Archive for December 2013

Do I Need Orthodontic Treatment?

December 23, 2013 | Posted Education

Orthodontics or braces aren’t just for kids anymore.  More and more adults are choosing to have orthodontic treatment done.  It isn’t just about the perfect Hollywood smile but can be about improving oral health.

Teeth can be crowded or crooked or rotated which can cause many problems in the mouth.  When teeth aren’t straight, it makes them harder to keep clean.  Poor oral hygiene leads to more cavities and gum disease, which may lead to tooth loss.  Misaligned teeth can also cause abnormal wear on the teeth and added pressure to the gums, which again may lead to tooth loss.   Added stress on the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) from improper alignment of teeth as they bite together may cause headaches and pain in the TMJ. 

Modern orthodontics has changed.  There are more options than “metal train tracks”.  Brackets can be tooth coloured or brackets can be replaced with clear removable appliances. 

Make an appointment today to discuss your options with your dentist at the Rideau Dental Centre.  Call us at 613-230-7475.  Have a safe and happy holiday! Merry Christmas!

 

 

Are Oral Piercings Safe?

December 10, 2013 | Posted Education

Are oral piercings really any different from piercing your ears?  What do you say if your teenager asks you what you think? What exactly are they and what are the risks?
 
Most commonly oral piercings consist of a barbell through the tongue or labret between the lower lip and chin.  Other areas could include the uvula, the lips and the cheeks.  The jewellery can be made of stainless steel, gold, plastic and titanium.
 
The most obvious problem with oral piercings is infections.  Our mouth is full of bacteria.  Piercings through the tongue or floor of the mouth are at higher risk for infection.  There is also the potential for muscle and nerve damage.  Chipped teeth are commonly see with tongue piercings and gum recession are frequent with labrets.
 
What can you do to avoid these complications?  Research the facility doing the piercing to ensure infection control.  Disinfect your jewellery regularly.  Don’t play with it in your mouth.  Make sure that the jewellery is made of plastic to protect the teeth from chipping.  Seek medical attention immediately if you experience swelling, bleeding or pain.
 
Schedule your appointment with your dentist at the Rideau Dental Centre to monitor any damage to teeth and gums.  Call us at 613-230-7475.