Warm greeting to you and your family this fall season.  

This Thanksgiving, we are excited about our first Humber Valley Dental Food Drive initiative to support the community. We will be grateful for your donations of non-perishable food items until October 3rd during regular business hours.  

All donations will be distributed through Caledon Community Services to families in need so we can together make Thanksgiving joyful for all.  

We would like to thanks you for your continued support and confidence in our care. We now offer more extended hours to serve you.   

If you have seen us for a recent appointment, we would like to hear from you. Please take a minute to review us on Google. It means a lot to us!  

Best wishes from our family to yours!  

Humber Valley Dental 

In the photo: The award recipient for 2017 Dalia Fiorda with Gina Broderick from Humber Valley Dental.





Humberview Secondary School held its annual commencement Ceremony on June 28th at the Royal Ambassador Banquet Centre in Caledon. It was a special day with lots of excitement and energy among graduates and their loved ones.
We, at Humber Valley Dental would like to congratulate Dalia Fiorda, the 2017 recipient of the Humber Valley Dental (HVD) Award.

This award is presented to the graduating student of Humberview Secondary school who has demonstrated the most significant improvement over their years at this school and who is pursuing post-secondary education in a professional program.
Dalia has worked very hard in her Math and Sciences and will be beginning the Kinesiology program at Brock University.

We wish her continued success in his chosen career.

The following students in the community have received the HVD award since its inception:

2013-Olivia Spiteri
2014- Brittney Hunt
2015- Conner Sweetnam
2016- Stephen Abraham
2017- Dalia Fiorda

Taking the fear out of dentistry

One out of four Canadians does not visit the dentist on a regular basis, and fear of pain or discomfort is the leading reason. Usually this fear is well founded, based on negative experiences in the past.

A combination of advances in dental technology, new treatment approaches, and a truly caring attitude among our staff, mean that many previously fearful patients often tell us “That really wasn’t so bad!"

It begins with communication

We believe that overcoming dental anxiety begins with making sure we understand your concerns and past experiences. We also work hard to make sure you clearly understand the work we are planning to do. All procedures are carefully explained before we begin, so you know what will happen. And we don’t begin the work until your questions and concerns have been answered.

Modern technology helps

The range of modern anaesthetics at our disposal means that we can usually get you completely frozen the first time. But we always check before we begin any work, and throughout the procedure. If at any point the freezing starts to wear off, or you are uncomfortable for any reason, we will stop the work we are doing until you are feeling more comfortable.

Remember the discomfort of the needle going in? Well, we now use a topical anaesthetic before we use the needle, which makes it considerably more comfortable. For all children, and adults who are more sensitive, we use an instrument people refer to as “the magic wand” instead of a needle. The Wand, an electronic anaesthetic delivery system, takes a bit longer, but most people hardly even feel a thing.

Other things we can do

We have a range of other things we can do for patients who are more anxious. Our staff are equipped and trained in the use of nitrous oxide (laughing gas), which can be very effective for nervous patients.

In some cases we will prescribe medication prior to an appointment. Music with headphones is also helpful for many patients. You’re welcome to bring your iPod/mp3 player or just bring in your favourite CD. We will supply the headphones.


So don’t let past bad experiences stand in the way of a healthy mouth. Make sure you let us know about your concerns and past experiences. Once we understand the problems you’ve had, we’re confident that we can work with you to help avoid pain, and deal with whatever anxiety you are feeling.
 

I haven't visited a dentist in a long time

 

We welcome your visit, don’t feel embarrassed


One of the reasons that some people don’t go to the dentist is that they’ve waited so long since their last dental visit that they are now embarrassed to go. After all, the people that work at a dental office are likely so careful with their teeth, they just won’t understand. Right?

Don’t worry! Almost every one of us at Humber Valley Dental has had at least one family member who has avoided the dentist…some for a very long time! We understand. We care about helping people get back into a regular dental routine and would be happy to see you.
 

It doesn’t matter why


People stay away from the dentist for many reasons. In some cases it is well-founded fear from past problems. In other cases it may have been financial concerns, other health issues, or simple procrastination.
 

We can help with any of these issues


Dentistry has come a long way in the past 10-20 years, and we have many new ways to help put nervous or fearful patients more at ease. (See I’m afraid of dental work for more information). We also have several options to help manage financial issues, and we’re really good at the friendly prodding of procrastinators.

