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Too Much of a Good Thing

10-03-2014 2-45-27 PM - CopyEveryone likes the look of clean, white teeth. White teeth imply health for many and don’t we all want to look and feel healthy?

So many people want whiter than white teeth that many will often go to extremes to get it. Make no mistake – we love white teeth too and promote the use of whitening in our office, but when it comes to overdoing it, we have seen a few unfortunate mishaps arise from the DIY playbook.

Beautifying teeth is nothing new, but we’ve come a
long way
 from the corner shop barber/dentist

Having white, clean looking teeth isn’t a new fad. The Victorian were trending the whole arctic white teeth thing long before us. Unfortunately, they learned too late that the practice of rinsing with nitric acid may have given them blindingly white teeth, but it cost them their enamel along the way. Many were left with a mouthful of rotten stubby teeth soon afterwards. We see the same type of enamel erosion caused by stomach acids on the teeth of bulimic patients or on those who consume large quantity of acidic drinks.

And long before the Victorians, the ancient Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, Asians were all using various items and methods to whiten and also cosmetically alter their teeth. So, beautifying teeth is nothing new, but we have come a long way since from the corner barber/dentist for a shave and a little dental work.

Moderation is a word we prefer, especially when we advise our patients about brightening up their smiles. Today, we are finding that patients are not only going to the extreme when it comes to whitening, but tooth brushing as well. Understanding that the beautiful sheen to your very calcified enamel needs to be protected, can go a long way when choosing what you will use to keep it bright & clean.

Online Remedies

YSDC3Although we know better today, the explosion of both credible and incredible online information can be both empowering and dangerous to those seeking a more convenient and holistic approach for their healthcare needs. Home remedies have been around forever and some are still with us because they have stood the test of time in both effectiveness and safety.

A quick search online will yield you all kinds of home remedies for healing or whitening teeth. Home dental care remedies may soothe or calm down an aggravating dental problem, but if the problems persists, you should see your dentist right away.

Attending to a dental issue while it is small is much easier to correct than allowing it to spread or get much worse.  When using at-home whitening recipes you must be careful not to use ingredients that are highly abrasive to teeth or acidic enough to erode enamel. Acidic or course products prove to be very counter-productive in the long run as they wear away enamel with their corrosive or abrading properties. If you are considering whitening your teeth with an online remedy or DIY kit, we advise that you also consider discussing the benefits and risks with your dentist beforehand.

Although, we’ve tried to warn people about the hazards of some of these remedies, we face a growing number of skeptical people – people who are dubious of our advice rather than these online claims. Unfortunately, they may not have seen the consequences firsthand as we have.

Everything in Moderation – including Abundance

 

Hard Bristled Toothbrushes

06-06-2016 3-31-18 PMThere are still many people who are diehards when is comes to using hard-bristled toothbrushes and what’s even harder is trying to convince them otherwise.

To some, it stands to reason that the harder the toothbrush, the more efficiently plaque and build-up can be removed from tooth surfaces. In fact, many people do not feel that they’re getting their teeth “clean” unless they are using a stiff, hard bristled toothbrush and scrubbing forcefully. Sometimes, we suspect that if Comet came out with a toothpaste, it would be a hit with some consumers. All kidding aside, you’ll also find all kinds of conspiracy theories online about the dental industry pedaling soft toothbrushes so that there WILL be buildup and cavities and destruction and that is unfortunate.

Any buildup that cannot be removed with a soft or even medium toothbrush, will not come off  without professional cleaning

The idea behind soft bristled toothbrushes is that the softer the bristles, the more “splay” or flexibility the bristles have to really get at those hard to reach areas in and between teeth. And unlike hard bristles that can cut gum tissues and allow harmful bacteria into the bloodstream, soft bristle are gentle on your gums. What you’re looking for in a toothbrush is one that allows you to apply the ideal pressure and bristle action to both stimulates the gums and provide the necessary protection of these tissues. With hard bristles, it is almost impossible to avoid tissue trauma and eventual gum recession.

