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Protecting Your New Smile!

When You Smile, We Smile!

25-01-2016 1-10-24 PMIt’s a wonderful day when you finally get the new smile you’ve always dreamed of. It’s a great feeling for us at Your Smile Dental Care as well. Nothing is so satisfying as seeing gratitude in a patient’s smile; it’s a feeling that never gets old!

Over the years, we have helped thousands of patients improve their smiles. For some, it’s can literally be a fairy tale come true when a cosmetic dental makeover has improved and transformed their smile dramatically!

There are many reasons why people improve their smiles. They may not like the size, shape or arrangement of their original teeth. They may have injured or diseased teeth that need restoring or they may just want to turn back time on an aged smile. In many cases, the flaws people see in their smiles may not negatively affect their oral health, but they can still have a real and lasting impact on their confidence and self-esteem.

Protect your Investment!


04-11-2014 2-04-12 PMOral hygiene
When practiced conscientiously and often, caring for your teeth can not be stressed enough. Dental materials can not decay, but your underlying tooth still can! Where your own tooth meets the cosmetic material is the areas that are most susceptible to cavities. We monitor these areas closely when you come in for regular recare visits. Your careful attention at home with tooth brushing and flossing will protect your investment for years to come.

Diet
 Aside from oral hygiene, your diet has the greatest impact on the health of your teeth. Snacking too often in between meals and sipping sugary drinks are the leading cause of cavities today! It takes 4-5 hours in between your meals for your saliva to heal the surfaces of your teeth after the acid attacks from eating. Respecting this time and the your body’s natural defence against cavities will go a long way in helping prevent tooth decay.

Abrasives
02-06-2014 11-14-48 AMWe want you to brush your teeth, but NOT brush them away! Abrasives are harsh enough to wear away surfaces. Over time (sooner than you think), highly acidic diets, hard toothbrushes, harsh toothpastes and powders, high-powered cleaning jets (home and professional) and acidic-based fluorides can scratch and erode the lustre, shine and even colour of cosmetic materials and roughen their surfaces. Rough and pitted areas pick up stains, food debris and plaque more easily. What may look bright, shiny and smooth today will become dull, pitted and stained tomorrow!

Gum Recession
Your dental cosmetics will be designed to fit up against the living tissues of your gum. Your gum tissue can shrink and wear away over the years because of plaque/tartar accumulation, harsh scrubbing actions with a toothbrush, and abrasive tooth pastes. When this happens, a tiny gap can appear. If the gum continues to recede, this gap can become markedly more noticeable and the underlying, more sensitive root surface can also become visible. Your dental hygienist will help you find a healthy balance between brushing them in a manner that stimulates good blood flow to their tissues and removes accumulated food and plaque while being gentle enough not to destroy and wear your gums away.

Alcohol
Alcohol is a solvent which makes it capable of dissolving certain materials. Excessive alcohol consumption and over using alcohol-based mouth rinses can affect the longevity of dental cements and white filling material used in cosmetic dental work by softening and dissolving them. Deterioration can cause the bond between the cosmetic work and the tooth to dissolve and can roughen the surface of white fillings making them appear dull looking and more susceptible to staining.

Habits
Nail Biting copySome habits  die hard. Those that can cause the chipping and breaking of your new teeth are worth spending time to control today rather than having your beautiful new smile repaired tomorrow. Try to avoid habits like nail biting, pencil chewing, opening items with your teeth and using your front teeth to do the grinding and chewing of molars. If you clench and grind your teeth, your dentist will certainly recommend wearing a night guard to protect your new teeth from these dangerous stresses and forces.

Sports
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Impact sports and rough activity can cause injury to the mouth, but simple play can too. While no one can predict an accident we can help prevent them by reducing the risks. Protective head gear and dental guards are significantly less expensive than the cost to repair broken and injured teeth. Before play, take a look at the surroundings, know and understand the rules of safe play and consider all that could cause potential harm before play begins.

Long Term Success

It has been our experience that patients with cosmetic dental treatments tend to take much better care of their teeth once they’ve invested in a new, beautiful smile. And while the materials used in dental cosmetics are durable and long-lasting, if they do require some repair down the road, most mends are relatively easy to fix as long as your dental team catches it early. That is why regular check-up are so vitally important to the long term success of your new smile.

And remember, fads will come and go, but teeth are always in style. Take care of them and they will serve you for years to come!

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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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To Floss or not to Floss?

When was the last time you flossed or even thought about flossing?

Open Laugh 2I know, I know, we keep telling you how essential flossing is. You may also have heard people say that they have never flossed and don’t have any cavities, gum disease or any other dental related issues. Well, there will always be those outliers, those that fall outside of what we consider, “typical.”

Preparing for the future and possessing foresight is not a strength everyone has, but we are on the front lines (so to speak) when it comes to disappointment and regret. We hear it from patients all the time.

“I wish I had taken better care of my teeth”

“I wish I have flossed”

“I wish, I wish…”

Even when the signs of neglect is staring someone right in the face, the insight is not always there. Flossing seems like a simple invitation, but it can be a difficult one for some people to accept regardless of the dental problems they may be facing.

If you are some who is not convinced, we want you to try this test. It’s just a simple test, but the results may just surprise you!

The Test:

Part 1: Take 5 minutes to thoroughly brush all of your teeth. Do the best job you can then give your mouth a good rinse.

How great do they feel? Does your mouth and teeth feel clean and fresh?

Now try this:

Part 2: Take some floss or use a floss wand, if that easier for you, and floss in between a couple of front teeth then a couple of back molars.

