Finding out that you may need a lot of dental work can be pretty stressful, and you may wonder if it’s really necessary. If you feel like you should get a second opinion on your specific situation, it is probably a good idea to do so. There’s nothing wrong with seeking a second opinion.
 
While there aren’t rules as to when you should and shouldn’t get a second opinion, but usually, routine procedures such as fillings do not require one. Examples of when it may be a good idea to get a second opinion are:

  • If you are diagnosed with something major, such as oral cancer.

  • You are unsure if the recommended solution to a problem is necessary.

  • You have already had dental work but it did not fix your problem.

  • You feel your dentist is not qualified to treat your problem.

 
There are a number of benefits to getting a second opinion. Different dentists have different backgrounds, which can help provide an alternate perspective on a problem, allowing you to make a more informed opinion. Another reason to seek a second opinion is if you need to see a specialist, as some dentists have more training in specific areas than others, which may be able to help with your problem.
 
If you are looking for a second opinion, asking your dentist for a referral to another dentist or specialist is a great place to start. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us here at the Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475.

Eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating affect a large number of people across Canada. Along with negatively impacting one's health and quality of life, eating disorders can affect relationships with friends and family, and performance at school or work. If you suffer from an eating disorder, it’s extremely important that you speak with your doctor.
 
Along with affecting overall health, eating disorders can also impact one’s oral health. When the body does not get proper nutrition, gums and other tissue in the mouth can become sensitive, increasing the chance of it bleeding. Saliva glands may swell, causing dry mouth and bad breath. Repeatedly throwing up due to an eating disorder can destroy the enamel on teeth, to the point where they change colour and shape. Enamel loss can also cause tooth sensitivity, which makes eating hot or cold foods and drinks painful.
 
Eating disorders can be caused by a number of different social, emotional, and physical factors, and they should all be addressed to help treat and prevent them. If you suffer from an eating disorder, we recommend paying extra attention to your oral health by frequently brushing and flossing. If you vomit, instead of brushing, immediately rinse your mouth with baking soda to help neutralize the stomach acid. We strongly encourage people with eating disorders to seek treatment. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us here at the Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475.
 

Does Acid Reflux Cause Tooth Decay?

February 27, 2017 | Posted Education

Acid reflux disease, also known as GERD, is quite common among adults. It is the reflux of stomach acids back up into the esophagus, which can make its way into the mouth. When the acid comes in contact with teeth, it can demineralize them.
 
Typically, enamel on the tongue and palate surfaces of the teeth is affected the most, rather than the cheek side of the tooth. Acid reflux can also cause dry mouth, aiding the growth of bacteria and plaque, which increases the risk of developing cavities.
 
Other symptoms of acid reflux disease include bad breath, sore throat, heartburn, and a bad taste. Molars are usually the most affected, due to their proximity to the esophagus, so the signs of enamel loss may not be noticeable without inspection by your dentist.
 
If you know that you have acid reflux disease, or are experiencing any of the symptoms outlined above, make sure to contact your dentist. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us here at the Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475.
 

The temporomandibular joint is what connects your jaw to your skull. It’s what allows you to move your jaw up, down, left, and right, so you can talk and chew. When there is a problem with this joint, you may have what is called a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).
 
Most commonly, symptoms of TMDs include pain in the area around the ear, jaw joint, jaw muscles, face, or temples. Other possible symptoms are a popping noise when chewing or yawning, neck pain, and headaches. If you have any of these symptoms, make sure to inform your dentist and your doctor.
 
Exactly what causes TMDs is often difficult to determine, but in most cases they are caused by multiple factors, including joint disease, jaw injuries, arthritis, teeth grinding, and stress. Usually, TMDs heal without much assistance, but using a cold or warm compress on the affected area can help ease the pain. Try not to open your mouth too wide or bite together too hard, keep your jaw relaxed.
 
If after an examination it’s determined that treatment for a TMD is necessary, your dentist will create a plan that may include relaxation techniques, referrals to other types of doctors, medicine, or wearing a night guard. Here at the Rideau Dental Centre, we have dentists who have developed an expertise in diagnosing and treating TMDs. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us by calling 613-230-7475.
 

Prophylactic antibiotic premedication is when a dentist prescribes antibiotics before a dental procedure. The mouth is full of bacteria, which can make it’s way into the bloodstream in various ways. For a healthy immune system, this isn’t usually an issue, but some people have a higher risk of infection. Antibiotics prevent the bacteria in the mouth from spreading to other parts of the body.
 
Most people do not need prophylactic antibiotics, but for those that do, it can help avoid serious problems. Typically, patients who have any of the following may require antibiotic prophylactics:

  • Artificial heart valves.

  • A compromised immune system.

  • A history of infection in the heart valves.

 
Prophylactic antibiotics are typically administered either orally or intravenously, depending on the instructions of the prescribing dentist. There are a number of different procedures that prophylactic antibiotics may be used for, including tooth extractions, implants, root canals, and cleanings.
 
If you have any questions about prophylactic antibiotics, feel free to contact us here at the Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475.
 