Important: Any buildup that cannot be removed with a soft or even medium toothbrush, will not come off  without professional cleaning and scrubbing vigorously will only lead to damage of the supportive gum tissue that surrounds and protect the teeth. Even dentures do not need to be cleaned with a hard brush if they are being cleansed daily. Hard brushes can create scratches and grooves and remove that nice looking, buffed sheen on a denture.

How to Brush Properly

Holding your toothbrush to the gum line at a 45 degree angle, use very light pressured strokes in either a circular motion or a vibrating motion. Roll your toothbrush downwards towards the biting surface of the tooth. When you brush, your toothbrush should come in contact with your gums to adequately remove all the plaque where your gums meet your tooth. “Scrubbing” damages your gums even with a soft toothbrush. Using a hard brush doesn’t prevent tartar buildup. Tartar builds up because of ineffective tooth brushing. We have patients with the best of oral hygiene who still get build-up and need to come in for regular dental cleanings.

Watch our tooth brushing video: Dental Care Instructions

 

 

Diet

Do you ever wonder why that despite your efforts to brush and floss regularly you still end up with cavities and gum problems?

While good oral hygiene habits are essential for healthy teeth and gums , the spacing of meals is equally important. Minimizing the harmful attacks from the bacteria in our mouths go a long way in preventing the destruction of teeth and their supportive tissues. The severity of damage depends on how long and how frequent acids are allowed to be in contact with teeth.  Sticking to 3 healthy meals a day and avoiding the urge to snack will reduce the number of acid attacks that dissolve enamel and allow the necessary time (4-5hours) for your mineral-rich saliva to neutralize your acidic mouth and repair the damage from bacterial acids. Learn more here:  Getting the Upper Hand on Cavities

 

Your Partner in Dental Health

We  are pleased that more patients are wanting to take an active role in their dental care by improving the look of their smiles. It’s easier than ever to get great looking teeth, but safety and moderation are the most important considerations for the health and longevity of Your Smile.

 

 

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A bright, healthy smile is always in fashion,
The Your Smile Dental Care Team
(905) 576-4537
(416) 783-3533
www.yoursmiledentalcare.com

 


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Bad Breath Buster

Ready for Fresh Breath?

So, you’ve just spent 5 minutes carefully and attentively brushing your teeth and flossing. They feel great and your mouth smell minty fresh – or does it?

What about that other place in your mouth full of strands of tissue that make the perfect hiding place for all of those nasty germs that you just brushed off your teeth?

Your TONGUE!

Look at your tongue right now. Does it look clean? Chances are there is some degree of coating on your tongue and removing this odour-causing buildup should become part of your home care routine every day.

It’s easy to forget the tongue while you’re busy focusing on your teeth and gums, but bacteria, plaque, viruses, food and dead cells love to accumulate amid all the nooks and crannies on your tongue and contribute to poor oral health and bad breath. In fact, studies show that up to 80% of bad breath originates on the tongue.

The tongue has the heaviest bacterial count of any part of your mouth!

I’m sure everyone is familiar with that sulphurous odour that smells like rotten eggs. Well, the reason why bad breath is such a common problem is that the germs on the tongue produce this smelly gas, yet it is an area of the mouth that is often overlooked during our home care.

And it’s not enough to just clean your tongue with a toothbrush after you have taken care of your teeth. The toothbrush id designed for the smooth, solid surfaces of your teeth and gums whereas your tongue has a rougher, hair-like landscape. Germs must be scraped out of these deep areas not just brushed around. Mouth rinses are not effective either in removing this coating and many brands contain alcohol which “dry out” the mouth allowing the breeding of even more bacteria.

Tongue Scraper

Tongue Scrapers

Although there are tons of products on the market to clean your tongue, we advise our patients to stick to the tongue scrapers such as the one in the photo above. Used once in the morning and again during the day, these scrapers are glided along the tongue’s surface in a back to front direction bringing the white coating forward and off the tongue. This will help eliminate the bacteria and their volatile odours.

