Invisalign…Are you a candidate?

INVISALIGN ISN’T THE PERFECT SOLUTION FOR EVERYONE, BUT if you’re a good candidate, there are LOTS of reasons for choosing Invisalign—and they’re not all simply about going metal-free!

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Clear, removable Invisalign trays are a less invasive orthodontic treatment method. With Invisalign technology, your teeth can be straightened without causing inconveniences to your daily life.
Benefits You Probably Didn’t Expect

The most obvious difference between Invisalign treatment and braces is their appearance, but there’s more to it than that. For example…

  • Less office visits. We’ll see you only once every 4 to 6 weeks.
  • Invisalign trays can sometimes double as whitening trays or protective mouth gear for sports.
  • The removable trays allow you to brush and floss normally, which results in better oral health during treatment.
  • You can enjoy the foods you choose, without the dietary restrictions of braces.
  • The smooth plastic trays are more comfortable, so you won’t deal with the irritation metal brackets sometimes cause.

Many of our clients find the ease of Invisalign treatment great, especially with their busy lifestyles in Downtown Toronto. With countless meetings and events, the clear trays are barely noticeable!

At Downtown Dental Associates, we provide a FREE consultation with our existing clients. During the consultation, we can sit down with you and go over the treatment options and answer any questions or concerns you have about the process.
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Straight Teeth Provide More Than A Great Look

Aesthetics aside, having straight teeth is important for a number of reasons. Straight teeth are easier to clean and floss. They also guard against uneven wear, and painful TMD problems. Straighter teeth allow for more efficient chewing and enhance food digestion. Straight teeth can even cause better pronunciation and speech!

Is Invisalign Is Right For You?

Reserve a special time with us! We’d love to see what we can do to improve and preserve your beautiful smile. Thanks in advance for your trust. We hope to see you soon!

Check back next month for our Patient of the month story!

Fluoride: Is It Really Good For You?

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For decades, it’s been the dental credo that fluoride is an essential part of preventing cavities and building stronger teeth. But when it comes to our overall health, its status remains less clear. Water fluoridation remains a heated topic of debate.

While medical establishments urge people to educate themselves about the benefits of fluoride, others are more wary. Some vocal groups argue that even if fluoride has helpful properties, the dangers of it are too risky for a beautiful smile. We’ll take a closer look at the controversy surrounding this substance.

So what is fluoride?

Believe it or not, it’s a naturally occurring mineral that can be found in the food we eat and the water we drink. However, the natural fluoride level for these things can vary greatly, and thus why people are debating whether adding fluoride to drinking water is safe.

There’s solid evidence that shows fluoride is beneficial for your teeth. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that fluoridated water reduces tooth decay over a person’s lifetime by 25 percent. A study in the Journal of Dental Research also supports these claims. The researchers analyzed data from almost 3800 adults who participated in the 2004 to 2006 Australian National Survey of Adult Oral Health. Based on their results, they found subjects who lived in communities with fluoridated water had significantly less tooth decay – up to 30 percent less – when compared to subjects who lived in unfluoridated communities.

But that’s not the whole story. While fluoride helps fight tooth decay, ingesting extreme amounts of it can be dangerous. Young children can also develop fluoride toxicity by ingesting large amounts of fluoride. In fact, getting too much fluoride can increase the risk of fluorosis – a condition that stains the teeth.

But don’t be alarmed – you would have to drink 5,000 to 10,000 glasses of fluoridated water in one sitting to reach unsafe levels. Basically any substance can be considered toxic if over consumed. A great example is alcohol. In small quantities, it’s been shown to have health benefits, like reducing the risk of heart disease and diabetes. But if you’re taking 10 shots of vodka in 30 minutes, you’re going to find its pretty lethal stuff.

Like any substance, it’s the dose that makes the difference. Fluoride in small amounts has been shown to be effective in preventing cavities and tooth decay. People of all ages can benefit their oral health by exposing their gums and teeth to fluoride. Fluoride helps to rebuild your tooth enamel which can be worn-down from acidic bacteria by the foods we eat. Fluoride also makes it more difficult for plaque to stick to your teeth.

The easiest way to get fluoride is by simply drinking water. Health Canada monitors safety levels and has deemed drinking water in Canada among the safest in the world. You can also use fluoridated toothpaste, mouthwash or oral supplements. These few fluoride sources are more than enough to keep your decay at bay.

In the end, you shouldn’t be worried about fluoride. In fact, the fluoridation of drinking water is one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. So sit back and enjoy that refreshing glass of water. Your teeth will thank you for it.

How to Instantly Cure Bad Breath

Imagine, you’re sitting at the restaurant with your gorgeous new date.

You’re both laughing and having a great time.

Everything is going perfectly.

When it suddenly hits you…

Your breath smells!

Maybe it was the onions you ate for lunch.

