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Tooth Healthy Lunch

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It’s that time of year again – children are back in school, requiring daily lunches and snacks. Packing nutrient-rich foods, with essential vitamins and minerals, helps strengthen your child’s oral health, making them less susceptible to tooth decay.

Tooth Healthy Foods

Cheese, yogurt, and milk all contain calcium, which helps strengthen tooth enamel. When making lunches/snacks with cheese, try using Aged Cheddar, Swiss, or Monterey Jack. These cheeses have been found to protect teeth from decay.

Fruits and vegetables are good sources of vitamins. Citrus fruits contain vitamin C, important for healthy gums. While carrots and dried apricots contain vitamin A, which help build strong teeth.

Protein-rich foods, including meat, poultry, and fish, are good sources of phosphorous, a necessary mineral for tooth development. Nuts are a good alternative protein, they are rich in magnesium and phosphorous, which is optimal for oral health.

Sugar-free drinks are always best. Avoid packing soda, sports drinks, and sweetened fruit juices. These drinks are high in sugar and acid, which can contribute to tooth decay and obesity. Instead, opt for fluorinated water, milk, or pure fruit juice.

Introducing healthy eating habits at a young age is so important for oral health and development. Healthy eating habits, hygiene habits, and maintaining regular dental appointments, are the building blocks for a lifetime of oral and overall health.

If you have any questions about tooth healthy foods, 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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Fight Aging With a Healthy Smile

Fight Aging With a Healthy Smile

Did you know that people often underestimate someone’s age when they are smiling? While a smiling face can seem more attractive and youthful, one filled with damaged or yellowed teeth can actually make someone look older. Luckily, turning back the years can be as simple as visiting the dentist.

With age, teeth can get worn down and can crack or chip. Also, the colour of your teeth can change over time. This happens from a combination of natural thinning tooth enamel and the cumulative effects of foods/drinks staining your teeth.

If you don’t want your teeth to show their age, there are two ways that you can give yourself a brighter, more youthful smile.

  1. Teeth Whitening, such as in-office or take-home tooth whitening, can whiten your teeth and brighten your smile.
  2. Cosmetic treatments, such as dental crowns and bonding, can also provide impressive results

Before undertaking any kind of cosmetic treatment, your teeth and gums need to be healthy. Regular dental appointments and daily brushing and flossing are essential to maintaining a healthy mouth.

If you are unhappy with your smile, contact your dentist today to find out how easy it is to bring back a healthy, youthful glow. We’re here to help you keep your teeth and gums healthy now, and into your twilight years.

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 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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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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Cheese and Your Teeth

cheese and your teeth

You may say, “Cheese!” when smiling for a picture. But did you know cheese and dairy products are also good for your teeth?

Milk, cheese, yogurt, and other dairy products can actually lower your chances of getting gum disease (periodontal disease). Gum disease can affect your gums and jaws. Advanced stages of gum disease can result in bone and tooth loss. Gum disease has also been linked with diabetes, heart attack, osteoporosis, as well as other conditions.

Cheese is one of the healthiest snacks for your teeth. In addition to providing calcium, cheese helps fight cavities. There are even some types of cheese, including cheddar, monterey jack, mozzarella, and swiss, that can decrease the plaque in your mouth and strengthen your tooth’s enamel.

Eating dairy is not only healthy for building strong bones, it is essential for maintaining a healthy, strong mouth. Next time you’re reaching for a quick snack, try some cheese or a glass of milk. Consuming diary products and a healthy diet are only part of maintaining a lifetime of healthy teeth. Remember to brush and floss your teeth daily and visit your dentist regularly.

If you have any questions about your oral health and the benefits of dairy products, 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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What is the Best Mouthwash?

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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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Troublesome Wisdom Teeth

Troublesome Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars, at the very back of your mouth. Appearing in your late teens or early twenties, these teeth are often misaligned, meaning that they are coming in at odd angles. If this happens, they can interfere with the rest of your teeth, which is why they often need to be removed.

Why Are Wisdom Teeth Troublemakers?

Having wisdom teeth removed is often a rite of passage, something most people have to go through during the high school or early adulthood years.  If wisdom teeth come in too close to your other teeth, they can crowd your teeth, causing damage and increasing the risk of tooth decay. Poorly positioned wisdom teeth can also trap plaque and debris, resulting in cavities and infection.

Another complication that is often seen with wisdom teeth is impaction.  An impacted tooth is one that is permanently stuck within the jawbone or under the gum line. Impacted Wisdom teeth can lead to infection, tooth decay, and gum disease

What Can Be Done About Wisdom Teeth?

Your dentist will monitor the growth and progress of your wisdom teeth.  X-rays help determine the position of these teeth showing if they will be crooked, impacted, or will cause other problems.  If necessary, these teeth should be removed.

If you have any questions about wisdom teeth, please 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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Gum Disease and Your Overall Health

Gum Disease and Your Overall Health

Did you know that there is more bacteria in your mouth, than people in the world! Over 7 BILLION. While not all oral bacteria is bad, some of it can be harmful.

