Is Fluoride Safe?

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Fluoride is a naturally occurring chemical compound. Small amounts of fluoride are found in water, food, and many other substances. Many communities in Canada adjust the fluoride levels of their drinking water to bolster the oral health of the public and prevent tooth decay.

Decades of scientific research has demonstrated that fluoride is not only safe and beneficial, it is one of the most essential components of improving the oral health of Canadians during the past 50 years.

In recent years, some activist groups have been making claims about the supposed health risks of fluoride, objecting to its use in drinking water.  Many of these fluoride opponents are using suspect research, scare tactics, and arguments that are based on myths and misconceptions.

While fluoride is safe for everyone, parents of small children should be careful to use toothpaste specifically formulated for children. When young children swallow too much fluoride, it can cause dental fluorosis, a type of tooth discolouration, which can result in minor complications.  This is one of the reasons we teach kids not to swallow their toothpaste and suggest that parents only use toothpaste specially formulated for children with lower amounts of fluoride.

Credible scientific research has proved that fluoride is safe and beneficial. Regularly drinking fluoridated water and using toothpaste with fluoride help protect your teeth from cavities and lowers long-term dental care costs.

If you have any questions about fluoride and your dental health, please contact our office at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website. Also, be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.

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Red Carpet Smile

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With the Academy Awards just around the corner, we wanted to know, is your smile red carpet ready? We know that few of us ever walk the red carpet with cheering fans and hordes of eager photographers. But with cameras being everywhere, from cellphones to tablets, people are taking pictures all the time.

Whether it be with friends, family, or even a selfie, we want you to be proud to show off your smile. If you’re not, it’s never too late to have a red carpet smile. Here are some ways that you can cosmetically improve your teeth:

> Invisible Braces (Orthodontics): Do you have crooked teeth or spaces between your teeth? Invisalign can give you a straight, healthy smile that you can proudly wear.

> Veneers: Porcelain veneers can be used to improve the appearance of your teeth, close gaps, and create a straighter smile.

> Replace Silver Fillings: Are you uncomfortable with the appearance of your silver fillings? We can replace them with tooth-coloured ones that can strengthen and restore your teeth, giving them a more natural appearance.

> Dental Implants: If you are missing teeth, dental implants are a long-lasting solution that can give you a natural-looking smile.

> Teeth Whitening: Do you have stained or discoloured teeth? Teeth whitening can help make your smile look brighter, whiter, and more youthful.

A red carpet smile is more than simply having straight, bright, and white teeth, it is about being healthy too. Remember, it is important to maintain a healthy mouth for a healthy body.

If you have any questions about how cosmetic dentistry can improve your smile, please contact our office at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website. Also, be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.

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What are Receding Gums?

What are receding gums

Receding gums are one of the most common dental problems – especially after the age of 40. So if your dentist says that you have receding gums, you are not alone.

Receding gums, similar to a receding hairline, happen when the gums slip backwards, away from their healthy position. This is a problem because the nerves of your teeth are exposed, which can lead to pain and infection.

Common Causes of Receding Gums
> Overly aggressive brushing: When you brush too hard, it pushes the gums away from the teeth. Try to lighten up. Use a soft bristled toothbrush or an electric one that can provide a steady, gentle brushing motion.

> Not enough brushing and flossing: At the other end of the dental care spectrum, if you don’t brush and floss enough, bacteria can build up between your teeth, which can lead to cavities, gums disease, receding gums, and other dental problems. Remember to always brush twice and floss once a day.

> Gum disease: Receding gums can be a sign of more serious problems, like gingivitis or other diseases of the gums. It’s important to see your dentist regularly. At these appointments, our dental team will screen for oral health problems and help correct them before they become more serious and painful.

> Orthodontics: Braces and other orthodontic work can contribute to receding gums, especially for older adults. It is especially important to take care of your oral health when you are undergoing orthodontics.

> Oral piercing: Lip or tongue piercings can cause your gums to recede. The repetitive movement of the piercing against your gums can slowly push them away from their healthy position.

If any of these causes sound familiar, contact our dental office. We can help you before you experience any more oral discomfort. Please contact our office at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website. Also, be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.

