Tridont Dental Centre Newsletter - Brampton Dentistry
How Important is your Child’s Oral Health?
Teaching your child proper oral care at a young age is an investment in his or her health that will pay lifelong dividends. You can start by setting an example; taking good care of your own teeth sends a message that oral health is something to be valued. And anything that makes taking care of teeth fun, like brushing along with your child or letting them choose their own toothbrush, encourages proper oral care.
To help your children protect their teeth and gums and greatly reduce their risk of getting cavities, teach them to follow these simple steps:
- Brush twice a day with an accepted fluoride toothpaste to remove plaque-the sticky film on teeth that’s the main cause of tooth decay.
- Floss daily to remove plaque from between your teeth and under the gumline, before it can harden into tartar. Once tartar has formed, it can only be removed by a professional cleaning.
- Eat a well-balanced diet that limits starchy or sugary foods, which produce plaque acids that cause tooth decay. When you do eat these foods, try to eat them with your meal instead of as a snack-the extra saliva produced during a meal helps rinse food from the mouth.
- Use dental products that contain fluoride, including toothpaste.
- Make sure that your children’s drinking water is fluoridated. If your water supply; municipal, well or bottled does not contain fluoride, your dentist or pediatrician may prescribe daily fluoride supplements.
- Take your child to the dentist for regular checkups.
What Brushing Techniques Can I Show My Child?
You may want to supervise your children until they get the hang of these simple steps:
- Use a pea-sized dab of an accepted fluoride toothpaste. Take care that your child does not swallow the toothpaste.
- Using a soft-bristled toothbrush, brush the inside surface of each tooth first, where plaque may accumulate most. Brush gently back and forth.
- Clean the outer surfaces of each tooth. Angle the brush along the outer gumline. Gently brush back and forth.
- Brush the chewing surface of each tooth. Gently brush back and forth.
- Use the tip of the brush to clean behind each front tooth, both top and bottom.
- It’s always fun to brush the tongue!
When Should My Child Begin Flossing?
Because flossing removes food particles and plaque between teeth that brushing misses, you should floss for your children beginning at age 4. By the time they reach age 8, most kids can begin flossing for themselves.
What is Fluoride and How Do I Know if My Child is Getting the Right Amount?
Fluoride is one of the best ways to help prevent against tooth decay. A naturally occurring mineral, fluoride combines with the tooth’s enamel to strengthen it. In many municipal water supplies, the right amount of fluoride is added for proper tooth development. To find out whether your water contains fluoride, and how much, call your local water district. If your water supply does not contain any (or enough) fluoride, your child’s pediatrician or dentist may suggest using fluoride drops or a mouth rinse in addition to a fluoride toothpaste.
How Important is Diet to My Child’s Oral Health?
A balanced diet is necessary for your child to develop strong, decay-resistant teeth. In addition to a full range of vitamins and minerals, a child’s diet should include plenty of calcium, phosphorous, and proper levels of fluoride.
If fluoride is your child’s greatest protection against tooth decay, then frequent snacking may be the biggest enemy. The sugars and starches found in many foods and snacks like cookies, candies, dried fruit, soft drinks, pretzels and potato chips combine with plaque on teeth to create acids. These acids attack the tooth enamel and may lead to cavities.
Each “plaque attack” can last up to 20 minutes after a meal or snack has been finished. Even a little nibble can create plaque acids. So it’s best to limit snacking between meals.
What Should I Do if My Child Chips, Breaks or Knocks Out a Tooth?
With any injury to your child’s mouth, you should contact us immediately. We will want to examine the affected area and determine appropriate treatment.
If your child is in pain from a broken, cracked or chipped tooth, you need to come see us immediately. You may want to give an over-the-counter pain reliever to your child until his/her appointment. If possible, keep any part of the tooth that has broken off and take this with you when you see us.
If a tooth is completely knocked out of the mouth by an injury, take the tooth to us as soon as possible. Handle the tooth as little as possible — do not wipe or otherwise clean the tooth. Store the tooth in water or milk until you get to a dentist. It may be possible for the tooth to be placed back into your child’s mouth, a procedure called reimplantation.
Take good care of your child’s baby teeth. They do eventually fall out but until they do, baby teeth play an important role in helping your child bite and chew food, and speak clearly. Many of the same treatment and evaluation options that adults have are also available to kids. These include X-rays, dental sealants, orthodontic treatment and more.
Why Is Summer a Good Time to See Your Dentist?
Summertime is Dental Checkup Time It’s not like we should need a good time to see our dentist, but for most of us convenience is a key factor. With everything else going on in life, sometimes scheduling – and/or keeping – that dentist appointment can prove challenging at best. But summer is the smile season, and you shouldn’t neglect your smile just because there’s too much other stuff to do.
It’s true, we actually smile more in summer! And as it turns out, summertime is one of the best times to visit your dentist for that biannual – or thrice annual depending on your eating, coffee, smoking, dipping, or otherwise bad for your dental & overall health habits. Why is summer the perfect time to see your dentist?
