6/14/2017 8:43:14 PM
How to Treat Discolored Teeth with Cosmetic Dentistry
Teeth may be discolored or stained due a myriad of reasons, but a less than a bright smile can diminish self-confidence. Cosmetic dental procedures are a great way to enhance the look of your smile, as well as restore strength and function. At Tridont Dental Centre, we focus on your continued oral health, but also provide services to help you reach your aesthetic goals.
Types of Teeth Stains
Depending on the type of stain you have determines the type of cosmetic dental treatment that will be recommended to you. There are two types of stains: intrinsic and extrinsic.
Categorized with yellowed teeth, these stains are just on the surface of the enamel and are caused by foods, drinks, and natural wear. One way to combat these stains without treatment is being mindful of the dark foods and drinks you consume. Drink soda, tea, and coffee through a straw; wine is also a component in stained teeth.
If you’ve experienced dental trauma previously or take certain medications, these may be causes for stained and discolored teeth. Dental trauma can leave teeth looking dark and gray and stains caused by medication, also invoke this darker tone in your teeth. These stains are far more difficult to lift than extrinsic stains as they are caused by a reaction inside the tissue of your teeth.
Cosmetic Treatments to Whiten the Smile
Teeth whitening is a recommended treatment to whiten teeth, but only works on extrinsic stains. Professional in-office teeth whitening or brands provided by your dentist are preferable for the best results.
Crowns restore function and strength to a weakened tooth. Tooth decay can be a component to discoloration of a single tooth, and a crown is used to encapsulate the tooth once decay is removed. Choosing porcelain or tooth-colored materials to fabricate your crown will restore brilliancy to the smile.
Veneers are placed on the fronts of slightly altered teeth to reform and enhance the aesthetic look. They can be made into thin shells of porcelain that are attached to your teeth, or layered directly on through chairside treatment and shaped by your dentist. This treatment not only whitens for stubborn intrinsic stains, but also if you have misshapen or chipped teeth.
At Tridont Dental Centre, we provide cosmetic dental treatments in Brampton, ON. For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact our dental practice today.
6/14/2017 8:00:18 AM
Girl frightened by dentists covers her mouth
Dental fear is the fear of dentistry and of receiving dental care. If that’s you, we’ve got some top tips to get you back in the dentist’s chair
Does the thought of going to the dentist give you anxiety? We want all our patients to feel as relaxed as possible. That’s why we’ve put together 10 tips and facts to take the fear out of your visit.
You’re not alone!
Did you know one in four people have a fear of the dentist? Often, our fears are much scarier than the reality. We want to fix your pain, not cause it, which is why we invest in the best technology for a more pleasant patient experience. You can rest assured that you’ll feel much better after you leave than before you came in.
Improving your smile, not ruining it
Unlike the gung-ho dentists of the past, we specialize in minimally invasive dentistry to ensure we don’t do more work than is necessary so you shouldn’t suffer from persistent problems. Remember that dental procedures have greatly improved in the past few years. Modern dentistry offers new methods and treatment options to make you feel comfortable.
Talk it through with us
Your dentist can explain the entire procedure to you beforehand, as well as walk you through step-by-step while the procedure is being performed. You always have the right to fully understand the work being done on your teeth. Letting us know you have dental anxieties means we can make your visit as comfortable as possible and even talk through anesthesia options with you.
First times aren’t so bad
Unless you’re in a lot of pain and need emergency treatment, your first visit will simply be a check-up of your teeth, gums and jaws. If you do need a little work, we’ll discuss it with you, answer all your questions and invite you back another day.
Come for a clean
Visit the dentist regularly to prevent problems. For fearful patients, just going for a check up can be nerve-wracking, but the more you go to the dentist for routine cleanings, the more likely you are to avoid larger problems that result in extensive procedures. Why not book a cleaning with one of our friendly hygienists first?
Breathe deeply and try to relax. Some dentists recommend practicing relaxation techniques before and during the appointment. Other dentists find that listening to music, or scheduling an appointment first thing in the morning, before the stresses of the day add up, also help patients to relax. Taking a few minutes to do this before your appointment can help balance your mind and settle your nerves.
Book an early morning appointment so you have less time to get worked up during the day.
Agree on a Signal
If you’re concerned about pain, devise a signal with your dentist so they know when to stop. Then they can give you a break if you need one and address any worries.
Invite a friend
Does your fear make you feel alone or trapped? Bringing a friend or family member can give you the emotional support you need.
When your fear of the dentist interferes with your life or stems from a generalised anxiety or medical disorder, speak to your GP. They can signpost you to counselling or other support services to help you tackle those stresses.
