Oakville Place Dental Office https://www.dentistoakville.com Fri, 28 May 2021 06:57:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7.2 6 Signs It’s Time to Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/dentistry/6-signs-time-get-wisdom-teeth-removed/ https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/dentistry/6-signs-time-get-wisdom-teeth-removed/#respond Mon, 03 May 2021 10:00:29 +0000 https://www.dentistoakville.com/?p=1850 Wisdom teeth don’t make you any wiser, in fact they have quite the opposite effect by causing more pain than gain. So why do we have them? Researchers believe that they were an evolutionary answer to the need for us to eat raw meat, veggies and roots. Wisdom teeth are late-stage molars that erupt from … Continue reading "6 Signs It’s Time to Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed"

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Wisdom teeth don’t make you any wiser, in fact they have quite the opposite effect by causing more pain than gain. So why do we have them? Researchers believe that they were an evolutionary answer to the need for us to eat raw meat, veggies and roots.

Wisdom teeth are late-stage molars that erupt from the gums after your permanent teeth have already grown in. They can cause extreme pain and discomfort and they can cause crowding with your existing teeth.

This third set of molars can grow in at the ages of 17 and 21, which are known as the wisdom years. Wisdom teeth are not always functional, in fact most of the time they simply cause problems and need to be removed.

If wisdom teeth are not removed they can contribute to problems like overcrowding, crooked teeth, jaw alignment, sinus problems, long-term, damaging cavities and cysts. Still, some lucky individuals don’t actually experience any of this pain and discomfort and so the question becomes should they have them removed? Or, just because wisdom teeth removal is standard practice, do all wisdom teeth need to be removed?

Here are 6 common signs that you might need to get your wisdom teeth removed:

1. Sensitivity and pain in the back of your mouth where your wisdom teeth are located

If you experience pain while you are eating, brushing your teeth or doing nothing at all, this can be a sign that you need your wisdom teeth removed. If you have pain, sensitivity or any slight throbbing sensation then you should schedule an appointment with your dentist to have them checked out. Any pain associated with your teeth should not be ignored, and it can usually be fixed quickly and easily if caught early on.

If the pain is left untreated, it can progress into something much more serious and need a more complicated treatment. One common example is a cavity that can be fixed with a simple filling, compared to one that was left untreated and now needs a whole new crown, or even a root canal. With wisdom teeth, the first signs of pain can turn into severe pain resulting in infection.

2. Causing damage to nearby teeth and/or jaw

Since you already have your permanent teeth when your wisdom teeth start coming through, this forces them to shift their position. This shifting can lead to pain, bite problems and overcrowding, making your daily routine of flossing or brushing harder and less effective.

This will eventually lead to cavities or tooth decay. If it goes untreated you might need to undergo additional procedures to help straighten out any impacted neighbouring teeth.

In addition, some individuals start to feel their jaw stiffen with pain as their jawbone becomes damaged, thus negatively impacting the mouth’s function and motion. In some cases, wisdom teeth will grow impacted within the jaw if there is no room for them to erupt through the gums.

This can even result in a shift in your jawline. This will limit the movement of your mouth, causing pain when you open or close. Cysts can also start forming along newly erupted wisdom teeth, which can hollow out your jaw bone, damaging the nerves of healthy teeth if left untreated.

3. Sinus-related problems

Your mouth and nose are intricately connected so any major issues that are happening in your mouth can also have a negative impact on your sinuses. Wisdom teeth removal is recommended when they start to cause sinus pain, congestion and pressure as they start to come through. Oral health is a key part of staying healthy overall, so this is why it is extremely important to pay attention to any symptoms.

4. Sensitivity and pain

Wisdom teeth grow in pretty gradually and may only be noticed when the patient feels pain and impaction. You should not ignore any toothache or sensitivity when it comes to your teeth or even any slight throbbing sensations. Always pay attention to where the pain occurs. If it happens on contact at the back of your mouth when eating or brushing, then that probably means your wisdom teeth are starting to erupt. It won’t take long for them to start growing out at an angle that will impact your jaw or displace other teeth.

5. Gum inflammation

Your oral health doesn’t just include your teeth, it includes your gums as well. Gums play a huge role and they can also suffer from impacted wisdom teeth. When wisdom teeth grow in at an odd angle and impact other teeth they cause the gums to swell up which makes it difficult to brush properly.

The red or dark pink areas along the gum line will typically feel sensitive and sore to the touch. This prevents you from flossing or brushing properly, and this will eventually lead to cavities and tooth decay.

6. Bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth

When your gums are swollen around impacted or misaligned wisdom teeth and they become more difficult to clean, more and more food and bacteria get trapped there and start to create plaque. This plaque can then lead to infection and the resulting bacteria releases sulphur compounds which create extremely bad-smelling breath or an unpleasant taste in your mouth.

Getting your wisdom teeth removed is a very common dental procedure. We encourage you to have your wisdom teeth checked out before you start to feel any of the above symptoms.

For more information about wisdom teeth removal or family dentistry in Oakville, call Oakville Place Dental at 905-842-6030 or contact us here.

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8 Important Questions to Ask Before Getting Veneers https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/cosmetic-dentistry/8-important-questions-ask-getting-veneers/ https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/cosmetic-dentistry/8-important-questions-ask-getting-veneers/#respond Thu, 01 Apr 2021 10:00:51 +0000 https://www.dentistoakville.com/?p=1838 Many of our patients have discovered the beauty of dental veneers. They offer affordable and attractive cosmetic dental treatments to help address a long list of smile imperfections.  However, as with any dental treatment, you want to ensure you understand what is involved so you can decide if it is right for you. It also … Continue reading "8 Important Questions to Ask Before Getting Veneers"

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Many of our patients have discovered the beauty of dental veneers. They offer affordable and attractive cosmetic dental treatments to help address a long list of smile imperfections. 

However, as with any dental treatment, you want to ensure you understand what is involved so you can decide if it is right for you. It also offers the opportunity to discuss a range of other cosmetic dentistry treatments in Oakville. Here we offer eight important questions to ask your dentist before getting dental veneers.

1. Am I a good candidate for dental veneers?

When considering cosmetic treatments, it’s important to understand if the treatment you have in mind is right for you. Many people do their research online and get excited about a cosmetic option that turns out isn’t suitable for them. There are a few reasons dental veneers might not be recommended for you including:

  • If you have tooth decay, cavities or gum disease
  • If you have fractured teeth
  • If you have large dental fillings
  • If your tooth enamel is inadequate
  • If you clench or grind your teeth

First, we always check your oral health before providing any cosmetic treatment. If we find any of the above issues, dental veneers aren’t suitable for you. However, if you have issues such as cavities and gum disease, we will treat those first, and can then determine if veneers will be an option once your oral health is improved. 

