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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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Halloween Candy – The Best (and Worst) For Your Teeth

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Halloween means costumes, decorations, trick-or-treating, and lots of candy.  While enjoying some sugary snacks can be fun, overdoing it can damage your teeth. You may be wondering, are there any good Halloween sweets?

The Good Halloween Snacks
Sugar-free Candy: Sugar-free lollipops and hard candies can stimulate saliva, preventing dry mouth.  Saliva neutralizes the acid in your mouth, preventing tooth decay and the risk of cavities.
Dark Chocolate: While chocolate is loaded with sugar, recent studies suggest that the antioxidants found in dark chocolate are good for your heart and can even lower your blood pressure. So enjoy some dark chocolate, but only in moderation.

The Bad Halloween Snacks
Sugary Sweets: Candies such as cookies, cakes, and candy corn are all high in sugar, which can lead to tooth decay.
Sticky Snacks: Gummy candies and taffy can be a serious source of tooth decay.  These chewy snacks can get stuck in your teeth and may be difficult to remove.
Sour Candies: Sour snacks are highly acidic and can break down tooth enamel quickly.  Avoid brushing your teeth for at least 30 minutes after consuming acidic foods and drinks, otherwise you will be spreading the harmful acid throughout your mouth.

This Halloween, enjoy all the fun and sweets, but remember not to keep sugary treats around the house for too long.  These tempting snacks can lead to an increased risk of cavities.

Wondering what to do with your extra candy? Why not spread the holiday cheer and donate them to local shelters, nursing homes, food banks, and soup kitchens. In moderation, we can all enjoy this fun holiday.

If you have any questions or concerns about Halloween candy, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can reach us at 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

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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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Sugar and Your Teeth

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With Easter right around the corner and chocolate bunnies and eggs piling high in your home, we wanted to remind you that eating too many sugary foods and drinks can lead to tooth decay.

When you eat sugary foods, your mouth’s natural bacteria work with sugar to multiply itself. Over time this turns into plaque, which can eat away at your tooth’s enamel causing cavities. If left untreated, these cavities will continue to grow and can lead to more severe dental problems.

Our modern diets include several types of sugar:
> Fructose: Naturally found in fruit and often added to processed food.
> Glucose: Found in starchy, carbohydrate rich foods.
> Lactose: Found in milk products and it is the least acidic of the sugars.
> Sucrose: Commonly known as table sugar.
> Maltose: Also known as malt sugar, created from barely and used to brew beer.

A great alternative to sugary foods and drinks is xylitol sweetened gum. It is chemically similar to sugar, but will not cause decay. In fact, it can reduce and even control existing tooth decay.

Have a very happy and healthy Easter long weekend, just remember to enjoy all the delicious sugar foods in moderation. If you have any questions or concerns about sugar and 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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Green Tea and Your Teeth

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The weather is getting colder and now is the perfect time to warm up with a cup of tea. Tea is not only good for your body, drinking green tea daily can actually improve your oral health.

Studies have shown that substances in green tea help to kill and even inhibit the growth of bacteria. This helps to reduce your chances of tooth decay, gum disease, and even bad breath.

In green tea, the substance is called catechins, an antimicrobial molecule that is particularly beneficial when enjoyed without a sweetener. Adding sugar to your green tea may prevent it from protecting your teeth since sugar creates a breeding ground for bacteria.

Drinking one cup of green tea daily is a simple way to keep your teeth healthy and strong. Have a non-sweetened cup today. Your mouth will thank you.

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 Prevent Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

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Does your child have a bottle before bedtime? If it is filled with milk, formula, fruit juice, or sugary drinks, it can cause baby bottle tooth decay. Your child’s oral bacteria feeds on the bottle’s sugary liquid. When the liquid pools in the mouth, the bacteria can multiply, become acidic, and eat away at the tooth’s enamel, causing tiny holes (cavities).

The more frequently your child consumes these sugary beverages at night, the more likely he/she will develop baby bottle tooth decay. While the front teeth are the most susceptible, it can happen to all baby teeth.

Tooth decay can also occur if the baby falls asleep while drinking breast milk. If you want to prevent baby bottle tooth decay. Here are the three steps to follow:

1. Avoid the Bedtime Bottle
Give your child the day’s last bottle before the bedtime routine. If your child needs a late night bottle, only fill it with water.
2. Brush Every Day
For babies younger than 18 months, clean the gums with a wet cloth or infant toothbrush. Once the teeth begin to erupt, brush them twice a day.
3. Avoid Sugar Covered Pacifiers
If your child uses a pacifier, only use clean ones. Don’t dip them in anything sweet, even honey.

Baby bottle tooth decay is not just a problem for your child’s baby teeth. It can have a lasting effect on their adult ones, making them more susceptible to cavities and gum disease.

If your child’s teeth become sensitive or begin to develop white spots, contact our office at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website.  These are signs that your child may have baby bottle tooth decay. Also, be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.

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