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Other Causes of Toothaches Besides CavitiesOne of the key indications of tooth decay and cavities is when we experience a toothache in an infected tooth. What you may not realize is cavities are not the only reason you could experience a toothache. However, it is vital to obtain a proper diagnosis from an experienced Brampton dentist, like here at Kennedy Square Dental to determine whether your toothache is from a cavity or another cause, such as:

1. Gum Disease – When the gums are red, swollen and irritated they can cause pain in the teeth.

2. Abscessed Tooth – Advanced tooth decay results in more than just a cavity and can lead to infections within the root, called an abscessed tooth, which can be very uncomfortable and painful.

3. Sensitive Teeth – Some people have sensitive teeth and changes to hot and cold temperatures can cause temporary, minor pain.

4. Tooth Micro-Factures – Small micro-factures can occur on the tooth’s enamel layer and can cause pain for some people.

5. Dental Crowns – If dental crowns are misaligned or damaged, they can cause a toothache.

6. Wisdom Teeth – Our wisdom teeth can be the cause of pain in the molar regions for various reasons, including when they are impacted and not developing correctly.

7. Fillings – If a filling falls out, breaks, or is no longer securely attached to the tooth, cavity-causing bacteria gets inside the tooth and can cause pain, even during the early stages of tooth decay.

8. Sinus Infections – It is not uncommon to experience minor to moderate toothaches in the upper jaw region because the inflammation in the sinus passages places added pressure on the jaw and teeth.

9. Brushing and Flossing – If you brush and floss too hard or are using the wrong type of floss or toothbrush, you may inadvertently irritate the gums and create minor pain in the teeth.

10. Teeth Grinding (Bruxism) – Excess pressure is required to grind the teeth and could result in damage, pain, and discomfort.

Fortunately, there are viable solutions to these types of tooth pain and discomfort available from your dentist. For instance, they can recommend the proper toothbrush and floss or order an appliance you can wear to protect against teeth grinding.

Whether the pain is minor or severe, it is always recommended to see your dentist right away to determine the cause and not wait for your next regular checkup. Putting off a visit to your dentist could result in the problem becoming worse and requiring more extensive treatments to correct.

Please contact Kennedy Square Dental at (905) 858-3368 today to schedule a consultation appointment and discover the cause of your tooth pain and discomfort!

The Different Stages of Tooth DecayTooth decay is an ongoing process that does not immediately result in cavities if caught soon enough. The easiest way to address the beginning of tooth decay is by brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day, along with regular cleanings and checkups at our Brampton dental clinic. This preventative care stops the decay and helps protect the teeth from cavities.

If you or your child has poor brushing and flossing habits and neglect regular dental visits, the decay process can progress through five different stages, as follows:

Stage 1 – The tooth starts to decay underneath the enamel layer of the tooth. It may be hard to notice if it is happening on the rear teeth. As the tooth decays, it demineralizes and starts to form small white spots. At this stage, the decay can be stopped and repaired by your dentist.

Stage 2 – If the decay continues to progress, it will now start to attack the enamel, which is the protective coating on the teeth. The decay occurs from the inside and moves outwards until it destroys the enamel. Once decay reaches this stage, it can still be corrected by having it removed and getting the tooth filled.

Stage 3 – If the decay was not previously detected, it will now start to eat away at the tooth’s dentin, which is the layer directly beneath the enamel. You or your child may notice some minor tooth pain or discomfort. If the decay is detected at this stage by a visit to your dentist, it can still be stopped and requires a filling.

Stage 4 – Once the decay reaches this stage, it will start to attack the interior layer of the tooth – the pulp. This is when people typically start to complain of a toothache. The level of pain can vary from minor to severe. A root canal is a dental procedure used to remove and stop the tooth decay.

Stage 5 – If for some reason, there was little or infrequent pain or if you decided to live with it, the decay will make its way down to the root of the tooth and start to infect the gum tissue and surrounding teeth. This stage is commonly referred to as an abscessed tooth and should not be ignored. In order to stop the decay and infection from spreading further, your dentist will determine if it is still possible to save the tooth. If it is, then a root canal will be performed. Otherwise, the tooth will need to be extracted and replaced with an artificial tooth.

As you can see, the process of dental decay and the development of cavities is not something that just occurs overnight. This is why it is important to visit the dentist at regular intervals. If you or your child is experiencing any level of tooth pain or discomfort, or it has been more than six months since your last dental cleaning, contact Kennedy Square Dental at (905) 789-7339 to schedule an appointment today!

Tweens and Teens: Overcoming Fears Associated with BracesFor tweens and teens one of the biggest fears they have about their appearance is when they are told the need to get braces. Many kids might already have some friends who have braces and have heard first-hand various “stories” about how painful the process is and the discomfort braces cause in the mouth.

