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The Perfect Family and General Dentist Toronto

March 15, 2013

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The evaluation, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases, disorders and conditions of the soft and hard tissues of the jaw and oral cavity structures of your body is know as dentistry. Taking care of your teeth and over all oral hygiene is extremely important and no one can help you maintain proper care better than your family dentist. Having a family dentist is important to keeping up with the maintenance of your teeth; a family dentist is someone you should trust to make sure your teeth are in perfect working condition and healthy.

Everyone should have a family dentist that they visit regularly to maintain good oral hygiene, it is recommended that you visit your family dentist twice per year and when ever you have any symptoms pertaining to you teeth or gums. A family dentist will perform regular check ups and cleaning procedures to keep your teeth their cleanest and whitest, no one wants a discoloured or crooked smile and making regular visits to your family dentist will ensure that you never have to worry about showing your smile.

Your family dentist should encourage you to prevent dental cavities through proper oral hygiene like tooth brushing, flossing, fluoride, and tooth polishing procedures. They will also let you know if you are brushing and flossing too much as this can result in damage to the gums. Your family dentist may apply sealants to your teeth which are a plastic material intended to prevent dental cavities and other forms of tooth decay.

Finding a good family dentist can be hard and bothersome, but it is well worth the effort to find a family dentist that you feel you can trust. When choosing a family dentist you should find a dentist you can trust to make sure your family has the best dental care available so you can rest easy knowing that the oral hygiene of your family is in good hands.

Finding a New Dentist Toronto

February 20, 2013

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When it comes time to find a new dentist in Toronto, there are many things to take into consideration, you are not just trying to find a new dentist you are starting a long-term oral health care partnership. One of the most important things is for you to find a dentist that you feel comfortable with and can meet your oral health care needs. There are certain questions you should be asking when it is time to find a new dentist in Toronto, these questions will make the whole process of finding a new dentist that much easier, first and most importantly what are the office hours and do they fit your schedule? Can you get to the dental office easily from work or home? What is the policy for missed appointments at the dental office? And what most people consider the most important question; does the dental office accept your dental health plan? These are just a few examples of what you should be asking when trying to find a new dentist in Toronto.


When making your first trip to a new dental office you should take notice to the appearance of the office, is the dental office neat, clean and orderly? Are all surfaces and dental equipment clean and sanitary? You should also take into consideration the overall mood of the office, are the dental staff helpful and willing to answer your questions? Lastly you should observe whether or not the dental staff is wearing gloves and other protective gear while working on patients, be aware of your surroundings and pay attention to small details around the office.
In some cases you may have special needs and when you are trying to find a new dentist in Toronto you should make sure that the dental office you choose can cater to your specific individual needs. You should always inform your dentist of any special health or financial conditions and ask if they have any interest in treating patients with your specific needs. If you have a disability you should make sure that the dental facility is accessible to the disabled, most reputable dental facilities are designed to accommodate many if not all disabilities making their offices accessible to everyone.

There are many factors you should take into consideration when it is time to find a new dentist, you should always sit down with your prospective dentist and discuss any issues or concerns you may be having, most dentists are more than happy to answer your questions and give you detailed information as to your situation. Always have your questions ready before you visit a new dentist so that you can be sure to cover all of your concerns and feel comfortable with your dental professional.


Onlays and Inlays

October 10, 2012

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Strong, Attractive and Safe Alternatives to Metal Fillings


Onlays: Onlays are used for large restorations. They restore the area inside the cusp and extend over one or more sides of the tooth. Because of their size they are usually made of porcelain.


Inlays: These are used to restore the area of tooth inside the cusps. Inlays are a conservative tooth restoration which means they require far less drilling and preparation of the tooth than a metal filling. Inlays are usually made of porcelain or composite resin, making them “invisible” in your smile.


Onlays and inlays are created in a dental laboratory from an impression of your teeth. Any shrinkage of the device occurs in the lab and is accounted for when cemented. Large fillings can shrink and be at greater risk for breakdown and tooth sensitivity. The final result will fit perfectly with surrounding teeth and can be as strong as a natural tooth.