In the case of inadequate tooth enamel, veneers will not be an option because we have to sand down some of your enamel to allow the veneers to fit comfortably when veneers are applied. If you already have thin enamel this process is not advisable. Also, if you grind your teeth or clench your jaw you can more easily crack or chip your veneers. In this case, we can discuss other cosmetic dentistry treatments. 

2. Are there other options that might be better or more affordable for me?

Cosmetic dentistry offers many options so it is always good to understand other suitable treatments. As mentioned above, since there are some cases where veneers won’t work, there might be other treatments to discuss. Plus, if you are seeking a solution such as filling in a gap between your teeth, perhaps Invisalign treatment might be something to consider. Understanding your options allows you to make an informed decision so you choose the treatment that suits your budget, lifestyle and gets the results you want.

3. How are dental veneers applied?

Porcelain veneers require two appointments: the first to prep your teeth and the second to apply your veneers. Porcelain veneers are crafted at a dental lab and require moulds of your teeth to ensure a proper fit. Your teeth also have to be prepped by removing a bit of the surface to make more room for your new veneers. 

We use a local anesthetic at this stage just in case you experience sensitivity during the process. Once your teeth are prepped, we apply temporary veneers to protect them while you wait for your next appointment. We also discuss colour and shape to get the desired look for your veneers. At the second appointment, we do a final colour match before bonding the veneers to your teeth.

4. Are veneers high maintenance?

This is a good question to ask, as many patients envision their dental veneers will be difficult to care for. Although your temporary veneers definitely need some special care as they are quite fragile, once your new veneers are applied, they simply require the same daily care as your own teeth.

5. Can I choose to remove my veneers if I decide I don’t like them?

Because of the prep required to apply the veneers, once you have this step completed you can’t reverse the treatment. You have to be certain you are committed to your dental veneers as it does alter your tooth enamel. While we certainly can adjust your veneers to help get the look you desire, the procedure itself is not reversible.

6. Do my veneers last a lifetime?

No, veneers require replacement on average every 10 years or so. This number varies depending on how you care for them as well as if you use your teeth for things you shouldn’t, such as biting your nails or opening packages! These things can cause your veneers to wear down more quickly.

7. How do I know my veneers will look natural?

We take a number of steps to ensure you get the results you expect. This includes:

  • Discussing your goals: First, we discuss what you want and identify the issues you plan to correct. This way we get a better idea of what approach to take when we craft your veneers.
  • Tooth shape: Next we consider your tooth shape and consider how to ensure consistency with your veneers to match your smile and face.
  • Tooth shade: We also look at your smile and choose a tooth shade that will blend with your natural teeth. We do a thorough colour matching session using samples before we commit to the shade. In the case where you are having a complete smile makeover using veneers, you can simply choose a shade from the samples that will match your skin tone or the preferred shade of whiteness you want for your new smile.
  • Some photo editing: Technology makes it easier for us to show you what your veneers will look like when your new smile is finished. We can experiment with the look and shades until you find the look you want.
  • Temporary veneers: Last but not least, your temporary veneers are the best way to give your new smile a trial run. You can see what they’ll look like and how they’ll feel before committing.

8. Do you have before and after pictures of patients with veneers?

This is a good way to see the positive effects that veneers can make to a person’s smile. Before and after pictures of real patients, as opposed to “photoshopped” smiles, provide a realistic glimpse of what you can expect from your own treatment. 

Schedule a Consultation for Porcelain Veneers Today

At Oakville Place Dental, our experienced dentists can help you achieve a beautiful smile, and porcelain veneers are often an important part of a smile makeover.

If you would like more information about dental veneers or would like to schedule a consultation with our dentists, call Oakville Place Dental at (905) 842-6030 or contact us here.

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The Most Common Dental Emergencies and What to Do About Them https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/emergency-dentistry/common-dental-emergencies/ https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/emergency-dentistry/common-dental-emergencies/#respond Mon, 15 Mar 2021 10:00:31 +0000 https://www.dentistoakville.com/?p=1840 Patients often think that dental emergencies only occur if they experience a lot of pain or have severe damage following an accident. However, dental emergencies come in many different forms. As a result, many emergencies might be less obvious to the average person. The problem with not recognizing dental emergencies is that the longer they … Continue reading "The Most Common Dental Emergencies and What to Do About Them"

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Patients often think that dental emergencies only occur if they experience a lot of pain or have severe damage following an accident. However, dental emergencies come in many different forms. As a result, many emergencies might be less obvious to the average person.

The problem with not recognizing dental emergencies is that the longer they remain untreated, the more serious they become. To help you recognize dental emergencies, here are some of the most common situations requiring the emergency dental services and what to do about them.

Abscessed Tooth

This tops the list, as it is a serious issue affecting either the root of your tooth or the area between your gums and teeth. Abscesses appear as almost a “pimple” on your gums, with a red sore and white head. Never try to “pop” the abscess. Instead, call our office immediately because, if left untreated, the infection can spread. Unlike many other tooth issues, your only choice to treat the infection is to seek emergency dental services.

Sudden Tooth Pain

If you wake up to find you are experiencing tooth pain, then call us right away. Ongoing tooth pain is not normal and can indicate issues that aren’t always obvious. First, call and ask if you can set up an appointment to find out what is causing the pain. Be sure to explain the symptoms, so we know you require immediate attention.

To help manage pain, you can take an over-the-counter painkiller. You can also use an ice pack applied to the outside area where you feel the pain. Applying heat is not advised, as it can make the pain worse. You can also rinse your mouth with warm water, and then try flossing and brushing in case there is something lodged in the area causing irritation. Be gentle to avoid making the pain worse.

Knocked Out Tooth

This is a more obvious dental emergency. However, often, if there is no pain, or the lost tooth is not visible, people don’t bother to call the dentist. Always call the dentist when a tooth is knocked out because we can usually save the tooth. If possible, gently put your tooth back in place, and go to the dentist right away; your chances of saving the tooth will be greatly increased.

If you feel nervous about putting the tooth back in place, you can place it in a small container of milk or water and bring it with you. Never rub the tooth to try and clean it off, as you can remove vital tissue that will help us save it. As long as you see us within an hour, you should be able to avoid losing your tooth.

