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Six Steps to Dental Surgery Success

Six Steps to Dental Surgery Success

At some point, you may undergo minor dental surgery. If you have a dental surgery coming up, here are some steps you can take to help you heal faster and prepare for any discomfort.

  1. Use Some Ice — If you don’t have an ice pack at home, pick up a small bag of frozen peas at the grocery store. Apply the ice to your face for several hours after your appointment (10 minutes on, 10 minutes off). Using ice will help minimize swelling and discomfort. To avoid skin damage, always place a cloth between the ice and your face.
  2. Enjoy Soft Food — For the first few days, your mouth may be sore. Make sure to have some soft food on hand, such as eggs and well-cooked pasta.
  3. Avoid Alcohol/Carbonated Beverages and Cigarettes — For the first 24 hours, avoid drinking alcoholic or carbonated drinks. Instead, have some lukewarm liquids for the first four to six hours. Also, avoid drinking anything through a straw or smoking cigarettes. The suction action can disrupt your healing process and cause unnecessary bleeding.
  4. Keep a Healthy Mouth — Make sure to brush your teeth (gently) and avoid using mouthwash for the first 24 hours. If your mouth is over sensitive, use a wet cloth to wipe the surfaces of your teeth, gums, and tongue. A clean mouth always heals faster.
  5. Avoid Heat — Even if you typically enjoy the soothing effect of heat, avoid applying it to your face during the first 24 hours. Heat may make the swelling worse and it can cause any bacteria in your mouth to spread.
  6. Relax — Last but not least – take it easy. After any surgery, it is important to take some time to rest and relax. It will help slow down bleeding, allowing you to recover faster.

If you have any questions or concerns about post-operative care, 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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Fun Dental Facts

Fun Dental Facts

At the Centre Dentaire LaSalle we take dental health very seriously. But oral health doesn’t need to be serious. We put together some dental facts that are interesting and fun too.

  1.  The average person produces 25,000 quarts of saliva – enough to fill up two swimming pools.
  2. In 1994, a prison inmate in West Virginia braided floss into a rope, scaled the wall, and escaped.
  3. Keep your toothbrush away from the toilet. When you flush, airborne particles can travel up to six feet. Protect your toothbrush, close the lid before you flush.
  4. People who drink three or more cups of soda per day have 62% more fillings, tooth decay, and tooth loss than others. Protect your teeth, drink water instead.
  5. The idea that you should see your dentist twice a year was invented by the ad agency for Pepsodent toothpaste. Let your dentist suggest how often you should visit.
  6. Replace your toothbrush every three months or sooner if you have a flu, cold, or viral infection. Bacteria can remain on your toothbrush and cause re-infection.
  7. Tooth enamel is the hardest tissue in your body. Even with its strength, we do not recommend using your teeth as tools. It can cause them to break and/or chip.
  8. A recent poll found that health professionals (dentists, physicians, and nurses) are among the most trusted people. The least trusted, lobbyists and congressmen.
  9. According to a recent Time Magazine poll, 59% of people would rather visit the dentist than sit beside someone talking on their cell phone.
  10. Certain cheeses, including cheddar, swiss, and monterey jack, have been found to protect your teeth from decay.

We are here to help you achieve your best possible smile. If you have any questions or concerns about your dental 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 2

The ABCs of Dental Care - Part 2

We want you to feel 100% comfortable at the dentist office. That’s why we are explaining some common dental terms. Last month we introduced the first eight terms – click here to read them. Today, we are here to follow up with some more explanations. .

Implants can be used to replace missing teeth. They are fixed under the gum line, into the underlying bone. If well maintained, dental implants can last for many years – often the rest of your life. Implants can also be used to improve the fit and comfort of removable dentures.

Jaw joints allow your mouth to open and close. When these joints, muscles, and teeth are not properly aligned, painful conditions such as TMJ disorders can develop. Dental appliances can be made to stabilize your bite and help determine if further dental treatments may be needed to keep you comfortable and pain free.

Leukoplakia are white patches that can develop on the tongue, mouth, or inside cheek. These patches can sometimes be precancerous. During regular dental exams, your dentist/hygienist will screen for oral cancer. Early detection boosts the survival rates of oral cancer, so keep those regular dental appointments.

Malocclusion occurs when the chewing or biting surfaces of your upper and lower teeth are not properly aligned. It can cause difficulties chewing food, problems biting your cheek, and even facial pain. Orthodontics, such as Invisalign, can be used to properly align your teeth.

Night guards are a type of mouthguard used to treat bruxism (teeth grinding) and clenching while you sleep. Many individuals are unaware that they grind or clench at night. Symptoms can include headaches, stress, anxiety, ear aches, and jaw joint pain.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a serious condition where people stop breathing for short periods while sleeping, causing them to wake-up briefly gasping for breath. This can have serious health consequences. Dental appliances can be used to help people sleep better and feel more energized throughout the day.

Periodontal disease (gum disease) occurs when plaque (a sticky, colourless film) is not properly removed though daily brushing and flossing. This bacteria can cause gums to inflame and can also destroy the fibres and bone that hold the tooth in place.

Quadrant is one of the four divided parts of the mouth. There are two in the upper part of your mouth, left and right, and two in the lower.

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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Can Drinking Coffee Damage Your Teeth?

With the weather getting colder and colder, warm drinks, like coffee, can seem even more appealing. Starting your day with a freshly brewed coffee may even be a part of your wake up routine. Did you know, drinking coffee can actually harm your teeth?

