Are your teeth going from white to not so bright?

Young Man Smile Before And After Teeth WhiteningHave you noticed your teeth change colour ….. going from white to not so bright?

There are many reason teeth can change colour or get stained. From the foods consumed, and trauma to medication and age.

Food and Drinks

Certain foods and drinks have intense colour pigments that attach to the white outer part of the tooth (enamel) causing colour change. Such foods and drinks are: Coffee, tea, red wine, candy and foods containing colour.

Tobacco

Tar and nicotine create stains. Tar is naturally dark and although nicotine is colourless when mixed with oxygen it turns into a yellowish surface-staining substance.

Age

The enamel of the tooth is white however the layer under the enamel, called dentin, is yellowish. With age, as the enamel gets thiner, more of the yellowish dentin shows through.

Trauma

If you have hit your tooth you may notice it get darker as a reaction to the injury, by laying down more dentin.

Medication

Certain medications can also cause teeth to change colour and darken. Be sure to speak to your dentist if you have concerns that the medication you are taking are causing your teeth to change colour.

The best way to keep your teeth white is to brush twice a day, floss daily, see your dentist for regular checkups and professional cleanings, and limit stain-causing foods and habits. However if you feel your teeth can use a little whitening help there are a few options you may want to consider:

Chair-Side Bleaching – usually takes about 2 hours.  A shield (or rubber dam) protects your gums from the bleaching agent (usually a form or hydrogen peroxide) which is “painted” onto your discoloured teeth and activated with heat or high-intensity light.

Take-Home Bleaching – is done by you at home. You wear a custom-made tray with special bleaching gel (provided by your dentist) for a period of time each day over a number of weeks.

It’s important to know that not everyone’s teeth will “whiten” the same. It depends on the number of teeth involved and the severity of discolouration. Over-the-counter, at-home whiteners are not recommended because they may cause problems associated with over exposing gum tissues to the active whitening agent. Any bleaching treatment should be done under your dentist’s supervision.

At Dr. Dimovski’s Dental Office we have three different whitening systems and are 25% off until February 29th 2016. Be sure to contact one of our dental professionals for more information.

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Do You Ski or Snowboard? The importance of wearing a Mouth Guard on the slopes

Concussion, Head Injuries, Broken Tooth, Wearing a Mouth Guard While Skiing, Brampton Dentists, Top Dentist in Brampton, Mouth Guards, Skiing and Mouth Guards, Teeth Protection, Top Skiing in Ontario, Best Skiing in Canada,It is a known fact that boxers, hockey, lacrosse, baseball and basketballs players wear mouth guards, but on the slopes you hardly ever see a child, teen or adult wear one. It is especially important for freestyle skiers, snowboarders or ones a little daring in trying new tricks as falls happen more frequently.

The snow/ice on the slopes can be harsh to the head and face upon a fall causing head, mouth, jaw, teeth, tongue, lip and cheek injuries. A mouth guard, made out of plastic and worn on the upper teeth, absorbs and dissipates force when the upper and lower teeth bang together. It cushions a blow to the face upon impact, minimizing injuries.

When it comes to protection, a mouth guard is an essential piece of athletic gear that should be part of your standard equipment from an early age. In fact, studies show that athletes are more likely to suffer harm to the head, face, mouth and teeth if they’re not wearing a mouth guard, skiers and snowboarders included.

Did you know that the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association started requiring its elite athletes to wear mouth guards while training and competing about a decade ago? If they wear it why wouldn’t you or your child?

Dr. Dimovski’s Dental Office provides Free Mouth Guards, once a year, for all of our sports playing patients.

There are three types of mouth guards:

  • Custom-fitted. These are made by your dentist for you personally. They are more expensive than the other versions, but because they are customized, usually offer the best fit.
  • Stock. These are inexpensive and come pre-formed, ready to wear. Unfortunately, they often don’t fit very well. They can be bulky and can make breathing and talking difficult.
  • Boil and bite. These mouth protectors can be bought at many sporting goods stores and drugstores and may offer a better fit than stock mouth protectors. They are first softened in water (boiled), then inserted and allowed to adapt to the shape of your mouth.

