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Bad Breath-Halitosis

AUTHOR Sharise

Bad breath (also known as halitosis), we’ve all had it on occasion, but did you know that it is a common condition found in at least 50% of the adult population, with 25% of that group having chronic bad breath?

Here are the most common causes of Halitosis:

1. Sinuses and Tonsils: materials trapped in tonsils are part of our normal defence system. If you have overall healthy gums and teeth, the cause of bad breath could be a sign of a medical disorder such as sinusitis or a respiratory tract infection. You dentist can evaluate the situation and refer you to a medical doctor if needed.

2. Gastric Issues: Although not the most common of bad breath causes, people with gastric issues (gastric reflux and gastrointestinal issue) may experience halitosis. Semi digested food forced back through the sphincter, difficulty digesting certain foods like lactose and corn products, and people infected with Helicobacter pylori (bacteria that thrive on the stomach walls) create more bad breath issues.

3. Food and tongue: Alcohol, cigarettes and specific foods (onion, garlic, etc.) are all contributors to bad breath.

4. Dental causes: Poor oral hygiene, plaque build-up, dental decay, periodontal disease and gingivitis.

5. Health conditions and medications: Medications that cause xerostomia (dry mouth) are all sources of bad breath. Saliva helps cleanse our mouth by removing bacteria. When we lack saliva flow, bad breath can

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Oral Piercings… How Safe Are They?

AUTHOR Sharise

While one may consider oral piercings a way of self expression, they must also consider the possible complications and problems that may arise.

When it comes to oral piercings, more dental professionals would not recommend it. Like any injury, one may expect pain, swelling, infections and scar tissue formation, these are only primary problems. With oral piercings, secondary infections may arise and they can be very serious.

If you, or your child are considering an oral piercing, please read below and consider every possibility before making your decision.

What exactly is an oral piercing?

An oral piercing is a piercing anywhere in, or around the mouth. They usually consist of a stainless steel, gold, titanium, plastic or nickel rings or barbells.

What problems can an oral piercing cause?

Problems depend on the area of the piercing. In most cases, tongue, lip, or below the tongue piercings can cause chipping of the teeth, it is recommended that you use plastic jewelry as this may be less damaging.

Tongue piercings, or piercings below the tongue are most prone to serious infections because both these areas have high blood supply. Infections of these areas can be very dangerous because if swelling occurs, one may chance an obstructed airway, which may be life threatening.

Nerve or muscle damage is another problem that can arise. While not usually serious or permanent, it may be unnerving to the

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Tips for good dental health on Halloween and throughout the year

AUTHOR Sharise

Simple tips for good dental health this Halloween and throughout the year:

  • Choose better treat options: Plain chocolate or sugarless gum are better options than hard and sticky candies. Sucking on hard candies leaves the mouth constantly bathed in sugar while chewy treats can stick to the teeth. Crunching on hard candies can also result in chips or cracks to the teeth. You can also hand out small items such as themed stickers, pencils or even a toothbrush!
  • Limit sugary treats to meal times: Allow your child to choose a treat to have with their lunch or dinner. Children are most prone to cavities when they nibble constantly on foods or drinks containing sugar throughout the day.
  • Share the wealth: Sit down and go through the candy with your child. Let your child choose some of their favourites and agree to give some away to a local food bank or community group.
  • Reinforce brushing and flossing: Halloween is a great time to remind your kids about the importance of daily brushing (in the morning after breakfast and before bedtime) and flossing. This is one of the simplest ways to keep their mouth clean and healthy.



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Dental Implants

AUTHOR Sharise

Losing one or more of your teeth creates a gap in your smile, affects your ability to chew properly, and can alter your diet and nutrition. In addition to these serious issues, tooth loss also causes bone loss. A missing tooth can be replaced by a dental implant without altering the healthy neighbouring teeth. Once the implant is placed, a post is attached providing support for your final crown.

Dental implants are the new standard of care for tooth replacement. They bond with healthy bone and provide permanent support for dental crowns and dentures. Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth. Implants, like natural teeth, stimulate the jaw and prevent bone loss. When a tooth is lost, the jawbone beneath it shrinks from lack of stimulating. Not only does this affect your smile, but it can also change the shape of your face causing you to look prematurely aged. Plus, with dental implants, healthy teeth are not compromised.

If you think that a dental implant is the best option for replacing a missing tooth, feel free to contact us at 905-264-0333. We would be happy to refer you to a specialist who would best suit your needs.

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Before / After Componeer Cases

AUTHOR Sharise

Our patient was unhappy with her lateral incisors (the teeth next to her two front teeth). She felt that that were twisted and set back too far. With Componeers we were able to straighten them out, reshape them, and bring them forward in a 1 hour appointment

Patient was frustrated with chipped front teeth and the black triangles along her gum line. She had been to our office and her previous dentist with multiple attempts to repair the chipping. Nothing would stay. With Componeers we were able to add more strength to her teeth and close up the dark triangles. Check it out!

Patient was unhappy with the colour of her lateral incisors (the teeth next to her two front teeth). After several attempts to improve shape and colour, this patient decided to go with the Componeer route before considering the more expensive alternative, veneers.

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4 Teeth Damaging Habits

AUTHOR Sharise

  1. Chewing Ice: This is one habit to quit in order to prevent tooth damage. Chewing ice can cause gum damage or broken teeth. In some cases, teeth are so badly fractured that they may require more major treatment. If it’s the crunchiness of the ice that keeps you chewing, try chewing on a baby carrots or an apple. (A possible cause of chewing ice may be anemia, if you find yourself chewing on a regular basis, see your family doctor).
  2. Using teeth as scissors (I’m definitely guilty of doing thisL): This nasty habit can lead to tiny divots in your teeth, which in turn, can lead to bigger cracks and/or fractures. When in doubt, USE SCISSORS!
  3. The improper use of toothpicks: If used properly, a toothpick is a great tool for removing food from in between teeth, but if you use it too aggressively, you risk hurting your gums, or breaking the pick off in between your teeth.
  4. Chewing of foreign objects: The only thing that belongs in our mouth is food, so stop chewing on your pens! These objects may be fun to chew on, but they can lead to unnecessary and expensive treatment.


If you’re the victim of any of these habits, feel free to give us a call at 905-264-0333. We would be more than happy to fix you up J

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