ARE TEETH MORE SENSITIVE IN WINTER?

ARE TEETH MORE SENSITIVE IN WINTER?

If your teeth have been feeling more sensitive lately due to the cold air outside, you’re not alone. Approximately 40 million people in the United States experience tooth sensitivity, according to the Academy of General Dentistry. So, what causes sensitive teeth?

While the nature of this condition can vary from person to person, the cause is usually exposed nerve endings. This exposure arises when the interior part of your teeth loses its protective enamel covering. Although enamel is hard and durable, several factors can lead to erosion and eventual loss of enamel including:

 

  • Teeth Grinding
  • Gum Disease (Gingivitis)
  • Tooth Decay
  • Improper/Aggressive Brushing

Believe it or not, cold temperatures can add to your tooth sensitivity. Protect your teeth and ease your pain by taking a few precautionary measures.

Drink Warm Beverages – If you plan to spend substantial time outside, keep a thermos of your favorite hot drink on hand and take frequent drinks to warm your body. Caffeine-free hot tea is great for warming your body and helping you meet your daily water requirement.

Wear a Scarf Over Your Mouth – Wearing a scarf over your mouth filters the air and warms it up before hitting your mouth.

Breathe Through Your Nose – Breathing through your nose rather than your mouth can help eliminate some of the air from hitting your teeth and make you more comfortable.

In addition to taking precautionary measures in the winter time, there are several steps you can take year-round to treat tooth sensitivity.

1. Use Toothpaste Formulated for Sensitivity.

Some people’s teeth are just more sensitive to regular toothpaste. Try using a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth. Your Square 1 Dentist will be able to recommend a toothpaste that is right for your specific needs.

2. Wear a Night Guard.

If you grind your teeth at night, a custom night guard will protect your teeth during your sleep.

3. Avoid Acidic Beverages.

If you suffer from tooth sensitivity, try cutting out acidic and sugary food and drinks from your diet as these can all trigger pain, as well as cause tooth decay. If you do decide to drink something that’s acidic make sure you use a straw, as this will keep the liquid away from your teeth.

4. Speak to your dentist.

Your Square 1 Dentist will be able to give you specific tips to help with your sensitivity. Call  905-270-7206 to make an appointment today!

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FALL FRIENDLY DENTAL TIPS

FALL FRIENDLY DENTAL TIPS

The summer is now coming to an end. Swimsuits are being packed away and beach towels are being thrown to the back of the closet after another exciting summer season. With the fall calendar countdown about to begin, it’s important to understand how to maintain optimal oral health in the coming cooler months. Let’s look at a few fall-friendly oral health tips.

1. The Cooler Weather Could Signal Teeth Issues

Do you suffer from sensitive teeth when the cool weather arrives? Many do. This could be nature’s way of telling you there is damage to the tooth or gums. Cold sensitivity could be the result of several factors, including cracked teeth, gum shrinkage, thin enamel or tooth bruising. Those who experience sensitive teeth for more than three days this fall should speak with our office as soon as possible to have the problem evaluated.

2. Manage Your Child’s Candy Eating Effectively

October 31st is a date your child has been waiting for all year. It’s important that they’re able to enjoy their Halloween trick or treating without hurting their teeth for the long-term. In order to help mitigate teeth issues, you must help manage their candy supply for them. One tip is to reduce all candy eating to meal times. That way the saliva will help to rinse the mouth of cavity causing bacteria.

3. Schedule End of Year Appointments

Some still wait for their dental professional to contact them to schedule their next visit.  If you’ve not seen us for a while and are looking for a time to get back on track, the end of the year could be the ideal time to begin a refreshed oral health regimen. You might also find that your dental insurance plan allows for another appointment before the end of the year. This means you should try to schedule your next appointment as early as possible to help in finding an ideal appointment time.

A commitment to year-round oral health care is exceptionally important. But with the dangers that cool weather and those Halloween snacks bring, it’s important to begin the fall with a renewed focus on oral care issues. Speak with one of our specialists today about your oral health needs.

 

If you’re concerned your dental health, Square 1 Dental Center can help. We provide general family dentistry as well as cosmetic enhancements and restorative procedures. Contact us today at 905-270-7206 and make an appointment.

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BACK TO SCHOOL DENTAL TIPS

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BACK TO SCHOOL DENTAL TIPS

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Fall is back-to-school season for many students from first grade to university, and this time of year comes with many challenges as far as dental health. Whether your new student eats cafeteria meals or you’re a student yourself and struggle to find the time to brush your teeth, the school year can lead to problems with your oral health. These back to school dental tips can help you stay healthy!

 

Set a specific time to brush your teeth.

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If you have a fixed schedule like most students, you should know ahead of time when you will and won’t be home. Figure out exactly when you plan to brush your teeth each day. Even if you can only do it at lunchtime and before you go to bed, that’s much better than not brushing at all. Incorporate brushing habits into your routine by, for example, brushing your teeth as part of preparing to leave for school each day.

Don’t forget to floss your teeth!

