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Seal out Tooth Decay

16-03-2015 11-28-20 AMFinding it hard to help your child keep their teeth clean?

One of the most common places where tooth decay develops in children is on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. One way that you can help decrease the incidence of tooth decay in these hard-to-reach areas is the placement of Dental Pit and Fissure Sealants.

Groovy Teeth

If you look closely, you will notice that the biting surface of your child’s back molars have all these grooves and crevices. We call these pit and fissures and they can be very deep making our “pick-like” instrument a handy tool when we need to examine these hard-to-reach areas.  Although the shape of these teeth are important for the grinding of our food while chewing, it also makes cleaning these teeth more difficult. Food and bacteria-filled plaque can easily accumulate in these pits and go unnoticed by people which is why most cavities start in these deep hiding places.

Restricted Areas

16-03-2015 11-40-06 AMToday, there are many types of toothbrushes on the market. They have bristles that are designed to reach deep into the areas of teeth and gums to help remove food and plaque. However, some of the areas are so deep and inaccessible that even the best tooth brusher is restricted from being able to remove everything that gathers in these areas. Removing all of the debris that has become stuck in there is almost impossible.

Seal of Approval

One way to eliminate these crevices is to seal them. Your dentist can apply a sealing material, made of resin, that flows into and fills these deep nooks and crannies creating a barrier that not only protects the enamel from plaque and acid, but also provides a smoother biting surface to make cleaning more effective. Once placed, the sealants prevents plaque and food from being able to accumulate in the pits and makes cleaning much easier.

Check-ups are Essential

24-11-2014 2-21-31 PMIt is important to remember, however, that a sealed tooth is not completely resistant to tooth decay. Oral hygiene and diet is still important because you can not rely solely on sealants to prevent cavities. Seeing your dentist regularly is recommended so that your teeth and the bond of the sealants can be checked for any signs of breakdown or damage.

We protect things that are important to us…

Your child’s teeth are important, but they can be easily damaged by cavities if they are not protected.

At Your Smile Dental Care we have been using dental pit and fissure sealants for years as part of our complete preventive care program. They continue to be a cost-effective and safe way to help further protect teeth for both children and adult alike.

If you would like to learn more about dental sealants or other aspects of our Preventative Care Program, call us today at (905) 5SMILES.

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

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Caring for your Baby’s Teeth

Do you know what the #1 disease among children in this country is?

03-11-2014 2-46-46 PMYou may be surprised to learn that it is tooth decay. It is a very serious problem and we believe that knowing how to care for your child’s oral health when they are babies will help to prevent what is essentially a preventable disease. Here are some great tips on how to keep your baby’s teeth as healthy as can be.


1. First Visit – Bringing your child in their first year as soon as their first tooth appears or before their 1st birthday will help to acquaint your child with the idea of visiting the dentist regularly and allows us to assess the development of their mouth and teeth. It is an opportunity for us to share oral hygiene instructions, diet information, teething tips and accident prevention strategies with you and for you to ask questions so that your child can start their way towards a lifetime of good dental health.

2. Gum Care – You can keep your baby’s gums clean even before they have any teeth at all by taking a soft moistened cloth, and after feeding, rubbing gently along and around the gum area. As well as keeping their gums healthy and clean, this routine will help your child to become accustomed to oral care.

Thumbsucking3. Thumb sucking – Because the developing jaw bone is still soft, the pressure from sucking on thumbs and fingers can actually remould the shape of the dental arch causing teeth to flare out. If you can discourage this before it becomes a habit, you will save yourself a lot of headaches down the road. There are a number of dentally acceptable pacifiers that are available on the market. Their shape is designed to help keep babies’ jaws in the correct position during use and their use should be discarded after the age of 2.

4. Diet – Because sugar is in almost everything, we all have to be extra careful to read labels and monitor how often our children are eating. We can not emphasize enough how important it is to allow at least 4 hours in between meals to allow your child’s saliva to heal any damage done by a sugar-related acid attacks to their teeth enamel.

5. Baby Bottle Decay – This is a painful condition whereby teeth become rotten as a result of being frequently exposed to 03-11-2014 2-59-08 PMliquids containing sugars. Even allowing your child to drink from a sippy cup all throughout the day or have a pacifier dipped in sweetened foods can eventually cause a mouthful of cavities. If your child is already in the habit of drinking from a bottle or sippy cup all day long or while sleeping, you can begin to break this habit by gradually diluting the sugary drink with water over 2-3 weeks until there is eventually just water in their bottle/cup. If done properly, your child should not notice the change.


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: How long should I allow my baby to drink from a bottle?

A: Babies have a natural sucking action that helps to soothe them and aid in the development of muscles, but they can be weaned from using a baby bottle by their 1st birthday and begin drinking from a cup.

