From the time we are toddlers, we are taught to brush our teeth to help prevent cavities. In the past, our options were limited to disposable toothbrushes with soft, medium, or hard nylon bristles. But today, we have even more options including state-of-the-art electric toothbrushes to choose from.
Whether you are team-electric or team-disposable, there are some general things you need to consider when selecting a toothbrush:
You already know that it is important to brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day, and keep up with regular dental visits for healthy teeth. What you might not know is there are some other fun facts about teeth and dental care.
Fun Fact #1: You can whiten your teeth by eating apples and cheese.
Apples and cheese help remove plaque and at the same time can whiten the teeth.
Fun Fact #2: Eating fresh pineapple also helps whiten the teeth.
Pineapple contains a natural whitener that is often found in whitening toothpaste.
Fun Fact #3: Everyone – mostly – will develop the same number of teeth.
From childhood until we become adults, we develop 30 teeth – 4 canines, 8 incisors, 8 premolars, and 10 secondary molars. The only exception is not everyone develops wisdom teeth, which are called third molars.
Fun Fact #4: Drinking 3 or more servings of soda and sports drinks increases tooth decay by as much as 62%.
These beverages contain sugars that feed the bacteria in the mouth that cause tooth decay. Instead, drink water to stay hydrated.
Fun Fact #5: Your tongue has its own unique “print” just like your fingerprints.
Fun Fact #6: People buy more blue coloured toothbrushes than red ones.
Fun Fact #7: When you don’t floss, roughly 40% of tooth surfaces are not cleaned.
Make sure to floss at least once a day to remove food particles and plaque.
Fun Fact #8: Almost 80% of teenagers will have a cavity before they turn 17.
Fun Fact #9: Dental plaque can consist of more than 300 different types of bacteria.
Fun Fact #10: There are about 59 milliliters of sugar in each serving of soda.
Fun Fact #11: The hardest material in the human body is not bone, but tooth enamel.
However, you should not use your teeth to open packages, remove bottle caps, or chew on ice as it can weaken and damage the enamel.
Fun Fact #12: Your risk for heart disease is increased if you have periodontal disease.
Fun Fact #13: The second most common type of disease is tooth decay.
Fun Fact #14: Smokers have a higher risk of developing periodontal disease than non-smokers.
Fun Fact #15: More than 53 liters of toothpaste are sold each year.
Fun Fact #16: Left-handled people tend to chew food on the left side of their mouth while right-handed people tend to chew food on the right side of the mouth.
Fun Fact #17: If you have hyperdontia, teeth could grow across the roof of your mouth.
This rare condition causes extra teeth to grow. In extreme cases, teeth can develop anywhere on the upper jaw and roof of the mouth.
What Does Brushing Do?
Brushing helps remove plaque and food particles from the front and back of the teeth. Even if you use a high-end electric toothbrush, it does not get fully get in between the teeth where plaque and food particles hide.
Another benefit of brushing is it helps maintain gum health by removing particles and plaque from the base of the teeth near the gumline. Yet, again, it cannot remove plaque and particles at the gumline in between the teeth.
What Does Flossing Do?
Flossing is essentially “brushing” the sides of the teeth to remove plaque and food particles. The floss is designed to remove plaque and release trapped food particles. Another reason flossing is important is because it helps ensure there is no plaque or particles at the gumline.
In addition, flossing, when combined with regular brushing can help reduce the risks of gum disease. Gum disease is a condition where the gum tissue becomes irritated from food particles and plaque that has hardened and turned into tartar or dental calculus.
Tartar is a hard substance that cannot be removed with brushing or flossing. Only your dental hygienist can remove the tartar.
Why Is Tartar Bad for the Teeth and Gums?
Tartar can trap bacteria underneath it, yet on top of the tooth enamel or along the gumline. The bacteria can slowly erode the enamel layer, cause tooth decay, and eventually a cavity. At the gumline, the bacteria and tartar are an irritant to the gum tissue.
The gum tissue can become swollen, red, and even bleed easily. If the tartar and bacteria are not removed, the gum tissue starts to pull away from the teeth, exposing more of the tooth root. Now, this exposed part can get plaque, food particles, bacteria, and tartar on it.
Gradually, if you skip regular dental visits, the gum tissue continues to pull away and recede exposing more and more tooth and gingivitis, or first-stage periodontal disease develops. Eventually, if nothing is done, the gum tissue continues to recede, and the tooth will eventually fall out.
Furthermore, the bacteria can spread down into the tooth roots and reach the jawbone. Infections can develop that cause a decrease in jawbone density. There is also a link between periodontal disease in increased risks of heart disease, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis.
There is clear evidence that people who brush twice a day and floss once a day have better overall oral health, healthier gum tissue, and keep their natural teeth much longer.
Thanks to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the way we go about our daily lives has changed drastically over the past several months. Here at Kennedy Square Dental, the safety and health of our patients and staff are our top priority, and as such, we have implemented several new practices in response to the pandemic.
Before your next dental visit at our dental clinic Brampton, we kindly ask you to take the time to review the following protocol and adhere to them during your visit. As information regarding COVID-19 is constantly changing, we may adjust our practices as needed to continue to keep our patients and staff safe. We are no longer able to accept walk-in patients, all appointments must be scheduled in advance.
If you are feeling sick, have a temperature, or are exhibiting any of the signs and symptoms of COVID-19, a cold, or the flu, we ask that you please call and cancel your appointment. We will not be able to see you until these signs and symptoms have cleared up and remain gone for at least 14 days.
