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Flossing helps both teeth and gums stay healthy by removing debris and the plaque that collects in between teeth. Brushing alone cleans only 60 per cent of the tooth surfaces, as the bristles cannot effectively remove debris from the spaces between teeth.
Studies have shown that different flosses work equally well, but what works best for one person might not work well for another. Waxed floss is suitable for tight contacts between teeth and is more resilient to breakage. Unwaxed floss may be more efficient at removing plaque. For those with manual dexterity problems, interdental cleaners can ease the process.
WHY REPLACE YOUR SILVER FILLINGS
There is nothing like beautiful white teeth! Getting rid of your old silver-colored fillings is a great first step. There are many reasons to update them, not the least of which is a white younger-looking smile. Unlike traditional fillings, white fillings blend with the rest of your teeth and can’t be seen when you laugh or smile.
Here are 5 reasons you should call us to have yours replaced:
- It’s a relatively inexpensive way to update your smile
- White fillings have a more pleasing and natural tooth-like appearance
- Your older amalgam fillings may be compromised
- You will have the confidence to laugh out loud
- It can usually be done in one visit
When you look better, you naturally feel good about yourself.
TOP TIPS FOR GOOD ORAL CARE DURING CHILDHOOD
Brushing and flossing
Begin using toothpaste to brush your child's teeth when he (or she) is 2 years old. Young children tend to swallow toothpaste when brushing, rather than spitting it out. Introduce fluoride toothpaste when your child is old enough not to swallow it. As soon as two teeth touch each other, floss between them once a day. You can use regular floss or special plastic floss holders.
New parents often ask, "When should my child first see a dentist?” Your child should see a dentist by his or her first birthday.
Summer is here, getting your kids to eat right and maintain good oral hygiene can be a struggle. And with all this extra activity, there may even be a dental emergency or two. Here are a few oral health tips for summer that will help you protect the kids and their developing teeth from long-term damage and avoidable mishaps.
Keep Up That Oral Hygiene
Brushing twice a day and flossing daily is as important in the summer as it is in any other season. But with vacations, camp and lots of days spent at the pool, don't be surprised if you frequently need to remind your kids to brush and floss.
Now is a great time to buy new toothbrushes to replace the old, worn out or "germy" ones. In fact, you should stock up on extra brushes, as well as travel-sized toothpaste and floss for those summer trips and days out.
Now's the Time for Checkups
Parents tend to schedule dental checkups in August, right before class starts. But to prevent dental problems over summer, book the kids in right after school ends. This way, the kids will have a clean bill of dental health for summer. The last thing you want is a child suffering from a toothache while away on summer vacation.
Stock a Healthy Kitchen
Keep the summer from being an "acid attack" on your family's teeth by investing in healthy snacks. It's hard to limit snacking when the kids are home all day, but with the availability of fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, you can stock the fridge with healthy options. Be sure to keep the fruits and veggies clean and ready to grab. You'll feel better about snacking when the kids are reaching for blueberries and strawberries instead of candy and cookies. And swap out the sugary, acidic soft drinks with bottled water.
Are You At Risk?
Gum Disease & Heart Attack
Periodontitis is a serious gum disease that causes pockets of infection between your teeth and gums. If left untreated, it results in the loss of the bone and the tissue that holds your teeth in place which causes tooth loss.
Losing the form and function of your smile is not the only problem to periodontitis but studies have shown that you are at a significantly higher risk for having a heart attack even in the absence of other risk factors such as smoking and diabetes.
Protect yourself by brushing twice per day for 2 minutes, flossing once per day, and receiving regular dental cleanings. But if your gums bleed when you brush or floss, or your gums are receding, red, tender, and swollen, you should call for a dental appointment right away!
Healthy Habits - Start Early
Even before Viking warriors wore necklaces made from baby teeth for luck, our children’s first teeth held a special place in many cultures…. and now, kids across the world eagerly await visits from the Tooth Fairy.
Just because these teeth will someday come out doesn’t mean you don’t need to care for them. Baby teeth help your child speak and eat and they help adult teeth align accurately when they erupt.
Teach kids excellent oral health habits that will help them to ensure a lifetime of beautiful smiles.
Chocolate and your teeth at Easter
There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a chocolate treat but make sure you don’t forget about your teeth and your family’s teeth this Easter. Too much sugar isn’t just a precursor for bad oral health, it sets the tone for bad overall health and wellbeing.
