When to Begin Visiting the Dentist

December 07, 2015 | Posted Education

As early as four months, children’s first teeth can begin coming through their gums. Many parents wonder when they should get the dentist involved, and the answer is as soon as the first tooth becomes visible. You should schedule a dental appointment as soon as possible and begin to brush your child's teeth every day.
 
Always try to make your child's first visit to the dentist a good one. You can have fun by showing your child pictures of the dentist and role-playing the dentist's office in advanced. You should try to tell them that someone will just simply look at their teeth and take care of them. During their first few visits, it’s normal for a parent to accompany their child into the dentist’s office to help them feel more comfortable. After your first visit, remember to continue to see the dentist regularly.
 
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at the Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475.
 

Filling Options For Cavities

November 23, 2015 | Posted Education

 

What material should we use to restore your damaged tooth?

How did you come to decide what type of material was to be used to restore your damaged tooth?  As a caring dental professional, we want you to be informed so that you can make appropriate decisions for your own dental health.

Classes of restorations

To give you more information on how to decide, let’s first of all discuss the various classes of restorations.  There are essentially 2 classes of restorations:  direct and indirect. 

Direct Restorations


Direct restorations, such as the silver mercury fillings and the new plastic fillings have certain characteristics on common.  They start out as soft materials, which are then stuffed directly into the prepared cavity to fill the hole.  They are then chemically hardened.  After they are hardened, they are carved to restore your tooth’s surfaces.

The advantage of direct restorations is their relative initial cost.  Silver mercury fillings are the least costly to use, which is why they have always been the most popular.  The newer tooth coloured plastic fillings are slightly more costly (as they require slightly more time, care, skill and judgement).  Direct restorations can be done in less time and in one appointment. 

Direct fillings impart no strength to the damaged tooth.  They simply fill the hole.
The disadvantage of direct restorations is their longevity.  Direct fillings break down faster.  If this simply meant having to replace them more frequently with a filling of the same size, it wouldn’t be too bad a thing (depending on how you see having treatment more frequently).  The real disadvantage is that the reason restorations need to be replaced is that, as they break down, they allow more disease to occur.  This necessarily means that the damage to the tooth is more extensive. 

The more damage a tooth has suffered, i.e. the larger the restoration, the more complex the treatment.  And the complexity of treatment and reduction of prognosis is an exponential relationship, not a linear one.  There is a truism in dentistry, that every small filling will grow up to be a big filling, and that every big filling will grow up to be a bigger one.  This will continue more and more quickly until the tooth can no longer be restored.

Sometimes, it is appropriate to use direct restorations to stabilize a dentition with a lot of disease (cavities, gum disease or biting problems).  Once the disease has been stabilized final restorations can be done in indirect materials.

Indirect Restorations

Indirect restorations, such as gold and the new ceramics also have certain characteristics in common.  At the mouth’s temperature, they are not soft or liquid so they cannot be simply stuffed into the hole of the prepared cavity.  This means that they must be made indirectly or outside of the mouth on some model or analog of the prepared tooth.  The disadvantage of indirect restorations is their initial cost.  They require more time, skill, care and judgement.  Up until recently, indirect restorations required two appointments, though we are now able to use CAD/CAM (see CEREC link) to do these restorations in 1 appointment.

Indirect materials, because of their physical properties, are better able to restore the diminished strength of a damaged tooth.

The advantage of indirect restorations is that the materials are much more robust and more similar to the tooth structure they are replacing or restoring.  This relates to a much longer life span especially when the restoration is larger.  This significantly reduces the vicious cycle of replacing larger and larger restorations mentioned under Direct Restorations above.  This means that while the initial cost may be greater, the long-term cost, intervention and prognoses are significantly better.  The choice is yours.

Size of Restorations

As the size of the filling or damage gets larger, less tooth structure remains.  This affects the health of the teeth in many ways.

First, the strength of the tooth is weakened.  It is easy to imagine that a whole, intact tooth is much less likely to break than a tooth that only has a thin wall of enamel left and is filled with a silver-mercury or plastic filling, which does not impart any strength.  Sometimes teeth can fracture in a way that is unrestorable.  This would necessitate losing the tooth.

Secondly the health of the tooth nerve is affected.  As the filling gets deeper, the nerve is more likely to be damaged to the point of needing a root canal. 

Thirdly, the health of the gums can be affected.  The best thing for the health of the gums is to have clean unadulterated tooth structure.  The health of the gums can be adversely affected by large fillings.  Some materials such as polished gold and polished ceramic are much healthier for the adjacent gums than the direct materials, which cannot be as easily polished. 

Larger restorations have a greater need to be made of the stronger indirect materials.  Again, because the direct materials are not as strong and long-lasting, they break down even faster when they start comprising larger parts of the tooth.

How do I decide what material is best for me?


Of course, the ultimate aim of comprehensive dentistry is to keep as much of your own tooth structure as possible in order to keep your teeth for a lifetime.  Consider your own goals for your teeth.  What do you expect for your teeth’s longevity?  Do you want them to still be present and healthy when you are a vibrant 85 year-old?  If so, then perhaps a proactive investment in your health today could ultimately be a better value.  Again the choice, now more than ever, is yours.
 
George W.S. Parry, DDS

If you have more questions related to filing options for cavities, or what we offer here at Rideau Dental Centre, give us a call at 613-230-7475.

Cavity Risk Factors

November 09, 2015 | Posted Education

Everyone is at risk of getting cavities, but there are a number of factors that can greatly increase your chance of getting them. By taking simple precautions to make sure you don’t enable any of these cavity increasing risks, you can greatly decrease your chance of getting cavities.
 
