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What is the Best Mouthwash?

Mouthwash

Mouthwash can help your breath smell fresher, reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth, and prevent cavities and gum disease. But not all mouthwashes are created equal.

One ingredient that you’ll want to look for is fluoride. Fluoride is a naturally occurring chemical compound that is used in many dental care products as a way of preventing tooth decay and dental cavities. Most kinds of toothpaste contain fluoride, and many dental visits will include a fluoride treatment.

If you are prone to cavities, fluoride mouth rinses can protect your teeth. The fluoride coats your teeth and protects it from bacterial plaque. Adding a fluoride mouth rinse to daily brushing and flossing can help protect your teeth from cavities.

Mouthwashes can also be used to help treat gum disease. If you have gum disease, your dentist may recommend a mouthwash with chlorhexidine. Chlorhexidine is antibacterial, meaning it can help control and kill the bacteria in your mouth that causes gum disease.

Chlorhexidine mouthwashes are a wonderful short-term solution to help your mouth recover from gum disease treatment. Once your gums are healthy again, daily brushing and flossing with regular dental visits should help prevent any future gum disease problems.

If you have any questions or concerns about mouthwash or bad breath, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can reach us 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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Top Ten Toothbrushing Mistakes

Top ten toothburhsing mistakes

You have the best intentions to brush your teeth, but if you’re not doing it the right way, you’re not getting the full benefit. Avoid our top ten toothbrushing mistakes to keep your smile healthy and clean.

Mistake #1 – Using the Wrong Toothbrush
Find a toothbrush that fits, literally. Look for a brush that is comfortable to hold in your hand and fits comfortably in your mouth. Both manual and electric toothbrushes can give you a good clean, as long as you are using them correctly.

Mistake #2 – Using a Hard-Bristled Toothbrush
When bristles are too hard, they can aggravate your gums. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, which can effectively remove plaque without damaging your teeth.

Mistake #3 – Not Bushing Often Enough
It is important to remember to brush your teeth twice a day. With too much time between brushing, plaque bacteria can build up and increase your risk of gum inflammation, cavities, and other dental problems.

Mistake #4 – Brushing Too Hard
Brushing too vigorously can erode tooth enamel and cause gums to recede. Instead, use short, gentle strokes to clean your teeth.

Mistake #5 – Brushing at the Wrong Angle
Place your brush towards the gum line at a 45-degree angle, using short, vertical strokes.

Mistake #6 – Not Bushing Long Enough
Two minutes might feel like a long time, but it is what’s needed to give your mouth the cleaning it deserves. If two minutes feels too long, divide your mouth into four parts and clean each part for 30 seconds.

Mistake #7 – Missing the Inner Tooth Surfaces
It’s common for people to miss the inner surface of their teeth, the surface the tongue touches. Try to remember to clean all of your tooth’s surfaces – inner, outer, and chewing.

Mistake #8 – Using a Damp Toothbrush
If your toothbrush stays moist between brushings, it may become a breeding ground for bacteria. Keep your toothbrush upright, allowing it to dry between brushings.

Mistake #9 – Using an Old Toothbrush
Your toothbrush lifecycle is about three months, or less if you’ve been sick. If you want a reminder of when to change your toothbrush, do it at the beginning of each calendar season.

Mistake #10 – Not Flossing Afterwards
Clean all of your tooth’s surfaces, including the 30% your brush can’t reach. Make sure to floss your teeth at least one a day, after you finish brushing.

Along with brushing and flossing, it’s also important to schedule regular hygiene appointments, where your dentist/hygienist will monitor your oral health and screen for any dental problems that your can’t see.  You can contact us 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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Fluoride and Toothpaste

Man using fluoride toothpaste

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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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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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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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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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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Sugar and Your Teeth

Easter Sweets

With Easter right around the corner and chocolate bunnies and eggs piling high in your home, we wanted to remind you that eating too many sugary foods and drinks can lead to tooth decay.

When you eat sugary foods, your mouth’s natural bacteria work with sugar to multiply itself. Over time this turns into plaque, which can eat away at your tooth’s enamel causing cavities. If left untreated, these cavities will continue to grow and can lead to more severe dental problems.

Our modern diets include several types of sugar:
> Fructose: Naturally found in fruit and often added to processed food.
> Glucose: Found in starchy, carbohydrate rich foods.
> Lactose: Found in milk products and it is the least acidic of the sugars.
> Sucrose: Commonly known as table sugar.
> Maltose: Also known as malt sugar, created from barely and used to brew beer.

A great alternative to sugary foods and drinks is xylitol sweetened gum. It is chemically similar to sugar, but will not cause decay. In fact, it can reduce and even control existing tooth decay.

Have a very happy and healthy Easter long weekend, just remember to enjoy all the delicious sugar foods in moderation. If you have any questions or concerns about sugar and 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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Protect Your Child From Cavities

children's cavities

Children’s teeth are softer and more prone to cavities and decay than adult teeth. Here are some simple steps to help your child maintain a healthy smile:

Step 1: Establish a daily toothbrushing routine
Start brushing your child’s teeth once the first tooth erupts. When your child is able to brush his/her own teeth, monitor this routine to ensure that it is done correctly.

Step 2: Make flossing a daily habit
Once the teeth are touching, begin flossing daily. Regular flossing can make a big difference in cavity prevention. Like brushing, flossing is another oral health activity that should be monitored when your child can do it on his/her own.

Step 3: Have sealants applied to your child’s teeth
Dental sealants are plastic coatings that are added to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth.  Sealants help protect your child’s teeth from decay and cavities.

Step 4: Maintain regular dental appointments
We understand that people are busy, but it is important to prioritize regular dental appointments. Your dentist can screen for potential problems, manage existing ones, and help your family maintain a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

Step 5: Fix crooked teeth
Crooked or misaligned teeth are more prone to gum disease (periodontal disease) or premature wearing of the teeth.  Straight teeth are healthier, easier to clean, and can prevent greater problems down the road.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s 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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