As Ontario starts reopening, if we all work together, everyone can do their part to help slow the spread of the virus and keep each other safer.
With concerns about COVID-19 (coronavirus), there are specific things you should be doing, even while at home including:
1. Frequently Wash Your Hands: Wash your hands with warm water and soap and scrub gently for several minutes before rinsing. Hand washing should occur when you first arrive home from being outdoors, at the grocery store, or from seeing your dentist. You should also wash your hands after handling grocery bags, delivery boxes, and other items that you bring into the home.
2. Close the Toilet Lid Before Flushing: When you flush the toilet, the water molecules can spray bacteria, germs, and fecal matter out of the toilet and into the air. By closing the lid, you keep these things contained in the toilet where they belong.
3. Replace Your Toothbrush Every 3 Months: Get into the habit of replacing your toothbrush every 3 months. After about 3 months, germs and bacteria can become more prevalent on the bristles.
4. Use an Anti-Bacteria/Germ Fighting Mouthwash: To keep germs and bacteria in check inside your mouth, make sure to use an anti-bacteria/germ fighting mouthwash twice a day after brushing. You can even gargle with it to kill germs and bacteria on your tonsils.
5. Wear a Face Covering When Leaving the Home: Always wear some type of protection on your face that covers your mouth and nose when leaving home. You should keep the face covering on when in public areas, the grocery store, or while waiting to see your dentist.
6. Don’t Rub Your Face or Eyes: It can be hard when your nose itches or you need to rub your eyes, but don’t do it when you are away from home. When at home, wash your hands with soap and water first, then you can scratch your nose. Instead of rubbing your eyes, take a facecloth and wet it in cool water and apply it to the eye. Remember to wash your hands afterward a second time too.
7. Clean Your Invisalign Aligners/Mouthguard/Retainer: If you are using Invisalign, or have a mouthguard or retainer, make sure to rinse these is cool water. You can also take and gently brush these things with your toothbrush and toothpaste to help remove bacteria and germs.
8. Practice Safe Social Distancing: Remember to keep about 2 meters (6 feet) apart from others when at the grocery store, in public spaces, and other areas away from the home.
By using these tips, you can do your part to help control the spread of bacteria and germs.
With the coronavirus pandemic and “stay-at-home” and “shelter-in-place” orders in many places throughout Canada, we wanted to share some of the best and worst foods and snacks for kids as part of our celebration of NCDHM.
6 Kid-Friendly Foods Great of Teeth and Gums
1. Crunchy fruits and vegetables like apples, celery, and carrots. Snacking on these kid-friendly foods are a great source of fiber and help remove tooth decay-causing plaque.
2. Water with fluoride either from the tap or out of a bottle. Fluoride is essential for healthy teeth and gums in children. It helps strengthen the teeth and enamel to prevent tooth decay. Water also rinses away food particles before they start to turn into plaque.
3. Dairy products like milk, yogurt, and cheese. Dairy products are a great source of vitamin D, calcium, and phosphates to help strengthen and protect the teeth. HOWEVER, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER allow babies suck on their milk bottles at night after age of 1 at night.
4. Green leafy vegetables and broccoli. Green vegetables contain a wide range of vitamins and minerals to help promote healthy enamel.
5. Brown or white eggs. Not only a great source of protein, eggs also contain vitamin D, phosphates, and protein, just like dairy products.
6. Crunchy seeds and nuts like sunflower seeds, almonds, peanuts, and cashews. Snacking on nuts provides essential minerals that neutralize tooth decay-causing acids and also help remove plaque from the teeth.
4 Non-Kid-Friendly Tooth Decay-Causing Foods and Snacks
1. Citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruit. Citrus fruits are very high in acid that can eat away the protective enamel layer on the teeth.
2. Pasta, breads, and potato chips. These foods contain starches that are converted into simple sugars in the mouth and can cause tooth decay.
3. Sugary soft drinks and fruit drinks. These beverages not only contain high amounts of sugar that cause tooth decay but also acids that can destroy tooth enamel.
4. Chewy candies like gummies, caramels, and taffy. These sweet treats get stuck on the teeth and can remain on them for some time. As a result, the sugars are released onto the teeth and are converted into tooth decay-causing acids that destroy the enamel.
With these four tooth decay-causing foods and snacks, remember to only give them to your kids in moderation and make sure they drink plenty of water.
It is also equally important to encourage your kids to brush their teeth for two minutes, twice a day, and floss once a day. With younger children, you may need to assist them with brushing and flossing.
Practicing the right habits at home will continue to ensure proper oral hygiene and healthy gums.
Tip #1: Don’t Apply Excess Force When Brushing
Apply excess force when brushing is not good for your teeth. Doing so will damage the outer protective enamel layer and could lead to cavities. It is better to use a gentle force and move the toothbrush in round circular motions.
Tip #2: Don’t Brush Too Often
You only need to brush twice a day to keep plaque under control. The only time you should brush longer is if you are instructed to do by your dentist. For example, you are using Invisalign to straighten your teeth. Then, you do need to brush after eating meals before putting your aligners back in.
Tip #3: Use the Right Toothbrush
A soft-bristled toothbrush is best. You don’t need hard bristles to remove plaque. An electric toothbrush is even better if you find that you have trouble using gentle pressure or problems holding a manual toothbrush.
