Tag Archives: enamel

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.

Why only dream of a beautiful smile, when you can dream while getting a beautiful smile

Dentures vs Implants – Which is right for you?

February 26, 2018

If you’re retiring in the near future, consider making the most of your remaining dental benefits!

Tooth loss hinders eating and speaking, and can cause a host of future problems. Replacing missing teeth is very important – not only for your appearance but also for your overall health. Fortunately there are different options to choose from:


A denture is a removable plate that holds one or more artificial teeth. Dentures can be full or partial, meaning that they can either replace all teeth on the upper or lower jaw, or just a few missing ones. They are custom-designed by your dentist to fit comfortably in your mouth and visually match your existing shade of enamel.

Dentures are the best option for people who have a weak jaw or unhealthy gums. Dentures are typically made from a hard resin that is softer than real teeth. For this reason, dentures need to be replaced on average every 5 years. While the quality of dentures has progressed they are, by their nature, prone to slipping out while eating or speaking so they need to be secured with denture adhesive. Both dentures and partials require regular cleaning.


If you have healthy gums but are missing teeth, you may wish to consider dental implants. Dental implants are replacement teeth that are implanted surgically into the jawbone. Dental implants replace the tooth roots and provide both permanence and stability.

Implants include a titanium post which is surgically implanted into the jawbone below gum level to act as a replacement for the root of the tooth. Once your jaw is healed, the replacement tooth or crown is fitted into the titanium and secured. Titanium is used because its properties integrate best with living bone and tissue, and it reduces the risk of infection. With proper care and consistent oral hygiene, dental implants can last 20+ years.

If you are considering dental implants, an assessment will be required in order to determine whether they will work for you. The assessment will determine if there is enough bone density in your jaw to hold the titanium post in place, and if any infections or gum disease will need to be treated.

Our team will work with you to create a personalized action plan to get your teeth in immaculate shape while you’re still covered by your existing dental benefits.

For information on how exactly teeth replacement works, call or email us today!

Call: (905) 637-5463 or (905) 332-0105
Email: info@desiredsmiles.com

When should you take your child to the dentist for the first time?

January 25, 2018

Getting your child comfortable with the dentist’s office and oral hygiene is equally as important as getting the checkup itself.

We recommend bringing your child in for their first visit within 6 months of their first tooth coming in, as tooth decay and plaque can start to show. Your child’s baby teeth will fall out but they still need care. Even though you can’t see them, your child’s adult teeth are growing underneath.


Mother’s milk, formula, cow’s milk and fruit juices all contain sugars.

Babies may get early childhood tooth decay from going to bed with a bottle of milk, formula or juice.

If your baby absolutely requires a bottle for bed, use water instead.

The first visit is meant to accomplish 3 things.

  • First, it’s meant to familiarize your child with the dentist’s office, allowing him or her to explore and become more comfortable. The dentist will only take a look at a child’s teeth once he or she is at ease.
  • Once trust is established, the tools used in dentistry will be introduced in an attempt to remove the fear associated with these items.
  • Lastly this visit allows the dentist to do a quick exam, looking for evidence of tooth decay. The dentist will check the child’s gums, jaw, and bite looking for any problems that may affect the teeth, or speech.

People who start proper oral hygiene habits early tend to:

  • End up with fewer cavities and gum infections
  • Increase their overall oral health
  • Gain a positive dental outlook (are less afraid or nervous of dental processes)
  • Have increased self-confidence

Check out 10 Ways To Make Brushing Fun For Your Child for some helpful ideas!

At Desired Smiles we are known for our unique Dental Program for children. It’s designed to educate children about oral hygiene and dental processes in an encouraging and relaxed way.

We offer three types of appointments for kids. Each child’s program is customized specific to their needs, age, developmental abilities and level of anxiety. We work with kids in a fun and captivating way. Contact us to learn more or book your appointment!

Tips for the parent:

Dentists are trained in describing dental procedures and processes to children in a non-threatening way.

  • Before the appointment, try not to share personal experiences unless they were positive.
  • Explain to them where they are going and talk about it in an excited manner rather than a nervous one
  • Remind them that dentists are there to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy.

Check out How To Get Your Child Ready For Their First Dentist Appointment for more tips!


It is important to start the oral hygiene process young, as the younger a child is when they’re exposed to new routines, the more likely they are to continue them into adulthood.

Do You Grind Your Teeth?

February 23, 2015

So you grind your teeth, no big deal, right? Actually, wrong – grinding your teeth can cause some serious damage. Even if you think your case is mild.

