint problems. Give us a call to our Caledonia or Simcoe Clinics to book an appointment for your child.
Do you grind your teeth? Some symptoms of grinding are: - A sore, tired jaw - Sensitive teeth - Loose teeth - Earaches - Neck aches - Clicking sounds when you open your mouth - Headaches - Severely worn and chipped teeth Although we often think teeth grinding happens in their sleep, it can happen at any time. Grinding your teeth is called bruxism. Stress is usually the most probable cause but often times the reason for the habit is unknown. When you grind your teeth you are causing much more damage then you realize. Teeth grinding can caused chipped enamel, worn-down teeth, cracked teeth, periodontal problems and damage to any work that has been already completed in your mouth. If action isn’t taken fast, bruxism may lead to jaw muscle or joint problems, some cases loss of teeth. The best treatment for grinding is a mouth guard. Bite adjustment, stress reduction, medication, and repairing damaged teeth may also be [...]