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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. 

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"Great things start with a smile!" Dr Rosenblat

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Wednesday
Oct312012

Heartburn and what it means for your teeth...

Many people experience heartburn and don't think much of it.  But heartburn can be a symptom of a much more serious condition calledGERD effects on teeth. Dr Rosenblat Oakville Dentist "Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease".  So what does that mean in plain English?

Well, when you eat a meal, the food goes down to your stomach ( ancient greek for stomach is "gastros") via a tube called the "esophagus".  When the contents of the stomach go back up the esophagus toward the mouth, opposite from the direction things are supposed to go, it is referred to as Gastroesophageal Reflux and the condition is sometimes referred to as "reflux" or the acronym; "GERD".

There are many signs and symptoms of GERD such as: heartburn ( worsened when bent over or laying down at night), feeling nauseous after eating, hiccups, hoarseness of voice, difficulty swallowing, dry cough and burning sensation in the throat and sour taste in the mouth due to the acidic nature of the stomach contents coming back up.  Various medical conditions and medications people take to control medical problems can contribute to GERD. The result of all this stomach acid coming up can be scarring and narrowing of the esophagus, ulceration and pain in the esophagus making eating painful and more seriously, these changes can lead to esophageal cancer.

Why am I, a dentist, writing about GERD?  Well GERD can have definite effects in a persons mouth readily identified to a dentist.  The very acidic nature of the stomach contents is very destructive to teeth.  These stomach contents soften the teeth so they wear and breakdown quickly.  Most people after having that heartburn sour taste in their mouth ( or throwing up for that matter) instinctively want to brush their teeth to rid themselves of that awful taste.  But toothpaste is an abrasive used to clean teeth and so wear and destruction of teeth is accelerated if thge teeth are brushed soon after exposure to the stomach acids.  (It's best to just rinse with water or baking soda in water to counter the acid). The tooth wear is usually gradual seen gradually and we dentists see a lot of it. Often it  can reach severe proportions.GERD patient restored with implants and crowns by Dr Rosenblat Oakville Dentist

I want to show you what GERD can do to teeth and what may be needed to repair the damage.

Fred came to my office one day and wanted his teeth repaired.  Fred did tell me he had a history of GERD and had been treated for it and now that it had been resolved, he wanted to be able to chew and smile again. The lost teeth and the heavy wear on his front teeth was directly caused by his medical condition.

What I had to do for Fred was place dental implants to replace is back teeth and crown what was remaining of his front teeth.

If you have symptoms of GERD, see your medical doctor for treatment and don't forget to see your dentist too.

Dr. Steven Rosenblat

Great things start with a smile!

theoakvilledentist.comcompleted smile make over, Dr Rosenblat Oakville Dentist

 

Thursday
Oct252012

Halloween and Candy and Teeth, oh my...

Yes that annual North American fun night of Halloween is upon us once again. The streets in many neighborhoods will be crowded with kids all dressed in costumes going door to door calling "trick or treat"!  Parents will be sorting through the treats at the end of the evening once the kids empty their bags at home, checking out their loot.Halloween Candies will lead to cavities...

The Academy of General Dentistry has come up with a Press Release of what to look out for on Halloween and for simplicity's sake I'll just quote it hear:

Worst:

  •  Chewy/sticky sweets, such as gummy candies, taffy, and even dried fruit can be difficult for children and adults to resist, and even more difficult to remove from teeth. “These candies are a serious source of tooth decay, particularly when they get stuck in the crevices between teeth, making it nearly impossible for saliva to wash them away,” 
  •  Sour candies are highly acidic and can break down tooth enamel quickly. The good news: Saliva slowly helps to restore the natural balance of the acid in the mouth. Patients should wait 30 minutes to brush their teeth after consuming sour/acidic candies; otherwise, they will be brushing the acid onto more tooth surfaces and increasing the risk of enamel erosion.
  • Sugary snacks, including candy corn, cookies, and cake, all contain high amounts of sugar, which can cause tooth decay.

 

Best:

  •  Sugar-free lollipops and hard candies stimulate saliva, which can help prevent dry mouth. “A dry mouth allows plaque to build up on teeth faster, leading to an increased risk of cavities.” 
  •  Sugar-free gum can actually prevent cavities as it not only dislodges food particles from between the teeth but also increases saliva—which works to neutralize the acids of the mouth and prevent tooth decay.
  • Dark chocolate and its antioxidants, according to some studies, can be good for the heart and may even lower blood pressure.

Here is a link to the acutal press release.

More and more today we are concerned about what we eat and how it affects our health.  Today there are many treats to enjoy that will not result extra trips to see the dentist to repair cavities.

Dr Steven Rosenblat

Great things start with a smile!

theoakvilledentist.com

Friday
Oct052012

Protect yourself! Use dental sportsguards...

Bobby Clarke's toothless grin www.theoakvilledentist.comLots of kids are playing competitive contact sports these days.  And there are a lot of adult "weekend warriors" doing the same as well. Today it's easier than ever to avoid the Bobby Clarke look and do it with pizzazz! We are now making custom sports guards ( mouth guards) in colors and with sport logos on them.  custom mouthguards at www.theoakvilledentist.comKyle here thought this would put fear into the heart of his opponents.

These custom sports guards fit well, feel comfortable and protect teeth and reduce the incidence of concussions that can cut short athletes careers!

Dr Steven Rosenblat

theoakvilledentist.com

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Wednesday
Aug222012

Do I need to whiten my teeth doc?

This is a very common question I receive from patients at check ups.  Tooth colour and appearance is a very subjective thing.  Do you like the appearance of your teeth?  That is a question you have to ask yourself, not me.  There are many ways that I can improve the appearance of your teeth, but no one NEEDS to whiten their teeth.  If your significant other wants to help you look your best or if you think it will help you get that new job or maybe it will just make you feel great, go for it!  As I always say: "Great things start with a smile!"

Just don't let the ads on TV make you feel you need something if you don't really want it.

 

Dr Steven Rosenblat

theoakvilledentist.com

Friday
Jun222012

Dental Specialists and Referrals...

As a general dentist I like to think of myself as part of a team.  My team consists of my assistant, hygienist and management team.  But my team is not limited to just the people in my office.  I have an  extended team that consists of various dental  specialists.  I rely on them for their expertise in dental procedures that require additional training and study that goes beyond general dentistry.  An example might be a "root canal" specialist or a "gum specialist.  I like to compare my extended team to a football team.  My position as any general dentist is the quarterback. The Oakville Dentist is a quarterback I have to decide the play and how to reach the goal line of completed treatment. When I examine a patient it is my responsibility to diagnose any problems my patient needs and plan the treatment required.  If the treatment a patient requires is straight forward, I run with the ball and go for the touchdown.

But sometimes a patient's dental needs are complicated enought that I need my specialists to perform treatment that requires their specialised skills, so I pass the ball to them after an online "huddle".

Now my team of dental specialists is not just any specialist who happens to be in the neighborhood.  Specialist selection is based on the specialists dental philosophies, treatment outcomes and our ability to agree on the best way to solve our patients dental problem. While a referral to a specialist means another visit to an office that might be less convenient for you the patient, it's the final result of treatment that is what counts.  It's all about you.

 

Great things start with a smile!

Dr Steven Rosenblat

Oakville Dentist

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