Posts for: February, 2017

By Newmarket Dentistry
February 16, 2017
Category: Oral Health
AnyTimeAnyPlaceCamNewtonsGuidetoFlossing

When is the best time to floss your teeth: Morning? Bedtime? How about: whenever and wherever the moment feels right?

For Cam Newton, award-winning NFL quarterback for the Carolina Panthers, the answer is clearly the latter. During the third quarter of the 2016 season-opener between his team and the Denver Broncos, TV cameras focused on Newton as he sat on the bench. The 2015 MVP was clearly seen stretching a string of dental floss between his index fingers and taking care of some dental hygiene business… and thereby creating a minor storm on the internet.

Inappropriate? We don't think so. As dentists, we're always happy when someone comes along to remind people how important it is to floss. And when that person has a million-dollar smile like Cam Newton's — so much the better.

Of course, there has been a lot of discussion lately about flossing. News outlets have gleefully reported that there's a lack of hard evidence at present to show that flossing is effective. But we would like to point out that, as the saying goes, “Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.” There are a number of reasons why health care organizations like the American Dental Association (ADA) still firmly recommend daily flossing. Here are a few:

  • It's well established that when plaque is allowed to build up on teeth, tooth decay and gum disease are bound to follow.
  • A tooth brush does a good job of cleaning most tooth surfaces, but it can't reach into spaces between teeth.
  • Cleaning between teeth (interdental cleaning) has been shown to remove plaque and food debris from these hard-to-reach spaces.
  • Dental floss isn't the only method for interdental cleaning… but it is recognized by dentists as the best way, and is an excellent method for doing this at home — or anywhere else!

Whether you use dental floss or another type of interdental cleaner is up to you. But the ADA stands by its recommendations for maintaining good oral health: Brush twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste; visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and checkups; and clean between teeth once a day with an interdental cleaner like floss. It doesn't matter if you do it in your own home, or on the sidelines of an NFL game… as long as you do it!

If you would like more information about flossing and oral hygiene, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.


By Newmarket Dentistry
February 10, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Your smile is often what others notice first about you, making it an important asset to feel proud of. However, many people’s smiles have cosmetic dentistryimperfections which can only be improved with the help of cosmetic dentistry. Luckily, your Newmarket, ON, cosmetic dentist can help you get the smile you have always wanted. Find out more with Dr. Richard Lee-Shanok at Newmarket Dentistry.

Dental Bonding and Contouring
Dental bonding uses composite resin materials molded directly onto the teeth to change their look. Bonding can help correct chipped, discolored, short, or uneven teeth. Dental contouring uses a dental drill with various drill bits to smooth and shape the bonding materials into the tooth’s new form. Contouring can also be performed on its own to remove small parts of enamel from the tooth to reshape it. Dental contouring works to correct jagged, uneven teeth, overlaps, or too-pointy teeth.

Teeth Whitening and Your Smile 
Teeth whitening can benefit almost anyone who wishes to improve the appearance of their smile. This simple, fast procedure can subtly change your smile or dramatically change its appearance depending on your preferences. Most whitening sessions take about an hour and occur at an appointment in your dentist’s office. Teeth whitening is a safe and trusted procedure and is recommended for adults 18 and older.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Newmarket, ON 
Using cosmetic dentistry to improve your smile can keep your teeth looking great, boosting your confidence and making face-to-face interactions and first impressions easier and more enjoyable than ever. Combining cosmetic dentistry procedures like dental bonding, contouring and teeth whitening, can subtly tweak your look or completely overhaul your teeth. Your dentist can help you determine which cosmetic dentistry procedures are best for you. A quick consultation could be all that is standing in the way of you and a brand new, beautiful smile. For more information on cosmetic dentistry, please contact Dr. Richard Lee-Shanok at Newmarket Dentistry in Newmarket, ON. Call (905) 830-1010 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Lee-Shanok today!


By Newmarket Dentistry
February 01, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  
CouldaMetalAllergyKeepYouFromGettingaDentalImplant

The dental implant is the closest thing in modern dentistry to a natural tooth. This is because an implant replaces more than the visible crown — it also replaces the root, thanks to a metal post imbedded in the bone.

But what if you have a metal allergy — are you out of luck replacing a tooth with an implant? Before answering this question, let's take a closer look at metal allergies.

An allergy is an overreaction of the body's immune system to a particular foreign substance. This response can be as inconsequential as a minor rash or as life-threatening as a shutdown of the body's organ systems. You can be allergic to anything, including metals.

Usually, these allergies are to specific kinds of metals. For example, about 17% of women and 3% of men are allergic to nickel, while smaller percentages are allergic to cobalt or chromium. Most allergic reactions to metal occur from external contact with jewelry or similar metal items that create rashes or other anomalies on the skin. On a more serious note, an allergy to metal in a body replacement part could result in the body rejecting it.

Metals have also played an important role in dental care, particularly dental amalgam used for tooth fillings. Dental amalgam is a mixture of a precious metal like gold or silver with other metals like copper, tin and, in small amounts, mercury. While dental amalgam has been used safely for decades, there have been rare cases of inflammation or rashes.

This brings us to dental implants and the most common metal used in them, titanium. The commercial version of this metal is highly prized in medical and dental applications because it has a special affinity with bone. Bone cells readily grow and adhere to the metal, which strengthens the bond between the implant and the jawbone.

Even if you have a rare allergy to certain metals, it's even rarer that would include titanium. In one particular study of 1,500 implant patients less than 1% reported any reaction at all.

If you're concerned, you can undergo testing to see if you react to titanium. More than likely, though, you'll be able to join the millions of other patients who have successfully restored their smiles with dental implants.

If you would like more information on dental implants as a tooth replacement option, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Metal Allergies to Dental implants.”




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