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Sit Still with Sedation

December 22, 2017

Does the thought of having a dental procedure make you nervous? Do you feel like you just can’t sit still at the dentist? There are many people that have a phobia of going to the dentist and avoid having treatment done because of this! However, sedation dentistry can help alleviate some of that anxiety. At Toronto Beach Dental we use nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas” which is combined with oxygen through a mask and then placed over your nose. This helps you relax and let us take care of your dental procedure with ease! With this form of sedation, you remain awake and can also drive home after the procedure as the effects wear off quickly. There are other forms of sedation dentistry, but nitrous oxide is one of the lightest forms. You can leave that fear and anxiety behind – you’ll be in good hands with us and our experienced staff at Toronto Beach Dental! – Dr. Jay Rabinovich

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December 8, 2017
Did you know that a crack in your tooth can be so small that an x-ray can miss it? You can feel the pain, but it may not be visible to the eye. This is likely a case of cracked tooth syndrome. It occurs when there is a crack in your tooth that is very small (sometimes under the gum). Most often this problem happens to your molars. Cracked tooth syndrome is a difficult problem to diagnose due to it’s size. It can happen as a result of grinding or clenching your teeth or from your natural bite. The pressure from clenching or biting can cause a tooth crack. If you are having toothaches, you should seek a dental professional’s help. To check if it’s a cracked tooth, your dentist will review your dental history, give you a complete oral examination and use radiographs. Sometimes they may use a fibre optic handpiece, which can assist in detecting the cracks. The course of treatment for a cracked tooth usually requires bonding, placing a crown or a root canal. In some severe cases it can require extraction. Either way, your dentist will help with the best treatment plan based upon the severity. Don’t ignore any tooth pain, no matter how small the problem may be physically – it can cause a lot of trouble! 
 
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November 24, 2017

When a tooth is completely displaced (out of its socket) due to trauma, it is referred to as an avulsed tooth. This is one of the few dental emergency situations that needs immediate attention. It is important to understand the right steps to take in this situation. Wondering what to do? We’ve got the answers. 1. Make sure the avulsed tooth is permanent. These tips do not apply to primary (baby teeth). 2. Keep the patient calm. 3. Locate the tooth and pick it up by the crown (white part). Try to refrain from touching the root. 4. If the tooth is dirty, you can quickly wash it for 10 seconds under cold water and reposition it. Hold the tooth in place and have the patient bite down to secure it. 5. If it is not possible to place the tooth back, put it inside of a glass of milk or saline if possible. 6. The tooth can also be transported to your dentist in the mouth if kept between your molars and the inside of your cheeks. However, if the patient is young they could swallow the tooth and it is not advised to use this method. 7. Avoid storing the tooth in water. 8. Seek emergency dental treatment as soon as possible. For a friendly reminder of what to do, check out this illustration from the International Association of Dental Traumatology

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November 7, 2017
Did your kids come back from trick or treating with piles of candy? We are sure they are anxious to dig into their candy hauls! Before you warn them about overindulging, there are a few critical tips you should know from your dentist’s perspective. 
 
A common misconception is that the more candy or sugar consumed, the worse for your teeth. Although we are not going to advise overindulging, the more important concept to worry about is timing. Your mouth maintains a certain pH level to keep itself healthy. When sugars sit on your teeth, bacteria feed on them and produces acids as a result. These acids change the pH levels in your mouth and put you at risk for cavities! The amount of time that acids are in contact with teeth determine how much damage can occur. For example, it is far worse for your child to eat a lollipop where the sugar sits in their mouth for a long period of time (prolonging the changed pH level) than to eat two mini packs of skittles. It may seem like they have eaten more candy, but the length of time greatly affects acidity changes in their mouth and increases the risk of cavitie

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October 30, 2017
You may love to drink a can of coke, but your teeth do not feel the same way! Soft drinks, soda or pop – no matter how you refer to these carbonated drinks, they are not the best choice for your teeth. 
 
A single can of pop can contain almost ten teaspoons of sugar inside! Bacteria love to eat sugar, which makes your mouth a breeding ground for them to grow. When bacteria feed off of sugar, they also produce acids. These acids soften and weaken your tooth enamel. This increases your vulnerability to cavities and tooth decay. 
 
