Category: Your Health & Your Smile

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.


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.

Proper Dental Hygiene Protects Your Mouth for Life

[ 0 ] February 16, 2016 |

Importance Of Dental HygieneYou can admit it. No one really looks forward to going to the dentist. We find reasons to postpose appointments, cancel at the last minute and generally allow ourselves to put off that regular check-up for another few months. After all, we don’t have a tooth ache or any other discomfort. If we are really being honest, the apprehension about going to the dentist is always worse than the actual cleaning and check-up. The real problems arise when we procrastinate too long and suddenly we have a serious issue.

Keeping your oral health in check can assist in maintaining your general health, and that all begins with proper dental hygiene. Proper dental hygiene protects your mouth for life. Here we will review the basics of daily dental hygiene, but also discuss why regular cleaning and check-ups are so important, and some serious consequences of ignoring both.

The Simple Basics of Proper Dental Hygiene

Just as we are careful to take preventative measures to protect the investment of our homes like termite control and regular maintenance, so it should be with our oral health. Taking specific steps can save a lot of pain, money and grief.

We all know we should brush and floss daily. In fact we should brush twice daily and thoroughly floss each night before bed. It is a routine we can sometimes think unimportant. We are tired, we can get complacent, and suddenly that becomes our routine.

Proper dental hygiene includes:

• At least 2-3 minutes of brushing twice a day
• Using a soft brush is recommended
• Making sure you reach specific areas of your mouth like in the very back and behind teeth
• Careful flossing to remove all food particles especially at night.
• Drinking a lot of water during the day to maintain moisture, eliminate acids, and protect oral tissue

It helps to chew sugar free gum occasionally and if possible try to reduce or eliminate smoking.
Careful brushing removes food particles and bacteria that can harden into plaque. Plaque build-up can cause gum disease and lead to loose teeth and even tooth loss. It affects both our gum tissue along with the bone supporting the tissue. This regimen of proper dental hygiene helps keep plaque in check.

The Importance of Regular Dental Check-ups

Having regular professional check-ups is the second rule of proper dental hygiene. There are multiple reasons to visit your dentist even if you are following the simple basics of proper dental hygiene. A professional examination of your mouth, teeth and gums can uncover many issues as well as provide additional instruction about your home routine.
This professional cleaning completes your dental hygiene regimen to keep your mouth free from plaque, bacteria and infections. Your dentist will recommend how often you should have these regular check-ups and cleanings based on the health of your mouth, teeth and gums.

Importance Of Regular Dental Check-ups

There may be certain areas of your mouth you are missing as you brush and floss. Your dental care professional will not only alert you to these areas, but instruct you how to reach them.

When all plaque is not routinely removed, it can harden into tartar. Only a professional cleaning can remove all traces of tartar.

Your dentist can uncover many oral issues not visible or felt by you and will help reduce the growth of inflammation causing bacteria.

There are additional issues like mouth sores and cancer which can be detected your by dentist so never put off your scheduled dental appointment.

Some Consequences of Poor Dental Hygiene

Unfortunately there are some serious consequences to poor dental health. Children through senior citizens are all susceptible, so teaching children about proper oral hygiene early will help them develop good habits.

Some serious issues resulting from poor dental hygiene include:

• Development of gingivitis which is an early stage of gum disease
• Serious infections like periodontitis cause inflammation around the tooth where the gums pull away from the teeth. If left untreated, this can cause a break-down of bone and tissue and even tooth loss.
• A dental abscess results from an infection. It can extend into the gums, cheek, throat, and under the tongue. It is extremely painful and if not treated properly can cause serious health issues and even death.
• Jaw bone loss can occur with ongoing periodontal disease and infection as it destroys the support for your teeth.
• There are connections between poor oral hygiene and heart disease, diabetes, and many other health concerns.

Proper dental hygiene takes discipline, a set routine and knowledge, but a consistent schedule will help protect your mouth for life.

Contact Dental Care Toronto if you or a member of your family needs support with proper dental hygiene. We are here to help.

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.


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.

Improve your Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry

[ 0 ] October 17, 2015 |


More than ever before your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but a beautiful white and bright smile defines you.
In the midst of the selfie generation and social media of all kinds, we are constantly sending out photos of ourselves to friends and family. Maybe even more importantly, photos are used for professional purposes on other sites. They become like first impressions to a prospective employer similar to the handshake in an interview.
If you are not happy with the smile you see in your mirror, there are many ways to improve your smile with cosmetic dentistry. Let’s look at some of the best ways to achieve that spectacular smile.

