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Ways to Keep Your Teeth in Good Health

Any family dentist will tell a patient that taking proper care of the teeth begins with the individual. Much of what must be done to maintain good dental health is based on the habits you practice each day. Here are some of the top ways you can keep your teeth and gums in the best of health, and ensure the dentist finds less issues when you go in for your annual exam.

Brush After Every Meal

Most North York family dentists will urge patients to brush after at least two meals per day. Others hold to the older standard of brushing after every meal. As best as you possibly can, shoot for the latter goal.

The point of brushing is to remove any residue from food or drink that could weaken enamel or make the conditions in your mouth more favorable for developing tooth decay. Choosing to brush after every meal removes more residue in a timely manner and improves the odds of avoiding these two serious dental issues.

Learn How to Brush Properly

While brushing is important, make sure you are doing it right. Like so many other areas of life, it’s easy to develop bad habits with brushing. Perhaps you aren’t using the proper amount of tooth paste. Maybe you are not brushing long enough or the brush strokes themselves are less than effective. Instead of assuming that what you do is fine, talk with an expert in family dentistry. A few minor tweaks in how you brush could be the difference between healthy teeth and developing quite a few problems in the years to come.

Be Mindful of Bad Habits That Damage Teeth

Speaking of bad habits, do you find yourself chewing on ice after a meal? Perhaps you aren’t patient enough to allow hard candies to melt in your mouth and end up biting and chewing them. These are only a couple of examples of habits that can do quite a bit of damage. If you don’t break them, the result could be chipped or cracked teeth, a greater risk of tooth decay, and a few other unpleasant situations.

Talk with a professional at the local family dental clinic and get some tips on how to deal with these habits, as well as habits like grinding your teeth. Learning how to break them will mean enjoying health teeth for more years.

Understand the Connection Between Diet and Dental Health

Diet affects every area of the body. That includes your teeth and gums. Learn how to limit foods that are high in processed sugar and provide little in the way of nutrition. At the same time, identify foods that contain many of the nutrients needed to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Those are the foods you want to use as the basis for your meal planning.

See Your Dentist Regularly

While there is much you can do on your own, never assume that seeing a dentist is optional. At the very least, you should go in once a year for a complete dental checkup. Match that with a minimum of one teeth cleaning per year. Between your efforts to care for your teeth and the support that you get from a dental professional, the odds of enjoying excellent dental health are much higher.

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We are so excited to announce that the Royal College of Dental Surgeons has just given us the green light to begin seeing all non-essential and deferred treatment! Under the guidance of the RCDSO, all dentists in Ontario will now be able to re-open their practices for routine care and treatment. ​ Up until now, due to COVID19 pandemic restrictions, dentists have only been permitted to provide ​ emergency dental treatment. ​ This means that we have been unable to provide any other type of dental procedures since mid-March.

We can't wait to get back to work and begin seeing our patients again! We are spending this week implementing the changes mandated by the ministry of health and the dental association and will resume a normal schedule starting next week. You can rest assured that the safety of our community, our patients, and our team members are of utmost importance and we will have implemented additional safety measures and precautions. This is in addition to our already strict infection control protocols that were already in place.

Please be patient with us and give us some time to contact you; if you have had an appointment rescheduled, you are at the top of our list to call. We will be doing our best to ensure that everyone is re-booked as soon as possible. However, if you would like to get in sooner, or are having a concern, please feel free to give us a call.

What can I expect at my next dental appointment?

  • We will be ​pre-screening ​all patients prior to their appointments, and one more time upon arrival.
  • We are requesting that only the person who is booked for an appointment enter the office where ever possible (parents and caregivers will be permitted if necessary).
  • Upon arrival for your appointment, you will be asked to use hand sanitizer at the front entrance, and also to wear a mask until you are seated in the treatment room. (A mask will be provided if you do not have your own)
  • We will be staggering appointment times to limit the number of people in our offices to promote and encourage physical distancing.
  • There are hand hygiene stations located throughout the offices.
  • We have installed plexiglass barriers in the waiting room to protect our patients and team members.

FAQ

When exactly can I book an appointment?

  • We are seeing emergencies this week, but starting Mon, June 8th, we will begin seeing all patients with outstanding treatment

What procedures will we be able to do?

  • We will be able to perform all procedures, including extractions, fillings, root canal treatments, fabricating night guards and anything else that has been delayed due to COVID19

Will I be able to get my teeth cleaned and my regular recall exam (check up)?

  • We are hoping to begin scheduling hygiene appointments by the middle of June
  • As guidelines change this may be sooner or later

How will you contact me for my next appointment?

  • One of our team members will contact you to review your needs and schedule your appointment appropriately. We will be initially focussing on following up on emergency and urgent care. Please call, text or email us if you have a specific concern and we will respond ASAP.

Do we have enough PPE?

  • Absolutely! Our offices will be well equipped to keep you and our teams safe.
  • We have been providing emergency care throughout the pandemic with appropriate PPE

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