Tip #4: Floss Once a Day
Flossing is essential to remove trapped food particles and plaque from in between the teeth. You should floss at night before going to bed. Gently work the floss in between each tooth and move it up and down along each inside surface.
Tip #5: Drink More Water
Skip sugary sodas and soft drinks and drink more water. Water not only helps keep the gums moist but is also better for the teeth.
Tip #6: Spend Time Helping Your Children
Now is a great time to spend with your children and monitoring how they brush. Helping your children brush correctly and for two minutes will pay off with fewer cavities and dental problems later.
Tip #7: Avoid Brushing After Eating or Drinking Acidic Foods and Beverages
Certain foods and beverages are acidic, such as soft drinks, sports drinks, certain juices, tomato-based products, and so on. These acids soften the enamel layer on the teeth. If you brush right away, you could brush the enamel away, leaving the teeth prone to tooth decay.
The body naturally neutralizes the acids through saliva, but it does take about 30 minutes to an hour. So, you should wait at least an hour before brushing your teeth.
Tip #8: Give Up Bad Oral Habits
Start working on giving up bad oral habits like smoking, vaping, chewing on your fingernails, chewing on ice, chewing on pencils, and so on. These bad habits can damage the teeth and gums. Never use your teeth for anything other than eating food.
Tip #9: Call Your Dentist with Concerns/Emergencies
If you experience tooth pain, lose a filling, or have another dental emergency or other concerns, call your dentist. Dental offices are still open for essential dental care services, including Kennedy Square Dental.
Call us at (905) 789-7339 today if you have further questions.
Even with braces, tooth decay is still a concern. We recommend having a dental exam and cleaning at least twice a year. However, your dentist may recommend more frequent visits to help keep plaque and tartar under control. Let’s look at some commonly asked questions and their answers about cavities and braces.
Q. How Can I Get Cavities with Braces?
Traditional braces have more places for food to get trapped. Trapped food breaks down in the mouth. As it does, plaque forms and tooth decaying bacteria are released. This is why brushing, and flossing are just as essential when wearing braces.
Q. What If I Get a Cavity? How Is It Filled?
It will depend on the location of the cavity. If it is in an accessible area, then your braces do not need to be removed. However, if it is under the metal wires or overlays, then those need to be removed first. Then the cavity is filled. Afterward, the wires and overlays are refitted onto the teeth.
Q. How Often Should I Brush and Floss with Braces?
With braces, it is important to keep food particles from becoming trapped. It is a good idea to brush your teeth after every meal and snack. Flossing should also be performed a few times each day, like after lunch, and again before going to bed at night.
Q. Are There Any Other Options Besides Braces If I’m Worried About Cavities?
If you are worried about getting cavities while wearing braces, you should talk to your dentist about Invisalign. Invisalign will also help realign and straighten your teeth. Instead of wire brackets and overlays, you wear clear plastic aligner cups over your teeth.
You remove the plastic cups at meal and snack times. You also remove the aligner when drinking any beverages besides water. You still must brush your teeth after every meal and snack, as well as anytime you drink sugary beverages before putting the aligners back in.
You also need to floss a few times each day. Although, preventing cavities can be easier with Invisalign since there are no wires or overlays to worry about. If you do get a cavity with Invisalign, you just take out the aligner to get it filled.
Q. What Else Can I Do to Prevent Cavities with Braces?
To prevent cavities with braces, you should:
1. Drink Plenty of Water
2. Limit Sugary Beverages, Candy Bars, Treats, Etc.
3. Eat More Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
4. Practice Good Oral Hygiene Habits
Visit Your Dentist as Recommended for Regular Cleanings
If you have concerns about cavities and wearing braces or want to learn more about Invisalign, please feel free to contact Kennedy Square Dental at (905) 789-7739 to schedule an appointment today! Our office is open 7 days a week and we offer evening and weekend appointments.
Granted, the task can seem like a chore when you have to do it every night before bed. You just want to go sleep instead of spending the few minutes it takes to floss. Yet, you can floss earlier long before bedtime. Some people brush and floss their teeth after eating dinner.
By brushing and flossing at this time, it helps them not snack and drink anything but water before bed. Not only can you take care of flossing but also use it as a way to help curb those late-night cravings and stick to your New Year’s diet goals.
What Is the Benefit of Flossing?
The trapped food particles in between the teeth act as an irritant in the mouth. As they break down the form tooth-decay causing plaque. When you floss, you are stimulating the gum tissue’s natural inflammation response to remove the unwanted food particles and plaque.
It is not uncommon to have some minor bleeding when you first start flossing. However, this will subside once you get into a regular flossing routine. Your gums will also be healthier and less prone to gum disease.
Other benefits of flossing include:
1. It helps remove plaque and bacteria from in between the teeth. Your teeth have five sides that need to be cleaned – the top, front, back, and both sides. Flossing helps clean the sides and prevent the plaque from hardening and irritating the gum tissue.
2. Your overall health is improved by flossing. Several types of diseases can be linked to oral health, such as heart disease, gum disease, and jaw bone density loss.
3. You help prevent gum disease. Gum disease is where the gums are irritated from plaque and tartar. In response, they gradually recede and pull away from the teeth. Advanced periodontitis results in tooth loss.
4. Your mouth feels cleaner. Flossing removes trapped food particles so your teeth are cleaner. Plus, it can lead to whiter teeth and fresher breath.