Did you get any plaque or food debris on your teeth? You did? Now, be extra brave and smell what’s on your floss.

Results:

Most people will find that they did find some accumulated plaque/food on their floss after such a thorough cleaning and this test demonstrates what you are missing when you just clean your teeth with a toothbrush only.

The Importance of Flossing:

7-16-2014 2-13-43 PMFlossing reaches most of those hard to reach in between the teeth places where your toothbrush can not reach. Even if you are using a toothbrush that is designed to be flexible enough to splay out to reach into these difficult spots, it is just not enough to complete the job! In fact, a toothbrush alone only cleans 60% of your tooth surfaces.

One of our jobs is to elevate your at home habits so that you can have the best chance for a healthy mouth. Flossing is an essential part of your oral hygiene routine and only takes a few extra moments of your time.

We recommend that you floss at least once a day. Bedtime and when you have something stuck between your teeth are the two most common times for flossing. Making it part of your nighttime routine makes the most sense since your saliva flow is greatly reduced during your sleep. Saliva not only helps to remineralize and repair your teeth, but it also helps to wash less stickier debris away from your teeth and keep your gums hydrated.

3-14-2016 1-09-28 PMAt Your Smile Dental Care, we are always dealing with the future. We continually make calculated decisions based on the evidence we see now while keeping an eye on the long term benefits of our recommendations.

While the future is hard to predict and we don’t have a crystal ball, we know with certainty that it is neglect that is costly, not dental care.

 

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

 

 

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If I have a cavity why can’t I feel it?

The Battleground

3-14-2016 5-27-20 PMThere is always a battle going on in your mouth! There is bacteria present in your mouth that produce an acid that can attack your tooth and dissolve (demineralize) it away. Fortunately, we also have saliva that is capable of repairing (remineralizing) the early stages of this acid attack on the tooth. This process is natural and a hole begins to form in the tooth only if  demineralization action  far outweighs remineralization.

Once a hole in the tooth become irreversible, there are different stages to the cavity process. As a disease, it is progressive like any other disease of the body. The enamel portion of a tooth has no feeling which is why you are usually not able to feel it. The longer you wait to have a tooth with a cavity repaired, the  larger it will grow until it finally progresses into that portion of your tooth that is more sensitive to the presence of this decay. This is when you may begin to feel some of the discomfort associated with deeper cavities.

3-14-2016 6-05-10 PMIf left untreated, it will eventually reach what people commonly refer to as the “nerve” of the tooth. If a decay is allowed to reach this portion of the tooth, then it can no longer be cleaned out and replaced with dental filling material. At this stage, repair will also involve treatment to the nerve (pulpal) center of the tooth.

What Cavity?

When you attend your dental office for a check-up exam and are told you have some cavities that need to be repaired, it is understandable why you would ask the question, “If I have a cavity, why doesn’t it hurt?”  Some people even decide to put off having the tooth repaired because it isn’t really bothering them now. If your tooth is showing very early sign of decay which is still at a stage where steps can be taken to prevent it from getting bigger, then your dentist will probably give you some oral hygiene and diet instructions and monitor the situation.

We call these areas Incipient Decay (“watches”), and it is important that you return for your regular check-up visits so that the dentist can re-check the decayed area to ensure that there has been no further damage.

Understanding that dental decay (cavities) is a disease process and that is involves the rotting away (decaying) of body tissue will help you appreciate why we take the matter so seriously. If your family doctor told you that you had another part of your body that is rotting away, you would not likely delay treatment until it hurts. No one wants to have a condition in their body that can eventually become an infection. Infections can become so severe that it can lead to the loss of a body part. Untreated tooth decay can eventually lead to the loss of a tooth.

Still, we understand that if you are not experiencing any discomfort and can’t see any damage, then it can be hard to justify immediate treatment.

It’s like…

18-01-2016 3-00-40 PM…going to your physician for your annual examinations hoping for the reassurance that everything is fine with your body and that, overall, you are healthy. Sometimes, however, your doctor may detect an issue of concern and order further tests. Sometimes, these tests  reveal  an underlying condition even though you are feeling quite well and are experiencing no signs or symptoms – ones that you can detect that is!

Clinically (with our eyes), we only see about a third of a person’s dental health which is why, in the absence of pain or signs and symptoms, a picture is truly worth a thousand words. X-rays provide valuable information of that portion of the tooth that is below the gum line as well as the bone that supports it. We also have intra-oral cameras that can zoom into an hard to see area of the mouth and show up on our computer monitor for better patient viewing.

Blind Trust

06-05-2014 9-56-15 AMGone are the days of blind trust when people rarely questioned the recommendation of a health care practitioner. Nowadays, information abounds and patients are “informed consumers.” They also know that communication is key to understanding their state of health and any treatment options offered. No matter the level of trust a person may or may not have, healthcare providers sometimes have to convince patients of the need for treatment. When there is no pain or symptoms, patients can be especially distrustful and may even question the provider’s competence or integrity.

Dentistry is no exception, but we are an evidence-based industry which is why our diagnostic tools are so essential during examination. Being able to show a patient an infection, a broken tooth or a cavity where no symptoms exist helps a patient to see what we see and to understand why intervention is necessary.

One of the cornerstones of our practice at Your Smile Dental Care is trust, but trust is often built up over time as the patient/doctor relationship grows. Some of our most skeptical and suspicious patients have become our most trusting and loyal patients.

So don’t put of tomorrow what you can fix today!

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