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Healthy Mouth, Healthy You

Healthy Mouth, Healthy You

The title of this month’s blog post is true – and it is continuously being proven by scientific evidence. Good oral health can improve your overall health, reduce the risk of serious disease, and may even help you keep your memory in your golden years.

Six Ways Oral Health Boosts Overall Health

  1. Lower Risk of Heart Disease: The bacteria found in gum disease and heart disease are similar. Long-term gum disease has been associated with the development of heart disease, blocked blood vessels, and stroke.
  2. Increase Confidence and Self-Esteem: A mouth filled with decayed teeth and gum disease can be visually unappealing and it can be associated with bad breath. On the other hand, having a healthy mouth can help you look and feel younger, eat properly, sleep better, and feel happier.
  3. Preserve Memory: Recent studies show that adults with gingivitis (swollen, bleeding gums) have worse memory skills, including verbal recall and subtractions, than those with healthier mouths. If you have gingivitis, visit the dentist today. The damage in your mouth can be reversed.
  4. Reduce Risk of Infection and Inflammation: There is a connection between poor oral health and rheumatoid arthritis. Studies suggest that the infection and inflammation in other parts of the body can come from the mouth. The destruction of the connective tissue in gum disease and arthritis are similar.
  5. Healthy, Full-Term Pregnancy: With all of the hormone changes during pregnancy, there is an increased risk of gum disease and gum inflammation. Having gum disease at this time can increase the chances of preterm, low-birth-weight babies. During pregnancy, it is important to eat healthy, visit your dentist regularly, and brush/floss daily.
  6. Keep Blood Sugar Stable: Gum disease and uncontrolled diabetes are invariably linked. Having diabetes makes it harder to fight off infection, and if you have diabetes, you are more likely to develop gum disease. With all of the bacteria in your mouth, it can be increasingly difficult to control blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, visit your dentist regularly, it may help control your blood sugar levels.

Don’t neglect your oral health. Remove the plaque and bacteria from your mouth before it can negatively affect your overall health. This including brushing and flossing daily and visit your dentist/hygienist regularly.

If you have any questions or concerns about your oral health, 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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The ABCs of Dental Care – Part 3

ABCs of Dental Care - Part 3

We understand that dental terminology can sound foreign and confusing. That’s why we devoted the last three blog posts to explaining some common dental terms. To read the first part, click here, and to read the second, click here. Last but not least, here is the final installment of our dental terms list:

Root canal therapy may be needed when a tooth cannot be filled or restored in another way because the tooth’s decay has reached the nerve. The pulp (inside of the tooth) is then treated to prevent further decay and save the tooth.

Sealants are plastic, tooth-coloured coatings that can be added to the chewing surfaces of your back teeth. This preventative treatment is used to protect teeth from cavities.

Temporary Dentures can completely or partially replace missing teeth. They are placed immediately after teeth are removed and, like the name suggests, are meant to be temporary. Eventually, they will need to be replaced by permanent dentures or a fixed bridge.

Unerupted teeth remain below the gum’s surface. They are either impacted (covered by only the gum) or embedded (covered by the gum and bone).

Veneers are thin layers of tooth-like material, applied to the front of a tooth’s surface using strong adhesive cement. They can be used to change the shape, position, and colour of your teeth, to create a natural, beautiful smile.

Wear on teeth has three major causes – abrasion (from a foreign body, such as a toothbrush), attrition (caused by clenching/grinding the teeth), or erosion (due to acid dissolving the outer surface of the tooth). Each of these situations can cause tooth sensitivity.

X-rays are used to determine if there is any decay or infection in your mouth. Common dental x-rays include bitewings (showing upper and lower teeth) and periapical (showing the whole tooth – crown to root).

Your oral health is so important to us. Since your mouth is the gateway to your entire body, we want to remind you to maintain regular dental appointments. If it’s been a while since you’ve visited the dentist, now is the time to book an appointment. We are here to help you care for your oral and overall health.

If you have any questions about any of the dental terms above or about anything that we didn’t mention, 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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The ABCs of Dental Care – Part 1

ABCs of dental care

While at the dentist office, you may hear a word or phrase that’s unfamiliar to you. We want you to feel completely at ease in our office. That’s why we are devoting the next three blog posts to explaining some common dental terms. Here are the first few.

Abrasions occur when a tooth shows signs of abnormal wear. This usually appears along the tooth’s gum line and is often caused by a hard-bristled toothbrush, or overaggressive brushing. Grinding can also cause similar wear.

Bonding is a tooth-coloured material that can be used to change a tooth’s shape and/or colour. It also refers to the way fillings, orthodontic appliances, and fixed dentures attach to the tooth.

