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Cherry Blossom Dentistry is 3 years old!

 

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Today marks our 3rd anniversary as Cherry Blossom Dentistry.

Our entire team is thankful for the support and loyalty from our families and patients.  Thank you for being part of our success.

Stop by on November 15th and enjoy a slice of cake and sincere thank you from us.  We would love to see you.

Easy Tips to Help Keep Your Children’s Teeth Healthy

toronto-dentist-cherry-blossom-dentistry-slider1-baby-boyAt Cherry Blossom Dentistry we welcome and treat families
with children of all ages and encourage parents to become
involved in their children’s dental health. The dental health
of a child is a key factor affecting general health and well-
being. Keeping your child’s mouth healthy and cavity free
starts from birth.

Here are some guidelines that you can apply at home with
your kids.

For infants and toddlers:

  • Wipe down baby’s gums and first teeth with a face cloth
    and water after each feeding.
  • By the age of 8-12 months, you can give them a brush
    to bite on and play with to start to introduce brushing.
  • With toddlers, encourage and help them with brushing
    using a fluoride-free toothpaste twice a day, once after
    breakfast and once before bed. This will help prevent
    cavities from developing.
  • For flossing, you can use floss aids with floss made for
    kids. Children’s teeth can be flossed as soon as two
    adjacent teeth touch each other.
  • Your child’s first dental visit for a check up should be once the first tooth is in. We will review home care with you and introduce ourselves to your child with a quick stress-free visit.
  • Children two years of age and older, that can rinse and spit successfully should always use a fluoride toothpaste, but limit it to a pea size drop in case some is swallowed.

As your babies grow up:

  • Parents and caregivers should help or watch over their kids’ tooth brushing abilities until they’re at least 8-years-old.
  • Twice daily brushing for 2 minutes and daily flossing should become routine. We encourage using 2-minute timers to help our young patients be successful.
  • Kids should use a soft toothbrush that is sized for their age to reach all areas of their mouth.
  • Remember to replace toothbrushes every three-four months or sooner if the bristles are worn out, or if your child has been sick.
  • It’s very important to visit your dentist regularly. A check up once a year and cleaning every 6 months is important for good oral health as small problems can be detected before they become bigger and painful. Prevention is key!

For all ages:

  • Avoid a diet high in natural or added sugars which may place your child at extra risk for tooth decay
  • Sticky food’s, like raisins and other dried fruit and candy are not easily washed away from your kid’s teeth so they have more cavity-causing potential. Reserve these treats for when kids can brush soon after.
  • A piece of hard cheese, such as cheddar, is the perfect snack for school lunches. It cuts cavity-causing acids produced after meals to protect teeth when brushing isn’t convenient.
  • Be a good example to your child. Good oral hygiene practices and routine dental visits with the whole family will keep everyone smiling.

For more information or to come in and take a tour of our office and visit our Kids Corner, please contact us at (416) 538-3384 or www.cherryblossomdentistry.ca. We look forward to adding your child to our Cavity Free Club.

(Published in The Neighbours of High Park Magazine, October 2015 issue)

Six Tips for Eliminating Bad Breath

bad breathWith Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, you may be thinking “is my breath fresh?” before your date night on February 14th. No one likes to hear it, but it’s worse not to know if you have bad breath.

Bad breath, known as Halitosis, can result from poor dental health habits and may be a sign of other health problems. Bad breath can also be made worse by the types of foods you eat and other unhealthy lifestyle habits.

Bad breath is often caused by a build-up of bacteria in your mouth that causes inflammation and gives off noxious odours or gases that smell like sulfur — or worse. The easiest way to find out if you do have bad breath is to either ask a trusted friend OR take a whiff of your used floss. Either one should give you the honest truth.

What Causes Bad Breath?

About 80% of bad breath is caused by a problem in the mouth. This could be plaque and tartar build up that houses bacteria, gum disease, cavities or food trapped in tonsils. A denture that is not kept clean can also hold yeast and bacteria that would contribute to foul odours.