Damaged Tooth

If you break or chip a tooth, even if it doesn’t hurt, this is considered a dental emergency. You should save any pieces of the tooth in a small container with milk or water. Then, wash your mouth with warm water to rinse away blood. If the tooth is still bleeding, you can apply gauze to the area to help control it. Apply a cold compress on the outside of the mouth in the area of the damaged tooth and then head to your appointment. If the tooth left behind has sharp edges, you can place sugarless chewing gum over it to help avoid cutting your cheek or tongue.

Lost Filling

Losing a filling is never good, as it exposes the cavity. While not all lost fillings reveal decay, often, it is new decay that caused the filling to become loose in the first place. As above, you can use sugarless gum to fill the cavity temporarily. Give us a call, and we can set up an appointment to examine the tooth and then restore the filling.

Lost Crown

When a crown falls out, hopefully you can find it and bring it to our office. Often, the crown is in good condition and can just be recemented. You might experience pain, which you can ease by applying a small amount of clove oil to the area. You can also try to replace the crown using toothpaste to help hold it in place. Never use glue! We use a special cement to put it back in place permanently.

Loose or Snapped Braces

If you notice a piece of your braces has come loose or has snapped and is sticking out, you should see us right away. The broken piece can cause injury, but also interferes with the integrity and progression of your treatment. Never try to clip the wire. Instead, you can use dental wax to put the loose piece back in place, or use wax to help protect your cheek and tongue from cuts. We will recement the damaged area or, in some cases, it might need to be replaced.

Dislodged Tooth

This is different from losing a tooth outright. In this case, the impact to the tooth has forced it out of position. While chances are the tooth will eventually fall out, it is best to visit our office to see what can be done. If you feel pain, take an over-the-counter pain medication, and apply cold compress to the outside area.

You Can’t Remove Something from Between Your Teeth

While this might seem more of a frustration than a dental emergency, having something caught between your teeth can lead to a whole lot of woes. First, try to see if you can remove it yourself using floss. Don’t use anything else, as this can damage your teeth or gums. If the floss doesn’t work, give us a call and we will see you as soon as possible to safely remove it before it can cause an infection.

How to Avoid Dental Emergencies

While you can’t necessarily avoid all dental emergencies, there are some precautions you can take to reduce risk, including:

  • Maintain proper brushing and flossing at home, and schedule regular dental check-ups.
  • Be fitted for a customized mouth guard if you are an avid athlete.
  • Always wear your seat belt to reduce injuries.
  • Discuss any dental issues at your check-ups.

If you do require emergency dental services in Oakville, or aren’t sure about the changes you notice to your teeth or gums, always call our team at Oakville Place Dental to discuss your concerns.

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10 Tooth Whitening Myths Debunked https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/teeth-whitening/10-tooth-whitening-myths-debunked/ https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/teeth-whitening/10-tooth-whitening-myths-debunked/#respond Mon, 01 Feb 2021 10:00:20 +0000 https://www.dentistoakville.com/?p=1830 Having a dazzling white smile takes some work. While it might seem everyone around you was born with naturally white teeth, the truth is most people have teeth of varying colours, of which very few are what you would consider perfectly white. With so many teeth whitening products and tips available, it can be hard … Continue reading "10 Tooth Whitening Myths Debunked"

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Having a dazzling white smile takes some work. While it might seem everyone around you was born with naturally white teeth, the truth is most people have teeth of varying colours, of which very few are what you would consider perfectly white. With so many teeth whitening products and tips available, it can be hard to know where to begin. When it comes to your teeth, you really want to avoid choosing the wrong tooth whitening products or “hacks”. To help you keep away from such scams, here are 10 tooth whitening myths debunked.

1. Baking soda whitens teeth

This myth can be especially misleading since there are several kinds of toothpaste on the market containing baking soda. However, if you try to use baking soda straight up on your teeth, what you will do is disrupt the ratio of good to bad bacteria in your mouth. This puts your teeth at risk for decay.

2. Rinsing with hydrogen peroxide whitens teeth

This is not only untrue, but also a dangerous thing to try. Because hydrogen peroxide is harsh on tissue, when it comes into contact with your gums, tongue, and cheeks, it causes a reaction similar to aging.

3. Whitening toothpaste is all you need

There just isn’t enough of the chemicals required in whitening toothpaste to effectively whiten your teeth. Whitening ingredients need at least 20 minutes in direct contact with your teeth to do any noticeable good. As well, many of these products contain abrasives that are not recommended for daily use.

4. Chewing whitening Gums whitens teeth

There aren’t enough whitening ingredients in whitening gums to affect the colour changes you would like to see.

5. At-home whitening gels are as good as professional whitening gels

Professional whitening gels contain a far higher level of whitening ingredients such as carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide than the at-home whitening types. They are stronger and, therefore, must be applied by your dentist so they are used and applied properly, safely, and effectively.

6. Always use the strongest whitening gel

As mentioned above, products with a higher content of whitening ingredients can be harmful if not used properly. In fact, if you think this is the best way to speed up the process, you will be sadly disappointed. Not only will you need to use the product again much sooner, but you can also experience very uncomfortable pain and sensitivity thanks to the high content of carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide being improperly applied.

7. Teeth whitening is forever

If only this were true. Unfortunately, your teeth are just prone to staining. Over time, the food you eat and aging work together to discolour your teeth. While your teeth whitening (when done properly) will provide you the dazzling smile you desire, your day-to-day life will slowly start to stain or discolour your teeth again. Therefore, all whitening treatments, no matter how effective, will require touch-ups once you start to see the whiteness fade.

8. Strawberries and lemons whiten teeth

This little hack is actually true, but we do not advise it. The way this hack works is that natural acids erode the enamel of your teeth. When this happens, stains and yellowing can be removed, but at great cost to the health of your tooth enamel. This little whitening trick causes permanent damage to your teeth; so although the fruit is natural, it can cause serious harm just like harsh chemicals.

9. Anyone can use whitening products and treatments

Whitening gels are designed to work on natural teeth. If you have crowns or veneers, the gels will not remove stains from the surface. As a result, you can end up with mismatched tones on your teeth, which can look even worse than yellowed teeth. Your best resource is to discuss whitening with your dentist. We can whiten your natural teeth and then replace crowns, so they are colour matched. As well, children cannot use whitening products, as it can damage the tissue in their mouth.

10. You can use coconut oil to whiten teeth

Using coconut oil as a teeth whitener depends on a method called “oil pulling”. The idea is that by swishing the thick liquid around in your mouth, you can pull the stains from your teeth surface. It is an age-old practice, but unfortunately, it just doesn’t work.