Canines are teeth that can be distinctively longer, pointier, or more fang-like than our other teeth. These teeth are also called cuspids.

Dentin is a hard layer of the tooth, just below the outer enamel. It is softer than the enamel, darker in colour, and contains the tooth’s nerves. If the enamel wears away and the dentin is exposed, it can cause tooth sensitivity.

Enamel is the hardest part of the human body. It is the outer, white layer of the tooth.

Fracture is a broad term used to describe a broken tooth. The break can be slight, requiring minor treatment, or the break can be more severe and the tooth will need to be replaced.

Gingivitis occurs when the gums are inflamed – red, swollen, and bleed easily. Proper home care and regular dental appointments can reverse gingivitis. But if it is not dealt with, gingivitis can lead to more serious, painful, and irreversible gum problems.

Halitosis is the clinical name for bad breath. There are a number of causes, including cavities, gum disease, oral bacterial, and oral cancer. Regular dental appointments and daily brushing and flossing can greatly reduce the signs of bad breath.

If you have any questions about any of the dental terms above or about anything that we didn’t mention, 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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Sensitive Teeth – Hot (And Cold) Tooth Talk

Sensitive Teeth

Do you have sensitive teeth? Do you wish you could eat and drink more comfortably? Whether you are sensitive to hot or cold, most people experience tooth sensitivity at some point. This discomfort can range from mild to severe and it can affect your daily life and eating habits.

Why are my teeth sensitive?
Teeth can be sensitive for many reasons. It can be caused by tooth decay or fracture. Other times, the gums that protect the roots of your teeth can recede, exposing the roots.

How can you treat sensitive teeth?
Depending on the cause of the sensitivity, treatment can be as simple as switching toothpaste. A toothpaste specifically designed for sensitive teeth can provide relief and long-lasting protection for sensitive teeth. In other cases, a root canal or gum grafting may be needed to give you the comfort you needed.

If you have sensitive teeth, talk to your dentist. We can recommend a solution, specifically designed for your needs. You can 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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Five Steps to Spring Cleaning Your Teeth

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It’s not just for your home, spring cleaning is also important for your teeth.  Spring is the perfect time to tackle any oral hygiene problems and schedule your six-month appointment with your dentist.

The dust and cobwebs that can build up around your home might be easy to find, but the plaque in your mouth might not.  Let your dentist/hygienist give you the clean, healthy mouth you deserve.

Consistent oral hygiene is vital, especially considering the recent links between oral health and your overall health.  The bacteria associated with gum disease has been linked with heart disease, blood clots, stroke, Alzheimer’s, breast cancer, and diabetes.

Steps to Spring Clean Your Teeth

Step 1: Visit Your Dentist – This will ensure that any signs of gum disease are spotted and treated as soon as possible.

Step 2: Replace Your Toothbrush – Every three to four months, your toothbrush should be replaced. Once the bristles are worn, your toothbrush is no longer working effectively.

Step 3: Eat Fresh Fruit and Vegetables – They are good for you and the chewing action stimulates saliva, reducing the build-up of bacteria.

Step 4: Brush Your Teeth Twice a Day for Two Minutes –  Brushing and flossing your teeth before you are too tired at night helps ensure that you are doing it correctly, making it also feel like less of a chore.

Step 5: Floss Your Teeth Daily –  Floss reaches the areas of your mouth that your toothbrushes can miss, removing food particles, plaque and bacteria.

If you’d like to book an appointment or if you have any questions or concerns about your oral health, please do not hesitate to contact us. 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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National Children’s Dental Health Month

National Children’s Dental Health Month

In honour of February being National Children’s Dental Health Month, our entire team at the Centre Dentaire Lasalle want to remind you that it is so important to take care of your children’s oral health.  A beautiful, healthy smile is not only attractive, it is an important part of maintaining a healthy body.

Four Steps to a Healthy Mouth

Step 1: Proper Home Care – Remember to help your children brush their teeth twice a day and don’t forget to floss.

Step 2: Eat a Balanced Diet  Healthy food is important for everyone’s teeth, especially kids. Regularly eating fruits and veggies make your children’s teeth less susceptible to cavities and tooth decay.

Step 3: Visit the Dentist Regularly – Don’t wait until something hurts. Regular dental appointments help you and your family maintain a healthy mouth, letting you live a healthier life.

Step 4: Apply Dental Sealants –  Children commonly get cavities on the chewing surface of their teeth. Dental sealants help protect your child’s teeth. By applying a thin plastic film to the chewing surface of the tooth, food and bacteria cannot reach the narrow grooves in the tooth and form into cavities.