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Some people neglect to floss their teeth because they focus on brushing. Flossing can take practice, but it’s very important if you want to maintain your oral health. If you haven’t flossed much in the past, your gums may bleed a little when you start flossing regularly, but this should pass within a few days or weeks of regular flossing. You may want to hold off on flossing until you get home from school so you don’t have sore gums while you’re out and about.

Pack healthy foods and drinks.

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Consider bringing a travel toothbrush to school if you will be gone all day and won’t have a chance to brush your teeth there. If this isn’t an option, at least make sure you pack healthy foods and drinks. Avoid packing sugary foods that can eat away at your teeth all day until you get a chance to go home and brush them! Bring a refillable water bottle to school and you’ll always have a healthy beverage option.

In all the chaos of the season, don’t forget to follow these back to school dental tips and make an appointment with your dentist for a cleaning or checkup if you haven’t been in for a while. It’s important not to neglect your health while you’re maintaining a busy life.

 

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Don’t forget to book your regular check up and cleanings as well.  If your a College or University student, utilize when you come back on the weekends to visit friends and family, to book an appointment!

If you’re concerned your dental health, Square 1 Dental Center can help. We provide general family dentistry as well as cosmetic enhancements and restorative procedures. Contact us today at 905-270-7206 and make an appointment.

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August 6th is National Fresh Breath Day!

The quality of your breath is a social faux-pas that can ruin just about any good party. Rest assured, though, as quickly as bad breath can ruin a good night out, correcting it can be just as simple.

 

Aside from your regularly scheduled cleaning, which keeps tartar, gum disease, and bad breath in check, try a few of these measures to make sure you’re the center of conversation at the party, not your breath:

Replace your toothbrush at least every three months

If you’re not replacing your toothbrush every few months you’re robbing your oral care routine of the best tool in its arsenal.

An old toothbrush is an ineffective toothbrush, and it will hamper your efforts to remove plaque and food debris from your teeth. Both attract and generate bacteria that cause bad breath, so toss the old and bring in the new.

Floss

This one is simple, and everyone knows it’s important. Still, it’s the first thing we stop doing after a thorough cleaning at the dentist’s office. The only real way to stick with flossing is to make it easy.

Start by having your floss in plain sight, so each time you visit the bathroom, it will register in your mind that you’ve got to floss. Don’t place it in the cabinet – stick it right on the countertop. Believe it or not, our subconscious mind is phenomenal at convincing us when we need to create a good habit, or end a bad one.

Try a tongue scraper

There are many versions of scrapers on the market, and they’re super cheap. Find one you like and use it once a night.

Even after what you think is a thorough cleaning, you’ll be amazed how much debris a tongue scraper removes from your tongue. Less debris and bacteria means fresher breath. Try it!

Stay hydrated

Drinking water throughout the day promotes saliva production, and is your mouth’s natural defense against the germs that cause bad breath.

If you ignore the other tips here, drinking water will at least help a little bit. Besides, being well-hydrated does a world of good for your body.

Cover it up in a pinch

If your mom ever told you to eat the parsley on your plate when dining out, maybe she was actually trying to tell you your breath needed some freshening!

Parsley appears to have antibacterial and antifungal properties which can help keep your mouth clean. Yogurt and celery also work in a similar fashion, and sugar free gum with Xylitol can also help to promote salivation without adding sugar into the mix.

So, that’s it. A few simple things that can help you maintain fresh breath and remain welcome at every gathering you would like to attend.

 

If you’re concerned your dental health, Square 1 Dental Center can help. We provide general family dentistry as well as cosmetic enhancements and restorative procedures. Contact us today at 905-270-7206 and make an appointment.

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Dental Tips For Happy Smiles This Summer!

Summer is the season of relaxation, excitement, and indulgence. With so much of joy, and enthusiasm we often ignore our dental health. Summer heat compels us to drink cold beverages, and eat ice creams, both of which are detrimental to our dental health.

The following dental tips will help you care for your dental health, without refraining from your favourite summer delicacies.

 

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  1. Stay Hydrated

Summer deprives our body of water, making us feel dehydrated time and again. You must stay hydrated by drinking a lot of water, and other fluids, such as, coconut water, and fresh juices.

However, avoid aerated and other sugar laden drinks as they harm your teeth. Staying hydrated keeps tooth decay at bay, and also protects your gum tissues, and skin.

 

  1. Don’t let your mouth go dry

Dehydration, or dry mouth can cause plague accumulation, tooth decay, and halitosis / bad breath. These can lead to dental cavities and gum diseases.

Thus, to avoid the same, you must keep sipping water to not let your mouth go dry.

 

  1. Brush twice a day

Summer and sweet tooth go hand-in-hand, but high volumes of sugars can cause cavities and commence the process of tooth decay. Avoiding ice creams and cold drinks in summer seems next to impossible, and thus, you must follow a strict oral care routine.

Make sure that you brush your teeth right after swimming, to avoid erosion and weakening of the teeth, due to high levels of chlorine in the pools.

Brushing twice a day, for two minutes, will help keep the dental problems at bay.

