Cavities occur when germs on the teeth change sugar into acid. This acid dissolves the tooth surface and creates a cavity.
ACID + TOOTH = CAVITY
- Clean germs from the teeth by improving oral hygiene
- Eat fewer sweet things by changing snack habits
- Strengthen the teeth against acid by using fluorides
Brushing is a skill which must be taught and practiced in order to be done well. Children must be encouraged and assisted by an adult to carry out this daily routine. The most important time to brush is before bed, as the acids produced at night will sit on the teeth and not be washed off by saliva while asleep. Making sure that children brush after meals and before bed will help promote this healthy lifetime habit. Flossing of teeth may begin as early as three years of age, as soon as the primary molars are touching snugly, but is not encouraged until the permanent teeth have all erupted, around age twelve. This procedure removes plaque from between the teeth, a common place for decay and gingivitis to begin.
Eating fewer sweet snacks helps to prevent cavities. Tooth damaging acid is produced for about 30 minutes after every sugary snack. More frequent sweet snacks leads to more acid attack and thus more damage to teeth. In fact, a chocolate bar eaten all at once will cause less tooth damage than snacking on little pieces of it throughout the day. If sweets are only eaten with meals, such as dessert, the plentiful saliva in the mouth at this time will be able to protect the teeth from tooth damaging acid. One must learn to replace sugary snacks with those healthy for teeth.
Strengthening the Teeth
Although tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body, it is easily weakened by cavity forming acids. Scientists have discovered that fluoride has the ability to strengthen tooth enamel against acid attack. There are many forms of fluoride, and they can work together to build up tooth resistance against attack.
If you choose to follow the suggestions outlined in this blog, you can really reduce or even eliminate tooth decay. This office is committed to preventing dental disease and with your help, it can be done. If you have any questions related to the information presented here or to any other aspect of dental treatment, please ask us!
Dr.Lawrence Yanover, DDS
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April is finally here!
All of our staff at MM Family and Sleep Dentistry are excited about celebrating Oral Health Month.
Now is the time to "brush up" on your knowledge regarding healthy teeth and gums.
We invite you to visit the Ontario Dental Association's public website at www.youroralhealth.ca
The website features dental information that is easy-to-understand, as well as quizzes, videos, and a fun Kids' Zone.
We also encourage you to practice a good oral hygiene self-care routine at home.
A good routine includes the following steps:
(1) floss, (2) brush for at least 2 minutes with a soft bristle toothbrush, (3) rinse mouth, and (4) scrape tongue.
These 4 steps should be done at least twice per day - in the morning and before bed.
The sights and sounds of a dental office can be very frightening to some patients. In fact, it is believed that more than 75% of people experience some form of anxiety when it comes time to visit the dentist. However, it is important for parents to be calm and honest with children regarding what will happen during a dental appointment. If parents are nervous, their negative energy is quickly and powerfully transferred to children. Furthermore, if a patient is going to a dentist where they're continually afraid, then the family should consider trying a new dental office.
An informative article was published in the October 2013 issue of Canadian Family magazine.
The title of the article was "The whole tooth - How to manage your child's dental anxiety".
In a cooperative effort between the Academy of General Dentistry and the Ad Council, a FREE Game App called "Toothsavers" has been developed for children ages 3-6.
This game encourages children to save fairy-tale characters from an evil sorceress who has cast a wicked tooth-rotting spell across the kingdom. It is designed to motivate children to take care of their own teeth by brushing twice per day, for at least 2 minutes each time.
This game has three key features:
(1) It is based on "brushing" by swiping a finger across the screen. The game asks children to be heroes as they save 10 fairy-tale characters from the cavity spell.
(2) There is a 2-player mode that allows a child to "brush" the teeth of a friend or parent who holds the mobile device up to his/her mouth.
(3) The app can be used as a tooth-brushing companion. It can be set to provide morning and nightime reminders, and can keep track of a child's brushing patterns.
Why not download the "Toothsavers" game today? Visit the App Store or Google Play today!
It is also available on the Web at 2min2x.org/PlayToothsavers.
