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Cleaning Your Tongue with a Tongue Scraper

July 30, 2018

  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 su

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July 16, 2018

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 al

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June 18, 2018

Do you know about root canals or endodontic treatments? They are a common procedure in the field of dentistry. Millions of people are treated every year with a root canal procedure. On the off chance that you experience any dental pain and/or tooth sensitivity, you should visit your dentist as soon as you can. Your dentist will initially assess your tooth and determine if you need treatment. In some cases, a dentist will recommend root canal. Root canal treatment should be painless. It is done for patients with irreversible irritation or contamination of the nerves contained in the canals in the root(s) of the tooth. Your dentist (or root canal specialist in complex cases) will treat the problem by removing the pulp (or nerve ) from inside the tooth. At that point, he or she will sterilize, clean and shape the canal inside the root(s). The canals are sealed and a temporary filling placed in the opening through which the treatment was done. Your dentist will then review options as to how best move forward to protect the tooth and restore it to proper form and function. After your root canal treatment, you can smile happily again without pain and sensitivity issues. Often, the vast majority have a typical misconception that the root canal procedure is painful, and that’s why peopl

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May 22, 2018

Do you have a sweet tooth? Most people love sugary and sweet foods because of the taste. Sugar also hits your brain and revs up your energy like nothing else. (Hence the term ‘sugar high’.) However, sugar is not a healthy sweet food and has a negative impact on your oral health. Sugar causes an increase in acidity in your mouth. What does this mean? Well, the level of acid in your oral cavity controls the number of bacteria that can accumulate in your mouth. Therefore, when you eat sugary and sweet foods, you increase your mouth’s acidity level, which causes bacteria to build and linger in your mouth. The amount, form and type of sugar you consume can differ but all sugary food causes the same results, and that is tooth decay! When you consume sugar, it mixes with your saliva and causes the PH level in your mouth to decrease. Bacteria feeds on sugar, and they make toxic acids that can harm your teeth and gums, which put your mouth susceptible to more harmful bacteria growth. If you don’t brush your teeth after eating sugary foods, you’ll end up with tooth decay and/or gum disease. The fight against tooth decay and dental problems do not end with good oral hygiene routine. Eating well-balanced meals and avoiding foods that are harmful to you

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May 7, 2018

Are you self-conscious about your breath? Maybe you’ve tried various mints and gums to help, but no matter what you chew you are still suffering from it. Instead of turning to these temporary solutions, it’s time to see the dentist! Bad breath, also known as halitosis, can be a very distressing dental condition. It decreases self-esteem and can impact meaningful relationships especially when you have chronic halitosis. Products in the market are good, but they often offer temporary measures and do not really address the underlying cause of bad breath.

What you need to do about halitosis

The first important thing to learn is the underlying cause of your bad breath. There are several reasons why people suffer from bad breath. Medical conditions such as cancer and throat problems, certain foods and habits, prescribed medications, poor oral hygiene, dry mouth, infections and other oral problems such as cavities are some of the most common causes of halitosis. Treating the underlying cause can have a direct effect on preventing bad breath. Oral problems such as cavities or mouth infections must be addressed as early as possible to prevent the problem from further developing. To understand the underlying reason, visit your dentist for a dental check-up and cleaning. Furthermore, a proper daily oral hygiene routine is necessary to prevent and control bad

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April 23, 2018

Flossing is an integral part of a good oral health care routine. You should floss at least once daily or after every meal to make sure your gums and teeth stay healthy and strong. Brushing your teeth twice a day isn’t enough. Flossing helps to get in-between small places where your toothbrush can’t. If you are flossing daily, thumbs up to you! However, have you ever wondered if you are flossing the ‘right way’? If you don’t do it correctly, you may not be cleaning your mouth as effectively as you think. To get the optimum results from flossing, follow the guidelines below:

  • Get an 18 inch floss and wind it around your index or middle finger of your both hands. Make sure to leave at least two inches of floss in between your hands. Hold the floss tightly between your thumb and index finger.
  • Guide the floss between your upper teeth using your thumb and use your index fingers to guide the floss between your lower teeth. Contour the floss around your tooth and curve the floss to form a C-shape. Slide the floss between your tooth and gums and floss up and down against your gum line and tooth surface.
  • As you floss from one tooth to the next, use a clean 2 inches length of floss each time. Make sure you also floss the back of each tooth. Rinse with mouthwash after flossing to remove the debris.

