Oh, Baby!! Teething is Tough for Toddlers and Tots – How to Ease the Pain

September 8, 2016

baby-Teething Oh, Baby!! Teething is Tough for Toddlers and Tots - How to Ease the Pain

Every stage of a child’s development is amazing to witness. From the moment a baby first opens his or her eyes, to the moment they start talking, walking, running, or teething it’s all exciting to watch. However, not every stage is fun for the baby. Many teething babies are irritable and difficult to comfort. If you are faced with this challenge, here are a couple of tips to make your baby’s teething experience easier for both them and yourself. A sleep-deprived household can be an unhappy one!

Teething Toys

Sweet-Baby-girl-chewing-on-teething-ring-toy Oh, Baby!! Teething is Tough for Toddlers and Tots - How to Ease the Pain

Kids’ dentists say that when children begin to teethe, they have a sudden urge to chew, bite, and nibble on things. If you want to prevent a child from picking up strange objects and biting into them, look into purch

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August 30, 2016

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom-Tooth The Word on Wisdom Teeth: Why They Usually Require Removal

Wisdom teeth are your third molars. You can expect them to appear between the ages of 17 to 25. Interestingly, this period of your life is sometimes referred to as the age of wisdom. Not everyone will develop wisdom teeth and a small percentage of the population will never have them. People who do develop wisdom teeth, as a rule, will get four of them, one in each back corner of the mouth.

What If I Have Good Wisdom Teeth?

smiles_guy-1 The Word on Wisdom Teeth: Why They Usually Require Removal

If you happen to be fortunate and your wisdom teeth come in properly, there is no need to worry about them. Keeping them will actually give you a third set of chewers.

My Wisdom Teeth Are Causing Me Problems

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August 23, 2016

Knowledge is Half the Battle

Dental-Check-Up 10 Common Habits That Are Damaging Your Teeth

Many times we may have habits that we don’t realize are causing damage to our teeth and beautiful smile. Chances are if you knew what these bad habits were you would make an effort to stop these bad habits before the damage is done. However, the damage may already be done and a visit to the dentist is going to be in order.

What Can Be Done?

If you have a bad habit such as grinding your teeth at night, a dentist can make you a mouth guard. If you smoke, getting patches and quitting is a great idea, not only for your health but also for the damage it does to your teeth. Cutting back on soda, coffee, and wine or giving them up altogether is another step that can be taken to protect your teeth.

Top 10 Worse Habits That Are Damaging Your Teeth

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1 July 30, 2016

Making-Flossing-a-Regular-Part-of-Your-Dental-Care You Asked: Flossing Doesn’t Help?Recently I heard on the CBC that there was a statement that “there has never been a study indicating that flossing is beneficial to your teeth and gums.” This statement is tricky and may be true BUT IS REALLY MISLEADING. You see, it is very difficult to conduct a study which requires the academic scrutiny to pass accepted standards to be considered reliable and thus there has never been one! But let me reassure you that , in my 30 odd years of practicing dentistry, seeing about 3000 patients at check-ups per year , close to 100,000 check-ups – the flossers have the best gums, least amount of bad breath and bleeding, and the least cavity activity. Now that may not be an official study but that is a huge observation which in my eyes is irrefutable!

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July 25, 2016

Learning-the-Causes-of-a-Toothache Tooth Pain Primer: What to DoTooth pain can be caused by a number of factors. It may be induced by infection, decay, or dental injury. Many times the pain originates from an exposed nerve in the tooth. You may be surprised to discover that not all pain in the mouth is caused by a problem with the teeth. It is possible for an outside area to create pain in the mouth, making of the sufferer feel as though s/he has a toothache.

Symptoms of a Tooth Ache

Just like any other type of pain, the experience of a toothache is unique to every person. Common symptoms of a toothache are:

  •  Tooth pain when pressure is applied
  •  Sensitivity to temperature (hot/cold)
  •  Bleeding around a specific tooth
  •  Swelling of the gum around a specific tooth or in the jaw

It’s important to determine whether or not the symptoms are actually caused by a dental issue. There are times when pain in the ear or throat can be confused with tooth pain.

Home Remedies for Tooth Pain

There are many home remedies for tooth pain. However, most of them are only temporary fixes to reduce discomfort until you can be seen by a dentist. Over the counter pain medications like ibuprof

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June 8, 2016

Let’s be honest- taking care of our teeth and gums can prove to be challenging at certain points in our lives. But our oral health is so important and so is signs of mouth cancer. With any type of cancer, early detection is crucial if you want to overcome the illness. Knowing the signs and symptoms to search for will help you to recognize if you need a professional to evaluate your mouth for signs of cancer.

What exactly is Mouth Cancer? For those of you who are unfamiliar with mouth cancer, it is a cancer located in and on your mouth. There are more than 200,000 cases per year in the United States but the key to this common cancer is to detect it early. If you notice a lump in your mouth that wasn’t always there, it might be something to get checked out. Seeing your dentist regularly will help increase your chances of overcoming any life threatening situations. Mouth cancer doesn’t just occur in your teeth and gums but it can affect your throat, salivary glands, lips and tongue. If you find there to be patches or sores in any of those areas, that is also a common sign. You might find red or white lesions on your lips or in your mouth as well. Also, if you frequently feel like you have a lump in your throat, that could be an early symptom. Numbness anywhere in the mouth, lingering sore throat,

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June 1, 2016

The Cause: Bacteria Did you know that gingivitis is caused by a microorganism bent on destroying your teeth? This bacteria burrows into the root and bones of your teeth and eats away at them. If it goes ignored, it can turn into a larger gum disease called periodontitis. Those tiny bacteria hang out around the gum lines of your teeth. The longer you go without brushing them, the chances of plaque building rises. If you allow the plaque to build, tartar is the next step, locking the bacteria and particles against the teeth to ravage them.

Who is Most Susceptible? Underlying diseases like diabetes and HIV will make someone super sensitive in terms of gingivitis. Genetics, any hormonal changes such as puberty and menopause, vitamin deficiencies, and smokers are at the highest risk. Some auto-immune and seizure medicines also put people in a higher chance of getting gingivitis.

What do I Look For? Bleeding gums is a definite attention getter. If they come with swollen, sore, and angry gums, chances are you need to make that dentist appointment ASAP. Discoloration of the gum lines and gums are also evident with the hardness that becomes obvious the harder that gingivitis attacks your teeth and gums.

Digital Imaging Vs. Conventional X-Rays

May 17, 2016

simcoe_smiles_dental_logo Digital Imaging Vs. Conventional X-Rays

Conventional radiology introduced us to the xray way back in 1895. Because xrays go through hard things they are used to get images of bones and in dentistry especially TEETH. When we compare the old xrays with Digital xrays digital xrays win in every comparison.

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May 17, 2016

Coconut oil has been praised by the media for its nutritional benefits in the last few years. Although research is still being conducted to confirm its overall health benefits we are now seeing coconut oil being used in the care of teeth and gums. The Canadian Dental Association states that 7 out of 10 Canadians

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May 17, 2016

A scary Statistic: 45,000 Canadians die every year from tobacco related diseases. This is the equivalent of two jumbo jets crashing every week. There would be an outrage if all those jets actually crashed but tobacco related deaths don’t cause an outrage.

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