Dental Sealants

May 24, 2016 | Posted Education

Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are applied to the chewing surface and grooves of the back teeth where decay most often occurs. Proper brushing and flossing habits help remove plaque from the smooth surfaces on teeth, but often the bristles of your toothbrush are not able to reach all the way into the deep grooves on your back teeth to clean them. Dental sealants protect these grooves by “sealing out” any food and plaque. It is for this reason that many dentists will suggest applying sealants, especially on young children.
 
Sealants are quite easy for your dentist or hygienist to apply. They get painted onto your tooth enamel where it bonds with your teeth and hardens. As long as the sealant remains undamaged, it will protect your teeth from decay, which means sealants usually last for a number of years. Some sealants also contain fluoride, which can further prevent decay.
 
When you visit your dentist/hygienist after receiving sealants, your dentist will inspect their condition and reapply when necessary. If you are interested in having dental sealants applied to your teeth, ask your dentist during your next visit, or contact us at the Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475 to book an appointment.
 

What Is Sleep Apnea?

May 09, 2016 | Posted Education

Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder where breathing repeatedly stops and starts while you are sleeping. Common symptoms of sleep apnea include loud snoring and feeling tired after a full night’s rest. There are three main types of sleep apnea:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea - The most common form of sleep apnea. Breaks in breathing are caused by throat muscles relaxing.

  • Central sleep apnea - Occurs when the brain does not send the correct signals to the muscles that control breathing. 

  • Complex sleep apnea syndrome - Occurs when someone has both central and obstructive sleep apnea.

 
If gone unnoticed, sleep apnea can be extremely dangerous. Your dentist can help you create a proper plan to help you deal with sleep apnea. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475.

We’ve all heard of gum disease, but what is it really and how can it be treated? There are actually two different types of gum disease, gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is the more mild version of gum disease, but if gone untreated, can develop into the more serious condition called periodontitis.
 
Gingivitis is typically caused due to poor dental care. Without frequent brushing and flossing, plaque can develop on your teeth, and over time it can turn into tartar. Both plaque and tartar will lead to gingivitis. Other common causes of gingivitis include tobacco use, overly aggressive brushing and flossing, and uncontrolled diabetes.
 
Common symptoms of gingivitis are:

  • Frequent mouth sores

  • Frequent gum bleeding

  • Swollen gums

  • Persistent bad breath

  • Pain when chewing

  • Gums appear more shiny than usual

 
If you are diagnosed with gingivitis or periodontal disease your dentist/hygienist will recommend a treatment plan specific to your needs, which will include a preventive regimen.
 
If you have any questions or would like to book a visit to your dentist, feel free to contact us here at the Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475!

What is a Healthy Diet?

April 11, 2016 | Posted Education

Your diet affects your entire immune system. Studies have shown that a healthy and nutritious diet can help lower the risk of oral related health issues such as periodontal disease and tooth decay.
 
But what is a healthy diet?
A healthy diet is based on the concepts of balance, variety, and moderation. To achieve balance in your diet, try eating appropriate amounts of food from each of the recommended categories in a food guide such as the Canada's Food Guide. Try to make sure you are eating a variety of different foods, as one food cannot meet all of your daily nutritional requirements, and this can also help keep meals more interesting! Finally, make sure you have appropriate serving sizes of your food and drink, as this can help you maintain a healthy weight and lower the risk of other health issues.
 
Certain foods and drinks such as soft drinks, citrus fruit, vinegar, and wine can cause acid erosion in your mouth, so you should try to control how often you eat them, and when you do, try to brush your teeth right after. Some foods that can help keep your teeth healthy are whole grain breads, cheese, lean meats, nuts, and yogurt.
 
If you have any questions regarding eating healthy and how what you eat affects your oral health, feel free to contact us here at the Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475!
 

Whether you are off relaxing on a beach in Mexico, horseback riding through the Mongolian steppe, or backpacking around Europe, it’s important to remember to keep your good oral hygiene habits so your mouth stays healthy. If you are on a long trip, this is especially important. You do not want to end up in a Nepalese dentist office after having to get air rescued from the himalayas due to a dental emergency, as usually a third world dental office will not have the same health regulations as one in Canada.
 
First off, you need to remember to bring proper dental hygiene tools, such as your toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss. Don’t worry though, if you forget any of these or need replacements during your travels, you should be able to purchase them in almost every country with no issues.
 
