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What is Periodontal Disease and How Can I Avoid It? - July 24, 2017

Periodontal or gum disease is caused by a buildup of bacteria at the gumline. This bacteria, called plaque, eventually hardens into tartar. When the tartar is not removed, it can lead to an infection that may eventually break down the gum tissue and spread to the underlying bone.

In extreme cases, teeth can loosen and fall out. Bacteria can also enter the bloodstream through the gums and lead to other serious health problems.

Good oral hygiene can help prevent gum disease, but regular dental check-ups are essential to early detection, especially in those with a family history of the disease.

When detected, gum disease can be treated. In its early stages, your dentist may recommend a thorough cleaning and improved oral hygiene routine. In later stages, you may be referred to periodontist.

With regular dental check-ups and excellent oral hygiene, you can keep your gums and teeth in optimum health. Talk to us to learn more.


What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants? - July 18, 2017

Missing teeth can cause serious problems, and not just with your appearance. The shape of your face and jaw can change, your remaining teeth can drift out of place, and you may have trouble eating certain foods or speaking clearly.

Dental implants can solve all of these problems. Implants are permanent replacements that mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. What are some of the benefits?

  • They enhance the appearance of your smile and improve your speech.
  • Because they are fixed permanently, you can enjoy all the foods you love.
  • They are an ideal replacement for loose-fitting dentures.
  • No more dentures means no more denture glue.

Imagine being able to smile broadly instead of hiding your teeth. Imagine biting into a crunchy apple without worry. Dental implants can give you the confidence and healthy smile you have always wanted. Talk to us today to learn more.

Seeking Help for a Dental Emergency - July 14, 2017

If you sustain an injury to your mouth, you know that a trip to the dentist is urgently needed. But what about other aches and pains? How do you know when emergency dental treatment is necessary?

If you experience any of the problems outlined below, you should contact your dentist immediately.

  • If you lose a tooth, pick it up by the crown and try to place it in the socket, or place it in a glass of milk. If you get to the dentist within 30 minutes, the dentist may be able to reimplant it.
  • Broken or chipped teeth can often be repaired. If possible, save the chip.
  • Broken brace wires can become embedded in the soft tissues of your mouth. Do not remove them yourself – see your dentist immediately.

Some problems do not require urgent care but do need attention:

  • Swelling and pain should never be ignored, even if the pain is manageable. A dentist can identify the problem and prevent an infection from spreading.
  • Loose teeth can be a sign of disease and should be examined.
  • Food and bacteria can become trapped in the space left by a lost filling, so treatment is needed.
  • Bleeding gums can be a sign of gum disease and should be checked by a dentist.
  • Children who lose a primary tooth early may need a spacer to stop other teeth from drifting into the gap.

When in doubt about an emergency, always contact us for advice on whether immediate treatment is needed.



What Can Dental Bonding Do For My Teeth? - July 7, 2017

Dental bonding is a simple, painless and affordable procedure that has many uses, including:

  • repairing chipped or cracked teeth
  • closing spaces between teeth
  • reshaping teeth
  • covering badly stained teeth

Bonding involves the application of a tooth-colored resin. The dentist prepares the tooth for bonding by placing a mild chemical on it to roughen the surface. 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. No special techniques are needed to care for bonded teeth – just good oral hygiene.


How Can I Fix My Chipped Teeth? - June 28, 2017

Chipped teeth should always be evaluated by a dentist to ensure the damage is assessed correctly. Depending on the size and location of the chip, there are a number of solutions available:

  • Enamel Shaping – A reshaping of the tooth to smooth out small chips.
  • Bonding – A quick solution for small chips that can be done in one visit. The dentist bonds a tooth-colored resin to the chipped area to mask the chip.
  • Veneers – Custom-made porcelain veneers are fitted to your teeth to cover imperfections, including chips. Veneers would be used for larger chips.
  • Crowns – Crowns cover the chewing surface of a tooth and are best suited to chips in the molars. Like veneers, they are custom-fitted to your teeth.

Talk to us today about the best option for natural-looking repairs of your chipped teeth.


The Importance of Dental Care for Seniors - June 20, 2017

As people get older, changes in their bodies can affect the health of their teeth and gums. Regular dental visits can help seniors care for their teeth as they age.

Dry mouth is a common problem in seniors. It can result from the aging process itself, from use of certain medications and as a side-effect of some diseases. With less saliva to flush food and acids away, tooth decay can occur.

Tooth decay can also emerge around old fillings. Because gums naturally begin to recede as people age, more of a tooth’s root is exposed, leading to an increased chance of root decay, or cavities in the root.

To find problems before they get out of hand, regular dental appointments are essential. At a typical dental visit, the dentist will check for signs of tooth or root decay and verify that the gums are healthy. For patients who wear dentures, regular check-ups can identify any problems in the condition of the dentures or in the gums around the dentures, where inflammation and irritation can occur.

A dental professional can also answer questions that seniors may have about the impact of certain medications on their oral health and how to practice good oral hygiene when conditions like arthritis impair their ability to brush and floss.

