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Dental Association & Educational Resources Canada

[ 0 ] May 4, 2016 |

Welcome to the unique repository of the Dental Association & Educational Resources Canada

The Dental Procedure Education System, or DPES, is a University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry web-based archive that uses rich media and plain language to help patients learn about dental procedures and oral health.

The Ontario Dental Association also offers a wealth of information about oral health. The ODA approved material provides rich advice on Oral Health Care. Fact sheets are the most appropriate resource to get the latest information on infection control techniques.

The Outreach Programs by Dalhousie University, Faculty of Dentistry, Halifax, are committed to supporting healthy smiles through outreach clinics. Educational programs on health care extend beyond the local communities. Various other programs as “preschool screening” ensure good oral health during the early stages of life.  The idea behind these programs is to “give back to the community”. Programs aimed at professional education work around the values of “compassion, care, knowledge and skills”. The programs get a boost with special offerings such as electronic patient database. The Oral health research community of Dalhousie University does a deep research on “discovering new treatment models” for oral health.

The community developmental programs, University of British Columbia, facilitate the service learning opportunities through Volunteer Community Clinic Program. The programs intend to promote oral health education and locate the sustainable opportunities for social betterment. Geriatric Dentistry Program provides education and research facilities for dental care. Clinical practice rotation is a common practice followed in education through Geriatric Dentistry Program.

The Smile Program Participation, Vancouver College of Dental Hygiene, aimed at providing the lives of endless possibilities to children with the help of dental surgeries. The other program, Dental Hygiene fosters practice environment for healthcare professionals. Self care education upgrades the skills to a level which are well remunerated.  The technical mastery program helps the practitioners to adopt the broad based perspectives. The programs are designed to help the professionals succeed in the field of Dental Care.

Dental Care Toronto aims at creating beautiful and bright smiles through preventive, restorative, cosmetic and infection control care procedures. The surgeons here believe that a radiant smile defines the personality.

How to Address your Wisdom Teeth

[ 0 ] March 2, 2016 |

Wisdom Teeth RemovalTalk to most seniors or those in mid-life and they will tell you that “wisdom comes with age.” Wisdom teeth, however, are another matter altogether.  They are given that particular name because they develop later than all our other teeth, usually around age 17-25. How to address your wisdom teeth and why they must be monitored are important factors for patients to understand.

Some patients live with them and no problems develop. But for a great majority of the population, they can become a real issue for your oral health.

What are Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the third molars in the very back of your mouth, two on top and two on the bottom. You don’t really need them and you won’t even know you have them unless they give you trouble. As long as they grow in correctly as opposed to haphazardly, or you begin to have symptoms, you can pretty much leave them alone.

Unfortunately, that is not the case with most people. If you have children in their late teens, it would be “wise” to schedule an appointment with your dentist to examine your child to be sure that the wisdom teeth are healthy and properly positioned.

If they grow in completely, are positioned correctly, and can be properly cleaned they may not need to be removed.

Schedule regular dental visits to monitor your child’s wisdom teeth and to prevent future problems. If there is an issue, it is easier to correct at 17 or 20 then it will be later in life.

When Wisdom Teeth Become a Problem

There are certain symptoms and changes that should serve notice there is a problem with wisdom teeth.

  • Pain
  • Infections
  • Development of cysts or tumors
  • Gum disease
  • Decay

If any of these changes occur, it is best to seek dental care.

When Wisdom Teeth Should be Removed

Wisdom teeth should be removed when they grow in at an improper angle (sometimes even horizontally) or if there is not enough room for them. Other surrounding teeth can be damaged.

Impacted wisdom teeth are an issue because they are trapped in the jawbone and gums. They therefore don’t have enough room to grow, or they grow at an irregular angle leading to future problems. Other teeth may then move or grow improperly. Your dentist most likely will recommend that you have them removed.

Sometimes wisdom teeth can be partially erupted, meaning they have broken through the gums. In this case they should be removed, otherwise bacteria will grow under the gum causing infection and decay. If the tooth is angled improperly it will be harder to clean and more difficult to bite down.