A little chocolate can actually be a good thing, particularly if you stick to dark chocolate with a high cocoa percentage (70% and above). Studies have shown that cocoa butter can actually stop plaque sticking to our teeth. Chocolate is also high in antioxidants and contains a high level of tannins – which again help stop the buildup of plaque.
Chocolate also contains CBH (cocoa bean husk extract), a compound that, in research carried out in Japan, has been proven to strengthen enamel, another factor which can help reduce tooth decay.
These benefits only come with a good quality chocolate. Cheap chocolate will be full of sugar and it’s this you want to avoid as its detrimental effects to oral health will outweigh any benefits that chocolate might have.
If you follow these three steps you can do it in a way that won’t have to feel guilty about:
1. Stick to dark chocolate
Look for the chocolate that has a high cocoa percentage. Raw chocolate is also worth trying and is now readily available in most supermarkets. Try to avoid milk chocolate and particularly white chocolate with it’s high sugar percentage.
2. Enjoy in moderation
Don’t go crazy on the chocolate consumption! It’s easy at Easter to over-indulge and while a small treat is fine, gorging on chocolate isn’t healthy.
3. Remember to brush
It should go without saying but make sure you remember to brush your teeth twice a day. If you have kids, it’s especially important to reiterate this to them at Easter time.
FAST SOLUTION FOR MINOR CRACKS
Did you know that our tooth enamel is the hardest substance in our human body and is even stronger than bone? After years of wear and tear, the enamel gets thinner. Teeth won’t be as strong and enamel can develop craze lines which are very minor cracks on the surface of teeth.
Craze lines can trap bacteria and small food particles leading to stained teeth. Fortunately, BONDING is a QUICK, ECONOMICAL and durable fix. A natural-looking tooth colored resin is used to cover and fill the fissures of the teeth / tooth usually in just one visit to our office and you can INSTANTLY restore your smile. Call to book your FREE* cosmetic consultation today!
*X-rays fees will be charged if required to determine patient treatment options
With Valentine’s Day only just around the corner, we remind our patients to be extra careful when choosing their treats! As unrealistic as it is to recommend a candy-free Valentine’s Day to patients of all ages, it important to know that some treats are better than others. Show your teeth some sweet love too! Here are some Valentine’s Day Dental tips to maintain great dental health and a bright smile until your next visit.
- Hard candies, especially suckers, are popular on Valentine’s Day but basically give teeth a real thorough sugar bath.
- Although candies that are sticky, sweet and sour may hold a special place in our hearts, we must remember how dangerous they can be to our teeth and even braces too. These hard or gummy candies tend to be acidic to your teeth, causing the enamel that protects them to be worn down.
- When it comes to chocolate, choose a high quality brand that is preferably 50% or more cocoa as it is more pure and free of additives that can hurt your teeth.
- We definitely recommend much softer treats such as peanut butter cups or other melt-in-your-mouth doughs.
Love your teeth too:
- After you indulge, make sure to show your teeth some tender loving care. Brush and floss between the teeth, around the brackets, and at the gum line.
- Don’t forget that your tongue carries bacteria too and needs to be brushed from the back to the front just as often!
- Replenish your teeth with high alkaline foods such as vegetables that will keep them strong.
- Check in regularly with your dentist.
Remember these tips and show your teeth some love this Valentine’s Day by scheduling an appointment with us today!
BRING ON THE CRUNCH!
Apples and pears are packed with fiber and nutrients. Did you know that they are great for your teeth too? When fresh and crisp, fruits brush away plaque, helping to fight cavities. So crunch away and enjoy them with this calcium-rich food that promotes strong bones and teeth while delivering disease-fighting antioxidants!--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Christmas and Teeth
Probably more common at the holiday time of year is the more insidious damage of dental plaque left to slowly dissolve tooth structure as a person sleeps because everyone had so much fun until so late that the toothbrush and floss got left unused. Remember that sleep is really hard on teeth because salivary flow is low. At night, the bacteria that make up dental plaque multiply rapidly without being disturbed. The most effective time to eliminate plaque from the teeth is in the evening just before going to bed. Brushing with fluoride containing toothpaste or other fluoride preparation, spitting into the sink, and not rinsing, flossing, then going directly to bed will maximize the remineralization (tooth building) capacity of the fluoride. If this is followed up with a thorough brushing and flossing in the morning shortly after waking up, you can turn night time from a time of dissolution of tooth components into a time of rebuilding tooth components.
