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.
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.
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.
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
Following 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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It is essential to help your child brush and floss their teeth until around the age of 8. This is so that you can help them reduce their susceptibility to cavities and keep their gums healthy. Children under eight typically lack the skill and understanding to brush and floss their teeth well and require some form of assistance, whether that be in the form of completing it for them or monitoring them while they do it themselves. Start brushing your child’s teeth at the first sign of teeth, around 6-10 months old. Flossing should begin when there is contact between any two teeth.
The Salvaggio Dentistry team is excited to announce that we will be moving to a new location in the same plaza! Our new location is located across from Giant Tiger. We expect to be fully operational in February 2022.
In our ongoing efforts to better serve you, moving to a new and larger location will provide many more benefits to our patients. Here is what you can expect in our new location.
It might be difficult to decide which toothbrush, floss or tooth-cleaning aid to buy when browsing the oral hygiene section of any drug store. There are so many options and different products that it can make the buying experience overwhelming. Below is a breakdown of other oral hygiene products and their uses to make it easier to know what to buy the next time you are looking for oral hygiene products.
Manual Toothbrushes – Come in either super soft/soft/medium or hard. Use super soft if you know you are an aggressive brusher or have any signs of gum recession. Use a soft toothbrush in any other cases, and never use medium or hard. They are too aggressive and can damage the gums!
Toothbrush abrasion is a wearing down of the enamel (the outer layer of the tooth) and sometimes the subsequent recession of the gum tissue in the same area. Toothbrush abrasion typically occurs on the outer surfaces of the teeth that are easier to access with the toothbrush but can occur anywhere in the mouth. Toothbrush abrasion can be localized to a single tooth or generalized to several teeth.