questionFor which problems should I see a dentist and which should I see my family doctor?

answerIn general, a dentist can help you with problems related to

  • Tooth pain;
  • Difficulty chewing;
  • Facial muscle or jaw pain
  •  Permanent teeth coming in (erupting) out of their normal position
  • Problems with biting the cheek or roof of the mouth
  • Speech difficulties
  • Headaches
  • Sleep apnea
  • Mouth breathing
  • Cosmetic issues with the appearance of your teeth.

In circumstances such as Sleep Apnea, one of the most common causes is a problem with the teeth or jaw, so visiting a dentist is an excellent start to resolving the issue. Dr. Peter can also recommend you to a Sleep Apnea specialist if the problem is unrelated to your teeth or jaw.


questionMy child has reoccurring headaches and a friend suggested seeing a dentist. How can a dentist help with headaches?

answerWhen a child experiences chronic headaches (once a month or more), it can be the result of jaw problems (TMJ). An assessment from a dentist should be your next step in treating the issue.

Other, related symptoms can be

  • Tired jaws
  • Clicking jaw joints
  • Sore teeth
  • Worn teeth
  • Neck or earache
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Facial deformity
  • Dizziness

See our page on TMJ for more information.


questionVisiting the dentist regularly is good for kids. At what age do adults no longer need to see a dentist?

answerRegular visits to a dentist are a good idea at any age. Adults are every bit at risk of tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease as kids. Adults are also sufferers of Sleep Apnea, TMJ and other serious health problems. Even apparently minor problems, such as poorly aligned teeth, can lead to adults avoiding certain foods and suffering nutritional issues as a result.


questionHow soon should I start my treatment? How long can I put it off?

answerIn some cases, delaying treatment can allow your condition to worsen over time, so we always recommend that you receive treatment as soon as possible. Some conditions can be delayed for short periods without consequences, but this will vary case-to-case. Ask Dr. Peter about your specific condition.