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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.

Food & Drink for Your Teeth

[ 0 ] January 2, 2015 |

Effect Of Food And Drink On Your Teeth


Since the holiday season usually means shameless indulgence in delicious baked goods and alcoholic beverages, most of us have gotten used to eating and drinking things that are on the unhealthy side. While the famous saying “a moment on the lips, forever on the hips” rings true, we should also consider “a moment on your lips, forever on your teeth”. Holiday weight gain is a true fear for many of us, however we don’t always think about how what we’re consuming affects our oral health.

Even just a glass of wine a day has been shown to have deteriorating affects on your teeth and gums. Alcohol is notorious for drying out your mouth, which leaves you with rancid breath. With a dry mouth comes a reduced flow of saliva – something that is essential in fighting off bacteria. With the reduction of salvia, a dry mouth is prone to plaque build-up, eventually leading to tooth decay. Additionally, alcohol can suck the calcium from your teeth, as substances that have high acidic properties soften and wear away the enamel, leaving you with weak and sensitive teeth.
To take preventive measures, and to still allow yourself to keep a bit of holiday spirit going, here are some ways you can keep your pearly whites in tact:

Flat is Fun:

While popping some bubbly to celebrate the holidays is almost a right of passage, opting for a flat beverage will have your teeth thanking you. Bubbly drinks are full of carbon dioxide, which is very acidic. Staying away from anything carbonated will help in ensuring your teeth stay strong. White wine is much more acidic than red, so opt for a nice Cab Sav and keep warm as well! For those who drink hard liquors, diluting your drink with water and ice is the best practice to reduce concentrated acidity levels. And lastly, good news for beer drinkers! Beer is actually quite good for your teeth, and has calcium properties in it, allowing teeth to harden. For anyone who is going to be drinking though, ensure you rinse some water around in your mouth every once in a while, as it helps dilute and reduce the acidic build-up.

Cut Out the Sugar:

Many of us mix our drinks with a sugary drink such as colas, lemon/limes, and tonic water. Or, we opt for drinks with high sugar content such as sherry and liqueurs. Both of these practices are harmful for our teeth as the sugar feeds the bacteria in our teeth, speeding up the process of tooth decay. Along with the sugar, we are still getting that acidity from the alcohol. To dodge this1, we can choose a creamier drink like Bailey’s that isn’t as acidic, or a non-sparkling cocktail. Mixing with just water or coconut water is helpful as sugar contents are low or non-existent. Ensuring we stay away from coolers that have very high sugar content, and using a straw, are great ways to keep our teeth where we want them.

Food for Thought:

Many of us are unaware, however foods such as celery and cheese are called detergent foods. This means they scrub the surface of your teeth while you are eating them, helping neutralize and remove any build-up that has occurred from drinking. In between glasses of wine, pop a few pieces of cheese from that cheese board, and enjoy both the taste and the effects on your teeth!

We hope you were able to keep the tooth fairy away this holiday season. Remember to keep a keen eye out for your oral health! Book an appointment with us, or contact us to inquire about our dental services.

3 Dental Health Tips: It all starts with prevention!

[ 0 ] December 8, 2014 |

dentist-child-careIf you’ve ever heard your grandmother say, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!” she is absolutely right. While it may not seem like it’s worth the effort to spend time on prevention—I’m an optimist! you might say—nothing quite drives the point home like getting yourself into trouble and knowing full well you had the power to stop it.

All of this is especially true when it comes to your oral health. Putting in the effort to keep your teeth clean and gums healthy is essential if you want to avoid serious health problems and costly treatments down the road. But don’t take it from us—take it from the 96% percent of Canadian adults that have a history of (preventable) cavities.

We figured if an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, then you might as well have three. The following are 3 tips to help you with what should be anyone’s first step towards oral health: prevention!

Brush and Floss—the Right Way

If you brush twice a day you’re good right? Wrong! It’s not that simple (we wish it was). First of all, you should be flossing as well. Not only does flossing remove decay-inducing food trapped between teeth, it removes bacteria before it has the chance to turn into plaque. Don’t be a part of the 72% of Canadians that don’t floss regularly (we’re willing to bet it’s higher than this because who hasn’t fibbed about their flossing habits before?).

