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.
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.
A dental implant is a replacement tooth that is used to fill the space of a missing tooth. Natural teeth can be lost due to decay, trauma, extraction, etc. A dental implant consists of a titanium screw inserted into the bone and a porcelain or ceramic crown on top. The screw is left to heal and integrate into the bone for 4-6 months before the permanent crown is placed. In the interim, a temporary crown can be placed on the screw to fill the space.
Best Option for Aesthetics and Function
Dental implants are the best option in many areas for replacing missing teeth both as they excel in aesthetics and function. Dental implants act, look and function just like natural teeth. Dental implants are also cleaned in the same way as natural teeth, brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Your dental hygienist will use a softer cleaning tool around the implant during your routine cleanings to prevent any microscopic scratches or scrapes.
Each tooth is like a box; they have 5 surfaces that require cleaning. By using a toothbrush, you are cleaning the top, front and back surfaces, but due to the diameter of the bristles, they are unable to access between the teeth. That means that if you are brushing your teeth but not using an interdental aid such as floss, you are missing nearly half the surfaces in your mouth! Bacteria are constantly forming on your tooth surfaces and even underneath your gums, and the same is true for between your teeth.
Gingivitis, which is inflammation of the gums from the presence of oral bacteria, is thought to affect up to 90% of the population in varying severity. Gingivitis can lead to gum disease, bleeding gums, tooth sensitivity and even loose teeth. Gingivitis can occur localized or generalized, and therefore it is important to clean all tooth surfaces to prevent it.
When new teeth are erupting in your baby’s mouth, they can feel pain, discomfort and even flu-like symptoms. Teething can occur when any or all of your baby’s teeth erupt through the gums. The first baby teeth to erupt are the lower front teeth, around 5-10 months old, and the last will be the back molars around 2 ½ years old. The symptoms your baby is experiencing during teething are due to a small immune response in their body, which is why your baby might also experience a mild fever.
It is vital to brush your teeth at least twice a day, in the morning and before bed. You can use a manual or an electric toothbrush. Brushing your teeth helps remove bacteria from tooth and gum surfaces that can lead to cavities and gum disease.
A cavity is an area of cavitation in the tooth enamel (outer tooth structure) and dentin (inner tooth structure) caused by oral bacteria and acids. When sugars are consumed, they get converted into acids in the mouth, which then attack the enamel of the teeth. The acids slowly demineralize the outer structure of the teeth and leads to cavities over time. Cavities most commonly affect the deep grooves and fissures on the biting surfaces of the molars and the in-between surfaces of the teeth, which are both problematic areas to adequately clean. It is vital to catch cavities in their earliest stages, so minimally invasive treatment can be provided. Dental x-rays are an essential tool for diagnostic purposes and are used to catch cavities early before they are visible and start causing pain.
Manual Toothbrush – Manual toothbrushes come in either super soft, soft, medium or hard, and it is recommended never to use medium or hard because they are too abrasive on your teeth and gums. Make sure to change your manual toothbrush every three or so months or when the colour starts to fade from the bristles.
Electric toothbrushes generally come from different brands, which differ slightly. Some brands provide a circular head and use an oscillating motion, and other brands provide an oval head and use a sweeping motion or vibrational motion. There are several different toothbrushes in each brand’s roster so make sure to pick the best one for your mouth.
Crunchy Fruits and Vegetables – Crunchy fruits and vegetables such as apples, raw carrots and celery help to clear plaque bacteria and food debris away from your teeth, which reduces the risk for cavities and keeping your gums healthy. These types of foods have a cleansing action while you are chewing them that can clear away food debris.