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Tips on Teen Dental Health – What you should know

June 26, 2018

Teens struggle with orthodontics, contact sports and poor diets filled with carbs and sugars. Less common issues that can still seriously impact the oral and dental health of teenagers are vaping, smoking and mouth piercings. Higher rates of tooth decay are more common in teenagers because of these issues.

Being a teenager is hard. As teens grow, they are faced with many obstacles and their oral health is no different. The teenage years is the time when most people get braces, or their wisdom teeth removed – or both! Many of these procedures are a common part of life and growing up, while others are proactive and preventative measures taken by your dentist to ensure a lifetime of good oral health.

Things to consider discussing with your teens:

Bad Breath: Simple changes in personal oral hygiene habits can eliminate and freshen up your teen’s bad breath. Flossing, brushing twice a day and using mouthwash should get to the root of the problem. If these efforts don’t work – there may be another problem causing this and you should bring your teen to a dentist.

Tobacco Use: Tobacco products contain toxins that have been shown to cause various types of cancer, gum disease, bad breath and tooth discolouration. It’s easier to kick the habit at a younger age rather than older!

Contact Sports: If your teen is involved in contact sports – mouth-guards should always be used to protect the teeth, jaw and head from potential impact.

Wisdom Teeth: Wisdom teeth can cause a host of problems for most people if not removed by a certain age. If you’re teen needs their wisdom teeth extracted – this should be done between the ages of 14-18, for the least amount of recovery time.

Orthodontics: Whether braces or aligners – orthodontics are used to straighten the teeth and align your bite. The brackets, wires and elastics can serve as obstacles to optimal oral hygiene. Your teen needs to be properly taught by a dental professional the best ways to effectively remove plaque and food debris.

Teenagers who keep up good dental health habits and take care of their mouth will reap the benefits of healthy teeth well into adulthood. Remember to set a good example by practicing proper oral hygiene and ensuring your teen gets regular dental care.

At Desired Smiles Family Dentistry we offer many types of dental services for teenagers – including orthodontics, wisdom teeth removal, and general dentistry.  Contact us to learn more about our dental services and book your teen an appointment today!

April is National Oral Health Month

April 23, 2018

Shake off the winter blues and swing into spring! This month Canadians across the country are celebrating National Dental Health Month. Supported by the Canadian Dental Health Association (CDHA), what better of a time to think about how you take care of your mouth? By promoting better oral health, this month long event encourages Canadians to have a better overall quality of life.

Oral Health for Overall Health

Our mouths are mirrors into the body, and reflect our overall well being. Compared to other parts of the body, people often ignore injuries, aches and bleeding in their mouths. Bleeding and tender gums, oral pain and mouth infections are common problems that are often ignored. If you ignore these problems, they can severely affect your quality of life.

If you’re having any problems with your mouth – it’s important to seek medical assistance as soon as possible. These problems can be potential indicators of serious chronic diseases like oral cancer.

What are the stats?

In Canada 1000 people die per year from oral cancer. Most often, the cancer is diagnosed at a late stage when treatments are not nearly effective. By regularly visiting the dentist, problems can be diagnosed earlier when the treatment outcome is better and more optimal.

Signs of Oral Cancer:

  • Small lumps / thickened areas in the mouth
  • Red or white patches in the mouth
  • Tingling or numbness in the mouth
  • Bleeding mouth with no cause
  • Sores in the mouth that won’t heal

Preventative care is always the best option for staying healthy. Proper oral health is something vital to our overall well-being that far too many of us overlook! Take a minute to think about your own oral health, is it something you take seriously?

We encourage you to follow the CDHA’s ‘5 Steps to Better Oral Health’ to help reduce the risk of oral disease and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The 5 Steps to Better Oral Health according to the CDHA:

  • Visit the Dentist Regularly – Every 6-9 months depending on individual
  • Keep your Mouth Clean – Brush & floss at least 2 times a day, and use mouthwash
  • Eat, Drink but Be Wary – Healthy, unprocessed foods that are nutrient rich help the body to fight infection. Reduce sugar and processed food intake as well!
  • Check your Mouth Often – Gum disease (periodontal disease) is the most common cause of tooth loss
  • Avoid Tobacco Products

Sedation Dentistry for Nervous Patients

March 26, 2018

If you cringe at the thought of being in the dentist’s chair – you’re not alone. Many people are nervous about dental procedures and treatments. If you’ve avoided visiting the dentist because of fear or anxiety, then sedation dentistry (a.k.a sleep dentistry) is the solution for you.

With the use of sedative agents, individuals are able to receive the required treatments without the anxiety and fears that come along with dental procedures.

There are many sedation options available to you – ranging from laughing gas (where you can still drive yourself home after) to conscious iv sedation, to general anaesthesia. From very young children to anxious adults, sedation is used to make everyone’s dental visit as comfortable and calm as possible.

It’s important to have a positive and relaxing dental experience. Sedation dentistry can help you remove the fear and anxiety that you associate with dental visits, and get the proper dental care that you need.

