FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why are dental exams recommended every 6 months even for people with good oral health?
At the Bellerive Dental Clinic, we prefer to find problems as early as possible, well before you see or feel them. Early detection allows us to provide more conservative treatments, saving you time, money and discomfort. Dr. Al Eid uses every visit as an opportunity to screen for oral cancer, a disease where early detection offers a very good cure rate. Gum disease is also another devious problem that we try to detect early because it is associated with systemic conditions such as stroke, heart attack, osteoporosis and is a major cause of tooth loss in adults.
What precautions do you take to ensure patient safety?
At the Bellerive Clinic, we follow strict guidelines to sterilize reusable instruments before they are placed in an autoclave, disinfect treatment rooms between patient visits and use disposable products when possible. We always wear disposable gloves during dental exams and systematically monitor vital signs to ensure a comfortable and safe patient experience during sedation procedures.
My gums bleed after I brush my teeth. What should I do?
Bleeding from the gums is usually a sign that you have brushed too hard or that you may have an early stage gum disease called gingivitis. Dr. Al Eid will teach you how to choose the right toothbrush and if your gums show signs of gum disease, he can recommend a hygienic treatment to stop the disease and restore your gums to good health. Don't wait and call us now to keep your teeth and gums healthy for life!
How does Dr. Al Eid keep up to date on dental techniques, technology and materials?
Dr. Al Eid attends continuing education seminars several times a year, regularly takes part in meetings with professional dental associations and does everything in his power to keep up with the latest developments in general dentistry and cosmetics. He is passionate and proud to always be at the forefront of the changes affecting the dental profession.
I want to know how you can transform my smile. Where do I start?
It all starts with an appointment with Dr. Al Eid. Since your smile and goals are unique, we offer you a wide range of highly personalized cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry services that can help you achieve the smile of your dreams.
Do you accept references?
Of course, and thank you for your trust! We appreciate your recommendations and promise to offer the same comprehensive and attentive services to your friends and colleagues that we offer you every time you visit.
Does Dr. Al Eid see any emergencies?
Yes. We see emergencies during normal business hours.
What if I have an emergency when the office is closed?
If you have an emergency and our clinic is closed, we recommend that you go to the emergency room at the nearest hospital.
How do I plan my next exam?
Simply call the Bellerive Dental Clinic! Our staff will be happy to help you plan your next dental exam at a time that is convenient for you. If you are a new patient, please let us know in advance so we can provide you with all the information you need for your first visit.
How should I brush my teeth?
You should brush your teeth at least twice a day. Brushing keeps your teeth, gums and mouth clean and healthy by eliminating the bacteria that cause plaque. It is also recommended to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a toothpaste containing fluoride when brushing your teeth. You should spend at least one minute on your upper teeth and one minute on your lower teeth, and don't forget to brush your tongue; this will help keep your breath fresh.
When do I see Dr. Al Eid?
Children, adolescents and adults should all visit the dentist at least twice a year for a regular check-up. Patients at increased risk of oral cancer or gum disease may need to see the dentist more often. Dr. Al Eid will help you determine the best schedule to come visit him for regular check-ups.
How do I choose the right dentist?
It is important to choose a dentist who shares your values and those of your family. On your first visit, you should be able to determine if the dentist is right for you. When making your appointment, consider the following points:
- Is the appointment schedule convenient?
- Is the office easily accessible and nearby?
- Does the office look clean and tidy?
- Have your medical and dental histories been recorded and placed in a permanent file?
- Does the dentist give you advice on how to maintain good oral health?
- Is information about the costs presented to you before the planned procedure?