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Follow These Habits for a Healthier Smile

September 12, 2022

Filed under: Brampton Dentist — Tags: , , , , , — salvaggiodentistry @ 8:31 pm

Many of us take pride and follow various health tips to care for our body, but how about our smile? Follow these tips for a healthier mouth and smile.

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Use an Electric Toothbrush – Studies have shown that electric toothbrushes work more efficiently and are easier to use than manual brushes. They are better at plaque removal and prevent gingivitis and gum disease. 

Clean Between Your Teeth – Brushing alone does not remove plaque from between the teeth. Be sure to use floss or interdental brushes to remove the plaque from tooth contacts. 

Get Regular Dental Check-Ups – See your dentist and dental hygienist regularly for routine assessments and cleanings. Your recommended interval may range from 3-9 months, depending on your individual needs. 

Use Fluoride Daily – Dental Fluoride is a common ingredient added to toothpaste and some mouthwash that helps fight against cavities. If you are particularly cavity prone, your dentist may recommend a professional, in-office fluoride treatment.

Check Your Tissues for Oral Cancer – Your dentist and dental hygienist will check your tissue health each time you visit, but doing a routine assessment yourself is essential. Be on the lookout for any white or red lesion that doesn’t heal within two weeks. 

Drink Plenty of Water – Staying hydrated ensures that your mouth produces enough saliva. It also helps wash away food particles and prevent cavities. 

Reduce Your Sugar Intake – We all know that sugar causes cavities. There are hidden sugars in many foods and ingredients, including dairy products, salad dressings and processed foods. Be sure to reduce your daily sugar intake, and drink water after consuming any sugars. 

Eat a Balanced Diet – There are various vitamins and nutrients that help contribute to a healthy mouth, including calcium, iron and vitamin B. Insufficient nutrition can lead to gum disease, tooth decay and mouth sores. 

Cut Back on Alcohol – Regular consumption of alcohol is a risk factor for oral cancer. Drink alcohol only in moderation, and be sure to select an alcohol-free mouthwash. 

Quit Tobacco Products – Smoking and smokeless tobacco products such as “chew” are risk factors for oral and other cancers. Try your best to cut back on tobacco products entirely. 

Reduce Acidic Foods – Acidic foods lead to enamel erosion, which is thinning of the enamel over time. Acidic foods, such as lemons, limes and soda, are lower in pH. 

Wear a Night Guard for Clenching – If you clench your teeth at night, it is vital to wear a night guard to protect your teeth from wear. There are several different types of night guards, all helping to alleviate tooth-on-tooth pressure. 

Wear a Sports Guard for Contact Sports – If you play contact sports, wearing a sports guard will prevent tooth trauma. Contact sports are any sport with a risk of injury from another person or an object. 

Don’t Bite Your Nails – Biting your nails can cause tooth chips and wear on the front teeth, which can be sensitive and require restoration. 

Avoid Aggressive Brushing – Brushing too aggressively leads to gum recession, sensitivity, and the possible need for gum grafting. 

Don’t Put Off Getting Cavities Fixed – If you have a cavity, waiting to have it resorted will allow the cavity to grow, potentially leading to an infection and a more costly fix. 

Chew Xylitol Gum – Xylitol is a sugar substitute and helps to reduce cavity-causing oral bacteria. 

If you have any questions about ways to keep your mouth and smile healthy, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule an appointment.

What You Should Know About Cold Sores

August 2, 2022

You have probably heard of cold sores, if not experienced them occasionally yourself. A cold sore is a viral infection that appears as a small fluid-filled blister or group of blisters which lasts for a couple of weeks before going away. Once the blister opens, a scab is left that heals and usually doesn’t leave a scar.

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Cause of Cold Sores

This virus is called herpes simplex type 1 (HSV-1), and once a person is infected, the virus remains inside the body for life. This virus is contagious and can be passed from person to person. Typically, people will are infected at an early age with the cold sore virus. Once infected, cold sores may occasionally appear throughout life. Various reasons may cause a cold sore to appear in a person with the HSV-1 virus, including stress, fatigue, fever, hormonal changes, exposure to sunlight or wind and injury to the skin. 

Symptoms of Cold Sores 

A person may experience tingling or itching in the area a day or two before. Then, a small and painful lump appears on the lip or surrounding area. This lump will turn into a fluid-filled blister. Less commonly, these blisters can form around the nose or even inside the cheeks. There may be one or several blisters. The blisters will open after a week or two, leaving scabs in their place that eventually heal. Reoccurrence tends to happen in the same spot. Outbreak symptoms may be fever, sore gums and throat, swollen lymph nodes and muscle aches. (more…)

What is Dry Mouth and How to Treat It?

July 7, 2022

What is Dry Mouth and How to Treat It?

