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What You Should Know About Soda Pop And Your Children’s Teeth - November 7, 2017

What used to be considered a special treat, sodas are becoming a regular part of many children’s diets. While parents can appreciate the convenience of canned and bottled drinks such as sodas and juices, they should also be aware of the health risks that these beverages present.

While we all recognize that high sugar diets can lead to dental cavities, people don’t realize that some soft drinks contain up to 11 teaspoons of sugar in a standard size can. But this high sugar content is just a part of the problem. Virtually all soft drinks contain phosphoric acid that actually eats away at the enamel layer that protects each tooth. Over time, continued exposure to the high acid levels contained in both regular and diet soft drinks can cause the enamel to virtually disintegrate. 

In addition, many soft drinks contain phosphorous, which has been proven to leach calcium from teeth and bones. This can lead to fragile, brittle teeth and jawbones that are susceptible to fractures and cavities. And one more thing, the artificial colours used in the production of these soft drinks cause brown stains on the surfaces of the teeth.

What is a parent to do? While it is unlikely to totally eliminate soft drinks from your children’s diet, you can take steps to reduce their consumption. Keep healthier drinks like water and low fat milk in your refrigerator. A few simple changes to the family grocery list today can be a big benefit to your children’s smiles in the future.


What are mini dental implants and how are they used? - November 1, 2017

Mini dental implants are, as the name implies, miniaturized dental implants. In fact, they are about the size of a wooden toothpick. Like standard implants, mini implants consist of a titanium post that is inserted into the jaw and acts like the root of a tooth. The head of the implant is shaped like a ball. Although they are tiny, mini implants are built to withstand the tremendous force of the jaw.

Some dentists have used mini implants in single tooth replacements and crown and bridge, but they are used primarily to support dentures. Loose dentures cause many problems for wearers: discomfort, pain, sore spots on the gums, speech problems, an inability to chew food properly, and even changes in facial shape.  

Implant-supported dentures are designed like a socket with an o-ring that fits securely over the ball in the mini implant. Dentures fit tightly, allowing patients to smile with greater confidence and enjoy all the foods they love. Not only that, they can say goodbye to denture glue.

The placement of mini implants can be completed in about one hour. To learn more about this procedure, speak to a member of our team today.

What are the benefits of using a Waterpik®? - October 25, 2017

Waterpik is a brand name for a dental water jet or oral irrigator. Oral irrigators work by directing a stream of water into your mouth via a handheld device. You can aim the water into hard-to-reach places to remove particles of food.

These devices are an effective tool for people with implants, bridges, dentures and braces who may have difficulty reaching in and around their dental appliances with standard floss. Because they can flush food particles out from between teeth and even below the gumline, oral irrigators can keep your mouth cleaner and may help reduce gingivitis.

Although they are an excellent cleaning aid, oral irrigators should not be used as a replacement for brushing and flossing. Floss is still the most effective tool for cleaning between teeth.

For more advice on keeping your teeth clean, especially if you have had teeth replaced or wear braces, please ask a member of our team.

Introducing…Dental Implants - October 17, 2017

Although research shows that more people are keeping their teeth into their senior years, there is always the chance of losing a tooth or several teeth to injury or disease. If that happens, modern dentistry offers a number of solutions including bridges, dentures and most recently, dental implants.

Dental implants are metal posts that are permanently secured in the bones under your gums in the place of the missing tooth. A replacement tooth, known as a “crown”, is attached to the implant resulting in a restoration that looks, feels and performs like your natural tooth.

Many patients, when given the choice, prefer dental implants to dentures or bridges because implants generally look more natural, are more comfortable to wear and unlike dentures, allow the patient to resume eating all of their favourite foods.

Have you been living with spaces from missing teeth, or an uncomfortable or unattractive denture or bridge? Imagine the comfort and confidence that you will feel when your missing teeth are replaced by implants that look and feel like your natural teeth. We have helped many of our patients recapture the natural beauty of their smiles and we would love to do the same for you.

Call our office if you would like to learn more about dental implants and the difference they could make in your life.

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Tooth Coloured Fillings Make for Beautiful Smiles - October 15, 2017

It is amazing to look back even 20 years and to marvel at all of the many changes in our society.

The world of dentistry is also a rapidly changing place. Fluoridation of our drinking water has made dental cavities much less prevalent and new techniques and materials have given dentists the ability to repair and restore their patient’s teeth more quickly and comfortably than ever before.

Many of us who grew up before the time of fluoridated water have a mouth full of silver fillings. These fillings known as amalgams, have proven to be extremely durable restorations, but let’s face it, they are not very pleasing to the eye. At the time they were placed, however, they represented the best that dentistry had to offer.

Fortunately, recent advances in dental materials have made it possible to use tooth coloured filling materials that can be virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth to achieve long lasting and attractive restorations. In our practice, we use tooth coloured materials for almost all of the fillings that we place. We even use these materials to replace old amalgam fillings that have started to deteriorate or that simply detract from the appearance of our patient’s smiles. 

Feel free to contact our office if you have any concerns about your old silver fillings or if you would like to know more about the new techniques and technologies that can make your next dental appointment easier and more comfortable than ever before. We are always happy to answer your questions.