If you’re concerned your dental health, Tridont Dental Center can help. We provide general family dentistry as well as cosmetic enhancements and restorative procedures. Contact us today at 905-454-4010 and make an appointment.
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5/8/2017 8:00:10 AM
Ever wonder why your breath smells after a night of sleep? Learn the common causes of halitosis and how you can best combat that sour morning mouth.
Does this sound familiar? You wake up in the morning and quickly cover your mouth with your hand so your partner doesn’t get a whiff of your bad breath. Morning breath, halitosis — whatever you call it, it can be unpleasant and it probably isn’t the way you want to greet your partner, or the day.
“Everyone has morning breath to some degree,” says Sally J. Cram, DDS, a periodontist in the Washington, D.C., area and a consumer adviser for the American Dental Association. Here’s the simple reason why: When you sleep, your mouth dries out. When your mouth dries out, odor-producing bacteria proliferate. “When you sleep, your normal flow of saliva decreases,” Dr. Cram explains. “That’s why your breath can be worse in the morning.”
If you snore or breathe through your mouth at night, you’re more likely to have bad breath in the morning than those who don’t, she adds. In both situations, your mouth is even more prone to drying out, setting the stage for bacteria to grow.
Other Causes of Bad Breath
Some medications can cause your mouth to become dry overnight, worsening your halitosis. That’s why older people, who are often on many medications, frequently find their breath more unpleasant in the morning.
Smokers also may find they have bad morning breath. Smoking not only causes your saliva — your natural mouth rinse — to dry up but also can raise the temperature of your mouth, making it a breeding ground for that dreaded bacteria that causes bad breath. Add this to your list of reasons to quit smoking.
Allergies, too, can lead to bad breath. The mucus that drips down the back of your throat becomes a food source for bacteria. Should your postnasal drip become infected, it can put more odor-causing bacteria in your mouth.
How to Treat Bad Breath
If you’re one of the 65 percent of Americans with halitosis, there’s good news: Bad breath is treatable.
Brush. Odor-causing bacteria accumulate between your teeth and on your tongue, so practicing good dental hygiene will do a lot to improve your morning breath.
When you brush, be sure to do so for at least two minutes, not the 35 or 40 seconds that many people do.
After you brush, go directly to bed! “Don’t eat or drink anything so you’re not leaving food in your mouth,” Cram says.
Also, when you brush your teeth, brush your tongue too. Another favorite repository for odor-causing bacteria is the back of your tongue. You’ll notice your breath is fresher in the morning if you brush your tongue before you go to bed.
“Eighty-five percent of bad breath comes from the tongue,” says New York dentist Irwin Smigel, DDS, the president and founder of the American Society for Dental Aesthetics. “It really helps tremendously to use a tongue cleanser before you go to sleep, or anytime during the day.”
Floss. Brushing alone won’t remove the food particles that can become stuck between your teeth and gums. “Flossing is as important as brushing,” says Kimberly Harms, DDS, a dentist in Farmington, Minn., and a spokeswoman for the American Dental Association.
Rinse. Mouthwash will get rid of the odor but only temporarily. Cram suggests that when you are buying mouthwash to kill the germs that can cause bad breath, you look for one that has a seal of approval from the American Dental Association.
A quick swish won’t do it. If the directions say rinse for 30 seconds, then rinse for 30 seconds. “The mouth rinse has to be in there long enough to kill the bacteria,” Dr. Harms advises. “Rinse for five to ten seconds, you’re not getting the full effect. The trick is you have to follow directions.”
4/6/2017 1:46:30 PM
When’s the last time you’ve been in the dentist’s chair?
Dental health workers encourage their patients to visit them at least every 6 months for a cleaning and check-up. But why is this necessary? Here’s why:
1. To catch problems early on
Identifying oral problems sooner than later is important. Many oral health issues are much more difficult, if not impossible to recover from if discovered too late. For example, tooth decay can often be reversed if it has not yet taken the form of a cavity. In this stage, tooth decay is not significant enough to require filling, and usually appears as a chalky white spot.
If a cavity is detected early, it can be restored with a dental filling. But, cavities caught too late when the damage is extensive unfortunately require root canal therapy or in some cases extraction.
At the check-up, the dentist will also be checking for issues such as a potential nighttime bruxism habit, enamel wear, gum recession, oral cancer or an issue with the bite.
2. To prevent gum disease
It’s important to see the hygienist frequently for a thorough cleaning in order to keep gum disease and other problems at bay. The hygienist uses special tools to clean and polish the teeth. This removes any plaque/tartar accumulation from the teeth. This should be done regularly in order to prevent periodontal disease, bad breath, and more.
Well, there you have it! A visit to the dentist’s office every 6 or so months, or as necessary, is definitely vital to the health of your smile for life.
