It is difficult for children, tweens, teens and adults to get into the habit of flossing once daily for better oral health. Many people often wonder whether flossing daily really does anything to help prevent tooth decay. Let’s take a look at some information that shows flossing is actually really helpful and should be a part of your daily oral care habits.
How to Get Into the Habit of Flossing Daily
The easiest way to turn flossing into a regular daily oral care habit is with practice and persistence. Make yourself a promise to stick with flossing for a 30-day period. It takes about a month for new habits to stick and become routine.
Another thing you can do is to get pre-threaded flossers to use in place of regular dental floss string. Most people find using the flossers are not only easier to use, but makes flossing daily a simple.
Hopefully now you can see flossing is indeed beneficial to your oral health. To schedule a dental cleaning and checkup appointment, please feel free to contact Kennedy Square Dental at (905) 789-7339 today!
1. Brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time. You need to brush each quadrant of the teeth – upper left, lower left, upper right, lower right – and the front teeth for about 30 seconds each to remove food particles, plaque and bacteria. Remember to also brush the back of the teeth too! It is also helpful to brush your tongue.
2. Floss at least once a day before going to sleep. Part of your nighttime oral care should include brushing for at least two minutes and flossing your teeth. Flossing helps remove trapped food particles, bacteria, and plaque from in between the teeth. Most people are surprised by just how much “stuff” can get in between their teeth when they start flossing on a daily basis.
3. Use a mouthwash rinse that is recommended by your dentist. Mouthwash rinses not only help freshen your breath but also help kill the germs and bacteria that cause gum disease. Some brands even help limit how much plaque accumulates on the teeth throughout the day.
4. Drink plenty of water and forego sugary sodas. Keep your mouth, teeth and gums moistened by drinking plenty of fresh water every day. Plus, water helps rinse away bacteria and food particles before it starts to turn into plaque.
5. Limit the amount of caffeine you drink. If you like coffee or tea, be mindful of how much you actually drink each day. Caffeine can cause the mouth to dry out making it easier for plaque to harden and turn into tartar, a hard substance that can only be removed by your dental hygienist during your regular teeth cleanings.
6. Adjust your oral care habits to fit your specific needs. If you wear braces, use Invisalign, or have other dental issues, you will need to modify your oral care habits to maintain dentist-like clean teeth. For instance, with braces and Invisalign, it is highly recommended to brush and floss after eating and snacking.
7. Limit the number of snack foods, candy, and sugary treats you eat. These types of snacks increase the amount of sugar in the mouth. Sugar can feed the bacteria that creates plaque and causes tooth decay. Instead of these things eat apple slices, sliced carrots, or other fresh fruit and vegetables or even a handful of almonds or peanuts.
Remember, you are always free to have your teeth cleaned every four months to make maintaining dentist-like clean teeth at home even easier. Call Kennedy Square Dental at (905) 789-7339 to schedule a cleaning appointment today!
Tooth decay is the process that will eventually lead to cavities inside the tooth structure. The level of tooth decay we experience is directly related to our oral care habits and the types of foods we eat and beverage we drink.
Tooth decay begins slowly the moment plaque starts to form on the teeth. Plaque is a clear sticky substance. If plaque is left on the teeth, it starts to harden and turn into tartar. Both plaque and tartar contain bacteria that can lead to cavities.
Regular brushing twice a day helps remove plaque and prevents tartar. Flossing once a day is equally important because it removes plaque from in between the teeth where brushing does not remove it. Should plaque harden and turn into tartar, the only way to remove this is with a professional cleaning at our dental clinic.
If you do not brush twice a day or skip flossing, the bacteria slowly dissolves the enamel layer and eats through it exposing the dentin layer. The decay will continue, until the bacteria has spread into the inner pulp layer of the tooth.
Once the bacteria reach the pulp, you may notice a toothache. This is because there is an infection inside the pulp layer that has to be removed. The only way to fully remove the infection or cavity is by having the tooth drilled and filled.
It is worth mentioning not all people experience a toothache when they have cavities. The only way to know whether you have a cavity is with an x-ray taken by your dentist. This is why bi-annual visits to a dentist are an important part of proper oral care and health.
