Dental Healthy Tips During Pregnancy
Inform your dentist that you are pregnant. Pregnancy affects the type of care that is necessary for you
Sometimes due to hormonal changes, gums start to swell and bleed when you clean your teeth. Visit your dentist immediately
Ask your dentist and familiarize yourself with the dental care needed for you and your baby
Brush your tooth regularly with fluoride toothpaste and floss daily
Maintain a healthy diet, avoid eating food items that contain sweet between meal snacks as they lead to acid attack that causes tooth decay
How Sweet It Is … and Isn’t
A healthy, well balanced diet is the basis for good health. But if you’re like most people, when you think ‘diet’, you probably look at your waistline and not at your smile. Like the rest of your body, teeth and gums need nutrients and minerals to help them stay in shape and ward off disease. A common enemy, snacking, can undermine both. It’s no secret that today’s popular snack items contain a lot of sugar. Even though it’s difficult to eliminate sugar from your diet, there are few simple things that can be done to cut down your daily intake of sugar and protect your teeth:
Choose a healthy snack option such as vegetables, fruits, nuts and milk
Check on the sugar that you add to coffee or tea
When thirsty, go ahead with a good old-fashioned glass of water instead of a soft drink
Read the list of ingredients on food labels and watch out for refined sugars
Points to Remember
Honey, molasses, glucose and fructose are all form of sugar
Avoid eating gooey candies and sweets that stick your teeth. Rather eat them with a meal. During a meal, mouth produces saliva, and saliva dilutes the sugar and helps wash it off your teeth.
Brush your teeth after eating any kind of sugary food item. If you can’t rinse your mouth, try eating a fibrous fruit or raw vegetable that will help to dilute or remove the sugar from your teeth
An average person consumes almost 88lbs of sugar each year, which is almost half cup a day! Give us a call if you have any questions about tooth-friendly snacking options!
The Dental Savings “Workout”
The expense of dental treatments often keeps patients away from visiting a dentist, until the pain and suffering becomes worse. Below are few tips that you should consider to keep your dental bills as low as possible:
Book an appointment: Visit a dentist as soon as you experience any kind of pain or swelling in your teeth and gums. Delaying your visit will only make the situation worse and increase the expense of repair and recovery in future.
Practice at home: Brushing and flossing daily, maintaining a proper diet plan, and cutting down on sugar can have a huge impact on your dental health and limit your trips to the dentist.
An ounce of prevention: We work with you to ensure your recall periods allow you to wait the maximum amount of time before a cleaning or check-up is necessary. We understand that x-rays can be costly and detrimental in the long run and try to keep them to a minimum; but as a tool, x-rays guard you against any kind of decay, periodontal problems and other dental abnormalities.
Referrals: We love serving our patients and strive to give them a warm and comfortable visit to our office. We keep our fees to a minimal and new patients help in reducing the need for increases. We extend a warm thank you to those who continue to send their family, friends and neighbours to us.
Benefit yourself: Take advantage of your allocated cleaning per year, maximize your insurance benefits and gift yourself with an extra ounce of prevention. Also note that, what you fail to use during your benefit period is lost, and the amount will not be carried forward to the next benefit year.
A Happy, Healthy Vacation for You and Your Smile
Here’s some advice to help you enjoy a happy, healthy vacation:
Schedule dental appointments a week or two in advance before you leave for a vacation
If you are in the middle of a root canal treatment, complete it before you leave. Especially if you plan to fly, since changes in cabin pressure can cause severe pain in a vulnerable tooth
Make sure you have sufficient medication to last for the duration of your vacation, plus another week to 10 days (in case your return is delayed)
Is Teeth Whitening a Bright Idea?
We are happy to announce Dr. Caminschi’s article published in the Mississauga Life Magazine. Here’s a sneak peek!
How to be smart about a dental craze
Are you considering bleaching or whitening your teeth? You’re not alone. According to a survey by the American Association of Cosmetic Dentistry, Americans spent $1.4 billion on whitening products in 2006. It’s not difficult to understand why: we’re inundated on a daily basis by images of attractive celebs with smiles photoshopped brighter than an arc welder.
So, let’s take it for granted that we’re obsessed: how can we be smart about it? We did a little research and talked to a dental professional, Dr. Genoveva Caminschi, to get some illuminating tips about teeth whitening.
Understand your expectations: Be realistic about what you want and what you’re willing to spend. Over-the-counter (OTC) whitening products (gels, toothpastes and strips) are not imbued with the Ark of the Covenant’s holy power; if they were, we’d all have perfectly white teeth. In-office solutions like energy-activated peroxide bleaching are great, but a single session can run you up to $150.
Consult with your dental professional: This seems like a no-brainer: find a trustworthy dentist and ask them what the best solution is for you. Then, make sure that none of your current dental issues make you unsuitable for whitening, because…
You absolutely must be cavity-free: Whether you’re getting a dentist-administered bleach or just using whitening strips, whitening products can cause tooth sensitivity and even exacerbate decay. According to Dr. Caminschi, bleach at the wrong time can turn a cavity molehill (filling) into a mountain (root canal).
Other than that, bleaching is safe: Once you’ve reached adolescence and all of your adult teeth have come in, bleaching even in-office bleaching is a safe and reasonable option. However, Dr. Caminschi warns against rushing into new argon laser activated treatments. It’s an emerging science, and the side effects aren’t fully understood yet.