The Bottom Line About Teeth Whitening

If you really want to enjoy a brilliantly white smile, you should speak to our team at Oakville Place Dental. We can review whitening treatments and decide if they are suitable for you. Our tooth bleaching procedure uses a high-concentration bleaching gel, which we apply using thin and well-fitted application trays. Each session lasts about 20 to 30 minutes and you will usually see results following each session. We also apply the bleaching gel in a manner that helps avoid tooth sensitivity. Following treatment, you can help keep your teeth white longer with these tips:

  • Avoid certain foods and drinks. Foods and drinks notorious for teeth staining include coffee, tea, red wine, curry, dark berries, and tomato-based sauces. You can avoid these foods to help keep your teeth from staining.

  • Use a straw. If you do enjoy beverages prone to staining, like red wine, try using a straw so you can help avoid the liquid touching your front teeth.

  • Rinse afterward. You can also rinse your mouth out with water immediately following eating or drinking staining foods.

  • Brush. Make sure you follow a strict dental hygiene regime, brushing twice a day, and flossing at least once a day. This helps remove plaque that can appear yellow.

  • Antiseptic mouthwash. Consider using an antiseptic mouthwash to rinse out your mouth at least once a day to kill plaque-causing bacteria.

  • Brush with a whitening toothpaste. Although this doesn’t do as good a job as a primary whitening solution, if you use a whitening toothpaste a few times a week, you can help remove surface stains. Use fluoride toothpaste the rest of the time to avoid too much abrasion.

  • Schedule touch-up treatments. Keep an eye on your teeth colour and give us a call if you feel you need a touch-up. The more tooth-staining food and drinks you enjoy, the quicker you’ll need touch-ups.

  • Don’t smoke. Smoking is not only bad for you, but it also stains your teeth.

If you are interested in tooth whitening in Oakville, speak to our team at Oakville Place Dental today.

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7 Questions to Ask Before Getting Dental Implants https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/general-category/7-questions-ask-getting-dental-implants/ https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/general-category/7-questions-ask-getting-dental-implants/#respond Fri, 01 Jan 2021 10:00:34 +0000 https://www.dentistoakville.com/?p=1833 It’s always best to catch problems early on. One ounce of prevention is worth ten doses of the cure, and nowhere is this truer than your dental health. Everyone knows they should make sure to floss their teeth and brush regularly, that they should avoid sugary, acidic foods and that they should try their best … Continue reading "7 Questions to Ask Before Getting Dental Implants"

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It’s always best to catch problems early on. One ounce of prevention is worth ten doses of the cure, and nowhere is this truer than your dental health.

Everyone knows they should make sure to floss their teeth and brush regularly, that they should avoid sugary, acidic foods and that they should try their best to take care of their health before larger issues balloon up and appear.

However, the gap between perfection and human behaviour can be large, and for one reason or another, you might find yourself with issues like cavities or even a complete loss of a tooth. Thankfully this isn’t the end.

Modern technology, like dental implants, can help deal with this type of problem. But before you spring for an installation, you should ask yourself if you know the answer to a few key questions.

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is an artificial base root constructed out of metal titanium. It is typically driven into the jawbone to replace the lost root of the original tooth. Once they’ve installed this implant, an artificial replacement tooth is fashioned on top, providing chewing performance equivalent to the original jaw structure. The implant is an essential element in this process as it is the anchor that holds the replacement tooth in place.

How will a dental implant help my dental health?

Aside from the apparent improvement in filling in for a missing tooth and acting as a chewing mechanism, implants are an excellent choice for preserving the remainder of your oral health. Compared to alternative tooth replacement options like bridges and dentures, the implants don’t rely on the ability to attach to neighbouring teeth, significantly reducing discomfort, as well as weakened jawbones. It also requires much less maintenance and replacement.

Since their inception 40 years ago, titanium implants have significantly impacted the state of dental treatments.

Suppose your tooth is lost for some reason, and you do not get it filled in with a new dental implant. In that case, you will likely run into issues with chewing foods. The jawbone in that area will significantly deteriorate, increasing the potential for decay, gum disease, and even losing neighbouring teeth. The area’s teeth may shift entirely, causing problems with your bite, resulting in sagging of facial skin and even an uneven smile.

Are there other advantages?

An improved tooth appearance is a significant boon in this area. They look and feel like real teeth, and as they fuse with your bone, they become a simple, permanent addition. Unlike dentures, which can slip and result in mumbling or slurring, dental implants allow you to speak easily.

Implants are much more comfortable, which can help in eating as you don’t have to worry about pieces sliding out of place while chowing down. Altogether, implants are a convenient choice packed with lots of benefits and bonuses to even ephemeral things like your self-esteem – you’ll be able to smile without worry.

Are dental implants safe?

As previously mentioned, dental implants have been around for decades now, with no significant complications noted. Furthermore, the tech around these implants continues to get more refined and complex.

The dental implants of today are highly sophisticated parts put into place by well-trained professionals. You can count on this method as one of the most reliable ways to replace teeth that have gone missing.

Can I get dental implants given my current oral health?

Since dental implants rely on attaching and fusing with bone, it might rule you out as a candidate for implants if you have issues with your bone density or strength.

However, don’t be hasty with this determination. The advances in dental implant technology have resulted in rendering more circumstances amenable to implants. Through innovations like non-invasive bone grafting, even those with severe bone loss may be able to receive implants.

Most healthy adults are likely suitable, but the key factors to consider are this:

  • The current health of your oral elements, particularly your gums
  • Having sufficient bone structure for the implants
  • The existence of other health factors like cigarettes or diabetes

Likely you will have to talk to a professional, like those who work at Oakville Place Dental Office, to get an accurate and personalized assessment.

How successful are dental implants?

Dental implant success rates tend to vary and are mostly dependent on where in the jaw the implant is installed. Implants have a very high success rate of around 98%.

Furthermore, this impressive performance is likely to go on with proper care for a very long time. Around 95% of implants have lasted an average of 13 years or more.

How are dental implants done?

First, a dentist or trained specialist will look closely at your mouth, taking x-rays of your skull, jawline, and teeth to determine your candidacy for dental implants.

Once cleared, surgery begins, with a dental implant in the jaw underneath your gums. The dentist stitches the gum back up afterward, and a few months pass for the implant to fuse with the bone and attach to the gum.

From there, a post called an abutment is placed on the implant to connect the replacement tooth. The dentist might do this during the first surgery. Finally, the artificial replacement tooth is created and attached to this pole. All told, this procedure can take several appointments of proper fitting and surgery.

Ask Questions Before Getting Implant Surgery

There are a lot of benefits to dental implants. They’re a method with a very high success rate and a long lifespan of durability. Furthermore, they bring with them a variety of advantages, from dental hygiene to mental health. Just be prepared for close examination of your bone structure and several appointments before they can firmly set everything in place.