Second of all, while you may be hitting your brushing totals, not all brushing is created equal. In fact, some brushing is downright harmful. To get the job done right, use short, gentle strokes and don’t forget to clean that gumline and those harder-to-reach back molars. A proper brushing session should last 2-3 minutes. This not only ensures that you’re cleaning your mouth thoroughly, but also that you’re not rushing through it and causing damage. The number-one cause of receding gums is vigorous brushing—so take it easy!

Eat Well and Properly Hydrate

While proper oral hygiene practices like those above do a great job of mitigating food-triggered tooth decay, a healthy diet definitely plays a role in the prevention of oral health problems. The usual suspects like sugary sodas and candy are of course things you’ll want to avoid, but keep in mind that most carbohydrates (like the ones found in rice, pasta, and bread) are known to produce acids in the mouth that erode tooth enamel.

While we hope you make solid food choices in your diet, there’s no need to just think of solids when it comes to dietary related oral hygiene. In addition to the other wealth of health benefits as a result of proper hydration, drinking plenty of water has many positive implications on the health of your mouth. Keeping your mouth moist helps your saliva to protect oral tissues and neutralize damaging acids in their tracks.

Get Expert Guidance

Despite everyone’s best efforts, sometimes we fall off track without even realizing it. Perhaps we’ve been missing a spot or two in the back of our mouth, we’re in need of a hygiene boost, or we have our own special oral health needs.
Seeking the advice of a dental professional is a wise move in your problem prevention toolbox. Oral hygiene instruction, regular cleanings that go beyond what a brush can do at home, polishing, fluoride treatments, and gum care are a few of the valuable things that only a dental professional can provide.

Depending on your needs, a dental expert can also recommend the use of sports and mouth guards to protect your teeth from physical wear and tear. If you participate in contact sports, a dentist can fit you with a sports guard to provide protection while you play. A mouth guard can be custom fitted by your dentist to prevent teeth grinding that occurs while many people sleep.

Being in pain, feeling unwell, and forking out cash for unexpected medical bills are all very unpleasant things. So prevent them! If you follow the above tips you’ll be well on your way to some pretty uneventful oral health—and trust us, that’s a good thing.

For more information on oral health and to seek professional dental care, book an appointment with us today. At Dental Care Toronto we pride ourselves on providing quality service to our patients, with a friendly and welcoming staff that is there to answer all of your questions. We look forward to helping you with all of your dental needs!

3 Ways to Eat Your Way to a Healthier Mouth

[ 0 ] November 25, 2014 |

Everyone has heard the saying you are what you eat. Of course, the gist of this expression is not that you’ll turn into a cookie or a head of lettuce–it’s that what you eat is important. This holds true not only for your overall health but for your dental health as well.

The following are 3 ways you can start eating your way to a healthier mouth.

Woman eating a sandwich

Eat Mouth-Friendly Foods

A healthy mouth regimen starts with thinking about mouth-friendly foods. Certain foods will promote tooth decay, while others will actually help protect your teeth.

While it’s true that sugar is a culprit for tooth decay, you’re not off the hook if you don’t have a sweet tooth. Most carbohydrates (including your favourite starchy ones like rice, pasta, and bread) are known to produce acids in the mouth that erode tooth enamel. Another factor to consider is the physical state of the food you’re eating. Sticky foods that cling to teeth are not easily washed away by saliva and therefore will have a greater length of time to wreak havoc on your teeth. Thankfully, there’s no need to avoid these foods entirely, since practicing appropriate oral hygiene will help to prevent their damaging effects.

Calcium and phosphate rich foods such as cheese, meat and poultry, nuts, and milk help protect your mouth against the effects of acids. In fact, finishing a meal with a piece of cheese is a great way to counteract any acids produced from carbohydrates eaten earlier in the meal! There, we just gave you an excuse to eat cheese.

Drink Plenty of Water

Staying properly hydrated throughout the day can have many positive implications for your body and a healthier mouth is one of them. By keeping your mouth moist, you’ll help your saliva do its work–including protecting your oral tissues and neutralizing damaging acids.

