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HOW DOES SUGAR AFFECT YOUR DENTAL HEALTH?

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The plaque bacteria use sugar to produce acid that attack your enamel and over time that causes tooth decay.

-Dr. Rob Andrew Urban Smiles Family Dental

We all know that eating too much sugar isn’t good for your health in general, but do you know how eating too much sugar affects your teeth?

It is not the sugar alone that causes tooth decay, but rather the process that happens after you eat the sugar. The mouth is full of hundreds of bacteria, many of which are beneficial to the oral ecosystem. However, certain harmful oral bacteria actually feed on the sugars you eat to create acids that destroy the tooth enamel, which is the shiny, protective outer layer of the tooth. Cavities are a bacterial infection created by acids, that cause your teeth to experience a hole in them. Without treatment, cavities can progress past the enamel and into the deeper layers of the tooth, causing pain and possible tooth loss.

Decrease the Effects of Sugar on Your Teeth

While it may be impossible to cut all sugar from your diet, taming your sweet tooth and following a few tips will help decrease the damage to your teeth.

  • Limit your consumption of sugar, including soft drinks and energy drinks.
  • Drink water to rinse your mouth while eating.
  • Brush teeth after eating sugary foods.
  • Don’t eat sticky, sugary foods such as candy.
  • Cut down on carbohydrates since they turn into sugar in your mouth.
  • Use a fluoride toothpaste which helps build up your enamel.
  • Floss regularly to remove plaque and reduce the bacteria between teeth.

PREVENTIVE CARE AND EARLY DETECTION

Schedule regular dental checkups and cleaning appointments for your family; this way, any signs of tooth decay can be taken care of early.

There is no denying that people love their sugar. In fact, Canadians eat an astounding 88 pounds of sugar per year, that produces an enormous potential for tooth decay. Make the necessary changes in diet and dental hygiene now, so the effects of sugar on teeth don’t come when your family is preoccupied with bigger life events.

Brushing Too Hard is Not Good!

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“Brushing your teeth too hard can lead to oral health problems and put your mouth at risk for tooth abrasion, tooth sensitivity, and gum recession”. Dr. Rob Andrew Urban Smiles

We recommend that you brush for two full minutes — 30 seconds in each quadrant of your mouth — twice a day. Use the timer on your phone or choose an electric toothbrush that alerts you every 30 seconds. 

Proper Brushing Technique

If your toothbrush bristles become frayed very quickly, or your gums are often sore after your brush, there is a good chance that you are applying too much pressure. Here are some tips to help you properly clean your teeth:

  • Make sure you are using a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle against your teeth and use short, tooth-wide strokes.
  • You should feel the bristles against your gums, but you should never “smash” them down.
  • Holding your toothbrush in your non-dominant hand may help you to lighten up on the amount of pressure you apply.
  • If you use an electric toothbrush, you do not have to press it hard against your teeth; just make sure it makes contact with them.
  • The next time you visit us, ask Dr. Rob or one of the dental hygienists for tips on how you can improve your at-home oral hygiene routine. They will be happy to give you some advice.

Your toothbrush is one of your best friends in your efforts to maintain great oral health… but only if you use it the right way.

Below are some fun facts about teeth we thought you’d enjoy learning about.

  • Teeth start to form even before you are born—milk teeth or baby teeth start to form when the baby is in the womb, but they come through when the child is between 6-12 months old.
  • Humans have only two sets of teeth in their entire lifetime—baby teeth and permanent teeth. Once you have your permanent teeth, make sure you take good care of them.
  • No two people have the same set of teeth—your teeth are as unique as your fingerprint, so be proud of your unique set of teeth.
  • Your mouth produces over 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime—that’s enough to fill two swimming pools. Saliva has many uses, including assisting you with your digestion and protects your teeth from bacteria in your mouth.
  • An average person spends 38.5 days brushing their teeth over their lifetime.