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Dental Teething Tips

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Babies typically get their first set of teeth (lower, middle) by six months old. While it is exciting to see your child’s gummy smile become a toothy one, it can be a painful process for your baby.

Signs of teething include:

- Biting down on objects or fingers
- Increased drooling
- Rash or redness on the cheeks
- Loss of appetite
- Tender, swollen gums
- Excess drool

To make the process as comfortable as possible, here are some dental teething tips:

Tip #1 - Massage your baby’s gums with your finger.

Tip #2 - Use a chilled (not frozen) teething ring.

Tip #3 - Let your child suck on a cold, wet cloth.

If your child is in a lot of discomfort, talk to your dentist about a teething ointment to numb the gums. Our dental team is here to answer any questions or concerns about your teeth, please contact our office at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website. Also, be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.

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Can Wine and Coffee Damage Your Teeth?

Can Wine and Coffee Damage Your Teeth

Starting your day with a steaming cup of coffee and ending it with a glass of wine at dinner may seem completely normal. But did you know that these beverages can actually harm your teeth?

Drinking dark coloured beverages, like coffee and red wine, can stain your teeth, leaving them yellowed and discoloured. White wine drinkers are not completely in the clear. Coffee as well as all wines, red, white, and even blush, are highly acidic. Over consuming acidic foods/drinks can cause tooth enamel to break down, making your teeth more prone to cavities and tooth sensitivity.

Here are a few steps to help protect your smile:

> Sip, Don’t Slosh:
Some of the worst effects of wine on teeth belong to the wine tasters – those who soak their teeth in wine and slosh it around. If you love sampling wines, try to simply sip it and avoid letting it touch your teeth any longer than necessary.

> Wait Before You Brush:
Your teeth are coated with a thin layer of acid after drinking coffee or wine. Wait at least an hour before brushing your teeth, otherwise you are spreading the acid deeper into your tooth enamel.

> Have Some Cheese:
Cheese doesn’t just compliment wine, it actually helps to balance the acid in your mouth, prevent dental erosion, and strengthen tooth enamel.

> Brighten Your Smile:
If yellowed, stained teeth are getting you down, visit your dentist to determine if tooth whitening can give you a brighter, whiter smile. 

We know that many people covet their cup of coffee and glass of wine and we don’t want you to give them up entirely. We just want you to be aware that these beverages, especially when over consumed, pose risks to your teeth. Regular dental appointments can help minimize this damage, while also helping you maintain a beautiful, healthy smile.

If you have any questions or concerns about your teeth, please contact our office at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website. Also, be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.

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Who Has a Healthier Smile?

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In our dental health version of battle of the sexes, who do you think has a healthier smile – men or women? One of these groups has less plaque and tartar build-up, healthier gums, and lower incidents of gum disease. They are twice as likely to schedule regular dental appointments and are more likely to follow through with dentist recommended treatments.

Who are these dental health superstars? Women.

According to the Journal of Periodontology:
> Women are 26 percent more likely to floss their teeth daily.
> 44 percent of women, and only 33 percent of men, are aware that gum disease is linked to a person’s overall health.
> Women are twice as likely to notice missing teeth on another person.
> 74 percent of women would be embarrassed by a missing tooth (a possible consequence of gum disease), and only 57 percent of men would feel the same.

Fortunately, these result have nothing to do with genetics or gender.  It is purely based on the fact that women take better care of their oral health and see their dentist more frequently.

If you want to start taking better care of your teeth and gums, contact our office at at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website. Also, be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.

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Oral Health and Overall Health

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Did you know that good oral health can improve your overall health, reduce your risk of serious disease, and help preserve your memory in your golden years? Here are six ways that good oral health can affect your overall health:

1. Lower Risk of Heart Disease:
Long-term gum disease has been associated with heart disease, blocked blood vessels, and stroke. Keeping your mouth healthy can help protect your heart.

2. Preserve Memory:
Studies show that gingivitis (swollen, bleeding gums) can affect your memory skills. If you have gingivitis, visit your dentist today. The damage in your mouth can be reversed.