So don’t let embarrassment stand in the way of your health. We’re an understanding group, who are eager to help you get into a regular dental routine.
 

I'll go to the dentist when I have a problem

 

I’ll go when I have a problem, Some people don’t go to the dentist until they have a specific problem. Please don’t make this mistake yourself!

If you are waiting until you have a problem before your next visit to the dentist, please read on. We could tell you that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, or that “Visiting us before you have a problem is the best way of never having to visit us with a problem”. However, most people who do not regularly see a dentist already know that.

 

It’s more than just your teeth!


Instead, we’ve found that many of our infrequent patients have appreciated us suggesting they read a recent article published in Reader’s Digest. Entitled, “The Check-up that Could Save Your Life”, it explains that regular trips to the dentist can do more than keep you smiling and your breath fresh - they can help with the early detection or prevention of a wide range of other serious health issues.

So why not call now and set up an appointment? At a minimum, it will save the discomfort and cost of more extensive treatment later, and as the article points out, it might be a whole lot more important than that.

We’d be happy to see you, even if it has been a while since your last visit to a dentist.

 

I have a problem now and don’t have a dentist.

 

Don’t worry. We do our very best to accommodate emergencies, even if you are not yet a regular patient. Call us and we’ll schedule some time to get your problem looked after.

Even if the problem you are experiencing is not yet too severe, it is time to get into a dental office…quickly! Very few dental problems resolve themselves on their own. The sooner you get your problem looked after, the easier it will be, and the greater our chance of restoring your mouth to a completely healthy condition.

 

Infection Prevention For Your Safety.
 

Sometimes patients are concerned about the potential for illnesses to be spread in medical or dental facilities. Given the large numbers of people, and the presence of saliva and blood, this is a very important concern. When it comes to infection prevention, we always err on the side of caution. For us, this means that all staff and patients are considered potential sources of infection. Consequently, we pursue thorough disinfection and sterilization procedures after every visit, assuming any patient could have been highly contagious. This protects all subsequent patients in our office.

To achieve our safety goals, all staff members wear surgical gloves and waterproof “SARS-rated” masks when working in a patient’s mouth. All soaps used in the office are therapeutic disinfectants. Additionally you will find waterless hand disinfectants throughout the office.

See for yourself, At Humber Valley Dental, we believe very strongly in the importance of infection prevention and have chosen to take numerous steps to protect you and our other patients. We’d like to show you just how thorough we are:

The most important concern in infection control is the instruments we use. All instruments that come into contact with your mouth have been thoroughly sterilized.

In addition to sterilizing hand explorers, mirrors, and drill bits, we also put all air and water syringes, suction handles and tips, and the hand pieces that power the drill in the autoclave for sterilization.


We follow a maintenance schedule to check our equipments and ensure they are in good working condition. To ensure our equipments autoclave is working properly at all times, we include a test strip in every load that we sterilize. We also have an automated instrument washer that offers a better, safer and more thorough way to wash and disinfect our instruments.

It is also important to minimize the risk of infections being passed by the surfaces that you, the dentist, the assistant or the hygienist touch. Because we can’t sterilize things like the dental chair, counter tops, computer keyboards or phone handles in an autoclave, surfaces that get touched are cleaned with a disinfectant after every patient.

Because disinfection solutions are not 100% effective, frequently touched surfaces also get an extra plastic wrap, which is changed after each patient.

Infection prevention in any medical setting is very important for your safety. We take it very seriously at Humber Valley Dental.


How a dental check-up saved someone’s life

Tom, a 59-year old farmer, could barely eat. The pain was so excruciating that he could barely open his mouth. He hated seeing the dentist and didn’t have a dental checkup in 20 years. At the urging of his wife, he finally gave in and scheduled an appointment with a local dentist. The dentist checked Tom’s mouth and found a lump and sent Tom to a specialist for a second opinion.

The following week, Tom arrived at the specialist's dental office. The specialist carefully examined his mouth and said that the lump was cancerous and had to be removed right away. The following week, Tom had to undergo a 6-hour surgery. During the procedure, Tom's jawbone was split wide open so that the dentist could access the cancerous lump at the back of his throat. The cancerous tissue was carefully removed and Tom was patched back up.