If cavities are not treated in a timely manner, the infection can spread into the tooth root. This can cause an abscess. To treat an abscess requires a root canal. If the infection continues to spread, it can completely destroy the tooth root and affect the health of gum tissue and the jaw bone.
Tooth decay is normally more of an issue in children, tweens, and teens. Parents should assist children with brushing and flossing until they are old enough to properly brush their teeth.
As we get older and become adults, we have learned and developed much better oral care habits, so cavities are not always as problematic. Although, cavities can still occur in adults if they do not maintain proper oral care routines, which should include:
To schedule an appointment to have your teeth cleaned and checked for cavities, please feel free to contact Kennedy Square Dental at (905) 789-7339 today!
Bad breath can be rather embarrassing and draw unwanted attention that you do not want. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to help prevent bad breath from becoming an issue while using Invisalign.
It is moist, damp, warm, and humid in the space under the aligners and around the teeth. Not only can bad breath become a problem, but also the foul odours created by the bacteria can absorb into your aligners and make them smell too.
By following these tips, you will not have to worry about bad breath becoming an issue while working on getting that great looking smile you deserve with Invisalign. For more information about Invisalign treatment, addressing problems with bad breath, or other oral care concerns, please feel free to contact Kennedy Square Dental at (905) 789-7339 today!
Step 1: Schedule an initial consultation with our dental office.
You need an experienced and knowledgeable dentist that is trained to provide Invisalign treatment, which you can find at Kennedy Square Dental. During your initial consultation, your dentist will discuss your objectives, what your goals are, and whether Invisalign is the best solution to fit your needs.
Step 2: Develop and create your own custom Invisalign treatment schedule and plan.
If you decide after you initial consultation Invisalign is the right choice to meet your smile needs, the next step is to create your treatment schedule and plan. This could require a follow-up visit or may be able to be done at the same visit as the initial consultation.
Your dentist will either use a 3D scanner to take digital impressions of your teeth or use a tradition method and take physical impressions. Next, the dentists determines the exact treatment process including the precise movement of the teeth to the desired locations and an estimate of how long treatment will take. You may even be shown a preview of how your teeth will move and your new smile.
Step 3: Receive your clear Invisalign aligners.
Your dentist will order your Invisalign aligners and notify you once these arrive. During this visit, your dentist will verify the aligners fit correctly and teach you the proper aligner use, care, and storage.
It is essential that you wear your aligners for as many hours each day as possible, except when eating, drinking, brushing and flossing. You will even sleep while wearing the aligners. About every two weeks you will replace the current set of aligners with a new set.
Step 4: Schedule follow-up visits with your dentist.
Periodically throughout the treatment process, your dentist will want you to come in for a visit to monitor your progress. The purpose of these visits is to ensure your teeth are moving gradually as originally estimated into their new positions and the treatment is on track. At each visit your dentist will review your current progress, so you can see exactly how far you have come to achieving your new smile.
Step 5: End of treatment and post-treatment care.
Once your treatment is over and you have obtained your new smile, you will want to follow any post-treatment care your dentist recommends. For instance, many patients benefit from wearing a retainer at night while they sleep to help keep their teeth aligned in their current positions.
Please feel free to contact Kennedy Square Dental to learn more about Invisalign treatment and to find out if this orthodontic process is right for you by calling (905) 789-7339 today!
Periodontitis is the technical name used for the advanced stages of gingivitis or gum disease. This condition develops over time. Initially, most people do not experience any pain or discomfort. Once it reaches the advanced stages is when people start to notice something is wrong with their smile. In severe cases, people do lose their teeth and have to go through rather complex oral surgeries.
How Does Gum Disease Develop?
When there is an excess amount of plaque left on the teeth, it slowly hardens and turns into tartar. It is the combination of both plaque and tartar along the gum line that causes the gums to become irritated. They can become swollen, bleed while brushing, or even have a minor soreness.
