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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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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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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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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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Stress and Your Teeth

Stress and Your Teeth

We all feel a little stressed sometimes. But did you know that excess stress can affect your teeth and gums? From mouth sores to tooth grinding or even gum disease, stress can cause some serious oral health problems.

Mouth Sores
When you already have an underlying condition, stress can cause blisters to form in your mouth. This type of blister is called a cold sore.

Cold sores are small fluid-filled blisters that can appear in and around the mouth. These contagious sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus. If you have a cold sore, talk to your dentist. It’s important to start treatment as soon as the sore starts to form.

Teeth Grinding
When you’re stressed, you may clench or grind your teeth. If you already clench or grind your teeth, stress can make this habit worse. Protect your teeth from breaks or chips, talk to your dentist about custom night guards. Night guards can help reduce the amount of strain on your teeth and protect them from damage.

Gum Disease
Did you know that stress can increase the amount of plaque in your mouth? It can also increase the risks for bleeding gums, gingivitis and gum disease. If you can’t minimize the stress in your life, try to eat a balanced diet and visit your dentist regularly. A healthy lifestyle, including daily brushing and flossing, can help reduce the risks of stress on your teeth.

If you experience a lot of stress, talk to your dentist. We can recommend a solution, specifically designed for your needs. 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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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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Not Flossing Your Teeth, What’s Your Excuse?

Not Flossing Your Teeth, What’s Your Excuse?

Flossing your teeth is an important part of your home oral care routine. Daily flossing helps you clean the areas of your mouth that your toothbrushes can miss, removing food particles, plaque and bacteria. If you’re not flossing your teeth, what’s your excuse?

My gums bleed or hurt when I floss.
Bleeding gums are a sign of gingivitis. Flossing your teeth can help gingivitis from developing into periodontal disease (a later stage of gum disease).

I have arthritis or It hurts my fingers.
If holding the floss between your fingers is difficult or uncomfortable, try using electric or manual flossing aids.

I’m too busy.
A healthy dental care routine (including regular visits to your dentist/hygienist) should not be time consuming. Your home care routine alone should not take more than ten minutes a day.  Investing a few minutes today can help you avoid the hours (and cost) of extensive restorative treatments down the road.

We understand that flossing can sometimes be a daunting task. It can feel uncomfortable and you might not know how to do it correctly. In fact, approximately 55 percent of people who floss their teeth, are not doing it correctly.

How Do I Floss?

  • Wrap the floss around your middle fingers, leaving about two inches between your fingers.
  • Using your index finger, slide the floss gently between your teeth.
  • Wrap the floss around the base of your tooth, just under your gumline.  Rub up and down, three to six times, flossing both sides of your tooth.
  • Repeat between each tooth and remember to floss the back of your molars.

It’s time to stop making excuses. Focus on the health benefits of regular home oral care, including brushing and flossing, and schedule a dental appointment with your dentist/hygienist today.   

If you have any questions or concerns about flossing your teeth or 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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