Halloween Commercial

Just in time for Halloween, this commercial is fantastic and will definitely get you laughing out loud 😉 Stay safe this Halloween and remember to keep cavities away and protect your child’s teeth. Take a look at our previous post for some great ideas on how to combat those sugar bugs this Halloween!

Enjoy!

HALLOWEEN CANDY!

Trick-or-Treat

TRICK OR TREAT! It is that time of the year again when children and adults wear their costumes, hide their faces and wander the streets for something good to eat.  History repeats itself, and unfortunately this year parents you will be left with garbage bag full of candies (not to include the candies you may not have given out). As you all already know, a lot of candy is no good for the teeth. The kids will be left with aching teeth and probably a lot of cavities. So to prevent this most parents try to give their kids a little bit of candy every day, or maybe 2-3 candies every other day. What does the dental professional got to say about this matter? Read below!

To keep cavities away and protect your child’s smile this Halloween, the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) recommends taking these simple steps:

  • Limit the number of times a day your child eats sugary treats or snacks between meals. Serve snacks that will not harm your child’s teeth, such as vegetables, cheese, nuts or seeds.
  • It is best to eat sugary treats at the end of mealtime while there is still plenty of saliva in the mouth. Saliva helps  to wash away the sugars and acids.
  • Drinking a glass of water after eating a sugary treat will also help wash away some of the sugars and acids.
  • Avoid soft, sticky treats that get stuck between teeth.
  • Always have your child brush and floss before going to bed.

Why you should do the above recommend steps?

The Canadian Dental Association explains it very simply:

“When your child consumes sugary food or drinks, the bacteria (germs) in the dental plaque on the teeth mix with the sugars in the candy to make a mild acid. This acid attacks the hard outer layer of the tooth, called the enamel. If the dental plaque isn’t removed every day by brushing and flossing, over time, the enamel gets soft and a cavity forms. The damage to the tooth depends on how much sugar goes in the mouth and how long it stays there. In other words, the longer and more often sugar touches the teeth, the more damage it can do.”

We hope that you do follow these steps. Just sipping more water, brushing and flossing more effectively can do a great good for you and your child. Parents we wish you have a Happy Halloween with happy children and happy teeth!

Tooth Stain!

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Wanting to keep those pearly white teeth their whitest? You already know that it is important to brush and floss daily and to see a dentist on a regular basis — and to avoid smoking or chewing tobacco. You also should consider that certain foods and beverages will also stain your teeth.

  1. Wine – Red wine is an acidic beverage that is notorious for staining your teeth, but white wine also promotes staining.
  2. Black coffee and Black tea – The darker the beverage the more staining will occur. Herbal, green, and white teas are less likely to cause staining
  3. Berries – Blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, cherries, grapes, and pomegranates will also stain your teeth due to their intense colour.
  4. Curry – Tasty, but the yellow-staining food can be harsh on your teeth
  5. Soft Drinks – The high acidic levels promotes staining of your enamel

Just as there are many foods that can stain your teeth there are just as many foods that will help keep them  white. The best ones include carrots, celery, and apples. Vegetables such as lettuce, spinach and broccoli are also great at helping you keep that bright white smile.

Acidic Foods vs. Tooth Enamel

organicfruitMost people know that high sugar foods and drinks like candy and carbonate beverages are bad for your teeth, but the acidity of the foods we consume can also affect our teeth by damaging the enamel.

This includes lots of healthy foods that you may not realize can have an effect on your teeth, so it’s good to know how to balance out the pH levels of what we eat.

Fruits such as apples and oranges are surprisingly hard on your enamel. You just want to be sure to rinse the mouth afterwards. Diet drinks may not contain sugar but the acidity of diet carbonate drinks is extremely high, making it one of the worse products for your teeth. Here is a link for a list of foods and there acidity levels: http://www.pronamel.us/what_is_acid_erosion/about_acidic_foods.aspx

If you have any questions or concerns regard your teeth call Mount Pleasant Dental Group today to book an appointment

INVISALIGN – An alternative to braces

Invisalign is a great alternative to conventional braces. They are virtually invisible and almost no one will know you are wearing them. Compared to braces, Invisalign is esthetically more appealing to individuals needing orthodontic treatment.

