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Dental Implants Can Change Your Life

dental implants can change your life

In the old days, it was common for people to lose their teeth. In fact, many elderly people could expect to lose all their teeth and wear dentures instead.

With the many advances in dental care, today it is increasingly rare for people to lose their teeth. But when tooth loss does occur, whether it’s from an injury (like a bike accident or car crash) or advanced tooth decay, dental implants are available to replace missing teeth.

Benefits of Dental Implants

– Attractive: Dental implants look almost exactly like real teeth. Your friends and family probably won’t be able to tell the difference.

Comfortable: Dental implants don’t cause discomfort. Unlike dentures, dental implants don’t pinch the mouth and cause pain.

Designed for Eating: Many patients find that dental implants perform almost the same as real teeth. Dental implants hold up well to the daily biting and chewing.

No Slurring Speech: Dental implants stay securely fitted inside your gums, so they won’t affect your ability to talk.

Convenient: Dental implants stay in one place, inside your mouth. You can brush and floss them the same as the rest of your teeth.

Long-lasting: If well maintained, dental implants can last for many years, often the rest of your life.

Healthy: Dental implants are a good choice because they don’t negatively impact the rest of your mouth. In fact, they tend to be better for your oral health

Beautiful Smile: 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.

We are now placing implants at our clinic, and we also offer sedation. If you have any questions about dental implants or cometic dentistry 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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Start The New Year with a Bright, White Smile

Start The New Year with a Bright, White Smile

With the holiday season in full swing, there are parties, celebrations and many reasons to smile. From time with family and friends, you can’t help but enjoy this special time of year.

As you smile your way through the holiday season, we want to make sure that you have a smile you can be proud of. If you wish you had a brighter or whiter smile. We can help!

Tooth Whitening

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.

Take Home Teeth Whitening

You can whiten your teeth at home during the day or at night. In both instances, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth to create custom bleaching trays. The whitening gel is placed in the tray before use.  It can take 5 to 14 days to see maximum results, wearing the trays for 15 to 30 minutes during the day or a minimum of 4 to 6 hours over night.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

Our in-office bleaching process lightens discolouration and tooth enamel. The procedure is simple. Your hygienist will cover your lips and gums, leaving only your teeth exposed. A whitening gel will then be placed on your teeth and a light will be used to activate the gel removing any stains and discolouration.  After your one to two hour appointment, your teeth will be brighter and whiter.

Veneers

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.

If you are interested in tooth whitening, we offer a Free Whitening for Life Program. If you have any questions about tooth whitening, 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 affects 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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Understanding Dental Pain

Understanding Dental Pain

Does your tooth ever ache? Does your mouth ever hurt? At the Centre Dentaire LaSalle we understand that oral pain is no fun. But if you’ve ever wondered why your mouth hurts, here are some explanations of the most common types of dental pain.

My tooth hurts when I eat/drink something hot or cold. Tooth sensitivity can be caused by tooth decay (dental cavity), worn tooth enamel, a cracked tooth, an exposed root, or even gum disease.

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.

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).

Oral pain is not always crystal clear. Sometimes it can feel like a tooth is hurting in one place, but the problem is actually a couple teeth away. This type of referred pain can travel up or down the same side of the jaw.

Our dental team can help identify and treat the source of your pain. It is important to discuss any dental pain or discomfort with your dentist or hygienist. Even if it doesn’t seem like a big problem, different types of pain can be a signal of other health problems. For instance, if you have a history of angina or heart problems, pain on the left side of your mouth, jaw, or neck can be a sign of a heart attack. Women are more likely to experience this sort of signalled pain.

If you are experiencing oral pain or have any questions about it, 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 You Afraid of the Dentist?

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Do you worry about dental appointments? Does the sound of a drill make you flinch? If so, you’re not alone. Millions of people avoid the dentist every year because of traumatic childhood experiences, pain as adults, or negative TV/movie stereotypes.

To eliminate some of your fear, we have six steps to help you overcome any dental anxiety before visiting Centre Dentaire LaSalle.

> Step 1 – What Are You Afraid Of?
Is it the sounds? The equipment? An experience? Write down all of your fears, one by one.

> Step 2 – Don’t Wait
The more frequently you visit the dentist, the less dental work your mouth will need. Having regular dental appointments helps prevent many, if not most, dental problems.

> Step 3 – Bring a Distraction
Distracting your mind or listening to an iPod during your appointment is a great idea. Just close your eyes and get lost in the music.

> Step 4 – Relax
Inhale slowly, count to five, and then exhale slowly. Repeat this slow breathing until you feel more relaxed. It will help you feel more at ease during your visit.

> Step 5 – Ask
Before any procedure, ask our dental team any question. We are here to make your dental care experience as comfortable as possible. If you are ever concerned about something, just ask.

> Step 6 – We Are Here to Help
As health care professionals, we want to help improve your oral and overall health, and we will never judge you or the state of your mouth. Our dental team will do everything we can to ensure you have a comfortable, pain-free experience.