Be careful not to scrape too harshly as you can irritate the tongue’s surface. It is also important to keep well hydrated during the day as a dry mouth also contributes to bad breath. Using sugar-free gums and mints during the day can assist your salvia in keeping your mouth moist. If dry mouth has been a problem for you, you may want to read our article, “Dry Mouth.” You can access it here:

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The Mouth-Body Connection

If you have persistent bad breath or you suspect that the coating on your tongue is more than just a collection of germs or food you should come in for a dental examination as soon as possible. There are other conditions/diseases of the tongue that cause discolouration, swelling or flaking of the tongue’s tissue that require more attention than just a simple cleaning. Most are easily treated with medication while others can be more serious or even life threatening.

Bad breath can result from gum disease, cavities or any number of health conditions. It is important to remember that your mouth is an area of the body where illnesses of the body often manifest themselves. We refer to this as the Mouth-Body connection and during dental examinations we see more than just your teeth and gums.

Please talk to us about your concerns. We’re here to help.

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


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Prolonging Your Teeth Whitening

How to Prevent Discolouration of Whitening

 

Tooth whitening is still a popular and effective way to brighten Your Smile without removing any of your natural tooth surface. With all the commercial and dental professional whitening solutions available, your choices are many.

 

Cost           Treatment time           Effectiveness

These are the top 3 things that most people will consider when choosing a whitening product. Very few of us have brilliantly white teeth and there are many things that can cause discolouration of the surface enamel including aging.

 

How light will it go and How long will it last???

These are the 2 most commonly asked questions about whitening: How light will the teeth become and how long can they expect the brighten to stay.

Not every person achieves the same results. Most people get great results, while others are not as satisfied. Some people have to try different products or methods until they find the one that works best for them. While still other, do not follow after-care recommendations that can prevent or slow down the re-staining of teeth.

How Light Can I Go?

How much your teeth will lighten depends on a number of factors. The effectiveness of whitening will vary from person to person and product to product.

 

In general:

1) Some kits come with a shade guide so you can determine your existing teeth colour before whitening then do an after-treatment comparison.

2) Teeth with grey undertones do not lighten as well as yellow teeth do

3) Depending on the product of choice, teeth should improve 3-6 shades lighter

4) If you are not happy with the whitening results after trying different products/methods then you may want to consider dental veneers.

5) How effective a commercial product is will depend on the amount of whitening agent (usually hydrogen peroxide) it contains.

 

 

How Long Will It Last?

Again, this varies from person to person. Some people whiten once/month, while others once/year. Some people say that anything that can stain a white shirt may stain teeth. So, basically, if you’re not whitening, your darkening.

 

You can keep your teeth whiter for longer by following these tips:

1) Avoid foods that stain teeth such as richly pigmented wines/juices/ fruit/vegetables/spices like turmeric/balsamic/condiments/soya sauce

2) Avoid or cut down on coffee/tea which contain tannins that stain.

3) Use a straw if you would like your richly coloured drink to bypass your teeth.

4) Rinse your mouth immediately after eating. Do not brush, however, for at least 20minutes. Your teeth may still be soft from bacterial acid attacks and you may scratch enamel surface. Food pigments can hide in these scratched areas.

5) Acidic foods and drinks can cause etching to your enamel surface increasing the likelihood of more staining

6) Avoid abrasive toothbrushes and toothpastes that can abrade teeth and ruin their protective coating.

7) Some foods can create a protective coating over your teeth – like cheese. You can eat then before eating foods you think may stain your teeth.

8) Good oral hygiene is a must to keep unsightly plaque from accumulating which also picks up stains from the food/drinks we consume.

9) Understand, the bacteria acids can erode and pit teeth which allows a place for food stains to accumulate.

10) Check food labels. Many foods have colourants you may not even be aware of.

11) Some whitening systems include a touch-up kit that allows you to do a quick lightening at intervals.

Other Considerations:

Sensitivity – We always recommend that our patient brush with a toothpaste for sensitive teeth. This is because sometimes the whitening process can make teeth and even gums feel sensitive, even painful. Using a Sensitive Toothpaste will help reduce the likelihood of sensitivity or reduce it dramatically. This will allow you to perform the treatment for the recommended length of time without interruption or discomfort.