High levels of fear and anxiety about the dentist, and traumatic dental experiences are not the only reasons an individual would consider sedation dentistry. You are also a candidate for sedation dentistry if you have a sensitive gag reflex, sensitive teeth, difficulty numbing the area of treatment, or a complex dental condition.

For your comfort, sedation is available for any dental procedure, from cleanings and fillings to crowns and root canals.

If you require sedation dentistry to be comfortable, please call 905.637.5463 (KIND) or (289) 319-7869.

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gum disease, gingivitis, periodontitis

Do your gums bleed when brushing or flossing? Gum disease-symptoms, treatment & prevention

February 7, 2017

Gum disease is one of the most widespread oral diseases in Canada and involves a spectrum of infections from very light to advanced. Here are some facts about gum disease- the different categories, symptoms, methods of prevention and cure.

Gingivitis

In the early stages of gum disease, known as Gingivitis, bacteria from food, plaque etc. build up inside the mouth and cause inflammation of the gums. At this stage, infection is restricted to the gums. In the absence of good oral hygiene, bacteria remain in the mouth leading to a variety of infections including gingivitis.

Symptoms of gingivitis include bleeding when brushing / flossing, swelling & redness of gums, bad breath and is often painful. However, this condition is reversible. Regularly practicing appropriate oral hygiene (brushing, flossing and oral rinses) help in plaque removal leading to the elimination of gingivitis.

Periodontitis

When left untreated, gingivitis can evolve into a condition known as Periodontitis. This affects the bone structure supporting the teeth. At this stage, the bone structure below the gum line starts to dissolve. The resulting recession of the gum line causes the teeth to become longer in appearance. While, the damage to the bone is irreversible, timely treatment can strengthen the bone and prevent further damage. In addition to proper home hygiene, appropriate therapy by dental specialists would be required, such as cleaning of the gum line (and below the gum line) to remove bacteria and tartar. Unlike gingivitis, this infection is often painless.

Sometimes, progression of periodontitis may be influenced by health issues such as immune deficiencies of uncontrolled diabetes, high blood pressure and other conditions because of their impact on the immune system.

In advanced stages of periodontitis, extensive loss of bone structure causes the teeth to loosen leading to removal or loss of teeth. Therefore, it is imperative that gum disease is diagnosed and treated as early as possible.

Best Practices

Good home hygiene is a necessary factor to avoid bacterial infections such as gum disease. A healthy oral hygiene involves brushing twice a day, flossing and using oral rinse. As the state of oral health may vary from person to person, it is important that a customized oral hygiene regimen is developed in partnership with your dental care provider to ensure optimal benefit.

Regular visits to your dentist can help early detection of infections and through proper therapy, further deterioration is prevented. A professional cleaning is recommended every 3 months to avoid the build up of bacteria and stop bacterial infections from advancing.

Here, at Desired Smiles Family Dentistry, we do more than treating our clients, we care for you. Contact us today to set up your free consultation.

 

10 Ways to Make Brushing Fun For Your Child

November 16, 2015

Even for the most diligent brushers among us, it can be a difficult task to get your child excited about brushing. As adults, we know both the short and long term benefits of a proper and consistent brushing routine. In your child’s eyes, it’s quite possible they could see brushing as a chore; something they are somewhat obligated to do, just because you told them so.

Brushing teeth is one of the most important things your child will learn to integrate into their daily lives, very early on. The absolute best way to get your child brushing is to make it fun! We’ve put together a list of ways to help get your child enthusiastic about brushing.

10 Ways to Make Brushing Fun:

  1. Buy a New Toothbrush

By letting your child pick out their own toothbrush (with your approval and guidance, of course) they will feel a sense of pride in ownership, and will be happy to use something they chose themselves and is theirs alone. This is a great way to get your child excited about seeing their toothbrush everyday, as it could be their favourite colour, or have one of their favourite characters on it!

  1. Invest in Tasty Toothpaste

While you’re at the store, pick up some child-friendly toothpaste as well. Many types of toothpaste now come in fun flavours and colours, with familiar characters to boot. Don’t worry, parents, these toothpastes have the same cleaning ability, but are just better suited to amuse and engage your children while brushing, as a strong mint flavour can be too harsh for their tiny taste buds.

  1. Brush Together

Your child may be at the monkey-see, monkey-do age. If this is the case, take advantage of it! Make a point of brushing in the bathroom with your child, to show them the importance of brushing for everyone. If your children see you making a point to brush your teeth, and enjoying it, they are likely to tag along and follow suit.

  1. Bring a Buddy

Does your child have a favourite stuffed animal or toy? Allow them to bring one of their stuffed buddies into the bathroom during their brushing time. This will help your child to connect teeth brushing with fun and play, and move further away from the idea that it’s a chore. They can even show their buddy how to brush!

  1. Make Brushing Musical

Let’s face it: every little task is much more fun when there is music playing. Pick one of your child’s favourite songs, and be sure to play it during teeth brushing time. If the song is around 2 minutes long, tell your child they must be brushing the entire time the song is playing!

