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The Friendly Root Canal

Never heard of a friendly root canal?

This is a phrase that has been used by some of our patients to describe their root canal experience. The fact is, most people are surprised by just how relaxed they become during the procedure and are thrilled that is was not as scary as they imaged or had been told.


No need to fret about having a root canal.

We often hear, “That’s it? It’s over?” It’s the one time where the term “boring procedure” is actually a compliment to us. The imagination is quite capable of conjuring up all sorts of doomsday scenarios based on more fiction than fact. It’s the one dental procedure that people tend to swap horror stories about – each trying to one-up the other.

When patients are attending to their regular dental care check-ups and cleanings, we can often spot problems before they begin to show signs and symptoms. The infections that grow within and around the root of the tooth can appear on x-rays long before the patient is in discomfort or crisis. Only on occasion, is the tooth so hyper-sensitive that it does not respond quickly enough to freezing (anaesthesia) or has the infection grown large enough to cause swelling and pain.

Most patients are able to have root canal treatment in a typically pain-free manner and certainly long before the infection has spread and caused more damage. In this way, we are able to save the tooth and prevent it’s early loss.

After Care Treatment

TeenagerThe typical root canal doesn’t hurt any more than other dental procedures. Once your tooth has been numbed using anesthetic you will feel no pain. The tooth will require additional care since it will dry out over time and will be prone to fracture. Your dentist will recommend a crown be placed over the tooth for added support and strength.

It is important to know however, that even though root canal therapy is a routine procedure, if left untreated, it can spread causing significant damage to the tooth and surrounding tissues. It can also make you feel very sick and affect your heart.

Infections of the tooth are nothing to mess around with. If you suspect that your tooth may need a root canal or you have recurring sinus problems or swelling of the cheek and/or neck area, you should make an appointment to see your dentist right away.

Yours in Better Health,
The Your Smile Dental Care Team
(905) 5SMILES

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Pet Dental Health Month


February is National Pet Dental Health Month and while we may love their kisses, we don’t always love their breaths. There’s plenty you can do to keep your pets’ mouths clean and healthy between their dental check-ups and cleanings.

The following recommendations are from the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association:

Dental Health for your Pet:

488038_406660921. Feeding your pet a dry pet food is more effective than feeding moist foods in providing adequate chewing exercise, gum stimulation, and plaque removal.

2. Additional cleaning can be achieved by providing chewing exercises via dry chew treats, rawhide strips, and safe chew toys are designed to help remove plaque that can turn into hard-to-remove tartar.

3. Human toothpaste is toxic to pets! Brush your pet’s teeth several times a week with a toothpaste or liquid designed for them. Your veterinarian can demonstrate the correct method of brushing and recommend a brand for your pet.

4. Animal bones are not recommended for chewing because they can break teeth, damage the gums, or cause intestinal upsets.

5. A dental home care program should also include brushing of the gums.

6. If the practice is new for your pet, tooth brushing should be introduced slowly with only a few teeth at first and with no toothpaste. Gradually include more teeth and introduce toothpaste in very small amounts.

7. You can use a soft infant tooth brush or one designed specifically for pets. There are finger brushes that also available. They are rubber with small bristles at the tip that fit onto your fingers. You may find them easier to use than a traditional toothbrush. Alternatively, a soft cloth wrapped around the index finger can also be used for cleaning.

8. Make dental health a routine part of your pet’s health and home care program. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings at their vet’s office are important and is an opportunity to check for signs of dental problems before they become more complicated and costly.

For more information about pet care follow the link below to the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association.

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Our pets give us so many reasons to SMILE so let’s remember their smiles this month and every day of the year!

Yours in Better Health,
The Your Smile Dental Care Team
(905) 576-4537
(416) 783-3533