No part of the body functions truly independently, and your teeth are no exception. Your mouth is a window to the rest of your body and will often show warning signs if there is something bigger going on. If you’ve ever wondered why we ask so many questions about your medical history and lifestyle, it is because we are trying to understand the entire picture, along with what your mouth and oral health are telling us. There are many more things that can contribute to tooth decay rather than just poor oral hygiene. In fact, common diseases such as diabetes, autoimmune conditions, and eating disorders are examples of some systemic disease that do in fact impact the health of our teeth. As your Mississauga family dentist, we feel that it is important for you to be educated on the oral-systemic links in order to achieve optimal oral health. Common systemic conditions are:
Avoid Tooth Decay with Total Body Care
These are just a few of the more common diseases that contribute to tooth decay. The connection between your mouth and body are not always apparent, which is why it is important to share your medical history with your dentist. Our team at Credit River Dental Centre will work with you in order to develop a treatment plan that integrates your mouth with the rest of your body for a full-body approach. To learn more speak to your dental team at Credit River Dental Centre or book your appointment today at (905) 278-4297 and take control of your oral health!
As a parent, there are a lot of exciting “firsts” that you experience with your child. From first steps, to first words, to first tooth, the list goes on. Another first that can be a huge deal is taking your child to the dentist for the first time. It is important to start the habit of taking your child to the dental office as soon as their first tooth comes in to help familiarize them with the office and to monitor their oral health conditions. Typically, adults who have had earlier exposure to oral care at an early age see it as a routine part of life. However, in the eyes of a child who has never met one, a dentist can be quite intimidating. As your Mississauga family dentist, we feel that it is important to make every child’s first visit a great experience so they feel at home.
Here are some tips that can help you prepare your children for their first dental visit:
As your top choice Mississauga dental office, we know how important it is to not only find a great dentist, but a dental team that makes you feel at home. Dental visits can create a lot of anxiety, fear, and stress amongst some patients, but we at Credit River Dental make sure that you feel comfortable and at ease!
Have you ever walked into your favourite retail store and saw a fabulous jacket on the mannequin that you just had to have? You walk up to it and see if the rack is there, but it’s not. You look around and see if there’s anyone to help. There’s no one in sight. You walk to one of the registers and see a sales associate restocking. You politely ask for some help, only to be turned away with a response of, “sorry, I don’t work in this department!” You decide to search yourself and finally find it. You head back to another register to cash out. The cashier beams a smile and asks if anyone helped you. You tell her no and she simply nods and continues to render the bill. You walk out happy with your new purchase, but a tiny part of you was disappointed in the lack of customer service. How could such a great store have such lousy workers?
In an ever changing economical world, goods and services are bountiful. You walk along a busy city street; there are at least five coffee shops, three dental offices, 2 nail salons and seven different places to eat. Our society has been spoiled with countless ways to indulge, but what separates one from the other? In a world of franchise companies, what keeps “mom and pop” businesses in the race?
Amazing Customer Service Does!
Searching for the best has never been easier with technology literally at our fingertips. We then look at the reviews to relate to firsthand experiences from customers or patients and we realize that they are all based on one thing, customer service. How well do they treat their customers/patients? Were they friendly, passionate and helpful? Character can make or break! It doesn’t matter how great you are at the service you provide, if the way it is served is unpleasant, that speaks more of the work than the work itself!
Dentistry has always been deemed the least favourite visits in the healthcare field. Although this may be the case, making sure that patients are as comfortable and happy with their visits is something a great dental team will always strive for. When looking for the right dental office, you want more than just a great dentist. You want a team that can answer your questions, help accommodate if the case may arise, but most importantly, makes you feel like you are family! Find a team that reflects the work of a great dentist. A great dental family not only helps you with great oral health, but provides comfort and ease in and out of the chair!
At Credit River Dental Centre, we know the importance of a great smile. We understand that dental visits can be a little stressful and nerving, but rest assured that will do our best to help you feel at ease. If you ever have questions or are feeling a little nervous, it would be our pleasure to sit with you to answer and help reassure you! Enjoy a coffee or a snack from our patient snack bar. We offer televisions in the operatory rooms so that you can watch in comfort during your treatment. We are also available after hours for emergencies if you need help. Dr. Lee ensures your greatest smile in the chair, and his dental team makes sure to help continue that smile off the chair! Call us at 905-278-4297 to book your appointment today!
“There are no traffic jams along the extra mile” - Roger Staubach
Here are 5 makeup tips that can make your teeth look whiter
Most people are now likely aware of the negative effects of smoking cigarettes to their overall and oral health, however what is less known are the effects that vaping has on your oral health. Although this is a healthier alternative to smoking, there are still some negative side effects that we believe everyone should be aware of.
First off, what exactly is vaping? Vaping is the process of consuming nicotine or other substances through a vaporizer or an electronic cigarette. Vaping allows you to consume nicotine at controlled levels without actually smoking cigarettes and is often used as an aid to quit smoking. These battery powered devices heat liquid (also known as e-juice) to produce a fog-like vapor. The number of people in Canada who use vaporizers/e-cigarettes has tripled over the last four years and its popularity continues to grow as the years progress.