3 Reasons to See Your Dentist in the Summer
With the kids out of school there’s no reason for evening or weekend appointments to squeeze in, there are no leaves to rake, no snow to shovel, and more leisure time to enjoy the nicer weather. This is one reason which makes scheduling some dentist face time a heck of a lot more convenient in summer. Even if you don’t have kids, seeing your dentist in the summer is more convenient because you can avoid the back to school rush that your dentist experiences every September…which equates to more convenient available appointment times!
It feels good to kick back with an ice cold beverage and reflect on all that you accomplished during the day. Picture the sense of accomplishment achieved by scheduling & keeping your summertime dental appointment…and that of your entire family.
We all enjoy that clean fresh feeling we get after a quick smile shape up & teeth cleaning. It’s also the relief of knowing your diligent daily dental hygiene regimen is paying dividends by saving you money on more costly treatment neglect & substandard self-care bring. Your teeth & gums are healthy, mission accomplished.
We’re not just talking about your super-cool dentist, or their cutting-edge cool tools & modern technology employed to make your summer smile sparkle. If the dog days of summer get you down, COME SEE US TODAY!
If your dentist’s office is like most, it’s crisp, cool, and air-conditioned. Take a break from the heat for some dentistry A/C. Sit back, relax, and enjoy your frosty check-up. You might not be on the beach, but much like the water in the Caribbean, your smile will be crystal clear.
Make Sure Your Smile Stays in Shape this Summer…BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT NOW!
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How Do You Maintain a Great Summertime Smile?
When you think of summer, you probably think of swimming pools, cookouts, and sunshine — but do you also think of your oral health? During the summer, there are actually things that you should keep in mind when it comes to your smile. Armed with some information, though, you can have a fun summer while maintaining beautiful and healthy teeth.
Did you know that swimming pools can have an effect on your teeth?
The chemicals in swimming pools can lead to discoloration of your smile if you’re exposed for long enough. Research has shown that people who spent more than 6 hours a week in swimming pools ended up with discolored front teeth. The reason is the higher pH level of the water, which breaks down proteins in saliva and leave a brownish stain on your teeth. If the pool’s pH balance isn’t properly cared for, the water can also soften enamel, leading to an increased risk of decay and damage. Luckily, trips to the dentist for regular cleanings and fluoride treatments can combat both of these problems!
Summertime Foods and Beverages…and Your Smile
During the summer, you’re probably going to attend a lot of parties, and with parties come a variety of beverages and snacks. Summertime drinks include soda, sports drinks, wine, beer, and lemonade, are loaded with sugar. A simple tip for counteracting the effects of these beverages, however, is to rinse your mouth with water regularly throughout the party. But don’t brush your teeth too soon after consuming acidic beverages. These drinks can soften enamel, and brushing while the enamel is soft can do more damage. Wait at least an hour before you brush!
Party foods can be dark in color and full of sugar as well. Dark foods contribute to stained teeth, and we all know what happens when you eat too much sugar! Cavities! But by rinsing your mouth after eating these dark and sugary foods, you can avoid staining and cavities — and a trip to the dentist during your summer for teeth whitening and a checkup can give your smile a boost!
It’s pretty simple to keep your smile in shape during these summer months. Brushing, flossing, rinsing after food or drink, and regular trips to the dentist can help keep you looking and feeling your best. Now you just have to figure out how to stay cool!
For teeth whitening and your regular summer cleaning, contact our office to book your appointment today!
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HIGH PERFORMANCE KIDS = HIGH PERFORMANCE CAVITIES
Just the other day in my office, I saw a 14-year-old patient for his recall exam. I have been seeing him since he was five years old. He is one of those few patients, who up until now, has been caries free and has had impeccable oral hygiene. I hadn’t seen him for a year due to the fact that he has been busy with his competitive hockey and he had missed his last six-month recall exam. Upon examining his bitewing radiographs, I just about had a heart attack! He had seven interproximal carious lesions present, which were well into the dentin and all requiring restorations. The first thing I did was pull out his bitewings from the previous year to use as a comparison. As I thought, none of the lesions were present in the previous images. The discussion with the child and his shocked mother then turned to "what have you been doing differently over the last year?" I found out that all he has been drinking, on and off the ice, has been energy sports drinks. His mother has been buying them by the case because they were under the impression that they will make him a better athlete and keep him hydrated while playing hockey.
Individuals like this present themselves to dental offices across Canada on a daily basis. Energy sports drinks are marketed to young athletes to enhance their performance on the field, court or ice, to give the athlete that added advantage. In fact, what they are doing is exposing children to extraordinarily high levels of sugar, which are super-charging the cariogenic bacteria in their mouth rather than super-charging the athlete. In August of this year, the Ontario Dental Association (ODA) issued a warning about the harmful effects of sports drinks. The ODA recommends that athletes hydrate themselves during sporting events with plain water. This will provide the hydration without the high levels of sugar that sports drinks carry along with them.
As the dentists of these young aspiring athletes, we need to be proactive in warning our patients of the dental implications of drinking sports drinks. If we educate our patients properly we will prevent future disasters like the one explained earlier. This is especially true for our young patients undergoing orthodontic treatment. We also need to include the parents in the discussion because they are the ones who are buying the sports drinks for their children. I routinely make a quick phone call to the parents of my teenage patients who come on their own to their dental appointments to fill them in on recommendations that may have gone in one ear and out the other.