If you have have any questions or if you experience any dental fears, 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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Tooth Enamel and Tooth Decay

Woman smile - no tooth decay on her tooth enamelWhile tooth enamel is the body’s hardest substance, it’s not invincible. Certain foods/drinks, medications, acid reflux, and even oral bacteria can cause tooth decay and the overall thinning of the tooth’s surface.

Here are some simple ways to protect your teeth:

> Avoid carbonated beverages, over time they can eat away at your teeth.

> Don’t sip drinks through a straw. When you do, it increases the liquid’s exposure to your teeth and the potential damage to your teeth.

> Drink water after finishing an acidic drink, such as juice, wine, or carbonated beverages.  Washing away the acid with water, helps to keep your teeth healthy and strong.

> After drinking anything other than water, wait an hour before brushing your teeth. This gives your tooth’s enamel the time to remineralize.

> Choose a soft bristled toothbrush, it removes plaque without damaging your tooth enamel.

If you have any questions about your teeth 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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Healthy Eating for Your Teeth

Woman deciding to eat healthy for her teeth

With summer just around the corner, days are getting longer and busier. Packing nutrient-rich foods, helps strengthen yours and your children’s oral health, making everyone less susceptible to tooth decay.

Here are some tooth healthy foods that you can enjoy not only all summer, but all year round:

Dairy

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

It is no surprise that 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

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.

When packing lunches and snacks, try to avoid packing sodas, 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 fluoridated water, milk, or pure fruit juice.

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

If you have any questions about oral health or tooth healthy foods, 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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How to Care for Your Baby’s Teeth

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In the first few months, you fall in love with your baby’s sweet gummy smile. Underneath those gums, your child already has the beginnings of their baby and adult teeth. To help keep your baby’s teeth healthy throughout childhood and adulthood, here are some simple steps.

Step 1 – Clean Your Child’s Teeth and Gums:
Even before your infant’s teeth come in, start wiping the gums with a damp cloth, gauze, or infant toothbrush. As soon as the teeth begin to erupt, you should be brushing your child’s teeth twice a day.

Step 2 – Avoid Bedtime Bottles:
Try not to give your baby a bottle at bedtime. If your child needs something comforting, try a bottle filled with water, not sugary drinks.

Step 3 – Avoid Sugary Pacifiers:
Do not dip your child’s pacifiers in anything sweet, even honey. Only use clean, orthodontic pacifiers, which are actually designed for the shape of your child’s mouth.

Step 4 – Minimize Teething Pain:
When teeth begin to come in, your child may experience some pain. Teething rings can be helpful. You can also help by rubbing your baby’s gums with a clean finger.

Step 5 – Visit the Dentist:
While planning your child’s first birthday party, remember to book their first dental appointment. At this appointment, we will review proper brushing technique and how to avoid potential issues. Many parents are unaware of dental issues until they become more serious. And your child will learn that going to the dentist is important for oral health.

If you have any questions about your child’s teeth or notice anything unusual, 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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Smoking and Your Teeth

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It is no surprise that smoking is bad for your health (and the health of those around you). Smoking can negatively impact your oral health in many ways. Here are some ways that smoking affects your teeth:

> Staining: Over time, tobacco can seep into the pores of your tooth enamel and darken the colour of your teeth. Regular dental cleanings and professional whitening can help with the discolouration, but it is possible that neither approach will completely remove the deep stains.

> Oral Cancer: Approximately 90% of those with oral cancer have used tobacco. If you are a tobacco consumer, regular dental appointments can play a vital role in early oral cancer detection. Our dental team does routine oral cancer screenings at every dental cleaning appointment.

> Gum Disease: Smoking damages the mouth and gums, increasing your likelihood of experiencing gum disease. If you smoke, proper brushing and flossing is vital to help maintain the health of your teeth and gums.

> Sensitive Teeth: There is more bacteria in your mouth when you smoke, causing plaque to develop more easily. This can lead to inflamed gums and sensitive teeth.

> Bad Breath: Mouth washes and oral sprays cannot fully remove the lingering odour of smoking.

> Lower Immunity: Smoking lowers your body’s ability to fight infection. If you get gingivitis or gum disease, it will be harder for your body to recover. Also, if you require oral surgery, it will take longer for your mouth to heal. Smoking after surgery may even cause infection.

Your body can recover from the negative affects of smoking. When you quit smoking, your chances of oral health problems greatly decrease. Recent studies found that after eleven years, a former smokers’ likelihood of experiencing gum disease is similar to those who have never smoked.

Even cutting down the amount of smoking can significantly improve your oral health. Another study found that when people reduced their smoking habit by half, they also halved their likelihood of experiencing gum disease.

We understand that quitting smoking can be difficult. If you are an occasional, frequent, or former smoker, we can help improve your oral health. Regular visits to the dentist as well as daily brushing and flossing can give you a healthier, more beautiful smile.

If you have any questions about your oral health and the affects of smoking on 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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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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