Procedure to Remove Wisdom Teeth

It is easier to remove your wisdom teeth if they are completed or partially erupted. They can usually be removed like any other tooth.

It is more difficult to remove an impacted wisdom tooth. After an incision is made in the gums, it may be split or broken into pieces for easier removal. It is always easier to accomplish when a patient is younger and the bones are less dense.

Patients are given a sedative or general anesthesia prior to surgery so they will be completely comfortable. In addition, a local anesthetic will be applied to the area around your wisdom teeth.

Recovery

Tooth Removal RecoveryExpect to spend a few days after surgery to recuperate. There will be some pain and swelling initially. Patients may be given pain medications and an anti-biotic prescription to prevent infection. While at home there are several things you can do to remain comfortable:

  • Use ice for the first 24 hours, then switch to a warm compress 20 minutes on, then 20 minutes off.
  • Take Tylenol or Advil for pain.
  • Gently bite down on gauze where the tooth was to help a blood clot to form.
  • Drink only clear liquids in the beginning of the recuperation period.
  • Rinse with salt water after meals and before bedtime. Do not use store bought rinses.
  • Clean and floss teeth as normal, but avoid the area where the tooth was removed.

Detailed instructions will be provided at the time of surgery.

Some Final Words

It is not wise to ignore wisdom teeth!

How to address your wisdom teeth becomes easier- the earlier you are examined. Once you make a decision whether to remove some or all of them, complications can be avoided later.

Contact the specialists at Dental Care Group to have your wisdom teeth evaluated or get a second opinion.

A New Smile for a New Year

[ 0 ] December 29, 2015 |

Teeth Whitening

We celebrated with champagne and had all the partying we can handle for a while. Holiday decorations are stored for another year. So now comes the inevitable sit down with ourselves to make a list of resolutions or goals for the New Year. Losing a few of those extra pounds we somehow picked up last year might be near the top of your list.

Not happy with how you looked in holiday photos? Or did you notice how you tried to hide your smile during all those holiday celebrations?

Then refresh your look and your outlook with a new smile for a New Year. The best part is- it’s easier than you may think!

A New Whiter and Brighter Smile

Our self-esteem affects everything we do, and a new whiter smile will give you a “jump start” toward a better you. A beautiful bright smile will help you become more confident at work and in all social situations.

Refreshing your look and outlook could be as simple as whitening and brightening those yellow or stained teeth. This simple fix by a dental professional could totally change how you feel about yourself and give you the confidence to tackle those extra pounds this year.

Coffee and tea stains, age, and many others foods we eat can stain our teeth. Regular brushing will not remove those stains, but it’s not something you have to live with. Just like losing some weight makes you look younger, so does a brilliant white smile!

A visit to Dental Care Group will give you the sparkling and inviting smile you crave.

Veneers for a Stunning Smile

You can always use certain fashions to help hide your extra pounds, and the good news about cracked or chipped teeth is they can be permanently hidden using a porcelain veneer. If you have discolored teeth or misaligned teeth, porcelain veneers can give you a perfect looking smile. Even spaces between teeth can be corrected and hidden quickly and easily.

The magic of porcelain veneers is that they look just like your natural teeth. The professional team at Dental Care Group will match the veneer to the color of your own teeth so no one will ever know.

Broken and unsightly teeth disappear and what the world will see is your gorgeous new smile. You won’t have to wait for months to see the results like you do when shedding weight. Make an appointment today.

Inlays

Are you the kind of person who laughs out loud, uproariously, and frequently? If so, and you still have those silver fillings in your mouth from when you were a child, then an inlay might be something to consider. Porcelain Inlays are specifically designed to replace those old fillings in your back teeth. They are shaded to match your natural teeth to eliminate that obtrusive look.

Next time you laugh out loud, all they will see are your pearly whites.

