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Let Us Put a Smile on your Child’s Face!

We had a wonderful visit a few weeks ago with one of our very busy families who came in for their dental check-ups. We enjoy when families come in to visit.  It’s like a big get together and there’s always so much to catch up on.

It was a Kodak moment when their 14 month old got to have his first ride in the dental chair. He was more than just a willing participant; we were pleasantly surprised when he was ready to open wide before we even asked!  It was fabulous to see the encouragement his older siblings gave him on his first dental visit.

Fear is a natural reaction to something unfamiliar, but it doesn’t have to be.

Some of our smiling patients!

Some of our smiling patients!

Kudos to parents who help us do our jobs!

While it is easy to unknowingly transfer our own fears to our kids, you help us immensely when you inspire in your children responsible and positive attitudes towards their dental well-being. It is always wonderful for us to see just how comfortable and trusting children can be at the dental office.  To know that there are so many children in our practice that have never experienced the fear that is commonly associated with dentistry gives us a tremendous sense of gratification and it inspires us to continue striving to do a great job.

We think all children should have the same positive attitude towards their dental visits and starting with a good program early on in life will help ensure that your child’s teeth will last a lifetime!

What a “First Visit” should be like….

24-03-2014 4-35-21 PMWe are all parents here and we know kids like to have fun.  We think your child’s first visit should be a positive experience, so at Your Smile Dental Care we offer a “Child’s First Visit Tour.”  During this time, your child will have the opportunity to meet some members of our dental team and enjoy a ‘chair ride’, look in the dental mirror, and even play with the water squirter all in an informal and relaxed manner. And, by all means, don’t forget to have your camera ready to record forever this precious Kodak moment.

If this sounds like the ideal “first visit to the dentist” to you give us a call us today. Together we can make your child’s first visit a positive one!

24-03-2014 5-05-04 PMCheck out our “Child’s First Visit” video below:

 


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Cosmetic Dentistry – Choosing an Experienced Dentist

You probably have two main consideration when choosing a dentist to create amazing improvements to your smile.

The first is making sure that your teeth and gums are treated to the highest standard of care and that the work is done as comfortably as possible.

The second is making your smile beautiful and dazzling. This is often referred to as cosmetic dentistry. You’ve probably seen TV shows like Extreme Makeover and thought to yourself, “I’d love to have a smile like that.”

Well, we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at just how easy it is to get the smile of your dreams at Your Smile Dental Care. Having a dazzlingly smile is about more than just looking great. It’s about regaining self-confidence, how you feel about yourself and how you come across to others.

Take a look at our before and after photos. In every case, our patients said that they not only look great and aren’t afraid to smile anymore, but that they also feel great!

It’s a great feeling to be able to smile with confidence!Smile Gallery

Now, not everyone wants or needs an extreme smile makeover. In many cases we can do simple, quick and very affordable procedures that can make a huge difference in your smile.

Don’t forget to check out our *Before and After Smile Gallery  and see the amazing results for yourself.

With over 32 years of dental experience, we’ve learned what it is to give you an incredibly looking smile – one that you can be proud of!

So, whether it’s a simple check-up and cleaning or a full reconstruction of your smile, Dr. Axelrod and our team of trained professionals can work with you to achieve your goals. With our state-of-the-art technology, dentistry is more gentle and advanced than ever.

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*All dentistry and photography on our Smile Gallery were done by Dr. Sam Axelrod  – founder of Your Smile Dental Care.


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Suffering from Dry Mouth?

Why is my mouth always dry?

Most of us have experienced a sensation of dry mouth at least once in our lives perhaps when we have been nervous, upset or dehydrated. Under these circumstances it is considered perfectly normal to have this parched sensation. However, if you experience dry mouth everyday your mouth may be trying to tell you something!

Dry mouth, a condition known to health professionals as xerostomia, occurs when there is not enough saliva to keep your mouth wet. Some people think of dry mouth as just an inconvenience and have mild discomfort, while for others it is a serious, debilitating health problem.

Saliva is there for a reason and having a persistent dry mouth can make it difficult to do basic but necessary things like chewing,  swallowing and speaking. On average, a healthy person produces 1.5L of saliva a day. It is rich in minerals and is the key component in keeping teeth strong and resistant to cavities and in helping to decrease the accumulation of plaque. A decrease or restriction in saliva flow can lead to the dryness that causes bad breath, extensive tooth decay, mouth sores, inflammation of tissue, and oral infections. Dentures can also become loose fitting since saliva helps to create the suction between dentures and the gums.