The best mouth guard is one that has been custom made for your mouth by your dentist. However, if you can’t afford a custom-fitted mouth guard, you should still wear a stock mouth guard or a boil-and-bite mouth guard from the drugstore. If you wear braces or another fixed dental appliance on your lower jaw, your dentist may suggest a mouth protector for these teeth as well.

A properly fitted mouth guard may be especially important for people who wear braces or have fixed bridge work. A blow to the face could damage the brackets or other fixed orthodontic appliances. A mouth guard also provides a barrier between the braces and your cheek or lips, limiting the risk of soft tissue injuries.

Talk to your dentist or orthodontist about selecting a mouth guard that will provide the best protection. Although mouth guards typically only cover the upper teeth, your dentist or orthodontist may suggest that you use a mouth guard on the lower teeth if you have braces on these teeth too.

If you have a retainer or other removable appliance, do not wear it during any contact sports.

Some tips for caring for your mouth guard:

  • rinse before and after each use or brush with a toothbrush and toothpaste
  • occasionally clean the mouth guard in cool, soapy water and rinse thoroughly
  • transport the mouthguard in a sturdy container that has vents
  • never leave the mouth guard in the sun or in hot water
  • check for wear and tear to see if it needs replacing

Dr. Elizabeth Dimovski & Associates – We Protect Your Smile!

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905-458-6620

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HEALTHY SMILES – PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN IN NEED OF DENTAL TREATMENT – DENTISTS BRAMPTON

Brampton Dentists, Top Dentist in Brampton, Healthy Smiles, Dental Programs Ontario, Children's Dental Care, Free Dental Programs Ontario, Dental Health,Good oral health is very important for a child’s overall health, however, for some, dental treatment is not affordable? Ontario offers a dental program called Healthy Smiles for children 17 and under that do not have access to dental coverage. If eligible, children are covered under this programs at no cost.

Healthy Smiles Ontario is a government-funded dental program that provides free preventive, routine, and emergency dental services for children and youth 17 years old and under from low-income households.

The program includes regular visits to a licensed dental provider and covers the costs of treatment including:

  • check-ups
  • cleaning
  • fillings
  • x-rays
  • scaling
  • urgent or emergency dental care

Cosmetic dentistry, including teeth whitening and braces, are not covered by the program.

Your household is automatically enrolled in the program if you or your child receives benefits through:

  • Ontario Works
  • Temporary Care Assistance
  • Ontario Disability Support Program
  • Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities

Children are eligible for the program if they:

  • Are 17 years of age and under
  • live in Ontario
  • come from a household with an income equal to or less than the levels in the table below

If you know a child under the age of 17 that may be in need of dental treatment be sure to contact the local Public Health Unit in your area for more information. You may also contact our dental professionals for more information.

Dr. Elizabeth Dimovski Dental Office  – We Protect Your Smile!
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CELEBRITIES SWEAR BY IT, BUT WHAT DOES LEMON WATER DO TO YOUR TEETH?

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Drinking lemon water has many health benefits.  It hydrates the body, detoxes the liver, cleanses the skin and improves overall health.  Many celebrities, like Beyoncé, Gwyneth Paltrow and even my favourite leadership coaches Deepak Chopra and Robin Sharma have talked about how drinking lemon water is part of their daily ritual. Jennifer Aniston apparently begins every morning “with a glass of freshly squeezed lemon juice to flush out her body.” I hope their dentists share with them the effects lemon water has on tooth enamel. Lemon water is acidic. It causes irreversible erosion of the enamel of teeth.  This can lead to translucent, sensitive teeth.

Here are some ways to minimize the acid erosion of lemon water on your teeth:

1. Drink lemon water through a straw, to minimize contact with teeth.

2. Rinse pure water after drinking lemon water.

3. Do not brush for 30 minutes after drinking lemon water.

4. Make fluoridated toothpaste part of your oral hygiene regimen

(Consider Toothpaste that is specially designed to protect against enamel erosion and reduces sensitivity)

5. Let us know if you already have enamel erosion.

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