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Ensure Your Kids a Lifetime of Dental Health - October 10, 2017

All parents would like their children to grow into adulthood with attractive, healthy teeth and smiles. The first step to ensuring this lifetime of good dental health comes in creating a positive attitude in our children towards their oral health, as well as establishing a trusting relationship with their dentist.

At our dental office, we welcome children of all ages and take special care to ensure that our younger patients are made to feel safe and comfortable. We also understand that a child’s dental appointment can be a traumatic time for parents as well, so we also take the time to explain your child’s condition and our recommendations in detail and in a language that makes sense to you.

In addition to providing services which are vital to a child’s dental health, such as check-ups, cleanings and the occasional restoration that we also provide many other important services. These additional services include advising parents on proper diets for healthy young teeth, teaching proper brushing and flossing techniques and providing custom fitted mouth guards for children involved in hockey and other potentially teeth jarring activities.

Please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions about the proper care of your child’s teeth. Any one of our staff members will be happy to answer your questions. Together with you, we can help give your child a winning smile that lasts a lifetime.

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Dental Bonding – A Fast and Easy Smile Enhancer - October 3, 2017

A small investment in your smile can bring big rewards. If you feel self-conscious about minor imperfections in your teeth, dental bonding may be the solution you are looking for. It is an affordable, painless and easy way to improve the look and feel of your teeth.

Although it is a simple procedure, dental bonding brings many benefits. Bonding can be used to:

  • repair chips or cracks in teeth
  • close small spaces between teeth
  • reshape teeth
  • cover badly stained teeth

Little preparation is needed for bonding. Your dentist will use a mild chemical to roughen the surface of the tooth and make it easier for the bonding resin to adhere. Using a shade guide, the dentist selects a shade that closely matches your tooth and then mixes and tints the resin. The resin is applied in thin layers and then hardened with an ultraviolet light or laser. The dentist then shapes and polishes the resin to smooth it and give it a natural look.

The procedure usually takes about 30-60 minutes to complete. You can even get several teeth bonded in one visit. The procedure can also be used on children, since the bonded material can be removed and replaced as they grow.

If you have concerns about small flaws in your teeth, you may be a candidate for dental bonding. Talk to us to learn more.

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What are mini dental implants and how are they used? - September 28, 2017

Mini dental implants are, as the name implies, miniaturized dental implants. In fact, they are about the size of a wooden toothpick. Like standard implants, mini implants consist of a titanium post that is inserted into the jaw and acts like the root of a tooth. The head of the implant is shaped like a ball. Although they are tiny, mini implants are built to withstand the tremendous force of the jaw.

Some dentists have used mini implants in single tooth replacements and crown and bridge, but they are used primarily to support dentures. Loose dentures cause many problems for wearers: discomfort, pain, sore spots on the gums, speech problems, an inability to chew food properly, and even changes in facial shape.   

Implant-supported dentures are designed like a socket with an o-ring that fits securely over the ball in the mini implant. Dentures fit tightly, allowing patients to smile with greater confidence and enjoy all the foods they love. Not only that, they can say goodbye to denture glue.

The placement of mini implants can be completed in about one hour. To learn more about this procedure, speak to a member of our team today.

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Eating Healthy Is Good For Your Overall Health - September 21, 2017

Spaghetti Squash with Tomato-Basil Sauce

Want a delicious and healthy alternative to pasta? There’s a squash for that!

Yield: serves 6

Total time: 1hr 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 (3 lb) spaghetti squash
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can no salt added diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil, divided
  • 6 tbsp shredded pecorino Romano cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. Cut squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out seeds; discard. Place squash halves, cut sides down, on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until tender.
  3. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic; cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes; bring to a simmer. Cook for 15 minutes or until thickened. Season to taste. Remove from heat; stir in 1/3 cup basil.
  4. Cool squash at room temperature for 10 minutes or until cool enough to handle. Scrape inside of squash with a fork to remove spaghetti-like strands to measure about 5 cups. Divide squash evenly among 6 plates; top each serving with about 1/3 cup sauce and 1 tablespoon cheese. Top with remaining basil.

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WHAT IS INVISALIGN? - September 21, 2017

Metal braces were once the only treatment used to straighten teeth. Today, Invisalign is a ground-breaking orthodontic technology, which utilizes invisible aligners – also known as clear braces – to correct misaligned teeth. Instead of wires attached to your teeth as with traditional braces, your teeth can be straightened invisibly.

  • Invisalign® is clear, allowing you to straighten your teeth without anyone’s knowledge.
  • Invisalign® is removable, allowing you to eat and drink what you want during treatment.
  • Invisalign® allows you to brush and floss normally to maintain good oral hygiene, thereby eliminating the risk of plaque buildup, periodontal disease and tooth decay.
  • The Invisalign® process has been proven effective in orthodontic practices and clinical research across the nation.

WHAT DOES INVISALIGN TREAT?

  • Crowding: When your teeth are too close together, they can become crooked and cause discomfort, difficulty cleaning, and lead to other dental problems.
  • Spacing: Gaps between your teeth are generally undesirable cosmetically, but they are also a dental concern for increasing the chance of tooth decay.
  • Cross-bite: When your lower and upper teeth are not aligned properly, it can cause difficulty chewing and lead to jaw and other dental problems.
  • Overbite: Aside from generally being a cosmetic concern, overbites can also cause eating difficulties and other dental issues.

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