What you and your tween or teen might not be aware of is dental technologies have advanced since the days of metal braces and there are other variable solutions to fixing orthodontic problems, like getting Invisalign.

Before deciding which option is best for your tween or teen, the first thing to do is schedule a consultation with their family dentist to discuss what fears they have about getting braces. One frequent fear tweens and teens experience is not understanding the process and preparations needed to correctly prepare their teeth either for braces or Invisalign.

Having their dentist present ensures all of their questions are answered and they fully understand the processes and procedures used with both traditional Invisalign and braces. Parents are also encouraged to ask questions during this consultation visit so they too, fully understand the procedures and processes.

Another common concern tweens and teens have is how the braces are going to affect their appearance. They are often very sensitive to any type of cosmetic change that will make them feel and look different from other kids their own age, including their friends. It is beneficial to remind your tween or teen that there are numerous other kids their own age, who are going through the same thing, as this often helps put their mind at ease.

Another fear some tweens and teens have is a fear of the expected pain from having braces installed over their teeth. Their friends may have already told them the pain they experience whenever they have to get their braces cleaned, tightened or how it makes eating certain foods unpleasant.

Truthfully, there is almost no pain, as braces and Invisalign both gently shift and realign the teeth over time – this is why it takes a few years! Another way to address this concern is to let them know they can talk to their dentist about getting a numbing agent they can apply at home for any gum discomfort.

Since the process can take several years, some tweens and teens will object to the process because it takes “forever” from their perspective. The best way to overcome this objection is to point out a few years is not really that long, compared to the 60+ years they will get to enjoy having beautiful looking, straightened teeth and a stunning smile and appearance.

In cases where your tween or teen still has feelings of reluctance or is fearful they won’t get to eat their favourite foods, you will want to get them Invisalign because it overcomes many of their fears and concerns. Plus, in many cases, your tween’s or teen’s friends will not even notice they are getting their teeth straightened.

To learn more about Invisalign, or for further suggestions and tips on helping your tween or teen overcome their fears of braces, call Kennedy Square Dental at 905-789-7339 today!

Our Brampton Dental Clinic Shares Tips to Help Your Child Brush and Floss BetterMost children view brushing and flossing as a chore they want to get done as fast as possible. However, without monitoring by parents, children are not getting large sections of plaque and food particles removed from their teeth.

Many children will only brush the front teeth on the front side they can see in the mirror and skip brushing their molars and the back side of their teeth. With flossing, they follow a similar process and do the first few teeth in the front and skip the rest.

To help you child develop better brushing and flossing habits, you will need to spend some time with them. Many parents find it useful to turn the perceived “chore” into a game instead, as it keeps their child’s interests longer and becomes something “fun” to do.

Tip #1 – Let Your Child Select Their Own Toothbrush

Get your child involved in their dental care by letting pick out their toothbrush. The toothbrush should fit easily into their small hands and be easy to use. The only requirement is to verify the toothbrush has soft bristles.

Tip #2 – Let Your Child Choose a Kid-Friendly Toothpaste

Most kids dislike the minty flavours found in the toothpaste older kids and adults use. Fortunately, there is a wide array of flavours for younger kids, from bubble gum to strawberry and more. Just make sure whatever toothpaste they select contains fluoride.

Tip #3 – Get Dental Flossers for Your Child

Dental flossers are pre-threaded and make flossing much easier for children. They do not have to hold the dental floss in between their fingers while trying to get it in between the teeth.

Tip #4 – Play “Dentist” with Your Child

Get a stuffed toy or doll that has teeth. Parents can take on the role of the dental hygienist and talk to the toy about the important of brushing. It is also beneficial to use a children’s toothbrush (not the one your child uses), and pretend to brush the toy’s teeth in small circular motions and mention brushing the teeth on the side, as well as on the back side of teeth. Let your child get involved, too, and let them brush the toy’s teeth and allow them to pretend to floss the toy’s teeth.

Tip #5 – Use Plaque Disclosing Tablets

These tablets help show areas of plaque on your child’s teeth. Your child’s dentist may have them or can recommend where you can find them. Most plaque disclosing tablets are red and are chewable. However, they should not be swallowed. After chewing on the tablet and “swishing” it around in the mouth for about 30-seconds, the child should spit it out. When they open their mouth, they will see pink to red coloured spots on their teeth showing the plaque, which can then become a game for them to remove all the plaque from their teeth.

For more tips to help you child brush and floss better, or to schedule a regular preventative visit for them or your entire family, please feel free to call Kennedy Square Dental at (905) 789-7339. We are open 7-days a week, with late evening and weekend appointments available.

Eating a healthy and balanced diet is vital to oral health developing in children. Choosing foods that are low in sugars, salt (sodium), and bad (saturated) fats is important. However, parents are often fooled by marketing and advertising schemes that make them believe they are making a healthy choice for their child but actually are not.

