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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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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.

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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.

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Never Too Sure

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On a recent business trip, Joe didn’t feel himself.  Perhaps it’s the jet lag, or perhaps the recent meal from the hotel is about to come back to haunt him.

He excused himself from his clients, and went to the washroom to splash water on his face.  He noticed a lump on his neck he’d never before seen. 

When Joe returned home, he felt worse than he did before.  He planned to hit the ground running this week, especially with the huge deal he landed during his recent trip.  He had to get better.  Immediately. 

When Joe proactively took it upon himself to make an appointment with his physician, the doctor asked him the usual questions about his health, lifestyle, symptoms, etc.  Joe recalled feeling progressively worse since the first day of his recent trip.  And then he mentioned something even more alarming.

Joe told his doctor that he had noticed recently that a few of his teeth had loosened.  He had planned to visit his dentist, but work, and life just seemed to get in the way.

We often ignore dental issues, rather than treating them as we would with other health issues.  And infrequent visits to the dentist are equally alarming because sometimes, health issues can be identified in correlation through oral health.

A visit with his dentist, and the dentist could have identified the loose teeth, the lump on the neck, and perhaps some growths or sores inside the mouth, which would’ve led to further investigative questions about health, etc.  These are all symptoms of oral cancer.

For the purpose of ending this story on a lighter note, the loose teeth were simply infected, and needed to be extracted, and the sickness just a flu he’d likely caught en route to his recent business trip.  And lastly, the lump on his neck: a cosmetic skin issue, that could easily be remedied with consistent washing and skin care products.  Perhaps a better diet, as well.

We are never too sure about our health.  Ask your dental and healthcare professionals about scheduling regular checkups. 

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Smile

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When you smile less, people take notice. 

It reflects on your work.  It reflects in how people perceive you.  “Is he/she not friendly?  Should we trust them— they don’t seem very enthusiastic about what they’re selling…”

You will be less likely to break the ice with people, interact with new people, and you will seem less engaged in conversations.  You’ll appear distant, withdrawn, or even disinterested.

It’ll reflect on the overall satisfaction of your customers, if you’re in a customer facing role.  It will affect the environment of your workplace, bringing down overall morale with it— and subsequently, your Yelp reviews or CSI scores… ok- so maybe that’s a little hyperbolic, but you get the point. The Butterfly Effect, Laws of Attraction, etc., etc.

These doldrums can bleed into your personal life as well.  People want to be around other people who seem like they’re having a good time… people who seem to be enjoying life.  It’s contagious.  We want to be a part of that— not apart from it

Why aren’t you smiling?  Major mental health initiatives, such as #Bellletstalk, have recently trended through various media outlets and forums, but that shouldn’t preclude us from continuing to discuss such matters.  After all, we see Dr. Rob for our teeth.  Shouldn’t we see someone for our hearts and minds?

Hopefully, the reasons you— or an acquaintance- aren’t smiling as often, aren’t due to something more deeply-rooted than a surface issue.  And if that’s the case, we’ve got you covered.

You likely have a beautiful smile.  Lets us help you rediscover it, so that you can show it to everyone. 

We are all unfinished versions of our best selves.  A quick refresh will allow you the opportunity to take that next step with your public appearance, as you deliver that next presentation, speak up at the next meeting, or give cheers at your next social event.

SmileWe’re all better when we do.

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The Importance Of Flossing In 2019

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Science.  Facts.  Research.  Don’t worry about it.

The point is- you need to do it.  Your dental care (possibly your friendships) depends on it. 

A report published by the American Dental Association, dated August 3rd, 2016, had this to say on flossing:

“In its statement the ADA said: “Cleaning between teeth removes plaque that can lead to cavities or gum disease from the areas where a toothbrush can’t reach. “Interdental cleaning is proven to help remove debris between teeth that can contribute to plaque build-up.”

“Toothbrush can’t reach?”  Right.  Between the teeth, and in the depths of the gum line.  Imagine this:  you ate a great dinner.  Steak, potatoes, vegetables… perhaps a salad beforehand.  You finished with a nice piece of chocolate cake.  A leisurely brushing preempted bedtime, and you headed to lala land for an 8 hour slumber.  Eight hours for the left behind food particles- of which their are many, no doubt, after the steak, romaine, and the rest of your smorgasbord compounded itself into an oral compost.  Your mouth- akin to a Petri dish- with a full classroom of bacteria, present and ready to show you how to lose friends and alienate people.

Now what does that do to your mouth?  Your breath?