Other causes include various medical conditions, such as diabetes, post-nasal drip, sinus congestion, bronchitis, and acid reflux. Several medications can cause dry mouth which would also enhance bad breath. (Learn more about Dry Mouth here)

However the first professional you should visit if you are concerned about Bad Breath is your dentist. Once an oral cause is ruled out he/she may refer you for a medical consultation to rule out any condition or illness that may be the root of the problem.

I have Bad Breath, how can I make it better?

1.  Good oral hygiene is the most important treatment. Brushing at least twice a day for 3 minutes, flossing daily and cleaning your tongue will reduce odour causing bacteria from building up and prevent cavities and gum disease that also promote bad breath.

2.  Having a dental check up at least once a year and a cleaning every 6 months will also ensure that any causes of bad breath are being prevented or managed.

3.  Drink lots of water to prevent dry mouth and clear harmful bacteria after meals.

4.  Avoid tobacco products, such as cigarettes, pipes and snuff as the odour is very difficult to clear and puts you at risk for severe gum disease.

5.  Reduce alcohol intake which is very drying to the mouth and can leave odours for upto 8-10 hours after consumption.

6.  Chew sugarless gum to increase saliva and leave a minty fresh breath behind.

If you are practicing all of the above and still feel self-conscious about your breath, be sure to visit your dentist to rule out an underlying problem.

Wishing you a very Happy Valentine’s Day full of bright, fresh, healthy smiles.

Come Celebrate with Us!

First birthday cupcakeOn November 15th, 2014, Cherry Blossom Dentistry will be celebrating one year since our transition from 3D Dentistry. The year has passed so quickly and we are forever grateful to all the support we have received from family, friends, and most importantly, our loyal patients.

Since we constantly strive towards improving our patient experience, this year we introduced digital imaging which dramatically reduced radiation exposure. Also, with an inside view of your own mouth from our new intra-oral cameras and TV monitors, you can now better understand treatment recommendations and get involved in your care.

We invite you to stop by for coffee, cupcakes, and balloons from November 15th – 30th. Come celebrate with us!

Patient’s Choice Award Winner

patients-choice-winner-green-orangeCherry Blossom Dentistry has been presented with a 2014 Patient’s Choice Award  by OpenCare.com.  Open Care is an independent site providing information to the public searching for healthcare providers in their area.  Open Care conducted their own analysis of third party site client reviews (e.g. Google, Yelp, Facebook) and compiled a list of top ranked dentists in Toronto.  Cherry Blossom Dentistry  ranked in the Top 30!

We are very thankful to our wonderful patients for their sincere testimonials of their experiences with us and the quality care we provide.  We could not succeed without each and every one of you.  We will continue to strive towards excellence and live up to this great honour of the Patient’s Choice.

Should I keep using a manual toothbrush or switch to an electric?

Electric-Toothbrush-vs-Manual“Should I keep using a manual toothbrush or switch to an electric?” I hear this question almost every day from my clients. And my answer is “it depends”. Which brush is best for you depends on your present oral hygiene, your gum health and manual dexterity. In general, if you use your manual toothbrush properly to remove plaque without traumatizing the gum line and inducing it to recede, you may safely continue to use your present manual toothbrush.  Just make sure you are replacing it every 3-4 months.

There are, however, some specific advantages of using an electric toothbrush vs. a manual one:

  • Advanced electric toothbrushes include an automatic timer in their design, which makes it easier for you to know when a two minute brush is complete
  • Electric brushes may come with different power-settings, such as “clean”, “sensitive”, “massage”. This provides the option to customize the speed for your comfort.
  • An electric toothbrush is the only good option for people who suffer from arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome or any other painful or movement-restricting condition affecting manual dexterity.
  • Some studies show that electric toothbrushes cause less gum recession compared to manual brushes and therefore are a good choice for patients with good oral hygiene but who have a tendency to over-brush , known as “hard-brushers”.

One important factor to consider when purchasing an electric brush is that they are not all created equal.  There are brushes on the market that will do a worse job than a manual.  Speak to your dental health care professional before deciding whether to switch to electric and which one is best for you.