Brampton Dentist Explains Why Parents Have Difficulties in Finding Healthy Options for Their ChildrenFor instance, one of the biggest health-food misconceptions is in regards to gummy fruit snacks and fruit roll-up snacks. While advertising and labels might state they are made with “real fruit juice,” in most cases, the amount of actual natural fruit juice is misleading. Rather, it is more common to use artificial fruit flavoring. In addition, the amount of sugar in these snacks is often more than that found in a candy bar!

Furthermore, the stickiness of these types of treats causes it to remain on the teeth for a longer period of time, leading to an excess amount of sugar left on the teeth. Sugar helps contribute towards tooth decay and the development of plaque – the clear sticky substance which forms on the teeth and destroys the protective enamel layer. Even all-natural dried fruits, like apricots and raisins, can increase the risks of tooth decay because they stick to the teeth and allow plaque to form.

Another food parents sometimes give their children in place of sweets are crackers. Again, parents think they are making a good decision in place of a sugary snack. Plus, what kid does not like eating cheese flavored crackers in the shapes of fish and other animals. Yet, crackers tend to contain high amounts of sodium, plus they are high in carbohydrates, which the body naturally converts into sugars. Not to mention also easily can stick to the teeth and cause tooth decay as the carbs are being converted into sugar.

What Parents Need to Know about Sugar

Sugar, corn syrup, and other such sweet ingredients are not good for the teeth. The bacteria in the mouth love sugar even more than your child does. It thrives on the sugar to create acid found in plaque which destroys the protective enamel layer on the outside of the tooth. Once there are cracks in this layer, it is only a matter of time before the bacteria slowly creates small holes in the teeth, which turn into cavities.

Parents should monitor the amount of sugar their child consumes each day and try to limit this to around 12 grams for younger children and no more than 50 grams for tweens and teens. The easiest way to do this is by reading the labels on foods to see out how much sugar they contain. Equally important is to look at the recommended serving size on most labels. One way to make sure you are eating the right portion size is to measure it out.

Lastly, parents should try to set an example for their children by following a healthy diet, brushing and flossing twice a day, and visiting their dentist regularly. To schedule an appointment with one of our family dentists for your child or the entire family, please feel free to contact Kennedy Square Dental at (905) 789-7339 today!

Discolured teeth affects our beautiful smiles and can cause us to feel embarrassed about the appearance of our teeth. There are numerous reasons that cause the teeth to lose their vibrant white colour. It is important to identify the underlying causes for discolouration in order to develop an effective treatment plan to restore an exceptional smile.

Food and Beverages

The foods we eat and the beverages we drink could potentially cause staining and discoloured teeth. Let’s look at some of the more common ones.

Overcome Discoloured Teeth with Help from Our Brampton Dental Clinic1. Teas – Teas contain two ingredients that can alter the colour of your teeth, namely tannins and acids. The tannins are a natural plant-based substance which can increase staining on the teeth. The acids in tea cause the protective enamel to weaken and makes it less resilient to staining.

2. Coffee – Coffee also contains acids which attacks the enamel, as well as chromogens. Chromogens are commonly found in dark coloured beverages and foods due to colourized pigments and stick easily to teeth.

3. Carbonated Beverages – Sodas can contain corn syrup, sugars, and citric acids, all which cause tooth decay and weakens the teeth’s ability to resist staining and cavities.

4. Dark Coloured Fruits and Vegetables (Tomatoes, Beets, Cherries, Blackberries, Strawberries, Pomegranates, Raspberries, and so on) – These types of fruits and vegetables could contain chromogens and tannins, as well as acids, which all can lead to stains.

Dentin Discolourization

Dentin is located inside the tooth and sometimes changes in colour and eventually start to show through the exterior of the tooth. Dentin can change colours from a variety of factors and causes including:

  • Aging – As we get older, the dentin starts to turn yellow.
  • Accidents – Impacts to the teeth while they are developing can cause the dentin to discolour.
  • Certain Medications – Tetracycline is a common one and has been known to affect the colour of the dentin.
  • Excessive Exposure to Fluoride – Too much fluoride during childhood development can cause the dentin to change colour.
  • Rare Dental Conditions – The most common one is very rare and is called dentinogenesis imperfecta.
  • Trauma – Impacts to fully developed teeth may result in internal bleeding inside the tooth, resulting in the dentin to become discoloured.

Tobacco Usage

Using tobacco products on a regular basis can cause the teeth to become discoloured, stain, and increase risks for gingivitis and periodontal disease, as well as different types of cancers.

Maintaining a Beautiful Smile

The easiest way to maintain a bright, white smile is with regular visits to your dental clinic. The professional cleanings performed at these visits helps remove stains. In some cases, having your teeth cleaned more than twice a year could be beneficial to help manage external staining concerns.