 

  1. Use mouth guards to prevent dental emergencies

Summer calls for a lot of sports activities, which may lead to sudden accidents. Though, we cannot stop the accidents, we can definitely prevent the damage. Whether it’s you or your kid, wearing a mouth guard during your sports activities can protect your teeth.

Wearing a mouth guard ensures that your teeth do not crack, chip or damage your lips, cheeks and gums in the event of an accident.

 

  1. Snack healthy

With the kids being home all the day, they would probably want to snack more often. Undoubtedly, the best summer snack is a fresh fruit. Apart from this you can stock your kitchen with protein rich food, along with nuts and cheese.

Keeping these instead of the unhealthier options will force your kids to snack healthy throughout the summer.

 

  1. Go for a dental check up

Summer is a perfect time for dental checkups. Getting your / your kid’s teeth cleaned, and oral health checked at the start of summer ensures that you / your kid have no dental problems all through summer.

After all, the last thing you would want is waste the perfect summer holidays for you / your kid due to dental problems.

 

Now that you’re summer ready, go make the most of this splendid season.

Take precautions, as we all know, ‘Prevention is better than cure.’

If you’re concerned your dental health, Square 1 Dental Center can help. We provide general family dentistry as well as cosmetic enhancements and restorative procedures. Contact us today at 905-270-7206 and make an appointment.

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Dads & Superheroes: What do they have in common?

Dads & Superheroes: What do they have in common?

We love superheroes. They have special powers and exciting lives, and they’re always working to keep people safe.

Dads, you’re like superheroes to your kids. They look up to you and want to be just like you, and as a dad, you do everything you can to keep your loved ones healthy and safe.

For all of our superhero dads on Father’s Day (June 17th), we put together this list of fun ways to help your kids have healthy smiles:

 

Give your kids healthy foods and snacks. Raw vegetables and fruit will help clean your child’s teeth throughout the day. A well-balanced diet in what you eat and drink will help keep not just your kids’ teeth but their whole bodies healthy.

Show your kids that you have fun while taking care of your teeth. Your kids love to do what you do. Help them have fun brushing after meals, and check out this activity sheet about flossing every day.

Stay away from sticky, sugary sweets.Sticky, sweet, and chewy foods can stick to teeth, and can cause cavities. They’re also hard to wash away. If you give sugary sweets, give them right after a healthy meal.

Avoid too many juices or sodas. Give your kids water instead. Water doesn’t hurt teeth and help wash away food that might be stuck on their teeth.

Sing a fun song or make silly noises while youre brushing. You can play a song – and keep time while you and your kids brush.

Make visits to the dentist fun. You can turn it into a game by having a “pretend” visit with your kids at home. You can practice dental cleanings with their toys or dolls, read books about going to the dentist, or use a tooth brush to count teeth.

Happy Father’s Day to all of our Super Dads! Thank you for everything you do to help your families have happy, healthy smiles.

 

If you’re concerned your dental health, Square 1 Dental Center can help. We provide general family dentistry as well as cosmetic enhancements and restorative procedures. Contact us today at 905-270-7206 and make an appointment.

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Over the River and Through the Woods… 7 Dental Health Tips For Travel

7 Dental Health Tips For Travel

With warm weather around the corner travel plans fly into motion!

It can be easy to neglect your oral hygiene habits when travelling; after all, you’re away from home and out of your normal routine. With a little advance planning, you can avoid taking a vacation from your dental health during your holiday travels!

1. Schedule your cleaning and checkup with your Dentist at Square 1 Dental prior to planned travel to ensure any problems are identified and treated before you leave. Call us at 905 -270-7206 to book your appointment!

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2. Remember to pack your toothbrush, floss, and mouthwash. 

If you wear a night guard, pack that too!

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3. Use a protective cover for your toothbrush that has holes for ventilation.

4. If traveling by air, keep your toothbrush and floss handy in your personal item for easy access during the flight.

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5. During long flights, drink plenty of water, avoid sticky snacks, and chew sugar-free gum.

6. When you arrive at your destination, take your toothbrush out of its cover – a wet toothbrush can breed bacteria. Allow your toothbrush to dry thoroughly before covering it again.

7. If the water isn’t safe to drink where you’re vacationing, it’s not safe for brushing either! Use bottled water instead.

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Emergencies happen! Here are a few preventive tips to help avoid a dental disaster:

• Avoid chewing ice, hard candies, or other foods
that could chip or crack your teeth.

• Pack an over-the-counter pain medicine, such as ibuprofen,
in case of a toothache.

• Double-check your dental insurance to be aware of what’s covered
while travelling in other provinces or countries.

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When travelling abroad, it’s especially important to find a trusted professional if you need emergency dental care. Many countries have dental associations that can refer you to a dentist locally, if needed. If you have a travel insurance policy, contact the insurance company to find a qualified dentist near you.

If you experience severe tooth pain or trauma while travelling, feel free to call our office at 905-270-7206 to discuss your symptoms. We can help you determine if it’s urgent to see a dentist right away or if you can wait until you return home to seek treatment.

Have Safe Travels!

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