Can you remember the last time you’ve been in the dentist’s chair? If it’s been longer than you’d like to admit, then schedule a visit with us today! We’d love to see you.
3/9/2017 6:21:46 PM
A stunning, healthy smile isn’t solely due to good oral hygiene practices! A person’s eating style also plays a fundamental role. So, here are some ways your eating habits may be influencing your oral health:
1. If you snack on a lot of sugar or carbs…
If your diet is rich in carbohydrates and sweets (think pastas, cereals, breads, sodas and juices)… this can surely have a negative impact on the health of your smile. The bacteria in your mouth actually thrive off of these kinds of foods and create cavity-causing bacteria as a result. Clean your teeth after consuming anything carby or sweet to help keep those chompers safe.
2. If you eat a lot of acidic foods or beverages…
Do you find yourself regularly enjoying citrus fruits or juices, even vinegar-based salad dressings? Well then, there’s bad news and good news. The bad news is, these things are highly acidic and are known to wear our precious tooth enamel. But the good news is, you can limit the harm done by reducing the amount of acidic things you consume, or at least after consumption, swish water or milk around with your cheeks to bring the acidic environment down in the mouth.
3. If you’re more of a “snacker” than a “mealer”…
If your preferred eating style is to snack on things frequently throughout the day (namely anything carb or sugar-based), this might be a reason to cut back on the snacking. The more you snack on such things, the more you’re subjecting your teeth to increased acidity… which, in the long run, contributes to cavities. Try to eat larger portions less frequently, or snack on dental-friendly foods instead.
So, did you learn anything new? If your eating habits aren’t necessarily doing good for your smile, it really isn’t that difficult to make those little changes. And if it’s time for a cleaning or check-up again, our Tridont Dental team would love to hear from you! Call us today.
2/1/2017 7:16:02 PM
Have you been reaping the benefits of a calcium-rich diet?
Calcium is such an important mineral not only for our bone health, but for our dental health, as well. Here’s why we love calcium:
Calcium helps to keep cavities at bay
Calcium-dense foods help to remineralize the tooth enamel (or essentially “heal” the earliest stages of tooth decay)! They also help to neutralize or balance out the levels of decay-causing acidity in the mouth – so whenever you consume anything high in sugar or carbohydrates, chew on a piece of cheese or drink a cup of milk as a way to help protect your teeth.
Calcium is great for gum health
Certain studies discovered that a healthy daily intake of calcium contributed to great gum health, while a diet insufficient in calcium was significantly more likely to contribute to periodontal disease.
Check out one study here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10960010
Getting Enough Calcium
An individual can ensure that they’re getting enough calcium daily by including certain foods or supplements into their diet. Foods sources that are known to be rich in calcium include milk, cheese, yogurt, soymilk, kale and leafy greens, almonds and salmon (containing bones). If a person finds it difficult to receive an adequate intake of calcium from food sources alone, he or she can supplement with calcium tablets, capsules, chewables or other supplemental forms… but it’s agreed by most professionals that the best way to get the mineral is to eat fresh foods containing it. You should note, however, that a healthy intake of Vitamin D allows for healthy absorption of calcium by the body.
So… how will you be ensuring your diet is rich in calcium?
1/12/2017 6:35:03 PM
Are you one to light up?
It’s an obvious fact that smoking is one of the worst things you could do for your mouth, not to mention the health of your whole body. But apart from teeth disolouration and bad breath, what else does this bad habit put one at risk for?
Well, people who smoke are risking their oral health in the following ways:
1. Gum disease
The tiny blood vessels in the gums narrow and when a person smokes, limiting a healthy blood flow and increasing the risk of periodontal disease. Smoking also lowers the levels of oxygen in the blood, which slows healing from infection. Gum disease starts off as a milder condition called “gingivitis” and advances to an aggressive “periodontitis” if the person neglects treatment. With periodontitis, the teeth are at risk for loss.
2. Tooth Decay
Smoking leads to dry mouth, which boosts the risk for cavity formation. Dry mouth promotes an unhealthy mouth environment by welcoming destructive bacteria. Healthy salivary levels help to neutralize acidity in the mouth, which helps to keep cavities at bay.
3. Oral Cancer
There are thousands of harmful chemicals to be found in a single cigarette. A smoker has a significantly greater risk of developing oral cancer, with their personal risk depending on how long and how often they’ve been smoking. The good news is, a smoker’s risk can be lowered significantly after they quit.
Never Quit Trying…
We understand how difficult it can be to put an end to an addiction. But once a smoker officially waves “buh-bye” to their last cigarette, the risk for all of these problems significantly decline.