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Dr. Rob’s Great Christmas Gift Idea

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It may look as if you’re giving the gift of an electric toothbrush, but what you’re really giving is the gift of…better oral health according to Dr. Rob Andrew and he highly recommends the Oral B electric toothbrush and the Philips Sonicare. Making the perfect Christmas gift this year.   

The Oral B Pro 1000

  • Clinically proven superior 3D cleaning oscillates and pulsates to break up and remove up to 300 percentage more plaque along the gum line than a regular manual toothbrush
  • The pressure sensor stops the pulsation movement if you brush too hard and the in handle timer helps you brush for a dentist recommended 2 minutes
  • 1 Mode, Daily Clean, rotates to break up and sweep away plaque
  • Included in pack: 1 Oral B Professional Handle, 1 CrossAction Brush head and 1 charger
  • Compatible with the following replacement toothbrush heads: CrossAction, 3D White, Sensitive Clean, Precision Clean, FlossAction, Deep Sweep, Ortho and Dual Clean. Does not fit iO brush heads
  • Packaging may vary, Refill color may vary
  • In-handle timer pulses every 30 seconds to let you know when to switch areas of the mouth

Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Smart 9750 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush 

  • Philips Sonicare best ever toothbrush for the most exceptional clean and complete care
  • Removes up to 10X more plaque and improves gum health up to 7X in just 2 weeks (in gum health mode vs. A manual toothbrush)
  • Removes up to 100% more stains in just 3 days (in white+ mode vs. A manual toothbrush)
  • 4 different smart brush head types automatically pair with the appropriate brushing mode and smart sensors provide real time feedback
  • 5 modes: clean, white+, deep clean+, gum health, TongueCare & 3 intensity levels

Not many people realize how good oral health is a gift in itself. Straight, shiny, white teeth exude confidence, health, and beauty. Not only do the appearance and health of your smile make you feel better, but it makes other people happier, too. Achieving and maintaining this gift challenges some people. Soon, their once beautiful smile is plagued with plaque and cavities. The most common reason being bad dental habits and routines.

With an electric toothbrush, maintaining your oral health becomes easier than ever before. Electric toothbrushes can remove more plaque, stimulate the gums, and remove bacteria from those hard-to-reach places.

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.

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Oral Hygiene is a Must

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Good oral hygiene is necessary to keep teeth and gums healthy. It involves habits such as brushing twice a day and having regular dental checkups.

Your own everyday habits are crucial to your overall oral health. Still, even the most dutiful brushers and flossers need to see a dentist regularly. At minimum, you should see your dentist for cleanings and checkups twice a year. Not only can a dentist remove calculus and look for cavities, but they will also be able to spot potential issues and offer treatment solutions.

It’s no secret that the general recommendation is to brush at least twice a day. Still, many of us continue to neglect brushing our teeth at night. But brushing before bed gets rid of the germs and plaque that accumulate throughout the day.

The way you brush is equally important — in fact, doing a poor job of brushing your teeth is almost as bad as not brushing at all. Take your time, moving the toothbrush in gentle, circular motions to remove plaque. Unremoved plaque can harden, leading to calculus buildup and gingivitis and early gum disease.

Treat flossing as important as brushing

Many who brush regularly neglect to floss. Flossing is not just for getting little pieces of food or broccoli that may be getting stuck in between your teeth, as It’s really a way to stimulate the gums, reduce plaque, and help lower inflammation in the area.

Flossing once a day is usually enough to reap these benefits.

Don’t neglect your tongue. Plaque can also build up on your tongue. Not only can this lead to bad mouth odor, but it can lead to other oral health problems. Gently brush your tongue every time you brush your teeth.

We shouldn’t have to say this but smoking harms the body’s immune system, which makes it difficult for the body to heal tissues, including those in the mouth. People who smoke may experience slow healing after a dental procedures. Smoking also affects the appearance of the mouth, leading to yellowing of the teeth and tongue, and it can give breath a bad odor.

Water continues to be the best beverage for your overall health — including oral health. Also, as a rule of thumb, we recommend drinking water after every meal. This can help wash out some of the negative effects of sticky and acidic foods and beverages in between brushes.

