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The Smile You’ve Always Wanted

What is the first thing about the face that you notice when you first meet a person?

26-10-2015 11-16-00 AMUnquestionably, it is either the eyes or the smile that first impresses upon you.

When it comes to the smile, however, it can light up a room and be a very disarming asset for a person.

No one has a perfect smile, but oftentimes people will ask for one. What we try to achieve is the smile they wish they had – the smile of their dreams!

The advances in dentistry have been tremendous and now it is easier than ever to design the smile that’s right for you!

Perhaps your teeth are discoloured, misaligned, heavily restored or broken down. You may want a less toothy grin or have a gummy smile you want fixed. Whatever your “specific to you” circumstances are, we have an array of cosmetic solutions at our fingertips to replace, correct, align, modify or reconstruct your smile.

Just as people comes in all shapes, sizes and colours – so do teeth!

25-01-2016 12-22-55 PMA very important consideration when selecting the best dental makeover for you is ensuring that the final result compliments the overall shape and characteristics of your own facial features. A smile on one person may not necessarily look good on another.

This is where skill and technique comes in to play. Without this careful and experienced attention to detail, the teeth can be off colour, improperly positioned, too masculine or too feminine looking, disproportionate in length, improper in curvature, and so forth.

Many things have to be taken into account to achieve a final result that is both appealing and natural looking. At Your Smile Dental Care, the procedures we recommend consider both the overall health AND cosmetic wellness of an individual.

We invite you to call us at (905) 576-4537 OR (416) 783-3533 to schedule a consultation appointment. We’ll discuss the possibilities for your oral health and ideal smile so that you can be one step closer to the smile of your dreams!

Browse our smile gallery and see the amazing results of our
quality cosmetic dentistry.

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Yours in Better Health,

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


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Why your dentist asks health questions.

Q: Why does the dentist need to know my medical history and what medications I am taking? I don’t see how this has anything to do with getting my teeth cleaned.

 

The Intimate Connection Between Oral Health and Overall Health

18-01-2016 3-00-40 PMAs the old song goes, the neck bone is connected to the…

Many people are also still surprised to learn just how much oral health is related to overall health. Many medical conditions and medications can have a significant impact on the health of your mouth, teeth and gums. The body systems are connected and the health of one is critical to all. Additionally, just as infections can spread from the mouth throughout the entire body system, so too can the signs of disease show up in the oral cavity first.

When we are cleaning your teeth, we are also examining your mouth and the structures in it, looking at it’s overall health and any signs of abnormalities. Because some systemic conditions of the body and your dental health are closely related, there can be a significant impact on the health of your mouth. Likewise, dentistry can affect the health of your entire body.

Doctor  vs  Dentist

06-05-2014 9-56-15 AMPeople still tend to view the mouth separately from the body, and similarly, dentistry an inferior scope of practice than medicine. While it is true that in dentistry the focus is more narrowly concentrated to the head and neck, it goes without saying that the northern region of the body is a pretty important part of the body.

There’s a saying that general medical doctors know a little about a lot while dental doctors know a lot about a little. Certainly, as a practitioner advances in their careers, taking on additional areas of study and practice, the depth and breath of their knowledge, experience, and skills increases. Each type of doctor brings to the patient different skill sets, scope of practice and levels of education.

One could not expect a cardiologist to perform oral surgery nor a dentist to manipulate the skeleton as a chiropractor does. Likewise, although an endodontist (root canal specialist) is educated as a dentist before continuing their studies in a more specific field of dentistry – with it’s own unique set of procedures – one would not expect them continue to know how to perform the treatment procedures of a general dental practitioner.

So, there is no us versus them. We work as a team of providers, in partner with you, to deliver  healthcare. Just as a we may refer a patient to a chiropractor or pain clinic for a jaw assessment, a primary physician may ask a dentist to exam an area of concern in the mouth or we may consult with one another to co-ordinate or modify treatment, medication or other therapies.

 

The Window of Life

18-01-2016 3-05-56 PMWe often hear that the eyes are the window to your soul, but your mouth can offer an informative view of what’s going on elsewhere in the body. Red, puffy and bleeding gums, sore mouth tissues, ulcers, infections, dry mouth and tooth decay can all be signs of systemic conditions that you may or may not be aware of and your mouth can be altered by the medications you are taking.

