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December 31, 2018What You Need to Know About a Dead Tooth

  You may not know that your teeth are alive, but in fact, they are! The tooth is composed of three different layers – the enamel, dentin, and pulp. The pulp contains the blood vessels and nerve tissues that keep the tooth viable or ‘alive’. If the blood supply to the pulp is cut off, the tooth will no longer have any blood flow to it, which eventually leads to a condition called a non-vital tooth or widely known as a ‘dead tooth’. Signs of a Dead Tooth Discolouration is a common first symptom of a dead tooth Mild to severe pain (but some people don’t suffer any pain at all) Halitosis or bad breath Swelling around the gum line A pimple on the gums A bad taste in the mouth If you experience any of these symptoms, see a dentist as soon as possible. Causes of a Dead Tooth The two leading causes of a dead tooth are poor dental hygiene, resulting in tooth decay, and a tooth injury or trauma. Poor oral care can cause decay and tooth decay if left untreated can cause infected pulp. Once the pulp is infected, the blood supply is cut off, and the tooth dies. On the other hand, a dead tooth can be due to a physical injury or trauma. For example, a sports injury could be the incident that caused the dead tooth. If one was hit in the mouth while playing basketball, they could damage or burst the blood vessels in the pulp of their tooth. Ultimately, this could create a case of a non-vital tooth. If you are concerned, you may have a dead tooth, consult with us at Toronto Beach Dental as soon as you can! We can perform an extraction or root canal treatment depending on the severity of your condition. The sooner we treat the problem, the better! -Dr. Jay Rabinovich

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December 17, 2018Signs and Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

  Concerned about your wisdom teeth? Let us help! Wisdom teeth are the third molars that usually emerge between the ages of 17 to 25 years old. They grow at the back of your mouth and are the last teeth to appear. Impacted wisdom teeth occur when there isn’t enough room for them to grow in, or they come through at an angle and push the adjacent teeth. As impacted wisdom teeth grow, they can cause misalignment, overcrowding and other serious dental problems. Most often they don’t show signs and symptoms. However, when impacted wisdom teeth become infected or swollen, they can cause the following signs and symptoms: ● Jaw pain ● Bad breath ● Headache ● Bleeding gums ● Swollen gums ● Unpleasant taste when eating ● Swollen neck lymph nodes ● Stiffness of the jaw If you experience any of these signs and symptoms, you should visit your dentist as soon as possible. Regular dental checkups and x-rays can help determine if wisdom teeth are impacted before any symptoms occur. To learn more about impacted wisdom teeth, contact our dental office in Toronto. -Dr. Jay Rabinovich

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December 3, 2018Soft Tissue Injury Remedies

  Have you ever experienced any soft tissue injuries in your mouth? ‘Soft tissue’ is the collective term used for the sensitive and delicate parts of the mouth, which includes the cheeks, gums, tongue, and lips. These soft tissues are often involved in traumatic injuries concerning the orofacial area. They can sometimes be lacerated or bruised by a fall, accidental bite and/or impact of the teeth against the tissue. If you have any soft tissue injuries, it is vital to know what to do about them, especially if they are bleeding. Here are some helpful tips for these scenarios. Right after an injury, rinse your mouth with a mild salt and water mixture. Moisten some gauze and use it to apply pressure to the bleeding area for 15 to 20 minutes. You can use a sanitary napkin or any clean piece of cloth if you don’t have any gauze at hand. Use a cold compress to help slow down the bleeding and relieve pain. Hold a cold compress for 5 to 10 minutes over the affected site. See your dentist as soon as possible if the bleeding persists. Usually, applying pressure with some gauze to the bleeding site can prevent further bleeding. However, if the injury is severe, sutures are recommended and can be done by your dentist or an oral surgeon. To learn more about soft tissues injuries in your mouth or any other dental related concerns, contact our office in the Toronto Beaches. -Dr. Jay Rabinovich

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November 19, 2018Teeth Whitening Procedures

  Having white teeth can increase your confidence both socially and professionally. At Toronto Beach Dental, we offer one of the most popular dental procedures that can improve how your teeth look. This popular procedure is teeth whitening. Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental procedure that removes stains and discolouration on your teeth. It is an effective way of lightening the colour of your teeth, without removing the surface of the tooth. Teeth whitening is considered a simple procedure. Whitening product options often contain either Carbamide Peroxide and/or Hydrogen Peroxide. These are types of bleaches, which break discolouration or stains. In turn, this makes your teeth appear whiter and brighter. There are different options for teeth whitening procedures that a dentist can recommend. One option is using a stain removal toothpaste, where the toothpaste has additional whitening and polishing ingredients that can help remove stains. Another way to whiten your teeth is the use of chair-side bleaching. Your dentist will apply either a protective gel or rubber shield to your gums and then applies bleach to your teeth. This procedure would only need one visit. The last option is the use of over-the-counter bleaching products. Strips, rinses, over-the-counter bleaching kit are examples of whitening products you can buy on the market. Talk to your dentist about what the best teeth whitening option is for you. If you have questions about teeth whitening options, contact us at Toronto Beach Dental! You deserve a smile you can be proud of! -Dr. Jay Rabinovich

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November 5, 2018How Does Periodontitis Develop?

