Wednesday, December 11, 2013

In Office Professional Teeth Whitening $59


Get your "pearly whites" ready for holidays! Show off your smile!

Take an advantage of our Holiday Season Promotion!

For only $ 59 you can brighten your smile in 4 shades!

Hurry!!! The promo runs until December 27, 2013
 
Book your appointment today! 416-273-3626
 
 
Happy Holiday Season to all from Pearly White Smiles - Dental Hygiene Clinic! Ho-Ho-Ho


Sunday, November 10, 2013

You can make it happen! It’s time to quit smoking! How do you quit using tobacco?


You can make it happen!  It’s time to quit smoking! How do you quit using tobacco?
1.     Set a date in the near future. This will allow you time to prepare yourself mentally and emotionally. Choose a time when stress will be lower.
2.     Tell your family, friends and co-workers that you are quitting. Building a support system will improve your chances of quitting successfully.
3.     Investigate and use all resources available to you, such as brochures, websites, and books.
4.     Tell your dental health professional or physician you are quitting. Not only they can provide guidance and support, they can recommend tobacco cessation medication.
5.     Avoid environments or situations that could tempt you, or put you in contact with people that smoke.
6.     Anticipate triggers to tobacco and be prepared in avoiding them. Chew sugarless gum, go for a walk or pick up a hobby to distract you.
7.     Reward yourself for reaching small goals. For example: treat yourself to a nice meal with family or friends to celebrate one week of being smoke-free.
8.     Put the money you would normally spend on tobacco in a jar. At the end of the year, take that money and spend it on a vacation or a new wardrobe!
Tips to make your plan to quit easier:
1.     Drink water with crushed ice if possible
2.     Deep breathe -  Take a deep breath, hold for 2 seconds, then let it out
3.     Delay the urge to smoke – put it off for a few minutes
4.     Do something else – try a different activity
5.     Keep a diary of how much and where you smoke
6.     Make your home and car smoke-free
Changes you will experience after quitting
  • 20 minutes - your pulse and blood pressure return to normal
  • 8 hours - carbon monoxide levels in your blood drop
  • 24 hours - your chance of having a heart attack drops
  • 72 hours - you can smell and taste better and breathing becomes easier
  • 2 weeks to 3 months - your circulation becomes easier and your lung functioning increases by up to 30 percent
  • 6 months - coughing, sinus congestion, tiredness and shortness of breath improve
  • 1 year - you’ve cut your risk of heart disease in half
  • 10 years - the risk of dying from lung cancer is cut in half
  • 15 years - your risk of dying from a heart attack is equal to that of a person who never smoked. You will also lower your chances of getting cancers of the tongue, mouth, larynx, throat and esophagus.
 
These facts are based on materials adapted from the Canadian Cancer Society, Centre of addiction and Mental Health, the Government of Ontario, and the Canadian Council for Tobacco Control
 
For more help contact: 1-877-513-5333 or visit smokershelpline.ca
Or ask Tania at Pearly White Smiles to help you with your quit plan!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

What is Tooth Sensitivity and Why Does it Hurt?


It’s that twinge or stab of pain you feel when you’re trying to eat some ice cream, or enjoy a coffee, or even when you’re just brushing your teeth.

Tooth sensitivity, also called dentinal sensitivity, affects nearly one out of three adults.

Symptoms may surface as early as your mid 20’s.

Why does it hurt?

Pain occurs when the enamel (the protective coating on your teeth) has worn away or when your gum tissue recedes, exposing the inner layer called dentin.



Without the protective layer of enamel or gums, painful sensations can travel more easily through the tooth to its sensitive nerve centre.

Erosion starts with the everyday wear and tear of chewing and brushing and can worsen when dietary acids found in citrus fruits and drinks and carbonated beverages accumulate on your teeth, softening the enamel. Or you may be one of those people whose tooth enamel is just naturally thin in places.

How to prevent and treat tooth sensitivity?

1) Brush 2 x day with Sensodyne toothpaste or other brand that has anti - sensitivity agent built-in
2) Maintain good oral hygiene
3) Have regular professional cleanings and check-ups
4) In worst case scenarios your dental professional  may recommend to have a filling placed on the exposed root  surface

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

What is gum disease, also known as gingivitis?

Gum disease, also known as gingivitis, is an infection of the gums. It is caused by PLAQUE, a sticky film that collects on teeth and gums. Plaque makes acids and toxins that can make gums red, puffy, or bleed.

Over time, gum disease can cause gums to pull away from the teeth. This can form pockets between the teeth and gums. Germs can become trapped in these POCKETS, causing the BONE around the teeth to weaken.


Here are some tips to help prevent gum disease:

·         Brush teeth and gums 2 x day morning and night after meals (pay special attention to your back teeth. They are likely to have more plaque on them because they are hard to reach)

·         Floss between teeth before going to sleep

·         Brush your tongue every day

·         Change your toothbrush every 3 months – bristles that are worn remove less plaque

·         Visit your dental hygienist regularly for teeth cleanings and gum assessments

·         If your gums bleed, don’t stop brushing and flossing (use a toothbrush with soft bristles so you don’t hurt your gums. See your hygienist if the bleeding continues)


Here are some signs of gum disease:

·         Gums that are red or puffy or bleed when you brush or floss

·         Tooth pain or sensitivity

·         Persistent bad breath

·         Adult teeth that are loose or develop gaps; changes in the  way your teeth fit when you bite down – This is the most serious form of gum disease, called periodontitis (bone loss)

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Your visit to a dental hygienist can be a lifesaver

Did you know that Oral Cancer kills more people Nationwide than either Skin cancer or Cervical Cancer?

Fortunately, most oral (mouth) sores or lesions are not harmful. But a small number are dangerous, and if not identified early, they may progress to a more advanced stage.

Good News: When Oral Cancer is detected early, it can be completely cured.

Oral Cancer is a devastating disease when detected in its later stages. Late stage treatment usually involves major facial surgery with only half of such patients surviving past 5 years. Therefore, it is important to see your hygienist regularly so that dangerous oral lesions can be detected at an early, easily curable stage.

Oral Cancer occurs more often in those who use tobacco in any form including: cigarettes, chewing tobacco, pipes, and cigars; or those who consume large amounts of alcohol. But oral cancer can and does develop in people of all ages, races, and lifestyle habits.

Over 25% of oral cancers occur in people who do not smoke and who only drink alcohol socially.

When a client comes in for a regular dental hygiene visit I make sure that I take an extra look in all parts of the mouth: tongue, gums, hard and soft palate, cheeks, throat.

If something in your mouth looks suspicious I take no chances of guessing. I take a note of it and I ask you to come back in 2 weeks. If the suspected area is still there than I'll refer you out to an oral pathologist that can do a test that will confirm either your lesion cancerous, precancerous, or noncancerous. It's better to be safe than sorry.

On that note: I hope that those of you that didn't have a dental check-up in a while will call your dental office now and book an appointment if at least not for dental cleaning but for oral cancer examination.

Stay on top of things! It's your body; your health!