Flossing is just as important as brushing

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April 10, 2018

Oral Care through brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash are effective ways to prevent dental cavities and plaque from forming. However, there are particular parts of the teeth that are difficult to reach by yourself – especially those at the back of your mouth! This is why a visit to a dentist is another important factor to oral health. Dentists can assess and evaluate every part of your oral cavity, including your molars (the teeth you use for chewing). Molars are typically uneven and rough, which is why they are a favourite site for cavity-causing bacteria and food residues to accumulate. To help protect your molars, your dentist may recommend the use of dental sealants. Dental sealants are a protective coating made of plastic or other materials. Sealants are usually thin and visually undetectable. They help your teeth, especially your molars to stay clear of cavities. Sealants can also help prevent early stages of decay that can eventually lead to dental cavities if left untreated. Dental sealants are most beneficial for children but can have a place for adults as well. To learn more about dental sealants, contact us at Toronto Beach Dental located in the Toronto Beaches. Our dental team is here to help you achieve your healthiest smile possible! – Dr. Jay Rabinovich

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March 26, 2018

Do you have a chipped, stained or cracked tooth? If the answer is yes, then dental bonding can be an ideal procedure that can help! Bonding is a simple, quick and inexpensive dental procedure that will only require a single visit to the dentist, which would last for approximately 30 to 60 minutes. Once you have completed a dental bonding treatment, your bonded teeth don’t require special after-care. The composite bonds stick well on your tooth, and with a proper oral hygiene routine, the bonding material can actually last for about ten years. Just make sure that along with your oral routine, you follow the appropriate guidelines for brushing and flossing. It is also important to visit your dentist to assess your overall oral health regularly. In addition, eating the right food and drinking plenty of water contribute to having a healthy oral mucosa. Avoid food and beverages that can stain your teeth and wear down the bonding material used in the dental bonding procedure. Smoking is highly advised against as it can leave brown and yellow stains on the composite bond used in the process. Lastly, avoid chewing hard candy, ice and crunchy food that can put your teeth under stress, which if left unmanaged can lead to composite damage and dental fractures. By following the after-care tips of dental bonding, you’ll have a long-lasting result, and this can help you maintain your bea

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March 12, 2018

We hear about cancer almost every day in some type of form, from prevention to diagnosis and more! Although it is not often discussed, oral cancer is one we should also know about too! Oral cancer screenings are an examination done by dentists to detect cancerous cells in the mouth. It is a procedure that helps identify mouth cancer early when there is a better prognosis. Even if you feel healthy or you don’t have any dental problems, having an oral cancer screening is essential. With a five-year survival rate for as low as 38 percent for cancer that has metastasized, oral cancer is indeed scary if not checked early! Apart from early detection, oral cancer screening is a simple procedure. It’s uncomplicated and it only involves a visual and physical examination. You can visit your dentist for a regular dental checkup and an oral cancer screening can be performed during that time or any other time. It’s also important to note that oral cancer screening is fairly inexpensive. It is usually incorporated in your regular oral exam. The only time that you need to pay more is when cancer cells are found, and you need further diagnostics and treatment. Remember that prevention is always better than searching for a cure. Cancer is known as a ‘silent disease’, so it’s important to be proactive. Be sure to schedule your next dental checkup with us and have an oral cancer scr

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February 26, 2018

In most cases nowadays, dentists perform cosmetic procedures to improve the appearance of your teeth, and this is what we call “Cosmetic Dentistry.” If your teeth are misshapen, discoloured, have gaps, misaligned and worn, modern cosmetic dentistry can give you a better smile through a variety of methods. Some of the most common procedures include crowns, veneers, implants, composite bonding, whitening, inlays, and onlays. These procedures help boost confidence, enhance appearance and in some cases, can also improve oral problems. Cosmetic dentistry has been around for many years now, but today, the materials and equipment used are more advanced, durable and help achieve a better overall appearance compared to the past. Also, it is essential to take note that cosmetic dentistry is not an official field of dentistry. In British Columbia, it is also not recognized as a specialty of the College of Dental Surgeons. However, many dentists used the term cosmetic dentists or specialist after they have undergone specialty training in one or more field of dental medicine. For example, an Orthodontist is considered a cosmetic dentist that is specialized in the straightening of teeth. Cosmetic dentistry is an important service for patients to achieve a healthy and confident smile. Here at Toronto Beach Dental, we offer a wide array of cosmetic dental procedures that you can choose from.

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