Drinking dark coloured beverages, like coffee, can stain your teeth, leaving them yellowed and discoloured. Coffee is also highly acidic. Acidic foods or drinks can cause tooth enamel to break down, making your teeth more prone to cavities and tooth sensitivity.

Don’t get rid of your coffee yet. We have some steps to help you enjoy your coffee and protect your smile.

Sip, Don’t Slosh:

If you love drinking coffee, try sip it and avoid letting it touch your teeth any longer than necessary.

Avoid Too Much Sugar:

Drinking sweet coffee all day can be harmful for your teeth. If you enjoy a sweeter coffee, try adding less sugar or even no sugar.

Wait Before You Brush:

Your teeth are coated with a thin layer of acid after drinking coffee. Wait at least an hour before brushing your teeth, otherwise you are spreading the acid deeper into your 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 we don’t want you to give them up entirely. We just want you to be aware that when over consumed, it can 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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Dental Pain

Dental Pain

Everything seems fine, then all of sudden your tooth starts to ache. Or your mouth starts to hurt. Let’s be serious, dental pain is no fun.

If you’re wondering why does this happen, here are some explanations to common types of dental pain.

My tooth hurts when I eat/drink something hot or cold.
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.

My tooth hurts when I eat or bite down.
When a tooth hurts while eating, it can be a sign of tooth decay or a cracked/fractured tooth. Your dentist can diagnose the source of the pain, treat it, and allow you to heal properly, leaving you with a pain-free smile.

My tooth is throbbing.
Intense, throbbing pain can indicate that your tooth is infected. If you are experiencing this pain with swelling, seek the attention of a dentist immediately. Your dentist can properly treat the infection before it spreads to other parts of your mouth or body.

My teeth are fine, but my jaw hurts.
Jaw pain can be a symptom of teeth clenching or grinding at night, impacted wisdom teeth, or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). Dental appliances can be made to stabilize your bite and help determine what, if any, further dental treatments may be needed to keep you comfortable and pain free.

If you are experiencing oral pain or have any questions about it, 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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What’s Your Dream Smile?

Dream Smile

When you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror, do you ever wish your smile looked different? Do you ever hide your teeth and imagine how you’d feel wearing your dream smile? How would this smile be different?

What would your dream smile have?

Brighter, whiter teeth

If your teeth are stained or discoloured, we can help brighten your smile. We offer two smile whitening options: take home teeth whitening and in-office teeth whitening.  Both processes can give you a whiter, brighter smile.

A more balanced gum line

Cosmetic dentistry can help reshape your gums. Whether your gums appear too low or too high, tissue sculpting can even out your gum line, giving you the smile you always wanted.

Nicer Teeth

Veneers can give you the smile you always wanted. With thin layers of porcelain material, veneers are individually crafted and applied to the front of your tooth’s surface. Veneers offer precise colour-matching and natural enamel-like quality and they can improve the appearance of your teeth. You’ve probably admired other people’s teeth without even realizing that they were veneers.

No missing teeth

Dental implants create a more natural-looking smile. There are no dentures to worry about, no bridgework to explain to others. You can get your teeth fixed and go on with your life.

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.

Don’t let another day go by hiding your teeth. 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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Battle of the Sexes – Dental Health

Battle of the Sexes - Dental Health

We recommend that everyone brushes and flosses their teeth daily and visits the dentist regularly. But when it comes to dental health, who takes better care of their teeth, men or women?

One of these groups is more likely to have healthier gums, less plaque and tartar build-up, and lower incidents of gum disease. They are twice as likely to schedule regular dental appointments, they have a more positive attitude about visiting the dentist, and they are more likely to follow through with dentist recommended treatments.  

You may be wondering, who are these dental health superstars? According to recent studies, the fairer sex wins this round. 

Does this mean that females are less likely to have gum disease, cavities, tooth loss, and bad breath? Sorry guys, the answer is yes.

Did you know?

  • 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 26 percent more likely than men to floss their teeth daily.
  • 74 percent of women would be embarrassed by a missing tooth (a possible consequence of gum disease), and only 57 percent of men feel the same.
  • Women are twice more likely than men to notice missing teeth on another person. 

The good news – these results 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 regularly. So how about it guys? Start taking better care of your teeth and gums, and be sure to give us a call.

If you have any questions about your dental 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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Healthy Teeth in the Summertime

Healthy Teeth in the Summertime

The weather is warm, the sun is shining and summer is officially here. With all the fun and activities, we want to make sure that you and your family have healthy teeth all summer and year long. Here are some summertime tips.

Visit the Dentist
The end of school and the beginning of the summer is the perfect time to book a visit to the dentist. This way, the kids (and the rest of the family) will have healthy teeth all summer long. You don’t want a toothache to pop up during a summer vacation.

Stock Up Healthy Snacks
It may be hard to limit snacking when the kids are home, but fresh fruits and vegetables are always a healthy choice. Strawberries and blueberries are a healthier and better option than candy and cookies. Also, enjoy some fluoridated tap water instead of sugary and acidic soft drinks. It’s healthier and readily available.

Daily Brushing and Flossing
During the summer, and throughout the rest of the year, it’s important to remember to brush and floss your teeth every day. Now is the perfect time to replace your toothbrush. When you come in for a dental visit, we’ll happily give you a brand new one!

Summer can be a really fun and exciting time of year. By following these summer oral health tips, you and your family can have a happy and healthy summer season.

If you have any questions about your oral health and summertime oral care, 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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