To learn more about getting dental implants in Oakville, call Oakville Place Dental Office at 905-842-6030 or contact us here.

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The Benefits of Tongue Scraping https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/oral-health/benefits-tongue-scraping/ https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/oral-health/benefits-tongue-scraping/#respond Mon, 07 Dec 2020 10:00:56 +0000 https://www.dentistoakville.com/?p=1822 Tongue scraping is a simple wellness routine that can change your oral health and life. It allows you to quickly and easily remove food particles and other debris from the tongue’s surface, which helps prevent bad breath and other oral issues. Tongue scraping is done using a small, rounded metallic or plastic tool with rubber … Continue reading "The Benefits of Tongue Scraping"

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Tongue scraping is a simple wellness routine that can change your oral health and life. It allows you to quickly and easily remove food particles and other debris from the tongue’s surface, which helps prevent bad breath and other oral issues. Tongue scraping is done using a small, rounded metallic or plastic tool with rubber handles.

Although scraping is not a substitute for proper and regular tooth brushing, or a replacement for professional tooth cleaning, adding this Ayurvedic practice to your morning and evening, dental cleaning routine provides a myriad of benefits. According to Ayurveda teachings (a traditional Hindu medicine system dating back thousands of years), the tongue determines your body/mind type (doshas) and indicates the state of your health. So, scraping is necessary to remove bacteria, fungi, food debris, dead cells, and other toxins from the surface of the tongue.

Why Tongue Scraping is Important

While sleeping at night, your digestive system continues working while removing toxic substances from your body, some of which are deposited on the surface of your tongue. Since there is less saliva secretion during sleep, food particles, bacteria, and plaque may cause tooth damage. Dental professionals recommend removing these harmful substances first thing in the morning to ensure the optimal health of your teeth, gums, and oral cavity.

Scraping away the debris reduces the risk of these substances being reabsorbed by the body and causing harm. As such, scraping also enhances the function of your immune system. Regularly brushing your teeth, flossing, and gargling with water or mouthwash helps improve your oral and overall health.

The benefits of tongue scraping include:

  • Removing bacteria. Studies show that scraping your tongue twice a day can reduce the presence of Mutans streptococci and Lactobacilli bacteria in your mouth, which are responsible for tooth decay and bad breath.
  • Reducing bad breath. Studies show that tongue scraping, combined with proper tooth brushing, significantly enhances the removal of odour-causing bacteria. Some researchers even suggest that scraping is more effective than brushing for reducing bad breath. This is because scraping removes the dead cells, bacteria, and debris on your tongue that lead to bad breath.
  • Improving general health. Scraping your tongue prevents toxins from being reabsorbed into your body, which in turn helps to boost your body’s overall immune functions. Scraping reduces bacteria and debris on the tongue, teeth, and gums, which reduces the risk of cavities, gum disease, and other oral problems. Research shows that tongue scraping can help to remove bacteria from the mouth, which improves the appearance of the tongue and the overall sensation.
  • Stimulating the taste buds. Adding tongue scraping to your usual morning oral hygiene routine, followed by drinking a glass of water, is said to stimulate the digestive process. Tongue scraping alone stimulates the taste buds, improving the ability of the tongue to perceive tastes, digest food, and engage the lower intestines to encourage total bowel elimination in the morning. With an improved sense of taste, you will be better able to differentiate between sweet, sour, salty, and bitter sensations.
  • Making your tongue look better. The accumulation of bacteria and debris on the surface of your tongue can cause it to appear whitish. Scraping twice a day can help to remove the white layer and maintain the true appearance of your tongue.
  • Resisting bacterial accumulation. This benefit is mostly tied to the properties of a copper tongue scraper when compared to other materials for tongue scraping instruments.

While tongue scraping offers many benefits, it’s important that you visit a dental professional if you’re suffering from bad breath and other oral issues. Moreover, you should be consistent in your oral hygiene efforts by using the right tongue scraper at least once a day to enjoy the benefits.

Practicing Tongue Scraping

It’s simple to adhere to tongue scraping first thing each morning, as it takes less than 2 minutes. So, while standing in front of a mirror:

  • Open your mouth and stick your tongue out.
  • Pick up your metal or plastic scraping instrument.
  • Lay it on the back of your tongue as far in as you can.
  • Pull it forward gently to collect saliva and debris on the tongue.
  • Wash the scraping instrument with hot water.
  • Repeat the process 5 to 8 times while alternating the position of the instrument from the right side, left side, and far back of the tongue.
  • Wash your mouth a few times with lukewarm water and then spit into the sink. Repeat this 3 times. This is necessary to remove loosened debris that wasn’t removed by the scraping instrument. You can also use a mouthwash for this step.

Stay focused when scraping to keep your tongue relaxed while pulling the scraping tool gently. Using a scraper is more effective than brushing your tongue with a toothbrush. In fact, some researchers have found that tongue scrapers are 30 percent more effective than a soft-bristled toothbrush for removing volatile sulfur compounds. Fortunately, tongue scrapers are inexpensive and readily available at most drug stores and health food stores, as well as online.

Tongue scraping instruments are made from different materials, including copper, tin, silver, gold, brass, and plastic. Copper is considered the best material because it’s toxic to the bad bacteria in your mouth, plus it provides vital enzymes that promote the survival of good bacteria and other important microbes in your mouth. Silver and stainless steel are also preferred materials for the tongue scraper material.

Final Note

Tongue scraping should be done by everyone. That said, your dentist may notice some problems during your routine examination and tooth cleaning, thus recommending tooth scraping to manage the symptoms. For instance, smokers and people with bad breath (halitosis), those suffering from fungal growth (brown hairy tongue), and people who consume pungent or strongly odoured foods can benefit greatly from tongue scraping.

Please visit Oakville Place Dental to learn more about tongue scraping and how it can help to enhance your oral health.

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How to Properly Take Care of Your Dentures https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/cosmetic-dentistry/properly-take-care-dentures/ https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/cosmetic-dentistry/properly-take-care-dentures/#respond Mon, 02 Nov 2020 10:00:52 +0000 https://www.dentistoakville.com/?p=1819 With proper care and maintenance, your dentures should last for about seven to ten years. Denture Plaque and Denture Hygiene The resin used to fabricate dentures is a biocompatible polymer with microscopic pores where bacteria can hide. When you wear your dentures, they will become contaminated by the end of the day. Every time you … Continue reading "How to Properly Take Care of Your Dentures"

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With proper care and maintenance, your dentures should last for about seven to ten years.