Some of the most common cavity risk factors include:

  • Food/drink that clings to your teeth. This includes foods/drinks such as milk, soda, hard candy, dry cereal, and chips.

  • Frequent snacking. When you snack frequently, the acid in your food has more time to damage your teeth.

  • Lack of fluoride. Fluoride is a very useful natural mineral that helps prevent plaque buildup. Public tap water often contains added fluoride, but bottled water does not.

  • Inadequate brushing/flossing. This may be pretty obvious to most people, but it’s always important to remember to properly brush and floss soon after eating and drinking.

 
If you have any other questions, feel free to contact us at Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475, we are happy to help!

Preventing Teeth Grinding

October 26, 2015 | Posted Education

Teeth grinding normally occurs during sleep and is typically caused by missing/crooked teeth or an abnormal bite. Teeth grinding can resulting in loosening, fracturing, and the wearing down of the teeth.
 
To prevent teeth grinding, your dentist can provide you with a mouth guard. If stress is the cause of your teeth grinding, it’s advised to ask your doctor or dentist about ways to reduce your stress. If your teeth grinding is caused by a sleeping disorder, seeking treatment for it should help reduce the teeth grinding habit. A few other tips to help prevent teeth grinding include:

  • Don’t chew on anything that is not food, or even gum, as these items let your jaw get more used to chewing and make you more likely to grind your teeth.

  • Cut back on foods that contain caffeine (coffee, chocolate etc).

  • If you notice yourself clenching your teeth during the day, put the tip of your tongue between your teeth. This helps let your jaw muscles relax.

 
If you are seeking treatment for teeth grinding or have any other questions, feel free to contact us at Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475.

Canker sores are a form of small, shallow ulcers that appear in the mouth and can make common tasks such as talking and eating uncomfortable. Canker sores are typically caused due to stress on the soft tissues in your mouth.
 
Certain acidic and citrus foods such as lemons, oranges, strawberries, and pineapples can trigger a canker sore or even make the problem worse. Canker sores can also be caused by the following:

  • An accidental cheek bite.

  • A diet lacking in zinc, vitamin B12, iron and folate acid.

  • Emotional stress.

  • Hormonal stress during menstruation

  • A response due to an allergic reaction in your mouth.

 
There are a number of other possible causes for canker sores, including a number of different diseases such as celiac, behcet, and crohn's disease.
 
Unfortunately, there is no cure for typical canker sores. You can try to reduce their frequency by avoiding foods that irritate your mouth and avoiding irritation to the soft tissue inside your mouth.  If you have canker sores that are unusually large, last for more than three weeks or are spreading, it is recommended to contact your dentist.
 
If you have any questions about canker sore treatment or prevention, contact us at the Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475.

Preventing Dental Emergencies

September 29, 2015 | Posted Education

 
Taking steps to prevent dental emergencies can sometimes be just as important as visiting your dentist. If you are not being careful, it can be very easy to damage your teeth. Here are some things that you should do to help minimize your risk of a dental emergency.

  • Don’t chew hard objects. Chewing objects such as hard candy, ice or popcorn kernels is one of the most common causes of chipped teeth.

  • Always wear a mouthguard when recommended. Mouthguards are a great piece of equipment to have when playing sports and they can reduce the risk of damage to your teeth, gums and lips.

  • Your teeth aren’t scissors. Don’t try to cut tape, threads or even open bottles with your teeth. By doing this, you are putting your teeth at risk of being damaged.

 
Try to be careful with your teeth! You only get one set (well two if you are still a child), so it’s best not to damage them! If you’ve got any questions about preventing damage to your teeth or repairing it, contact us at Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475.

Should You Use Mouthwash

September 22, 2015 | Posted Education

Brushing and flossing your teeth is the best way to keep your oral health in a good state. However, using mouthwash can aid in improving it even more! Here are some benefits to using mouthwash:

  • If you’re using an antibacterial mouthwash, it helps kill bacteria in your mouth, which means that first, it freshens your breath, and second, it can help fight gum disease.

  • Some mouthwashes can also reduce the buildup of plaque. It’s important to remember that this does not mean it can remove plaque that already exists on your teeth, so you should make sure to brush and floss regularly to prevent its buildup!

  • Mouthwash can also prevent cavities, due to the fact that some mouthwashes contain fluoride.

 
When using mouthwash, make sure that you use the correct amount, and also that you swish it in your mouth for the right amount of time. If you’ve got any questions, contact us at the Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475!

Many people find oral piercings cool and attractive, but it’s important to consider the health issues that are associated with oral piercings. Oral piercings to areas such as the tongue, lips,  cheeks or uvula can interfere with speech, chewing, or swallowing. Some other things that these piercings can cause include:

  • Infection - Your mouth is a great breeding ground for bacteria, this bacteria mixed with the wound created by the piercing is the perfect way for one to get an infection.

  • Damage to teeth - Oral piercings often cause scratched or cracked teeth. They can also cause damage to fillings.

  • Nerve damage - Sometimes, the nerves in the location of a piercing may be temporarily or permanently damaged after receiving the piercing.

  • Excessive saliva production - Oral piercings also often cause an increase in saliva production, which can lead to difficulties in daily oral activities.

  • Hypersensitivity to metals - It is possible for an allergic reaction to occur at the site of the piercing.

 
Before you make the decision to get an oral piercing, be certain to consider all of these possible negative effects on your oral health!
If you’ve got any other questions, feel free to contact us at Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475!