5. It only takes a few minutes to floss. Most people are surprised once they get into the regular habit of flossing that it doesn’t take that long. They are equally surprised by all of the “stuff” that they find trapped in between their teeth.
What If I Already Have Gum Disease? Will Flossing Help?
If you are in the early stages of gum disease, flossing can help reverse the effects and help your gum tissue heal and return to proper health. If you are in the mid-to-late stages of gum disease, flossing can help prevent gum disease from worsening further.
If you have further questions about flossing, which floss is best or maintaining proper oral health, please feel free to schedule an appointment at Kennedy Square Dental by calling (905) 789-7339 today!
Benefit #1: Prevents you from using too much pressure when brushing.
One common issue with manual brushes is people will apply too much pressure when brushing which results in damaging the enamel on the teeth. An electric toothbrush vibrates, pulses, and spins to remove plaque from the teeth so it does all the work without the added pressure.
Benefit #2: More effective at plaque removal.
An electric toothbrush does a much better job of removing plaque from the teeth. Rotating toothbrush heads work better than other types of toothbrush heads. This is because they oscillate which helps remove more plaque.
Benefit #3: Perfect for anyone with mobility issues.
If you have arthritis, developmental disabilities, or carpal tunnel syndrome, using an electric toothbrush is easier than a manual one. All you have to do is hold the toothbrush and it does all the work.
Benefit #4: Always brush your teeth for the recommended two minutes.
Most electric toothbrushes now have built-in timers and other features to ensure you brush each quadrant of your teeth for the recommended time period. Some children’s toothbrushes even tell the kids what part of the mouth they should be brushing and when to switch quadrants.
Benefit #5: Helps increase brushing focus.
People tend to focus more on brushing their teeth when using an electric toothbrush. This is because they need to move the toothbrush slowly and have to think more about where the brush is on their teeth. As a result, you potentially improve your brushing skills for cleaner and healthier teeth.
Benefit #6: Better for people with braces and other orthodontic appliances.
Electric toothbrushes can get in between wires and other difficult areas to remove more plaque. It also makes brushing easier and can improve your overall oral health.
Benefit #7: Helps kids develop good brushing habits.
Electric toothbrushes seem to keep young kids more engaged when brushing their teeth. It also makes teaching toddlers easier for parents. Some electric toothbrushes for kids even use brushing app games to reinforce healthy brushing habits.
Benefit #8: Better for people with periodontal disease.
If you have been diagnosed with gum disease or an early stage of periodontal disease, using an electric toothbrush could help reverse the effects and restore your gums.
In addition to using an electric toothbrush and brushing twice a day and flossing once a day, remember to see your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings at least twice a year. For help selecting the best electric toothbrush for your oral care needs or to schedule a dental checkup, please feel free to contact Kennedy Square Dental at (905) 789-7339 today!
If the plaque is not removed, it will slowly eat away at the protective enamel layer on the teeth. Once the enamel is gone, tooth decay continues until the tooth is infected and we have a cavity.
Another issue that occurs when plaque is not removed, is it slowly starts to harden and turn into tartar, which is also known as dental calculus. Tartar cannot be removed through normal brushing and flossing.
If you want to avoid having your fall treats and snacks wreck your beautiful smile and create cavities, we recommend using the following tips:
1. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. Don’t skip your regular dental oral care habits. Sticking to your routine will help keep plaque off of your teeth and reduce the risks of dental decay.
2. Visit your dentist at least twice a year. Your dentist helps remove plaque and tartar to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
3. Limit how many sugary treats and snacks you eat. It is perfectly acceptable to enjoy candy, cookies, and other fall sugary treats and snacks. Just do so in moderation.
4. Eat sugary treats and snacks after a meal. If you eat sugary treats and snacks after lunch or dinner, your mouth is still producing plenty of saliva, which can help reduce how much sugar remains to create plaque.
5. Substitute fresh fruits and vegetables in place of sugary snacks and treats. Apples, carrots, celery, and other such snacks are better than candy and cookies. Plus, they help remove some plaque from the teeth.
6. When handing out treats, give out non-food items. Instead of passing out candy or cookies, you could pass out non-food items, like toothbrushes, dental floss, or toothpaste.
7. If you have a dental problem, get it fixed right away. Did a filling get pulled out from a caramel apple or other sticky treat? Maybe you notice extreme pain in one or more of your teeth when eating sugary treats and snacks?
These are both signs that you need to schedule a dental visit. If you don’t get the tooth refilled, the root can get infected and you could lose the tooth. The dental pain could be because a cavity has already formed and needs filled.
By using these tips, visiting your dentist regularly, and limiting the number of sugary snacks and treats you eat this fall, you can keep your teeth healthy.
To schedule a dental appointment in Brampton and the GTA, please feel free to contact Kennedy Square Dental at (905) 789-7339 today! We are open 7-days a week with evening and weekend appointments available.
Why Get Invisalign?
Invisalign uses custom-made clear aligners that slip neatly over your teeth. Since they are clear, they do not stick out like braces. Plus you don’t have to worry about what foods and beverages you eat and drink. You simply remove the aligners discretely at mealtimes or when drinking most beverages.
Invisalign works gradually to slowly shift your teeth so they become straight. You will start to see these changes even in time for the holidays! Imagine showing off your new smile this year instead of standing there with your mouth shut!
How Does Invisalign Straighten Teeth?
The custom-made aligners are designed specifically for your teeth. You wear one set, typically for a two week period. At the end of each period, you switch to a new set of aligners. Each set of aligners is slightly different to slowly move the teeth into the desired locations.