Denture Plaque and Denture Hygiene

The resin used to fabricate dentures is a biocompatible polymer with microscopic pores where bacteria can hide. When you wear your dentures, they will become contaminated by the end of the day.

Every time you wear the dentures without cleaning them after use, you will be exposing them to more bacteria, which may lead to microbial disease that becomes a risk factor for various systemic diseases.

Denture plaque is somewhat different from dental plaque in both location and composition. Poor denture hygiene that causes denture plaque accumulation has been associated with oral infections.

The dentures may also provide a breeding ground for potentially infectious pathogens that lead to bad breath, bacterial endocarditis, gastrointestinal infection, aspiration pneumonia, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Full dentures or removable partial dentures should be cleaned every day, just like your natural teeth. Once you start wearing dentures, you should develop an oral hygiene regimen to help you control denture plaque and reduce the risk of associated oral and systemic diseases.

Cleaning your dentures will ensure that they can be worn safely and comfortably for years. This will keep them looking clean and free from unsightly stains and maintain their good fit for longer, giving you a healthy and attractive smile.

Here are some tips on how to care for your dentures:

1. Handle your dentures properly

When you remove the dentures, don’t be tempted to bend them or play with them, as you risk damaging the plastic or clasps due to improper handling.

2. Prepare the work area

Before removing your dentures for cleaning, always place a towel in the sink or on the counter, or put some water in the sink. These will prevent the dentures from breaking if you drop them.

3. Rinse dentures after every meal

Remove your dentures and rinse them after every meal by running water over them to remove food particles and other loose debris.

4. Clean dentures daily

Similar to natural teeth, your dentures must be brushed every day to prevent permanent stains from forming. However, they should be removed from the mouth for proper cleaning. This means that the best time to clean dentures is when you remove them at the end of the day before going to bed.

5. Clean using a soft-bristled brush

Dentures are cleaned by soaking and brushing them gently with a soft-bristled brush and a nonabrasive denture cleanser or soap to remove plaque, food, and other deposits.

6. Don’t use abrasive cleaners

When brushing your dentures, don’t use a hard-bristled brush because it can wear down and damage your dentures. Also, avoid using toothpaste and other household cleaners. These are abrasive and can create tiny scratches on the dentures’ surface where food particles and plaque can build up. Never use bleach to clean dentures because it can whiten the pink part of the denture.

7. Consider getting ultrasonic cleaners

These are small devices that look like a small bathtub and contain a cleaning liquid. You immerse your dentures in the small bath, and then sound is used to create waves in the tub, which dislodge any deposits on the dentures. These devices should not be used as an alternative to regular brushing.

8. Clean your mouth

Your oral hygiene regimen should include cleaning your gums, palate, and tongue using a soft-bristled brush every morning before wearing your dentures. Be more attentive when cleaning any teeth that fit under the metal clasps of the denture. Ensure you remove any plaque that may be trapped under the clasps to reduce the risk of tooth decay. If you have a partial denture, make sure to remove it before brushing your natural teeth.

Denture Storage

Dentures should be kept moist when not being used to prevent them from drying out or losing their shape. It’s recommended that you soak them in a denture cleaning solution or water overnight. However, this may not be suitable for dentures with metal attachments, as they could tarnish if soaked in a solution. You should also never put your dentures in hot water, as this can cause them to warp.

Rinse your dentures thoroughly before putting them back in your mouth, especially if they were soaked in a denture solution, because these cleaners may contain toxic chemicals that cause pain, burns, or even vomiting if swallowed.

Adjustments and Repairs

Never attempt to repair or adjust dentures yourself. Dentures that don’t fit properly can be uncomfortable and cause irritation and sores on the gums. However, you should not modify or repair loose dentures yourself because you could weaken the metal structure.

Instead, contact your dentist if you encounter any problems with your dentures, including cracks, chips, or breaks, or if one of the teeth loosens. In most cases, the repairs can be done on the same day or within 24 hours.

You must continue to visit your dentist as instructed so that your mouth and dentures can be examined to assess and adjust the denture fit. They will also check for signs of oral issues, such as gum disease and oral cancer, and professionally clean your teeth. Your dentist will also notify you when it’s necessary to reline or replace the denture.

For more information about dentures, dental implants and dental bridges in Oakville, call Oakville Place Dental at (905) 842-6030 or contact us here.

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Your Guide to a Brighter, Healthier Smile With Teeth Whitening and Bleaching https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/teeth-whitening/guide-brighter-healthier-smile-teeth-whitening-bleaching/ https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/teeth-whitening/guide-brighter-healthier-smile-teeth-whitening-bleaching/#respond Wed, 07 Oct 2020 10:00:29 +0000 https://www.dentistoakville.com/?p=1816 Have you always wanted to know the secret to a beautiful, healthy smile? Now you can show off yours with strong, healthy teeth and pearly whites. But what if your smile is looking a little less bright? Coffee, nicotine, certain foods, and less than stellar tooth brushing habits can all cause teeth to stain and … Continue reading "Your Guide to a Brighter, Healthier Smile With Teeth Whitening and Bleaching"

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Have you always wanted to know the secret to a beautiful, healthy smile? Now you can show off yours with strong, healthy teeth and pearly whites. But what if your smile is looking a little less bright?

Coffee, nicotine, certain foods, and less than stellar tooth brushing habits can all cause teeth to stain and discolour, and lose their beautiful pearly white sheen.

In their place are yellowed teeth that look a lot less healthy, undermining both your confidence and oral health. The good news is, with tooth whitening at Oakville Place Dental, you can quickly restore your pearly whites and feel confident in your smile again.

Here’s everything you need to know about tooth whitening and bleaching.

What is teeth whitening and bleaching — and where should I get it?

Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dentistry treatment that brightens your smile using peroxide-based bleaching agents that peel back layers of discolouration and restore your teeth’s natural white shade.

You can achieve similar effects at home, but store-bought whitening strips are far less effective. Their peroxide content — and whitening power — are only between 3% to 20%, compared to the 15% to 43% solutions we use at Oakville Place Dental. We can whiten your teeth faster because we use advanced equipment for heat and lighting that speed up the process.

The Tooth Whitening Process

Tooth whitening is achieved by applying a specially formulated bleaching solution on your teeth for a specified duration. While high-peroxide content is more powerful, it shouldn’t be left on too long, as the gel will dehydrate the tooth and increase sensitivity. That’s why — despite the abundance of at-home tooth whitening kits — booking at treatment at Oakville Place is far safer and comes with guaranteed results.

