Keeping in touch by blog!

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This is a great way for me to keep you informed about what's new at Oakdale Dental.  You'll find stories about todays dentistry and how it can make your life better and healthier, and sometimes some random thoughts I hope you find interesting. 

If you are already one of my patients, let me know what you think.  Any topics you would like to read about or questions you have, just send me an email.There is lots of information already on this site and my other practice website: Oakdale Dental! 

For those of you who I have not had the pleasure to meet yet, I'm glad to have here and feel free to drop by and pay us a visit at Oakdale Dental in beautiful Oakville.

So, come back once in a while...I try to post regularly and have some interesting things for you to check out and maybe a story or two to tell.



"Great things start with a smile!" Dr Rosenblat

Thoughts for you, from my blog...



Why we bug you to brush when you have braces...

Lots of kids are really good at keeping their teeth clean when they have braces and let me tell you it's not easy! But it is really worth the effort.  When food and dental plaque is not removed meticulously around braces the decay process starts.  Even if it does not progress to full cavities ( holes in the teeth) early decay makes the enamel white and blotchy where it is decalcifiying the enamel. This is the result of an acid attack- the bacteria in dental plaque produce acids that decalcify the enamel.  Where the metal brackets of the braces are attached to the teeth the enamel is undamaged so you get the typical look seen in here the photo.  Oh, and the gums react to the plaque too with fiery red inflammation and bleeding called Gingivitis.After spending the time and effort not to mention the cost to straighten teeth it can be heartbreaking to remove a child's braces and see what should be a perfect smile!

For this reason we highly recommend more frequent dental visits to help keep a childs teeth clean during orthodontic treatment

Dr Steven Rosenblat

Great things start with a smile!


If I Need a Crown...does that mean I need a root canal too?

In a word, no.

This is another one of those common questions I get asked all the time.  When I tell a patient who has a broken down tooth they need a crown to preserve, I am asked about root canal treatment before the crown. People are relieved to hear that a tooth does not need root canal treatment before "crowning" as long as the tooth healthy.  Generally crowns are to repair broken down or weakend teeth. What gets people confused is that often, after a root canal, a crown is often recommended.  

What's the difference?  

Well root canal treatment results in a weakened tooth, one that can fracture sometimes resulting in tooth loss.  A crown or onlay after root canal will hold the tooth together and allow it to be used for chewing normally. Most of the time a tooth needs root canal treatment because it has either a large cavity or large filling that results in the tooth becoming infected. To treat the nerve in the tooth we end up weakening the tooth further. You may hear stories from people you know who say they had root canal and lost their tooth.  I'll bet 90% of the time it is because they didn't follow their dentists recommendation to crown the tooth afterwards, and it fractures as it it has become structurally weaker.

So now you know the difference.

Great things start with a smile!

Dr Steven Rosenblat


Go ahead, stick your tongue out at the dentist and make him smile!

I always know my regular patients like me when I sit down to do a routine examination, a checkup. How?  They stick out their tongues! Quite a lot if not most stick their tongues out at me as soon as I ask them to open their mouths for a look.  You see, I have them "trained". They know the first thing I do is look for oral cancer and stick your tongue out at theoakvilledentist.comone of the places I need to look is under their tongues. I have to hold and lift it up and look. I love it when they stick out their tongues because they are paying attention and know how important this is.  This is one of the most important parts of a dental examination: looking at the soft tissues ( not just teeth) for any signs of disease.  I need to look for anything out of the ordinary from cankers to growths and decide if there is an anomoly, and if there is, is it a passing harmless one or something more ominous.  Looking at the teeth comes afterwards in my dental exams.

So stick out your tongue at your dentist and make him smile!


New tooth decay technology could end drilling at the dentist’s office!

Wow! Have we reached the holy grail of dentistry?

As a practicing dentist for over 30 years I've seen a lot of exciting claims come and go. A lot of them do not live up the the hype.

So lets look at the latest thing to make drill free dentistry just around the corner. in a story I read in the Toronto Star this week ( and identically reported in many other news sources because it is a "press release") King’s College London Professor Dr Nigel Pitts has reportedly developed a method " using electrical currents to help drive minerals into the tooth" . So what does this mean?

A cavity is a "hole" in a tooth.  This results from the bacteria living in the mouth on the surfaces of teeth, consuming sugars we eat and producing acids that removes the minerals in the enamel and dentine of our teeth  ( demineralization). Our saliva naturally counteracts this as much as it is possible between meals doing a bit of remineralization of the enamel and dentine.  But this is easily overwhelmed by frequently consuming lots of sugary things. Natural remineralization only helps superficial damage to the tooth if there is a rest period between meals. ( So snacking inhibits this).

When the decay damages the tooth enough there is a hole significant enough that the dentist needs a drill to get to and remove the soft mushy stuff that is there- decayed tooth. This decayed tooth cannot be remineralized. it must be removed and replaced with a solid replacement called a "filling". Think rust on an old car. You cannot turn the rust back to steel.

So what it sounds like Dr Pitts is proposing is a faster way to deal with the most superficial enamel damage that we would never drill out in any case. It will involve, as the press release says; monitoring.  We call them check ups. The "growing demand for pain-free, effective solutions to cavities" exists already.  Reduce sugars in your diet, proper brushing and flossing and regular dental care.

As you will also note they have formed a company for this product whose research has not as yet even been published to raise money to develop this new product. That is why your read this "article" which is little more that a press release to generate interest.

So don't get too excited, I seriously doubt this will change anything very much.

Dr Steven Rosenblat

Great things start with a smile!


New Ceramic Crowns....what a change!

I often have patients come to my office in Oakville asking to improve their smiles - but not change the way they look.  Their look is part of their personalitiy and they do not want too much change. Buy a few subtle  changes can go a long way.

 Mr H wanted to improve his smile.  While not prefectly straight, Mr H's teeth were strong and healthy.  Replacing his old bonding and adding two all computer fabricated creamic crowns using our new digital scanner allowed me to bond in place two of the latest generation ceraminc crowns that covered the discoloured teeth and gave Mr H a very natural looking result.

Dr Rosenblat,

If you would like to see if I can make a similar change to your smile call for a consultation appointment.

Great things start with a smile!

Dr Steven Rosenblat