As the plaque and tartar continue to irritate the gums, the gums naturally start to recede and pull away from the structure of the teeth, exposing more of the tooth’s surface. Then plaque and tartar develop on the newly exposed surface and continue to work further and further down the tooth and under the gum.
Eventually, if left untreated, the disease progresses until the entire tooth is exposed, causing it to become loose and fall out. In addition, advanced stages of periodontitis can cause a reduction in the density of the jaw bone.
How Can Gum Disease Be Prevented?
Prevention starts at home by developing proper oral hygiene habits. You need to brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day. You also need to floss your teeth once a day to get in between teeth and along the gum line. Your dentist may also recommend using an anti-gingivitis mouthwash product.
It is important to remember that even with proper brushing and flossing, it can be difficult to remove plaque and tartar from those “hard to reach” areas. Plus, tartar cannot be removed at home with regular brushing and flossing because it is much harder than plaque.
In order to get rid of tartar and stop it from irritating the gums requires a detailed cleaning at your dentist. This is why it is important to visit your dentist at least twice a year for regular cleanings. In addition, your dentist will spot the early signs of gum disease when it is still correctable with the right dental care plan and treatment.
Can Periodontitis Be Cured?
When it is discovered in the early stages, the effects and early damage to the gum tissue can be reversed. However, it does require a commitment on the part of the patient to stick to diligent oral care habits at home and more frequent visits to their dentist.
In later stages, the disease can only be managed to stop it from advancing. In some patients, with the right dental care treatment plan, there have been noticeable improvements, but not a full reversal of its effects.
If you haven’t seen a dentist in over a year or you notice your gums are bleeding, sore or receding from your teeth, please contact Kennedy Square Dental at (905) 789-7339 to schedule an appointment today!
Dentin is part of the tooth’s structure and is yellow. If you teeth are yellowing, this means the dentin layer is exposed. As teeth turn yellow, it can keep you and others, from smiling as often. Fortunately, yellow colored teeth can be whitened at our dental office.
Whitening should began after a dental checkup and teeth cleaning. You want to make sure plaque and tartar are fully removed first. After your cleaning, then your teeth can be whitened with our professional whitening treatments. It is easy to get the bright, white teeth your desire and most treatments only take about an hour to complete.
Now that you have whitened your teeth, how can you keep them looking great in between visits to your dentist? Check out the following tips.
1. Practice good oral hygiene habits. You want to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. It can be challenging to do so, but maintaining this schedule will also help keep your teeth white as it helps reduce the amount of staining and plaque buildup on the teeth. Good oral hygiene habits also include bi-annual visits to Kennedy Square Dental to have your teeth professional cleaned.
2. Eat more vegetables and fruits. Eating a well-balanced and healthy diet provides additional benefits that extend to our teeth and gums. There are a variety of foods that naturally help whiten the teeth or protect them against staining. For example, strawberries can help whiten teeth because this fruit contain malic acid. Eating broccoli helps protect against staining because it contains iron.
3. Be aware of foods and beverages that can cause staining. Tomatoes, blueberries, coffee, tea, and even red wine can all cause staining on the teeth. This does not mean you cannot enjoy these types of foods or beverages. Just try to limit how often you have these things and always brush your teeth afterwards to help prevent stains from setting into the teeth.
4. Quit using tobacco products. Tobacco can stain the teeth and leave deposits on them. If you can quit, not only will your teeth stay whiter longer, you are also improving your overall health and well-being.
5. Make other cosmetic improvements like getting veneers. You can correct other imperfections with your teeth with veneers. They will cover up cracks, chips, misshapen teeth and gaps in between teeth.
If you have further questions about teeth whitening or other cosmetic improvements you can make to give you that bright, white, stunning smile you have always dreamed about, please feel free to contact Kennedy Square Dental at (905) 789-7339 to schedule an appointment today!
Before you worry, what you need to know is as long as you are cleaning, storing, and replacing your toothbrush correctly, these bacteria and microorganisms rarely make us ill. This is because most of them originated in our mouths and our bodies already have an immunity to them.
However, there are other types of bacteria and microorganisms that can get onto the toothbrush through improper cleaning and storage. This is why you need to review the following tips to ensure you are taking care of your toothbrush properly.
