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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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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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What is the Best Mouthwash?

Mouthwash

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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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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