A growing trend in Oakville is laser tooth whitening, which involves far more robust technology that speeds up the process and timeline for seeing results. Instead of peroxide-based solutions alone, a laser is used, which reduces the treatment time to just half that of a traditional treatment.

The most popular laser tooth whitening technique is called Zoom, wherein light-activated 25% hydrogen peroxide gel is applied to teeth, and blue plasma light activates the solution for ultra-fast whitening.

How much will my teeth whiten?

Tooth whitening improves the appearance of your smile by setting teeth anywhere from three to eight shades brighter. Each patient requires a unique treatment plan to achieve their desired results.

For severe discolouration and intense brightening, multiple sessions may be recommended, each lasting 30 to 60 minutes. By the end of it, your teeth will be significantly whiter, and your smile much brighter and healthier, thanks to the bacteria-killing and gum inflammation prevention properties of the peroxide gel.

During Your Tooth Whitening Treatment

At the start of the procedure, your dentist will fit you with protective equipment, including safety goggles and a guard that protects the gums from the peroxide gel. You will then be asked to maintain your position for fifteen-minute stretches after each application, as your dentist may add gel incrementally to strengthen the whitening and gradually achieve your desired results.

Some patients have reported experiencing some sensitivity — like sharp electric shocks — due to exposure to the peroxide gel. This temporary side effect is average and, at most, just briefly uncomfortable, and your dentist can adjust the peroxide concentration to prevent further sensitivity.

Bright Smiles Right Away

The best part about tooth whitening treatments is instant results. Your teeth will be noticeably whiter and brighter — even after years of staining and discolouration.

Not everyone will see the same results right away: each set of teeth, their natural colours, and genetic make-up create different effects. Some patients may notice much lighter teeth than others. Different lifestyle habits contribute to varying degrees of staining and discolouration and require more treatments to lighten effectively.

Some teeth are darker due to internal — and not simply surface — stains. While surface stains are easy to bleach, internal stains are embedded deeper in the enamel. These darker stains benefit more from the Zoom laser tooth whitening technique, since the laser can activate the peroxide gel much faster and stronger.

Side Effects and Aftercare: Brighter, Healthier Smiles for Longer

Tooth bleaching is achieved using a peroxide gel — it’s chemically robust and can induce tooth sensitivity to extreme temperatures and recurring staining. To keep teeth brighter for longer, inform your dentist of any sensitivity, so they can change the peroxide concentration for future treatments, and follow aftercare instructions closely. This allows the bleaching gel to work its full magic by locking in the whiter shade over the next few days.

Dentists advise staying away from drinking and eating anything too hot or cold immediately after a tooth whitening treatment. It’s also essential to stay away from coffee, tea, and wine; drink them through a straw if you must. Alternatively, try old-school hacks like rubbing Vaseline on the front of your teeth to act as a protective barrier against staining. Take the same precautions for richly coloured food, like blueberries, ketchup, and marinara sauce, and rinse any residue with water right after eating these foods.

Most importantly, remember that your smile is unique. It may require multiple sessions at Oakville Place — with various peroxide concentrations — to significantly whiten your teeth and achieve the desired, long-lasting results. Even then, their lightened shade will require periodic touch-ups, since colour fades over time as you resume your normal eating and drinking habits.

At Oakville Place Dental, your bright, healthy smile is our mission. To learn more about tooth whitening and bleaching treatments at Oakville, call us at 647-496-2721, or contact us here.

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When Does Your Child Need a Space Maintainer? https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/dental-care/child-need-space-maintainer/ https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/dental-care/child-need-space-maintainer/#respond Mon, 07 Sep 2020 10:00:48 +0000 https://www.dentistoakville.com/?p=1813 Taking good care of your child’s teeth involves more than just brushing regularly and having consistent exams at the dentist. If your child loses a tooth earlier than expected or has to have one of their baby teeth removed due to injury or decay, then they may need a space maintainer to keep the space … Continue reading "When Does Your Child Need a Space Maintainer?"

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Taking good care of your child’s teeth involves more than just brushing regularly and having consistent exams at the dentist. If your child loses a tooth earlier than expected or has to have one of their baby teeth removed due to injury or decay, then they may need a space maintainer to keep the space created open for the permanent tooth.

Baby teeth serve so many purposes. They are important to the development of your child’s jaw bones and muscles. They also help guide your child’s permanent teeth into position. If your child loses a tooth prematurely, their remaining teeth may shift to fill in the new space. If this happens, your child may need orthodontic treatment to fix the issue.

We’re here to tell you about:

  • The benefits of a space maintainer
  • What types of space maintainers there are
  • Other key things you need to know about space maintainers

And if your child does need a space maintainer — at Oakville Place Dental, our knowledgeable and kid-friendly dentists can help you.

What are the benefits of a space maintainer?

There are two main benefits to your child having a space maintainer if they need one:

  • They can protect your child’s oral health. Primary or baby teeth serve as placeholders for permanent or adult teeth. If your child loses a baby tooth too early, their baby teeth may shift to fill in the gap. Or a permanent tooth could erupt at an inappropriate angle. Having a space maintainer can help you avoid these issues – and the resulting impact they may have like gum disease and tooth decay.
  • They can save your child from needing orthodontic treatment later on. If your child’s teeth shift or come in at the wrong angle, you may have to pay for costly orthodontic treatment when they are older. By having a space maintainer, you can help your child prevent unwanted movement in case of premature tooth loss.

What Are the Types of Space Maintainers?

You can select from two different types of space maintainers – fixed or removable.

  • Fixed space maintainer. If you decide you want your child to have a fixed space maintainer, it will be cemented onto your child’s adjacent teeth. We suggest that if you have a fairly young child who needs a space maintainer that you select a fixed one as they are much harder to fiddle with, break or lose than a removable space maintainer.
  • Removable space maintainer. If aesthetics are important to you and your child, then you may prefer a removable space maintainer. They can contain a false tooth and remove an unsightly gap. The space maintainer must be worn most of the time to be effective, so these are a better choice for older children who will handle the space maintainer responsibly.

What else do I need to know about space maintainers?