After the surgery, the dentist turned to Tom and said “It’s lucky that you came to see me when you did. If that lump wasn’t removed, you would have died within 6 months” Tom was speechless. He never realized that dental visits were so important for his health. Now, he makes sure to visit the dentist twice a year to ensure that everything is ok.

Besides treating decay, your dentist can check for signs of cancer, diabetes, and other oral health problems. Your dentist can spot diseases early on and treat them before they become life threatening. That’s why regular dental checkups are so important for your health. Besides routine checkups, your dentist can perform a deep cleaning of your oral tissues so that your teeth and gums can stay healthy.

Without these routine checkups, oral health issues, such as decay, gum disease, and infections, can creep up and impact your oral health. Besides gum erosion, gum disease also increases your risks of tooth loss, heart disease, diabetes, and other health complications. So be sure to see your dentist every six months. It may just save your life.

I have other health issues

We are skilled at providing dentistry to people who are dealing with health issues. Considering the potential interaction between dental procedures and other health issues is always important. Many things including, but not limited to, rheumatic fever, heart murmurs, past hospitalisation, cancer, immuno compromised conditions, medications you take, and even allergies, can have important impact on how we will handle your dental treatment.

If you have health issues, we can still meet your oral health needs effectively. But it is important that you raise them with us, so that we will be able to take the right steps to do so safely.

Introducing Svetlana Larazeva who discovered the confidence to smile away as she receives the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Mayor Allan Thompson.
Since immigrating to Canada 10 years ago, Svetlana has accomplished more than most people do in a lifetime. A registered nurse and educator, Svetlana has authored an inspiring resource book for immigrants, The Sky is No Longer the Limit, through which she shares the many lessons she has learned about her adopted home with newcomers who can benefit from this information. 

Starting alone in a new land, with no relatives or friends to greet her, no knowledge of the English language and little money, she learned many lessons on her journey to her Canadian citizenship, professional recognition and personal success.. Through her personal efforts and volunteer involvement in many community organizations, she has helped hundreds of new immigrants integrate into their new home by teaching them about language, culture and finance, helping them navigate systems and gain recognition for foreign credentials 

Svetlana founded ImmPress Institute, an organization committed to helping immigrants "to dream more, learn more, do more and become more." Through ImmPress, Svetlana designs and delivers educational activities that support immigrants in becoming established in Canada.. ImmPress projects currently include among others, a guide for immigrants on succeeding in Canada, research on the lived experience of immigrant children, workshops for high school students, a train-the-trainer workshop series for ESL teachers, a book on the ABCs of Canada and the Faces of Ontario Almanac (essays and art depicting immigrant experiences in Ontario) among other valuable resources. 

HVD wishes her continued success in her present and future endeavours. 

   

                                  Before                                                      After                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Amanda came to see us with what most people are afraid of. Her front tooth was loose! And she sensed that she might lose it. 

When I examined her, it was confirmed her front incisor had a fracture and could not be saved. We presented her with the option of extracting the tooth and replacement with a single dental implant. A dental implant is shaped similar to the root of a tooth and its titanium surface enables the growth of bone forming cells that help to anchor the implant to bone. We explained how we can attach a crown component to the implant and this can be made to look very similar to her natural tooth.

Even though she was nervous at start, she was willing to go ahead with our recommendations. Her dad had been through a similar procedure with a good outcome and this helped to reassure her.

So we began the treatment first by carefully removing the cracked tooth and doing a bone graft to preserve the remaining bone. Socket preservation bone graft is a very valuable procedure using bioengineered bone matrix to induce the growth and formation of new bone where a tooth is lost or where a bony defect is noted. This enables us to have a stable foundation to place the dental implant n the future. Amanda tolerated this first very important stage of treatment very well and needed nothing more that local anesthesia for the procedure. We used her natural tooth as a temporary replacement by bonding it to her adjacent teeth, a technique called direct tooth pontic and we did this immediately after the extraction so that she would never have to be without her front tooth.

Following this we waited patiently for bone and tissue healing. This healing time usually takes about 4 months during which we would see her bi weekly or monthly to monitor the stages of healing. There were times when we needed to repair her direct tooth pontic but Amanda was very patient during all this time.

In the summer of 2016, we began planning to place the dental implant. A Cone Beam CT (CBCT) scan was done which allowed us to plan the direction and position of the implant with the bone. CBCT is another valuable innovation in implatology today that allows precise planning and identifies potential risks that we could encounter during surgery. In her case it was an enlarged incisive canal, which is a collection of nerves and blood vessels close to the site of surgery. Using information from the scan, we were safely able to stay away from that area.