The Importance of Visiting the Dentist
 
In Canada, only 67 percent of the population even contacted a Dentist, Dental Hygienist or Orthodontist in 2009, which means that even less people actually visited them.  It’s typically recommended that one should visit the dentist at least twice per year.
 
This is however, a minimum recommendation for people who are in good oral health. People who have dental issues are recommended to make more frequent visits.
 
When you visit the dentist, your dentist can educate you to look after your oral health properly while in between visits, and also do a proper cleaning where they remove any plaque or tartar, polish your teeth, and check for cavities. Another important thing we will do at each checkup is look for signs of oral cancer. It’s estimated that in 2015, 4400 Canadians will be diagnosed with oral cancer, so by visiting the dentist, your chances of  an early diagnosis is much greater.
 
We want you to be committed to your oral health! By visiting us, we can help you plan a way to maintain great oral health.
 
If you want to book an appointment or have any further questions, call us at 613-230-7475 and we will be happy to help!
 

It doesn’t matter if you use a normal toothbrush, or an electric one. Eventually, the bristles on
your brush will become worn out and your brush will need replacing (or in the case of an electric
brush, the brush head will need replacing). It’s important that you use a toothbrush that is in
good condition, to help make sure that your teeth are getting properly brushed.
 
Another important thing to consider when trying to keep your toothbrush in good condition are
germs. Toothbrushes are great breeding grounds for germs, so it is important that you rinse
your toothbrush under tap water after brushing. After you’ve rinsed your toothbrush, you should
store it in an upright position so that it is able to air out and dry off, killing the germs.

So how often should you replace your toothbrush? Typically, you should replace your
toothbrush every three months. After three months, the bristles on the brush start to break down
and are much less effective at removing plaque from teeth.

If you have more questions about toothbrush upkeep or choosing the right toothbrush, feel free
to give us a call at 6132307475.
 

Plenty of people get nervous at the dentist. Here at Rideau Dental Centre, we offer both Oral
and IV Sedation. Both of these are forms of conscious sedation, which is an excellent idea for
patients who have anxiety or get nervous at the dentist.

Conscious sedation also allows our dentists to work more efficiently. Because of this, what may
normally take two visits, such as multiple fillings, could be accomplished in a single visit.
Conscious sedation is also used during wisdom teeth removal, to help ease pain and allow a
much more pleasant procedure for the patient.

Conscious sedation is an effective, safe way of reducing patient anxiety and allows patients to
undergo their treatment in a more pleasant fashion.

We recommend conscious sedation for patients who have
● A gag reflex
● Fear of the dentist/dental equipment
● Sensitive teeth
● Complicated dental problems

If you’re interested in conscious sedation, we are always happy to help. Contact us at Rideau
Dental Centre by calling 6132307475.

Aside from good oral care, eating healthy is one of the best ways that you can prevent cavities and protect your oral health. Any food with a low PH level (acidic), is bad for your teeth. When consumed, these foods can leave acids in your mouth that will take minerals away from, and soften the surface, of your teeth.This can make your teeth much more susceptible to damages.
 
Some of the most common foods/drinks that can contribute to acid erosion are:

  • Soft drinks

  • Citrus fruit/drinks

  • Vinegar

  • Wine

 
Try to avoid snacking between meals. Snacking results in an acid attack by the bacteria in your mouth. The more snacking, the greater the chance of cavity formation. Brushing and flossing your teeth after every meal and snack will help reduce the risk of damage to your teeth.
 
Finally, some good foods that will help you keep your teeth healthy are:

  • Whole grain breads

  • Cheese

  • Lean meats

  • Nuts

  • Yogurt

 
If you’re curious as to how your diet could be affecting your oral health, contact us at Rideau Dental Center by calling 613-230-7475, and we will be happy to assist you!

In Ontario, over 13,000 deaths are caused by smoking each year. Cigarette, pipe, and cigar smoke damages living tissue wherever it travels, including the mouth, tongue and throat.  Smoking has a serious effect on oral health, and it can often be noticeable to others.
 
Depending on how long one has smoked for, they can expect to develop any of the following:

  • Discoloured teeth

  • Persistent bad breath (Halitosis)

  • Gum disease (Gingivitis, periodontal disease)

  • Oral cancers

  • Mouth sores

  • Cavities

  • Increase in tartar build up

  • Sinusitis

  • Altered sense of taste and smell

 
At Rideau Dental Center, our dental team is always available to diagnose the oral effects and support you in a smoking cessation program. The Canadian Cancer Society has a great website called smokershelpline.ca. You can register online, or call 1 877 513-5333 for support.
 
Your routine visits to our office always consist of a thorough oral examination. Do not hesitate to discuss any issues you may have regarding your oral health. Give us a call at 613-230-7475.

Sometimes we take our teeth for granted, imagine what it would be like to suddenly lose your two front teeth. Eating, drinking, and talking would all be affected. If you want to protect your mouth, a mouth guard should be an essential piece of your athletic gear.
 
There are three different types of mouthguards that are available:

  • Stock - these mouthguards come pre-formed and fitted, are typically inexpensive, and can usually be bought at your local sporting goods store. The downside to stock mouthguards is that they are often a bad fit and can make breathing more difficult.

  • Boil and Bite - these mouthguards are also often sold at sporting goods stores, they’re often a better fit than stock mouth guards. To use them, they should be softened in boiled water, then inserted into the mouth so they can adapt to the shape of the mouth.

  • Custom fitted - these mouthguards are custom made at a dental office. They are designed specifically for your mouth and are the best of the three different types of mouthguards.

