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Thursday
Aug062015

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!

TheOakvilleDentist.com

Thursday
Sep192013

Bleeding Gums and Dental Treatment During Pregnancy...

I really enjoy visiting with expectant mothers when they come in for their routine check ups.  Their are so excited about their upcoming addition to their family.  They also have lots of questions and concerns about their dental health and care during pregnancy.

As you might guess, a woman's hormone levels change quite a bit due to their pregnancy.  For their mouth this means an increased sensitivity of their gums to the plaque and tartar that accumulates on the teeth.  The result is often bleeding, sensitive and swollen gums.  Removing the plaque and tartar on the teeth is what is needed and to help prevent this as much as possible I always recommend an increased frequency of dental hygiene appointments ("cleanings") for expectant moms. Of course, meticulous home care ( brushing and flossing) is a must too.  A common myth that a woman's teeth become softer and lose calcium during pregnancy is not true.  The urge to snack when pregnant (sugary foods especially)  will of course lead to an increase in cavities.  Morning sickness, (vomiting) results in the very acidic contents of the stomach washing over the teeth.  This also softens them.  Brushing with toothpaste, which is abrasive,  right after throwing up can cause quite a bit of wear.  The best way to prevent this is to rinsce with a teaspoon of baking soda in water to neutralize the acid effect in the mouth.

As far as dental treatment is concerned, it is safe to have necessary dental treatment at any time during pregnancy. It is safe to have necessary dental radiographs (X-rays) to diagnose dental problems and use local anaesthetics.  Avoiding treatment for oral pain, infection or other acute problems can put an expectant mother at greater risk than that from dental treatment. A good paper discussing this can be read here

Taking steps to prevent cavities for your new baby is important too. Evidence suggests that babies and young children acquire the cavity causing bacteria from their mothers.  That's right, you can pass along the bacteria from your mouth to you child's so to help prevent your new child from getting cavities when their teeth come in, here are a few good tips for the new mother;

  • Wipe gums and teeth, that are not large enough to brush, with a wet face cloth or gauze. 
  • After every feeding, clean the baby’s teeth with an infant toothbrush. Use plain water, not toothpaste, unless your dentist determines there is risk of decay. If so, your dentist will advise you on the appropriate use of toothpaste.
  • Do not test bottle temperature by first placing it in your mouth.
  • Do not transfer food from your mouth to your baby or infant’s mouth.
  • Do not let your baby sleep at the breast or with a bottle of formula or juice.

 Making sure you maintain your dental health during pregnancy will ensure a good start for your new baby and you.

Dr Steven Rosenblat

theoakvilledentist.com 

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