If you had flossed, prior to brushing, the cleaning agents in the toothpaste and the mouthwash after, would better be able to eradicate any of the would-be bacteria that would otherwise be present.

You would wake up fresher, with a mouth less likely to be at risk of plaque, gingivitis or other ne’er-do-wells. 

Flossing is so very important.  And today, you’re not restricted to the conventional flossing methods, as other options are plentiful in the marketplace.

Ask your dentist today, for a solution that would work best for you. 

Flossing could easily become a part of your routine.  Try it today.

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The Man With The Peaches & Cream Smile

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A starched shirt, crisp and tailored, shaping your Monday-Thru-Friday body like a glove.  A close shave, a spritz of cologne, and a fresh cut.  You accessorize appropriately, pairing the perfect tie, socks and pocket square with your blazer.  You’re ready for the big event.

“Cheese!”  You smile, revealing peaches and cream corn rows of a regular brush, floss and semi-annual cleaning.  Could it be better?  Sure.  You grind your teeth at night, you brush on occasion, you floss with the regularity of Cleveland Browns playoff wins.

Coffee, tea, wine, blueberries, tobacco… there are many reasons why one would have stained teeth.  But the reasons to have white teeth are far more plentiful.

Are your teeth made of wood? 

Your smile lights up a room.  It’s a chandelier, set to a moment.  Laugh, and it lights up a room.

Pearls that showcase the gateway to your soul.  When was the last time you saw yellow pearls?

Smile.  You’re taking a picture in a poorly lit room, with a limited lense.  Your teeth will show.  Are they yellow?

“Do you like yellow teeth?  Are you a yellow teeth man?  Do you only date people with yellow teeth?”

“Are yellow teeth part of your identity?”

Do you like yellow?  When you smile, do people yell, “Taxi!”, as if they’re hailing a Yellow Cab?

Do you notice people using the descriptor, “bananas”, in place of “crazy/strange/weird..” while in your presence?  You hear, “…it was all yellow…” on the radio.  A chorus from a Coldplay song.  And you immediately assume it was dedicated to you.

You know when you spill mustard on a crisp linen shirt?  It’s noticeable.  But not in a good way…

“Perhaps your smile looks great… In a black and white filter.”

“I really think that your smile looks amazing…. When you’re on the telephone.”

“You should smile more often.  This room could use some color.”

“What does a great smile get you in this world?  Seriously…. I’m asking… Please ask someone with a great smile.”

“I am so exhausted right now.  Smile please.  A blast of your breath will wake me up.”

“Are you brightening your teeth?  No- not you.  Was talking to someone that you were standing near.”

“You know how you can buy teeth whitening kits?  What kind of kit did you buy?  A darkening kit?”

“I really like having white teeth.”  Me.

“I really like having stained teeth.”  You.

Urban Smiles Family Dental can help you achieve a whiter smile.  Why wait?

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Some of the Best Teeth Chomping Foods!

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People often ask “what are the best foods I can eat for my teeth?” and while the candy company wants us to say “CAKE” or something, ok maybe you want that too, we just can’t say that. HOWEVER there are some decent foods that most people like that promote great teeth and mouth health, not to mention benefit your bodies as well!

Cheese! Might as well start strong right? Cheese is obviously loved by many people, and fortunately for those people, a study published in the May/June 2013 issue of General Dentistry, the journal of the American Academy of General Dentistry, reported at EurekAlert! found that eating cheese raised the pH in the subjects’ mouths and lowered their risk of tooth decay. There are a few reasons why, but let’s just eat the cheese already!

Fruits, such as apples, might be sweet, and we can’t eat too many of those things, but apples are high in fiber and water which when chewed produces saliva which can rinse away bacteria and food particles! And when you can’t brush right after a meal an apple could be your next best choice!

Like cheese, yogurt is high in calcium and protein, making is a good choice for your teeth health. The probiotics, or good bacteria, in yogurt can also crowd out the bacteria that causes cavities. If you decide to add more yogurt to your diet, choose a plain variety with no added sugar, even though the sugary ones are really good…

Leafy greens, ya ya, we know that this is the boring one that every good food list has… Leafy greens such as kale and spinach also promote oral health because they are high in calcium! It’s not just milk that has calcium contrary to popular belief!

There are a number of great food choices that can promote a healthy mouth, and we cannot forget to overlook one of the most important parts of our bodies!

It also may be that time to give Dr. Rob Andrew a call at Urban Smiles Family Dental! He can’t wait to see you!

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