 

Clean Teeth – We also advise that you have your teeth professionally cleaned before whitening. By doing so, your dental professional will be able to remove some surface staining during the polishing procedure and tartar (calculus) that you already have on your tooth surface. You will ideally like to have the whitening solution contact enamel surface without having to penetrate through hard stone tartar.

 

Origin – Know where your whitening product comes from and it’s ingredients if your are purchasing your whitening from anywhere other than a dental office or reputable pharmacy. If you are having in-office bleaching anywhere other than a dental office then be aware of the place of manufacture and ingredients. If you are not able to review the product or care provider properly, then research or ask your dentist before starting treatment.

 

Existing Dental Work – Lastly, some people are disappointed to learn that whitening can only change the shade of existing, natural teeth. Dental restorations, such as crowns, bridges, white fillings and the false teeth on dentures are unaffected by the whitening procedure. If this is the case, you’ll want to speak with your dentist about other treatment options to help brighten your smile.

 

Have more questions about Teeth Whitening?
Give us a call today at (905) 5 SMILES and our friendly team will be happy to help you!

 

 

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

 


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Why is Sugar bad for Teeth?

Sugar vs Acid

 


Believe it or not, sugar is actually not the cause of tooth decay – acid is!  Sugar does play a major role, however, in the development of cavities!


 

Sugar feeds the bacteria in our mouths, giving them the energy they need to breed and form the sticky plaque colonies that accumulates on tooth surfaces. Because plaque forms repeatedly over teeth throughout the day, it continues to grow in size making it difficult for saliva to simply wash it away. This is why we need to physically remove it with the assistance of a toothbrush and floss aids.

 

The Battle is Real

Just like humans eliminate waste from their bodies, so do bacteria. Anything we take into our bodies that isn’t used, stored or no longer needed is removed from the body. We call this waste or a by- product. After the bacteria has used sugar for energy and to help them stick together and onto tooth surfaces, they release their waste. This waste contains an acid that is chemically corrosive enough to break open the enamel rods that make up the basic building structure of enamel. Inside these rods are the minerals that give enamel it’s strength. As the acids dissolve these rods, the minerals leech out and the affected surface of the tooth becomes soft when this dissolving action is taking place. We call this activity an “acid attack” or demineralisation process.

Every time you take sugar into your mouth, an acid attack occurs. The number of acid attacks depends on how often you consume sugar – and let’s face it – sugar is in everything nowadays!

 

The Attacks in our Body

As with most invasive or destructive actions that take place in the body, there is a counter response to balance out and reverse this damage. One if the most important responses comes by way of saliva.

Saliva’s defensive action is simply amazing and it also contains minerals. As acid demineralizes our teeth, saliva is there to repair or “remineralize” the damages surfaces. It’s a constant battle that takes place in our mouth all day, everyday, all of our lives. Damage then repair. The same battles happen all throughout our bodies.

Saliva also helps in the fight against cavities by:

  • restoring the acidity of the mouth to a healthier, neutral pH-level
  • washing foods and debris away from teeth and
  • helping to dilute and eliminate sugars left in your mouth after swallowing
  • helping to prevent the breakdown of the hard parts of the teeth
  • 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
  • keeping mouth tissues moist

The most important thing to remember is that after the saliva has neutralized and cleared the enemy as best it can, it now must begin the rebuilding process by repairing the damage caused by the acid erosion. It can take up to 4-5 hours to harden the tooth surfaces soften by acid.

 

4-5 Hours = Hunger

Hmmmm, that sounds familiar. What else, coincidentally, takes 4-5 hours?  Hunger!  That’s right. Your body is designed to EAT: eat, absorb, throw then be ready to do it all again at the next meal.  I know what you’re thinking – 4 to 5 hours?

 


We have become grazers. We eat and drink all day long interfering with the healing nature of Saliva.


 

Unfortunately, many of us have developed habits that thwart our saliva’s valiant efforts!  We have become grazers. We eat all day long. We sip drinks, we snack, and we justify our habits because about 20 years ago we were told that a snack in between meals will speed up metabolism and will eliminate over eating. What really happened though? We ignored the part that said “little, healthy choice” and starting eating/drinking often – all throughout the day.

 

Many breakfasts cereals with milk have more sugar than some desserts!