The implant surgery was successful but we still needed to wait for another 3 months for the implant to be firmly anchored into bone. 

Finally it was time for us to fabricate the final crown. This process involves making an impression which is an imprint of the implant which enables our dental laboratory to design the permanent crown. Today this is done using CAD-CAM milling technology. We used custom staining to give us the color and the hue to blend with her smile.

We were all pleased with the final result, especially Amanda who could not stop smiling.

Amanda was always patient and supportive throughout this journey. She works hard as a veterinary assistant and recently had the opportunity to go on a mission trip to Guatemala to save the lives of many animals and to spread smiles. To learn more about the great work that Amanda and other vets around the world are doing please check them out at http://www.arcasguatemala.org/donors/how-can-i-help/ 

We wish her the very best and continued success in her chosen path. Keep smiling Amanda!


 

Keep your children safe on the ice or in the field with MOUTHGUARDS.


Well –fitted mouthguards avoid injuries to your teeth, mouth and jaw while you’re playing contact sports. Many have speculated that mouthguards can prevent some sports-related concussions; by helping to absorb shock, stabilize the head and neck, and limit movement caused by a direct hit to the jaw. But, there has been little evidence until a recent study published in the May/June 2014 issue of General Dentistry, the peer reviewed clinical journal of the Academy of General Dentistry that studied the benefits of custom fitted mouthguards in the prevention of mild traumatic brain injuries.

Here are some basic  facts about  mouthguards:

What is a mouthguard?

A mouthguard is a flexible appliance that is worn during athletic
and recreational activities to prevent injuries to your mouth and
face, such as split lips, broken teeth, and jaw fractures.

When should I wear a mouthguard?

It is advisable to wear a mouthguard any time there is a strong
chance of your head making contact with other participants or
hard surfaces. Mouthguards should be worn when participating
in activities such as basketball, softball, football, wrestling,
soccer, lacrosse, rugby, hockey, martial arts, and skateboarding.

What are the different types of mouthguards?

There are several types of mouthguards, including the following:

• Stock mouthguards: The least expensive option is a readymade
stock item, which offers the least protection since little
can be done to adjust its fit. This type of mouthguard—which
is available over-the-counter—requires the user to close his
or her jaw to hold it in place; as a result, it may interfere with
speech and breathing. It also may lead to soreness of the jaw
muscles. A stock mouthguard is not considered an acceptable
device for facial protection.

• Mouth-formed mouthguards: There are two types of
mouth-formed mouthguards, both of which are available
over-the-counter. The first is a shell-liner mouthguard, which
is made from an acrylic material that is poured into an outer
shell, where it forms a lining. When placed in an athlete’s
mouth, the lining material molds to the teeth and is allowed
to set. The second type is a thermoplastic, or “boil-and-bite,”
mouthguard. This type of mouthguard is softened in hot
water, placed in the mouth, and shaped around the teeth
using a finger or tongue, and sometimes biting pressure. This
type of mouthguard can provide some degree of protection,
but it can be bulky and have a loose fit.

• Custom-made mouthguards: When it comes to injury
prevention, a custom-made mouthguard is your best option.
This type of mouthguard, which is made by your dentist,
offers the best protection, fit, and comfort level because it is
made from a model of your teeth.

How should I care for my mouthguard?

To keep your mouthguard in good condition, follow these steps:

• After each use, brush your mouthguard with a toothbrush
and cool (not hot) water.

• Keep your mouthguard in a well-ventilated plastic storage
box when you’re not using it. Your dentist will provide you
with a case.

• Don’t leave your mouthguard in direct sunlight or in a hot
car; heat can melt the device, altering the way it fits in your
mouth—resulting in less protection.

• Bring your mouthguard with you when you see your dentist
for your regular checkups. Your dentist can give it a thorough
cleaning and check its structure and fit.

• Call your dentist if you have any concerns about your
mouthguard.

For more information about mouthguards, talk to your dentist.

Oral Health Care Tips For Children
 
At Humber Valley Dental, we offer gentle compassionate dental care for the entire family, including your little ones.
Children should first see the dentist by the time they are 6 months old. Starting your child’s dental visits early is important since it gets them comfortable seeing the dentist. Also, primary (baby) teeth should start to appear at this age, so the dentist can check for any issues or causes of concern.
 
Things to watch out for include:
 
1.Thumb-Sucking
 
Thumb sucking is a common habit for many babies and young children. However, continuous frequent thumb sucking can cause misalignment and bite problems, especially as the child gets older. If your child still frequently sucks their thumb by the age of four, it's recommended to seek your dentist for advice.
 
2. Baby bottle tooth decay
 
Baby bottle decay occurs in infants and toddlers, usually in their upper front teeth. It’s often caused by prolonged exposure to the sugars found in drinks they consume, such as  breast milk, formula, and juice. Children who go to bed with a bottle of milk or juice are more at risk of developing decay since the sugars have all night to erode their teeth. Thus, the best way to prevent decay is by minimizing the amount of time and frequency that sugar can come in contact with their teeth. You can do this by not giving your child a bottle of milk or juice before sleeping and feeding them water instead between meals.
 
3. Teething
 
Teething occurs when the first baby teeth begin to erupt, usually when the child is around 3 to 4 month years old. This can cause the child a number of symptoms including swollen gums, drooling, irritability, and difficulty sleeping. To ease their pain, use a clean finger or wet gauze pad and gently massage your child’s gums.
 
4. Primary, Permanent, and Wisdom Teeth
 
Your child’s primary teeth will eventually be replaced with permanent teeth by the time they are 12 years old. Wisdom teeth may also emerge during their late teens and early twenties.
 
5. Brushing
 
To ensure that your child’s mouth stays healthy, you should be cleaning their mouth before their primary teeth erupt. Using a clean damp washcloth, gently wipe all of their gum surfaces.
 
As their teeth start to erupt, you can buy a child-sized soft bristled toothbrush for them to brush with. Use only a pea size amount of toothpaste and teach your child to spit it out after brushing. For children under two years of age, they should avoid using fluoride toothpaste.
 
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in water and many dental products. Fluoride helps to keep your teeth’s enamel strong and protect against fluoride. While getting enough fluoride is important, getting too much of it is not good either. That’s why it’s important to teach your child to always spit their toothpaste out after brushing.
 
It’s also important to teach your child how to brush properly. Using gentle pressure, be sure that they brush all of their teeth’s surfaces. Brushing should take at least two minutes to do properly.
 
6. Accidents
 
During play time, be sure to monitor your children. However, accidents can still occur, such as oral injuries to the teeth, mouth, and jaws. Having your child wear a mouth guard can help to protect their mouth. If an injury does occur, and if it’s serious, be sure to contact your dentist.
 
Dental emergencies can include:
 

  • Tooth pain
  • Inflamed or swollen gums
  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • A dislodged tooth
  • Wisdom teeth pain
 
If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, be sure to contact us right away for a checkup.
 
7. Dental Sealants
 
For young children who are prone to decay, dental sealants may be suitable for them. These are thin plastic coatings that are applied to the biting surfaces to protect them from decay.
 
At Humber Valley Dental, we offer comprehensive dental services for your entire family. We focus on preventative dentistry which includes routine cleaning, checkups, and a proper oral health routine so that your loved ones can have healthy smiles for life. If you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment, please contact Humber Valley Dental in Bolton at (905) 857-3398 today.

There’s a new option when it comes to correcting crooked teeth, and it has left many people wondering if it does the same job as braces.

Traditional Braces VS Invisalign

For a long time, the only solution on hand was the traditional metal braces we’re all familiar with. These braces are affixed to our teeth and work to slowly put them in a proper alignment. However improper care of these metal braces are also known for issues with discomfort, plaque buildup, and other problems.

Even for people who take proper oral care, some still feel uncomfortable with how visible traditional braces are. Luckily now, there’s an alternative option to correct badly aligned teeth.

Invisalign is a new oral health device that is a modern take on braces. In fact, Invisalign has surpassed regular braces, and is now the best option when it comes to teeth straightening.

Why is Invisalign the new go-to for people who want discrete braces? These are the most common reasons:

Fast results

This one is a biggie for a lot of dental patients. For many adults, the aesthetically nature of the metal braces makes this long-term commitment a major pain to swallow.