Symptoms of dry mouth:

  • dry, raw, rough tongue
  • mouth sores
  • mouth infections
  • bad breath
  • burning sensation in the mouth/throat
  • trouble tasting
  • frequent thirst
  • sore throat, hoarseness
  • dry nasal passages
  • cracked and dry lips

Causes of Dry Mouth

Many people think that dry mouth is a normal part of the aging process, but it is a common side effect of many medications. Since older persons are more likely taking medications, as a group, they tend to have a higher incidence of this condition.

There are literally hundreds of prescription and over-the-counter medications that can cause a dry mouth effect. Among the more are drugs that are used to treat depression and anxiety, antihistamines, decongestants, diuretics, high blood pressure medications, anti-diarrheal, chemotherapy drugs, muscle relaxants, drugs for urinary incontinence, and Parkinson’s disease medications.

Patients undergoing certain cancer treatments like radiation and chemotherapy commonly experience dry mouth. Radiation can damage the glands that produce saliva and chemotherapy medications have been known to change the nature and saliva flow.

Xerostomia can also be a sign of more serious diseases such as:

  • HIV/Aids
  • Diabetes
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Sjogren’s syndrome
  • Alzheimer
  • Stroke

Strategies for Dry Mouth:

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1. Ensure that you are brushing at least 3 times/day and flossing before bed.
2. Increase your fluid intake
3. Using a humidifier at night to keep the air moist
4. Sipping water or sugarless drinks during meals
5. Chew sugarless gum or suck on sugarless candy to stimulate saliva flow
6. Avoid tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, carbonated beverages and highly acidic juices
7. Avoid dry food such as crackers and toast
8. Avoid very salty foods
9. Use alcohol/peroxide free mouth rinses
10. While dry mouth may not sound like a serious health problem, it can be the manifestation of one and cause many dental problems
11. Restore any dental issues that have arisen due to dry mouth.
12. Choose a product from your local pharmacy for help with dry mouth. This includes, sprays, rinses and special toothpastes. You may have to try a few until you find one that works best for you.
13. Limit your meals to 3-4/day and space them out 4-5 hours
14. Use a nasal spray if you are experiencing sinusitis

If you have a sticky, parched feeling or a burning sensation in your throat or mouth often or all of the time you should see us right away so we can help you find relief for your specific situation. Understanding what is causing your dry mouth will help us determine the most effective type of treatment.  This is why we ask you to provide us with an up-to-date medication list and other information about your health at each appointment.

We also encourage you to speak with your physician or pharmacist about your medications. In some cases, a different medication can be provided or your dosage modified to alleviate dry mouth symptoms.

Because you have a higher risk of cavities and gum disease with dry mouth, which can spread more quickly than usual, it is important to visit your dentist regularly. As your partner in dental health the dentists at Your Smile Dental Care can recommend products to help you manage dry mouth.

Yours in better dental health,
Dr. Sam Axelrod and the Your Smile Dental Care Team
(905) 576-4537
(416) 783-3533
www.yoursmiledentalcare.com


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The War inside your Mouth!

Plan on staying healthy and keeping your teeth for life?

At Your Smile Dental Care we know the value of a smile, but with so much attention given to one’s smile, it’s easy to overlook other important elements of your mouth.

10-03-2014 3-10-37 PMTaking care of your teeth and gums isn’t just about preventing cavities or fixing broken teeth, your mouth is a gateway to your body’s overall health. More than 600 different species of bacteria, 70 to 80 different types of fungi and a few viruses and parasites make their home in your mouth. Although some are beneficial to our health, it is important to keep the number of harmful ones in check with proper oral hygiene since they can double in numbers in only a few short hours.

Inflammation in the mouth can lead to inflammation in the rest of the body and people with compromised immunities must be even more diligent in keeping their mouths healthy and clean. If left untreated, conditions like gum disease can leave you at risk for life-threatening conditions in other parts of the body.

During gum disease, oral bacteria gets into the blood stream and your immune system must then work to fight them off. Although different studies may report different conclusions, the chronic infection that forms during gum disease unquestionably poses a risk for various kinds of bacterial growth and infection elsewhere in the body.

Brushing and flossing is more than you think! 