How To Mask Bad Breath

January 16, 2017 | Posted Education

At one point or another, we’ve all eaten something that makes our breath smell a bit unpleasant. To get rid of bad breath, the most important thing you can do is brush and floss your teeth. However, if you’re out and about you might not always have a toothbrush and dental floss on hand - so what can you do to temporarily mask your breath? Try doing one of the following:

  • Drink water - One of the best ways to keep your breath smelling good. Water rinses out your mouth while keeping it moist. It’s also good for you!

  • Chew sugarless gum - Helps mask the bad odor, while also promoting the production of saliva which helps rinse your mouth.

  • Eat fruit - Foods with high amounts of vitamin C create an environment in your mouth that prevent bacteria from surviving.

  • Eat parsley - If you happen to be able to get your hands on some, parsley is great at masking bad breath.

  • Eat yogurt - Researchers have found that the active cultures in yogurt help reduce bad breath.

While none of the above are substitutes for a proper brushing and flossing, they are great to help out if you need to freshen up your breath and don’t have access to your normal oral hygiene kit. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us here at the Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-747

Many adults feel that they missed out on the chance to get braces and straighten their teeth when they were younger, but it’s actually easier than ever to get braces as an adult - and it’s becoming more common.
 
There are a number of possible reasons to get braces as an adult, including:

  • Overcrowded teeth

  • Crooked teeth

  • Bite problems

  • Jaw position problems

 
If problems like these go untreated, they can give you a greater chance of developing cavities, gum disease, and speech problems. People often shy away from braces because they don’t want to have big pieces of metal in their mouths, but nowadays there are many different options for straightening your teeth. Here are some of them:

  • Metal Braces - The classic type of braces, metal brackets and wires are attached to the teeth and adjusted after intervals of time to apply pressure to the teeth and move them into proper position.

  • Ceramic Braces - These braces are similar to metal braces, but their brackets are made of a tooth coloured porcelain, so only the wire is visible.

  • Acrylic Aligners (Invisalign) - Made of a clear acrylic material, these aligners are custom-fitted and removable. They are much easier to clean than traditional braces, and are essentially invisible.

 
If you are interested in adult braces or have any other questions, feel free to contact us here at the Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475.

Dental Fluorosis - What Is It?

December 19, 2016 | Posted Education

Young children ingesting too much fluoride can lead to tooth discolouration, known as dental fluorosis. In normal amounts, fluoride is extremely good at protecting teeth from cavities and even reversing the early stages of decay, but too much of it can cause teeth to appear stained.
 
Drinking tap water is the main source of fluoride, which contains on average about 0.7 milligrams  of fluoride per litre. Other common fluoride sources are toothpaste, mouthwash, and dental office fluoride treatments. During early childhood, when permanent teeth are still forming under the gums, too much fluoride can cause dental fluorosis, meaning that when they coming in, they will be discoloured. After the permanent teeth have come in, fluoride will no longer cause discolouration.
 
While only cosmetic, dental fluorosis can steal the bright smile of a child. Discolouration caused by it can range from barely noticeable, to severe discolouration with a patchy brown appearance. To minimize the risk of dental fluorosis in children’s teeth, use a small amount of toothpaste, and always ensure that they spit out the toothpaste rather than swallowing it.
 
If you have any questions about dental fluorosis, feel free to contact us here at the Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475.
 

You probably already know how important brushing and flossing your teeth is for your teeth and gums, but what you may have not known is that good oral health has been shown to correspond with a lower risk of heart disease. Research has discovered multiple links between between the state of your mouth and the state of your heart.
 
People who develop gum disease are two times more likely to get heart disease than people with healthy gums. But why? Researchers say that the bacteria growing environment that gum disease creates allows bacteria that do not normally grow in the mouth to thrive. When bleeding of the gum occurs, these new bacteria have a chance to enter the bloodstream, contributing to the formation of clots and plaque build up in your arteries.
 
As you get older, your risk for gum disease increases, but staying on top of brushing and flossing should keep it at bay. If you develop symptoms such as persistent bad breath, bleeding gums, sensitive teeth, or swollen gums, let your dentist know immediately, as they could be warning signs of gum disease. Regular hygiene/dental visits are important to develop the best preventive regimen for your needs.
 
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us here at the Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475.
 
 

Electronic toothbrushes have become increasingly popular in the last few years. Both electric and manual toothbrushes are suitable for removing plaque, which is the main purpose of a toothbrush. There are however, advantages and disadvantages to both options.
 
Manual toothbrushes are much less expensive than electric toothbrushes, and are much more common in stores. The small form factor of manual toothbrushes also makes it easier to bring them along while travelling. Children usually begin with using a manual toothbrush, as they are a simple and safe way to learn proper brushing techniques.
 
On the other hand, electric toothbrushes also have some benefits. With age, some people lose a bit of their manual dexterity, but an electric toothbrush can help make up for this. No matter what type of toothbrush you choose to get, remember to replace the bristles on the brush when the get worn down, which is usually after about three months of use.
 
Depending on your dentition, you may also require other home care aids that your hygienist or dentist can recommend. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us here at the Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475.