You would use a series of clear removable aligners that gradually move your teeth to their ideal position. Regular visits to your doctors every month or two to check your progress and get new aligners. Since the aligners are removable you are still able to brush and floss normally.

Invisalign treats a broad range of orthodontic cases, from overly crowded teeth to protruding lower teeth. Visit us at Mount Pleasant Dental Group for an Invisalign consultation today!

Tooth Sensitivity – OUCH!

On a nice summer day you drink a glass of cold water, OUCH!

On a cold winter morning you have a cup of hot tea, OUCH!

That pain you may be experiencing is tooth sensitivity.  This occurs when you are eating or drinking hot or cold food or drinks. Sensitivity can occur when your gums pull away from the tooth or when you have gum tissue loss. This exposes the root of the tooth that is normally protected by your gums.

Gum loss can occur when you are brushing to hard or not brushing and flossing on a regular basis.  The exposed root contains tiny little tunnels that lead to the centre of your tooth, also known as the pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels and nerves. When these tiny tunnels come in contact with something hot or cold the fluids contained in the tunnels can excite the nerve, causing pain.

Brushing to hard or using a hard bristle can also cause tooth sensitivity by wearing away the enamel. Using a soft bristles and brushing gently will help prevent gum loss and protect your enamel from being worn away.

Tooth sensitivity can come and go, but ignoring it can lead to other health problems in your mouth.

PREVENTATIVE DENTISTRY: Fissure Sealants

Dental sealants are a special varnish that is place on the back teeth chewing surface to help prevent the development of dental cavities and tooth decay. The top surface of your back teeth is not smooth; it has hills and valleys called pits and fissures. These pits and fissures act as a great hideout for bacteria to linger and cause decay.

The whole procedure is quick and painless.  The dentist or hygienist will first clean the tooth and apply an ‘etch’ solution to the surface. This helps the sealant stick to your teeth. Once everything is ready the dentist or hygienist will “paint” the sealant right over the top surface of your tooth and then shine a special light to harden the sealant.  Sealants should be check at each regular dental visit and if necessary the sealants can be reapplied.

Image from: http://www.dentalwiz.in/content/pit-and-fissure-sealants

Our Young Dental Superstars

 

We want to showcase our younger patients and demonstrate that going to the dentist isn’t a scary experience. These are some photos of our amazing youngster coming into the office for their dental treatment. To our young patients, the staff at Mount Pleasant Dental Group wants to thank you all for being such big stars!

 

 

Miss Swetha Reginald-Aug 14, 2013 134 PM (2081) Miss Kashmira Mahendran-Jul 3, 2013 401 PM (1300) 162 154

 

VELscope Vx – For a Clean Bill of Health

VELscope is the newest non-invasive device used to screen for oral cancer and other oral diseases. The device emits a blue spectrum light, abnormal tissues will show under this special light. These areas might, if not treated, progress to oral cancer. The VELscope helps us identify oral disease early, while it’s still easy to treat.

The VELscope is considered an important tool for dentist, aiding in early detection of oral cancer. The lifesaving procedure only takes a few minutes. We discuss all our findings with you, and take steps to correct or prevent future problems.

Check this link for a video where “Dr. Oz” and “The Doctors” talks about the VELscope test:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6b9lcagllwU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZZWksiU-9U

 

 

Brushing and Flossing: Are You Doing it Rright?

In order to maintain good oral health you need to brush, floss, and visit your dentist on a regular basis.

FLOSSING

If you do not floss, plaque can build up leading to gum disease. Plaque is an invisible film that develops on your teeth throughout your day. Flossing at least once a day while you are doing something else, such as watching the television, will help you get into the habit.

How to Floss:

Take a length of floss about 18 inches long and wrap it around your middle fingers. Wrap the floss around your teeth creating a “C” shape. Move it up and down your tooth from the base to the top a few times. Repeat this process for all of your teeth. Make sure to use a clean section of the floss each time.

BRUSHING

Brushing regularly is a very important part of oral hygiene, it helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing at least twice a day removes the bacteria that promote tooth decay and plaque.

How to Brush:

Brush at a 45 degree angle. Point the bristles to where your gums and teeth meet. Use gentle circular, massaging motion. Do no scrub. Clean the chewing surface, the cheek side, and the tongue side. Brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes.