Archive for January 2018

Fluoride is one of the best advancements in preventing tooth decay, however fluoride in excess can cause dental fluorosis, which is a common disorder characterized by tooth discolouration. In reasonable amounts, fluoride is great at protecting the teeth from cavities and even reversing the early stages of tooth decay, but too much of it will cause teeth to appear stained.
 
For most people, drinking tap water is their main source of fluoride. Tap water in Ottawa contains an average of 0.70 milligrams of fluoride per litre, in accordance with a study carried out by Health Canada. Other common sources of fluoride are toothpaste, mouthwash, and dental office fluoride treatments. In early childhood, permanent teeth are still forming under the gums, so too much fluoride can cause dental fluorosis, meaning that when they come in, they will be discoloured. After the permanent teeth have come in, fluoride will no longer cause discolouration.
 
While only cosmetic, dental fluorosis can steal the bright smile of a child. Discolouration caused by it can range from barely noticeable, to severe discolouration with a patchy brown appearance. To minimize the risk of dental fluorosis in children’s teeth, use a small amount of toothpaste, and always ensure that they spit out the toothpaste rather than swallowing it.
 
If you have any questions about dental fluorosis, feel free to contact us here at the Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475.
 

Thumb sucking is a natural reflex for children. Sucking on objects such as pacifiers, fingers, and thumbs often make babies feel happy and secure. When the permanent teeth begin to come in, sucking can create problems with the alignment of the teeth and growth of the mouth. Pacifiers can have the same effect on the teeth as fingers, but are often an easier habit for children to break.
 
Intensity is the determining factor of whether or not sucking will cause dental problems. If children passively rest their thumb or pacifier in their mouth, they’re much less likely to experience problems when compared to children who vigorously suck on their thumbs. Overly aggressive sucking can even cause damage to primary (baby) teeth.
 
Most children stop sucking their thumbs between the ages of two and four, or by the time their permanent teeth begin to come in. If your child doesn’t stop sucking their thumbs, you should attempt to praise them for not sucking. Sucking is often associated with insecurity, so it’s recommended to try to eliminate any anxiety by providing comfort to your child.
 
If you notice a change in your child’s teeth, or are concerned about their sucking habits, you should consult your dentist. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us here at the Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475.
 

Happy Holidays!

January 02, 2018 | Posted Education

It's that time of the year again! Holiday season often means eating lots of tasty sweets - so remember to look after your teeth!
 
Many of us like to make goals for the new year - if you can't think of anything, how about starting and sticking to a new oral hygiene routine? A proper oral hygiene routine includes brushing and flossing at least two times a day, and visiting the dentist for a checkup every six months. Taking good care of your teeth for the next year will have a positive impact on your smile.
 
It's sometimes easy to neglect good preventive dentistry, including regular visits with your dentist/hygienist when there are no imminent dental issues. Good oral health is an integral part of your overall health and the start of a new year is a good time to implement a healthy regimen if it isn't already part of your healthy lifestyle. If you have any dental problems or concerns that you want to address, feel free to contact us here at the Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475. Happy new year!