 

Did you know that there never used to be snacks at school recess time? True!  Want to hear how parents describe their children’s average day of eating?

A child’s average day looks like this:

 

Meal 1: Morning breakfast

Meal 2: Morning recess snack

Meal 3: Lunch

Meal 4: Afternoon recess snack

Meal 5: After school snack

Meal 6: Dinner

Meal 7: Evening or before bed snack

 

Seven (7) separate food intakes PLUS any drinking (other than water) in between! And have no doubt, there’s likely sugar consumed at every single meal. Natural occurring sugars in our fruits and vegetables and all the added sugar in out processed and baked foods. The food industry has ensured that sugar is used as a filler and taste enhancer in most processed foods.

 

Making Better Food Choices

But, the world is waking up. We are becoming wiser in our foods choices and becoming more educated at label reading. There ARE food choices that we can make that are dentally healthier alternatives to processed food that are high in sugars and preservatives:

  1. Fibrous Whole fruits are vegetables – Choosing ones that are whole and crisp help to naturally cleanse foods and plaque away from the teeth and surrounding tissues not only by increasing saliva production, but also by way of their fibrous, mechanical cleansing actions. Also these kinds of foods also contain antioxidant vitamins, such as Vit C and other nutrients that help protect tissues in the mouth from cell damage and bacterial infection.
  2. Cheese: Cheese (another saliva producer) also contains calcium and phosphates to help rebuild enamel, and releases a protein casein that can coat teeth in a layer of film to protect the hard tooth surfaces during acid attacks.
  3. Sugarless chewing gum – Today, we have a variety of chewing gum choices and those that contain Xylitol or Recaldent not only stimulates salivary production and prevent germs from sticking to teeth. Recaldent, contains Xylitol and  enables remineralisation of teeth by replacing enamel compounds lost during acid attacks.
  4. Water – Staying hydrated with water in between meals is essential in allowing you to stay hydrated while still allowing the 4-5 hour time in between meals that is so critical for the repairing of hard tooth structures. So, making water your beverage of choice is a wise choice indeed!
  5. Fresh cranberries  – New studies are researching the role that cranberries may play in interrupting the bonding of oral bacteria before they can form damaging plaque. So stayed tuned about cranberries.

 

We cannot emphasis enough about how important the quality and quantity of your saliva is for the health of your teeth. While teeth are under attack from bacterial and food acids on a daily basis, the good news is that saliva can reverse this damage through it’s natural remineralization process – replacing minerals and strengthening the tooth again.

 

What Can You Do?

Because we are all at risk of developing tooth cavities because of the bacteria in our mouths,watching what we eat and how often is just as critical, if not more, than taking good care of your teeth by practicing good oral hygiene. You can help your body’s natural cavity-fighting capabilities by paying close attention to:

  1. Frequency – Space you meals out. Eliminate, or at least reduce, snacking in your daily diet. If you like a dessert now and again, eat it with your meal. Choosing nutritious food, rather than foods high in sugar, acids and stickiness are also important.
  2. Oral Hygiene – Brush your teeth at the very least, 2 times/day. Wait 30 minutes after eating to brush, but if you can’t get to a toothbrush then rinse with water vigorously after a meals and rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash.
  3. Professional Care – Seeing your dentist regularly is important so that the health of teeth can be monitored and small signs of disease or wear can be detected and repaired before they become bigger problems. Your dentist/hygienist may recommend that you come in more frequently for exams and cleanings based on your own individual level of oral health, habits and medical conditions.
  4. Dry Mouth – The quality and quantity of your saliva is important. Many things can impair saliva production such as medical conditions, medications, weather, stress, exercise etc. and result in a drier mouth environment than normal. Your teeth and mouth tissues can suffer during these times of persistent dry mouth and this natural loss of moist protection can cause cavities, mouth sores, gingivitis, burning tissues and bad breath. Your dentist, family doctor and even your pharmacist can help you find relief, if not even, a solution to your dry mouth.
  5. Habits – There are many habits that can affect our oral health:
  • tobacco products
  • alcohol
  • grinding/clenching
  • thumbsucking
  • chewing ice cubes
  • biting your nails
  • using your teeth as tools
  • brushing your teeth and gums too hard
  • exposure of teeth to stomach acids eg. Acid reflux, bulimia
  • exposure to teeth to the chemicals and chlorine in swimming pool water