To address yellowish looking teeth caused on the outside of the tooth, teeth whitening can be recommended. For discolourization caused by the dentin, there are several viable solutions, such as veneers or amalgam free fillings.

To learn more about how to keep your teeth white or other dental services, please feel free to call Kennedy Square Dental at (905) 789-7339 today to schedule a consultation appointment!

Here at Kennedy Square Dental, we hope that each and every one of you had a happy holiday and enjoyed this special time of year with your friends and family. As we start off the New Year, it is often a great time for personal reflection and to create one or more New Year’s resolutions for different aspects of our life we want to improve.

Make a New Year’s Resolution to Floss More

Unfortunately, with most New Year’s resolutions, we tend to fail and not follow through. Part of the reason we come up short is because we set too high of expectations for the coming year and try to fit too much into our already busy schedules. For instance, you may have promised yourself you were going to start a fitness routine and do it every single day. But, by the end of January, you find yourself so worn out, sore, and tired, you simply give up.

The best way to approach New Year’s resolutions is be aiming for those things we can achieve and take small steps to reach our goals. For instance, your Brampton dentist and dental hygienists often bring up the question of flossing during your bi-annual visits. For most of us, we tend to have a bad habit at sticking to regular flossing and make a last-minute effort a few days before our schedule appointment.

However, dentists and hygienists can easily tell when we have not been flossing regularly since our last visit. They can see right through our efforts to attempt to cover-up our failure. This year, why not make a New Year’s resolution to develop better flossing habits? This is an easy resolution to stick with that does not take much time away from your busy schedule, too!

To get started, set the floss out next to the sink where you brush your teeth. When we can see the floss container, we are more likely to feel a little guilty if we walk away and do not at least pick it up and try. The next step is to start flossing at least once a day.

Pick a time that works best, like in the evening after brushing your teeth before going to bed. Make it a point to floss your teeth every day at this time for the next three weeks. If you can make it past the 21-day period, then it is more likely to continue to be a part of your home dental care routine the rest of the year.

If you need further motivation, after flossing, hold the floss up near your nose and inhale. The plaque on the floss smells and this alone can be the encouragement and motivation you need. Once you are flossing regularly once a day, then you can add a second flossing time to your schedule, like after eating breakfast or lunch. Again use the same 21-day promise and before you know it, you will be flossing like a champ, twice a day!

For help with learning how to floss correctly and to start the New Year off with clean teeth, call Kennedy Square Dental at (905) 789-7339 today!

When you were younger, your parents may have taken you to an orthodontist, who at that time, said there were some “minor” problems, and braces could help correct, but they were not that serious. Based upon this feedback, your parents decided they were not going to invest in braces or the process to help straighten your teeth.

As you got older, you started noticing your teeth shifting and what seemed minor when you were a teen is now a major concern. Several of your front teeth are angled differently, and there are some others on the sides that are not even with your other teeth and stick out. Due to these problems, you are afraid to smile or have your picture taken.

You might have considered adult braces, but you do not want others to know you are straightening your teeth. Let alone, you really do not want to deal with the restrictions on the types of foods, worry about food getting stuck in the metal wires, and other such issues. Fortunately for your, Invisalign® is a better option to get the straight teeth and beautiful smile you desire.

Invisalign® requires wearing clear aligners over your teeth for a set period of time, based upon the results you desire. During an initial consultation with your dentist at our Brampton dental clinic will determine if Invisalign® is the best solution for you. Next, a mold of your teeth is taken to create your own unique aligners matched to your teeth.

In addition, special software is used to create each set of aligners you will wear throughout your treatment plan, as prescribed by your dentist. Typically, people wear one set of aligners for two weeks at a time and then replace them with a new set. Each set of aligners carefully move your teeth into the desired positions in gradually, yet precise increments. As such, each time you change to a new set, they are slightly different from the last, as your teeth start to realign and straighten.

One of the main advantages of Invisalign® is the aligners are not easily noticed by other people. Another benefit of this treatment is you are not limited by the types of foods you can eat. You simply remove the aligners before consuming food. Then, before reinstalling the aligners you brush and floss your teeth.

For most adult patients, the average treatment time can be around a year. However, it is important to remember each person’s situation can and does vary, based upon the severity of their case, and your actual treatment time is determined by your dentist. For more information about Invisalign® or to schedule an initial consultation, please feel free to call Kennedy Square Dental at 905-789-7339. Our Brampton dental clinic is open seven days a week!

With the holiday season approaching, you are probably starting to think about getting your holiday family pictures taken to give out to friends and relatives or even to have custom holiday cards made. In order to help you have a bright, white and beautiful smile, our Brampton dental clinic highly recommends getting your teeth whitened.

