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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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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