Tip #1: Store the Toothbrush in an Upright Position
Water needs to be able to drain away from the bristles so they can fully dry. The best way to do this is place the toothbrush head-side up in a holder or cup. It is best to only store one toothbrush in each cup or holder to avoid the heads from different brushes coming into contact. When the heads come into contact with each other, it can transfer bacteria and microorganisms from one brush to another.
Tip #2: Limit the Usage of Toothbrush Covers
Toothbrush covers will not let the brush dry after usage. This moist environment is a breeding ground for other types of bacteria and microorganisms. In addition, this can promote the growth of mildew and mold on the toothbrush. If you must use a cover for travel reasons, make sure to take it off as soon as possible. Rinse the brush in water and then place in an upright position to fully dry.
Tip #3: Never Share Toothbrushes
Everyone has their own types of bacteria and microorganisms in their mouths. Sometimes they can be similar and other times different. In addition, some people are more resistant to illnesses and diseases, while others could get sick just by sharing their toothbrush with other people.
Tip #4: Rinse the Toothbrush Before and After Brushing
It is a good idea to rinse the toothbrush with water before your brush and afterwards. The water helps wash away any remaining toothpaste, food particles, and other items that get into the bristles.
Tip #5: Replace Your Toothbrush Every 3 to 4 Months
Monitor the condition of the bristles on your brush. If they start to fray, split, or look worn, it is time for a new brush. To help limit the amount of bacteria and microorganisms that remain on the toothbrush it is highly recommended to get a new brush every 3 to 4 months.
By taking care of your toothbrush, you not only keep it cleaner and care for it correctly, but also help maintain better oral health. Remember to visit Kennedy Square Dental at least twice a year to help keep your teeth and smile looking great. Call (905) 789-7339 now to schedule an appointment!
Veneers are thin covers made from high quality materials and secured over the front of the existing teeth. Each cover is custom made to provide a natural looking tooth that mimics the effects of the enameled tooth surface. Each cover is bonded to the tooth and can alter its colour, shape, length, and size.
Veneers are made using resin composite or porcelain materials. Depending on the material selected, the veneers can last between four and twelve years before they need replaced. The thing to keep in mind is resin composite veneers are not as resistant to staining as porcelain. In addition, if you want the veneer to replicate the natural reflective properties of your existing tooth enamel, then porcelain is the better material.
To help you decide which material would be best, it is best to talk to your dentist. Your dentist can answer any questions you have about veneers, as well as help you decide if this cosmetic treatment is right for you.
Oftentimes, other less invasive treatments may deliver the results you seek. Depending on your needs, overall oral health, and personal preferences, bleaching, bonding, micro abrasion, crowns or other orthodontic care may be suggested as alternatives to veneers.
How Are Veneers Installed?
Each custom made cover must be secured to each individual tooth. The procedures itself is not very complex, but is permanent once completed. Your dentist will need to remove a small portion of the existing enamel from the teeth. Once removed, a bonding material is applied to secure the veneer firmly in place.
After the bonding material cures, the veneers are sturdy and durable. Keep in mind, after getting veneers installed, you often have to follow a restricted diet and avoid certain types of foods, like things that are hard or crunchy or carbonated beverages. But once the bonding material cures and hardens, then you should be able to anything you want.
What Care Do Veneers Require?
Getting veneers installed does not mean you can skip brushing and flossing your teeth. Nor can you skip regular checkups with your dentist. You will still need to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day to remove plaque from the veneers, as well as in between and behind your teeth.
Your veneers also need to be professionally cleaned to remove tartar and plaque from the areas of teeth you cannot easily reach. Normally, this requires seeing your dentist every six months. However, treatment and preventative care are based on your own specific needs.
To learn more about veneers and to find out whether they are right choice to give you the smile you deserve, please feel free to contact Kennedy Square Dental at (905) 789-7339 today!
Instead, they wear clear aligners over the teeth that slowly and gradually shift them into the desired locations. Invisalign is a good choice in cases where your teen is concerned about their appearance and does not want others to know they need braces. The clear aligners are difficult to notice, so most other teens will not even notice they are wearing them.