If you have any questions or concerns about you or you child’s oral health, please do not hesitate to contact us. 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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Women and Oral Health

Women and Oral Health

We’ve all heard about the differences between men and women. While some are obvious, when it comes to oral health, women need to take extra special care of their teeth and gums.

Studies indicate that there is a gender-specific connection between women’s hormones and oral health. Women undergo various hormonal changes – from puberty to pregnancy and finally menopause. Fluctuating hormone levels can affect oral health.

Hormonal changes can make a woman’s mouth a breeding ground for bacteria. With more bacteria in the mouth, women can more easily encounter cavities, gum disease, and other oral health issue. If oral bacteria enters the bloodstream, it can also negatively impact a woman’s overall health.

Oral bacteria has been linked to:

  • Pregnancy outcomes: Pregnant women with gum disease have an increased chance of per-term births and low birth weight babies.
  • Stroke: When bacteria in the mouth enters the bloodstream, it can form into a clot. If the clot grows, it can cause a stroke.
  • Breast cancer: Women with poor oral health (gum disease) may be 11 times more likely to develop breast caner.
  • Heart disease: Those with gum disease have a higher risk of heart disease and are twice as likely to encounter a fatal heart attack.
  • Respiratory problems: Oral bacteria can travel into the lungs and cause respiratory problems, such as pneumonia.

While women tend to take better care of their teeth, it is essential for them to be extra vigilant to maintain good oral and overall health. On top of daily brushing and flossing, we recommend that women, men, and their families visit their dentist regularly

If you have any questions or concerns about your dental needs, 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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The Truth About Cavities

The Truth About Cavities

Dental cavities are extremely common, second to the common cold. They occur when acid, caused by bacteria, breaks through the tooth’s outer surface and infects its inner core. There are a lot of misunderstandings around the causes of cavities. Protect your teeth, know the right facts.

Top Ten Truths and Misconceptions About Cavities

1. Sugary Foods/Drinks Cause Cavities: True and False.
Oral bacteria thrives on sugar. When you eat anything with sugar, oral bacteria produces acid, which can make tiny holes (cavities) in your teeth. Don’t avoid sugar all together, simply avoid spending all day sipping sugary drinks and sodas. If you drink sugary drinks, rinse your mouth with water.

2. Acidic Foods Cause Tooth Decay: True.
Eating lemons and drinking sodas can erode tooth enamel. Overtime, this weakened tooth may expose its underlying dentin, making it more prone to decay.

3. Children Are More Prone to Cavities: True.
Since their teeth are softer and still developing, children are more prone to cavities. Dental sealants, fluoride treatment, and preventative care can lessen the risk. At the other end of the spectrum, seniors are also prone to cavities. The side effects to many medications is dry mouth. A dry mouth is a breeding ground for cavities and tooth decay. If you have a dry mouth, drink plenty of water and visit your dentist/hygienist regularly.

4. All Dental Fillings Need Replacing: False.
A dental fillings life expectancy is based on how well you care for it. If you brush and floss daily, and visit your dentist/hygienist regularly, your filling will last longer. But if you don’t properly care for it, like with your original tooth, it will break down.

5. You Know When You Have a Cavity: False.
The pain that is commonly associated with cavities is when decay is advanced and the nerve is damaged. A small cavity may not have any symptoms. But if it is left untreated, the infection can enlarge, leading to more extensive and expensive procedures.

6. Treating A Tooth Repairs Decay: True.
Once a cavity is filled and properly cared for, you typically will not get another infection in the same spot. If the tooth is not properly cleaned and the old filling breaks down, bacteria can get inside and decay can begin again.

7. Cavities Are More Likely Between Teeth: True.
Decay can happen anywhere, especially in those hard to reach places. That is why it is so important to brush and floss your teeth and visit your dentist/hygienist regularly.

8. Chipped/Cracked Teeth Can Decay: True.
If you grind/clench your teeth at night, they are more prone to chips and breaks. These are prime hiding paces for bacteria because they are harder to clean and overtime are more prone to decay. Wear a night guard and protect your teeth while you sleep.

9. Crooked Teeth Are More Prone to Cavities: True.
Crooked or misaligned teeth are more likely to get cavities, gum disease, or premature wearing. Straightening your teeth is not just cosmetic, it is healthier and they are easier to clean.

10. You Don’t Need to Worry About Cavities in Baby Teeth: False.
Baby teeth hold the space for permanent teeth. If these cavities are left untreated, it can lead to serious pain, and the bacteria can spread to other areas of the body.

Good home oral care and regular dental appointment are essential for preventing cavities. If you brush and floss daily, removing the bacteria from all surfaces of your teeth, you will help protect your oral and overall health.

If you have a cavity or have any questions about oral care, 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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Red Carpet Smile

red carpet smile

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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