Teeth whitening helps restore the colour of your teeth and can make noticeable improvements, even if you only need to go a few shades brighter. You want to make sure your smile sparkles for all of your holiday pictures without having to worry about keeping your mouth shut. Whitening can be performed in-office at times that are convenient to your busy schedule. We can even accommodate whitening treatments over your lunch hour!

In addition to whitening treatments, our dental clinic is pleased to offer other cosmetic procedures, such as veneers, to give you a stunning holiday smile and impress your friends and family. Veneers are the perfect solution to cover minor imperfections in your natural teeth, like chips, crooked teeth or badly misshapen teeth, as well as teeth with excessive staining or discolourations that whitening is not able to fully remove.

No matter what types of procedures you decide to utilize to give you an outstanding smile, our dentists do recommend to have whitening treatments completed first before other procedures. The reason you want to get your teeth whitened first is because many of the other treatments and procedures we provide use tooth-coloured materials matched to the current colour of your teeth.

For instance, you want to get veneers to cover up some misshapen teeth in the front. Yet, the surrounding teeth are yellowish in colour. Do you really want your new veneers to be colour matched to yellowish teeth? Probably not. Otherwise you would end up with a few teeth that were bright white, where the veneers were installed, and yellowish coloured teeth next to them. As such, that is why we recommend teeth whitening treatments first, so both the veneers and the surrounding teeth are all the same white colour.

Before starting any cosmetic procedures, we also suggest having your teeth cleaned, depending upon the amount of time since your last regular visit. If it is getting close to the six-month time period, cleaning the teeth and removing plaque and tartar ahead of time is necessary in order to achieve the best results possible.

To learn more about our cosmetic services to give you a wonderful smile for your holiday pictures, please feel free to contact Kennedy Square Dental today by calling 905-789-7339 to schedule your whitening treatment or other dental services. If other members of your family also want to improve the appearance of their smiles, we would be more than happy to provide the appropriate recommendations, based upon their ages.

Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars most people develop in their late teens. In some cases, it is not necessary to have the third set of molars removed if they do not pose any problems and are growing in correctly. Unfortunately, for most people, this is not always the case and there are several reasons why your dentist will recommend having the removed.

1. Your jawbone is too small. Our jawbones have gotten smaller over time, compared to our ancestors. This means there is not enough room to accommodate the wisdom teeth and can create overcrowding of the teeth.

2. The wisdom teeth are pushing your other teeth together. When overcrowding occurs, it can push your other teeth in various directions and lead to crooked teeth. Realigning the teeth is easily i accomplished using Invisalign®n place of traditional braces after the wisdom teeth have been extracted.

3. The wisdom teeth are impacted. Impacted molars tend to stay hidden under the gums where they grow in a horizontal direction towards other teeth. This, too, can cause the teeth to be pushed in different directions to make room for the molars.

4. Impacted wisdom teeth can destroy other healthy teeth. Sometimes, impacted molars will grow into the roots of other healthy molars. When the roots are destroyed the teeth become loose and can fall out. In addition, as the wisdom teeth grown into the roots, it can cause extreme pain and discomfort.

5. The wisdom teeth keep developing new cavities. Due to the location of the third molars, even in cases where they develop correctly and there is sufficient room on the jaw bone for them, they can be difficult to keep clean. This can lead to tooth decay and cavities. Initially, your dentist may fill a new cavity, but if it becomes an ongoing problem where new cavities are constantly occurring, it may be best to have the wisdom teeth removed.

What Is the Best Time to Get Wisdom Teeth Extracted?

It all depends upon your dental health and particular situation and circumstances. For some people, it is better to have them removed while they are still in their teens. For other people, their wisdom teeth could develop correctly and not pose any problems until later in their adult life. The only advantage to having them removed when you are younger is a faster healing and recovery process. However, it is always best to consult with your dentist for an examination and to determine the most appropriate treatment.

I’m In My 20s: What If My Wisdom Teeth Have Not Developed?

There are rare cases where some people simply never develop wisdom teeth. If they never develop, then you do not have worry about potentially needing to get them extracted.

If you are concerned about developing wisdom teeth or have other questions, contact Kennedy Square Dental today at 905-789-7339 to schedule an appointment.

There are several underlying causes for chronic bad breath. In most cases, it is caused by the tongue and gums. Bad breath is often the result of bacteria found in plaque deposits left along the gum line and teeth. It can also be caused by various types of infections and dental conditions that are left untreated.

If you have been told you have bad breath or know you have a problem, Kennedy Square Dental offers the following suggestions and tips for combating a chronic bad breath problem.

1. Visit Kennedy Square Dental regularly. Most people only need to visit us twice a year to get their teeth cleaned and help remove missed plaque and tartar deposits. Plus, if you have bad breath, the first place to determine the actual cause is with a dental visit to rule out any potential dental conditions.