 

WHO Recommendations

The Heart and Stroke Foundation, Diabetes Canada and the Childhood Obesity Foundation are all on board with the World Health Organization recommendations and are urging Canadians to reduce their daily intake of free sugars to less than 10% of their total energy intake. To read the whole report follow this link: WHO Sugar Recommendations

 

So although sugar doesn’t directly cause tooth decay, it IS part of a process that so you still have to rethink your food choices. Although, there are many different types of germs in the mouth, eliminating the bacteria that love to eat and metabolize the sugars we eat is impossible. You can introduce the habits above to help reduce the numbers of these kinds of bacteria in the mouth and help to slow down their activity, but you can never get rid of them.

Habits are hard to change, but practicing a healthy lifestyle are the best ways to take care of your teeth and gums and get the upper hand in the battle against tooth decay.

 

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

 

 


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Kick the Thumb Sucking Habit!

 It won’t be easy, but it’ll be worth it!

Babies are born with a very strong instinct to suck, which is often evident even in the womb. Of course, this is necessary for successful feeding and there are distinctive actions that are associated with this need such as a rooting (search for breast) reflex, turning the head, sticking out their tongues, hand to mouth reflex, and fussing. This natural behaviour in babies can lead parents to think that their baby is hungry or not getting enough to eat.

 

These actions ensure a baby’s survival, and although the sucking action can be a complicated task at first, with practice, it usually becomes a skill that they master well. It’s actually the hand/finger to mouth instinct that, if it turns from a reflexive to a soothing action, should be monitored so that it doesn’t turn into a behavioural habit.

 

Depending on which “expert” you read, this type of self-soothing can be a calming strategy, a sign of a deeper rooted emotional issue or an early addiction. Addiction seems to be a rather harsh assessment of a natural, self-preservation action, but nonetheless, it is a habit that can be physically destructive to the developing mouth, jaws and teeth and this is what dentists are concerned with. What may start out as a good night sleep for both children and parents and the subject of many “cute” Kodak moments (over 14,000 public posts on Instagram) can turn into a habit-breaking nightmare.

 


“If thumb sucking persists, it can drastically change the developmental pattern of the teeth and jaws
causing open bite, protrusion and misalignment.”


 

We see the after affects of thumb sucking and finding the best suited, habit-correcting solution for your child requires patience and determination from everyone concerned. Many parents, who were initially told that this habit will correct itself naturally before their child enters kindergarten, will be the first to say that they wished they had taken measures to stop it earlier. Most agree that, if they could turn back time, they would have helped their child find another self-coping alternative rather than allow the thumb sucking to become a comfortable or entertaining habit.

 

There are a variety of habit-correcting appliances on the market that can be made by your dentist or, alternatively, there are products that are placed over the hand/fingers. All are designed to make it more difficult for your child to enjoy this habit and nip it in the bud before any orthodontic or speech problems develop.

 
All children are different and only you know your child best. Your dentist will help you explore the options available and help you choose one. Certainly, the more entrenched the habit is, the more difficult it may be to correct. Sometimes, it takes more than one method to find the one that works best for you and your child.

 

Tips to Help Your Child:

1. Begin the conversation – Help them to decide to quit by speaking with them about their habit and understand it’s harmful affects. Discuss germs, dental growth, speech problems, maturity, show them pictures and online videos, etc. Stay positive so that they can visualize the healthy outcome.

 

2. Plant the seeds of success – Words are your best ally. Use positive motivational phrases to inspire and empower them.

 

3. Reward – Rewards are incentives that help motivate and compliment their efforts. It could be smaller daily rewards as well as larger ones at key milestones that you have mutually agreed upon. It will not only add encouragement, but give them something to look forward to.

 

4. Progress Charts – Oftentimes, we have to break up our undertaking into a series of smaller goals. Have your child make up a chart with stickers to keep track of their progress and setbacks. Provide them with a reward every time they reach a pre-arranged goal. Understanding that this is a work in progress helps them top appreciate that anything that is worth having is worth working for.

