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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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Top Ten Toothbrushing Mistakes

Top ten toothburhsing mistakes

You have the best intentions to brush your teeth, but if you’re not doing it the right way, you’re not getting the full benefit. Avoid our top ten toothbrushing mistakes to keep your smile healthy and clean.

Mistake #1 – Using the Wrong Toothbrush
Find a toothbrush that fits, literally. Look for a brush that is comfortable to hold in your hand and fits comfortably in your mouth. Both manual and electric toothbrushes can give you a good clean, as long as you are using them correctly.

Mistake #2 – Using a Hard-Bristled Toothbrush
When bristles are too hard, they can aggravate your gums. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, which can effectively remove plaque without damaging your teeth.

Mistake #3 – Not Bushing Often Enough
It is important to remember to brush your teeth twice a day. With too much time between brushing, plaque bacteria can build up and increase your risk of gum inflammation, cavities, and other dental problems.

Mistake #4 – Brushing Too Hard
Brushing too vigorously can erode tooth enamel and cause gums to recede. Instead, use short, gentle strokes to clean your teeth.

Mistake #5 – Brushing at the Wrong Angle
Place your brush towards the gum line at a 45-degree angle, using short, vertical strokes.

Mistake #6 – Not Bushing Long Enough
Two minutes might feel like a long time, but it is what’s needed to give your mouth the cleaning it deserves. If two minutes feels too long, divide your mouth into four parts and clean each part for 30 seconds.

Mistake #7 – Missing the Inner Tooth Surfaces
It’s common for people to miss the inner surface of their teeth, the surface the tongue touches. Try to remember to clean all of your tooth’s surfaces – inner, outer, and chewing.

Mistake #8 – Using a Damp Toothbrush
If your toothbrush stays moist between brushings, it may become a breeding ground for bacteria. Keep your toothbrush upright, allowing it to dry between brushings.

Mistake #9 – Using an Old Toothbrush
Your toothbrush lifecycle is about three months, or less if you’ve been sick. If you want a reminder of when to change your toothbrush, do it at the beginning of each calendar season.

Mistake #10 – Not Flossing Afterwards
Clean all of your tooth’s surfaces, including the 30% your brush can’t reach. Make sure to floss your teeth at least one a day, after you finish brushing.

Along with brushing and flossing, it’s also important to schedule regular hygiene appointments, where your dentist/hygienist will monitor your oral health and screen for any dental problems that your can’t see.  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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2016 New Year’s Resolution

2016 New Year's Resolution

With a new year comes resolutions. You may have already decided to learn a new language, travel more, or spend more time with family. These are all good resolutions, but we have a few other ideas.

Floss Daily

Flossing helps prevent gum disease and helps keep the rest of your body healthy. If you have trouble flossing, that’s not an excuse. Try a dental flossing aid and feel free to ask anyone at the Centre Dentaire Lasalle how to use it.

Change Your Toothbrush

A toothbrush is not something you want to hold on to. You should replace your brush every three months, or earlier if the bristles appear worn.

Stop Smoking

Smoking can lead to a variety of illnesses including cancer, heart disease, and emphysema. It can also increase your risk of gum disease, stain your teeth, and lead to foul smelling breath.  This is the perfect year to quit smoking.

Wear a Sports Guard

Sports guards can protect your teeth from chipping, breaking, and even dislodging. They can also protect your jaw joints from trauma, a crucial component of concussion prevention.  Wear a custom mouth guard during any activity where you can get a blow to the face or mouth.

Don’t Use Your Teeth as Tools

This year, avoid using your teeth to open bottles, packages, or anything else.  Over time, these actions can cause your teeth to weaken, chip, and even break.

Whiten Your Smile

A brighter, whiter smile can make you feel more confident and more attractive to others.  Show off a beautiful smile to the world. You’re worth it.

Eat Plenty of Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are not only good for your overall health, they are also good for your oral health. Crisp fruits and raw vegetables, like celery and carrots, can clean plaque from your teeth and even freshen your breath.

Wear Your Seat Belt

Not only do seat belts save lives, they also protect your mouth from minor accidents, such as chipped, broken, and even dislodged teeth.  Buckle up – save your life and your smile.

Visit the Dentist Regularly

Make your dental health a priority this year. Visit your dentist regular, every six months. Your mouth will reward you.

If you have any questions or concerns about any of these dental resolutions or one of your own, 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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How to Care for Your Baby’s Teeth

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In the first few months, you fall in love with your baby’s sweet gummy smile. Underneath those gums, your child already has the beginnings of their baby and adult teeth. To help keep your baby’s teeth healthy throughout childhood and adulthood, here are some simple steps.

