Fluoride and Toothpaste

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Recently one of our patients’ asked, “Should I switch to a natural toothpaste?” Just because something, like toothpaste, has the word “natural” in it, doesn’t make it better. In fact, in some cases, it can be harmful to your oral and overall health.

While all toothpastes will assist your toothbrush in cleaning your mouth, some of them do a much better job than others. There are many different toothpastes on the market. Some are advertised as natural, breath-freshening, anti-cavity, or whitening.

The most important guideline when looking for a toothpaste is to find one that contains fluoride. Fluoride is one of the most important elements in maintaining a healthy mouth. It helps prevent cavities, gum disease, and tooth decay. In fact, regularly drinking fluoridated water and using toothpaste with fluoride helps protect your teeth from cavities and lowers your long-term dental care costs.

Most toothpastes contain fluoride, but many of the “natural” ones do not. If you are using toothpaste without fluoride, you may increase your chances of developing cavities and other dental health concerns. Protect your oral health. When you find a toothpaste that you enjoy, ensure that it has fluoride.

If you have any questions about toothpaste, fluoride, or 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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Does My Breath Smell?

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If you’ve ever wondered “Does my breath smell?” you are not alone. Bad breath (clinically known as halitosis) is very common. It is the third most common reason people seek dental assistance.

There are many causes of bad breath, here is our top ten most common reasons:

#1 Leftover Food Particles: For most, bad breath is caused by food particles being trapped in the mouth. If not properly removed, by brushing and flossing, these food particles become a breeding ground for bad breath causing bacteria.

#2 Certain Foods: Foods, such as garlic and onions, can affect your breath. These foods are absorbed into the bloodstream and the lungs, causing a foul smell when you breath and speak. Fortunately, this type of bad breath is only temporary.

#3 Poor Oral Health: Oral hygiene is key to fresh breath. Brushing and flossing daily as well as regular visits to the dentist/hygienist help keep your mouth healthy and your breath fresh.

#4 Gum Disease: Gum disease (periodontal disease) is caused by plaque, a sticky, colourless film that constantly forms on your teeth. If plaque is not removed properly with daily brushing and flossing, it can build up, infecting your teeth, gums, and eventually the bone. The bacteria associated with gum disease leaves you with foul smelling breath.

#5 Tobacco/Alcohol Consumption: Tobacco can cause your breath, skin, and clothing to smell. While alcohol can cause digestive problems and/or dry out your mouth, both of which can cause bad breath.

#6 Dentures: Food particles that are not properly brushed or cleaned away can cause your dentures and mouth to smell.

#7 Dry Mouth: When your mouth is dry, the saliva is not able to clean your mouth and control the bad breath causing bacteria.

#8 Medications: Bad breath, dry mouth, and taste disorders are all common side effects to many of today’s medications.

#9 Obesity: Studies show that the more overweight you are, the more likely your breath will smell.

#10 Mouth Breathing: Breathing through your mouth, instead of your nose, can cause bad breath. Mouth breathing can dry out your mouth, leaving it susceptible to bad breath causing bacteria.

We’re here to help keep your breath fresh. At regular dentist appointments, we screen for faulty restorations, overhanding fillings, and faulty crowns, all of which can trap food in the mouth and cause bad breath. Also remember to brush, floss, and rinse your mouth after every meal.

If you decide to use mouthwash, look for one that is alcohol free. If your mouthwash is made with alcohol, it will only temporarily freshen your breath because alcohol actually dehydrates your mouth.

If you have any questions or concerns about your breath or 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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‘Tis the Season for a Sparkling, White Smile!

Winter Smile

It may be the most wonderful time of year, but if you’re hiding your smile and unhappy with your teeth, you may be missing some of this joyful season.

Don’t waste another moment wishing your smile was different, the dental team at Centre Dentaire LaSalle can give you the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.

Veneers can improve the appearance of your teeth, protect them from damage, and even create a straighter smile. Veneers are thin layers of porcelain material, individually crafted and applied to the front of your tooth’s surface.

With precise colour-matching and natural enamel-like quality, veneers are usually undetectable to the human eye. In fact, you have probably admired other people’s teeth without even realizing that they were veneers.

For a number of common cosmetic imperfections, veneers are a popular option. They can provide a quick, attractive, long-lasting, and pain-free solution. In some cases, veneers can even be used when conventional teeth whitening methods are not effective.

If you have any questions about dental veneers or cosmetic dentistry, 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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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?

No reason to fear the dentist

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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