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Something About Mary, A Dental Story…

Building Relationships ~ One patient at a time!

26-10-2015 11-16-00 AMLike many of our patients who “grew up in our practice,” Mary never had a fear of going to the dentist. From a young age she has always been a happy smile that we get to see twice a year.

She brightens up our office every time she walks through our doors. One day recently, we asked her about this sunny disposition of hers when it comes to her appointments and her answer turned into this wonderful story that she then wrote down afterwards when she got home and sent it to us. We feel privileged to share it with you.


 

              I get excited when I get to come in and get my teeth cleaned. There’s nothing like that fresh, just polished feel after a check-up and cleaning.

            When it comes to my comfort level at my dental office, I’ve never really thought about it. I’ve been coming here all of my life and I feel a great connection with the whole team. When I come in, I get a chance to catch up and share what’s going on in my life with everyone and I know they truly care about me. Everyone’s been here, like forever and I have a connection here like no other healthcare place I attend.        

            One time when I was in about grade 10 we had a class discussion at school about fears. I couldn’t believe it when so many hands went up to choose, “the dentist!” I was like, “What?” I honestly couldn’t relate. I always looked forward to my trips to Dr. Axelrod, rides in the dental chair, learning about my teeth and how to care for them, choosing my toy prize in the treasure box, being part of the “No Cavity Club”, and going home with my new dental goody bag containing a new toothbrush and kid’s toothpaste and colouring book. I mean, what’s not to like about that?”

            My parents never made a big fuss about treatment or anything about the dentist for that matter, so visits just seemed commonplace and routine. So, when I had a cavity once, I never had any fear before my visit. It was treated like all of my other routine visits – fun, fun fun! Getting my tooth fixed was just another fun visit.

            Now that I’m an adult, I’ve been coming in for more frequent cleaning because I feel like every 9 months is just way too long between cleanings. I’m told that I have really healthy teeth and I know that because I’ve always taken care of them I will probably be able to keep them forever and not have to worry about my teeth when I’m older. Whenever any of my friends have any problems with their teeth I say, “Go see my dentist. You’ll love him!” That’s my story!



Wow!
  When we first asked her about her sunny side, we weren’t expecting all of this, but we weren’t surprised either. We have many adults who have been coming here since their “First Visit.” We are tremendously honoured when they choose us to care for their own children’s dental health and appreciate all of their kind referrals of family and friends.

af51dd89-a5da-4f6a-b6d1-521031ac6af6Do you have a great dental story for us?

We’d love to hear about it and others would love to also. Positive dental stories help people have hope that they can come into a dental office, regardless of their level of dental health, and know that they will be treated kindly and receive the same type of care that Mary has enjoyed all of her life.

The road to optimal dental health is a journey for some and we’re here to help set you on the right path. It just takes a few steps forward to a place where you’ll find a comforting welcome! 🙂
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Yours in Better Dental Health,

The Your Smile Dental Care Team,
(905) 576-4537
(416) 783-3533
www.yoursmiledentalcare.com

 

 


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Why are we interested in your spit?

17-11-2014 3-23-49 PMYour medical information provides us with valuable information that may help us understand the conditions in your mouth. A review of your medical history can reveal that some of your medications, illnesses and therapies are affecting your saliva, which in turn, can have an impact on your dental health. We need a certain amount and consistency of saliva to keep our mouth and teeth healthy.

Saliva, commonly known as spit, is an amazing component of our body. It is designed to be so effective in bathing and protecting our teeth and maintaining a healthy pH-level in our mouth that, along with crunchy, natural cleansing foods, early humans experienced very little decay. But, our eating habits have changed drastically and the environment of our mouth and the amount of bad bacteria, in addition to the effects of medications, illnesses or therapies, hinders the effectiveness of our saliva’s medicinal properties.


Why is Spit so Important?

On average, a healthy person produces about a litre of saliva a day. Saliva production increases during eating, however, at night our saliva production halts which is why it is important to remember to brush and floss before you go to sleep! Saliva is 99% water and 1% electrolytes, mucus, glycoproteins, enzymes, and some antibacterial compounds. Disruptions in the quality or quantity of saliva has a significant impact on the environment of our mouth. Only when we see the destructive nature of a dry mouth can we truly appreciate how important saliva is.

Saliva is key in:

– washing foods and debris away from teeth and

– helping to dilute and eliminate sugars left in your mouth after swallowing

– restoring the acidity of the mouth to a healthier, neutral pH-level

– helping to prevent the breakdown of the hard parts of the teeth

– creating the suction between dentures and the gums.