 

5. Replace Habit – Help your child choose a healthy alternative to thumb sucking for self-soothing. It could be a soft, cuddly toy/blanket, an age-appropriate meditative exercise, or just some extra hugs and cuddles.

 

6. Identify – Knowing when and where your child enjoys the habit can help you be more effective in your approaches to curb the habit and help you substitute distractions or find creative solutions. Point out to your child when the habit is occurring so that they will learn to become self-aware and begin to recognise it on their own.

  

We understand. More often than not, the power struggle between parent and child becomes very real when the child is not a willing participant in breaking this habit. Finding the right balance of support and guidance without scolding can try even the most patient parent. 

If you are concerned about your child’s thumb sucking or any other dental issue, we are just a phone call away at (905) 5SMILES. We can help you find a solution even if it’s just having a caring conversation with your child to reinforce your efforts at home.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Flossing: Why You Should Make Make it Your New Year’s Resolution

 

Flossing 2018

With all the New Year, New You choices this time of year, how can we possible complete with all the great suggestions out there? Every year flossing makes our list and every working day we dental professionals remind our patients how very important this ritual is.

Over and over again!

If the following reasons aren’t enough to motivate you then you prove it to yourself using the 100% convincing smell test.

 

Clean Teeth

If your aim is to clean your teeth to prevent the destructive forces of germs that can cause dental cavities, bad breath and gum disease, then what you must know is that your toothbrush does not reach all the surfaces of your tooth crown. The hardest to reach places for your toothbrush bristles are in between teeth and below the gum line. Floss is able to really get into these areas to remove remaining plaque and food debris. Left over plaque will eventually harden into tartar and can only be scraped off with special dental tools.

 

 

Bad Breath

This is a no-brainer. No one wants to have bad breath and that is exactly what will happen if you leave left-over food in between your teeth and below your gums where your tooth brush can’t reach. What does a kitchen compost smell like after a day? The rotting food sticks. Your new hairdo, buffed body,  better food choices – all your other self-improvement efforts will be moot if, at the end of the day, you smell bad because of mouth odour.

 

Tooth Loss

It simply is not enough to just brush your teeth to keep them healthy. Your tooth has 5 surfaces and your toothbrush only reaches 3 of them. You will not realize how important it is to remove impacted food and plaque until the gums and bone that support your teeth  become irreversibly damaged. Seven out of ten Canadian will develop gum disease at some point in their lives. It is a preventable disease, but you have to want to keep your teeth badly enough to take the time to care for your teeth properly.

 

 

Unhealthy Looking Gums

Ever wonder why your gums bleed or look all red and puffy. It is the look of inflammation. Inflammation is your body’s healing response to injury, germs, and diseased tissue. Even when you begin flossing, initially your gums will still bleed, but they will start to heal and start to look health and pink again. You may have straight, white teeth, but the look of unhealthy gums do little to show off them off. It’s like getting all dressed up in a new outfit, without showering. People will notice!


Save Your $$$

There is a saying we have in dentistry, “Dental care is not expensive, Neglect is!”  No truer words were ever spoken about dental care. Your yearly expenses for buying a toothbrush, toothpaste and flossing are far less costly in terms of money than it is to repair diseased teeth and gums. Floss is cheap to buy and we give it to our patients for free! Surprisingly, we still see a lot of people who have had their fair share of dental costs and toothaches who still neglect their teeth. If you include one resolution this year – please choose flossing!

 

Easier Dental Cleanings

Plaque accumulates above and below your gum line. Any plaque that is not removed during brushing eventually hardens onto the tooth. We call this hardened plaque tartar (calculus) and it can only be remove with professional tools that scrape it off your teeth in such a manner that does not cause damage tooth and gum health. If you tend to get a lot of this tartar buildup, flossing gets where your toothbrush can’t reach and can remove this plaque before it has a chance to harden. Although, it’s virtually impossible to remove all plaque, flossing

 

Protect Your Overall Wellbeing

Certain microorganisms are normally found only in the mouth. A number of epidemiological research studies are helping us recognize that there may be a cause-effect relationship between certain oral bacteria/infections and conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, bacterial pneumonia and autoimmune diseases. If germs and infections can enter into the body system, multiply in other body sites and further complicate other health conditions, then maintaining oral health is crucial – not only to prevent oral disease but also to maintain good general health.