 

A Fun Way to Learn about Teeth

Open WideIf teeth were students, what would their school day be like?  In Open Wide: Tooth School Inside by Laurie Keller, 32 teeth learn about brushing and flossing, have a food fight, and get a visit from the tooth fairy.  Your youngster will have fun learning about their teeth, how to keep them healthy, and how their Dentist can help.

Reading about teeth and how to take care of them is very helpful, especially for a child who has never been to the dentist.  The more they know ahead of time, the more excited they will be for their first visit.

My recommendation is to bring your child for a check-up as early as when the first tooth appears, and the latest by the age of 2.  This sets up your child to have a positive view on dental care and something that is completely normal and part of their health.

Have fun reading and learning about your teeth with your little ones.  We look forward to seeing them in our office.

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Do You Have Dry Mouth?

dry-mouth-dental-healthDry mouth, also known as Xerostomia, is a condition where there is reduced saliva in the mouth or a change in the composition of the saliva.  It may be difficult to recognize in mild cases or may become extremely uncomfortable in more severe cases.

Often times, you may not realize you have dry mouth but you adapt your activity to alleviate it, such as sipping water constantly or chewing gum.  Severe xerostomia can cause difficulties with speaking or swallowing, bad breath, cracked lips, and increased risk to tooth decay.

Dry mouth can have several causes, including medical conditions, medications, and sometimes, have no identifiable cause.

Medical conditions such Sjogren’s syndrome, diabetes, and permanent or partial facial nerve damage can contribute to dry mouth.  Radiation therapy involving the salivary glands can cause permanent damage and a resulting reduced flow.

Hundreds of very common medications can be the cause of a dry mouth.  Often times several are taken in combination, making the condition worse.  Medications such as antihistamines, anti-depressants, asthma inhalers (bronchodilators), heart medications and decongestants are just a few that can result in a mild to more severe dry mouth.

Left untreated, dry mouth can lead to rapid development of tooth decay and gum inflammation.  It is important that you see your dentist and dental hygienist regularly so that we may be able to evaluate your salivary flow and determine your risk of dry mouth complications. If you are diagnosed with Xerostomia, together with your medical doctor, we would work together to find the cause and  best solution.

It’s back to school…say cheese!

Toronto-Dentist-Cherry-Blossom-Dentistry-CheeseAs we parents prepare for this week’s back to school chaos, one thought that frequently enters my mind is what to pack for my daughter’s lunch.  But then my second thought is, how can she clean her teeth afterwards?  As a kindergarten student, I can not expect her to brush everyday after lunch time.  The best solution is CHEESE!

When we eat a meal, the sugars in the food trigger bacteria to make acid in the mouth.  This acid is responsible for the breakdown of enamel that leads to cavities.  Cheese, particularly a yellow one like cheddar, neutralizes the acid and increases saliva which also brings down acids.  The U.S. Academy of General Dentistry also found that cheese contains chemical compounds that form a protective layer on the teeth that further protects enamel against acid attack.

So to our moms and dads, give your child a piece of cheese in their lunch bags and you will be helping them prevent cavities.

Ride for Heart Success

dentist-Toronto-cherry-blossom-dentistry-ride-for-heart-TorontoOn June 1st, 2014, I was fortunate to participate in the Toronto Ride for Heart in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation.  I completed an exciting 25 km bike ride on the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway, shut down completely for thousands of riders.  This was my fifth time participating and I was proud to ride alongside my husband, my biggest supporter.

Heart disease is something I come across everyday amongst my patients and can not separate from their oral health.  Several studies have shown that Periodontal Disease is associated with Heart Disease.  While a cause-and-effect relationship has not yet been proven, research has indicated that periodontal disease increases the risk of heart disease.

Scientists believe that inflammation caused by periodontal disease may be responsible for the association.

Periodontal disease can also  worsen certain heart conditions. Patients at risk for infective endocarditis may require antibiotics prior to dental procedures. Your dentist and cardiologist will be able to determine if your heart condition requires use of antibiotics prior to dental procedures.

Next year I plan to be back on the highway again, pedalling in support of this great cause.  Hopefully it will be a 50 km ride to challenge myself and especially my heart.

 

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