But this isn’t a problem for Invisalign. Invisalign has a treatment course that for most patients only takes a single year to fix the problem of crooked teeth. For others, the maximum duration they’re looking at is about 18 months – still a drop in the bucket compared in comparison to having straightened teeth for the remainder of your life!

Less teeth damage

Metal braces can actually damage our teeth when not properly taken care of. This is because they make it really hard to keep good oral hygiene – like proper brushing and flossing – because they simply get in the way.

With Invisalign, this isn’t an issue, because unlike metal braces, Invisalign can be removed to do things like brushing, flossing and eating.

Cut back on visits to the dentist’s

Metal braces will require a trip back to the dentist or orthodontist every six weeks or so to make sure the braces are adjusted to your teeth. However, will Invisalign, you won’t be making these regular return trips. This is because you’ll be given a replacement set of Invisalign trays that you can replace on your teeth every two weeks. No trip to the dentist’s office required!

By understanding how to use foods to improve your dental health, you’ll be able to make the right choices to ensure long-lasting healthy teeth and gums.

Dental Health and Your Body

Although professional cleaning, whitening, and corrective procedures can help, your diet is the most critical factor in addressing dental health issues.

Combining basic dental care such as brushing and flossing with a healthy diet is the best way to take care of your teeth and gums. Nutrients in foods such as calcium and protein strengthen the enamel of your teeth.

But some foods that are considered healthy could actually be harming your teeth if consumed in excess. These foods affect your teeth’s enamel, and can promote the growth of unwanted bacteria.

1. Don’t Feed the Bacteria

You already know that sugar is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to dental health problems. Sugars such as those present in processed foods and candies feed bacteria over time.

Candies that are chewy or sticky are especially problematic. They deposit sugar along your teeth and gums, giving bacteria a great opportunity to feed and grow.

Avoiding these altogether is the best option. But if it’s not realistic to do so, then minimizing their consumption is the next best choice. Make sure you brush and floss properly to ensure that you’ve removed any remaining sugar throughout your teeth.

2. Beware of Acidic Foods

Certain foods considered healthy can also contribute to dental issues. Many citrus fruits such as lemons contain high levels of acid. Grapefruits and other citrus fruits can erode the enamel of teeth over time due to this highly acidic nature.

If you drink soft drinks on a regular basis, consider the acids found in these carbonated drinks. Regular and diet sodas contain phosphoric and citric acid. These products contain high levels of sugar as well, making them especially detrimental to your dental health.

3. Chew Your Food

The act of chewing can be a great way to protect your teeth. It helps produce more saliva in the mouth, which is a great way to naturally clean the teeth of bacteria and residual acids. It contains calcium, phosphate, and other nutrients that help strengthen teeth and bones.

High-fiber foods such as cruciferous and leafy vegetables help you chew more and get the benefits of a cleaner mouth. Many also use sugar-free chewing gum after meals to help maintain oral cleanliness.

Using foods to improve your dental health, when combined with a routine of brushing and flossing will dramatically improve your teeth. By avoiding highly acidic and sugary foods, and consuming more fibrous vegetables that help cleanse your teeth naturally, your teeth will look better and be stronger.

Dental habits don’t come naturally to most kids… or even most adults! It takes time and patience, both for parents and children, to develop these habits. Fortunately, once these habits are established, they are the keys to long-term dental health. Here are some tips to help these habits form.

Healthy Dental Habits For Your Kid

  • Teach kids how to measure their own success. An important part of any healthy habit is the psychological reward of a job well done. In this case, the job can be measured any number of ways. Kids can see their success in the mirror. They can also feel their teeth with their tongues, noticing whether their teeth feel smooth. If kids can see or feel the real benefits of good dental hygiene, then they will be encouraged to keep up with the habit.
  • Introduce flossing early. Many parents neglect this until their children are older. Yet, there is no bad time to add flossing to a brushing routine. 
  • Make no exceptions. Kids should brush at least twice, and floss at least once, every single day. Even a day’s lapse can lead to calculus buildup that only a dentist can remove. 
  • Make dental time family time. If everyone does it together, it feels less like an order. Also, it helps kids stay on track by making them accountable to you at the time of their nightly routines.
  • Cut down on snacks. Snacks, especially those high in sugar or acid, between mealtimes is terrible for teeth. If you buy your child a cookie or candy, make part of the deal to get the cookie be an additional brushing after eating it. This will drastically cut down on bacterial growth on your child’s teeth. Set a good example by cutting down on the sugar, and brushing after each sugary treat.