Have a wonderful time with your family and friends this Christmas season! Don’t forget to enter our draw of the SONICARE Diamond electric toothbrush (value $240.00).
Why Replace Your Silver Fillings
There is nothing like beautiful white teeth! Getting rid of your old silver-colored fillings is a great first step. There are many reasons to update them, not the least of which is a white younger-looking smile. Unlike traditional fillings, white fillings blend with the rest of your teeth and can’t be seen when you laugh or smile.Here are 5 reasons you should call us to have yours replaced:
1. It’s a relatively inexpensive way to update your smile
2 .White fillings have a more pleasing and natural tooth-like appearance
3 .Your older amalgam fillings may be compromised
4. You will have the confidence to laugh out loud
5. It can usually be done in one visit
When you book better, you naturally feel good about yourself. The vast majority of our patients are choosing beautiful tooth-colored composite fillings. You will feel confident, happy, and proud of your smile.
Christmas is near. Get the brightest smile for the holidays! A white healthy-looking smile can change the way the world sees us and how we fell inside. If you practice good oral hygiene and yet still struggle with teeth stains, there are solutions.
Whiten Safley: Professionally supervised whitening can SAFELY and EFFECTIVELY remove stubborn stains, minimize sensitivity, and make your teeth their brightest.
Watch Your Intake: Blueberries, coffee, tea, and red wine are known to stain teeth. Follow with water and try adding raw carrots, raw celery, and apples to your diet. They help scrub away stubborn stains over time.
Replace Or Cover: Replacing old silver-colored fillings with attractive white ones can brighten your smile. Beautiful bonding and veneers can cover discolored teeth and give them a more-pleasing shape at the same time.
Regular dental cleanings help keep your smile healthy and bright by removing stubborn plaque, tartar buildup, and surface stains.
IN A HEARTBEAT
Gum disease has been called the silent disease because you usually don’t notice symptoms until it’s advanced. If your gums are red, sometimes (or always) bleed when you brush, feel tender, or look swollen… these are symptoms of gum disease. If your mouth tastes unpleasant or if your gums have receded, you may have had gum disease for some time. Advanced gum disease also looks unattractive….and there’s even more at stake!
- Studies show that bacteria from gum infections are in arterial plaque and that therapy for gum disease lessens inflammation throughout the body.
- Poor oral health has been identified as a stronger predictor of heart disease over other risk factors.
- Studies continue to link oral bacteria, inflammation, and systemic diseases.
The Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health in America said that the mouth is the gateway to the body, that you cannot be healthy without oral health, and that oral and general health is inseparable.
Together, we can prevent and sometimes reverse gum disease. Brush, floss, and call us to book your next regular dental appointments. Your heart will thank you!
The Life You Save
Starting off as invisible to the naked eye, oral cancer develops into one or more sores that don’t heal. They can be in your mouth, throat, or sinuses and can be life-threatening even if diagnosed and treated in its early stage. Fortunately, when it is found early, two-thirds of people get better.
Risk factors for oral cancer are tobacco use, excessive alcohol consumption, a family history of cancer, excessive sun exposure, and exposure to HPV.
If you see anything you are not sure of or are experience a lingering abnormality, let us know immediately and we will schedule a checkup.
Building Good Oral Hygiene
Parents give their children the best start they can and good oral health habits are no exception. Gingivitis can affect anyone. The good news is that the onset of gum disease can be easily prevented
1) FLOSS thoroughly (have patience) every day before bed
2) Brush gently at least TWICE a day
Children learn by example, so make sure you follow these daily habits. You and your children will benefit while you help prepare them for a lifetime of excellent oral health.
CHEW, SPEAK & SMILE WITH CONFIDENCE!
Do you have missing, broken, cracked or heavily decayed teeth that is preventing you from smiling? They make it hard to chew, speak, and smile with confidence and may even change the actual structure and appearance of your face. Painful and stressful dental emergencies can also happen if things progress too far before treatment.
Crowns strengthen compromised teeth and can be combined with a replacement tooth – called a bridge – to fill the gap left by a missing tooth. They look and feel natural, function like your own teeth, and help you achieve a more youthful appearance.
Diabetes & Gum Disease