Posts for: October, 2016

By Newmarket Dentistry
October 26, 2016
Category: Oral Health
BeyonceMakesFlossingaFamilyAffair

As is the case with most celebs today, Beyonce is no stranger to sharing on social media… but she really got our attention with a video she recently posted on instagram. The clip shows the superstar songstress — along with her adorable three-year old daughter Blue Ivy — flossing their teeth! In the background, a vocalist (sounding remarkably like her husband Jay-Z) repeats the phrase “flossin’…flossin’…” as mom and daughter appear to take care of their dental hygiene in time with the beat: https://instagram.com/p/073CF1vw07/?taken-by=beyonce

We’re happy that this clip highlights the importance of helping kids get an early start on good oral hygiene. And, according to authorities like the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, age 3 is about the right time for kids to begin getting involved in the care of their own teeth.

Of course, parents should start paying attention to their kids’ oral hygiene long before age three. In fact, as soon as baby’s tiny teeth make their first appearance, the teeth and gums can be cleaned with a soft brush or cloth and a smear of fluoride toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice. Around age 3, kids will develop the ability to spit out toothpaste. That’s when you can increase the amount of toothpaste a little, and start explaining to them how you clean all around the teeth on the top and bottom of the mouth. Depending on your child’s dexterity, age 3 might be a good time to let them have a try at brushing by themselves.

Ready to help your kids take the first steps to a lifetime of good dental checkups? Place a pea-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste on a soft-bristled brush, and gently guide them as they clean in front, in back, on all surfaces of each tooth. At first, it’s a good idea to take turns brushing. That way, you can be sure they’re learning the right techniques and keeping their teeth plaque-free, while making the experience challenging and fun.

Most kids will need parental supervision and help with brushing until around age 6. As they develop better hand-eye coordination and the ability to follow through with the cleaning regimen, they can be left on their own more. But even the best may need some “brushing up” on their tooth-cleaning techniques from time to time.

What about flossing? While it’s an essential part of good oral hygiene, it does take a little more dexterity to do it properly. Flossing the gaps between teeth should be started when the teeth begin growing close to one another. Depending on how a child’s teeth are spaced, perhaps only the back ones will need to be flossed at first. Even after they learn to brush, kids may still need help flossing — but a floss holder (like the one Beyonce is using in the clip) can make the job a lot easier.

If you would like more information about maintaining your children’s oral hygiene, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Top 10 Oral Health Tips For Children” and “How to Help Your Child Develop the Best Habits for Oral Health.”


By Newmarket Dentistry
October 25, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign   orthodontics   braces  

When you wear traditional metal braces, you may be forced into some lifestyle changes. One major change is the way that you eat and invisalignwhat you can safely eat without disturbing the brackets and wires on your teeth. This is one reason why many patients in Newmarket, ON., opt for Invisalign invisible braces instead. Find out how you can get a straighter smile without giving up your favorite foods with an Invisalign treatment at Newmarket Dentistry.

The Downside of Traditional Braces
When you have metal braces you can pretty much say goodbye to biting into hard foods, like apples, pears, corn on the cob, taffies and other sticky treats. These foods could cause the brackets to loosen or the wires to come out, which would affect your course of treatment. With traditional braces, you'll have to get use to changing the way you eat for two to three years in some cases.

Enjoy Your Favorite Foods with Invisalign 
Invisalign is an orthodontic system offered by Newmarket Dentistry that moves your teeth with a series of plastic aligner trays. Because the trays are removable, you can take them off to enjoy your favorite foods at any time during the day. When you're finished eating, just remember to put the tray back on as soon as possible. It's also important to note that the Invisalign treatment period is usually much shorter than traditional braces (about six months to a year). 

Invisalign Tips from Newmarket, ON.
Though you're free to enjoy your favorite foods with Invisalign, there are a few tips that you should keep in mind to ensure a successful treatment:

  • Brush and floss after meals before putting your tray back on.
  • Aim to wear your aligner trays at least 20-22 hours per day to ensure the best results.
  • Do not wrap your tray in a tissue while eating because it could be accidentally thrown away. Keep it in a secure case.

Schedule an Invisalign Appointment in Newmarket
If you're worried that getting braces means you're going to have to give up your favorite foods, talk to your dentist about Invisalign treatment. Call Newmarket Dentistry at (905) 830-1010 today for an appointment in Newmarket, ON.


CleaningYourOralApplianceExtendsitsLifeandEnsuresGoodHealth

Oral appliances run the gamut from night guards and retainers to full or partial dentures. Millions of people depend on them for restoring or maintaining dental health.

Today's user-friendly appliances reflect the latest advances in technology. But that doesn't mean you can simply "place them and forget them." Their longevity depends on taking care of them.

The most important aspect of appliance care is keeping them clean. Although bacteria have no effect on an appliance's materials, they can accumulate on its surfaces and raise the risk your natural teeth and gums will be infected. To reduce that risk you should clean your appliance every day.

The best way is with a countertop ultrasonic cleaner. These units emit high frequency sound vibrations that loosen plaque (a thin film of bacteria and food particles) from even the appliance's tiniest crevices. Most units cost between $40 and $60, and pose less of a scratching risk to the appliance's surfaces than manual cleaning.

If you'd prefer to use a brush, there are some dos and don'ts to follow. You can use a cleaner especially designed for your appliance, but less expensive mild dish detergent or hand soap (with an antibacterial agent) will work too. Don't use toothpaste — most contain an abrasive ingredient for removing plaque from enamel that could leave microscopic scratches on your appliance. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush (but not the one you use for your natural teeth) or one designed for your appliance.

While boiling kills bacteria, the high heat can soften and warp the plastic material in an appliance. This could alter how the appliance fits in your mouth, making them loose and uncomfortable to wear. You should also avoid bleach: it can whiten acrylic or nylon designed to mimic the red color of real gum tissue.

Unless we've advised you otherwise, don't wear the appliance around the clock, a practice that raises the chances of bacterial accumulation. And be sure you also brush and floss your natural teeth every day.

Keeping both your mouth and your appliance clean helps ensure the best oral health possible — and that your appliance will last longer.

If you would like more information on caring for oral appliances, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.




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