Invisalign for a Confident Smile

For decades dental professionals have been applying braces to straighten teeth.  In the past, these braces were uncomfortable, required brackets and wires, it was difficult to brush and floss your teeth, and certain foods were restricted.

 Invisalign For A Confident SmileBraces for the 21st century are very different. Now adults and teens can straighten their teeth without any of the former issues. First and foremost they are virtually invisible since they are made of clear plastic aligners. They are smooth, removable for cleaning and brushing your teeth, and you can eat virtually anything.

Invisalign is great for adults who would prefer not to be embarrassed by bulky metal braces, and course teens and tweens prefer them as well.

It is the modern way to straighten your teeth for a confident new smile in the New Year.

One Last Thought about Smiles

Don’t underestimate a professional cleaning and polishing. It can keep your mouth healthy and brighten your smile too!

Losing weight takes time and saving money takes real discipline. Getting a new smile in the New Year is just a phone call away.

Contact Dental Care Toronto and get that “jump start” toward a new smile and make a difference in your look and your outlook for the New Year.

Importance of Regular Teeth Cleaning

[ 0 ] May 16, 2014 |
  1. To Stop Gum Disease
    Periodontal disease, otherwise known as gum disease, is a bacterial infection that is caused by plaque. As plaque builds up, it hardens and becomes tartar, which can be hard to remove. The bacteria in plaque produce toxins that irritate the gums and cause inflammation and gingivitis. If bacteria are not removed and the inflammation continues, advanced stages of gum disease can begin.

  2. Keep Your Teeth
    In the advanced stages of gum disease, the pockets grow deeper and plaque moves further down the tooth root. This can cause the teeth to loosen and eventually fall out. Since gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, regular exams and teeth cleaning are an essential part of any adult’s oral health care routine.

  3. To Prevent Bad Breath
    Halitosis can be caused by poor oral hygiene, periodontal disease, a coating on the surface of the tongue, food stuck between teeth, unclean dentures, oral carcinomas or throat infections. Sounds delicious, doesn’t it? Good oral hygiene is essential in preventing many of these conditions and can, in turn, prevent bad breath. Regular cleanings are a great preventative way to keep bad breath in check.

  4. To help You Have A Healthy Smile
    Personal habits—such as tobacco use or drinking coffee, tea and other beverages—can cause tooth staining. Certain medications also can discolor teeth. Teeth cleaning by your dentist or hygienist, however, can often remove these external stains, and it promotes good oral health. In addition to removing plaque and tartar during your cleaning, your hygienist will also polish your teeth to a beautiful shine. The result? A whiter and brighter smile!

Contact the experts at Dental Care Toronto today and book your appointment! Give yourself another reason to smile.

A Smile A Day Can Keep The Doctor Away!

[ 0 ] May 9, 2014 |

A healthy diet is a good way to improve your overall health, but let’s face it: diets are never fun, takes planning and means you don’t get to eat pizza. How is that fun? And going to the gym to get a buff body means sweating (and pain).

Never fear! There is one thing you can do that some experts have found can have health boosting effects, and the answer will really make you smile. A spontaneous smile does not take much effort at all but could give your health a little kick in the right direction, according to American positive emotions expert Professor Barbara Fredrickson. Research has shown genuine smiles – also known as Duchenne smiles – can only be brought on by genuine positive emotions.

Remember to never hold back a genuine smile. Smiling helps your health and can show the world you’re having a good day, and let’s not forget smiling is contagious.

The experts at Dental Care Toronto have come up with a few reasons to smile:

  1. Smiling Changes Our Mood. Putting on a smile can sometimes trick your body into changing its mood, so always try and turn that frown upside down.

  2. Smiling Relieves Stress. Stress can really affect you and those around you. Smiling helps to prevent us from looking tired, worn down and feeling overwhelmed.

  3. Smiling is Contagious. A smile can light up a room and helps change the mood of others. Smile more and it makes you a magnet to other positive people.

 

Contact the experts at Dental Care Toronto today. They can help you get a healthier smile, which can result in a healthier you.