How Long Does Invisalign Take to Straighten Teeth?
It depends on how crooked your teeth are and how much movement is needed to straighten them. For mild cases, you could see noticeable results in a few months. Ideally, you want to use Invisalign for at least 12 to 18 months to ensure the teeth have been fully moved into their new position. For more complex crowding and movement, it can take much longer and may require using Invisalign for about 2 years.
What If My Smile Isn’t as Perfect As I Want It?
Even if your smile isn’t as perfect as you want it for the holidays this year, just think how amazing it will look come next year. Plus, by giving yourself the gift of Invisalign this holiday season, you will have a remarkable smile each and every future holiday season!
How Do I Start Invisalign Treatment?
If you are ready to start Invisalign treatment, the first thing you need to do is schedule a consultation with a dentist who offers Invisalign, like Kennedy Square Dental in Brampton. During the consultation, we will discuss your dental needs, goals, and objectives.
If you have other dental concerns we can provide you with available options, like teeth whitening to brighten your smile. We also offer veneers to cover up imperfections and make your teeth look stunning.
To learn more about Invisalign and our other treatments to give you a beautiful smile for your holiday pictures and all year long, please feel free to call us at (905) 789-7339 to schedule an appointment today! We are open 7-days a week including evenings and weekends.
Tip #1: Limit Snacking on Sweets
Letting your child snack all day on the pile of candy they got is not a good idea. It is also not a good idea to constantly snack on other sweet treats. If you do, you will have a buildup up bacteria that creates plaque, as well as acids that eat through the enamel on your teeth.
Tip #2: Eat Sticky Treats with Care
Gummy bears, taffy, caramel apples, and other sticky treats can remain on the teeth longer. As such, the longer it remains, the more it can increase risks for tooth decay. It is a good idea to brush and floss after enjoying sticky treats to clean the teeth.
Tip #3: Eat Treats at the Right Time
Instead of dessert after meals, this would be an appropriate time to eat Halloween candies and treats. Your mouth is already stimulated from the meal with sufficient saliva to help break down sweet treats and cancel out some of the acid and bacteria they produce.
Tip #4: Drink Water with Sweet Treats
Instead of soda and juices, stick with water when enjoying your favourite Halloween candies, sweets, and treats. Water helps rinse the candy and snack particles off the teeth to limit how much is left on the teeth.
Tip #5: Brush Teeth at Least Twice a Day
Make sure to stick with a healthy oral care routine that includes brushing teeth for two minutes in the morning and again in the evening before going to bed. You should avoid sweets and treats after brushing in the evening. If you do eat some more treats, remember to brush again after.
Tip #6: Floss in the Evening
Make sure to get into the habit of flossing your teeth too. Flossing helps remove tooth-decay-causing bacteria from candies and treats from in between the teeth where your toothbrush cannot reach.
Tip #7: Consider Healthier Halloween Treats
While some candy and sweats are expected, think about healthier choices like apples and other in-season fall fruits. Instead of passing out candy to trick-or-treaters, hand out non-food items, like a kid-friendly toothbrush.
Tip #8: Visit Your Dentist Often
Schedule regular visits to your dentist to help keep your teeth clean. It is recommended to see a dentist every six months for teeth cleaning. There is still some plaque that gets on the teeth that you cannot remove yourself with brushing and flossing.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to see your dentist as soon as possible. Your dentist can help determine the underlying cause for your Bruxism. For example, high levels of stress and anxiety can be a trigger that causes nighttime teeth grinding.
Isn’t Bruxism Only a Problem for Children and Teens?
Contrary to what you may think, bruxism can affect anyone at any age. While teeth grinding is more common in young children and teens, adults can also experience this problem. In cases where the cause is due to stress and anxiety, aside from regular dental visits, you should find an effective way to release your stress and anxiety, like with mediation or Yoga.
In cases where the teeth grinding is being caused by an underlying dental problem, such as the teeth are misaligned, your dentist can help prescribe a treatment plan, such as Invisalign to realign your teeth.
Another solution your dentist can provide is fitting you for nighttime teeth guards. The guards fit over your teeth to protect them from further damages when you grind your teeth. Guard should be worn nightly until your bruxism is fully treated and resolved.
Will My Teeth Grinding Ever Go Away?
In young children and teens, teeth grinding problems tend to resolve themselves with proper dental treatments and care. Most teens will stop grinding their teeth at night at around age 14 or 15. In adults, teeth grinding will resolve itself once the underlying cause is identified and treated.
If you or your child or teen has a teeth grinding problem, you will want to have it diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. If you put off seeing your dentist, it can cause further damage to your teeth. The grinding action between the teeth slowly erodes away the outer protective enamel layer. Once this layer is removed, the teeth start to become more sensitive and prone to tooth decay.
To schedule an appointment to see a dentist about Bruxism or other dental problems, please feel free to call Kennedy Square Dental at (905) 789-7339 today!
If you fail to have your teeth cleaned to remove plaque and tartar and treat this early stage of gum disease, it will continue to progress through several stages. At each stage, the disease becomes progressively worse. Eventually, if you do nothing, your teeth can fall out, you can have a severe gum infection, and experience significant jaw bone density loss.
The first stage is referred to as gingivitis. This is the only stage where treatment can effectively help reverse the effects of gum disease. Treatment involves removing the plaque buildup along the gumline, treating any infection, and following a regular treatment plan.