Once you understand the link between poor dental hygiene and the wide variety of health conditions that can result, you will begin to appreciate just how important it is to keep your mouth as clean as possible.

Studies also indicate that a staggering number of people still do not floss their teeth daily. Since tooth brushing only cleans 3 of the 5 surfaces of the visible tooth structure this means that they are missing 40% of their teeth depending on the size and shape of each tooth.

Brush & floss like your life depends on it … because it does!

10-03-2014 2-45-27 PMBrushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day should be considered an essential not optional part of your daily routine. We all should be taking the matter of caring for our teeth very seriously and be careful not to rush through the time we spend cleaning them. And because germs live on the tongue, cheek and gums as well we can’t forget to clean these areas also.

We have noticed over the years that our patients with excellent oral hygiene tend to have better health care habits in general. A single step in the right direction can have an immediate impact on the condition of your mouth. You would be surprised at how quickly bleeding gums start to improve in both appearance and colour by spending just a few more minutes each day keeping them free of bacterial plaque. Using floss and interdental brushes to get in between teeth and under gums will help to make a significant improvement and reduce bleeding. Maintaining a healthy diet and reducing the frequency of snacking between meals will also help to create a better environment in the mouth and keep the bacterial population down.

The good news is that…..

At Your Smile Dental Care we believe that an educated patient is an informed patient! Cavity Free

We go a step beyond simply repairing dental problems and creating beautiful smiles. We strive to get to the source of a problem and prevent them from reoccurring rather than constantly treating them.  We take the time to get a broader picture of your overall dental health and reassess how effective your home care is. By updating your medical history often and reviewing your medications we can determine if there is anything that may be compromising or impacting your dental health.

Thanks to our preventive program we have children in our practice that have never had a cavity and adult patients who have not had a dental problem in years!

Finding a good dental healthcare provider can help you keep you teeth for a lifetime and in doing so may possibly save your life as well!  If you’re looking for a preventive care dentist in the Oshawa or Toronto area give us a call today. You’ll be glad you did!

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Dental Implants in Oshawa

All is not Lost: Dental Implants

Whether due to cavities, gum disease, or injury, our teeth may need to be removed before their time. Many people make the mistake of assuming that it is not necessary to replace a missing tooth since they still have other teeth to eat with.

Losing even just one tooth leads to damage that you won’t see or feel until it’s too late. One missing tooth can trigger a domino effect that will eventually cause dental collapse and the needless loss of other teeth. The lips, cheek, tongue, gums and other teeth work together to support and keep teeth in position.  When even one tooth is removed, this delicate balance is lost and teeth begin to lose contact with one another as teeth above move down and out of alignment, and adjacent teeth begin to drift into the empty space.

All of this causes additional stress on the dentition and a serious change in your bite even though you may not be aware of it. Remaining teeth are now left with the increase risk of tooth decay, gum disease, breakage, sinus and facial bone collapse, and bone loss.

This is the result of one missing tooth. Imagine what several missing teeth can do.

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However, all may not be loss!  The best solution for replacing the loss of a natural tooth and for helping to maintain the healthy position of any surrounding or opposing teeth is with a dental implant. Dental implant technology has come a long way in 50 years. It is simply amazing how many of the earliest implants are still being enjoyed by patients.  Today’s dental implants are state of the art and they are literally changing the way people live!

Unlike the root of a tooth, implants fuse to the bone often making them more stable than a natural tooth’s root. Not only do they replace missing teeth, but they look, feel and function like natural teeth. And because dental implants are so natural-looking and feeling, you may forget that you ever lost a tooth!

Current Denture Wearer?

Even if you are currently a denture wearer, you can still regain the ability and confidence to eat and smile again with implants which are placed to help anchor and stabilize dentures!

So, whether lost teeth are a new situation for you or something you have lived with for years, dental implants are the closest thing to natural teeth. At Your Smile Dental Care you will experience all that modern dentistry has to offer, including dental implants. Our goal is to provide our patients with the information they need to make informed decisions about their oral care so that they can achieve and maintain long term dental health and a beautiful smile.

The non-graphic video below will provide you with a closer look at how Dental Implants are placed. We encourage you to browse through our website and contact us  if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Sam Axelrod & the Your Smile Dental Team
Oshawa (905) 576-4537
Toronto (416) 783-3533
yoursmiledentalcare.com