Step 1 – Clean Your Child’s Teeth and Gums:
Even before your infant’s teeth come in, start wiping the gums with a damp cloth, gauze, or infant toothbrush. As soon as the teeth begin to erupt, you should be brushing your child’s teeth twice a day.

Step 2 – Avoid Bedtime Bottles:
Try not to give your baby a bottle at bedtime. If your child needs something comforting, try a bottle filled with water, not sugary drinks.

Step 3 – Avoid Sugary Pacifiers:
Do not dip your child’s pacifiers in anything sweet, even honey. Only use clean, orthodontic pacifiers, which are actually designed for the shape of your child’s mouth.

Step 4 – Minimize Teething Pain:
When teeth begin to come in, your child may experience some pain. Teething rings can be helpful. You can also help by rubbing your baby’s gums with a clean finger.

Step 5 – Visit the Dentist:
While planning your child’s first birthday party, remember to book their first dental appointment. At this appointment, we will review proper brushing technique and how to avoid potential issues. Many parents are unaware of dental issues until they become more serious. And your child will learn that going to the dentist is important for oral health.

If you have any questions about your child’s teeth or notice anything unusual, 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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What is the Best Toothpaste?

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With the dozens of toothpastes available, we are regularly asked, “Which one is the best?” From being advertised as tartar controlling, whitening, anti-cavity, breath-freshening, and with fluoride, it can be a little overwhelming to find the right one.

We are here to help you decode the toothpaste aisle. Here are some guidelines for choosing (and using) toothpaste:

> Ignore brand names
There is no best toothpaste brand. Most contain ingredients recommended by the Canadian Dental Association. If you have a favourite brand, use it. It is important to find one that has a flavour and consistency that you enjoy.

> Use fluoride toothpaste
With the many different toothpaste packages proclaiming tartar control, anti-cavity, and sparkling mint crystals, the one thing you should definitely look for is fluoride. Fluoride is one of the most important elements in preventing tooth decay. Brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day will help maintain your oral health.

> Brush longer
For best results, brush your teeth for about two minutes. This will help you get the full benefit of your toothpaste’s fluoride and bacteria-scrubbing foam.

> Less is more
TV commercials often show a long, looping strand of toothpaste being squeezed onto a brush. You actually don’t need that much – a pea-sized amount of toothpaste is more than enough.

> Floss
We know that this has nothing to do with toothpaste, but flossing is very important. It doesn’t matter how carefully you weigh your options in the toothpaste aisle if you fail to floss. Flossing is one of the best things you can do for the health of your teeth and gums – so keep it up.

If you feel that your toothpaste is not doing a good enough job or if you have any special concerns such as sensitive teeth, receding gums, or discoloured teeth, talk to your dentist. We are always here to help. 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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Who Has a Healthier Smile?

Men vs. Women - Dental Health

In our dental health version of battle of the sexes, who do you think has a healthier smile – men or women? One of these groups has less plaque and tartar build-up, healthier gums, and lower incidents of gum disease. They are twice as likely to schedule regular dental appointments and are more likely to follow through with dentist recommended treatments.

Who are these dental health superstars? Women.

According to the Journal of Periodontology:
> Women are 26 percent more likely to floss their teeth daily.
> 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 twice as likely to notice missing teeth on another person.
> 74 percent of women would be embarrassed by a missing tooth (a possible consequence of gum disease), and only 57 percent of men would feel the same.

Fortunately, these result 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 frequently.

If you want to start taking better care of your teeth and gums, contact our office 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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Protect Your Child From Cavities

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Children’s teeth are softer and more prone to cavities and decay than adult teeth. Here are some simple steps to help your child maintain a healthy smile:

Step 1: Establish a daily toothbrushing routine
Start brushing your child’s teeth once the first tooth erupts. When your child is able to brush his/her own teeth, monitor this routine to ensure that it is done correctly.

Step 2: Make flossing a daily habit
Once the teeth are touching, begin flossing daily. Regular flossing can make a big difference in cavity prevention. Like brushing, flossing is another oral health activity that should be monitored when your child can do it on his/her own.

Step 3: Have sealants applied to your child’s teeth
Dental sealants are plastic coatings that are added to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth.  Sealants help protect your child’s teeth from decay and cavities.

Step 4: Maintain regular dental appointments
We understand that people are busy, but it is important to prioritize regular dental appointments. Your dentist can screen for potential problems, manage existing ones, and help your family maintain a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

Step 5: Fix crooked teeth
Crooked or misaligned teeth are more prone to gum disease (periodontal disease) or premature wearing of the teeth.  Straight teeth are healthier, easier to clean, and can prevent greater problems down the road.

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