Ultimately, sugar converts into acid in the mouth, which can then erode the enamel of your teeth. These acids are what lead to cavities. Acidic fruits, teas, and coffee can also wear down tooth enamel. While you don’t necessarily have to avoid such foods altogether, it doesn’t hurt to be mindful.

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Your Smile Can CHANGE THE WORLD!

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Have you ever been in an unpleasant mood and then someone has come along with a huge smile, some laughter or in a good mood? When the person you are talking to or the people that surround you are smiling, you won’t be able to help but smile!

A smile has special powers. You can calm fear, insecurity, hurt and anxiety not only in yourself, but in those that are experiencing those feelings. The next time someone is feeling sad, scared, nervous, whatever it may be, smile with them and see how this makes them feel!

Research has shown that smiling releases serotonin – a neurotransmitter that produces feelings of happiness and wellbeing. It’s like a circle of happiness. Smile and you feel happy, you feel happy and you smile! Even when you’re not feeling great, try smiling, genuinely, and see how you feel!

Life may throw you some curve balls but remember: YOU control your reactions to every situation. Try to see the good aspects of every part of your life–you might be surprised at how much of an impact a little positive thinking can make!

Keep in mind:

Smiling Helps You Live Longer

Smiling Relieves Stress

Smiling Elevates Mood

Smiling Is Contagious

Smiling Boosts the Immune System

Smiling May Lower Blood Pressure

Smiling Reduces Pain

Smiling Makes You Attractive

Smiling Suggests Success

Smiling Helps You Stay Positive

Smiling is one of the best beauty remedies. If you have a good sense of humor and a good approach to life, that’s beautiful.

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Dear Popcorn, We Love You But Might Have To Say Goodbye.

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You are such a treat. Whether you’re with us at the movies, at a sporting event, in the park or cozy in our own homes, you make everything better. You bring us together. You inspire us to spend time with one another, sharing your goodness, sharing laughter, sharing fun.

Your always been there for us, for as long as we can remember. You help us grow closer to one another, and to make memories that can’t possibly be erased. For all this and more, Popcorn – we love you! but might have to say goodbye to preserve our teeth.

Most of us love Popcorn but is it good for our teeth?

Eating popcorn can cause lasting damage to your teeth

While it’s almost impossible to eat popcorn without getting some stuck in your teeth, you can act quickly to help mitigate any damage. With a healthy flossing you should be able to get those thin husks out from between your teeth. The word healthy needs to be emphasized, because unfortunately, if you don’t clean them out it can lead to infection and even an abscess.

Those hard, un popped kernels are very good at breaking and cracking teeth. Be careful as you devour a big handful, especially if it’s at the bottom of the bag. Cracked teeth usually means you’ll be in need of a crown which can be expensive.

They’re hard enough to chip a tooth if you crunch down on one of them by accident or on purpose. However, popcorn actually poses a double threat. The thin shell that covers the kernel can actually get stuck between your teeth or between your tooth and gum, giving bacteria a source of food and promoting tooth decay.

Damage Caused to Teeth by Un-Popped Popcorn Kernels

If you bite down on an un-popped popcorn kernel you could experience:

  • A cracked tooth
  • A broken tooth
  • Inflamed gums

Damage Caused to Teeth by Popcorn Hulls

If a popcorn hull it is not dislodged from your gums and teeth it can lead to any one of the following consequences:

  • Bone loss
  • A “Popcorn Abscess”
  • Decay leading to a cavity
  • Tooth deterioration
  • Loss of the tooth altogether

We’re not saying you can’t eat popcorn but please be careful.

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Ways to Make Brushing Teeth Fun for Kids

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Kids love games and, depending on their age, they are often excited about doing activities where they can bond with others—especially their parents. Unfortunately, children associate toothbrushing with bedtime. And we all know how most kids feel about bedtime.

Starting a routine and sticking to it is key. You may be tempted to let your child skip brushing after a long day or during times when your normal schedule is off but keep at it. The more second nature brushing becomes the easier it will be to make sure your child is brushing twice a day for two minutes.

family that brushes together, has brighter smiles together! By making brushing a family activity that everyone has to participate in, your child will be more inclined to want to brush their.

