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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.

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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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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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…)

Learn About The 5 Most Common Oral Conditions

December 17, 2021

Filed under: Brampton Dentist — Tags: , , , , , — salvaggiodentistry @ 4:12 pm

It’s vital to periodically assess yourself for signs and symptoms of oral conditions to maintain a healthy mouth. Here are five of the most common dental issues you should be aware of.

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Tips To Consider When Caring For Baby Teeth

November 1, 2021

Help To Brush/ Floss 

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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.

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We’re Moving To A New Location – Just 300 Meters Away!

September 9, 2021

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.

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What’s Toothbrush Abrasion & How Is It Treated?

August 3, 2021

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Image showing toothbrush abrasion.
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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. 

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How to Keep Baby Teeth Healthy

July 5, 2021

Did you know that baby teeth are essential for many reasons, including health, function and aesthetics? It is important to help keep your child’s baby teeth healthy and cavity-free. Baby teeth lost premature, either to cavities, infection or trauma, can lead to problems with the positioning and health of the future adult teeth. 

Importance of Baby Teeth 

– Help with talking, chewing, smiling, speaking and confidence 

– Are used by the future adult teeth as placeholders, meaning the adult teeth use the roots of the baby teeth to guide them into the correct position 

– Prevent shifting of adjacent and opposing teeth, meaning if a baby tooth is lost premature, the surrounding teeth can shift and affect the bite 

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