Teeth Grinding and Children

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Grind, grind, grind! If this sounds familiar, you’re living with a teeth grinder.

Teeth grinding, or bruxism, is not only common in adults, it is common in children too. In fact, three out of ten kids clench or grind their teeth at night. This can be a response to jaw growth, losing teeth, stress, or other discomforts, such as infections or allergies.

Grinding can cause irreversible damage to their teeth – leaving them chipped, worn down, or loose. Other symptoms of grinding include:

> Tightness or pain in the jaw

> Sensitive teeth

> Headache, earache, or facial pain

Typically, children outgrow this nightly habit. Grinding and clenching is usually a passing phenomena that most children stop doing by their teen years.

If you can concerned that you or your child is grinding or clenching at night, 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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Live Longer, Smile More

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Are you happy with your smile, proud to show it off whenever you can? Or do you try and hide it, half smiling or never even showing your teeth at all?

Recent studies found that the size of your smile can impact the length of your life. The study looked at whether people had a big, toothy grin, smiled without their teeth, or didn’t smile at all. The results were clear – the bigger the smile, the longer the life.

If you are unhappy with your smile, Centre Dentaire LaSalle can help. Here are some ways we can help you smile with pride:

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

> Replace Silver Fillings: Replacing your silver fillings with tooth-coloured ones can give you a more natural-looking smile while strengthening and restoring your teeth.

> Veneers: Veneers can improve the appearance of your teeth, straighten your smile, and close gaps.

> Teeth Whitening: If your teeth are discoloured or stained, brighten them with professional teeth whitening.

Remember to smile now, smile often, and maybe you’ll live a little longer. If you have any questions about cosmetic dentistry or 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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When Should a Child Start Using Toothpaste?

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Taking care of a small child can feel like a full-time job. With diaper changes, bath time, bedtime routines, and mealtime, parents also need to care for their child’s teeth.

To make your day a little easier, we have some helpful guidelines for everyday oral care for your child from birth through toddlerhood.

Birth to 18 Months
As soon as your child’s teeth begin to come in, it is time to start cleaning them. For babies younger than 18 months, the best way to clean your child’s teeth is with a wet cloth or gauze and without toothpaste.

Gently rub the teeth and gums with a cloth over your fingertip. Along with nursing, formula and/or water, this is the only oral care that your young child needs. Once there is a full set of teeth, you can use a small, soft bristled toothbrush and water.

When to Start Toothpaste
Once your child is 18 months old, look for a toothpaste specially formulated for children. Young children have different dental needs and children’s toothpaste caters to these needs.

What to Look for in Children’s Toothpaste
> Safe to swallow: Young children tend to swallow their toothpaste rather than spitting it out. Make sure that your children’s toothpaste is formulated with this in mind.
> Pea-sized amount: Your child doesn’t need a lot of toothpaste to be effective, you only need to use a pea-sized amount.
> Low-fluoride: Fluoride is an important element of keeping teeth healthy and strong, but too much fluoride can be harmful for young children. Several varieties of children’s toothpaste have lower amounts of fluoride.
> Fun flavours: Some children, especially toddlers, tend to be picky. Be prepared to try a few different varieties of toothpaste to see which one is the best.

By taking time each day – morning and night – to clean your child’s teeth, you are helping your child create a lifetime of healthy dental habits.

If you have any questions about toothpaste or your child’s 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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Beautiful Teeth and Healthy Gums

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Are you thinking about whitening, straightening, or improving the appearance of your teeth? It’s important to make sure your gums are in great shape first.

You may think that your gums are healthy, but most people will at some point have a level of gum disease, even if they are not aware of it.

If you experience any of the following, you are more susceptible to gum disease:
> Hormonal changes (e.g. menopause)
> Diabetes
> Smoking
> Poor oral hygiene
> Genetic susceptibility
> Medications resulting in dry mouth

Gum disease usually develops slowly and without pain, so you may not notice anything until it is serious and you are in danger of losing teeth.

Some signs of gum disease include:
> Sensitive teeth when you chew
> Red, swollen or tender gums
> Bleeding gums
> Persistent bad breath
> Teeth appearing “longer”
> Loose teeth

If you experience any of the above signs, contact our office. In many cases, our dental team can reverse the signs of gum disease, especially if caught early.

If you have any questions about the health of your teeth and gums, 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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Are Dental Fears Contagious?

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Are you afraid of the dentist? If you are, you could be teaching your child these fears too. We understand that the sights and sounds of a dental office can be a little intimidating. But when you visit the dentist, whether if it is the first time or the tenth time, your child is looking to you – Is this a safe place? A good place?

A recent study found that children of parents who are afraid of the dentist are more likely to have cavities and other oral health problems.

It’s not enough to simply tell your children to brush and floss their teeth. Parents need to be examples of good oral health, including daily home care and regular visits to the dentist.

We are here to help. We understand that visiting the dentist can be scary for people of any age. We are happy to discuss your fears before your appointment to ease your comfort (and your child’s) on the day of your appointment.

Early visits to the dentist, by the age of one, help children adjust to the sights and sounds of the dental office. Together we can we can create a positive dental experience for you and your child, helping to lay the foundation for a lifetime of beautiful and healthy teeth.

If you have any questions about you or your child’s 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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A Lifetime of Bright, White Teeth

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One of the first things people notice is your smile.  But do your teeth leave the right impression?

Many things can stain or darken your teeth – drinking tea, coffee, soft drinks, red wine, and even smoking.  Lifestyle is not the only contributing factor, genetics and the aging process can also darken your smile.

If you are thinking about whitening your teeth, there are many available options. From toothpastes to whitening strips to custom whitening trays at the dental office, each of these products can whiten your smile, but they may not all give you that bright smile you’re looking for.

At Centre Dentaire LaSalle, we always keep up with the latest research and only use the best teeth whitening products. When you whiten your teeth at our office, you can keep your teeth brighter and whiter longer with our Free Whitening For Life program. As long as you keep your 6 month recall appointments, you will get a free whitening gel refill. You’ll never have to hide your stained teeth again.

If you have any questions about tooth whitening, 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 is the Best Toothpaste?

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With the dozens of toothpastes available, we are regularly asked, “Which one is the best?” From being advertised as tartar controlling, whitening, anti-cavity, breath-freshening, and with fluoride, it can be a little overwhelming to find the right one.

We are here to help you decode the toothpaste aisle. Here are some guidelines for choosing (and using) toothpaste:

> Ignore brand names
There is no best toothpaste brand. Most contain ingredients recommended by the Canadian Dental Association. If you have a favourite brand, use it. It is important to find one that has a flavour and consistency that you enjoy.

> Use fluoride toothpaste
With the many different toothpaste packages proclaiming tartar control, anti-cavity, and sparkling mint crystals, the one thing you should definitely look for is fluoride. Fluoride is one of the most important elements in preventing tooth decay. Brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day will help maintain your oral health.

> Brush longer
For best results, brush your teeth for about two minutes. This will help you get the full benefit of your toothpaste’s fluoride and bacteria-scrubbing foam.

> Less is more
TV commercials often show a long, looping strand of toothpaste being squeezed onto a brush. You actually don’t need that much – a pea-sized amount of toothpaste is more than enough.

> Floss
We know that this has nothing to do with toothpaste, but flossing is very important. It doesn’t matter how carefully you weigh your options in the toothpaste aisle if you fail to floss. Flossing is one of the best things you can do for the health of your teeth and gums – so keep it up.

If you feel that your toothpaste is not doing a good enough job or if you have any special concerns such as sensitive teeth, receding gums, or discoloured teeth, talk to your dentist. We are always here to help. 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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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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