Here are some more things you and your child should know about space maintainers:

  • After your child starts wearing a space maintainer, it may take them a few days to get used to it, and it may feel uncomfortable at the start. This is why we only recommend the removable type for older children, as they will have the self-discipline to keep wearing it.
  • Before you leave the office, the dentist will review with you and your child how to properly clean the space maintainer to ensure it’s kept free of plaque and the gum tissue around it remains healthy. It is fairly easy to clean a space maintainer by brushing and flossing it as your child would with the rest of their teeth. If it’s removable, then your child can remove it and rinse it as well.
  • If your child has a fixed space maintainer, we will talk to them about the importance of avoiding chewy and sugary foods such as gum and candy as they can get stuck in the space maintainer and even loosen it.
  • We’ll also talk to your child about not pressing or poking the space maintainer with their tongue or fingers (as they are very likely to be tempted to do!) because they could accidentally loosen or bend the space maintainer.
  • We’ll set up a schedule with you to regularly monitor how your child is doing and how their treatment with the space maintainer is progressing.

How can we help you?

At Oakville Place Dental Office, our goal is to make your child’s visit with us as relaxing and painless as possible. We want to encourage children to learn good oral hygiene habits early on – so they can maintain them as they grow up. Having healthy teeth is good for both their overall health and self-esteem.

Not many children look forward to going to the dentist – and even more so if it’s for something new and unfamiliar like a space maintainer. We will work with you and your child every step of the way to help explain how a space maintainer works, what it will feel like and why it’s important.

We take pride in our ability to reduce children’s anxiety and fear – and do our best to make our environment friendly, engaging, and welcoming to your child. We want both you and them to feel you have all your questions and concerns answered.

Now You Know

If your child loses a tooth early for whatever reason – be it injury or dental decay – help is here in the form of a space maintainer. A space maintainer will help ensure that your child’s teeth don’t start moving into the wrong place due to the gap left by the missing tooth.

We pride ourselves on being kid-friendly at Oakville Dental Place and would be happy to help you if your child needs a space maintainer. You can call us at 647-496-2721 or contact us online to book an appointment.

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How Does Thumb Sucking Impact Teeth? https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/dental-care/thumb-sucking-impact-teeth/ https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/dental-care/thumb-sucking-impact-teeth/#respond Mon, 10 Aug 2020 10:00:10 +0000 https://www.dentistoakville.com/?p=1792 Lots of babies and small children suck their thumbs. Like using a pacifier, it can be very soothing to have something to chew or suck on. Even adults do it, but we tend to chew on pens or other items. The major concern most parents have with thumb sucking is whether it will impact their … Continue reading "How Does Thumb Sucking Impact Teeth?"

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Lots of babies and small children suck their thumbs. Like using a pacifier, it can be very soothing to have something to chew or suck on. Even adults do it, but we tend to chew on pens or other items.

The major concern most parents have with thumb sucking is whether it will impact their child’s teeth or not. As a parent, you don’t want to take away something that comforts your child, but you also don’t want your child to cause any permanent damage to their mouth or teeth.

At Oakville Place Dental, our experienced pediatric dentists only want the best for your child, and to help your child develop good dental habits early in life. To help put your mind at ease, and let you know when it may be time to seek help, we’re going to talk about the following:

  • Why children suck their thumbs
  • How long it’s okay for children to suck their thumbs
  • What kind of damage thumb sucking can cause
  • How Oakville Place Dental can work with you to help your child quit thumb sucking

Why do children suck their thumbs?

Babies actually start sucking their thumbs even before they are born. It’s a reflexive behaviour, and babies find it quite soothing. So, they continue to do it after they are born, or they may switch to a pacifier if one is available.

Thumb sucking can continue into the toddler years. Toddlers will use it to self-soothe in stressful or unpredictable situations. They also suck their thumbs if they are bored, anxious, or tired. A lot of babies and toddlers suck their thumbs to help settle themselves down to sleep.

Babies and toddlers may also increase thumb sucking when they start daycare for the first time. They are anxious at being separated from their parents and turn to thumb sucking as a familiar soothing method in a strange place.

Kids’ dental hygiene is important. This means it’s never too early for you or your child to start learning about it, and that includes the causes of thumb sucking.

How long is it okay for my child to suck their thumb?

Most children stop thumb sucking somewhere between 2 and 4 years of age. If your child is past the age of 4 and still frequently sucks their thumb during the day, you should talk to their dentist. They can work with you to design treatments or strategies to help your child stop sucking their thumb.

The main concern with a child who is still consistently and vigorously thumb sucking past the age of 4 is that this action can affect the alignment of their permanent front teeth and the shape of their mouth. Damage can occur because of the repetitive pressure that thumb sucking places on the teeth, jawbone, and roof of the mouth.

What kind of damage can thumb sucking cause?

The kind of damage that thumb sucking can cause depends on the age your child is and how often they do it. Here are the main types of damage thumb sucking can cause:

  • It can damage your child’s baby teeth. However, this may be fixed by your child’s permanent teeth coming in.
  • If your child is sucking their thumb and they have permanent teeth, it can cause those teeth to become misaligned.
  • It can impact the shape of your child’s jaw. This can affect the alignment of the teeth and may cause issues with speech patterns.
  • It can cause an overbite; this is where the front teeth protrude out from the jaw and mouth.
  • It can also cause other bite issues, such as an open bite. This means that the top and bottom teeth don’t meet when the mouth is closed.

How Oakville Place Dental can Help Your Child Quit Sucking their Thumb

Perhaps you’ve tried repeatedly reminding your child to stop thumb sucking, and it hasn’t worked. Or, you’ve put bandages or mittens on their hands to discourage them, and that hasn’t worked either. If this is the case, and your child is still sucking their thumb regularly beyond the age of 4, it may be time for professional intervention.

At Oakville Place Dental, we have skilled pediatric dentists who will work with you and your child to help them quit thumb sucking. We can:

  • Let your child know about the potential long-term harm that thumb sucking can do in a way that’s easy for them to understand.
  • Try different thumb shields on them. Thumb shields work as both a physical and visual deterrent to thumb sucking. They are inexpensive and easy to remove.
  • Offer your child an orthodontic device that will disrupt their ability to suck their thumb.

We take pride in making sure we work with you as a partner in your child’s dental needs. We will provide you with all the information you need to help you make the right decision for you and your child. As well, we’re happy to take the time to answer any questions your child may have both about thumb sucking and why it’s important in general to keep your teeth clean.

We’re Here for You

At Oakville Place Dental, we’ve been in business for over 25 years! We’re located in the Oakville Place Mall, with free and convenient parking. We offer all kinds of dental services, including kids’ dental.

We know that you only want the best for your kids, which includes having healthy teeth. If you have concerns about how long your child has been sucking their thumb, we’d be happy to talk to you. We’ll work with you and your child to figure out the best solution to help them stop sucking their thumb.

You can call us at 905-842-6030 or contact us here. Whether it’s for a cleaning, teeth whitening, an emergency appointment, cosmetic dentistry, and more, we can help!

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