It is not uncommon for your dentist to detect diseases first. In fact, *oral cancer is often found to be at a lower stage of cancer and subsequent treatment be initiated quicker when discovered by a dental care provider. We know that early diagnosis is the key to the successful treatment of most diseases. We have literally saved lives with early detection!

We routinely advise patients to see their physician to follow up on something that was noticed during an exam so that appropriate treatment can begin sooner than later.

 

Putting the Pieces Together

18-01-2016 10-45-12 AMSometimes, it’s like solving a puzzle as we try to determine the reason for a change of health in your mouth.  Certain diseases can make current oral health problems even more severe which can exasperate our efforts to get control of and repair a dental issue.

The treatment that the dentist may recommend is dependent on many factors, not the least of which is your current health status. Procedures may have to be delayed or modified for some conditions such as pregnancy, high blood pressure, artificial heart valves, joint replacements or allergies.

It is with your overall health in mind that we ask questions about your “specific to you” medical health. In doing so, we hope to identify and offer ways to improve your dental health.

 

Other important considerations

Questions – If, for example, we see a sudden higher incidence of tooth decay in your mouth, we will begin to ask questions about any change in diet or medications that can have an impact on your mouth’s ability to self-repair. Our line of questioning is designed to determine the reason for the nature and extent of your dental problem then decide the best course of action.

Interactions – We will want to make sure that any medications we may prescribe you will not interact with any of the medications you are currently taking.

Emergencies – In the event of an emergency, knowing what medications you are currently taking can be vital to your health when we are determining our next course of treatment or prescribing other medications.

Updates – We always like to have updated medical information for each of our patients. Always ensure that you inform your dentist of any changes in your health status or in the medications you are taking.

Medication List – Keeping an updated copy of your medications at all times will make it easier to share the information with other healthcare providers.

*Prosthetic Joint Replacements and Heart Stent – If you have had a body part replaced, such as a shoulder, hip, heart valve or knee, or a heart stent placed, you will be advised to take what’s called a prophylactic (preventative) antibiotic before dental cleanings and other procedures. It is for the protection of the surgery site from infection that your surgeon will make this recommendation. They will also advise you as to how long this protocol will continue and the type of antibiotic you will need. *It is very important that you inform your dental care provider if this pertains to you. It could be a matter of life a death!

FamilyFinally, we are a vital member of your Healthcare Team aiming to provide you and your family with safe dental care and practical advice. Taking care of your oral health is an important investment in your overall health.  Never hesitate to call us in advance with your healthcare concerns and questions.

 

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

*Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

 

 


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Tips for Teething

Teething Tots

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Sometimes, it just seems so unfair. Just when you get to that stage in a baby’s life when they’re finally sleeping through the night the Terrible Teething phase begins.

What most parents want to know is how long the teething stage will last and what are some of the most effective remedies that we would recommend.

Unfortunately, we can not predict how long nor how severe your baby’s teething will be. It may surprise you to learn that some babies are born with teeth!

Generally speaking, however, teething can begin as early as 3 months of age and ends with the emergence of the last primary teeth – the second molars. Knowing that these last teeth will arrive between the ages of 2 to 3 doesn’t make the idea of teething any more thrilling, but usually there are some periods of relief in between each type of tooth’s appearance. Hopefully, you’ll learn what works best for your child along the way, making each teething period more tolerable than the last.

Know the Signs

Teething

 

The signs of tooth eruption will usually begin before the first tooth pokes through the gums. Symptoms can last for just a few short days while the new tooth emerges, or as long as several months if they come in close succession.

Drooling, fever, irritability, tender and swollen gums, and trouble sleeping are all common during teething. Your baby may also be more fussy at mealtimes, grab at their face and ears, and have looser bowel movements.

When to worry

Oftentimes, you may notice several of these symptoms together, however, some symptoms should not be dismissed. If your baby is experiencing a fever, diarrhea, vomiting or a fever lasting more than 24 hours you should have it checked out by a physician.

Ways to Soothe

Not all babies are fussy during their teething periods. If you’re asking, there’s lots of people and plenty of online sites willing to give advice on how to soothe your teething child. Some methods work, some don’t, while some can be actually dangerous  like this still trendy item. You will soon find out what works best for your bay.