So what exactly is happening when you’re grinding or clenching your teeth?

Teeth grinding, even when mild, has the power to wear down your enamel. This protective coating on your teeth protects them from decay, bacteria, and sensitivity.

When it’s frequent and severe, it can do more damage than just wearing down enamel. It’s a constant strain on your jaw muscles and can cause a condition known as TMJ or temporomandibular joint disorder. This condition causes pain and tightness in the joints around your jaw. In extreme cases it can cause earaches or headaches.


Many factors can cause teeth grinding. One of the most common causes is stress. Sometimes the emotions caused by stress, like anxiety, anger, or frustration are the direct cause of you grinding your teeth. Other times, grinding your teeth is done unconsciously as a coping or focusing habit.

As stress is one of the main causes of teeth grinding, this condition can develop later in your life, even if you never used to grind your teeth.

Certain substances act as stressors, like caffeine, tobacco, or alcohol use.

Since teeth grinding commonly occurs while you are sleeping, other sleep issues like sleep apnea may be a stressor.

Another cause, although less common, is a side effect from medication or a complication from other diseases.

Children actually experience teeth grinding more commonly than adults, however the causes differ in children from adults. Often, children do it because it relieves the pain of earaches or teething. Other times, it has to do with jaw development. More often than not, children outgrow this habit and more often than not, it is not caused by stress.


As stress is a big cause of teeth grinding, stress management is one of the best treatments for this issue. Sometimes it’s just a matter of getting out of the habit of clenching your teeth, which can be achieved through various types of therapy.

Medications that just treat teeth grinding are usually not that effective, as teeth grinding is often a side effect of a bigger issue. Some medications that have provided relief include Botox injections or muscle relaxants. You should talk to your dentist to find out if these are right for you.

Most often, there are simpler solutions. One of these is using a mouth guard at night that prevents your teeth from becoming damaged and your muscles from tensing as much. Your dentist can fit a mouth guard in order to protect your teeth.

Other solutions include changing your lifestyle to reduce stress. This could also include getting into the habit of sleeping well or avoiding stimulants like caffeine that are known to exacerbate teeth grinding issues.

Your dentist can help you relieve the issues caused by teeth grinding, like tooth sensitivity, providing TMJ therapy, or reshape damaged teeth with a variety of cosmetic procedures.

Do You Have Sensitive Teeth?

July 11, 2014

Do you ever experience pain or discomfort in your teeth in cold weather, eating certain foods, drinking hot or cold beverages, or even touching your teeth? You probably have sensitive teeth. There are several possible causes, and there are also options for you to relieve the pain.

What causes teeth sensitivity?

Beneath the enamel protecting your teeth, there is a layer called dentin. Fluids move in this layer through tiny tubes. When those tubes become exposed, your teeth become at risk for sensitivity.

Well what causes the dentin to become exposed?

The erosion of enamel or receding gums can expose dentin, ultimately causing tooth sensitivity. Consuming foods and beverages that are acidic can lead to tooth sensitivity. Citrus fruits or soft drinks should be avoided, for example. Even acid reflux can cause tooth sensitivity.

Teeth grinding can also be a reason your dentin has become exposed. The buildup of plaque will not help with your tooth sensitivity.

What can I do?

There are ways you can prevent tooth sensitivity. The first step is prevent it all together! Limit foods that can cause your enamel to erode, go see your dentist if you grind your teeth, change up the parts of your routine that may be contributing to the wear of your teeth.

If your teeth are already sensitive, you may want to change your toothpaste. Some toothpastes, such as whitening or tartar control toothpastes, contain abrasive ingredients that can cause your sensitive teeth more pain. Using a desensitizing toothpaste instead can help prevent further wearing down your enamel.

While you’re changing your toothpaste, you should also change your toothbrush. If you’re using a hard-bristled toothbrush, that could be contributing to the wearing down of enamel. For the same reason, you also shouldn’t brush too hard.

What can the dentist do?

Your dentist can do a number of things to help out with your sensitive teeth. The first step is to go to the dentist for a full diagnosis. Your sensitivity may actually be something different than you suspected – it may be a cavity or an abscess and require dental treatments.

The dentist may prescribe a toothpaste to help with the sensitivity if no over-the-counter brands work for you.

For more drastic conditions your dentist may apply a sealant to protect exposed dentin.

In any case, if your sensitive teeth are bothering you, give a Desired Smiles a call to book a consultation.