What is Gingivitis?

Infection on Gums Prevention | 3D Dentistry Dentists TorontoGingivitis is the earliest stage of Periodontal (gum) Disease and is defined as an inflammation of the gums surrounding the teeth.   It is caused by inadequate oral hygiene, which leads to plaque build up. The plaque contains bacteria that cause a gum infection triggering an immune response. This response results in redness and inflammation in these areas. People with gingivitis usually experience little or no discomfort but will often complain of bleeding gums when they brush and/or floss. Gingivitis is reversible with professional periodontal treatment and good home care. However, if left untreated, it can advance to Periodontitis. This more severe stage of periodontal disease results in irreversible damage to gums and supporting bone which, in the most severe cases can result in loss of teeth.

At Cherry Blossom Dentistry we focus on prevention by educating our patients. Brushing and flossing daily is the best way to reduce your risk of developing gingivitis.

Dr. Lakshmi Jain

Brushing your Teeth with the Right Toothbrush

What type of toothbrush should I be using? Should the toothbrush have soft, medium or hard bristles?

Brush Your Teeth 3D Dentistry Recommends Soft ToothbrushesIt is always better to use a soft toothbrush. Brushing your teeth using a medium or hard toothbrush may damage your teeth and gums. It can wear enamel from the tooth surface and change the level of your gum line creating recessions and sensitive teeth over the longterm. For patients who prefer to use medium or hard toothbrushes, we recommend switching to an electric toothbrush. The electric toothbrush usually comes with soft bristles, small brush-heads and removes up to 50% more plaque than a manual brush. If you are a heavy handed brusher, the electric toothbrush tends to slow down if you are pressing too hard which will prevent damage to the teeth. It also may come with a built-in timer to ensure adequate brushing time of at least 2 minutes.

Lioudmila (Mila) Antonova, RDH

Have a Tooth Friendly Halloween!

Here are 5 Tips given by your orthodontist to save your teeth and eat your candy too!

3D Dentistry Children's Teeth for Halloween1. Avoid hard candies, as they are most likely to promote tooth decay because they remain in the mouth for a long time.

2. Encourage children not to eat their candy until after Halloween so you can inspect and sort the treats.

3. Sticky candies should be avoided because they can damage dental work, such as fillings, braces and retainers. If you chew gum, use only sugar-free brands.

4. Eat candy only when you can brush your teeth immediately afterward. Do not include candy in school lunches or allow your children to eat them continuously throughout the day.

5. Always practice good oral hygiene. It is best to brush immediately after a meal. If you are not able to brush your teeth, rinse your mouth with water. Brushing before bedtime is particularly important.

Remember… Halloween is a fun holiday and you shouldn’t have to worry about things like tooth decay. By practicing good oral hygiene and using moderation, your kids can have a fun and safe Halloween and still enjoy the candy!

Dr. Lakshmi Jain

Tips for Brushing your Baby’s Teeth

3D Dentistry Toronto | Kids at DentistThe dental health of children is important for their general health and well being. Keeping your child’s mouth healthy and baby teeth cavity free starts from birth. For infants, the mouth should be wiped down 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 preparing them for tooth brushing. As they become toddlers, you should encourage and help with the brushing of your child’s teeth with a fluoride-free toothpaste twice a day, once after breakfast and again after their last meal before bed. This will help prevent cavities from developing. For flossing, you can use floss holders with floss made for kids.

Your child’s first visit to our office for a check up should be at the age of 6 months, where we will review these guidelines with you in more detail.

3D Dentistry’s First Anniversary

3D Dentistry Toronto First Year AnniversaryOn August 7th, 2010 we celebrated our First Anniversary as 3D Dentistry in Toronto! Patients and visitors were welcomed with a delicious slice of cake from Swirls Cupcakes and refreshments.