6. Oral Hygiene for teeth – You can begin using a soft, infant toothbrush with water to remove plaque and food debris from your child’s teeth as soon as they appear. Avoid using toothpaste until they can spit effectively which is usually around the age of two. Even when young children can brush on their own, parents should still assist them to ensure that their teeth are cleaned properly. As they age and their dexterity improves, you can begin introducing the idea of flossing. Using floss wands/picks help when coordination is still developing. If it is difficult for your child to brush for two minutes you may want to use a musical timer or get them to hum a song like the, “ABCs” while they are brushing.

7. Germs – Many parents are surprised to learn that they can pass on the bacteria in their own mouth bacteria to their babies. Cross-contamination can occur anytime you taste your baby’s food before feeding, blowing on your baby’s food to “cool off ” foods, clean a pacifier or bottle nipple with your mouth, or share a spoon or toothbrush.

8. Mouth Injuries – Traumas to the mouth area can happen easily as a babies learn how to hold their head upright, sit, crawl and walk. As they age and become more mobile, there are new hazards to watch out for and a helmet worn 24-7 is not practical. If your baby experiences an injury to the mouth, bring them to their dentist right away where they will help manage the pain, determine the degree of injury and decide on a course of treatment if necessary.

First Aid for Children’s Teeth

The Importance of Baby Teeth:

The 20 baby teeth are important place holders for 20 of the 32 adult teeth that will eventually replace them. The goal is to keep them as healthy as possible because teeth that are lost too early can cause poor eating habits, speech difficulties, unsightly smile, and crooked and damaged adult teeth. For more information about the importance of baby teeth see our blog:

Baby Teeth DO Matter

At Your Smile Dental Care, we are very passionate about teaching good dental hygiene to children and their parents, but the habits are formed at home. When you know and practice good oral care at home, your child will be more likely to follow your good example. Together, you and your dental team can help your child keep their teeth for life and that is certainly something to SMILE about!
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Yours in Better Dental Health,
The Your Smile Dental Care Team
(905) 576-4537
(416) 783- 3533
yoursmiledentalcare.com

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What causes a Dry Socket?

Dry Socket

A dry socket is healing complication that can occurs after a tooth has been removed by a dentist when the blot clot becomes dislodged or fails to form properly.

 

Normal Healing Process

Normally, after the tooth has been removed a scab (blot clot) begins to form over the tooth socket. Over the next week to 10 days, the patient would ideally be experiencing gradual, progressive healing as gum tissue replaces the clot. In time, the tooth socket will eventually fill in with new bone.

Dry Socket

10-11-2014 2-54-00 PMA dry socket (Alveolar Osteitis) is a painful complication that can occurs if the scab forming over the extraction area becomes disturbed or lost and the underlying bone that lines the tooth socket becomes exposed to the germs, saliva and food debris in the mouth. Symptoms usually starts appearing 2-4 days after the extraction of the tooth.

The patient will typically have swelling, redness, bad breath/taste in mouth and an aching, throbbing pain in the area of the tooth socket. Sometimes this pain radiates along the jaw and into the ears or neck areas. Unfortunately, this pain does not usually respond to any pain medication and must be treated immediately by a dentist.

09-02-2015 8-14-23 PMIt is very important that patients follow all of the after surgery instructions given to them by their dentist in order to avoid the possibility of a dry socket because most time this condition can be avoided.

It is important that the scab that is forming over the site not be dislodged. We advise patients not to disturb the healing site by probing the area with your tongue or fingers, smoking, rinsing too soon or spitting too vigorously, sucking popsicles or using a straw.

10-11-2014 3-43-28 PMThe sucking action that occurs when a person draws in on a cigarette can cause enough negative pressure that it also draws the scab away from the healing site. In addition, nicotine has substances that reduces blood flow at a time when blood circulation is so essential in the healing process. Other things that can disturb clot formations and should be avoided if possible are exercise, laying flat when resting, sneezing, coughing and carbonated, alcoholic or hot drinks.

Treatment

This condition will not go away on it’s own, in fact, it usually worsens. The pain can be so excruciating that a person usually seeks medical help immediately. After examining the area and determining that, indeed, a dry socket exists, the dentist will rinse any debris present then place a medicated paste into the open socket. This medicated dressing is left in the socket and the patient returns for a dressing change 2-3 times more depending on the severity of the condition. Unfortunately, a dry socket will prolong the normal healing time. Patients are encouraged to follow all instruction given by the dentist to avoid any further complications.

If you suspect that your may have a dry socket, see your dentist immediately. Prompt diagnosis of dry socket will allow the blot clot to fill back in so that the area can begin healing again.

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