After brushing your teeth, make sure you allow your toothbrush time to dry out. If you put it in your bag immediately after brushing when the brush is still wet, it will be a prime breeding ground for bacteria. 
 
When brushing your teeth or even washing your toothbrush, make sure to use clean, safe water. If the tap water from the location you are visiting is not suitable for drinking, then it is not suitable for brushing your teeth. It’s also a good idea to watch what you’re eating while on the road, as often times it becomes much easier for us to indulge ourselves with sweets.
 
To reduce the risk of a dental emergency while on vacation, it’s always a good idea to have a thorough dental examination prior to your departure. If you’ve got any questions about oral health care while travelling, feel free to contact us here at the Rideau Dental Center by calling 613-230-7475.
 

Oral cancer includes cancers of the lips, cheeks, tongue, sinuses, and pharynx. If not diagnosed and treated early, oral cancer can be life threatening. It’s important to be aware of the symptoms of oral cancer so that you can contact your dentist or doctor immediately if you develop any of them. 
 
Common symptoms of oral cancer include, but are not limited to:

  • Velvety white or red patches in the mouth.

  • Swelling, lumps, bumps, and rough spots on the lips, gums or other areas of the mouth.

  • Ear pain.

  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing.

  • Numbness of the tongue or other areas of the mouth.

  • Hoarseness

If you notice any of the above symptoms, make sure to contact your dentist or doctor as soon as possible.
 
Oral cancer is treated in the same way most other cancers are treated, by using surgery to remove the cancerous cells, and then radiation therapy to eliminate any remaining cancerous cells.
 
There are a few simple things you can do to highly decrease your chances of getting oral cancer.
Do not smoke or use any tobacco products, eat a well balanced diet, and limit your exposure to the sun, as it can increase the chances of cancer on your lip.
 
Here at the Rideau Dental Center, our team of dentists and hygienists perform an oral cancer check at every appointment. If you have any specific concerns be sure to discuss it at your next visit. If you have any other questions or would like to book an appointment, please contact us here at the Rideau Dental Center by calling 613-230-7475.

Dental Radiography Safety

February 29, 2016 | Posted Education

In our last blog post, we talked about the different types of dental x-rays (also known as dental radiographs), and how each type is used differently so that your dentist can get all of the diagnostic information they require to do their job. When you think about it, getting an x-ray can sound scary at first; high frequency wavelengths get blasted right through your body! But don’t worry, dental radiographs are actually very safe if proper safety measures are taken. Here are some of the measures we take here at the Rideau Dental Center to ensure the safety of our patients and staff.

  • Digital Radiography: Digital radiography requires 50-80% less radiation exposure for the patient when compared to old fashioned film systems. Other advantages to digital radiography include that no film, darkroom, or chemicals are needed, and no lead foil waste is generated. In addition to all of that, digital radiographs have a higher resolution than conventional radiographs, and the digital x-ray is displayed on a monitor immediately.

  • Lead Apron and Thyroid Collar: When a patient receives an x-ray, they are provided with a lead apron and thyroid collar. Lead aprons help protect your chest area from the already fairly small amount of radiation emitted from a digital radiograph. A thyroid collar helps reduce the amount of radiation that reaches your thyroid gland, one of the most radiation-sensitive organs.

  • Lead Walls: The walls in our office that are near radiation producing equipment have lead inside them to prevent radiation from penetrating them, protecting other patients and staff from radiation exposure.

 
Along with the safety measures listed above, we also provide all of our staff with personal radiation monitors, and have an in-house radiation safety committee. Our goal here at the Rideau Dental Center is safety for all patients and staff, and we take as many measures as possible to ensure this. If you have any questions about dental radiography safety, feel free to contact us by calling 613-230-7475!

The Different Types of Dental X-Rays

February 16, 2016 | Posted Education

If you’ve visited the dentist before, you probably know a bit about dental x-rays (also known as radiographs). Dentists use x-rays as a tool to help them diagnose potential oral health problems. X-rays are a type of light wavelength that passes through soft tissue such as your cheeks and gums, but gets absorbed by dense tissue such as your teeth and bones, allowing them to be visible on an x-ray image.
 