Dear Patients and Families,
Please be advised that MM Family and Sleep Dentistry (Stoney Creek) will be closed for the holidays beginning Monday, December 23rd, 2013.
We will reopen for the New Year on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014.
We wish everyone a joyous holiday season and a prosperous New Year!
For our existing patients, we are always available in case of dental emergency. Please send us an email through this website if urgent advise or urgent care is needed.
A news article published by CBC News "The National" on October 17th, 2013, explained how an increased number of Canadian preschoolers are requiring day surgery under general anesthesia to treat cavities and severe tooth decay.
A report from the Canadian Institute of Health Information calculated that about 19,000 Canadian preschoolers per year are having this type of surgery. On average, these children were anesthetized for 82 minutes to treat cavities and extract teeth. These figures only include hospital surgeries, not the thousands more that are done in private practice settings, like our dental office.
Here at MM Family and Sleep Dentistry, our entire staff team knows how important it is for all children to receive dental treatment for the maintenance of healthy teeth and mouths. Especially since cavities and other untreated oral infections can lead to "poor growth, behavioural problems, poor learning, and sleep loss," as cautionned by the Canadian Dental Association (CDA).
Following the recommendations of the CDA, we promote that every child's first visit to the dental office occur soon after 1 year of age. This is a preventative step. It allows us to provide important information to parents, and to provide families with tips that they need to make sure their children maintain healthy teeth.
Did you know?
The #1 reason for children to undergo general anesthesia in Canada is to receive dental treatment.
Date: October 27, 2013
Location: MM Family and Sleep Dentistry
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Halloween Party!
To see pictures of the event click on the link below!
Just a Click Away!
The Ontario Dental Association (ODA) has several web-based information tools aimed at helping patients weed through the endless stream of dental-related information circulating on the web.
ODA Website – youroralhealth.ca
Whether you are preparing for a complicated dental procedure or looking for informative tips on brushing and flossing, the ODA’s website has all of that and so much more.
The site’s search feature makes it easy to find what you’re looking for!
ODA Facebook Page – Canadian Dental Health
The ODA and Canadian Dental Association work together to bring engaging and informative oral health information to patients.
New items are posted several times a day — check often, and don’t miss out!
ODA YouTube Channel – OntarioDentalAssoc
To help patients weed through the endless stream of dental- related videos, the ODA selects informative videos that are then reviewed by ODA-member dentists.
Don’t forget to visit often to see new videos!
It is with great pleasure that we announce, our two new operatories are almost complete!
General Anesthesia Operatory
Hamilton Mompreneurs was on CHCH Morning Live on May 28 to discuss how we help mompreneurs in our local community and to spread the news about our Showcase on June 2. Thanks to Warm Fuzzies, Kelly Designs, Extreme Couponing in Canada and Forever Enchanting Photography!!! Our debut can be viewed here.
Don’t miss out!!! The 2012 Spring Hamilton Mompreneurs Showcase will be held at Valley Park Arena on June 2nd, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. The showcase is a family friendly event that is sure to please all ages. Please check the Event Schedule for activities happening that day. We at MM Family and Sleep Dentistry are thrilled to be apart of this event. Please come visit us at our booth near the main entrance.
Courtesy of: http://www.hamiltonmompreneurs.com/
We welcome everybody for our open house, please see the link below to view our newsletter. Valuable services available at greatly reduced cost for the entire month of August 2011.
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January the 16th of 2011 we had our grand opening. It was huge success, we had over
250 people visit us during the course of the day. We had to extend our day by 2 hours
we had originally, decided to end the function by 5PM and left for home around 7PM.
Our free consultation program is still in effect, many patients have already availed of the
opportunity. If you are a casual visitor and are interested in knowing more about dental
procedures, you can access them from our "Dental Videos" section. If you interested in
literature, please look for the tab"Patient Education".
We welcome your comments and suggestions.
Yours in better dental health,
Drs.Jasdev and Komil Bhalla
We welcome you, your family and friends to our open house on Sunday January the 16th anytime between 10-5 PM.