Gum disease (periodontal disease) happens when bacteria overstays its welcome, and builds up to create a sticky, colourless film on your teeth. This film is called plaque.  If plaque is not removed properly with daily brushing and flossing, it can build up, infecting your teeth, gums, and eventually the bone.

Like other diseases, you can spread gum disease from person to person. When you bite off food for a child, your harmful bacteria are passed on to them. When you kiss someone with gum disease, their harmful bacteria is passed on to you.

Current research has made a connection between gum disease and Type 2 Diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, blood clots, stroke, heart disease, breast cancer, Osteoporosis, fertility, respiratory disease, preterm and low birth weight babies

If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, disease-causing bacteria are likely forming colonies in your mouth, causing localized inflammation and damage to your gum tissue. These bacteria can enter the blood stream through small ulcers in your gum tissue, which can lead to further health risks and even systemic diseases.

What are the Three Stages of Gum Disease?
Stage One: Gingivitis
The gums are inflamed from a buildup of plaque on the gum line. If not removed with daily brushing and flossing, plaque produces toxins (poisons) that can irritate the gums, causing gingivitis.

At this early stage, damage can be reversed, since the bone and the tissues that hold the teeth in place have not yet been affected. Signs of this early stage include some bleeding during brushing and flossing.

Stage Two: Periodontitis
The supporting bone and the fibers that hold your teeth in place are now irreversibly damaged. Gums may begin to form pockets below the gumline, trapping food and plaque. Proper dental treatment and improved home care can often help prevent further damage.

Stage Three: Advanced Periodontitis
In the final stage of gum disease, the bone and fibers supporting your teeth are destroyed, causing your teeth to shift or loosen. This may affect your bite and, if aggressive treatment can’t save them, teeth may need to be removed.

Signs That You May Have Gum Disease
The early stages of gum disease are not always easy to self detect. That’s why regular periodontal examinations with your hygienist and dentist are so important. Symptoms often remain unnoticed until the disease is advanced. They can include persistent bad breath, red/swollen gums, tender/bleeding gums, painful chewing, loose teeth, sensitive teeth.

If you are concerned that you may have gum disease, 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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Halloween Candy – The Best (and Worst) For Your Teeth

Halloween candy

Halloween means costumes, decorations, trick-or-treating, and lots of candy.  While enjoying some sugary snacks can be fun, overdoing it can damage your teeth. You may be wondering, are there any good Halloween sweets?

The Good Halloween Snacks
Sugar-free Candy: Sugar-free lollipops and hard candies can stimulate saliva, preventing dry mouth.  Saliva neutralizes the acid in your mouth, preventing tooth decay and the risk of cavities.
Dark Chocolate: While chocolate is loaded with sugar, recent studies suggest that the antioxidants found in dark chocolate are good for your heart and can even lower your blood pressure. So enjoy some dark chocolate, but only in moderation.

The Bad Halloween Snacks
Sugary Sweets: Candies such as cookies, cakes, and candy corn are all high in sugar, which can lead to tooth decay.
Sticky Snacks: Gummy candies and taffy can be a serious source of tooth decay.  These chewy snacks can get stuck in your teeth and may be difficult to remove.
Sour Candies: Sour snacks are highly acidic and can break down tooth enamel quickly.  Avoid brushing your teeth for at least 30 minutes after consuming acidic foods and drinks, otherwise you will be spreading the harmful acid throughout your mouth.

This Halloween, enjoy all the fun and sweets, but remember not to keep sugary treats around the house for too long.  These tempting snacks can lead to an increased risk of cavities.

Wondering what to do with your extra candy? Why not spread the holiday cheer and donate them to local shelters, nursing homes, food banks, and soup kitchens. In moderation, we can all enjoy this fun holiday.

If you have any questions or concerns about Halloween candy, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can reach us 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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Can Brushing Too Hard Damage Your Teeth?

can brushing too hard damage your teeth

When we say “brush your teeth,” we really mean “brush your teeth and gums.” One of the most common causes of gum problems is a lack of flossing. Over time, gum neglect can lead to bleeding gums and sometimes more severe problems, like gingivitis and gum disease.

There are some people who pay too much attention to their gums. They brush them so hard that they start to recede up and away from their teeth. Receding gums leave sensitive parts of the tooth exposed, which can lead to discomfort and infection.

When it comes to brushing your teeth, softer is better. The plaque and bacteria in your mouth can be more effectively removed with a softer, gentler scrub. If you are brushing too hard, we have some tips to help you clean more carefully.

Lighten up: Make a point of brushing more gently. Ask a family member to watch you brush and remind you when you are brushing too hard.

Find a new angle: Make sure your toothbrush bristles are contacting your gums at a 45-degree angle. This can reduce the force of your brush against your gums.

Use an electric toothbrush: If you can train yourself to brush softly, invest in a quality battery-powered toothbrush. These power toothbrushes give your teeth and gums a steady, consistent and gentle scrubbing.

Try a soothing toothpaste: If you have a serious case of receding gums, your dentist can prescribe a special desensitizing toothpaste that can reduce discomfort and promote healthier gums.

If your gums are straining from the pressure of excessive brushing, there is a solution. We can help repair your gums and prevent the situation from getting worse. 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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