There are two main categories of dental x-rays, intraoral and extraoral. Intraoral x-rays are a type of x-ray that is taken inside the mouth, whereas an extraoral x-ray is taken outside the mouth. Intraoral x-rays are the most common type, as they give a high level of detail of the teeth and bone in the mouth. They allow dentists to find cavities, see the status of developing teeth, look at tooth roots, and more.
 
The most common types of intraoral x-rays are:

  • Periapical - This type of x-ray provides a view of the entire tooth, from the crown all the way to the bone that supports the tooth.

  • Bite-Wing - Shows details of both upper and lower teeth in a specific area of the mouth. This type of x-ray can show your dentist how your teeth touch one another.

  • Occlusal - These x-rays are larger and show full tooth development and position.

 
Extraoral x-rays are less common, the most popular one being a panoramic x-ray. A panoramic x-ray shows a full view of the jaw, teeth, and even sinuses.
 
If you have questions about the different types of dental x-rays, or are interested in getting one for yourself, contact us here at the Rideau Dental Center by calling 613-230-7475!

What Causes Bad Breath

February 01, 2016 | Posted Education

Bad breath has a number of different causes. Often, simple changes can be made to eliminate things that contribute to your bad breath. Some common causes of bad breath include:

  • Diet - Certain foods with strong odors can result in bad breath lingering long after you eat them. This is because as they are digested and absorbed into your bloodstream, they eventually are carried to your lungs and their odor is given off in your breath. Foods that can cause this include garlic and onions.

  • Not brushing/flossing - If you don’t brush and floss your teeth, food particles can remain in your mouth. This can produce bacterial growth between teeth, and on your tongue and gums.

  • Smoking/chewing tobacco - Can bring about bad breath, stain your teeth, and even reduce your ability to taste foods.

  • Gum disease - Persistent bad breath can be a warning sign of gum disease.

 
There are a number of other diseases/illnesses that can cause bad breath, such as pneumonia, bronchitis, diabetes, chronic acid reflux, and postnasal drip. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us here at Rideau Dental Center by calling 613-230-7475!

Many people take their teeth for granted. Your teeth help you chew food, which makes it easier to digest. There are four main types of teeth, and each one has a different shape and function.
The four main types of teeth are:

  • Incisors - Your incisors are eight teeth in the front center of your mouth (four on both bottom and top). These are typically the first adult teeth that a child will get, coming in  when the child is between six and eight years old. Incisors are the teeth that you use to bite into your food.

  • Canines - Your canines are the next teeth that develop in your mouth. You have four of them and they are your sharpest teeth, used for tearing apart food.

  • Premolars - Premolars are used for tearing and crushing food. Unlike your incisors and canines, premolars have a flat biting surface. You have eight premolars in total.

  • Molars - Your molars are your largest teeth. Their function is similar to that of the premolars, to grind, tear, and crush food. Molars have a large flat biting surface which makes them perfect for this job.

 
These are the four basic types of teeth. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475!

What Is Invisalign?

January 04, 2016 | Posted Education

Invisalign is a modern way to straighten teeth, by using a series of custom-made transparent aligners made specifically for you. There are a number of benefits that Invisalign brings over traditional braces, including:

  • Clear aligners that are virtually invisible, versus braces which require brackets and wires.

  • You can eat whatever you want, whereas with braces there are a lot of restrictions on what you can eat.

  • Removable aligners for easy cleaning of teeth.

  • Smooth and comfortable plastic aligners, instead of wires that can poke your mouth.

 
If you’re interested in Invisalign, book an appointment with Dr. Nguyen here at the Rideau Dental Center by calling 613-230-7475 to see if you would be a good candidate for this new type of tooth straightening system.

What Are Dental Implants?

December 21, 2015 | Posted Education

Dental implants are metal frames or posts that are surgically anchored into your jaw. Once they have been placed, they allow your dentist to mount replacement teeth. Because dental implants are anchored directly into your jawbone, artificial teeth that are mounted to them won’t move in your mouth.
 
When receiving dental implants, your dentist will have to perform a surgery to anchor the implant into your jawbone. Your gum is then secured over the implant, which will stay covered by the gum until the implant fuses with the bone. After some time, your dentist creates a crown (artificial tooth) that is then attached to the implant.
 
If you have any questions related to dental implants, feel free to contact us at Rideau Dental Center by calling 613-230-7475.
 
We’d also hope that everyone has a happy holidays and a great new year! See you all in 2016!
 

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.