Periodontitis is defined as a serious gum infection that can destroy the soft tissues and bones that supports the teeth. Without treatment, it can lead to loose teeth and/or tooth loss. Though Periodontitis is considered to be common, this condition is largely preventable through proper oral hygiene and care of the gums and teeth. Periodontitis develops from untreated gingivitis. Over time, the vast amounts of plaque and calculus can grow and spread beneath the gum line. Toxins from the bacteria in the mouth irritate the gums, which can cause gum tissue to pull away from the teeth and create pockets. The pockets can harbour bacteria and cause infection. As the disease progresses, the bacteria triggers a chronic release of inflammatory mediators. The resulting inflammation affects the gingiva, alveolar bone, periodontal ligament, and cementum. With time, the gingiva loses its attachment to the teeth, bone loss starts, and the pockets deepen, which destroys more gum tissue and bone. This process leads to loosened teeth, gingival recession and eventually tooth loss. Periodontitis has many forms, and the most common ones include chronic periodontitis, aggressive periodontitis, necrotising periodontal disease and periodontitis as a sign of systemic disease. To learn more about Periodontitis, please contact or visit us at Toronto Beach Dental in the Toronto Beaches. We are here to help you achieve your healthiest smile! -Dr. Jay Rabinovich

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October 22, 2018Enamel Hypoplasia: Definition, Symptoms and Treatment

Enamel Hypoplasia is a developmental defect of the teeth in which the enamel is hard but thin and deficient, which leaves teeth vulnerable to damage and decay. The enamel is the hard, outermost layer that protects the sensitive inner layers of your teeth. When enamel is developing in the mouth, different factors can cause a problem in the normal process causing areas of the enamel underdeveloped. Enamel Hypoplasia often takes the form of pits, white spots, and grooves across the surface of your teeth. Depending on the severity, Enamel Hypoplasia can look like a small groove in the tooth, or take up several teeth in the oral cavity. Other symptoms include yellowish-brown stains, susceptibility to acids or sensitivity, higher risk of developing decay, sensitivity to cold and heat, the irregular wearing of teeth and lack of tooth contact. The cause of enamel hypoplasia can be either hereditary or environmental. Hereditary syndromes such as Usher, Ellis-van Creveld, Seckel, Heimler and Velocardiofacial syndrome can cause enamel hypoplasia. On the other hand, prenatal issues such as premature birth, maternal smoking, drug use and maternal vitamin D deficiency can lead to environmental enamel hypoplasia. Trauma to the teeth, calcium deficiency, jaundice and infection are also environmental factors that contribute to the development of enamel hypoplasia. Treating Enamel Hypoplasia depends on the severity of the condition and the cause of the problem. Early detection of the problem is crucial in determining treatment management. Your dentist might recommend the use of fluoride to decrease the risk of tooth decay. Teeth may also need filling materials, bonding, crowns and use of a mouthguard at night to prevent tooth wear. The goals of treatment mainly focus on maintaining a good bite, preserving tooth structure, preventing tooth decay, and keeping teeth look best. If you have any questions about Enamel Hypoplasia, please feel free to contact or visit us our office in the Toronto Beaches. Here at Toronto Beach Dental, we offer services that can help manage enamel hypoplasia, from crowns, bonding to use of dental fillings. -Dr. Jay Rabinovich

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September 10, 2018How to Keep your Gums Healthy

Your oral health does not solely depend on having straight, healthy and white teeth. Keeping your gums healthy is an important part of a proper oral care routine to ensure optimal dental health. At Toronto Beach Dental, we make sure that our patients know how to keep their gums healthy in order to prevent  and manage gum disease. There are many things that a person can do to take care of their gums, and they aren’t difficult to follow. The main step is to ensure a regular and proper oral healthcare routine. Brushing your teeth twice daily along with flossing at least once a day and keeping your tongue clean by scraping it once a day will keep bacteria from adhering to your gums and in between teeth. Also, don’t forget to rinse your mouth with a therapeutic mouthwash and maintain a healthy dental diet (cut off your sugar intake). When brushing your teeth, please make sure that you do it properly with the right strokes. According to the Canadian Dental Association, you should brush your teeth at a 45-degree angle and roll the brush away from the gums. In addition to a proper oral care routine, you should avoid smoking to prevent gum disease. Smoking can weaken your immune system and in turn, makes it harder to fight against gum infection. Another important step is to make sure you visit your dentist regularly. Have professional dental cleaning to ensure that your teeth and gums are clean. If you want to know more about how to keep your gums healthy, contact our dental office in Toronto. Our dental team will looks forward to taking care of your beautiful smile! -Dr. Jay Rabinovich