Time Your Meals Appropriately

Considering when you eat certain foods will help minimize the length of time acids have to cause damage in your mouth. Keep in mind that every time you consume carbohydrates bacteria in your mouth begin to produce acid, thereby kicking off the decay process. That means sipping on a soda or nibbling on a donut all day at the office is a really bad idea.

Once again, practicing good oral hygiene is essential and will go a long way in mitigating these problems.

We all know the importance of eating healthy and the countless implications for our every day wellbeing. We hope that maintaining a beautiful smile will be just one more motivation in your arsenal to keep you on your nutritional A-game.

For more information on oral health and to seek professional dental treatment, book an appointment with us today. At Dental Care Toronto we pride ourselves on providing quality service to our patients, with a friendly and welcome staff that is there to answer all of your questions. We look forward to helping you with all of your dental needs!

All About Cavities

[ 0 ] August 6, 2014 |


All About CavitiesSince childhood, boys and girls are taught how to properly brush and floss their teeth. One of the primary reasons that children are told to brush so thoroughly is to avoid the development of cavities, though poor oral hygiene can lead to many other problems as well. The concern over cavity development is justified since over 90% of the population is affected by cavities. These dental health problems can cause uncomfortable symptoms; the pain and discomfort associated with cavities are one of the leading causes of dentist visits. While it’s important to know how to avoid these irritating ailments, it’s also important to understand what they are and how they are caused.

What Are They?
Cavities are holes that form in the outer two layers of teeth. Enamel is the shiny, white, outer surface of the tooth that we typically see. Just below enamel is dentin, which appears slightly more yellow. Both of these layers collaborate as a protective defense for the living part of the tooth, located within. Symptoms are caused when the cavity reaches that living, sensitive part of the tooth. Small cavities often form that are asymptomatic, only becoming noticeable once they grow larger. A dentist will be able to find small cavities and treat them before they become big and painful.

How Are They Created?
Cavities are caused by the buildup of sticky, white, acid plaque. The bacteria in plaque feed off of any food that sits in the mouth, especially carbohydrates, and as they do they release acid. The acid that hits the tooth begins to corrode the layers of the tooth, the enamel and the dentin, creating a small hole. The bacteria then takes shelter inside of the tooth, unable to be scrubbed away by brushing and unaffected by flossing. In their little cave they multiply and continue to produce acid, enlarging the hole and making the cavity bigger. Once a cavity is beginning to form it is hard for at-home dental care to stop its progression, so seeing a professional for a cleaning and inspection is extremely important for keeping a healthy smile.

Why Are Children So Cavity Prone?
It’s a well-known fact that children are more likely to face cavities. When a child is born their teeth are coated in very chalky and porous enamel. The pores in the outer layer make it easier for bacteria to dissolve their way into the tooth than it would be in an adult’s mouth. Over time the enamel will be replaced by denser and shinier mature enamel that provides better protection from plaque, and thus more protection from cavities. It is because of this unique susceptibility that children need to be taught proper oral care practices. Ideally children should brush 2-3 times a day, with a round of flossing before bed. It should also be noted that once adult enamel replaces the child enamel then it can no longer be replaced – when mature enamel is gone it’s gone for good. Teaching children to brush properly while young will help instill good brushing habits to keep enamel present and healthy as they age.


In short, cavities are the formation of holes in the two protective layers of the teeth that eventually result in discomfort or pain. Children are extremely vulnerable to cavities, though they can be present in adults and kids alike. Regular dental checkups are also a crucial part of keeping teeth happy and healthy. Stop by our office for an appointment to keep cavities from affecting your beautiful smile.

All About Gingivitis and Periodontitis

[ 0 ] July 28, 2014 |

About Gingivitis and PeriodontitisBacteria in the body can be extremely helpful. For example there are a number of bacteria in the digestive tract that aid digestion and help everything run smoothly. However, there are instances where bacteria can cause problems and this can be the case in the mouth. Since it is such a warm and moist environment, unwanted bacteria can flourish in the mouth and lead to problems. More specifically, these troublesome guests can cause gingivitis and eventually periodontitis. Gingivitis is found in over 50% of adults and if left untreated can cause permanent damage to the mouth and teeth. Below is everything that you should know about Gingivitis and Periodontitis.

What are Gingivitis and Periodontitis?