Oral hygiene is important at every stage of life. If you have questions about your oral health or that of an elderly relative, talk to us.

ZOOM!… The Faster Way To A Whiter Smile! - June 15, 2017

When you feel good about yourself, it shows in the smile you give the world. If your teeth are stained, yellow or dull, you may try to hide your smile; this affects the impressions you make to potential colleagues and friends. A simple teeth-whitening procedure can change all that, giving you the confident attitude to flash your pearly whites.

You may have seen the Zoom! Teeth Whitening System on ABC’s hit television series Extreme Makeover. Zoom! has become a highly recognized brand for delivering brighter smiles instantly. The Zoom! Teeth Whitening System is also a treatment performed in our office within one appointment.

The system is made up of a scientifically formulated pH balanced Hydrogen Peroxide gel that, when activated by the Zoom! light, gently penetrates the teeth to remove deep stains and discolorations caused by aging and consumption of staining substances such as coffee, tea, soda, and tobacco. The Zoom! light activates the hydrogen peroxide and helps it penetrate the surface of the tooth. In most cases, teeth get even whiter still the first few days following the procedure.

If you’re a busy individual looking for immediate results, consider the Zoom! Teeth Whitening System. We invite you to call our office if you have any questions. You can also visit the Zoom! Teeth Whitening System Web site at


Let Dental Veneers Be Your Ticket To A New You! - June 7, 2017

A bright, healthy smile is your ticket to success in so many ways. It tells people you care about yourself. It makes you appear happy and confident, creating an excellent first impression. Last but not least, it eliminates any self-consciousness you might feel about your teeth, allowing you to simply smile and share your best self with others!

For many people, porcelain veneers are the secret to a great smile. And with advances in cosmetic dentistry, the process of getting veneers is easier than ever, the results more beautiful than ever.

Veneers are custom-made porcelain laminates that cover the front of your teeth. If your teeth are stained, worn, cracked, chipped, slightly crooked or poorly shaped, or if you have spaces between your teeth, veneers can help.

In fact, whether you choose to match the colour of your existing teeth or create a whiter smile, veneers can dramatically improve your appearance, boosting your career and personal prospects more than you might imagine!

Porcelain veneers are very strong, and with the right care, will last for many years. They can be yours in only a few dental appointments, completely transforming your smile, just as a facelift would your face.

Think of veneers as an investment in your future and an expression of your commitment to personal excellence. Call us today at Palermo Village Dental and experience for yourself what a difference a “smile makeover” can make!


World No Tobacco Day - May 31, 2017

Dental hygienists will mark World No Tobacco Day on May 31 by reminding Canadians of the serious health risks associated with tobacco use. Did you know smoking can cause oral cancer?

Oral cancer is a serious but treatable disease. If detected early, oral cancer, which includes tongue, lip, and mouth cancer, have an 80 to 90 percent survival rate. Regular dental checkups are vital in screening for and identifying oral cancers.

While some people are at higher risk, oral cancer can affect anyone at any age. Disease symptoms include white or red patches or lumps in the mouth, or on the lips, as well as loose teeth, aching jaw, difficulty swallowing, mouth sores that refuse to heal, and unexplained gum bleeding.

Dentists look for signs of oral cancer as part of a regular dental exam. They check the roof, back, and floor of your mouth, along with your teeth, gums, tongue, and cheeks. The tongue exam may also include a gentle tug to check both sides and underneath.

Professional dental care, regular checkups are the most effective way to detect oral cancer and save your life.


Take A Break from the Daily Grind - May 26, 2017


Do you ever wake up with a dull headache or a sore jaw? Does your spouse or roommate ever complain that you make strange noises while you sleep? If you answer yes to either of these questions you may have a condition called Bruxism. This condition, better known as tooth grinding, is quite common among adults and children and can lead to serious problems if left untreated.

The causes of tooth grinding are varied. Some cases can be attributed to physical conditions like crooked, misaligned or missing teeth. In other cases, the problem seems to stem from stressful situations faced in everyday life. As a result, there can be many different cures for the problem. In our office we often prepare custom-made night guards that our patients can wear while they sleep. This special mouth-guard is made out a soft but durable plastic material and designed to precisely fit the patient’s teeth. In addition to protecting the teeth from grinding against each other, the night-guard relieves pressure on the jaw muscles and delicate jaw joints. In other cases the problem can be resolved by simply reducing “high spots” on certain problem teeth.

Because the grinding normally happens while people are asleep, people who suffer from this condition are often unaware that they have a problem until they experience pain or a sleeping partner complains about the noise. Your dentist or hygienist can also recognize the condition during your regular check-ups and cleanings. Regardless of how the problem is identified, it is important to take immediate action to reduce the risk of further damage to your teeth.

Over even short periods of time, the intense pressure exerted by tooth grinding can cause damage to both your teeth and the muscles and bones that support your teeth. This makes it important to take quick action and to maintain a regular schedule of check-ups with your dentist. Please feel free to call our office if you suspect that you are suffering from this problem. We have helped many of our patients to achieve relief from this problem and we would be happy to do the same for you.


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