Cosmetic Dental Procedures
Porcelain Veneers

You don’t have to live with broken, misaligned, or chipped teeth. Dark spots can be masked and no one will be able to see what is underneath. A porcelain veneer mimics perfectly shaped and natural teeth. A veneer is an ultra-thin sheet of porcelain bonded to your front teeth, and it can be the perfect solution when one or several teeth need repair.
Veneers are especially natural looking because porcelain reflects light the same as real teeth do, and your dentist can match the porcelain to the color of natural teeth. It can be a simple two-step process. First (after a minimal amount or no shaping of your teeth) an impression is made of your existing teeth to create the perfect veneer. Once the veneer is created, it is bonded to your teeth. It is a simple procedure but the results are spectacular.

Veneers can fix:
• Worn down teeth
• Chipped teeth
• Crooked or misaligned teeth
• Hide spaces between teeth
• Misshaped teeth
They do not stain, are strong and last a very long time. You walk out of the office with an instantly beautiful new smile.
Improve your smile with veneers and then get out the smartphone and take a new profile selfie.

Porcelain Inlays

If you are still living with those old silver fillings, now you can update your look with a porcelain inlay or onlay. That same natural look of porcelain can replace old fillings. When you smile and laugh out loud those silver fillings will be gone and your fillings will be camouflaged by the natural look of porcelain.


Bonding can be utilized for many of the same issues as veneers. Resin is the material employed and it is less expensive than porcelain. They can stain over time or begin to look dull, but they are an appealing option for improving your smile, and are very conservative.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth WhiteningThere are countless products out in the marketplace to improve your smile and for brightening and whitening teeth. Toothpastes, rinses, over the counter whiteners, strips, all promise whiter and brighter teeth. A cosmetic dentist performing a cosmetic treatment is the most efficient, safest, and long lasting way to brighten your teeth.
Dental Care Group will professionally whiten your teeth for a natural and long lasting smile.
Specials are available right now.

Instead of Braces: Invisalign

If you are an adult who had braces as a child, but your teeth have shifted, this type of cosmetic dentistry might be right for you. If you never had braces, this is the perfect way to straighten your misaligned teeth with minimal discomfort, and no one will even notice.
Invisalign is a series of clear plastic shiny aligners. It is an effective treatment for adults who wish to straighten their teeth without noticeable metal braces. Some of the other advantages of Invisalign braces are:
• They are removable making them easier to clean than metal braces
• They are comfortable because they are smooth against your gums and cheeks
• You take them out when you are eating so they don’t trap food like metal braces and cause other issues
• Removing them allows you to eat foods like popcorn and certain kinds of candy, impossible with metal braces
There are some restrictions. While wearing the braces you cannot drink any liquids which contain sugar or acid, and you may only drink cool water. They must be worn for 22 hours a day.
Usually it will take approximated 18 months to complete the treatment with new aligners being swapped out as you progress.
Regardless whether your smile includes misaligned teeth, chipped or broken teeth, stained and yellowed teeth, it is always best to trust your smile to professionals like those at Dental Care Group.
Contact us today and find out which cosmetic dentistry treatment is best to improve your smile. Project the smile and confidence you have always wanted.

8 Worst Foods for Your Teeth

[ 0 ] September 13, 2015 |


Everything in moderation. Remember mom telling you that? Or how about, “If you keep eating all that candy, your teeth will fall out.” Mom might have exaggerated just a bit there, but put the two thoughts together and you might have a legitimate rule when it comes to healthy teeth and gums. We will list the worst foods for your teeth in no particular order, but keep track of how many of them you eat regularly.

Hard and Chewy Candy

Worst Foods For Your Teeth - CandyThis might actually be the worst of both worlds. Hard candy of course is full of sugar, but it also can create an issue if you bite down on it too hard or at the wrong angle. It can result in a chipped or broken tooth and an emergency trip to the dentist.

Now on to the sugary part. Caramels, taffy, hard candies of all types not only have lots of sugar but many also contain citric acid. The bacteria in your mouth just love the sugar and citric acid creating cavities and loss of enamel. The chewy type sticks to your teeth longer making it even harder to remove.

If you must indulge, think back to what mom said about moderation, and then rinse with water and floss right away.

Soda and Sports Drinks

You may think that sports and energy drinks are a better choice than soda, but always check the label to note if sugar is the first ingredient listed. Many times we are fooled by what is promoted as healthy. Sports and energy drinks are a good example of something touted as healthy, but can contain copious amounts of sugar. The sugar in these drinks leads to plaque then to acid that attacks your enamel.

Carbonated soda, even diet drinks contain citric acid and phosphoric acid, which can harm teeth even more than the sugar. So back to the old moderation mantra. Another alternative is to only indulge while eating, or simply switch to plain old water.


Red wine is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to staining your teeth. Like tea, it contains tannins making your teeth sticky which promote stains. It is good practice to always have a glass of water by your side when you drink red wine, and you may have noticed those who sip their merlot through a straw.Worst Foods For Your Teeth - Wine

Sorry to tell those Pinot Grigio fans or Chardonnay drinkers, but even white wine can damage your teeth. It also contain acids which can encourage other foods to stain your teeth. No matter what kind of alcohol you drink, it will dry out your mouth leading to tooth decay and even oral infections.