2. Brush your teeth a minimum of twice a day. Ideally, you should brush your teeth in the morning after waking and again at night before going to sleep. If your dentist has determined your chronic bad breath is caused from a dental condition, it is also recommended to brush your teeth after any snacks and meals.

3. Floss your teeth frequently. You should make it a habit to floss your teeth, at a minimum, before going to sleep to help remove trapped food particles and plaque caught in between teeth where brushing alone will not reach. It does not hurt to floss after eating snacks and meals, too, in order to reduce plaque and food particles.

4. Talk to your dentist about using mouth rinses. There are special mouth rinses your dentist can recommend to help combat chronic bad breath. Use these based upon your dentist’s instructions.

5. Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Keeping the mouth moist can help control bad breath. Water does not add any additional plaque deposits, like certain beverage can, and helps rinse away bacteria, loose plaque and food particles.

6. Eliminate using tobacco products. Tobacco products and smoking tend to dry out the mouth and is a cause of bad breath. Your dentist can offer support and recommendations on different methods to help you quit or make a referral to your primary care provider.

7. Brush or scrape your tongue. Brushing your tongue when your brush your teeth can help remove bacteria that can cause chronic bad breath. If you are not comfortable using your toothbrush, talk to your dentist or dental hygienist about a tongue scraper and how to correctly use one.

While some people might rely upon breath mints and chewing gums, these can contain sugar and increase the risks of tooth decay. Not to mention, these products only mask the bad breath but do not do anything to actually address the causes for it. For assistance with dealing with chronic bad breath, please feel free to call Kennedy Square Dental today at 905-789-7339 to schedule an appointment.

Let’s face it, most kids, tweens, teens, and adults dislike flossing their teeth. Every time you visit your Brampton dental clinic, the hygienist or dentist asks you if you have been flossing regularly. While some people say they are, keep in mind both your hygienist and dentist can tell. It is better to tell the truth and not try to hide the fact you have not flossed since the last time it was done for you at your last dental visit.

If you are like most people, after being reminded to floss by your hygienist or dentist, you say you will, but the moment you walk out of the dental office, you fall right back into your old habits. Part of the problem people have with flossing is they do not experience or notice any instant benefits. They cannot see that flossing is doing anything, so they thing, “Why bother?”

However, what many people do not realize is they cannot see the results of flossing, other than the removal of larger food particles. Flossing removes the clear sticky substance called plaque, as well as bacteria from in between the teeth. Both of these things are not noticeable so it will appear like there is nothing on the dental floss. Plus, a bonus side effect of flossing is longer lasting, fresher breath.

When people put off flossing, the bacteria in the plaque, releases acid which can eat through the tooth enamel and lead to cavities. The acid also irritates the gums. Further, the plaque eventually starts to harden and turn into tartar, which can only be removed with professional teeth cleaning at your dental clinic. Tartar will irritate the gums and can cause them to become sore, swollen, and even bleed. In addition, gum irritation can lead to the development of gum disease and periodontal disease.

Besides removing bacteria and plaque from the teeth, flossing provides other long-term benefits. Flossing helps prevent gum recession and prevents a loss of jaw bone density, both common issues with gum disease and periodontal disease. As a result, your smile remains youthful as you get older and you help prevent facial feature sagging and sinking, since your gums and jaw bone remain healthy.

Another long-term benefit of flossing is it reduces the occurrence of cavities. This translates to fewer dental treatments, fewer dental restorations, less time away from work, and less out-of-pocket expenses not covered by your dental insurance. Lastly, flossing helps reduce the risks for certain types of illnesses and heart disease.

As you can see, flossing does pay off as long as you stick with it and remember to floss on a daily basis. If your require help selecting the right floss that is easy for you to use, contact Kennedy Square Dental directly at 905-789-7339. Our office is open seven days a week, with evening appointments available Monday through Friday.

Kennedy Square Dental is pleased to offer our patients, who are looking to straighten their teeth, access to Invisalign® treatment. Invisalign® is a viable solution to traditional metal braces that have to be secured and attached to the teeth. No one likes seeing those metal wires and brackets on their teeth. Not to mention, the hassles of trying to keep them clean and not be able to eat all of your favourite foods!

Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign® does not have any metal brackets or clips. Rather it is a custom designed, clear aligner that easily slides over your teeth and helps shift them slowly and gradually until they are straightened. Since the aligner is made from a safe plastic-based materials, you also avoid that taste of metal in the mouth, some people experience while wearing traditional braces.

Plus, you never have to worry about not being able to eat your favourite foods, or getting food particles trapped in between metal clips and brackets with Invisalign®. Rather, you simply remove the aligners anytime you eat and afterwards, brush and floss your teeth before putting the aligners back in.