Follow the instructions carefully: According to Caminschi, any OTC product will work to some degree so long as it’s used punctually and as part of an overall regimen of oral care.
Be aware of what’s causing your tooth discoloration: Again, consult a professional. While whitening treatments can be very effective against discoloration caused by aging or food, they may not be enough to combat the results of medications or conditions like fluorosis. Depending on the severity of the problem, whitening may need to be combined with veneers or other cosmetic dentistry.
Finally, beware the medication issue: Acne medications like tetracycline and minocycline can lead to tooth discoloration. Many professionals recommend they be taken in tandem with vitamin C and/or whitening solutions; again, consult both your doctor and your dentist.
Frequently Asked Questions
Take a look at the frequently asked questions from most of our clients.
Q: What to Do In a Dental Emergency?
A: If you’ve injured your mouth, what are you going to do? Gently hold the tooth that is cracked or loose, and place it back until you reach us. With a missing tooth, you only have about 15 to 30 minutes before it’s considered unsalvageable. If the tooth is dirty, replanting it is not possible. Clean it and put it in a glass of milk. Do not let the tooth dry out.
Q: Pregnancy – Dental Health Begins in the Womb
A: According to the old saying, when you’re pregnant you’re eating for two. And what you eat affects the health of your baby including his or her teeth.
During this period, your intake of protein, calcium and phosphorus aids in fetal development, as do your levels of vitamins A, C and D.
You should also be concerned about your dental health during pregnancy. Make sure you tell the dentist that you’re pregnant (so your baby is not put at risk by procedure such as x-rays). Also, be aware that changes in your hormone levels may cause your gums to become more susceptible to gum disease. Keep an eye on them, and call the dentist if problems persist.
Q: Healthy Teeth and Gums Start with the Control of Plaque
A: The key to keeping teeth healthy for a lifetime is to control plaque. Plaque is a clear, sticky film of live bacteria that forms constantly in the mouth and acts on sugar to produce toxic acids that weaken the teeth and gums.
There are many aspects to keeping plaque at bay. One is home care, proper daily brushing and flossing. Another is sensible nutrition, in particular, limiting sugar intake.
A professional cleaning at our office is time well spent in preventing plaque build-up, and gum disease. We are able to get into places your toothbrush can’t reach, remove any mild stains and discoloration, review home care, and discuss ways to improve your oral health.
We invite you to visit our practice and see for yourself how we can help you and your family maintains a healthy smile for life.
Q: Flossing: What Could be Simpler?
A: Flossing is a dental cleaning technique that helps reduce plaque build-up that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. The benefits of a few minutes of flossing are evident every time you smile.
Q: Dentin Hypersensitivity
A: Many people who suffer from sensitive teeth find it worsens in cooler weather. This is called dentin hypersensitivity. It occurs when the layer of tissue beneath tooth enamel called dentin is stimulated by extreme cold (or hot) temperatures, causing pain.
There are two common causes of dentin hypersensitivity. First of all, what you might not know is that your teeth expand and contract with temperature changes. As this happens over a period of time, your enamel can become cracked, exposing your dentin. The second perpetrator is worn down enamel, (which can happen for a number of reasons) which exposes your root surface and dentin.
Don’t worry, the hypersensitivity is a common occurrence and can sometimes be eased simply with over-the-counter desensitizing toothpaste. If the problem is a little more extensive, a dentist can take care of your sensitivity with a number of different treatments.
If you find your teeth really bother you when you’re out in cold weather, try breathing through your nose. If you find they become repeatedly irritated with cold and hot temperatures, it’s best to make a dental appointment.
Q: What’s with Canker Sores?
A: That painful stab in your mouth doesn’t feel like a toothache, but it is hurts like crazy. It could be a canker sore. But is it, what causes it and, more importantly, how can you prevent it from happening again?
Canker sores are generally small and can be identified by a red spot with a white head on it. You can find them on the roof of your mouth, the inside of your lips and cheeks, on or under your tongue. The exact cause of canker sores hasn’t been determined yet, but there are many things that can trigger them. Little cuts and burns, stress and high-acid foods are known culprits; some women also get them as part of menstruation.
As far as treatments, there are many over-the-counter medications that can help ease the discomfort. If the problem persists longer than a week, the sores become larger or you have difficulty eating, make an appointment and we’ll be happy to advise you on alternative treatments.
Q: Inlays and Onlays: Invisible Mending for Your Teeth
A: Silver amalgam fillings were previously used in repairing or rebuilding of decayed or damaged teeth, but not anymore. Porcelain and composite resin inlays and onlays have taken over the traditional silver fillings and, can make a damaged tooth look brand new and stronger.
Creating an inlay (used in place of a filling) or onlay (sometimes called a partial crown) is a little more involved than a conventional filling, but there is typically no added discomfort and the results can be amazing.
The process involves two steps:
In the first one, your tooth is prepared by removing the decayed area or reshaping the broken tooth structure. Then an impression of the tooth is taken to create a porcelain or composite inlay or onlay that fits your tooth.
In the second step, we check the fit, contouring and colour of the inlay or onlay. The result not only looks like a natural, undamaged tooth but also makes the tooth stronger.
If you’re self-conscious about your damaged teeth – or your large fillings – ask us about the current onlay and inlay materials and procedures.