It is best to avoid any carbonated drinks. Instead choose other options such as water, milk or 100% fruit juice. A tip for those of you who may indulge in the occasional can of pop is to rinse your mouth out with water after. This will help wash away lingering sugars and help prevent acid from building. Using a toothpaste with fluoride and mouthwash daily will also help strengthen your tooth enamel to fight off acid eating bacteria. 
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October 13, 2017

Every once in a while, a child presents with multiple cavities. The patient can be 3-5 years old and can have as many as 4-6 cavities. The cause: usually a diet high in sugar and most likely some poor habits (such as sleeping with a bottle containing milk or juice and/or an unwillingness to brush and floss). Obviously these cavities need to treated. Back baby teeth (primary molars) can last as long as 12 years of age and play a vital role in the proper development of the adult dentition. So the question becomes: How do we handle a young patient with multiple cavities? I am a firm believer in not creating a fear of the dentist. If a child has one or two small cavities and freezing is most likely not necessary, a general dentist can easily provide the appropriate care. If, however, multiple visits would be required and injections a must, it is my opinion that a general anaesthetic should be considered. There are risks involved with general anaethesia but they must be weighed against the benefits of completing all the treatment in one go if possible, the child having no memory of the treatment and the avoidance of a fear that may last into adulthood. – Dr. Jay Rabinovich

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October 3, 2017
I rarely recommend books I read. Too many opinions and too many tastes. But I did just finish a book I think everyone should pick up. Title: Sapiens (Written by Yuval Noah Harari). Anyone of us who try to navigate the craziness we see on a daily basis today should read this book to help understand the state of the planet and our place in it. It begins by describing the great crossroads of the planet:  The cognitive revolution of 70,000 years ago where we differentiated ourselves from all the other inhabitants of the planet, including other humans. The agricultural revolution of 12,000 years ago where food determined our way of life, and of course, the industrial revolution of 200 years ago. It explains the origins of money and of religion, of colonialism and gender bias and why minor, seemingly unimportant events, shaped the world we see and question. And in the end, if leaves questions and provoking thought about what type of  future our planet and our species will be facing. If you decide to take my advice …. enjoy. 
– Dr. Jay Rabinovich
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September 11, 2017
Digital radiography is an important component to a dental office. Dentists use radiography to get a better picture of your oral health, the structure of your teeth and look to prevent any problems from developing. It has a very important job! Unfortunately, radiography sometimes has a bad reputation for being uncomfortable or dangerous for radiation exposure. At Toronto Beach Dental, you don’t have to worry about either of those problems! Over the past few years, a newer type of digital radiography has emerged, using phosphorus plates. This is what we have implemented at our dental practice. The plates that are used in this process are thinner than traditional film. The processing of the image works similar to that of film. The bonus is the comfort level for patients – no wires or cables when capturing of the image. We are staying on top of the new wave of the latest technology, while taking care of our patient’s comfort. If you haven’t had any radiographs done in a few years, it may be a good time to check into Toronto Beach Dental! We look forward to seeing you! 
 
– Dr. Jay Rabinovich 
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September 8, 2017
It’s that time of year again – summer is over and the kids are going back to school! Which means, time to pack their lunches. Have you thought about how those lunches affect their dental health? It’s important to be mindful of what is going inside. These days, the amount of sugar hiding in various snacks is shocking! Here are a few tips to help prepare a healthier school lunch. 
 
Skip the apple sauce – the fruit content sounds appealing, but it is loaded with natural and added sugars that can lead to cavities. A good alternative is cottage cheese – you can add blueberries on top to mix it up! 
 
Avoid “fruit snacks” and go for real fruit instead. Many fruit snacks are sticky in texture and can hang onto teeth for hours. When sugar sticks to your teeth for a longer period of time, it encourages plaque build up. Go for apple slices or grapes instead.
 
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August 29, 2017

The catastrophic tropical storm, known as “Hurricane Harvey”, has affected America’s fourth largest city and it’s suburbs. The storm has hit thousands of people and poured as much as 26 inches (66cm) of rain in the last 72 hours. CNN reports share “We just don’t know when it’s going to end”. The forecasters are predicting, there is more rain to come. They believe another 2 feet of rain will hit before Friday. Some areas will have received almost 50 inches of rain along the upper Texas coast. The storm is sending 30,000 people into shelters and leaving 450,000 victims in need of disaster assistance. From homes submerging underwater to drowned out highways and public areas, the hurricane ha continues to consume everything around it. The Guardian reported that, “the damage bill is already drawing comparisons to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which caused $108 billion

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