Optio Dentistry module on Onlays

Optio Dentistry module on Inlays

Whiter, Brighter Teeth

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Dentist Supervised Tooth Whitening Can Give You The Smile You Always Wanted


 Anyone can have the confidence that a bright, white smile can give you these days. Tooth whitening is safe, effective and long lasting. There are two main methods to get excellent results. We can provide a custom Home Tooth Whitening Kit, or teeth can be whitened in the office. Each has different advantages, and each addresses different situations. Simply talk with us about your concerns and what you want to achieve, and a dazzling whiter smile can be yours.


If you are thinking of other cosmetic improvements, such as crowns, porcelain veneers, or just replacing old discolored fillings, it may be worth considering whitening your teeth first, and any restorations we make for you can be matched to the whitened teeth, to give an overall great result.


Optio Dentistry module on Home Whitening

Tooth Decay and Gum Disease

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 Two of your worst enemies could be lurking around in your mouth as you read this. They are serious, vicious, sly and oftentimes successful. So, who makes up this evil pair? Tooth decay and gum disease. That’s right. These two nasty conditions are created by naturally occurring oral bacteria, and the acids they produce. Unchecked tooth decay leads inevitably to gum disease, which even conservative estimates say is present in at least 80% of the population. Gum disease, in turn, is responsible for up to 70% of adult tooth loss.


Your mouth’s constant supply of normal bacteria produces a sticky “plaque” and they deposit it on your teeth. Foods containing carbohydrates (sugars and starches) combined with the plaque form a strong acid, which erodes your enamel and breaks down gum-tooth connecting fibers, thus allowing further bacteria and toxins to invade unprotected tissues. This process allows your tooth, tooth root and jawbone susceptibility to become damaged or even destroyed by decay.


So, let’s stop these culprits in their tracks. Make it a daily habit to brush twice with fluoride toothpaste and clean between your teeth with floss or inter-dental cleaner. Also, cut down on snacking; eat nutritious, well-balanced meals and remember to visit us regularly for a professional cleaning and oral examination.


Optio Dentistry module on Tooth Decay

TMJ Disorder

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 The jaw joint is located just in front of each ear. It is a complex joint, and has many muscles controlling it. Many people experience severe pain in and around the joint for a number of reasons. The pain can be sharp right in the area of the joint, or it may feel like an earache. It may be persistent, and often severe, headaches result. People with TMJ problems may also experience muscles spasms in the neck, back or shoulders.


A bad bite, or persistent grinding or clenching of teeth can cause TMJ. Grinding and clenching seems to be related to stress. Correcting a poor bite and reducing stress in our lives would be ideal options, however we often need relief immediately.


Basically grinding, clenching and a bad bite cause the muscles that control the jaw to be overworked, they get fatigued and go into spasm. That is when the pain begins. An appliance can be made to wear over the teeth that will allow the muscles to rest and reduce the symptoms. Various medications can also help reduce the pain, as well as massage of the muscles, moist heat, and even physical therapy can help.


If you experience any of the above symptoms, it is not wise to ignore them, or attempt to cope with them on your own. It can get worse, without warning, and permanent damage to the joint can result, which may require surgery. The best thing to do is call our office immediately to be evaluated and get you on the road to recovery and relief.

Sedation: Helping You Relax

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Are you in desperate need of dental care, but too afraid to go to the dentist? Are you facing extensive treatment which you cannot fathom without being “out”? You are not alone. For our patients who need that extra help to relax, we offer both inhalation and oral sedation.


How it works


First, we always review your medical history to determine if you are a suitable candidate. Then depending on what level of sedation you require, we offer either Nitrous (laughing gas) sedation or Oral (valium like drugs) sedation.


Nitrous Sedation– Nitrous Oxide or “Laughing Gas” is one of the safest forms of sedation available and can take the anxiety out of most routine dental procedures and cleanings. Non-allergenic and non-irritating, most patients feel the onset effects within minutes and these effects are completely reversed within about 5 minutes of gas termination. At the end of the procedure, you can safely drive home or go to work.
Almost anyone can have nitrous oxide treatment. We can vary the depth of sedation depending on your level of anxiety. Most importantly, you will feel relaxed as we care for you. The laughing gas is administered through a simple rubber hood that rests on your nose providing a feeling of numbness, security, and warmth. At or near the end of your treatment, we will provide you with 100% oxygen so you will feel completely normal within 5-10 minutes. At that point, you are ready to leave the office independently.