Consider some of these simple tips to begin with:

  • Drooling – Excessive drooling, although part of the teething process, can cause skin irritation that can become sore and chapped. Rubbing your04-01-2016 10-18-29 AM baby’s wet chin can also start to irritate the skin after a while. When drying your baby’s chin with a clean cloth, use soft, dabbing motions then apply a water-based moisturizing cream or lotion.
  • Pressure – Try rubbing your baby’s aching gums with slight pressure using a clean finger or clean, moistened cloth/gauze.
  • Cold therapy –  Cold therapy can be a great reliever of discomfort. With babies, however, you have to be careful not to use extreme cold as it can harm the tender tissues of the mouth, lips, gums and even hands. There are products on the market that you can freeze, but we recommend using a chilled cloth, pacifier, spoon or teething ring and always under supervision. Be sure to check teething items often for signs of wear and breakage.
  • Gnawing – Babies seems to naturally grab onto anything and put it in their mouths. The pressure associated with biting on hard items can be soothing. If your child has moved onto solid foods, you can chill hard foods such as whole carrots or celery and allow them to gnaw on it.  They can hold the food with their hands or you can put the food item into a meshed product that is designed specifically for this purpose. There are teething cookies available that are both nutritious and shaped for handling. Again, close supervision is a must for any pieces that may break off and become a choking hazard.
  • Chilled foods – You can offer them their foods chilled if they will take it. There are products that are designed for self feeding of pureed foods. By placing pureed foods into the mesh container your baby will be able to chew and suck on the food without the risk of choking.
  • Pain relievers – Consult your baby’s physician if you choose to use an over the counter pain reliever as a remedy for teething. Understand the difference between  acetaminophen and  ibuprofen. Both are pain relievers. Ibuprofen reduces inflammation (swelling and redness), tends to last a little longer, but must be given with food to avoid stomach upset. It is not recommended for babies under 6 months of age.  Acetaminophen is milder on the stomach, but is not an anti-inflammatory. If you are unsure of the correct dosage, intake frequency or the potential side effects, always consult your doctor or pharmacist as this information is especially crucial for your baby’s welfare. Beware of teething medications that contain Benzocaine – a local anesthetic. It is found in common pain relievers for sore gums (Anbesol, Hurricaine, Orajel, Baby Orajel, and Orabase) and has been linked to a rare, but serious condition called methemoglobinemia that interferes with blood oxygen.
  • Alcohol – No matter how much someone may insist that whiskey is the best natural pain reliever, we cannot recommend it use.

Late Teeth

It is not uncommon for parents to be concerned when no tooth has appeared by 8 months of age, especially when they see other babies getting their teeth. There is a usual and customary pattern of eruption, but some children’s teeth are slower to appear.

If you see no other signs of impaired development, especially with respect to bones, skin and hair, there probably isn’t anything to be concerned about. However, by about 18 months teeth should be starting to emerge into the mouth. We expect that all 20 teeth should have made their arrival by 3 years of age.

Use this chart as a reference guide:

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Your Child’s First Visit

A good recommendation to follow is to have your child’s first dental visit by age one years of age since tooth decay can occur as soon as teeth are present in the mouth. We call this 1st Dental Visit at 1st Birthday.  An early visit to our office is a good opportunity to acquaint your child with going to the dentist and allows us to examine your child’s dental development and discuss things like:

1. How to properly care for their teeth and mouth.

2. Dental development including teething and losing teeth.

3. Why tooth decay occurs and how to prevent it.

4. Proper dietary habits for healthy teeth.

5. Habits such as snacking, sippy cups, night time bottles, thumb sucking, pacifiers and tongue thrusting.

6. How to prevent some of the common accidents that can occur affecting the mouth and teeth.

04-01-2016 10-22-47 AMThere is an increasing number of children developing preschool cavities. Prevention is what every parent should be aiming for with regards to their child’s overall health. It has been our experience that the sooner children begin learning about the importance of proper oral care and having regular dental visits, the more likely that they will have healthier teeth in their adult years.

No one want a child’s first visit to the dentist be a repair visit because of dental decay, infection, neglect or due to an emergency accident. It takes time to build a trusting relationship with healthcare providers and every child is different.

If starting your child’s dental health off right sounds like a good idea, give us a call today!

At Your Smile Dental Care, we believe that kids like to have fun. We know from experience that introducing your child to the dentist at an early age and in a positive, relaxed manner will help them come to see dental visits as routine so they can avoid future apprehension.

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Yours in Better Dental Health,

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