Invisalign® is perfect for adults and teens, who dislike the unsightly appearance of metal braces. The total treatment time varies from one person to the next. For teens, the amount of time they have to use Invisalign® aligners is comparable to wearing traditional metal braces. With adults, the treatment time typically lasts about a year.

Invisalign® treatment is broken down into several stages based upon each person’s goals and objectives. The first step is to schedule an initial consultation appointment at our dental clinic in Brampton to determine whether Invisalign® is right for you. Next, a customized treatment plan is created just for you!

Your dentist will also take impressions of your teeth, x-rays, and other pictures to ensure the aligners are designed correctly for your teeth. Each aligner is unique and used during a specific stage of treatment. Most people wear the same aligner for about two weeks before replacing it with a new one to move onto the next stage of their treatment.

Throughout the treatment process, about once every six weeks you will have regular visits with your dentist to monitor your progress. Ideally, it is recommended to wear the aligners continuously, other than when you eat or brush and floss your teeth.

Best of all, most people will not even know you are wearing the aligners while working towards you goal to achieve a great looking smile! For more information about Invisalign® or to schedule an initial consultation please contact Kennedy Square Dental today by calling 905-789-7339. Our office is open seven days a week, with evening appointments available Monday through Friday.

One of the most common reasons people develop gingivitis is due to poor dental habits and infrequent visits to their dentist. Regular visits, at least twice a year, along with brushing the teeth a minimum of twice a day and flossing, could help reduce your chances of getting gingivitis.

What Is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gum tissue caused by bacteria contained in the plaque and tartar left along the base of the teeth, near the gum line. It is the earliest stage of periodontal disease. If not treated, it can advance into periodontitis, which can lead to potential tooth loss and irreversible gum tissue damage.

What Are the Symptoms of Gingivitis?

Heathy gum tissue is a light pinkish colour and should feel firm to the touch. With gingivitis, the gum tissue starts to darken in colour and become redder. In addition, the gum tissue can feel soft to the touch or look swollen.

Gingivitis has several symptoms to look for, including:

  • Bleeding Gums
  • Inflamed Gums
  • Sore Gums
  • Dark Red Gums
  • Receding Gums
  • Occasional Tenderness in the Gums
  • Chronic Bad Breath

Some people may not even realize they have gingivitis because they only experience minor gum irritation and swelling, and little to no pain, soreness, or tenderness.

What Causes Gingivitis?

Poor dental hygiene habits are the most common cause of gingivitis. Infrequent brushing and flossing allow plaque to remain on the teeth. Plaque is a sticky-like film which is created when eating foods or drinking beverages that contain sugar and starches. The film is primarily composed of bacteria.

Plaque that remains on the teeth for several days, especially in those hard-to-reach areas, starts to harden and turn into tartar along the gum line near the base of the tooth. Tartar is a harder substance and more difficult to remove. Even with regular brushing and flossing, it will not remove tartar. As a result, the tartar on the teeth actually create a protective barrier for the bacteria, allowing it to infect the gums. The only effective way to remove tartar from the teeth is to have your dentist/hygienist clean your teeth.

What Are Common Risk Factors for Gingivitis?

It is worth mentioning, anyone, at any age is at risk for gingivitis. Certain lifestyle habits, medical conditions, and poor dental hygiene increase the risks for getting gingivitis, as well as:

  • Using Tobacco Products
  • Diabetes
  • Certain Fungal Infections
  • Certain Viral Infections
  • Lowered Immunity Response from Certain Medical Conditions
  • Some Medications
  • Substance and Drug Abuse
  • Age
  • Changes in Hormone Levels
  • Improper Nutrition
  • Improperly Fitted Dental Appliances (Dentures, Bridges, and so on)

It is important to schedule a visit with us if you notice any of the signs or experience any of the symptoms of gingivitis. With the proper treatment and improved oral hygiene, it is possible to fully reverse the effects of gingivitis, unlike some of the more advanced stages of periodontal disease.

For more information about gingivitis and to schedule a dental appointment, contact Kennedy Square Dental today by calling (905) 789-7339. We offer late afternoon and evening appointments during the week, and are open on weekends from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Your child’s first dentist appointment is one of the most important visits to the dentist you and your child will ever have. Scheduling this dentist appointment should be as soon as you notice your child’s first tooth has erupted through the gum line. When you are looking for dental clinics in Brampton, you will want to find one that will accept children as young as six months of age.

Taking your child to the dentist early on, will help them have better tooth health throughout their lives. Before you take your child to their first dentist appointment, you will want to find out everything the dentist plans to do. Knowing what to expect at this first appointment will help you and your child have a better experience. You will be able to prepare your child for the visit and help them not to be scared.

If your child is very small, they may be nervous and taking them to a dentist, who is experienced with children, will allow the dentist to go at their pace. In addition, most children’s dentists will take into account the age of your child and not push your child beyond what they are comfortable with, appropriate for their particular age.

