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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

tooth healthy lunch

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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Six Steps to Dental Surgery Success

Six Steps to Dental Surgery Success

At some point, you may undergo minor dental surgery. If you have a dental surgery coming up, here are some steps you can take to help you heal faster and prepare for any discomfort.

  1. Use Some Ice — If you don’t have an ice pack at home, pick up a small bag of frozen peas at the grocery store. Apply the ice to your face for several hours after your appointment (10 minutes on, 10 minutes off). Using ice will help minimize swelling and discomfort. To avoid skin damage, always place a cloth between the ice and your face.
  2. Enjoy Soft Food — For the first few days, your mouth may be sore. Make sure to have some soft food on hand, such as eggs and well-cooked pasta.
  3. Avoid Alcohol/Carbonated Beverages and Cigarettes — For the first 24 hours, avoid drinking alcoholic or carbonated drinks. Instead, have some lukewarm liquids for the first four to six hours. Also, avoid drinking anything through a straw or smoking cigarettes. The suction action can disrupt your healing process and cause unnecessary bleeding.
  4. Keep a Healthy Mouth — Make sure to brush your teeth (gently) and avoid using mouthwash for the first 24 hours. If your mouth is over sensitive, use a wet cloth to wipe the surfaces of your teeth, gums, and tongue. A clean mouth always heals faster.
  5. Avoid Heat — Even if you typically enjoy the soothing effect of heat, avoid applying it to your face during the first 24 hours. Heat may make the swelling worse and it can cause any bacteria in your mouth to spread.
  6. Relax — Last but not least – take it easy. After any surgery, it is important to take some time to rest and relax. It will help slow down bleeding, allowing you to recover faster.

If you have any questions or concerns about post-operative 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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The ABCs of Dental Care – Part 3

ABCs of Dental Care - Part 3

We understand that dental terminology can sound foreign and confusing. That’s why we devoted the last three blog posts to explaining some common dental terms. To read the first part, click here, and to read the second, click here. Last but not least, here is the final installment of our dental terms list:

Root canal therapy may be needed when a tooth cannot be filled or restored in another way because the tooth’s decay has reached the nerve. The pulp (inside of the tooth) is then treated to prevent further decay and save the tooth.

Sealants are plastic, tooth-coloured coatings that can be added to the chewing surfaces of your back teeth. This preventative treatment is used to protect teeth from cavities.

Temporary Dentures can completely or partially replace missing teeth. They are placed immediately after teeth are removed and, like the name suggests, are meant to be temporary. Eventually, they will need to be replaced by permanent dentures or a fixed bridge.

Unerupted teeth remain below the gum’s surface. They are either impacted (covered by only the gum) or embedded (covered by the gum and bone).

Veneers are thin layers of tooth-like material, applied to the front of a tooth’s surface using strong adhesive cement. They can be used to change the shape, position, and colour of your teeth, to create a natural, beautiful smile.

Wear on teeth has three major causes – abrasion (from a foreign body, such as a toothbrush), attrition (caused by clenching/grinding the teeth), or erosion (due to acid dissolving the outer surface of the tooth). Each of these situations can cause tooth sensitivity.

X-rays are used to determine if there is any decay or infection in your mouth. Common dental x-rays include bitewings (showing upper and lower teeth) and periapical (showing the whole tooth – crown to root).

Your oral health is so important to us. Since your mouth is the gateway to your entire body, we want to remind you to maintain regular dental appointments. If it’s been a while since you’ve visited the dentist, now is the time to book an appointment. We are here to help you care for your oral and overall health.

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 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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