However, Invisalign is not always the best choice for every teen. This has to do with how responsible the teenager will be in wearing their aligners. With Invisalign, the aligners must be worn all of the time, with a few exceptions.
The only time they are removed is during meals, snacks, and when beverages are drank. Yet, before they can be put back in, the teeth have to be brushed, and sometimes also flossed. This change in oral care habits can be challenging for some teens. They might skip brushing their teeth, which is not good.
If they do, not only do they leave food and beverage particles on and in between their teeth that can cause tooth decay, but also could cause the aligners to start to smell. This is because the saliva in the mouth had already started breaking down the food, even the particles left on and in between the teeth.
Then, they cover their teeth up. So now as the food breaks down, it emits a smell, which can be absorbed by the aligners. Additionally, tooth decay-causing bacteria forms and can lead to cavities.
Another situation where Invisalign may not be a good choice for teens is if they have problems remembering to wear their aligners. In order for their treatment to be effective the aligners have to be worn all the time.
Keep in mind, if they leave them out for a few hours every now and then, it will not dramatically impact their treatment. But, if they take them out while they sleep or during the day while they are in school, then the treatment is not as effective and could require using them much longer.
If your teen is requesting Invisalign instead of braces, it is beneficial for them to understand what is truly required for effective treatment. Your family dentist is a good resource to utilize by scheduling a consultation appointment.
After discussing what is required for treatment and answering any questions your teen has, then together you can decide what type of orthodontic treatment would be most appropriate. To learn more about Invisalign for your teen or to schedule a consultation appointment, please feel free to contact Kennedy Square Dental at (905) 789-7339 today!
Determine the Root Cause of Your Anxiety
When you can get to what truly bothers you about visiting the dentist it will help you develop an effective solution for addressing the issue and overcoming your anxiety. For instance, some people have a general fear of needles, and they associate needles with dental visits and getting cavities filled or other dental procedures.
For other people, they have sensitive teeth and gums and experience discomfort when their hygienist is trying to clean their teeth. No matter your reason, take the time to think about what causes your anxiety so you are more aware of what is really causing it.
Develop an Appropriate Solution
Once you understand what triggers your dental office visit anxiety, you can start to develop a solution. The following are some examples of different things other people have used to help overcome their anxiety:
As you can see there are several viable solutions for overcoming your anxiety. The main one, of course is to inform your dentist, hygienist, and other dental team members of your concerns and work with them to develop effective solutions to make your visits more relaxing.
Here at Kennedy Square Dental, we cater to people who have anxiety when visiting the dentist. Simply let us know your concerns, and we will gladly work with you to develop an appropriate solution. To schedule a regular checkup and cleaning or other dental procedure, please feel free to call (905) 789-7339 today!
How Does Invisalign Straighten My Teeth?
Invisalign treatment consists of wearing the clear plastic inserts and replacing these every two weeks for a new set. Your Brampton dentist will custom design the inserts for your mouth and teeth. Every time a new set is replaced, there are slight differences between them as they slowly shift the teeth to the desired results.
Is There a Difference in Treatment Times Between Braces and Invisalign?
The actual treatment time with either orthodontic appliance is about the same. In tweens and teens, the average treatment time with braces or Invisalign is about two years. In adults, treatment time averages about a year. Keep in mind you actual treatment time depends on your cosmetic dental objectives.
Are There Any Benefits of Using Invisalign over Braces?
One of the primary benefits people enjoy is not having to worry about others noticing they are straightening their teeth. In tweens and teens, this can be extremely important because they are very conscientious of their appearance and how others perceive them. In addition, it can be easier to keep the teeth clean because you are not having to try brush around or get in between the metal brackets found on braces or worry about food getting stuck and causing tooth decay.
How to Start Invisalign Treatment
There are several steps required to begin Invisalign treatment as follows:
To find out if Invisalign is right for you, contact Kennedy Square Dental by calling 905-789-7339 to schedule a consultation appointment today!
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.
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!
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!
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.
For 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!
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.
1. 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 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:
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.