A regular treatment plan could include bi-annual visits to your dentist, brushing teeth twice a day, and flossing once a day. Your dentist may also recommend using an anti-plaque/anti-bacteria mouth wash.
The second stage is referred to as periodontitis. At this stage, the gum tissue has started to recede and pull away from the teeth. The underlying fibrous tissue and tooth bone structures are damaged. Your gum tissue will develop pockets in between each tooth that is below the actual gumline.
Plaque, food particles, and tartar can all get trapped in these pockets which can lead to further damage. At this stage, the damage is not fully reversible any longer. Instead, your treatment plan will require preventative steps to stop the disease from worsening.
Typical preventative treatment plans include visiting your dentist three or four times a year to have your teeth, gums, and the gum pockets cleaned. Your dentist may also prescribe an antibiotic to treat any infection.
You will also need to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day, sometimes more. You may need to use an approved mouth was twice a day as well to help control plaque and bacteria.
The third stage is referred to as advanced periodontists. This is the last stage of gum disease and the most severe. At this point, the fibrous tissue and tooth bone structures have been destroyed. Teeth can become loose and fall out.
There is currently no way to reverse the advanced effects of gum disease. In some cases, teeth may need to be pulled because they can no longer be saved. Treatment plans at this stage use very aggressive approaches.
If you suspect you have gum disease, starting a treatment plan now can prevent it from advancing into later stages and causing further damage. Please feel free to call Kennedy Square Dental at (905) 789-7339 to book an appointment today! We even offer late evening and weekend hours to fit with your busy schedule.
That’s nearly 13 new cases of oral cancer per day! April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month and there is no better time to talk about the signs and symptoms or oral cancer, and preventative steps you can take to keep your mouth healthy.
Oral Cancer Quick Facts:
In between regular dental exams, if you notice any of these signs or symptoms persist for more than two or three weeks, it is important to schedule an appointment with your Brampton dentist straight away.
Your local Brampton dentist does more than just clean your teeth and check for cavities. As a trained medical professional and an expert in oral health, your dentist is in a unique position to notice any irregularities in your oral health. In other words, your regular dental exam is the first line of defense in preventative care for and early detection of oral cancer.
To further minimize your risk of developing oral cancer:
Your oral health can be a good indicator of the health of your entire body. By seeing your dentist regularly and practicing good oral hygiene you can prevent oral cancer. There is no better time to schedule an oral health examination than during Oral Cancer Awareness Month.
For more information about our services and to schedule a consultation and examination, please feel free to contact Kennedy Square Dental at 906-789-7339 today!
My Molar Broke in Half!
As we age, our teeth become weaker. It’s not uncommon for pieces of our teeth to break off — or even break in half — especially if the tooth has had multiple fillings. When your tooth first cracks, you might only really notice it when it starts to bother you, especially when eating or drinking hot or cold foods. But once it finally breaks it can have sharp edges or points that make eating or drinking difficult; pain from exposed nerves, and possible infections.
My Broken Tooth Doesn’t Hurt.
A broken tooth is no small matter. Even if the tooth doesn’t necessarily bother you now, continued deterioration, lodged food in the crevice, and other maladies can lead to serious complications. Furthermore, the sooner you get your broken tooth looked after the easier it will be for your Brampton dentist to treat the problem.
Delaying treatment for your broken tooth can result in:
If you must delay having your broken tooth treated, make sure to take especially good care of the tooth. But make sure to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.
What Are My Treatment Options?
Your dentist will examine your teeth and take x-rays to determine the best treatment plan for you. Depending on the severity of the break, you have several options available. Generally speaking, if there is enough tooth left to salvage you may require a root canal and a crown.
The crown will cover the broken tooth and protect it from further damage. However, if there is not enough tooth left to fix, what remains may need to be surgically extracted. If a tooth needs to be extracted, you may need to be fitted for a bridge in order to prevent your teeth from shifting and causing additional complications.
In order to maintain your teeth for your lifetime, it is important to visit your dentist regularly and address issues, like a broken tooth, as soon as they occur. For more information about our dental services or to schedule a dental exam, please feel free to call Kennedy Square Dental at 905-789-7339 today. We’re open seven days a week and offer evening appointments to fit around your schedule.
What are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth — the third set of molars that often appear in adulthood — are vestigial organs that are our inheritance from our earlier, more primitive ancestors. Anthropologists believe that wisdom teeth were an evolutionary byproduct of Early Man’s diet of rough foraged foods. As humans have evolved and our environments have changed, so too has our need for wisdom teeth. That third set of molars has become all but completely functionless.
Complications from Wisdom Teeth
There are many people who never experience complications from their wisdom teeth, and whose wisdom teeth are functionally equivalent to their other teeth. But according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons an astounding 85% of us will experience some complication involving our wisdom teeth that will necessitate their extraction.
Removing Wisdom Teeth
The wisdom teeth are the last set of molars to develop, but potential problems can be detected during childhood. This is one of many reasons that it is important to visit your Brampton dentist regularly. Your dentist will be able to monitor the development of your wisdom teeth and recommend a course of treatment, if one should be needed.
Whether one, some, or all of your wisdom teeth need to be removed, it’s best to have the procedure performed in your late teens or early adulthood. Because the roots are only about two-thirds grown at this point they are more easily removed. This ensures optimal healing for the patient and fewer complications overall.
To schedule a dental cleaning and checkup appointment, please feel free to contact Kennedy Square Dental at (905) 789-7339 today!