Xerostomia is the medical term for dry mouth. A dry mouth is a condition in which the salivary glands are not functioning properly, leading to less saliva in the mouth. A dry mouth can be temporary or long-term, depending on the cause. While short-term dry mouth symptoms are usually not a cause for concern, long-term dry mouth symptoms can be disruptive to everyday life and may lead to gum disease and tooth decay. Saliva acts as a natural cleanser for the teeth and gums. Without adequate saliva, dental issues may occur.dry mouth treatment in brampton dentist

Causes of Dry Mouth 

  • Ageing (there is a higher risk of dry mouth with age) 
  • Certain medications (such as for high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, antihistamines, decongestants and pain medication)
  • Certain autoimmune medical conditions (such as Sjogren’s syndrome, lupus, Eaton-Lambert syndrome and HIV)
  • Bone marrow transplant patients 
  • Uncontrolled diabetes 
  • Radiation treatment near the head and neck can permanently or temporarily damage the salivary glands. 
  • Lifestyle choices (such as smoking, drinking alcohol and recreational drug use)

 

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Learn How To Manage A Cracked Or Broken Tooth

June 22, 2022

Hopefully, you’re not reading this article because you or your loved one just cracked or broke a tooth after crunching into a piece of leftover Halloween candy. But if that’s the case, you can do a few things before you get to your dentist, because you should see your dentist as soon as reasonably possible.

Failing to address a broken, fractured, or chipped tooth could lead to further damage and infection, resulting in the loss of the tooth.how do i fix a broken tooth brampton dentist

What Should You Do Before Seeing Your Dentist?

Don’t panic. You’ll be amazed to see how you can mitigate the damage and what your dentist will eventually be able to do to fix your smile.

Rinse your mouth with warm or salt water. If you are in pain, consider taking acetaminophen or the pain relief medication that typically works for you or as prescribed by your doctor.

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Why Is Cleaning Your Tongue Important?

May 20, 2022

how to clean my tongue dental tool dentistBacteria can accumulate on pretty much any surface of your mouth. They prefer to attach themselves to rough surfaces, so the teeth and gum line are particularly prone to plaque accumulation. Did you know that the surface of your tongue is rough, containing thousands of papilla, also known as taste buds, that cause the top surface of your tongue to contain many crevices, a perfect spot for bacteria to hide? If you don’t brush or clean your tongue, you may not even realize how much plaque accumulation it can be prone to. Once you start cleaning your tongue, you may never go back!

 

 

 

Signs and symptoms of plaque accumulation on the tongue 

  • White/beige or yellow coating on the top surface of the tongue 
  • Altered or reduced sense of taste 
  • Bad breath, called halitosis 
  • Bad taste in the mouth 

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Dental Implants – The Best Tooth Replacement Option!

May 15, 2022

Filed under: Dentistry — Tags: , — salvaggiodentistry @ 9:00 am

3d rendering of dental implantA missing tooth in the mouth does not just lead to an uneven smile. While most people readily replace a missing tooth to improve their smile or appearance, there are other important reasons to replace a lost tooth. If a tooth is missing due to injury or if it is naturally missing, it requires replacing. Even though many tooth replacement options exist, dental implants should be your first choice.

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Can Alloderm Gum Grafting Benefit Your Smile?

April 11, 2022

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Gum grafting (or gingival grafting) is a procedure performed to reduce or eliminate areas of gum recession by placing gum tissue overtop that will slowly heal the area. The gum tissue can be sourced in several different ways. Commonly, tissue was harvested from the roof of the mouth to be used for the recession site. This method causes an incision site on the roof of the mouth that can be painful and take time to heal. Alternatively, Alloderm gum grafting takes donor tissue that is altered in a lab to be used for the site of recession, significantly reducing pain and improving healing time.

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How to Keep Baby Teeth Healthy

March 3, 2022

Filed under: Brampton Dentist — Tags: , , , , , — salvaggiodentistry @ 5:14 pm

Brushing and Flossing

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Brushing and flossing are essential in keeping your child’s teeth healthy and cavity-free. Begin brushing at the sign of the first baby tooth and continue helping until your child is around the age of 8 to reduce the risk of cavities. Flossing should begin around the age of 4 when the molar contacts close in, and cavities are possible between the back teeth.

Fluoride/ Xylitol 

Both fluoride and xylitol help reduce the risk of cavities, but for different reasons. Fluoride helps by strengthening the enamel (the outer structure of the teeth) to prevent the penetration of acids and bacteria. Xylitol helps by altering the bacteria in the mouth, changing it from the type that causes cavities to the kind that doesn’t cause cavities. Fluoride can be found in toothpaste, mouthwash and tap water in most municipalities, and xylitol can be found in mints, candies and gum. 

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All You Need to Know About Dental X-rays

February 2, 2022

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Your dentist recommends you take updated dental x-rays periodically, but do you really know what they are and how they are used to diagnose problems with your teeth and mouth? Dental x-rays are an imperative diagnostic tool to help promote and maintain good oral health. Routine (as recommended by your dentist) x-rays can help keep your teeth and bones healthy, save you money and maintain your oral health over time. 

Conditions X-rays can detect:

– Smaller cavities in areas not accessible to visual inspection, such as between teeth, cavities underneath existing fillings

– Detect the level of the bone surrounding each tooth assess for any loss of bone support 

– Detect any infections or abscesses at the roots of teeth

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Dentist Open During COVID-19 Lockdown

January 3, 2022

brampton dentist open during covidFollowing the province of Ontario’s COVID-19 modified Step 2 lockdown announcement on Monday, January 3rd, 2022, we want to remind our patients that we are still open and ready to serve you as an essential service.

Rest assured that our office meets or exceeds current COVID-19 recommended safety protocols. All of our dental treatment rooms are equipped with medical-grade HEPA air filtration systems, which eliminate harmful bacteria and viruses from the air. Our office also screens all patients and performs temperature checks before treatment is performed. All high-contact surfaces are wiped down frequently with sterilizing wipes to maintain a clean environment for our patients and team. (more…)

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