Posts for: June, 2014

The best accessory for the summer is not a tan. Instead, it’s white, healthy-appearing teeth. The first step to achieving this goal is through professional teeth whitening at our Newmarket, ON dentist office. While tooth-whitening products purchased over the counter may whiten your teeth one to two shades, professional teeth whitening can help you achieve teeth that are six to eight shades whiter. This can turn back the clock on stains foods and drinks, such as coffee, berries and red wine.
 
Once you achieve the fast results from teeth whitening at our Newmarket, ON dentist office, you can expect teeth whitening to last as long as five years. However, there are some summer-specific practices you can maintain to keep your teeth as white as possible.teeth whitening
 

Munch on Summer Fruits and Vegetables

Crisp fruits and vegetables such as celery, apples and carrots boost your saliva production, which helps to wash bacteria out of your mouth. Their crunchy consistency can also help to scrub your teeth while you are in between brushing sessions. These are perfect foods to take to a summer barbecue or to carry with you on a picnic. Other foods that are beneficial in keeping your teeth white include strawberries, oranges and pineapples.
 

Drink Plenty of Water

Staying hydrated is vital as summer’s temperatures get warmer. Drinking lots of water also helps keep your teeth healthy by preventing dry mouth. Plus, if you choose water over dark colas, you are less likely to stain your newly whitened teeth.
 

Boost Your Calcium Intake

Calcium is an important component of keeping your teeth strong. And calcium-containing foods have lactic acid, which have protective effects against tooth decay. This means choosing foods like yogurt, milk and hard cheeses that can keep your teeth white and taste pretty good too. Whenever possible, choose low-fat dairy products to maintain your waistline as well.
 
To learn about our professional tooth whitening options, please call our Newmarket, ON dentistry office at (905) 830-1010 to schedule a tooth whitening appointment to get ready for summer.

By Newmarket Dentistry
June 17, 2014
Category: Oral Health
MeetBradyReiterandYoullBelieveintheToothFairy

The Tooth Fairy has been easing the process of losing baby teeth for hundreds of years — at least 500 years according to one authority on the subject. Her name is Brady Reiter, and while she looks only age 11 in earth years, she is actually a 500-year-old Tooth Fairy; at least she plays one on DVD.

Brady is the star of Tooth Fairy 2, a new DVD comedy also starring Larry the Cable Guy as a novice Tooth Fairy doing penance for questioning the existence of the magical sprite who leaves payment under pillows for lost teeth.

In a charming interview with Dear Doctor magazine, Brady says it wasn't very difficult to play an ancient tooth fairy trapped in a child's body.

“I'm kind of more mature than an average 11-year-old because I have older brothers and sisters,” Brady told Dear Doctor. “It was kind of just connecting with my inner 500-year-old. It was very fun to play a character like that!”

Brady also enjoyed working with Larry, who dons a pink tutu and fluffy wings for his role.

“In hair and makeup every morning, he'd be making all these jokes,” she said. “He just cracked us up 100 percent of the time!”

But as much fun as Brady had on the set, her character, Nyx, is all business. And that's how Brady, who recently lost her last baby tooth, has always believed it should be.

“My whole life I thought the Tooth Fairy is just like Nyx,” Brady said. “They know what to do, they come in, they're professionals, you don't see them and they never make a mistake and forget your tooth. Just like Santa Claus, tooth fairies are very professional.”

Brady also told Dear Doctor that she is very excited to be helping the National Children's Oral Health Foundation fight childhood tooth decay as spokesfairy for America's ToothFairy Kids Club. The club offers kids personalized letters from the Tooth Fairy along with lots of encouraging oral health tips and fun activities.

If you would like to enroll your child in the club — it's free! — please visit www.AmericasToothFairyKids.org. And to make sure your child's teeth and your own are decay-free and as healthy as possible, please contact us to schedule your next appointment.


By Newmarket Dentistry
June 02, 2014
Category: Oral Health
PreventingToothDecayinChildren

If you think cavities are an inevitable part of childhood, think again; tooth decay, which is actually an infectious disease caused by bacteria, is completely preventable. This is a good thing, because tooth decay can be painful and interfere with a child's ability to eat, speak, and focus in school. Parents have a big role to play in helping their children's teeth stay healthy. Here are some things you can do:

Establish an oral hygiene routine. Good oral hygiene practices should start as soon as the first tooth appears. An infant's teeth should be wiped with a clean, damp washcloth each day. Starting at age 2, a brushing routine should be established using a soft-bristled, child-sized brush and just a smear of fluoride toothpaste. Children need help brushing until around age 6, when they have the dexterity to take over the job themselves — and learn to floss.

Limit sugary drinks and snacks. Sugar is the favorite food of decay-causing oral bacteria. In the process of breaking down that sugar, the bacteria produce tooth-eroding acid. Too much exposure to this acid will leave a small hole, or cavity, in the tooth and create an entry point for the bacteria to reach deeper inside the tooth. Beverages that are sugary AND acidic, such as sodas and sports drinks, are particularly harmful.

Make sure your child sees the dentist regularly. Routine exams and cleanings are a must for good oral health. Even if your child is doing a good job maintaining an oral hygiene routine, there are places where bacterial plaque can build up beyond the reach of a toothbrush and floss. These areas require professional attention. We can also give your child an in-office fluoride treatment to strengthen enamel and reverse very early decay. In some cases, we will recommend dental sealants to smooth out the little grooves in a child's back teeth. This is a quick and easy in-office procedure that will keep out food debris and bacteria for years. And, of course, we can monitor your child's dental development.

If you have any questions about tooth decay or the development of your child's teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dentistry & Oral Health for Children” and “How to Help Your Child Develop the Best Habits for Oral Health.”




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