 
Custom fitted mouthguards can also be very important for people who have fixed bridge work or wear braces. Mouthguards can provide a soft barrier between the brackets and your teeth, limiting the risk of injuries.
 
If you’re interested in a custom fitted mouthguard, contact us at Rideau Dental Center by calling 613-230-7475.

Does it matter what kind of toothpaste you use? Are all toothpastes equal? How do I choose the right toothpaste?
 
One of the main reasons we use toothpaste is it acts as an abrasive that helps remove food and plaque from our teeth. However, toothpaste also provides our teeth with active ingredients such as fluoride.
 
It’s important that your toothpaste contains fluoride. Fluoride has a clear effect on oral health, it makes teeth more resistant to decay. You should also remember not to swallow toothpaste, as it can be toxic if swallowed in large amounts.
 
Most toothpastes will also contain a detergent. Detergents can be found in many other products such as shampoo, where they act as foaming agents. In toothpaste, a detergent acts the same way. The foaming properties of the detergent help distribute the toothpaste around the mouth.
 
There is a myriad of dental toothpastes available including those that claim: plaque control, tartar control, whitening, gingivitis controlling, desensitizing , just to name a few. Some of these claims have merit, but you should ask us at the Rideau Dental Center for a toothpaste that suits your needs. There are specialized toothpastes for specific needs, which your hygienist may recommend for you. Call us at 613-230-7475.
 

Are You Happy With Your Smile?

April 28, 2015 | Posted Education

Your smile is often the first thing people notice when they meet you.  A great smile gives you confidence.  If you are currently not satisfied with your smile, talk to your dental professional about transforming your smile.
 
Has that rotated tooth or stained tooth always bothered you? Does it make you feel self-conscious?  Smile makeovers can correct: missing teeth, stained teeth or fillings, misaligned teeth and broken teeth.   Smile makeovers can be a simple correction or a detailed treatment plan.
 
Changing your smile is individual and different for each person.  Treatment may include a combination of whitening, bonding, orthodontics, crowns, bridges, veneers and/or implants.  We want you to have a straight white beautiful smile.
 
Why shouldn’t you show off your biggest smile?  Discuss your options with your dentist at the Rideau Dental Centre.  Call us at 613-230-7475.
 

Dentistry can be very expensive.  People often make the assumption that insurance will cover their treatment or will give them the best dental care possible.  Unfortunately that is not the case.
 
Patients should look at their mouth as an investment.  Your mouth needs daily care, maintenance and the occasional upgrade.  Would you buy an expensive car and never take care of it!  Some mouths need more attention that others do; it’s just the way it is.
 
There are many things you can do to spend less time and money in the dental chair:
 
·Brush twice a day and floss once everyday!
·Don’t smoke.
·Wear your night guard.
·Wear a sports guard.
·Use fluoride.
·Visit your hygienist and dentist regularly.  Of course this can cost you money but being preventative and finding things early is cheaper than letting it go.
 
Talk to your dental professional at the Rideau Dental Centre to find out what your mouth needs!  Call us at 613-230-7475.
 

I’m Missing a Tooth!

March 31, 2015 | Posted Education

Loss of a tooth can happen for many reasons.  It could be due to an accident, a huge cavity, a cracked tooth, gum disease or failed root canal procedure.  Tooth loss can result in difficulty chewing, esthetic concerns and eventual loss of another tooth. 
 
Replacement of a missing tooth can be done by several options: Bridge, partial denture or a dental implant. Each option has advantages and disadvantages.  Single or multiple teeth can be replaced by dental implants.  The best and longest lasting option would definitely be the dental implant!
 
A dental implant is an artificial root made of titanium.  It is surgically placed into your jawbone beneath the gum tissue.  After months of healing, the implant is secure in the bone and an abutment is attached.  The abutment is a post that connects the crown and the implant.  Your dentist will fit a crown (or a bridge) to fit your missing (tooth or teeth).
 
Are there any reasons someone cannot have implants?  In general, if you are in good health, have healthy gums and enough bone to support an implant; they could be the right choice for you.
 
Talk to your dentist at the Rideau Dental Centre about dental implants.  Call for a consultation at 613-230-7475.
 

Braces at Any Age!

March 17, 2015 | Posted Education

Are you happy with your smile?  It’s not too late to create your perfect smile. In fact the number of adults seeking orthodontic treatment is on the rise.  Teeth are moved basically the same in adults as in children.
 
Braces have become more esthetic over the years and have become smaller and less obvious.  Sometimes teeth can even be corrected with clear removable retainers. 
Crowding, spaces between teeth, large overbites and underbites, protruding teeth and abnormal positioned teeth can be corrected by orthodontics. 
 
Are there any limitations for adults considering orthodontics?  Yes!!
 
·  As adults, our bones are no longer growing.  Certain problems may not be resolved with braces alone but will require surgery. 
 
·  The health of your gums and bone around each tooth is important.  Existing bone loss will limit the movement of teeth. Your gums will need to be evaluated before, during and after orthodontic treatment is completed.
 
Don’t be afraid to ask.  Everyone deserves a confident smile.  Call us for a consultation at the Rideau Dental Centre at 613-230-7475.
 

Orthodontitics is a specialty in dentistry focused on the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities.  Treatment may involve the correction of alignment of teeth, jaws and lips.  Benefits to treatment include prevention of cavities and gum disease, bone destruction and chewing difficulties.  Not to mention a confident smile!
                                                          
Orthodontic treatment during childhood is best since braces can mould the bone as the child grows.  Braces are needed due to inherited problems like missing teeth, extra teeth, crowded teeth or misaligned jaws.  Some problems may arise from an accident or thumb sucking or losing baby teeth prematurely.
 