If you, a loved one or a friend is still struggling with finally kicking the habit, there are many methods available that can help. Speak to your doctor today for information on how you can quit and get back to optimal health.
You can do this!
12/1/2016 5:48:47 PM
Are You In-the-Know?
Hey, Tridont patients and visitors! Have you ever thought to yourself, “How much do I really know about dentistry?” Well, today you can test your dental smarts with this fun little quiz.
See if you can sort out these Myths and Facts:
1. After eating anything sugary or acidic, it’s best to brush the teeth immediately after instead of waiting a while.
2. Cheese helps to neutralize the acidity of a mouth, helping to prevent decay.
3. Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body after bone.
4. A toothbrush should be replaced every month.
5. A good oral hygiene routine involves brushing twice a day and flossing once a day.
6. Periodontitis can advance to gingivitis if not treated.
7. The hygienist cleans the teeth by “scaling and planing”
8. A good way to determine the health of a tooth is to look at how white it is (the whiter, the better).
1. Myth. You should wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth, as the brushing may be abrasive on temporarily softened enamel.
2. Fact. The calcium in a piece of cheese helps to neutralize decay-causing acids in the mouth.
3. Myth. Tooth enamel is by far the hardest substance in the body!
4. Myth. A toothbrush should be replaced roughly every three months, or when it starts to show signs of wear.
5. Fact. Have your oral hygiene practices been up to standard?
6. Myth. It’s actually the other way around!
7. Fact. These are the technical terms.
8. Myth. Healthy teeth can appear yellow, too… in fact, it’s totally normal and is often simply a cosmetic problem.
So… how did you do? Feel free to let us know! Wishing you a happy Thursday from your friends at Tridont Dental.
11/7/2016 3:10:36 PM
Don’t “Brush Off” These Facts…
How long have you been brushing your teeth with the toothbrush or brush head you’re currently using? If it’s been longer than around 3 months, (or, if the bristles have started to fray), you might want to consider making a stop at the local store on the way home to snag a new one.
Many (if not most) people stick with the same toothbrush or brush head for well over a few months at a time. So, why do we even need to replace our toothbrush every so often anyway? We’ve got the facts.
1. You’re potentially damaging your teeth.
Yes, you read that correctly. Frayed bristles are more abrasive to the surfaces of the teeth, and are harsh on the gums, as well. To avoid unnecessary enamel wear and gum recession, swap out that old and frayed brush right away. Your mouth doesn’t need to be aging prematurely!
2. You’re not getting as effective of a clean.
Frayed bristles that have lost their original shape are not as effective at cleaning the teeth. Food particles and bacteria will easily be left behind, regardless of the brushing technique you’re using. A fresher set of bristles in a new brush know how to get the job done, and will give you a proper clean capable of keeping that decay at bay.
3. You’re using a highly contaminated brush (Yuck!).
Over time, and especially if you’re not disinfecting your tooth brush regularly, many types of bacteria accumulate among the bristles, thus being introduced to your mouth every time you clean. Try to disinfect your brush with an antibacterial mouth rinse every so often to keep your new brush cleaner, longer. And be sure to rinse the bristles under water after every brushing session to wash away any remaining saliva or toothpaste.
So… how’s your current tooth brush holding up? We hope it hasn’t been through too much! And if it has, we wish you a happy parting (hopefully soon)!
10/5/2016 4:03:03 PM
Take Care of Those Fangs!
Can you believe it? Halloween is creeping up on us yet again!
There’s going to be a lot of candy going around… and while this may be awesome news for little ones (and for grown-ups with a sweet tooth), this can often be not-so-awesome news for our dental health.
This Halloween, why not prepare for all of those sweet treats by taking extra precautions? This includes being sure to brush and floss after each sweet, and maybe even organizing a trick-or-treat game plan (such as limiting the amount of candy coming into the house). Because, let’s face it… the bigger the candy pile, the bigger the risk that it may cause some dental destruction.
The importance of seeing the dentist
While you can put many preventive measures into play this Halloween to protect your and your family’s teeth, decay can still happen to the best of us. After the spooky-fun activities come to an end, you can plan a visit with the dentist to make sure there aren’t any new spots of concern forming on the teeth. It’s especially important to schedule a visit with the dentist if you or your little one hasn’t been in over 6 months.
The power of a professional cleaning
Regular cleanings with the dental hygienist is important to the health of our mouths. Dental professionals know how to scrape off any plaque or tartar that may have collected on a patient’s teeth. Avoiding routine cleanings will only raise your and your family’s risk for cavity development or succession, whatever month it is. Also, it’s always better to be able to spot the smaller problems earlier on.
So, how will you scare away decay this Halloween? Talk to us!
Happy Halloween from the Tridont Dental Centre team!