March 23, 2023
Not all the information you hear is correct, which is true about the following dental facts. Below, we debunk some common dental myths you may have heard.
“Cavities in baby teeth don’t matter. They fall out anyway.”
If your child has a cavity affecting a baby tooth, addressing it as soon as possible before the cavity gets larger is essential. Cavities on baby teeth can affect your child in multiple ways by causing pain, leading to infection and premature loss of the baby tooth. If a baby tooth is lost early, it can affect the way the adult tooth erupts from underneath because the adult tooth uses the root of the baby tooth to guide it into the correct spot. This can lead to crowded adult teeth. Premature loss of baby teeth can also lead to problems with speaking, biting, chewing and smiling for your child.
“Scraping during a cleaning damages my teeth.”
Your enamel is highly durable; it’s the most robust material in your body, even stronger than your bones! Therefore, the scraping and polishing that are done at the dentist do not damage your teeth. Professional dental cleanings are vital to keeping your teeth and gums healthy for your lifetime.
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January 9, 2023
You aren’t alone if you’ve ever noticed that you suffer from bad breath, also called halitosis. Most people have experienced bad breath at some point, but this condition is usually temporary. For some people, though, the condition is more persistent. It is essential to understand and address the cause of bad breath to treat it properly. There are several possible contributing factors to bad breath:
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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.
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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January 3, 2022
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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March 25, 2021
A broken jaw refers to a jaw with a fracture in the bone, usually in the lower jaw, called the mandible. A dislocated jaw is when the lower jaw comes out of place at the joint. Learn the causes, diagnosis and treatment for both broken and dislocated jaws.
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February 11, 2021
A large factor in the risk for cavities is the foods and drinks we consume regularly. Foods and beverages can be categorized into being either good or bad for the teeth, and unfortunately, more foods are bad for the teeth than foods that are good for the teeth. This categorization is not about the nutritional value of foods concerning the body’s overall health. The most vital factor is whether the food/drink contains sugars or acids that are damaging to tooth surfaces. Let’s explore the relationship of certain types of foods and beverages on the health of the teeth.
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November 4, 2019
Why would my child’s tooth need a crown?
There are several reasons why your dentist might recommend placing a crown on your child’s tooth. The main reason is if the cavity on the tooth is large. Baby teeth are not just smaller versions of adult teeth. They have thinner layers of enamel, the protective outer layer. A thinner layer means that a cavity can grow and affect the nerve of the tooth faster than it could in an adult tooth. Once a cavity gets close to the nerve, it will likely need nerve treatment, often called a “baby root canal” this is not as invasive as an adult root canal, but it does leave the tooth weaker and more prone to breakage if not protected. Cavities often occur on more than one surface of a tooth, so instead of placing multiple fillings on one tiny tooth, a crown would cover all of the surfaces. The crown will protect the tooth from future decay and breakage.
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September 10, 2019
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.
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June 24, 2019
CAUSES OF A SUNKEN FACE
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.
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June 24, 2015
New techniques and technologies in cosmetic dentistry have made it affordable and easy for you to obtain the smile you have always wanted. If you have any concerns about the appearance of your smile, please continue reading to learn more about the wide range of treatments we can offer you.
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