Ideally children should be monitored for orthodontics as early as three but typically braces are done when the child is closer to 12 years old, but it can vary.  Treatment is typically about 12 months but varies often with the compliance of the child and maintaining regular appointments. 
 
Have you discussed with your child’s treatment with us at the Rideau Dental Centre?
Call us at 613-230-7475.
 

Say Cheese!

February 12, 2015 | Posted Education

Everybody wants a beautiful white smile.  Most people don’t realize that our teeth are naturally a range of greyish-yellow.  Teeth darken with age and their appearance can appear brighter with darker skin or makeup.  A bright white smile adds confidence to any individual.  A beautiful smile draws immediate attention!
 
Whitening products are available just about anywhere but not everyone can whiten their teeth effectively.  Using whitening products are safe and effective when supervised by a dentist.  There are several reasons not to whiten:
 
·Active caries or cavities
·Active periodontal disease
·Existing fillings
·Existing crowns or bridges
·Hypersensitivity
·Stains or deposits that must be removed by a dental hygienist
 
Consult your dental professional first when considering whitening your teeth.  Find out if it will work for you.  Call us at the Rideau Dental Centre at 613-230-7475.
 

Come Relax in the Dental Chair!

January 20, 2015 | Posted Education

Coming to the dentist for most people is a comfortable or even a relaxing experience.  But for others it is the opposite, in fact they may avoid dental treatment entirely.  Avoidance can only create more anxiety. Avoidance may also lead to more extensive treatment, more time in the dental chair and cost of treatment.
 
Fears can be due to a phobia or a bad experience at the dentist’s office.  Sometimes patients can have a severe gag reflex making working in the mouth difficult for both the patient and the dentist.  How is it possible to perform dental procedures to make everyone comfortable?
 
Sedation dentistry uses medications to relax during dental treatment.  There are four different types of sedation: inhaled sedation, oral sedation, intravenous sedation and general sedation. 

1) Inhaled sedation or nitrous oxide is inhaled through a mask.  It wears off quickly and is the only type of sedation where patients can drive themselves home afterwards.
 
2) Oral sedation is in pill form.  It can be a mild or a moderate sedative depending on the dose.  Most people fall asleep during treatment but can be awakened easily.
 
3) Intravenous sedation is delivered into a vein.  It is a moderate level of sedation and allows the dentist to adjust the level as needed.
 
4) General sedation is a deeper sedation generally used in a hospital setting only.
 
If you are uncomfortable or nervous in the dental chair, call us at Rideau Dental Centre for an appointment to discuss sedation.  We care about you. Call us at 613-230-7475.
 

Do I Have to Floss?

December 23, 2014 | Posted Education

Everybody knows that they should floss but do you really have to floss?  Flossing is time consuming and can be awkward without practice.  Is it really worth the constant effort?
 
Brushing and flossing reduce destructiveness of bacteria by removing plaque and mechanically breaking up groups of bacteria.  Groups of bacteria mixed with plaque are called a biofilm.  Reducing the biofilm in our mouth allows our body to fight off the bacteria.  This reduces the incidence of cavities and periodontal disease.
 
Every tooth in our mouth has five sides to keep clean.  Our toothbrush can clean three sides effectively but not the other two sides in between our teeth.  Plain and simple the bristles of a toothbrush do not fit between teeth.  Our teeth are meant to fit tight together; this helps prevent food getting caught in spaces.  Floss is really the best tool to fit.
 
There are other tools that can be used such as a proxybrush, softpiks, waterpiks or air/water flossers that can be used to supplement flossing when needed. Nothing truly can replace flossing daily so put flossing on the top of your New Year’s resolution list.  Talk to your Registered Dental Hygienist at the Rideau Dental Centre about what tools are best for you.  Call us for an appointment at 613-230-7475.
 

Stocking Stuffers for the Holidays

December 09, 2014 | Posted Education

Electric or power toothbrushes are great stocking stuffers!!  They can help do the work for you and have some important advantages.  Electric toothbrushes can help personalize your brushing experience: 
 
·They have adjustable power levels that can aid in gentle brushing.  Some electric toothbrushes will even stop if too much pressure is applied.
 
·Most electric toothbrushes have built in timers telling us to keep brushing so we brush a full two minutes each time. 
 
·Electric toothbrushes make brushing easier for someone with limited dexterity and more fun for kids.
 
Talk to your registered dental hygienist to see if an electric toothbrush is right for you and how to use it effectively.  Call us at the Rideau Dental Centre at 613-230-7475.
 

What is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?

November 11, 2014 | Posted Education

Cavities in infants and toddlers are often referred to as baby bottle tooth decay.  Primary or baby teeth are important even though they are temporary.  They are needed to chew, speak and guide the adult teeth into proper position. 
 
Baby bottle tooth decay most often occurs in the front teeth.  This decay begins with the cavity causing bacteria being passed from caregiver to the infant.  Prolonged exposure to sugar and putting the infant to bed with a bottle, feed that bacteria and increase the amount of decay in their mouth. 
 
What to do:
 
·  Try not to share saliva.
·  When your child’s teeth come in, brush them with a child-size toothbrush with a tiny smear of
   fluoride toothpaste until 3 years old. Let them drink fluoridated water.
·  Always supervise brushing until you are confident your child can spit out excess toothpaste.
·  Limit the frequency of juice.
·  Place only milk, breast milk or formula in bottles.
·  Infants should finish their bedtime or naptime bottles before going to bed.
·  Encourage your child to drink from a cup by their first birthday.
 