Citrus Fruits and Juices

Yes, we know that we have always been told to drink orange juice for our Vitamin C. Again, too much of a good thing can be detrimental. The acid in oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruit erodes tooth enamel. Add the sugar, and you have a dangerous combination. Have your OJ with breakfast, and then clean your teeth.

Sticky Foods like Dried Fruits

Although we can think of dried fruits as a healthy snack, they stick to our teeth longer than other foods making them difficult to remove. Eat your trail mix, but keep water nearby and brush and floss as soon as possible.


This may sound crazy. We love our icy drinks, but many of us like to crunch and chew the ice. That is a real no-no. Yes, ice just contains healthy water, but we can damage teeth, break crowns, or dislodge old fillings. So cut that out!!!!

Processed Carbs

Worst Foods For Your Teeth - BreadWhite bread, pasta, crackers, are all bad for your teeth. Carbohydrates are nothing more than sugar so if you are a carb addict, this can truly harm you teeth by creating cavities.

Coffee and Tea

We all love our cup of Joe in the morning or our afternoon tea to give us a jolt. Unfortunately the caffeine dries out our mouth inviting bacteria, and stains our teeth. Think of those ugly stains on your mug.

Worst Foods For Your Teeth - Coffee & TeaOn top of that do you find yourself adding sugar, flavorings, or syrups? The stains on your teeth tend to be sticky thereby making bacteria more difficult to remove.

Black tea can stain your teeth even more than coffee and it contains high levels of tannin which promotes staining. Water and sugarless gum are good ways to finish off your daily intake of coffee and tea.


We hope you are not depressed now thinking about everything you shouldn’t eat or drink. The “moderation thing” is the answer along with: 1) lots of water, 2) brushing, and 3) flossing.

Contact Dental Care Toronto with questions or to book your next appointment.

Healthy Teeth 101

[ 0 ] February 5, 2015 |

Brush Like A Champ, Floss Like A Boss

New Year’s resolutions are in full force right now, with most of us making the extra effort to hit the gym and make healthier choices. While ensuring our physical health is in check, we must not forget about our pearly whites. Oral hygiene goes a long way in maintaining the overall health of your body, as many conditions and illnesses begin with poor oral care. We thought we’d help you brush up on your oral health procedures to start the year off fresh! Here are some reminders and tips about how you can keep your mouth clean and get your healthy teeth for 2015.

Brush and Floss:

This goes without saying, as most of us are pretty aware of the standard rules of brushing and flossing. However, it can slip by us on those nights we feel exhausted from a long day, or on a weekend when too much partying has us crashing at late hours. Surprisingly, gum disease and tooth decay still remain large problems, and three-fourths of teenagers have gums that bleed. Outside of remembering to brush and floss daily, remember to change your toothbrush every 3-4 months!


It's Time To Smile AgainIn addition to flossing and brushing, mouthwash can go a long way to prevent problems. In between meals, when brushing isn’t always an option or isn’t convenient (too much brushing isn’t good for you either), swishing some antibacterial mouthwash around can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. If rinsing with mouthwash isn’t something that’s manageable at work, chewing some sugar-free gum is a great way to get your saliva flowing, which naturally washes bacteria away, before it hardens and becomes tartar or plaque. Outside of the great benefits to your teeth and gums, you’ll stay minty-fresh all day!

Avoid Smoking:

Smoking or chewing tobacco is extremely harmful to your health and for your teeth. Tobacco stains your teeth, leaving them looking dirty and unhealthy. It also significantly raises your risk of oral cancer and gum disease. Additionally, smokers tend to have dry mouth and bad breath, which is uncomfortable for the people you interact with, and for yourself. Consider quitting if you are smoking or chewing tobacco, as it will greatly improve your oral and overall health.

You Are What You Eat:

Best Foods For Healthy TeethEating healthy truly is great for your overall health. While it may be a good way to trim down on excessive fat and keep your digestive system happy, eating right ensures good oral health as well. Whole foods such as grains, nuts, fruits and vegetables, dairy products and fish, will keep your system working smoothly, as well as reducing inflammation that can lead to gum disease. Eating fruits, especially apples and berries, are fantastic natural breath fresheners. They help eliminate odors from smelly foods, as well as initiate saliva production, to ensure your teeth and gums stay fresh and bacteria-free.

Many of these may seem like no-brainers when it comes to your mouth, however it’s easy to forget or become lazy in establishing a routine. Ensuring you are keeping on top of all aspects of your oral health will yield the best results. Contact us to book an appointment, for more information, or for any questions.

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 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!

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.