Deciding which toothpaste you should use depends upon your dental care needs. Some people choose whitening toothpastes to help address issues with staining. However, what they may not realize is these toothpastes can contain abrasive additives to help remove stains. These same additives can also slowly destroy the protective enamel layer of the teeth.
Prolonged used of whitening toothpastes can lead to sensitivity. To address tooth sensitivity, then you have to switch to a toothpaste for sensitive teeth. As you can see, sometimes using one particular toothpaste can lead to other dental issues.
Ideally, the best way to decide which toothpaste is best for you is to talk to your dentist and dental hygienist. They are familiar with your oral care and what would be the best toothpaste to use.
In addition to their recommendations, look for toothpaste brands which feature either the American Dental Association (ADA) or Canadian Dental Association (CDA) seal of approval. These seals mean the toothpaste has been put through rigorous testing to ensure it meets the association’s standards and quality.
Besides selecting the right toothpaste, your brushing technique is equally important. You can have the right toothpaste, but if you do not brush correctly, you could still get cavities and experience other dental problems, like gingivitis.
Proper brushing techniques require you to use small circular motions to remove plaque and food particles from the teeth. You should never scrub back and forth or apply a heavy amount of pressure to your teeth. Doing so can actually damage the gum tissue and the enamel on the teeth.
Furthermore, you should brush your teeth for at least two minutes. The best way to do this is to break your teeth down into quadrants like your dental hygienist. When they clean your teeth during a dental visit, they start with one side of your mouth and slowly clean each quadrant.
For example, you would start brushing your top left front teeth and do so for fifteen seconds. Then you would switch and brush the back side of the top left teeth and brush another fifteen seconds. Next, switch to the lower left front teeth and repeat this process until all your teeth are brushed. Lastly, remember to brush the tops of the teeth.
Good brushing techniques are further supported by remembering to floss at least once a day, normally in the evening to remove any trapped plaque and particles caught between the teeth. To get advice on which toothpaste is best for you, how to brush your teeth correctly, and other dental concerns, please feel free to call Kennedy Square Dental at (905) 789-7339 to schedule an appointment today!
Fortunately, there are several things you can do to make them actually want to brush their teeth without throwing a fit or refusing to open their mouth.
By finding fun things your child enjoys and using them to get them to brush, they will no longer refuse when it is time to brush their teeth.
Remember to also bring your child in for regular bi-annual visits at Kennedy Square Dental as part of developing positive oral care habits. Call 905-789-7339 today to schedule an appointment!
With the holiday season upon us, it is not uncommon to indulge in your favourite holiday sweets and treats.It is easy to overdo it and neglect your teeth. Still, you do not have to skip all your holiday favorites and can enjoy them using these great tips for protecting your smile and your teeth.
• Don’t use your teeth as a nutcracker. Invest in a nut cracker to break open shelled nuts – not your teeth. All it takes is using your teeth once that can turn into a painful broken, chipped, or cracked tooth that can ruin your holidays.
• Avoid snacking on candies, sweets, and treats. It is better to enjoy a few candies, sweets or treats at the same time. Then, immediately afterwards brush your teeth to remove excess sugar. Otherwise, with constant snacking, you increase the risks of tooth decay and getting a cavity.
• Stick to your dental routine. It is easy to get caught up in the celebrations and festivities, so you might be tempted to skip a brushing or flossing. Make it a point to always brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day eve during the holiday season.
• Always bring along a travel dental kit. When attending parties and celebrations away from home, it is a good idea to bring along a travel dental kit. Your dental kit should include a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss and mouthwash. This way, you can brush your teeth or freshen you breath whenever you need to.
• Limit the amount of acidic holiday drinks you enjoy. Certain adult beverages – like some wines, champagnes, and nogs – have a high acid content that can damage the enamel on your teeth. Make sure to brush your teeth afterwards to remove the acid. If you cannot brush your teeth afterwards, nibble on some cheese. Cheese neutralizes the acid left in your mouth from the beverages.
• Drink plenty of water. Water helps flush away bacteria and other particles left on the teeth after eating and drinking. Water can also help freshen up your breath and aids in digestive processes. As an added bonus, water helps fill you up so you won’t have to worry about going on a diet after the holiday season.
• Don’t chew on hard sweets and treats. One of the biggest dental emergencies people have over the holidays is cracking a tooth on something hard, like your grandmother’s homemade peppermint candies or peanut brittle. It is better to suck on these treats.
• Know who to call if you have a dental emergency. Ask your dentist their holiday hours and who to call if you have a dental emergency when their office is closed. This way if you have a dental emergency you can get it treated right away and not have to put it off, which could cause further damages.
Everyone at Kennedy Square Dental wishes you a happy and joyous holiday season without any dental emergencies! Now is a great time to contact us and book your post-holiday cleaning and checkup by calling (905) 789-7339 today!
Do you hide your smile during holiday family photos? Do you always insist on being the one behind the camera because you don’t like your smile? Do you look for excuses to get out of having your picture taken?
If these questions sound familiar and with the holiday season right around the corner, now is the time to start thinking about how great your smile could be this year by getting various cosmetic services from your dentist. Cosmetic services can help give you that beautiful and charming smile you have always desired.
If your teeth are discoloured and look off-white or yellow, there are certain deposits on the teeth that cannot be removed with regular dental cleanings. To remove the discolouration, as well as certain stains from the tooth, whitening procedures can be beneficial. The level of whitening you can achieve can be noticeably different in just a few short weeks.
