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Learn How To Choose The Right Mouthwash For Your Mouth

September 10, 2019

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CDA approved 

One of the most important aspects when choosing the a suitable a mouthwash is to make sure it has the seal of approval from the CDA (Canadian Dental Association.) This seal of approval means that the mouthwash contains active working ingredients and can help to improve your gum and oral health. Mouthwash can help reduce gum inflammation, bleeding, and overall bacteria count in your mouth. 


What is Involved in a Professional Dental Cleaning?

August 20, 2019

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Your dental hygienist will recommend that you come in for a professional dental cleaning every 3-6 months. The frequency is based on the health of your teeth and gums, certain risk factors, and certain medical conditions. But, what is a professional dental cleaning, and what does it involve?

Benefits of a Professional Dental Cleaning

–         Healthier gums

–         Reduces plaque and tartar build-up

–         Reduce halitosis (bad breath)

–         Reduce oral bacteria that contributes to cavities and gum disease

–         Tips for proper brushing and flossing at home

–         Checking your mouth for any abnormalities or signs of oral cancer

–         Checking your jaw joint and your teeth for signs of wear

–         Assessing any changes to your gums overtime such as inflammation, recession and gum pockets

What Is Involved?

First, your dental hygienist will review your medical history. Overall health and oral health are linked. Any medical conditions, medications or allergies are documented. Next, a complete intraoral and extraoral exam will be performed. During this time, your neck, jaw joint, lymph nodes, cheeks, tongue and throat will be checked for any abnormalities.

After the initial examination is complete, your dental hygienist will clean your teeth by removing all plaque and tartar. The cleaning is completed using a series of hand tools called “scalers” and ultrasonic instruments that use a type of vibration and water to remove plaque and tartar. Plaque and tartar sit above the gum line and below the gum line, and different tools are used for different areas. Once the plaque and tartar are removed from your teeth, your teeth will be flossed, and polished. Polishing removes all external staining from your teeth by using a gritty, slightly abrasive polishing paste. At the end of your appointment, your dental hygienist will administer fluoride (if recommended) and give you tips on keeping your teeth clean based on your needs.

If you believe you are due for a dental cleaning or have any questions about them, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule an appointment.

What Is A Comprehensive Oral Exam?

August 13, 2019

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A comprehensive or complete oral exam is a detailed exam of your gums, teeth, jaw, mouth and overall oral health. This type of oral exam employs meticulous diagnostic strategies to ensure that all oral conditions are diagnosed. A complete oral exam takes place every 3 – 5 years or at the first visit to a new dental office. This type of exam is more comprehensive than the check-up exam performed during a dental cleaning. A comprehensive oral exam can identify oral issues due to the detailed nature of the exam.

What To Expect During A Comprehensive Oral Exam

  • Creating a new or updated medical or dental history snapshot (detailing medical conditions, current medications, allergies, etc.). Often, your overall health and oral health are connected.
  • Discussing and addressing your chief dental concerns.
  • Performing an extraoral exam which includes checking the lips, cheeks, lymph nodes, etc. for abnormalities.
  • Checking the temporomandibular joint, which is the jaw joint, for potential issues such as clicking or deviation.
  • Checking teeth for signs of wear due to clenching/grinding or acid wear.
  • Intraoral exam, which includes checking the gums, tongue, the roof of the mouth and throat for any abnormalities.
  • An oral cancer screening .
  • Updating the “odontogram” which is the tooth chart. Any dental fillings, missing teeth, dental bridges, dental implants, dental crowns, etc. are documented in your patient file.
  • Charting any active decay, chips, fractures, etc. of the teeth.
  • Taking or updating the periodontal measurements, which are measurements of the gums around each tooth. The periodontal exam is the best indication of the health of the gums.
  • Taking x-rays to assess the health of the teeth and the level of the supporting jawbone. As well as checking the condition of past restorative work.
  • Reviewing proper oral home care.
  • Providing any required referrals to specialists such as a periodontist or endodontist.
  • Formation of a treatment plan for any restorative or cosmetic dental work.

If you believe you are due for your comprehensive oral exam, or have never had one, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule an appointment.

What are “Soft Teeth?”

July 29, 2019

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Having “soft teeth” is not just a saying; it may be linked to a real condition. The condition is called hypoplastic enamel, and it is becoming more prominent among children.


How to Care for Baby Teeth

July 12, 2019

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Brushing and Flossing

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Brushing, flossing and sometimes even mouth washing are all crucial factors involved in an adequate at-home oral hygiene regimen. Brushing and flossing help to reduce bacterial build up on the teeth and gums, which reduces susceptibility to cavities and gum inflammation. It is recommended to brush at least twice a day and to floss at least once a day. Make sure to help your child brush and floss their teeth until around the age of 8. Begin using fluoridated toothpaste around the age of 3 (about the size of a grain of rice.) If your child is particularly cavity prone, try incorporating a daily fluoride mouthwash to help prevent further cavities.


How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Fix A Sunken Facial Appearance

June 24, 2019

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One common cause of a sunken face is getting older or ageing. One reason that the face takes on a sunken look is due to loss of bone in the mouth. When the bone in the jaw is lost or when it shrinks, it creates a sunken look. Keeping that in mind, it is easy to understand how one or more missing teeth will also produce the same results. In health, the skin on your face rests over the teeth and gums. However, when teeth are missing in the mouth, the skin sinks.


How to Prevent Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

June 11, 2019

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Tooth decay occurs from sugar being exposed to the teeth, or being stuck to the tooth or around teeth. Bottles that contain anything but water have the potential to cause decay in baby teeth. The most commonly affected teeth from bottles are the upper front teeth, but sometimes it can also affect the lower front teeth and the back teeth. It can be challenging to see when cavities begin forming, but when they are more advanced, the teeth start turning brown and chipping.

Avoid Doing These Things

  • Dipping pacifiers in anything containing sugar (syrup, honey, juice)
  • Putting juice or sugar water into a bottle
  • Putting your baby to bed with a bottle containing anything but water (even milk has natural sugars that can cause cavities)
  • Not wiping/brushing your baby’s teeth after a bottle of milk

Simple Tips To Protect Your Smile!

May 29, 2019

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Use a Reusable Straw


It is a good idea to reduce the amount of juice/soda you consume in a day, but when you do have any liquid that contains sugar or acid, it is beneficial to use a reusable straw. The function of the straw is that it allows the fluid to bypass your teeth as you drink, thereby reducing the exposure to the sugars and acids contained in most drinks, and reducing cavity risk. Try to avoid plastic straws if possible.

Reduce Sugar Intake


Are Dental X-Rays Safe?

May 7, 2019

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The safety of dental x-rays is a common concern of patients. The American and Canadian dental associations have guidelines for dental professionals to follow to make them as safe as possible. There is a general principle in radiation safety called ALARA – as low as reasonably achievable. Dental professionals use the lowest possible dose and to limit exposure whenever possible to be able to treat patients safely and efficiently. Digital x-rays in most offices use up to 80% less radiation than traditional film x-rays.


What You Should Know About Cannabis Use And Your Oral Health.

April 24, 2019

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With the new legislation making cannabis legal, there are more people accessing it. There are certain health issues associated with cannabis usage. Frequent cannabis usage can affect your oral health as well as your overall health. The type and frequency of usage can have different effects on your body. Your dental care provider wants to be able to educate you on risks and how to protect yourself properly.

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