Set a good example for your kids. Let your child watch you brush your teeth and see how you go through your daily oral health routine. Allow them to see how fun and rewarding brushing your teeth can be by explaining what you are doing and showing them your pearly white smile when you are finished. Kids want to be like their parents so make sure to set an example you want them to follow.

Practice Makes Perfect. Allow your child to practice by letting them brush your teeth. This shows them that brushing teeth can be an exciting experience and that there is nothing to be afraid of. Make brushing seem fun and enjoyable for you and they will want to join in on all the fun as well.

What motivates your child? If its stickers, make a reward chart and let him add one every time he brushes. If he’s a reader, let him pick out the bedtime story. Maybe it’s as simple as asking to see that healthy smile, saying “I’m so proud of you” and following up with a huge high five.  

Go Shopping. Let your child pick out his or her own toothbrush and toothpaste. Choosing a character toothbrush might make brushing more fun, and fluoride toothpastes come in a variety of flavors and colours.

Brushing your teeth does not have to be a dreaded chore. With these fun and creative ideas, you can encourage your kid to practice good oral hygiene and make brushing their teeth something they look forward to every day.

Feel free to reach out to Urban Smiles Family Dental or explore the remainder of our website to find many answers to your dental questions.

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Worst Halloween Candy for your Teeth

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With Halloween right around the corner, it’s the time of year in which little ghosts and vampires, from all over, take part in the door-to-door quest for sweets. While this is always an exciting and of course spooky time of year for kids, for parents it can be a bit spooky for a totally different reason!

The only downside? Candy is still bad for our teeth. The reason candy is harmful to teeth is that bacteria in your mouth burn the sugar, creating acid as a byproduct. That acid then dissolves tooth enamel, and that’s what causes cavities.

The Bad

Sticky candy – The worst offenders? Chewy candies like taffy and anything gummy because they linger on the teeth, which gives them more time to cause tooth decay. Caramels are in this group too and all of these can do damage to fillings, braces, and orthodontic appliances.

Sour candies – These are bad for teeth in two ways since they contain both sugar and acid. The acid breaks down tooth enamel, which is the hard outer shell that protects teeth.

Lollipops – Like their cousins, hard candies, these are meant to be enjoyed slowly, meaning teeth are exposed to sugar for a lot longer than they are with treats you chew quickly. And if you dare to bite down on one, the American Dental Association warns it can fracture a tooth if you’re not careful!

The Good:

  • Chocolates – It turns out one of the tastiest things to find in your kids’ Halloween haul is actually one of the best when it comes to oral hygiene. Dr. Messina explains that because chocolate doesn’t linger on teeth for too long, it’s less of a risk for tooth decay than some other candy options.
  • Candy Corn
  • Even though candy corn is a Halloween candy trademark, it is one of the worst Halloween candies for you teeth. Candy corn has lasting negative effects on your teeth because it has a high amount of sugar, which can lead to tooth decay.
  • Caramel Apple Suckers
  • Caramel apple suckers are also a huge symbol of Halloween. However, as good tasting as they are, they are extremely bad for your teeth. Not only do they have a caramel coating that can get stuck in your teeth, but they also have a high amount of sugar that can cause tooth decay.
  • Chewy Candy
  • Chewy candy like Starburst and gummy bears can hit the spot sometimes, but also cause cavities in your teeth. Chewy candy is one of the worst candies for your teeth because it gets stuck in the crevices of your teeth, unable to be removed by your toothbrush alone. This can lead to tooth decay.
  • Filled Chocolates
  • Candy bars are one of the most popular items to give out on Halloween, and will fill the majority of your basket. However, chocolates filled with caramel, cream, or coconut are bad for your teeth. They stick to your teeth like chewy candy, allowing bacteria to feed on it and cause tooth decay. 

Remember be safe and when black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam, may luck be yours on Halloween.

