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Do I Need Fluoride?

Do I Need Fluoride?

Fluoride is a naturally occurring compound that is used in dental care as a way to prevent tooth decay. There are small amounts of fluoride that occur naturally in drinking water, food, and many other substances that people live with every day.

Most toothpastes contain fluoride, and many visits to the dentist will include a fluoride treatment. In addition to its use in dental products, many communities in Canada adjust the fluoride levels of their drinking water as a way to improve the oral health of the public.

The Canadian Dental Association (CDA) stands in favour of using fluoride as an essential component of public health and as a way to reduce the harm caused by tooth decay. Simply put, fluoride results in fewer cavities and lower long-term dental care costs.

Is Fluoride Safe?

Many decades of scientific research shows that fluoride is the main reason oral health has improved over the past 50 years. Fluoride is safe and beneficial. It improves the health of our teeth.

What about Those Who Say Fluoride is Dangerous?

Over the past 60 years, fluoride has been proven to reduce tooth decay and cavities. In recent years, some activist groups have been making claims about supposed health risks. Many of these opponents are using suspect research, scare tactics, and arguments that are based on myths and misconceptions.

Should Children Use Fluoride?

Parents of small children should be careful not to let their children use too much fluoride. When young children swallow too much fluoride, it can cause dental fluorosis, a type of tooth discolouration. (This is one of the reasons why we teach kids not to swallow their toothpaste.) Use a specially formulated children’s toothpaste that has a lower amount of fluoride.

Where Can I Get More Information?

The Canadian Dental Association has information called Fluoride FAQs (https://www.cda-adc.ca/en/oral_health/faqs/fluoride_faqs.asp). This is a great resource if you have any concerns about fluoride and want to learn more.

If you have any questions about dental fluoride, contact us. We are here to help. 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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Do I Need Dental Crowns?

Do I Need Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are common dental procedures used to repair a decayed or damaged tooth. A solid cap or crown is placed over a tooth to protect it and prevent further decay.

Common Reasons for a Crown:

  • Your tooth is broken or severely worn down (from years of grinding): A crown can restore your tooth, making it possible to eat and sleep normally.
  • Your tooth has decayed or cracked: A crown can be used to hold your tooth together.
  • You have a large cavity: A crown can be used to cover your tooth and keep it safe and strong.
  • You have a misshapen or badly discoloured tooth: A crown can be used to cover it up.
  • You are missing a tooth: A crown can be placed on an implant to replace a tooth.

What Types of Permanent Crowns Are The Best?

Based on your personal needs, there a few options when deciding on the type of crown.

All-ceramic or all-porcelain:
These crowns are made entirely of ceramic or porcelain material no metal. These crowns offer beautiful, life-like restorations and can be used for front or back teeth.

Metal crowns
These crowns are usually made from gold alloy, palladium, or a base-metal alloy like nickel or chromium. Less of the original tooth structure needs to be removed, and there tends to be less wear on the opposing teeth that make contact with the crown during chewing and speaking.

Metal crowns rarely break and usually last the longest. It takes a long time to wear down a piece of metal. When used, they are typically used for back teeth.

Porcelain fused to metal

These crowns contain metal, but also have a porcelain veneer that can be made to match the colour of your other teeth. While the newer porcelain crowns are now replacing these, they can give a strong, long-lasting restoration.

All-resin

These crowns are made of an inexpensive synthetic material called resin, a chemical composite used in dental restorations. All-resin crowns are the least expensive, but not as strong as other crowns. They should be considered a transitional restoration until an appropriate crown can be made.

Talk to your dentist to find out which crown is best for you. You’re going to be living with this crown for many years, so make sure you are comfortable with its fit, durability, and style. Once you’ve decided, get ready for the royal treatment.

If you have any questions about dental crowns or if they are right for you, 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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Do I Need Veneers?

do i need veneers

Do you have discoloured, chipped, broken, widely spaced, or misshapen teeth? You might want to improve your smile with laminate veneers. Veneers are thin layers of tooth-like material, applied to the front of a tooth’s surface using strong adhesive cement. Since they are shaped like your tooth, veneers can create a natural, beautiful smile.

Veneers can be used to:

  • Improve the appearance of your teeth: If your teeth are stained, discoloured, or otherwise not looking their best, veneers can quickly improve your smile.
  • Protect damaged teeth from further harm: If your teeth have been damaged or have decayed over time, veneers can cover up the damaged tooth and protect it. But, if the damage and decay is too severe, a crown might be needed to protect the tooth. Crowns cover an entire tooth, while veneers only cover a tooth’s surface.
  • Create a straighter smile: If your teeth are not well aligned, veneers can straighten the appearance of your teeth without the full treatment involved with braces or other orthodontic procedures. (Note: Veneers are not always the ideal answer to straighten your teeth. Depending on the degree of re-alignment, veneers alone might not achieve the best results. Consult your dentist to determine which alignment option is best for you.).
  • Provide uniform shape, size, and symmetry: If your teeth are different shapes and sizes with gaps that cannot easily be closed with orthodontic work, veneers might be the answer. They can give you that symmetric, consistent-looking smile you always wanted

How long will my veneers last?

Veneers are a long-term investment in the appearance of your teeth. If you take care of them properly, they should last for many years. Veneers are almost as durable as real teeth.

If your veneers chip or fracture, they can usually be repaired without having to go to the full expense of replacement.

More than ever before, veneers and other cosmetic dentistry treatments are making it possible for people to repair, enhance, or create an entirely new smile that allows them to present their best face to the world.