These conditions develop primarily from the buildup of plaque. Plaque is a sticky deposit on teeth that encourages bacteria growth. This causes the gums to become inflamed. Inflammation is often accompanied by bleeding, especially when brushing teeth. This state is called gingivitis, but if left untreated can lead to periodontitis, also known as gum disease.  At this point gaps between the tooth and gums form and plaque continues to build up, leading to even more severe infection. The bone and connective tissue breakdown and cause teeth to loosen. Eventually tooth loss can occur; periodontitis is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. In essence, gingivitis is a swelling of the gums that can lead to gum disease, periodontitis, which causes permanent damage to the mouth, teeth, gums, and bones.

Symptoms for these problems include:

  • Bleeding gums, especially after tooth brushing
  • Swelling, redness, or tenderness
  • Receding gums
  • Shifting teeth


What Causes Them?

The primary cause of development of these conditions is plaque but there are a number of other influencing factors. For instance, hormonal changes can influence the likelihood of gingivitis. Gums can become more sensitive during pregnancy, menopause, menstruation, and puberty. Likewise, any illnesses that interfere with the immune system (e.g. HIV) or that affects blood sugar (diabetes) can also increase the likelihood of developing inflammation.  Smoking can make it hard for tissue to repair itself and family history of disease is also a large factor. Finally, certain medications can increase risk if they affect saliva flow or cause abnormal gum tissue.

Preventing Gingivitis and Periodontitis

Luckily both of these oral health concerns can be avoided in a number of ways. Firstly, following proper oral hygiene practices are the best way. This includes brushing your teeth 2-3 times a day and flossing once. Moreover, maintaining a good diet can be a powerful tool in staying healthy. Vitamin E and C help repair damaged tissue in the gums and will fight against the symptoms. If you are a smoker then quitting will also help minimize the impact of any gum damage.

In sum, gingivitis and periodontitis are avoidable conditions that are caused by poor oral hygiene among other potential influences. If you are experiencing symptoms of these conditions then contact our offices today to receive quality treatment. We are dedicated to providing professional care in a friendly and welcoming environment.

Dental Health: It Affects More Than Just Your Mouth

[ 0 ] April 23, 2014 |

Everyone knows that brushing and flossing on a regular basis is important for your mouth and teeth. However, what you may not know is that poor oral health can affect the rest of your body. While missing a night of flossing over the course of a week isn’t a huge problem, there are certainly some serious issues that can occur from poor oral hygiene over time. In order to better educate our patients, we’ve created this list of five serious health problems that can result form poor oral health.


One study we’ve found shows a correlation between poor oral health and dementia. According to experts, bacteria from your mouth may be able to find access to the cranial nerves and bloodstream. One type of plaque specifically has even been linked to Alzheimer’s disease.

Blood Sugar Impact

Individuals with diabetes are more likely to suffer from periodontal disease than those without. Diabetics are more susceptible to infection, but research suggests that gum disease makes it increasingly more difficult to control blood sugar. As a result, treating gum disease may help to improve the symptoms of diabetes.


Links to Heart Disease

Those who suffer from periodontal disease are significantly more likely to develop coronary artery disease than the average person. Although a direct link has not been discovered, there are several theories that are used to explain this phenomenon. One suggests that bacteria from the mouth can gain access to the bloodstream, and can result in fatty plaque buildup in the blood vessels, and heart. This leads to an increased risk of clots and inflammation, which can trigger serious heart attacks in individuals of all ages.

Effect on Fertility

Women with gum disease take on average two months longer to conceive than a woman with healthy gums. Other studies have also found that pregnant women with periodontal disease may be at an increased risk of miscarrying.

Breathing Effects

Research shows an increased risk between respiratory infections and gum disease, according to the Journal of Periodontology. One theory suggests that bacteria residing in the mouth can be inhaled into the lungs, causing inflammation of the airways. This can make it difficult to breathe, resulting in serious infections like pneumonia or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Improving Your Health One Day at a Time

At Dental Care Toronto, we are passionate about your oral health, for positive overall health and aesthetics. We understand that good oral hygiene can make you feel better, and improve overall wellbeing. Call us today to schedule an appointment for an exam, or to simply learn more about how you can improve your oral health.