When your child’s first tooth appears, talk to us at the Rideau Dental Centre about their oral health.  Call us at 613-230-7475.
 

Happy Halloween!!

October 28, 2014 | Posted Education

Halloween is here again.  Kids and candy go door to door.  Holidays should be fun!  How as parents can we help minimize the destructive effects of sugar for our kid’s teeth without being total party poopers?
 
Simple sugars in candy are bad for our teeth!  As soon as sugar enters the mouth, bacteria feed on it.  The consumption of sugar results in production of waste that is extremely acidic.  This acid creates a hole in the enamel of the tooth resulting in what we call a cavity.
 
As parents it is your job to help find the right balance.  It isn’t just about limiting the amount of candy your kids consume but the type and frequency is also important.  Candy that sticks to your teeth or is sucked or is chewed for a long period of time increases how long the acid attacks the teeth.  When kids eat candy all day even just a little bit, this keeps the acid levels high in the mouth.  Bottom line is limit the amount of candy and how often candy is consumed and avoid sticky chewy candy.
 
Make sure the kids visit their dental professional for regular checkups and fluoride treatments too.  Call us for an after Halloween clean up at the Rideau Dental Centre at 613-230-7475.
 

What is Biofilm?

October 14, 2014 | Posted Education

Dental biofilm is a group or colony of microorganisms, which make up plaque in our mouth that stick to our teeth.  This biofilm is not unlike the biofilm that clogs your drains. 
 
These colonies consist of a variety of bacteria, algae, fungi and debris.  Dental biofilm is the cause of gingivitis and periodontitis.  A biofilm in the mouth behaves very differently than single bacteria in the mouth.  A slime layer protects it.  It cannot be treated with antibiotics but must be removed from the teeth using manual methods. 
 
Formation of dental biofilm can happen in a matter of days.  Daily removal and mechanical disruption of the plaque is necessary for healthy teeth and gums.  Brushing at least 2 times a day for 2 minutes and daily flossing is absolutely necessary for your oral health.
 
How is your oral homecare?  Are your gums healthy? Make an appointment with your registered dental hygienist today.  Call us at the Rideau Dental Centre at 613-230-7475.
 
 

Not Just For Kids Anymore!

September 30, 2014 | Posted Education

Braces or orthodontics aren’t just for kids anymore.  More and more adults are choosing to have braces. Why would anyone later in life want to do that?  There are several reasons for a trip to the dentist for orthodontics:
 
· Straighter smile.  Who doesn’t want a great smile?  It is one of the first things people notice.  First impressions are everything.
 
· Shifting teeth.  As we get older, teeth tend to move a little. 
 
·  Better oral health.  Straight teeth are easier to keep clean.  Avoiding cavities and gum disease.  Teeth that bite together properly have less wear and joint problems. 
 
·  Help replace missing teeth.  Sometimes orthodontics is needed to move shifted teeth for placement of a bridge or implant.
 
Talk to your dentist at the Rideau Dental Centre about your Orthodontic options.  Call 613-230-7475.
 

Kids Are Back at School

September 02, 2014 | Posted Education

Kids are back at school. Summer is over. Have you started to think about Christmas yet? There are 4 months left until the New Year.  What does this mean for your teeth?
 
Most people don’t realize that their dental insurance has an annual limit.  When you don’t use the maximum, it is lost to you.  Insurance companies count you not using it.  Take advantage of the benefits that you are paying for!
 
This is the time to plan that crown, bridge or surgery you have been putting off.  It is always easier to do it when you can plan and budget rather than in an emergency.  Planning will also cost you less because you can take advantage of the insurance benefits you have before they are lost.
 
Start planning now before the Christmas crunch.  Call us at the Rideau Dental Centre at 613-230-7475.  We are here to help.
 

What is a dental implant?

August 19, 2014 | Posted Education

A dental implant is made of titanium and is used to replace missing teeth.  This artificial tooth root is placed into your jaw to anchor a replacement tooth or bridge.  This is a great option to replace a lost tooth due to periodontal disease, trauma, failed root canal or for any other reason.
 
For dental implants you need to be in good general health, have healthy gums and have enough bone in the jaw to have an implant.  If the jawbone has shrunk or isn’t developed properly, bone grafting can be done to build up the bone in your jawbone.
 
Dental implants are done by:
 
· First the dentist will examine your mouth and take x-rays to ensure dental implants are right for you.
· The first stage of surgery the titanium implant will be placed in the jawbone and left to heal for several months.
· The second stage of surgery is when the gum tissue is opened up to place an abutment.  An abutment is a post that attaches the replacement tooth to the implant.  In some cases, this abutment can be placed at the same time as the implant.
· Finally an artificial tooth or crown is made to fit the abutment. If multiple teeth are missing, a bridge can be placed with an implant on either side.
 
Are dental implants are the right choice for your mouth?  Call us at the Rideau Dental Centre at 613-230-7475.
 

Two Minutes Two Times a Day

August 05, 2014 | Posted Education

Two minutes, two times a day, everyday, always!!  We need to brush our teeth everyday for at least 2 minutes twice a day.  You need to brush the inside, the outside, the biting surfaces and the tongue.  This should take at least 2 minutes.  It is longer than it seems.  Set a timer or play a song. See how long you brush!
 