If you have any questions about veneers or if they are right for you, 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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Should I Get Invisalign?

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Adults are one of the fastest growing groups of people undergoing orthodontic procedures. One of the major types of procedures is Invisalign. Invisalign is a type of dental alignment system. Similar to traditional braces, it can transform your smile and give you the straight teeth you’ve dreamed of. But, like the name suggests, Invisalign is practically invisible.

Many adults want to correct their smile, but they don’t want to go through the hassle, awkwardness, and discomfort of wearing traditional braces. With Invisalign, you can still get a straighter, well-adjusted smile, without many of the drawbacks that come with traditional metal braces.

Invisalign Benefits:

  • Removable aligners: Unlike traditional metal braces that are fastened to your teeth, Invisalign treatment is done with clear, removable aligners that are custom-made for you and fit directly over your teeth.
  • Flexible for any lifestyle: With Invisalign, you can remove the aligners if you need to. You can still play sports and have an active lifestyle while wearing them.
  • No more food stuck in your braces: One of the worst parts of wearing traditional braces, is getting food stuck on the wires and brackets. This is not the case with Invisalign. No food will ever get stuck on your Invisalign aligners, because you can remove them before you eat..
  • More comfortable: Invisalign treatment is intended to be more comfortable for your mouth than traditional braces. As your teeth move into place, the Invisalign process is easier on your gums and jaws. Also, since Invisalign aligners do not have brackets or wires, you are less likely to have the discomfort associated with traditional braces. (No more getting stabbed in the mouth with metal protrusions and jagged edges!)

Is Invisalign Only for Adults?

No. Although many people who get Invisalign treatment are adults, many teenagers are also using this method of teeth alignment. In terms of age, the only requirement is that you have lost all of your baby teeth and that your second molars are at least partially erupted.

Invisalign may not be right for everyone. Some people need a level of orthodontic work that can only be achieved with traditional braces. However, if you’re interested in the Invisalign method, talk to your dentist. We are happy to answer any of your questions.

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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Cure Your Dental Fears

cure your dental fears

According to current research, 10% of people avoid the dentist because of fear or anxiety and 5% of people actually have a dental phobia.  We understand that some fears stem from negative experiences, while others can be learned from close family or friends.

Whatever the case may be, at the Centre Dentaire LaSalle, your comfort and satisfaction are our top priority.  When you visit our office, you will quickly see that we are a friendly team of gentle, dental professionals.  We are here to help you, not hurt you.

Need a little fear busting?  Call our office today to book a free consultation or simply drop by.  We’ll gladly give you a tour of the office and show you how easy visiting the dentist can be.

Also, if there is ever anything that you are nervous about, please talk to one of our team members, or click here to submit your concerns.  Letting us know what you are worried about helps us help you.

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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Common Questions Parents Ask

Common questions parents ask

During a child’s dental appointment, there are often a lot of questions. We want you to know that we are here to take care of your child’s dental health. So, if you have any questions, we are happy to answer them. In the meantime, we have some answers to common dental questions parents ask.

My child is scared. Can I go in with him/her?
If a parent has dental anxiety, it is common for the child to learn this behaviour without the parent even knowing it. Children are typically fine in the dental chair when parents are in the waiting room. Without the parent watching, our dental team can develop a positive, friendly relationship with your child.

How can my child have plaque? He/She brushes at least twice a day.
Children need close supervision when they are brushing and flossing their teeth.  A parent should always monitor the final results. Even if your child protests, you may need to help out. Look out for red, puffy, bleeding gums – this is a sign that your child is not brushing properly.  If necessary, our dental team can help show your child the proper brushing and flossing technique.

My child’s classmates lost their teeth, why hasn’t mine lost his/her teeth? Do they need to be taken out?
Children’s teeth develop at their own pace.  As long as the x-rays show that the adult teeth are developing in the right position, there is nothing to worry about. Children with smaller jaws may wait longer for their adult teeth to come in.

If baby teeth fall out soon, why should we fix them?
Baby teeth are very important. They help the child chew, swallow, and talk. They also help the development of the jaw bone and hold the place for the adult teeth.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s 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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Thanksgiving Dental Care

The leaves are changingof colour, the weather is getting cooler , and once again Thanksgiving is nearly here. As you gather with your family and friends for the Thanksgiving feast, we wish you laughter, joy, good food, and healthy oral care. To keep your teeth and gums healthy this long weekend, here are some tips to combat cavities while still allowing you to enjoy your grandmother’s pumpkin pie.

Healthy Thanksgiving Tips

Tip #1: Thanksgiving dinner is a sugary carbohydrate rich meal. From stuffing to rolls and cakes to pies, it is easy to binge out on these delicious foods. Try to balance the carb-heavy foods with protein and vegetables. It helps to counter the acid your mouth produces and reduces your risk of cavities.

Tip #2: Limit the amount of sticky foods you eat. These foods take longer to chew, and since they stay in your mouth longer, they increase your risk of cavities.

Tip #3: Try to avoid picking at food all day. It’s easy to spend the entire weekend eating, but even if it’s little things, it can cause a build-up of cavity causing acid in your mouth. Save the delicious food for meal time, and the leftovers for tomorrow.

In keeping with the feeling of Thanksgiving, our entire team at the Centre Dentaire LaSalle wanted to say how thankful we are for you, our patients. We feel so lucky to know each and every one of you, your loved ones, and to keep you and your smiles healthy.

As always, if you ever feel that we can help your family and friends, please let us know. We will give them the same quality of care that you have grown accustomed to. 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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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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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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