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Ways to Provide Patient Hospitality at Urban Smiles Family Dental

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Hospitality is the relationship between a guest and a host, wherein the host receives the guest with some amount of goodwill, including the reception and entertainment of guests or visitors.

We also think of the hospitality at Urban Smiles Family Dental and what a difference it’s made with our patients and how we treat them when we have them in our clinic.

A welcoming entrance

The front office team members “dental concierge” that welcomes the patients by calling them by their name as they enter the practice and check them in?

It makes our patients feel important because they are, and they light up when you greet them by their name before we ask them.

We provide free WiFi.

Patients typically arrive at Urban Smiles Family Dental with their own distraction tool, their smartphone. While you don’t have to provide this type of entertainment, we can improve this experience for our clients by offering free WiFi. Allow patients to connect to our free customer WiFi so they don’t have to drain their data while they

wait.

Ease patient anxiety by creating a relaxing environment.

It’s no secret that most people don’t enjoy going to the dentist. It can even lead people to feel anxious or uneasy. To help our patients overcome these negative feelings, we work by providing a comfortable and relaxing environment. Offer cozy seating, soothing refreshments, and a calm atmosphere, and play the kind of music that improves mood and decreases anxiety.

It’s just as important for our dental team toshow the same hospitality toward one another as we do toward our patients.

It’s very easy for our team members to get caught up in the day-to-day tasks and not realize our impact on one another.

If the vibe we’re sending to our fellow team members is negative, this will only affect overall office morale and individual performance.

If we’re showing great hospitality to our patients, don’t we owe it ourselves to show the same great hospitality to one another?

A very important part of our dental patient experience happens after the patient leaves the office. It relates to how well the patient maintains their dental care. Part of your job as a dental provider is to help patients properly care for their teeth. You want to prevent them from having problems and encourage them to keep up healthy habits. One way to do that is by increasing patient engagement. By offering digital portals, resources, and reminders, you can help your patients get move involved with their health, which leads to better healthcare outcomes.

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Having White Teeth Matters?

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In the world today, many people are becoming more and more obsessed in whitening their teeth. Mass media shows people the importance of having white teeth because it could make you look more attractive.

You often see in the television ads, in billboard signage, print, and Internet ads the faces of celebrities who often flash out their wonderful and bright smiles which makes you think that you also want to be as attractive as them.

Whenever you talk to someone what do you notice first? The way they smile? How white are their teeth? That’s because nowadays, having white teeth doesn’t boost your esthetic appearance, but it also boosts your self-confidence and self-worth as well.

People with brighter smiles often leave a good lasting first impression making them more noticeable during college interviews and eventually in job interviews as they progress in life. A set of whiter teeth also helps you attract a potential love interest and a life partner later in life.

Why aren’t your teeth white anymore?

Normally, your teeth are milky white in colour; however as you age, the enamel of your tooth wears out because of daily use. The enamel then becomes translucent and over time, your teeth become darker or appear to be yellowish in color.

There are other factors that affect the colour of your teeth. Foods and beverages with high sugar and acidic content and staining properties such as tannins and polyphenols can discolor teeth with frequent use. Bad habits such as smoking and chewing tobacco can also stain your teeth.

Urban Smiles offer’s Zoom whitening?

In-Office Zoom Whitening $299!

Most bleaching products are peroxide-based and are actually capable of altering the colour of the tooth itself. However, not all tooth discolorations respond to tooth-bleaching treatments. Individuals contemplating tooth-bleaching should consult with a dentist to determine the cause of the discoloration and whether a bleaching treatment will have the desired result. This step is especially important for patients with fillings, root canal treatments, crowns and/or extremely dark stains on the anterior teeth. Here at Urban Smiles family dental, we offer a range of options to achieve a whiter smile, such as a one-hour in-office treatment, custom-fitted trays that you take home (or a combination of the two), or our new Gemini™ teeth whitening accelerator kits. Consult with our knowledgeable staff to determine which of these options is best suited to your needs.

Always remember Teeth are always in style.

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