Or the maybe it was the coffee you had after work.

But you know at this moment, you have to get rid of the stank before your date realizes and runs for the hills.

So what can you do?

Here are some tips to quickly freshen your breath – and maybe also save your date.

Tip 1: Moisten your mouth

Bad breath can often be caused by a dry mouth, so you want to keep your mouth moist and wet. Drinking water helps fight bad odor since it washes away food debris and bacteria in your mouth. In fact, you should be drinking 6 to 8 glasses a day.

Ask for a glass of water with a lemon. Squeeze the lemon into your water and mix it.

Lemons contain citric acid, which will help mask the odor.

To get the best benefit, eat the pulp too.

Tip 2: Use salt

Salt is a great way to kill bacteria in your mouth.

Saltwater rinses have been around for ages. References appear as early as 2700 B.C., where the Chinese used it to treat gum disease. It was a common part of the oral hygiene routine for the upper classes during the Roman Empire.

Grab some salt (there should be some on the table), if you can take it without your date noticing. Another option is to leave for the bathroom and ask the waiter for some salt and a glass of water.

Gargle it for 5 to 10 seconds to kill off some of the bacteria.

If your date asks, you can always just say you have a sore throat.

Tip 3: Eat something crunchy

Order a salad that comes with apples, celery, or carrots.

The fibrous nature of these foods promotes saliva production and maintains healthy pH levels in your mouth.

They’re high fibre content also has the added benefit of gently massaging your gums while freshening your breath.

Tip 4: Munch on parsley

Parsley is a fantastic natural breath freshener.

It contains chlorophyll to fight bad breath and neutralize internal body odors before they leave your body. The herb is also rich in calcium and fluorine, which helps to strengthen tooth enamel.

Ask for a dish that comes with parsley for instant breath refreshment. Be sure to excuse yourself after to check if any of the herb is stuck in your teeth.

Tip 5:  Clean your tongue

Did you know that as much as 50% of the bacteria in your mouth live on your tongue? Yuck. And it’s these particular bacteria that cause bad breath.

The best way of removing bacteria on your tongue is by scraping it off.

• Sneak a spoon into the bathroom and moisten it (this makes it easier to wash the scraped off gunk).

Turn the spoon upside down, stick out your tongue, and gently scrape your tongue from back to front.  Don’t forget the sides. Also try to relax or you will gag.

Once you’re done, rinse your mouth. You’ll be surprised with how much cleaner your mouth will feel.

Practicing Good Dental Hygiene

To keep your breath smelling fresh, it’s important to brush your teeth, floss, and use mouthwash. Good oral habits also keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Bad breath can be caused by variety of things, including dry mouth, gum disease, smoking and medications. If bad breath is a persistent issue, you should check with your dentist or doctor for any underlying problems.

And we are.. BACK TO SCHOOL

Ah September, a parent’s favourite time of the year! Kids are back to school and returning to their routines. The next challenge, lunches! The objective is to find; nut free, low fat, low sugar, low acid, low sodium and non sticky options. No small feat by any means! Unfortunately, diabetes and obesity are on the rise, making it imperative that we guide our kids towards healthy choices and routine physical activity. Also, Canada’s Food guide has been revised to include age appropriate changes to accommodate one’s different stages of life and physical activity levels, so please use this resource when making lunch time and life choices. Another key is keeping one’s kids involved! Have them check labels when shopping, packing their lunches and with cooking (leftovers are a great option). Lunches are also a way that we can help our kids to reduce their environmental footprint.

For example; choose a BPA free bottle, reusable tupperware, a thermos and ice packs to keep food at the appropriate temperature.

Brushing at school is not likely to happen, so to help reduce the acidity level in the mouth, plaque levels, cavity risk and increase saliva flow have your child chew a piece of 100% xylitol gum or mints (available at health food stores). Xylitol is a natural sugar that our body produces, has the above benefits, as well as, impacting the bacteria’s ability to communicate, helping reduce the risk of gum and bone disease. As with all things, too much of a good thing can have negative effects so never use more than is recommended and use the minimum dosage to ensure the benefits for each age group.

Below is a chart of dental friendly lunch do’s and don’ts. They are as follows;

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Remember have fun, change it up and be creative!

Your Partner’s in Health,

Kathy C.
Oral Health Coach from your Downtown Dental Health Team

Love is in the air at Downtown Dental ?

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Congratularions Rosaline and Charlie

On Saturday August 22, one of the members of our family here at Downtown Dental- Roseline tied the knot with the man of her dreams Charlie. It was a beautiful night in West Seneca, New York filled with love, laughter, fun and excitement.

From the Downtown Dental family – wishing Roseline and Charlie a lifetime of pure love and all the best  the world can give you because you both only deserve the best

We Love You!

