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Dr. Francis Dental Clinic is an Advanced Clinic, located in Timmins, Ontario. We offer world class dentistry both in terms of treatment and facilities.
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At Dr. Francis Dental Clinic, it is our job to deliver the highest level of treatment, but we also understand the importance of doing so in a calming and soothing environment, which is why we always make time to listen to all patient questions and concerns.
Frequently Asked Questions
My child’s baby teeth have cavities. Why should they be filled if they’re just going to fall out in a few years?
If baby teeth become diseased or decayed it can lead to pain and infection. It can also be difficult for children to eat a well-balanced meal with a mouth full of cavities. Untreated cavities also increase the amount of decay causing bacteria in the mouth. As permanent teeth erupt, they are at increased risk for developing cavities because of the higher bacteria count.
Baby teeth also hold space in the mouth for the erupting permanent teeth. If the baby teeth become decayed or are taken out too early, the permanent teeth often become crowded and will likely need braces to straighten in the future.
Are electric toothbrushes better than manual brushes?
If a manual toothbrush is used for the appropriate amount of time, and done with proper technique, it can perform just as well as a powered toothbrush.
What is plaque and why is it bad?
Plaque is a clear sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on teeth. As plaque collects it forms a hard layer of tartar (or calculus) particularly in hard to reach areas between teeth and near the gumline. Bacteria found in plaque create toxic chemicals that irritate the gums. Eventually these bacteria cause the underlying bone around the teeth to be destroyed, a condition known as gum disease. Removal of plaque with brushing and flossing on a twice daily basis and removal of tartar by your dentist and dental hygienist is the first step in defeating gum disease. By the time gum disease begins to hurt, it may be too late. Seeing a dentist regularly can help prevent this and many other problems.
What causes bad breath?
While bad breath (or “halitosis”) can be linked to numerous systemic diseases, the majority of bad breath originates in the mouth. A dry mouth or a low salivary flow can also influence bad odor. There are two main goals in the management of bad breath. First, controlling the bacteria that produce the sulfur compounds and second, to neutralize the sulfur compounds that are produced.
It's been a long time since I've visited the dentist. What do I need to do?
You’re not alone! Whether it’s been 6 months or 6 years, it’s never too late to get back into the routine. At our office, we can arrange for you to have a thorough and educational exam appointment. We have been taking care of people just like you for over 30 years – take advantage of our experience! We’re here to help!
For over 30 years, we have been treated to the best of dental care from Dr. Francis and his staff. Dr. Francis works gently and thoroughly, with exceptional skill. We have real trust in his opinion, and he honours our input into any decisions that are made regarding treatment. We have received various sorts of procedures in his office, including regular dental work and cleanings, braces, and crowns – all with a minimum of discomfort and very successful outcomes. Wonderful dentists, wonderful hygienists, wonderful office staff – thank you all!!
I have been going to Dr Francis for over 30 years! He has a very professional staff which are very friendly and helpful ! Thank you to Janice Debbie and Fran ! Oh I forgot Mona ! wishing all of you at the office a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
A special thank you to Dr. Dibadin for all of her thoughtfulness and care. She was very friendly and knowledgeable, and took the time to explain things. We really appreciated all that she did for us. Thank you so much!