Vaping became a much more effective and safer alternative in comparison to smoking cigarettes. Although vape oil/e-juice does not contain any tobacco – which is the main ingredient in cigarettes – it may contain nicotine, which can pose a variety of significant health risks on its own. Although there are options of using nicotine-free oils, the majority of people using vaporizers do prefer adding nicotine to their oils.
As this new trend becomes more prominent in our society, we, at Credit River Dental Centre, want everyone who currently vapes or is considering vaping to understand and educate themselves about the potential consequences behind it.
Here are five ways vaping can affect your oral health :
Due to the multiple effects of vaping to your oral health, you may be wondering what you can do in order to reduce the risks and damage caused by regular vape use. In order to prevent these effects, you must aim to maintain exceptional oral hygiene practices. You should be brushing your teeth at least two to three times daily, flossing daily, brushing your tongue and using an antibacterial mouth rinse to reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth. Increasing your water intake and frequent rinsing can also aid in avoiding dry mouth. Due to the effects of nicotine, switching to lower nicotine or no nicotine e-liquids will also be helpful in reducing the effects. We also recommend scheduling regular hygiene appointments in order for us to monitor your oral health status and prevent progression of gum disease.
As your Mississauga Dentist, your oral health is our top priority. Our goal is to ensure that we are able to provide you with the information needed in order to educate you on achieving your optimal oral health. If you have any further questions, you can contact our team at Credit River Dental Centre at 905-278-4297.
April is Oral Health Month and an important part of this celebration is National Dental Hygiene Week, which takes place from April 6th to 13th. Here at Credit River Dental Centre, we recognize our hygienists as an integral part of our team, as they ensure our patients and their smiles are greatly taken are of! National Dental Hygiene Week also reminds us to focus on the importance of our oral health and emphasizes the goal of dental hygienists in terms of achieving “oral health for total health” for everyone.
The primary role of dental hygienists is oral disease prevention, in order to improve and maintain patients’ overall physical and mental well-being. As one of your primary health care providers, dental hygienists are valuable partners in terms of prevention and play an important role in everyone’s life. Our oral health is deeply connected to our general health, and the conditions within our mouths can signal more serious issues within our bodies. Dental hygienists can work collaboratively with you in order to develop oral self-care routines, and offer treatment recommendations and disease preventing strategies in order to benefit you and your oral health. Whether it be through introducing toddlers to their first dental visit or providing care to adults with periodontal disease, dental hygienists want to ensure that you have a healthy smile for life.
Oral Health Month and National Dental Hygienists Week gives everyone a perfect opportunity to create new oral health goals in order to improve one’s oral condition. The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association have formulated a chart with some oral health tips that can help to set you up for success and allow you to achieve your greatest smile! If you have any further questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us and ask your dental hygienist about what she/he can do to help you improve your overall oral health!
As your Mississauga dental office, informing our patients and the community about potential dental concerns is our utmost priority. As parents it’s always heartbreaking to hear your children crying especially when they are in discomfort and we feel helpless to relieve that pain. This can be true of pain in the mouth whether it’s coming from an emerging tooth or a canker sore. In the past few years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning parents against using products that contain benzocaine for treating teething discomfort. In fact, they are now taking action to get the products off store shelves because they are linked to a rare but potentially dangerous illness.
According to a May 23, 2018 press release, "OTC oral health products containing the pain reliever benzocaine for the temporary relief of sore gums due to teething in infants or children should no longer be marketed and [the FDA] is asking companies to stop selling these products for such use. If companies do not comply, the FDA will initiate a regulatory action to remove these products from the market."
Benzocaine is a topical anesthetic (pain reliever), and is the active ingredient found in a number products used to treat mouth pain including Anbesol, Cepacol, Hurricaine, Orajel and Topex. It's also available as a generic medication or a store brand, and may come in the form of a gel, spray, ointment or lozenge. Regardless of the name or the form, however, it's unsafe for babies and young children to use.
Benzocaine has been linked with a disease called methemoglobinemia - an uncommon but serious and potentially fatal condition. This illness occurs when the blood contains high levels of methemoglobin, a hemoglobin-like protein. Because methemoglobin carries less oxygen to body tissues than hemoglobin, an excess of this substance can cause shortness of breath, fatigue and dizziness - and in more severe cases, seizures, coma and death.
So what options do parents have to ease discomfort that may be caused by teething? According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, there are a number of simple things that may help.
If you have any further questions or concerns regarding the discomfort your child may be experiencing while teething don’t hesitate to call your Mississauga Dentist at Credit River Dental Centre!
You get to your dental appointment a few minutes early and just when you’re about to sit down, you’re asked by your friendly dental patient coordinator to fill out what looks like a 10 page booklet of questions about your previous dental history and medical history. As you flip through the pages, you wonder to yourself-wow, why is your dental professional asking so many questions?