Providing your child with a positive first dental experience will help them feel comfortable with future dentist appointments. During their first appointment there will be many new things happening around them and to them. You will want to help your child to be as comfortable as possible and that may include having your child sit on your lap during the visit. When your child is comfortable with the dentist, they will be able to have better dental checkups in the future, not to mention cleanings and X-rays are easier for everyone.

You should schedule your child’s dental appointments every six months or as recommended by their dentist. This will help ensure their teeth are healthy and developing correctly, now and later in life as they become older and start getting their permanent teeth.

Long before you child develops their first tooth and needs to start seeing a dentist, you will want to wipe their gums with a damp cloth after they eat to help remove food particles. In addition, this processes helps them start to become more comfortable with someone feeling inside their mouth.

As they get older, it will also be easier to teach them proper brushing and flossing habits. After they have a tooth come in, and you take them to their first dental appointment, their dentist will recommend an appropriate tooth brush safe for infants and toddlers you can use to brush their teeth.

For more information about dental care for your child or to schedule their first appointment, contact Kennedy Square Dental today by phoning 905-789-7339. We are happy to see your child and will help them have a beautiful smile for years to come.

One of the most frequently asked questions people have when they visit their dentist is what the correct way is for them to brush their teeth at home. People brush their teeth in all different manners, from back and forth motions to circular motions. The various movements used to brush teeth are beneficial when performed correctly.

However, one of the biggest mistakes people make is not brushing their teeth long enough to remove plaque. You cannot effectively remove plaque from your teeth if you only brush them for about a minute once a day. Ideally, you should brush your teeth at least twice a day and for several minutes. In addition, it does not hurt to brush teeth after snacks and meals to help reduce the amount of plaque left on the teeth.

The following brushing guidelines will help you learn how to become a pro at brushing your teeth and develop better dental habits to keep your smile beautiful.

  1. Start by dividing your teeth into sections. Your dentist at Kennedy Square Dental divides your teeth into sections whenever you come in for a visit to get them cleaned, so you should do the same thing at home. First, section teeth into top and bottom sections. Next, split the two sections into left and right sides, so you end up with four sections: top left, top right, bottom left, and bottom right.
  2. Brush your teeth using the right toothbrush and toothpaste. Your dentist can make recommendations as to what bristle type, toothbrush, and toothpaste is best for your at-home dental care.
  3. Brush each section for at least 30 seconds. Make small circular motions on the front of the teeth as you brush each section and remember to brush along the gum line. If you have an electric tooth brush slowly move the brush over the teeth as it makes the circular motions. Tips to ensure you spend at least 30 seconds on each area are to put on your favourite music and set a timer. 30 seconds can seem like a long period of time when brushing your teeth.
  4. Brush the tops of your teeth. The tops of the teeth should be done last and not included in the initial 30 second recommendation for each section. Treat the tops as a “fifth” section. A gentle back-and-forth motion is all that is needed to brush the tops of the teeth. You should also spend at least 30 seconds brushing the tops of the teeth.
  5. Gently brush your tongue for about 15 seconds. Brushing the tongue helps remove bacteria and fresher your breath.
  6. Rinse with fresh water, floss, and finish with an approved mouth wash. Again, your dentist can help you select the best floss and mouth wash to use to help control issues such as plaque, bad breath, and reduce the risks for gingivitis.

By practicing these brushing tips, you will discover your mouth feels cleaner and fresher. Do not forget to visit your favourite dentist/hygienist at least twice a year for preventive checkups and more detailed cleanings. For more information on the right way to brush your teeth, please contact Kennedy Square Dental today at 905-789-7339 to schedule a consultation appointment. Our office is open seven days a week, and we even offer late afternoon and evening appointments to fit with your schedule.

From dentists and hygienists, to assistants and front office staff, we look forward to serving you and your family

Our front office team is friendly and welcoming. When you come in for your appointment or call to schedule a visit, you can count on professional service with a personal touch. Our team members are always happy to help with insurance or billing concerns — so if you have any questions, just ask!

Preventative dentistry is the cornerstone of our practice. Our oral hygiene staff is passionate about making sure our patients take good care of their teeth and gum. If you’re experience ideal dental healthy, we will likely see you twice per year for oral hygiene appointments. Your hygienist will perform your oral hygiene treatments, as well as take the time to answer any questions you may have and demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques.

Our dentists are knowledgeable and professional. They are committed to continuing education to be up-to-date on the latest dental techniques and technology. They always explain procedures before beginning, and believe it is important to work together with their patients to help them achieve optimal dental health. At our office, you will be treated by dentists you can trust. From regular checkups to complex restoration procedures, you will be confident in the care you will receive.

Contact Brampton Kennedy Square Dental today to learn more about our practice, or to schedule an appointment.



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