Another great cosmetic treatment you can consider are having veneers installed over your teeth. Veneers are colour-matched to the level of whiteness you desire. They are custom-made coverings which are secured to the front side of the tooth.
Veneers are great for covering up imperfections like chipping, misshaped teeth, gaps, and staining that teeth whitening cannot get out. Veneers are very durable and can last between four and twelve years if you make sure to care for them following your dentist’s and hygienist’s recommendations.
Bridges, Crowns and Dentures
If you have damaged or missing teeth, bridges, crowns and dentures provide various artificial tooth replacement options. Bridges are great if you are only missing one or two adjacent teeth. Crowns are good to use if you have a tooth that is cracked or part of it has broken off. Dentures are ideal in cases where you are missing a much larger number of teeth and a bridge cannot be used.
Things to Do Prior to Receiving Cosmetic Dental Care
In order to achieve your perfect smile, there are a few things you will want to do ahead of time as follows:
By doing these things, your teeth will be in great shape and ready for whatever cosmetic dental treatments you need. Not to mention, once your cosmetic treatments are done, their results will last much longer.
Instead of trying to avoid pictures this holiday season, you will want to be in every single one! To learn more about cosmetic dental services to help give you a beautiful smile for the holidays and year round, please feel free to contact Kennedy Square Dental at 905-789-7339 today! We even offer night and weekend appointments to fit around you busy schedule!
Bridges are used in situations where there is no remaining tooth structure to work with whatsoever. Bridges can be used to replace a single tooth or two or three adjoining teeth. Special bridges can also be made when someone is missing a tooth on each side of a healthy single tooth to fill in the gaps.
The gaps left by any missing teeth will eventually and gradually cause the remaining teeth to start to shift. In cases where the missing teeth are on the bottom jaw, the upper teeth above those gaps can actually start to fall out. In addition, one could develop a bad bite and TMJ disorders.
Bridges can either be permanently installed or be removable. Ideally, it is better to have a permanently installed bridge put in since it will last longer and cause less damage to the surrounding teeth. With removable bridges, they have to be anchored to abutment teeth to hold and support your bridge in place. This can cause added strain and wear on the abutment teeth where they too, will eventually need replaced.
Aside from helping address problems with damaged and missing teeth, both bridges and crowns can be colour matched to the natural colour of your healthy teeth. The end result is a great looking smile you will want to show off.
Caring for Bridges and Crowns
Most bridges and crowns will last a very long time with proper dental care. You should brush it twice a day just like your other healthy teeth and floss around it at least once a day. If the bridge is removable, make sure to take it out prior to brush and flossing your actual teeth and clean the bridge separately.
To prevent causing damage to your bridge or crown, you should avoid using it to bite and chew on hard foods, like nuts, or hard objects, like a pen. You should also not use it to crunch on ice.
To learn more about bridges and crowns and which one would be best to address your cosmetic dentistry concerns, please feel free to contact Kennedy Square Dental at 905-789-7339 to schedule an appointment today! We are open 7 days a week with evening and weekend appointments available!
How Soon Should Oral Care Begin?
Most children will start to get their first teeth when they are between six and nine months old. By the time they are around age 3, many children have around 20 teeth. However, oral care should begin prior to your child ever developing their teeth.
From birth through about one year of age, you should already be cleaning your child’s gums twice a day – once in the morning after breakfast and again at night after their evening meal. To clean the gums you just use washcloth that has been dampened in water.
Once their first tooth erupts and starts to appear, then you will want to use a baby toothbrush and water. You should avoid toothpaste until they are at least a year old. In addition, you will want to schedule their first dental checkup after their first tooth erupts.
From ages 1 to 3, you will want to choose a toothpaste that made especially for toddlers, since they have a hard time rinsing, swishing water around in their mouths and spitting it out. After the age of 4 or when the child can reliably spit out the toothpaste, it is okay to use a child-friendly fluoride toothpaste.
Teaching Your Child to Brush Their Teeth
Parents will need to help their toddlers and young children with brushing. You should use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Holding the brush at an angle, gently brush in a circular motion while also moving the brush back and forth. Ideally, you will want to brush using the following techniques:
For example, you would want to brush the back side of your child’s upper-left teeth for 15 seconds, then brush the front side for another 15 seconds. Then you would repeat this process for each quadrant. Lastly, you would brush the front teeth – upper and lower for about 15 seconds on the front side and another 15 seconds on the back side. Finally, use the brush to gently brush their tongue.
If you practice good oral care habits with your child, by the time they are 6 or 7, they should be brushing on their own. For help teaching your child good oral care habits or to schedule their first dental checkup, please feel free to contact Kennedy Square Dental at (905) 789-7339 today!
As you are planning your summer holiday vacations, it is important to make sure to stick to your regular Invisalign treatment schedule. Our dental clinic offers these great tips and suggestions to get the most out of Invisalign and still enjoy yourself!
By planning ahead and using these great travel tips, you won’t have to panic if an accident occurs and your current set of aligners gets damaged or misplaced. Instead, you will be well prepared to enjoy your summer holiday vacation.
Everyone at Kennedy Square Dental hopes you enjoy your summer holiday vacations. For additional information about Invisalign, to find out if Invisalign is right for you, or to schedule a checkup, please feel free to contact us at (905) 789-7339 today! Remember our office is open weekends too!
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.