– replacing minerals that have “leeched out” of the teeth during the acid attack process.

– aids the digestion process by breaking down starches and fats we eat

– lubricating our foods making it easier to swallow

– keeping mouth tissues moist

– normal sense of taste

– helping us speak

Dry Mouth

When we produce less saliva or the consistency of our saliva is thick it can leave our mouth dryer than normal.  A dry mouth has a huge impact on our dental health resulting in:

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To learn more about dry mouth read our article here.

If you are suffering from persistent dry mouth, there are solutions. Oral rinses can supplement the moisture in your mouth and sugarless gums or candies can help stimulate the production of saliva in your mouth.


Saliva and Tartar Formation

23-03-2015 11-32-01 AMEver wonder how you get that hard gunk on your teeth that only your dental team can remove? That is bacterial rich plaque that you did not remove while brushing or flossing your teeth and has now hardened onto your teeth. It is mushy and sticky at first, but then minerals from our salvia start to mix with this soft plaque and it begins to become so hard that we have to use specialized instruments to scrape (scale) it off.

We call this material calculus and it can be found above and below your gum line and in between your teeth. There tends to be a higher concentration of calculus on the cheek side of upper molars and behind the lower front teeth as these areas are directly next to where our saliva ducts secrete salvia into the mouth.

Plaque can also accumulate and harden on dentures or other dental appliances that are not removed and cleaned often enough. This calculus is very destructive to teeth and gums.

Tartar and Tooth Sensitivity

For some people, who have allowed this material to build up and remain on their teeth for a very long time, having it removed can result in increased tooth sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures. This is because the calculus destroyed the gum tissue that would normally cover the tooth’s root surface. The root is not as highly mineralized (hard) as our tooth enamel and is therefore more sensitive to changes in temperatures and acidic foods.

Saliva and Cavities

The cavity process begins when bacteria “eat” and ferment the sugar we provide them creating acids. It is a complex process that is affected by many factors, but simply put, this acid attacks our teeth and can dissolve some of the important minerals that make up the hard parts of our teeth. The saliva starts the repair process by hardening the affected areas of the teeth by depositing minerals. This demineralization (acid attack) and remineralization (repair) happens every time we consume sugars and acids in our diet. It can become a constant battle throughout the day if you eat frequently.

Saliva and our Diet

A healthy mouth has a pH of between 6.75 and 7.25 and the key is trying to maintain this level in order to keep disease at bay. When the pH-level becomes more acidic the harmful bacteria begin to multiply and dominate. One thing you can do to help maintain a neutral pH-level in the mouth and a healthy level of beneficial bacteria is to adopt a diet that is low in simple carbohydrates or sugars and to reduce the amount of meals you eat during the day.  We cannot emphasize this enough.

The Dangers of Snacking

8-13-2015 3-20-42 PMIt is important to remember, however, that this repair process can take up to 4-5 hours and should not be interrupted by eating more sugars or acidic foods. This is an essential consideration and should not be left out of the healthy foods conversation, especially when you are trying to reduce cavities for yourself and your children.

Demineralization and Toothbrushing

It is not recommended that your brush your teeth immediately after an acid attack. The hard surfaces of the teeth that have been softened by acids are vulnerable to the scrubbing action of your toothbrush bristles. You will cause less additional wear to your teeth if you wait at least 30 minutes after eating or drinking.

The Miracle of Saliva

We constantly get bombarded by information about making healthy choices and changing our lifestyles in order to obtain and maintain our well-being. What if we told you that by focusing on the health of your mouth you can make significant inroads towards a healthier you?

19-10-2015 8-33-19 PMFor years the world of dentistry has been telling patients that if they brushed and flossed and visited the dentist regularly they’d have healthy mouths that were free of disease. But over the years, we’ve seen that, sometimes, this isn’t enough. We see cavities in patients who care for their teeth and gums as instructed, while others with mouths full of plaque and irregular care have little to no cavities and even no alarming degree of gingivitis. The old adage that, “You are what you eat” is an essential part of the equation, but so is, “When you eat.”

We are still learning about the miracle of saliva and are gaining new insights into the complex relationship of all the different types of bacteria in the mouth. While many people find saliva and it’s accumulation in the mouth to be revolting, our Your Smile Dental Care team truly appreciate it’s unique medicinal and diagnostic properties … and that’s nothing to spit at!

Yours in Better Dental Health,

The Your Smile Dental Care team
(905) 576-4537
(416) 783-3533
www.yoursmiledentalcare.com