 

Help Your Teeth Have a Great Year

At Your Smile Dental Care, we can help you take care of your teeth year-round so that Your Smile will not only look great, but remain healthy for many years to come! For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit us on the web or call (905) 5SMILES

 

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

 


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Cracked Tooth Syndrome

My Dentist said that my tooth is cracked and needs to be taken out. Can it not just be filled in?

Although enamel is the hardest substance in our body (way more harder than bone) and can withstand a great deal of wear and tear, certain stresses can still put our beautiful smiles at risk for fracturing.

There are many types of cracked teeth and your treatment options will depend on the location, type and severity of the fracture. Even a perfectly healthy tooth can develop a crack severe enough to end the life of that tooth.

Understand that a cracked tooth is different than a chipped tooth. Unlike bone, enamel cannot repair a crack by filling it in with more enamel. Most teeth that chip or fracture a cusp is repaired using filling material or the placement of a full coverage crown when the break occurs in the crown portion of the tooth. Even teeth that break off at the gum line can still be built back up again.

However, there are some breaks to the tooth that actually cause a fracture line to occur down into the root or split the tooth partially or entirely. Once the crack reaches below the gum line and into the root surface, the condition is untreatable and the tooth must be removed.

Signs & Symptoms of a Cracked Tooth:

– pain while biting or chewing
– sensitivity to hot or cold
– portion of the crown is mobile (loose)
– infected pulp
– a toothache that comes and goes
– no signs or symptoms

 

“Cracked tooth syndrome describes a tooth with an incomplete fracture but no part of the tooth has broken off yet.”

 

Although early detection and treatment is essential to minimize the risks associated with a compromised tooth, sometimes, a cracked tooth is hard to detect when the signs and symptoms are not always obvious and dental imaging does not show the fracture. Other times, it is evident to us, but the patient is completely unaware that they have a fractured tooth.

If your dentist has advised that your tooth needs to be removed, it is likely that the break is severe and deep enough that the tooth cannot be saved and must be removed and replaced. This is why regular dental checkups and exams are so important.

Hope as a Strategy…

We have patients who ask us how long they can wait until they have the time or finances to repair a cracked tooth. One can only hope that the situation will not worsen, but hope can be a poor strategy when dealing with a fracture line. Without the assistance of a crystal ball, we cannot determine with certainty how long someone can wait to delay treatment. Experience tells us that, in order to the disappointing loss of a tooth, fractures should be at least be examined to determine what type of crack you’re dealing with.

A simple cracked or chip in the enamel can be smoothed off until it can be repaired properly. However, deeper fractures that reach into the dentinal or nerve chamber must be treated quickly so that the problem does not worsen and cause an infection, crack the root or split the tooth.

Prevention: The Better Strategy

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As the saying goes, “Do something now that your future self will thank you for.” Taking some preventative steps now can reduce the likelihood of tooth fractures in the future.

1.  An unbelievable amount of force is exerted your teeth is you clench and grind at night. Your dentist can make you a custom-fitted night guard to protect your teeth while you sleep.

2. Wear a protective mouth guard and/or mask during high risk activities such as sports.

3. If you chew on hard objects like pencils and ice or use your teeth to open/hold objects ~Stop! Be extra careful also when eating food with bones, kernels or seeds/pits.

4. Follow the recommendation of your dentist when they advise you to have a crown placed on teeth that are most vulnerable to fracturing such as those with large fillings or have been root canal treatment.

Your teeth can serve you well for a lifetime if they are not treated as an afterthought. Following these prevention tips, having regular dental check-ups and attending to any necessary restorative care when they are small issues does not rob you of your choice and focus as emergency situations often do.

And, if you experiencing any of the aforementioned signs and symptoms, see your dentist immediately!

Yours in Better Dental Health,

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