These habits, if formed in childhood, can last for life. A healthy child will become a healthy adult.

Aging signs are a natural part of life. Dental issues are no different. For seniors, there are a number of dental health care needs that must be considered. Issues related to teeth and gums can be minimized through routine dental care.

Although some of the changes associated to aging cannot be prevented, their long-term effects can be minimized by knowing what to look out for, and what to do about it over time. The following are 4 important dental issues seniors should watch out for.

1. Gum Disease

Inflammation of the gum line is a common problem that patients present at the dental office. Thorough cleanings and good dental habits help reverse the inflammatory process.

But if left untreated, inflammation creates pockets around the gum line, providing an opportunity for bacteria to grow. The buildup of tartar and plaque increases the severity, as well as the use of tobacco.

Seniors who experience issues with the gums must be careful to avoid foods and products that increase the sugar content in the mouth. Acidic foods such as citrus fruits and soft drinks should also be carefully considered.

2. Dryness

The natural production of saliva decreases as you age. This is true for the entire body, as joints, skin, and other tissues begin to lose their hydration and elasticity.

In addition, prescription medications contribute to the loss of saliva production in seniors. Therefore, adequate hydration as you get older ensures that you prevent unwanted loss of saliva.

Saliva cleans the mouth naturally, and provides teeth with calcium and other strengthening nutrients. By drinking high-quality water regularly, seniors prevent the dental issues related to dry mouth.

3. Discolouration

Seniors encounter teeth discolouration as they age. Because the teeth lose their whiteness with time, some seniors are unaware that many of the issues related to discolouration can be avoided.

Acids in food can wear away the enamel. This allows the dentin, located underneath the enamel, to show more prominently. The result is a yellowing of the teeth.

For seniors, the biggest step in preventing yellowing of the teeth is to maintain strong enamel. This means that coffee, wine, and tobacco should be avoided.

4. Tooth Loss

Perhaps the most serious dental issue that seniors face is the loss of teeth. This can occur for a number of reasons. Seniors must remember that the best prevention for tooth loss is long-term routine care.

In addition to many of the diet and lifestyle habits already mentioned, ensuring that you get high quality dental care on a regular basis prevents unwanted tooth loss and decay. Consulting with a professional dental care expert provides you with the information you need to maximize your dental health in later years.

We present the case of Megan who came to see us when she was 13 years old. Her chief concern was that she was missing a permanent front tooth and this made her very conscious of her smile.

Modern dentistry today is much like a team sport where various specialists work closely together with the sole objective of creating the best smile for our patient. The general dentist is the captain or the quarterback in this game, the one who envisions and creates the treatment plan for the patient. The specialists then play their valuable roles in order to bring this plan into reality.

We present the case of Megan who came to see us when she was 13 years old. Her chief concern was that she was missing a permanent front tooth and this made her very conscious of her smile.

After careful examination and planning, orthodontic treatment was initiated and completed with care by the orthodontist who precisely adjusted the alignment and positions of all the remaining teeth so that she would have the right amount of space available for the new tooth at the right age...

The result of the orthodontic treatment was maintained with planned retention appliances until she was at the right stage in her growth to be ready for dental implants. Dental implants are successfully used in modern dentistry to replace missing permanent teeth. They offer several benefits like preservation of bone and preservation of the tooth structure of adjacent teeth, both of which are very important for someone as young as Megan. Research into the longevity of dental implants has shown them to successfully preserve bone for over 15 years in 95-98% of the time.

Our skilled oral surgeon was able to place the dental implant in the precise location and depth so that the tooth attached to the implant will appear as real as possible.

After 4-5 months of healing, we were able to design and fabricate a natural looking tooth which was anchored to the implant to complete a natural looking beautiful smile.

When there is a team of dental specialists, general dentists and dental laboratory specialists who come together with their skills and talents, the resulting smiles truly make long lasting memories as it did for Megan.

Megan now is confident about herself and in her smile and as she says "It was worth the wait!”

Humber Valley Dental would like to thank Dr. Pavel Sectakof, Orthodontist;Dr. Don Hui,Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon and Nik Masoud from Piccaso Dental Studios for their skills and expertise to create Megan’s smile.

Posted by: HVD Staff