We have our children in sports to encourage them to live a healthy lifestyle. Let’s make sure that happens by discouraging them from drinking high sugar content sports drinks while performing the sports they love.
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Dental Sealants to Prevent Cavities
Did you know that the top surface of your teeth have small grooves that trap food and debris and cannot be removed by brushing alone? Without proper dental hygiene, these food particles can provide the nourishment that bacteria need to grow which eventually cause cavities. Good oral hygiene should be the mainstay in preventing cavities but dental sealants are also extremely useful.
What are dental sealants?
Dental sealants are thin substances that are used to coat the molars (teeth at the back of the mouth) in order to fill them and protect them. They prevent food from getting trapped in the deep grooves of the teeth, thus keeping out bacteria that cause tooth decay.
Dental sealants are usually recommended for permanent molars rather than temporary teeth. This means that they should be used in patients above the age of 6 to 7 years, as these are the times permanent teeth grow and children are prone to developing cavities.
Benefits of Dental Sealants
How are dental sealants applied?
The procedure is extremely simple and involves cleaning the teeth first. Next, an acidic substance is applied to the tooth surface to roughen it up and to allow for the sealant to attach. This is followed by the placement of the sealant gel onto the surface of the tooth. The sealant enters the grooves within the teeth and plugs it shut. Following this, the sealant is coated onto the surface of the tooth enamel, bonds to the tooth and hardens it.
The procedure takes a few minutes to perform. The main advantage of sealants is that they protect the teeth from cavities, doing so, they look cosmetically pleasant.
How long do sealants last?
On average, sealants last for around 5 to 10 years before a reapplication is needed.
Sealants are placed on the tooth even before tooth decay sets in to protect the teeth from cavities. They are safe and effective and are even cheaper than getting dental fillings.
Visit Us Today For Dental Cavity Prevention
Dental sealants should be part of the total preventive dental care. Decay will cause permanent damage to the teeth but sealants prevent them. Dental sealants will save time and money by avoiding more costly dental procedures such as dental fillings, caps or crowns to fix decayed teeth.
Good dental hygiene such as regular brushing and flossing go a long way in preventing tooth decay but they are less effective in protecting the surfaces of the back teeth. Dental sealants are an additional protection for the teeth. The procedure can easily be performed by your dentist.
Come see Tridont Dental today and we will help you seal out tooth decay.
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Dental Care for Cracked or Broken Teeth
It can happen sometimes, you are enjoying your favorite food and you feel a crunch of a different kind. This could be a tooth getting chipped or broken. Bear in mind that this is not a common occurrence. Knowing the causes of a broken or cracked tooth will go a long way towards its prevention.
Causes of a broken or cracked tooth:
The tooth enamel is the hard coating on the surface of the tooth. In most cases, the enamel protects the teeth during chewing and biting, but sometimes excess pressure can cause the enamel to crack or even break. This form of pressure can be due to sudden trauma from a fall or a blow to the face. In the presence of dental caries, the teeth become extremely vulnerable to cracks and breaks, and even minimal trauma that would normally not cause any harm to the tooth can cause it to crack.
Treating a Cracked or Broken Tooth
In the event that a tooth is cracked or chipped, it is a good idea to see your dentist as soon as you can. Some measures can be done at home until you see a dentist.
- Painkillers – Sometimes, a large part of the tooth may be chipped off which can cause a degree of pain or discomfort. Simple over the counter painkillers like paracetamol can help.
- Chipped teeth can be rather sharp and when chewing and talking the tooth can rub against the inside of the cheek. This can cause a tremendous amount of irritation and even cause a cut or some bruising. Covering the tooth edge with a small piece of chewing gum might help until you see the dentist.
Treatment by a dentist
Once you see the dentist, a number of different options may be offered. These can include:
- In case of minor breakages, dentists may just smooth out these uneven cracks and restore tooth appearance.
- In case of larger cracks or breakages where a part of the tooth has chipped off, dentists may fill the gap with some form of dental filler and restore the shape of the tooth.
- In case of large tooth chips that extend all the way to the root of the tooth, a root canal may need to be performed.
- Sometimes in cases where a large part of the tooth broke and simple dental procedures cannot be used to rebuild the tooth, dental veneers or crows may be placed. These are strong enough to withstand normal pressure from chewing and are cosmetically designed to look like normal teeth.
- Occasionally cracked teeth cannot be saved and have to be extracted and replaced with a denture, bridge or implant.
See Us and We Will Help
While tooth breakages cannot be completely prevented, there are steps that can be taken to lessen the possibility of a cracked or broken tooth.
- Avoid grinding or clenching your teeth.
- Avoid chewing hard objects like ice or pens.
- Wear a protective mask or mouth guard when participating in contacts sports.
- Wear a night guard while sleeping nightly to protect the teeth, prevent headaches and jaw pain in the a.m.
If you think you have cracked or broken tooth, please visit us today before the problem gets worse.
As your dentists, we have options to save your teeth and prevent tooth extraction.
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