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. 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 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.

Digital X-Rays, Tablet Check-In, TV’s

photo 4Cherry Blossom Dentistry has recently undergone several exciting new upgrades in the last three months.  One of the most important has been introducing digital imaging in place of conventional x-rays with film.  The benefits include a minimum 60% reduction of radiation exposure per film for the patient as well as reduced chemical waste from the processing of film.  Along with this, the entire office has converted to a paperless system, allowing all patient records and treatment to be recorded digitally.

Patients will also enjoy convenient check-in when they arrive with our brand new tablet.  Patients will be able to update personal information, medical and dental history and insurance information with this handy device.  They will also have the option to select automated email confirmations and reminders for appointments, rather than a phone call.  With an easy click in your email, we will know that you are confirmed for your visit.

Lastly, our treatment rooms have new televisions for both patient entertainment during treatment as well as treatment discussion.  I can project x-rays and photos onto the TV to help explain clinical concerns and recommended therapies.  This helps to keep you informed and involved.

We are all excited about these new changes and we are anxious to share them with all of our patients.

                      Dr. Lakshmi Jain

 

The Cherry Blossom Dentistry Family is Growing

3d-dentistry-toronto-dr-lakshmi-maternity-leaveI am happy and excited to report to all of our patients, colleagues and friends that my husband and I are expecting our second child any day now. My daughter is eagerly waiting to meet her new sibling and start her new role as big sister.

I am very thankful to all of my patients who have given me their best wishes for this special occasion. Rest assured that I will be back to work in the fall and in the meantime I have found a perfect replacement. Dr. Saeid Jafar-Pour is a hospital trained general dentist from Toronto with all the skills and capabilities to take excellent care of the Cherry Blossom Dentistry patient family. I have every confidence in him to fulfill our patients’ needs and attend to them in a caring, pleasant, and informative manner, as the entire Cherry Blossom Dentistry team has always done.

I am sure you will feel at ease with him, as I am at ease leaving my patients in his hands.

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

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.