BACK TO SCHOOL SNACKS! KEEPING KIDS HEALTHY AND ALERT!

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Snacks like chips, cookies, and dried fruit stick to the teeth and are full of sugars that can cause cavities. Fresh fruits and vegetable snacks provide nutrition for good health and help keep children alert for good learning outcomes. Example of good choices are: Walnuts and raw almonds (maybe after school since some schools are nut free), apple slices, bananas, carrot sticks, cheese, grapes, oranges and plain yogurt.

Keep your smile healthy!

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Frenectomy – Dental Procedure for Children

Labial Frenum, Dental Procedures, Top Dentist in Brampton, Brampton Kids Dentists, Gum Disease, Gum Specialists,The Labial Frenum is the attachment of the upper lip to the gums of the upper jaw. In children, when the frenum is too short it can cause a gap between the two top front teeth and limit mouth closure which leads to mouth breathing, slowing down the development of nose breathing. A short labial frenum can also cause the gums to recede.

To fix this problem a dentist or periodontist may suggest a frenectomy which is a simple procedure of cutting the frenum allowing better movement of the upper lip.

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Common Mistakes Parents Make With Their Children’s Dental Care*

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BRINGING CHILDREN TO THEIR FIRST DENTAL VISIT TOO LATE

A child’s first dental visit should be when the first tooth appears or by the age of 1, whichever comes first. It is the best practice to start a child on a good path and reduce early childhood caries. For more information click here.

ALLOWING CHILDREN TO BRUSH AND FLOSS THEIR TEETH ON THEIR OWN

It is very important to teach and help your child brush and floss their teeth to aid them in the right direction in maintaining proper care of their teeth at an early age. Being with them when they are brushing a parent can ensure that they do not rush their brush and brush for at least 2 minutes, covering all the teeth and surfaces.

THINKING THAT CAVITIES ON BABY TEETH DO NOT NEED TO BE FIXED

Some baby teeth will be in your child’s mouth until age 12 and the decayed tooth that needs to be fixed may be one of those. Decayed, broken or teeth that are infected can hurt your child’s oral and overall health and it may also affect the way your child feels about him or herself now and in the future. for more information click here.

ALLOWING CHILDREN TO DRINK SPORT DRINKS AND SODA POP

The sugar and acid in energy drinks and soda pop is a perfect recipe for bacteria growth in the mouth which may cause tooth decay and dental erosion. When given the choice, water is best for hydration. For more information on sport drinks click here.

ALLOWING CHILDREN TO PLAY SPORTS WITHOUT A MOUTH GUARD AND NOT MAKING SURE IT IS CLEANED PROPERLY

Mouth guards, also called mouth protectors, help cushion a blow to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to your lips, tongue, face or jaw. They typically cover the upper teeth and are a great way to protect the soft tissues of your tongue, lips and cheek lining. Knowing how to prevent injuries like these is especially important if you participate in organized sports or other recreational activities. For more information click here.

For information on proper mouth guard care click here.

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

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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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