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10 Years and Counting

Tuesday August 25th, we celebrated an amazing person, hygienist, mother and friend – Julia Reyes on her 10 years of taking care of our clients here at Downtown Dental Associates. Congrats Julia – from your Downtown Dental family – thank you for being you;  thank you for giving us a decade of amazing care, great relationships and hard work! Wishing you many more to come! We love you.

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Love Starts With A Toothbrush ♥

It may be August but we still have over a month left of summer, since its officially over September 23rd. Spending hours upon hours at the beach or sitting on a lake trying to catch dinner or even relaxing after setting up the tent you thought would never look like the picture on the box. No matter how you spend the last few weeks (or where) it can be really easy to keep your smile looking bright and fresh with a few helpful hints.

Throw some soft picks or floss in your beach bag to help with left over surprises from that quick lunch. After a few hours on that boat you may find yourself wanting something to fight the dryness in your mouth. A great option is xylitol gum or mints, which are a natural sweetener and can be found in many grocery stores. And believe it or not you can take your electric toothbrush camping. Sonicare has a charge that lasts almost a month without needing to be charged, it comes in a great compact case that you could throw in any bag and not worry about it breaking.

Whatever way you decide to close out your summer remember as Brad Paisley sang “Love starts with a toothbrush”

Kayleigh

Oral Health And Mental Health – Is There A Connection?

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Good oral health not only improves your overall health, it enhances your self-image and quality of life.

But does your oral health also impact your mental health? And vise versa?

Is there a correlation?

The answer isn’t so simple.

Research shows people with mental health problems are less likely to focus on their oral health due to other issues they’re facing, such as depression and trauma. But people with poor oral health are also more likely to have emotional and self-image problems.

It’s safe to say the oral-mental health relationship is complicated.

We’ll examine this matter more closely now…

How Mental Illness Drugs Affect Oral Health

People who suffer from mental health problems are likely prescribed drugs to treat their symptoms. However, one common side effect of most mental illness drugs is increased dry mouth. This can impact oral health by increasing the risk of dental caries, gum disease, oral infections, and even salivary gland inflammation.

Medication-induced dyskinesia is another worrying consequence of long term anti-psychotic drug use.  This condition is characterized by continuous muscle contraction that appears shortly after taking antipsychotic medication. Any of the body’s muscles can be affected, such as the jaw, throat, and tongue. When the throat muscles are affected (a condition known as acute laryngospasm) it can be very serious, since it can impair breathing.

Lifestyle-Socio-Economic Factors and Barriers

People with mental health problems are more likely to have lifestyle and socio-economic challenges that can contribute to poor oral health. These may include:

•    Lack of understanding about oral diseases and how to prevent them

•    Unhealthy eating habits

•    Poor life style choices (binge drinking, smoking and drug use) as a way to deal with problems.

•    Bad past experiences with dentists

•    Fear and anxiety about dental treatments

•    Poor housing conditions (including homelessness) and lack of privacy for personal hygiene

•    Mental illnesses, such as dementia, which can affect a person’s ability to think clearly and take care of him/herself

Any of these factors can hinder someone with mental health problems to get proper oral care. It’s important to address these issues to make oral health care more within reach for these individuals.

How to Improve Oral Care for People with Mental Health Problems

Finding ways to make oral care more accessible and providing better education about dental hygiene are the best ways to improve oral health for people with mental health problems. Mental and dental health are closely linked since physical wellbeing has an impact on mental wellbeing and vise versa. Promoting and ensuring good dental habits is especially vital because mental health problems can seriously impede daily function.

Advice on healthy eating and importance of proper lubrication to alleviate the dry mouth symptoms are crucial to relieve the unpleasant oral side effect caused from mental medications. Highlighting the harmful effects of smoking, heavy drinking and drug use will also help people to make healthier life style choices.

More collaboration between dental care, mental health, and social care segments is needed. This will help dental professionals to understand the major diagnostic conditions and how to better treat people with mental health problems. This will also help them feel more comfortable receiving dental treatment.

Simply put, more needs to be done to ensure everyone is getting proper dental care. Because everyone deserves a healthy beautiful smile.

Do you have any suggestions yourself?

We’d love to hear them in the comment section below.

Welcome!

Welcome to our first blog post on our newly revamped website!

We hope you like our new look which is designed to make it easier to find the information that you are looking for. The site is now compatible with all today’s modern technology to allow you to keep in touch while on the move.

We haven’t lost sight of our traditional core values and our passion about improving the oral health of our patients.

We will be updating this Blog on a regular basis to keep you in touch with all the new things happening at Downtown Dental Associates as well as regular updates as to what is happening in the wider dental world.

Take a moment to explore our new site, and be sure to check back regularly for more information about our services as well as useful news and tips.

Once again, we welcome you to Downtown Dental Associates, our office located in the heart of downtown Toronto!

– Dr Yasaman Zadeh and Team