Be careful how you brush.  Be gentle. Be kind.  No hard scrubbing or hard toothbrushes. Start by choosing the right toothbrush.  Pick one that is soft with a small head.  This makes it easier to move around the mouth and less damaging to the gums.  Do not share your toothbrush with any one else.  Let it dry between uses.  Replace it every 3 to 4 months.
 
When you brush, think of brushing one tooth at a time.  Start by placing the brush at a 45 degree angle where the gum and tooth meet, flex gently and sweep down from the gum line in a flicking motion.  Repeat in the same area 5 to 10 times. Brush the chewing surfaces in a back and forth motion. Brush the tongue or use a tongue scraper from the back of the tongue to the tip of the tongue.
 
Talk to your dental hygienist at the Rideau Dental Centre about the right brush and technique for your mouth.  Call us 613-230-7474.
 

Healthy Gums, Happy Heart

July 22, 2014 | Posted Education

Whether it is our mouth or our overall health, I think we can all agree that prevention and healthy lifestyle is the key.  We exercise, watch what we eat, minimize smoking and alcohol.  Is there anything else that can be done to reduce our risk factors?
 
Gum disease and heart disease are both inflammatory diseases.  Research shows that having gum disease may be a significant risk for increased heart disease and stroke.  This risk is comparable to smoking, family history and elevated cholesterol.
 
How is it possible that something in our mouth can reach our heart?  Bacteria in the mouth cause gum disease.  This bacterium causes inflammation of the gums, penetrates the gum line and finally spreads into the underlying bone.  How does it get to your heart?  For those individuals with gum disease, it is thought that the simple act of brushing or chewing food can injure the gum tissue.  This allows the bacteria to enter the bloodstream and travel to the heart.  Keeping your gums disease free is the key.
 
We want you to have healthy gums and a healthy heart.  Talk to your dental health professional about your oral health and how you can improve it.  Call us at the Rideau Dental Centre at 613-230-7475.
 

It Is Summertime!

July 08, 2014 | Posted Education

It is finally summertime and the weather is hot.  Which means we are more active and many of us are enjoying our holidays.  Accidents happen…  an elbow, a fall or a ball in the face.  Anything can happen which can cause a dental emergency.
 
Trauma to the mouth can cause a badly bitten tongue or lip, a broken or chipped tooth and even a knocked out tooth.  When is it necessary or more importantly how fast do you need to see a dentist?
 
When in doubt always call your dentist and explain the injury.  A bitten tongue or lip may only need a bit or pressure applied to stop bleeding or ice applied to reduce swelling.  A broken tooth may be repaired with a white filling but a more serious break may need a root canal and crown. 
 
A knocked out tooth always needs immediate attention.  See your dentist right away.  Your dentist may be able to put it back in the mouth.  The best prognosis is a tooth placed in the mouth within ten minutes and after 2 hours the prognosis is poor.  When the tooth is knocked out, if it looks clean put it back in the socket.  If this is not possible or there is a chance it will be swallowed, put the tooth in a container of cold milk. 
 
Talk to your dentist at the Rideau Dental Centre about protecting your teeth during any sport activities.  Prevention is always best.  Call us at 613-230-7475.
 

Say Ahh!

June 24, 2014 | Posted Education

Why do my dentist and my hygienist ask me to say ahh?  What are they doing?  Dental health professionals play a vital role in screening individuals for oral cancer.  We use our eyes to catch visual abnormalities and we use fingers to feel for lumps and bumps.  It is important to be checked at each visit.  Who else has their hands in your mouth?
 
Oral cancer may develop on the lips, the tongue, the inside of cheeks, the gums, under the tongue, the roof of the mouth, the back of the throat and the tonsils.  Risk factors include: smoking, alcohol, HPV virus exposure, lack of fruits and vegetables in your diet and sun exposure.
 
The normal course of healing is two weeks.  Anyone experiencing symptoms beyond this should contact a dental professional.  What signs or symptoms to look for:
 
· White or red patches anywhere in the mouth
· Mouth sore that bleeds easily or won’t heal
· A colour change of the oral tissues
· Teeth are suddenly loose
· Dentures that stops fitting
· Pain or swelling
· Difficulty swallowing or speaking
· Enlarged lymph nodes
· Persistent earache
 
Any cancer has a better prognosis if caught early.  Visit your dentist regularly.  Call us at the Rideau Dental Centre 613-230-7475.
 

Your Dentist Needs to Know!

June 10, 2014 | Posted Education

It is important for your dentist to have your overall medical history.  Complete disclosure allows your dentist and hygienist to be more effective in caring for your oral health needs.  There are certain health conditions, which does not allow us to provide dental care.  If so, it may actually harm you.  Some systemic diseases can be seen in the mouth and make oral conditions more difficult to treat. Your medical history allows your dentist and your hygienist to properly manage your treatment.
 
We need to know:
 
Are you pregnant?
Have you had any hospital stays or surgeries?
Do you have any heart problems?
Have you had any changes in your blood pressure?
Do you have any allergies?
Are you taking any medications?
Have you been diagnosed with diabetes, HIV, hepatitis or tuberculosis?
Are you undergoing cancer treatment?
Do you smoke or use chewing tobacco?
 
It may seem personal to discuss your health with us. It is important so we can tailor your treatment for you without doing any harm.  We care about you.  Call us at the Rideau Dental Centre at 613-230-7475.
 

Why We Paint?

May 27, 2014 | Posted Education

We changed how we do fluoride treatments.  We no longer use those big cumbersome trays that were uncomfortable in the mouth but now we paint on a fluoride varnish.  This varnish is a temporary adhesive form of varnish, which is applied by your dental hygienist.
 