3. Increase Confidence and Self-Esteem:
A healthy mouth helps you look younger, sleep better, and feel happier. A mouth filled with decayed teeth and gum disease can lead to bad breath, which can impact your confidence and self-esteem.

4. Healthy, Full-Term Pregnancy:
Hormone changes associated with pregnancy increase the risk of gum disease and gum inflammation. Maintaing a healthy oral care routine during this time can help reduce the chances of preterm, low-birth-weight babies.

5. Reduce Risk of Infection and Inflammation:
Studies suggest that the infection and inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis can come from the mouth. Keeping your mouth healthy can protect the connective tissues in other parts of the body.

6. Keep Blood Sugar Stable:
Gum disease and diabetes are invariably linked. With all of the bacteria in your mouth, it can be increasingly difficult to control blood sugar levels. Visiting your dentist regularly can help keep your diabetes and blood sugar in check.

Don’t neglect your oral health. Deal with any oral care issues before they can negatively affect your overall health.

If you have any questions or concerns about your oral health, please contact our office at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website. Also, be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.

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Good Hygiene Habits for Parents and Children

Dental Health Parent and Child

On a hot summers day, have you ever shared an ice cream cone with a friend or family member? Chances are you’re not only sharing a delicious, refreshing snack, you’re also sharing oral bacteria.

Our mouths are filled with bacteria, millions of them. When you share food, cups, utensils, or toothbrushes, these bacteria can be transferred from person to person. This can be particularly harmful when sharing with children.

Since children’s immune systems are not fully developed, if a parent has tooth decay, the child is more likely to get cavities.

Here are some simple steps to keep you and your family’s mouths healthy and stop the spread of harmful oral bacteria:

Good Hygiene Habits for Children
> If your child sleeps with a bottle, fill it with water – not milk, formula, or juice.
> Before baby teeth erupt, clean your child’s gums with a wet cloth.
> Once baby teeth erupt, brush them twice a day.
> Book your child’s first dental appointment before his/her first birthday or when the first tooth appears.
> Avoid putting anything in your child’s mouth that has been in your mouth.
> Once teeth are touching, begin flossing daily.
> Change your child’s toothbrush every three months.
> Regularly examine your child’s teeth for changes in colour, lines, or spots.

Good Hygiene Habits for Parents
> Eat a well balanced diet and limit the amount of sugary sweets.
> Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste and floss daily.

To ensure that you and your family maintain beautiful, healthy smiles, remember to visit the dentist regularly. If you have any questions about oral health, please contact our office at at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website. Also, be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.

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Your Perfect Smile

Your Perfect Smile

When catching a glimpse of yourself in the mirror, do you ever wish that your smile looked different? Do you ever hide your teeth or imagine how you’d feel wearing a perfect smile? How would it be different?

Would your smile have:
> Brighter, whiter teeth?
> A more balanced gum line?
> Straighter, more evenly aligned teeth?
> Less noticeable silver fillings?
> No missing teeth?

Our dental team loves helping our patients maintain their oral and overall health, but we also feel honoured to be dream makers – giving our patients the smile they always wanted.

We believe that everyone deserves a beautiful smile. Don’t let another day go by hiding your teeth or wishing you had that perfect smile. Come by Centre Dentaire LaSalle, we can discuss your smile, assess your needs, and determine which dental treatment option will give you the best possible results.

Contact our office at at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website. Also, be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.

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Swimming Pools and Your Teeth

Swimming in a Pool

There is nothing more satisfying than jumping into a cool swimming pool on a hot summer’s day. While the rippling water may be calling your name, if the pool has higher than normal acid content, it can damage your teeth.

Pool chlorine and pH levels need to be monitored on a weekly basis. Too much chlorination can negatively affect your dental health and can even lead to erosion of dental enamel.

To protect your dental health, maintain regular dental appointments. Your dentist/hygienist will monitor the health of your teeth and a fluoride treatment can help to safeguard tooth enamel and even re-calcify it.

Enjoy the rest of your summer, winter will be here before we know it. But while you are outside, swimming in the pool, don’t forget to protect your pearly whites.

If you have any questions or concerns about swimming pools and your dental health, please contact our office at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website. Also, be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.

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