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August 13, 2018The Differences between Invisalign and Traditional Metal Braces

Everyone wants beautiful, healthy and straight teeth! With orthodontic treatment such as Invisalign, people can achieve their goals for the appearance of their smile. Here at Toronto Beach Dental, we offer Invisalign clear aligners for our patients. Although metal braces are still used today, there are many reasons our patients love their Invisalign treatment. We want to share with you a few of the benefits of Invisalign compared to traditional metal braces: Lifestyle Invisalign doesn’t necessarily restrict your lifestyle. It is removable, and you can easily put it away for a moment to brush your teeth, eat something you like, or be active with sports. With traditional braces, some of your routines are limited due to a higher risk of damage to metal brackets such as playing sports and eating foods that can damage your metal braces. However, with high impact sports, both Invisalign and metal braces treatment require wearing a mouthguard to play. Repair With Invisalign treatment, you don’t have to worry about loose wires or brackets compared to metal braces. A broken or damaged aligner can be easily replaced on your next appointment. Appearance Invisalign treatment uses a set of clear aligners, and this means people likely won’t notice you’re wearing them. Unlike metal braces, which are considered the most noticeable type of orthodontic treatment. Dental Visits Metal braces may require you to get the wires tightened every month or so to ensure that the braces are exerting the right amount of pressure on your teeth. With Invisalign, fewer dental visits are required because you can get several months’ worth of new sets of aligners that you can replace at home every two weeks. You only need to visit your dentist every six to eight weeks. If you have more questions on Invisalign and traditional metal braces, you can contact or visit our dental office in the Toronto Beaches. We look forward to taking care of your smile! -Dr. Jay Rabinovich

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July 30, 2018Cleaning Your Tongue with a Tongue Scraper

  Cleaning your tongue is part of a healthy oral hygiene routine. Here at Toronto Beach Dental, we want our patients to know what a good oral care routine means and this includes tongue cleaning too! A tongue scraper or also known as tongue cleaner is an oral hygiene tool made for cleaning the surfaces of the tongue. You can buy from the market, a plastic or metal tongue scraper depending on your preference. Tongue scraping is considered a fast way of removing food residues from your mouth, which if neglected can cause halitosis or bad breath. Here’s how you can clean your tongue using a tongue scraper: Clean your tongue before or after brushing your teeth. When cleaning your tongue with a tongue scraper, it is important that you start scraping at the back of your tongue and slowly work your way forward to remove the food particles away from your mouth. Rinse the scraper under warm water after each scrape of the tongue. Make sure you use light pressure when scraping your tongue to prevent bleeding. Concentrate on the centre where the majority of the odour-causing bacteria resides. Clean the side and the back of your tongue too to ensure that you remove all the food residues from your mouth. Rinse the tongue scraper before and after using it. Then, gargle with water or mouthwash after cleaning your tongue. Cleaning your tongue is as important as brushing and flossing your teeth. Make tongue cleaning a habit! If you have questions on tongue cleaning or oral hygiene practices, please contact our dental team in Toronto. -Dr. Jay Rabinovich

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July 16, 2018What You Need to Know About Dental Crowns

A dental crown is an artificial restoration that takes care of various dental problems. It is used to fit over the remaining portion of a tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth. Sometimes, a dental crown is termed as a dental cap. Crowns are used for restoring the function or appearance of your teeth. If you have damaged, cracked, misaligned, discoloured and/or chipped teeth, your dentist may recommend dental crowns as one of a myriad of treatment options. Crowns are also known to protect a delicate tooth after a root canal procedure. They also help to strengthen weakened teeth due to damage or injury. If you are undergoing a dental crown procedure, expect that your tooth will be prepared in a certain way that involves removing or shaping a portion of the remaining tooth structure. Crowns can be temporary while other aspects of your treatment are incomplete or permanent when all other issues regarding your treatment allow for it. Remember that nothing lasts forever and even permanent crowns may need to be replaced (hopefully you can get 15-20 years of service) Crowns are made of different materials, including gold, metal and porcelain and all porcelain. Each crown type has its place. You should have all pros and cons explained to you before you make your final choice. If you need our assistance, don’t hesitate to contact us at torontobeachdental.com.   -Dr. Jay Rabinovich

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