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Teeth Whitening

Many Canadians are looking to brighten their smile.  The colour of teeth can darken with age and accumulation of surface stains.  There are a number of whitening options available to consumers.  The best way to learn about these is to talk to your dentist.  Your dentist can explain the pros and cons of whitening toothpastes, at home whitening that occurs under a dentist’s care, and in-office whitening.  Your dentist will consider your unique oral health conditions and can advise you on which, if any, is a suitable method for whitening your teeth.

Start a Great Daily Oral Health Regime

  • Brush your teeth at least twice daily
  • Floss and clean between your teeth once daily
  • Schedule regular dental exams and cleanings with your dentist
  • Limit consumption of drinks that can cause surface stains, such as red wine, coffee and tea
  • Cease habits such as smoking and chewing tobacco

Contact us today to book for your take home whitening kit! 647.350.7550 

Reference: https://www.youroralhealth.ca/cosmetic-dentistry/teeth-whitening

 

What is Plaque and Tarter?

Plaque is an extremely sticky, colourless to pale yellow deposit of biofilm that regularly forms on your teeth.
When saliva, food, and fluids combine they produce bacteria deposits, which collect where the teeth and gums meet.
Plaque contains bacteria, which produce acids that attack your tooth enamel and can damage your gums. If not treated, the damage could become permanent. When plaque accumulates and is not removed, it can mineralize, trapping stains and turning into tartar. Plaque is the root cause of many oral health issues. The most effective way to get rid of plaque is by using an electric toothbrush.

What Is Tartar?

Tartar is a yellow- or brown-colored deposit that forms when plaque mineralizes on your teeth. Susceptibility to tartar buildup varies greatly depending on the individual person. Generally, as people age, they become more prone to having tartar form on their teeth.
Tartar buildup bonds strongly to enamel and can only be removed by a dental professional. If you start seeing any signs of plaque or tartar buildup, be sure to seek treatment immediately.
Crest’s Pro-Health Multi-Protection Mouthwash received top product ranking for it’s ability to help prevent tartar buildup and tooth cavities while freshening breath.

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Choosing the Right Toothbrush

You’ll find a large selection of toothbrushes available, both manual and electric. It’s a good idea to choose one that:

  • has a small head so it’s easier to move around inside your mouth
  • has soft bristles
  • fits comfortably in your hand

Most important is brushing your teeth properly at least twice a day.

Adapting Toothbrushes for Special Needs

If you have difficulty controlling hand, arm or shoulder movements, here are some ideas on adapting standard toothbrushes:

  • Enlarge the handle with a tennis ball, sponge foam or bicycle grip
  • Lengthen with a stick or rod
  • Attach to the hand or arm with elastic or Velcro straps or hand brace
  • Bend the toothbrush handle
  • For people who cannot manage fine movements, try using an electric toothbrush

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Sports and Activities

Mouthguards aren’t just for adults!

Remember to add a mouthguard for each child to your list of school supplies. Protecting your child’s head, jaw and teeth, even for seemingly non-contact sports, is very important.

Mouthguards not only protect the teeth. They may also prevent serious injuries by helping to avoid situations where the lower jaw and teeth are forced up against the upper teeth and jaw.
Sports Canada reports that overall, 69 percent of Canadian youth participate in organized sport. In any sport, whether it’s full-contact hockey or a friendly game of racquetball, a little preparation can prevent costly and sometimes painful mistakes later on!

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Nutrition and Children

Your Checklist for Healthy Mouths

A good nutrition program for your child includes:

  • choosing foods from all four food groups
  • cheese, yogurt and milk, which all contain calcium, a mineral that strengthens teeth and can help prevent cavities
  • smart snacking between meals
  • drinking milk, water or pure fruit juices instead of so-called “sport” or carbonated drinks
  • cutting down on sugar
  • a visit to your dentist every six months

Reduce Your Child’s Sugar Intake
Tooth decay is caused by bacteria that feed on sugar from foods and produce acid that harms teeth. All foods and drinks, except water, can contribute to tooth decay in this way. Here are a few tips to cut down on sugar:

  • make unsweetened, unflavoured milk or water your first choices
  • try fresh or unsweetened canned fruits and vegetables; whole grain crackers and breads when selecting a snack
  • limit carbonated drinks and sweetened fruit juices, as they contain sugar and acids that cause tooth decay.
  • choose fruit for dessert
  • save sweets for mealtimes, when they are less likely to harm your child’s teeth and when saliva flow is greater

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Brushing and Oral Care

Brushing & Oral Care

Regular visits to your dentist combined with daily brushing and flossing plus a healthy diet should help your teeth last a lifetime. Talk to your dentist about how often you should have an exam.

Why Visit the Dentist Regularly?
At regular exams, your dentist:

  • Examines your teeth and gums to ensure they are in good shape
  • Can spot serious health problems early, when they can be treated successfully
  • Demonstrates how to brush and floss your teeth properly
  • Professionally cleans your teeth and removes any debris which will contribute to cavities and gum disease

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Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is an infectious disease — and it is a reality. We all need to work together on prevention.

Tooth Decay Facts: Did you know?
• it is the second most common cause of school absenteeism
• it is five times more common than asthma in children age 5-17
• it can be transmitted by sharing a spoon with young children or licking their pacifier
• it is preventable in almost all cases

An ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure.

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Choosing the Right Snacks

Let’s be honest, who doesn’t enjoy snacking? Sometimes our lives are so busy that it is easier to grab a quick snack while on the run. We all tend to lean towards the convenient snacks rather than ones that may require a bit of preparation.

In order to maintain strong teeth for your lifetime, you have to ensure you are choosing the right types of foods. You want to make sure that you have lots of whole grain breads and cereals, fruits and vegetables and lean meats. Below are a few healthy snack options that may help you while you are on the run:

• Nuts and seeds
• Peanut butter
• Cheese
• Plain yogurt
• Popcorn

We also need to consider the beverages that we consume and the effects they may have on our dental health. Some of the drinks that we consume may contribute to acid erosion. Acid erosion happens when food or drinks with a low PH level (more acid) are consumed. The acid can then linger in your mouth which takes the minerals away and causes the surface of your teeth to soften. Once the surface of your teeth has softened they become more susceptible to damage and often leads to increased sensitivity and may require treatment. The best beverages to avoid are soft drinks, orange juice and lemonade. Below are some helpful nutrition tips to consider:

• Try to avoid acidic food and drink between meals; there isn’t as much saliva in your mouth at these times to protect your teeth
• Don’t clean your teeth right after eating. If you brush while the acid is still in your mouth you are removing some of your teeth’s surface. If you wait about an hour the saliva will help your teeth battle the acid, so it is safe to brush
• Try to finish your breakfast, lunch or dinner with a little cheese or milk as these products help cut down on the acid in your mouth.

The Secret About When to Consume Sweets

It’s not about the amount of sweets that we consume, its about the time a day that we consume them. It is best to consume sweets at a mealtime rather than in between meals because the amount of saliva produced at mealtimes will help protect your teeth.
If you tend to have a sweet tooth and cannot avoid sweets between meals, try to avoid sticky sweets like toffee or hard candy.

Reference article: https://www.youroralhealth.ca/healthy-snacks68

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