Dental Health

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. Our office accepts medicaid assistance if that is something that concerns you.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 is very important for their growth process, if you ever need assistance, then consider going to Our Services | Durham Dental.

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. If you click here, you’ll get many more tips on how to prevent teeth from forming cavities.
  • 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 regularly take them for check-ups to only reputed dentists like Mentone dentist and also spend some time watching 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. Visit https://www.thedentalspecialtycenter.com/locations/marlton-nj/ for more expert help and consultation.

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)

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.

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.

http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/open-wide-tooth-school-inside/9780805072686-item.html?ikwid=open+wide&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=1

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.