Oral Sedation-  If cleared by your MD, you are given a pill to take one hour prior to your dental appointment. You will need a companion to drive you to and from the dental office. The pill works quickly to create a relaxed state so you will be drowsy when you arrive. During treatment, your vital signs will be monitored while you are in a sleep-like state. You will be able to respond to any given commands or questions, but will not likely recall events while the drug is in effect. This is ideal for the dental phobic patient.


Beyond creating an optimal environment for you, sedation dentistry allows us to complete multiple treatments in one appointment. You can relax while we improve your smile.”

Oral Cancer

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 Oral cancer is a dangerous, yet somewhat preventable, type of cancer. It kills more people nationwide than either cervical or skin (melanoma) cancer, and only half of all patients diagnosed will survive more than five years. The most common risk factors for oral cancer are tobacco use, frequent high quantity alcohol consumption, constant sunlight exposure, habitual cheek or lip biting, or poorly fitting dentures. Although 80-90% of oral cancers are found in people who use tobacco and/or drink alcohol excessively, 25% of oral cancers occur in people who have no risk factors at all.


Your dentist could very well be your #1 soldier in the fight against oral cancer. Statistics show in about 10% of patients, dentists notice a problem area first. During a regular dental check-up, your dentist will examine your entire mouth, searching for a flat, painless, white or red spot or small sore. Other signs of oral cancer can include:


  • A sore that bleeds easily or does not heal
  • A color change of the oral tissues
  • A lump, thickening, rough spot, crust or small, eroded area
  • Pain, tenderness or numbness anywhere in the mouth or on the lips.

Two different tests are used to determine if the spot is cancerous or not. A brush biopsy is a painless test performed on areas that look harmless or do not have a clear cause. This test can detect potentially dangerous cells when the disease is still at an early stage. A scalpel biopsy, which requires local anesthesia, is usually performed on suspicious and dangerous looking areas. Remember to visit your dentist regularly. If you notice any unusual changes in your mouth, call your dentist immediately. Together you and your dentist can fight and win the battle against oral cancer.


The Oral Cancer Foundation

Healthy Mouth, Happy Life?

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How Your Oral Health Affects Your General Health


 If you think about it, it makes perfect sense: poor oral health is linked to poor physical health. How so? Well, consider the big picture: your mouth is the gateway into the rest of the body and its systems. If the mouth has a chronic infection or disease, then your entire body may be indirectly or directly exposed to those bacteria. Not to mention your ability to eat is compromised and also your nutrition. Furthermore, the resources needed for your general health to function will be diverted to handle the chronic infection, weakening the overall natural protection your other systems typically enjoy. Research documents connections between gum disease and poor heart health, resulting in increased risk of stroke, as well as diabetes, problem pregnancies, respiratory diseases and osteoporosis in women. What’s more, some studies indicate that those who lose all their natural teeth may have a much shorter life span.


So what’s the answer? If you want to up your odds of a happy, healthy life, treat your body with respect and put your money (and effort) where your mouth is. Try starting with the basics: learn the latest tips, techniques and tools for top notch oral hygiene, when you are here for you next cleaning appointment. Then, branch out: incorporate a healthy diet, exercise, fresh air, and regular rest. Eliminate unhealthy habits that are counterproductive. And remember, taking care of your teeth means better well-being, and it means your body will be better able to take care of itself.

Gum Disease: Serious But Treatable

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 At least 80% of the population has some degree of gum disease and most don’t know it. Gum disease is responsible for up to 70% of adult tooth loss, and it does not give clear warning signs that an untrained eye would notice. A dentist or hygienist must do a thorough and complete examination to detect it; especially in it’s early stages. Gum disease is similar to high blood pressure, or heart disease, by the time the person who has it notices symptoms it is in its advanced stages.

Gum disease has been implicated as causative factor in heart disease, stroke, diabetes, pre-mature births, and low birth weight. It is an infection of the gums and jawbones. The bacteria, and chemical by-products of your bodies attempt to fight the bacteria, can enter the blood stream and cause serious problems in distant parts of the body. It critical to have the teeth cleaned and a thorough examination a minimum of twice a year, and it is critical that you do a thorough job at home cleaning the teeth twice daily. The good news is that gum disease can be treated and prevented. Today there are numerous aids available to help us, which include special toothbrushes, toothpastes, rinses and even prescription medications can help. Your dentist can decide the appropriate treatment method only after examination of your condition.


Optio Dentistry module on Periodontal Disease

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