  1. Create a Sticker Poster

Children are inherently very visual, so a sticker poster is a great way to show them the benefit and reward of brushing. For every day or every time they brush, place a sticker on a board. Your child will be proud of all the stickers they have collected, and you could even have a reward when they reach a certain number of stickers.

  1. Read Books About Brushing

Children still may not understand the importance or purpose of brushing. Finding helpful or educational books about brushing, incorporating characters they know and recognize, is a helpful way to explain the benefits and importance of brushing.

  1. Get Into a Routine

Children identify with routine, as it helps them to understand the world around them. Add brushing in as part of the morning and bedtime routine, and your child will slowly become accustomed to brushing on a regular basis. Plus, once your children learn that reading a bedtime story comes right after brushing in their routine, they will be eager to get their brushing all done so they can have story time.

  1. Make it Fun!

However you choose to get your child used to brushing, don’t forget to make it fun! If your child enjoys their time while brushing their teeth, they are more likely to do so without a fight.

  1. Educate Your Child About Dental Care

One main hurdle is that children don’t understand the importance of brushing, and of general oral care. By getting your child familiar with regular teeth brushing and dental appointments early on, they will become comfortable with taking their dental care into their own hands.

At Dr. Walter Heidary Family Dentistry, we use 3 types of children’s dentistry appointments to help children take control of their oral health. By introducing children to all aspects of their dental care and appointments early on, we are confident that your children will have healthy smiles for life. Contact us to learn more about our children’s dentistry program, and to book your child an appointment today!

 

 

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Keeping Your Teeth Clean Around Halloween

October 13, 2015

The start of October has us counting down the days to Halloween, and all the fun that it entails. Between the costumes and spooky movies, there is something fun for everyone to enjoy. But we all know one thing: Halloween is really all about the treats and sweets! There are only a few other times during the year where you can shamelessly indulge in all your favourite goodies, and all those seasonal snacks come back for a limited time only.

Though always important, it is especially crucial during Halloween to pay attention to your oral health. If you’re not careful, the constant presence of all those tasty temptations could really be taking a toll on your teeth!

While we all love to indulge, we don’t want your short-term satisfaction to leave you with life-long toothaches. As such, we’ve put together a few tips on how to keep your teeth clean, and healthy, around Halloween.

Limit Your Treats

The average person consumes 3.4 pounds of candy over Halloween. Yes, that much! We know this can sound almost impossible during this festive time, but the most obvious way to take care of your teeth is to simply limit the amount of treats you enjoy. Whatever tricks you may need to hold back from the treats, we suggest you give it a try for the sake of your teeth. You can even put some candy aside to enjoy in the weeks after Halloween. No need to eat it all at once! Remember, everything is better in moderation.

Brush After Snacking

We know it may be difficult to limit your treat intake this month; but that’s ok! You can always offset your treats with a good brushing. Whenever you, or your children, dip into your sweets, make sure you are brushing the treats away afterwards. Brushing regularly is always important, and becomes even more so when your teeth are exposed to a higher amount of sugar and sticky snacks. If you choose to snack, make sure you are pairing your snack time with an extra round of brushing to offset the possibility of cavities

Don’t Forget to Floss

We’ve said it before, and we will say it again: flossing is extremely important. Even if you are pairing your treat time with brushing, some of the sticky candy Halloween is famous for will be tough to simply brush away. Flossing allows you to get in between all the corners of your mouth, and give your teeth a more thorough cleaning. Flossing at least once a day will help to prevent cavities, tooth decay, and all the headaches that come along with fixing your teeth after you have let your oral care slip!

Pay Your Dentist A Visit

After all the sweets, treats, snacks, and goodies during Halloween, your dentist will sure be happy to see you come in! If you happen to have an appointment before Halloween, your dentist will likely advise you of much of the same tips you have read about here, particularly the suggestion for more careful and consistent cleaning. If you have a hard time following any of the tips to keep your teeth clean around Halloween on your own, know that your dentist is always there to get you back on the right track! A regular appointment or cleaning will help you get back to your regular oral health care routine, and perhaps be more careful the next time treats come around.

Dental Care at Dr. Walter Heidary Family Dentistry

At Dr. Walter Heidary Family Dentistry, our goal is to perfect your smile. Halloween can be tough on teeth, and we want to make sure you have all the resources necessary to keep your teeth in their best condition. Our general dentistry appointments encompass a regular check-up and cleaning, vital to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Be sure to book your post-Halloween appointment to give yourself piece of mind during the season.

Additionally, we think you’re never too young to take good care of your teeth. Your children, after all their Trick or Treating adventures, could also benefit from one of our children’s dentistry appointments sometime after Halloween. Our goal is for your children to have fewer cavities and gum infections, and a children’s dentistry appointment is a good way to start helping us with this goal.

If you had a particularly indulgent Halloween season, you also may benefit from one of our teeth whitening programs. Whether in-office or take-home, our whitening options could help give you a brighter smile, and get rid of some of the dullness your seasonal snacking may have caused.

Halloween is a favourite for adults and children alike, but that doesn’t mean your oral care has to suffer to enjoy the season. Contact us to book your free smile analysis, schedule an appointment, or learn more about our whitening options, and get the smile you have always wanted.