After a few minutes or so upon completing your so called medical/dental history booklet, you’re then brought into the room. Yes, the room where your comprehensive oral examination will take place. As you sit patiently looking up at the television screen, the dentist comes in to greet you and explains what will happen within the next hour of your examination and what we hope to achieve as we gather all of this information about you.
“So let’s start by taking your blood pressure,” he begins. At this moment, like most, you start to question why, as your blood pressure is suddenly recorded a little higher than what’s considered normal. Your arm’s quite a distance from your teeth. What does this have to do with my mouth? The flood gate of questions begins.
Your dental professional then asks you, “Do you know what your blood pressure normally is?” “When was the last time you had a physical?” or “Any family history of heart disease?” You start getting a little concerned and answer as best you can. So yes, why do we take blood pressure, need your medical history and ask the questions that we do? Knowing information such as this is important in understanding how your body will react to treatments that may be done. It helps your dental professional to understand if there are any underlying conditions that may also affect the outcome of treatment and also if there is a potential for any condition or medication to contra-indicate it.
Have you ever heard the term “Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure?” We take this very seriously in our practice. This is often where dentistry and medicine are different.
After we collect the necessary baseline information, your dentist will then design a customized treatment plan for you. This will entail the frequency of hygiene appointments which is based on your periodontal evaluation and current medical condition, restore any decayed teeth and discuss preventative measures to be taken for this, and also an evaluation of any potential risks for conditions such as sleep apnea, teeth grinding (bruxism), oral cancer, etc.
Dentistry is very focused on prevention. How many times does your medical doctor ask you when you last visited your dentist? Or better yet, how often do you visit your dental professional? Does the head, neck and mouth magically not connect to the rest of the body? Or are they just not informed about the importance of Oral Health to the overall health of the body?
Lately, more attention has been paid to the Oral-Systemic Link.
When inflammation exists in the mouth, experts have equated this to having a wound the size of your hand.
If you had a wound the size of your hand, would you not have it treated or be just a tad bit concerned? Inflammation is inflammation regardless of where it is in our bodies and it is important that both medical and dental professionals recognize this. What’s unfortunate about periodontal disease is that damage can progress without any pain and oftentimes when discomfort occurs, it is beyond repair.
Dentistry has changed over the years. Prevention is key in maintaining balance not only in our bodies but in our mouths as well. You could very well take care of your body; feed it healthy food, exercise, take supplements, and more but if your oral care is not up to par and there is a presence of even the slightest bleeding upon flossing or brushing, this is a clean indication that inflammation may be present. A cleaning isn’t just a cleaning when you see your dental hygienist regularly. It entails so much more but the most important part of your hygiene appointment is reducing the amount of bacterial contamination in the mouth which will reduce the inflammation.
To learn more speak to your dental team at Credit River Dental Centre or book your appointment today at (905) 278-4297 and take control of your oral health!
If you’ve ever had a canker sore, you would understand how irritating these little spots in your mouth can get. Here at Credit River Dental Centre, we often have patients ask us what they can do to prevent and treat their canker sores. As your Mississauga family dentist, we’ve put together some basic information and tips in order to help you overcome the discomfort that canker sores cause.
What exactly are canker sores?
Canker sores are small ulcers that develop inside the tissues of your mouth. Canker sores are typically white or gray and oval-shaped ulcers, with a red-edged border. They are commonly located on the soft tissues and at the base of the gums. Although canker sores are benign and are not contagious, they can be quite painful and awfully annoying. These ulcers can be quite sensitive and can make it difficult to do daily tasks such as eating, drinking and talking.
What causes canker sores?
How to get rid of them
Thankfully, canker sores do go away on their own within one or two weeks. The best thing you can do is to keep your mouth healthy. This means keeping up with your oral care regime, including brushing twice and flossing daily. It may be tempting to avoid brushing in the area due to discomfort, however it is important to remove the plaque, bacteria, and food debris in order to aid healing. You should also avoid eating highly acidic and/or spicy foods, as they can cause irritate the tissues.
Over the counter mouthwashes and ointments are also available in order to soothe the area. Gingigel by Oral Science is a product that we highly recommend for those with canker sores or gum inflammation. It relieves pain and contains hyaluronic acid – a natural substance found in the connective tissues of the body. Hyaluronic acid helps to stimulate the production of new healthy tissue and promote tissue regeneration, allowing the sore to heal at a faster rate.
If you are noticing large sores, have sores that do not go away after three weeks, or are experiencing severe pain associated with your mouth, we encourage you to visit us at Credit River Dental Centre to have us examine the lesion to ensure that it is indeed a canker sore.
Being your top choice Mississauga dental team, we love to share important information and advice when it comes to great oral health. Dental health is a serious matter to ensure proper oral health, but who said it can’t be fun? Check out some of these fun facts that will make you smile!
Call us today at (905) 278-4297 and we’d be more than happy to book an appointment for you!