It is a more effective way of delivering the fluoride to the tooth since it is designed to adhere to the tooth for several hours.  It can be applied to enamel, dentin or cementum to prevent decay, repair the tooth surface and treat sensitivity. 
 
Advantages include: 
 
·  Varnishes are easily applied.
·  Varnishes dry rapidly and set in the presence of saliva.
·  They are suitable to use with patients that have a strong gag reflex.
·  Due to the small amounts used and the rapid setting time there is only a small amount ingested.
·  The sticky consistency helps it to adhere to the tooth and stay in contact with the tooth for hours. 
·  Varnishes can be used in children under the age of 6 due to the reduction in the amount of fluoride that can be potentially swallowed.
 
At Rideau Dental Centre we are always trying to find better ways to improve your oral health.  Call us for an appointment at 613-230-7475.
 

Can you see the light at the end of the tunnel? Are you approaching retirement? Have you thought about how this affects your dental budget?
 
Not everyone realizes that his or her dental benefits or budget may change after retirement. Many of us work years without taking full advantage of our insurance coverage. Unfortunately we cannot bank what isn’t used every year.
 
As we approach are golden years…there are specific dental concerns. Dental fillings do not last forever. They may have been in your mouth for years and need to be replaced. Large fillings may need to be crowned to prevent them from breaking. Are your gums healthy? Will you need to see your dental hygienist more frequently? Do missing teeth need to be replaced? Are your dentures fitting comfortably? Ask a member of your dental team all these questions.
 
It is often challenging when a patient comes to us just before retirement and inquires about work that may need to be done before their benefits are changed. It is difficult to inform them that their treatment needs exceed the insurance annual maximum. It is important to share your retirement goals with your dental team 3-5 years before. This way they can sit down with you and plan out any treatment needed while maximizing your insurance coverage.
 
Feel free to ask for a reassessment appointment. Your dentist will re-evaluate your oral health and prepare your mouth for your retirement.
 

Acid reflux is a common condition where the acid from the stomach flows upward into the oesophagus and the mouth. Severe cases are referred to as GERD.  Stomach acids irritate and inflame the tissues of the oesophagus, while in the mouth there is an increase in enamel erosion.
 
Cavities in teeth start at a pH level of 5.5, but stomach acid is very low at 2.0. Constant exposure to these acids dissolve the enamel aggressively while the person is often unaware of the damage occurring.  Teeth will be prone to chipping, increased wear, decay, and sensitivity.  Signs and symptoms include:
 
· Heartburn
· Difficulty swallowing
· Sore throat
· Sinus infections
· Burning mouth
· Coughing and chest pain especially while lying down
 
Life style can play a major role.  Use of alcohol, cigarettes, diet, medications and poor posture can all aggravate acid reflux.  Dental care professionals can help identify acid reflux and help minimize tooth erosion.  Tips to manage acid erosion:
 
·Avoid food that triggers heartburn
·Loose weight
·Avoid alcohol and cigarettes
·Avoid eating 3 hours before bedtime
·Elevate the head of the bed
·Maintain good posture
·Brush twice a day with a soft toothbrush and use toothpaste with low abrasiveness
·Do not brush immediately after an acid episode.  Wait until the natural flow of saliva neutralizes the acid (about 60 min). Rinse with water or let a sugar free antacid dissolve in your mouth. 
·Avoid mint-flavoured products since they relax the valve at the base of the oesophagus, which will release more acid from the stomach. 
 
Call us at Rideau Dental Centre 613-230-7475 to make an appointment.
 

Have You Heard of Xylitol?

April 14, 2014 | Posted Education


What is Xylitol?  Xylitol is a natural sugar alcohol that is found in corn and birch trees.  It can be used as a sweetener in foods along with other sugar alcohols such as mannitol and sorbitol.  Substituting sugar for xylitol can help fight cavities!!
 
Cavity causing bacteria live in our mouth.  They feed on sugars from our diet to grow and multiply.  Brushing and flossing helps reduce bacteria by decreasing the amount of sugar or plaque sticking to the teeth. The bacteria eat sugar only to produce a waste product that is very acidic.  This acid eats a hole in the tooth and a cavity develops.
 
Xylitol inhibits bacteria from growing essentially by starving them.  Bacteria cannot digest xylitol. Overtime fewer decay-causing bacteria thrive in the mouth and the level of acid attacking the tooth is lowered.  Studies have shown that cavity causing bacteria is passed from parents to newborn children.  Mothers using xylitol significantly reduce the frequency of cavities for children.
 
Xylitol is found in gum and mints.  They must be used 3-5 times a day after meals for a total intake of 5 grams.  The gum should be chewed for 5 minutes and allowed to dissolve in the mouth. 
 
Talk to us at the Rideau Dental Centre about Xylitol.  Call us 613-230-7475.  We’ll answer your questions.

Oral health is not limited to your teeth. Sores may appear in or around the mouth. These can be very painful. Usually sores disappear on their own within a week or two. They can have different appearances: red, white, ulcerated, raised, blistered. They also have different causes, including:
 
• Bacterial, fungal or viral infection.
• An irritant such as a broken tooth or loose orthodontic wire or improperly
  fitting denture.
• A symptom of a disease or disorder.
 
 If a mouth sore doesn't go away on its own within a week or so, it should always   be checked by your dentist. Your dentist can recognize the source of the problem and rule out anything more serious. Call us at Rideau Dental Centre to make an appointment 613-230-7475.