Should You Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?
September 13, 2021 / DENTISTRY
Some people are lucky enough to be born without wisdom teeth, while for others, their wisdom teeth grow in healthy without any problems. But for many of us, our wisdom teeth grow in and cause problems like pain or disruption of the other teeth in the mouth.
When your wisdom teeth grow in, they can become stuck, or impacted. That means they can’t grow through your jaw and into your mouth. This could be happening because your mouth is too small to make room for them, or the teeth could be growing at an angle that’s not aligned with your other teeth. In these cases, wisdom tooth removal is quite important as teeth growing in on an angle can damage the adjacent teeth.
If you are considering wisdom tooth extraction, it’s a good idea not to wait. Having your wisdom teeth removed early in life will make the procedure, and the recovery, much easier. As we age, our bones become harder, making procedures like tooth extractions much more difficult. This also means more chance of pain and longer recovery times.
Waiting too long could result in post-surgery complications ranging from heavy bleeding and fractured teeth to severe numbness and minor loss of movement in your jaw. Problems like this could be temporary, or permanent – everyone is different.
Before determining if wisdom tooth extraction is right for you, your dentist in Caledon will take an x-ray to examine your wisdom teeth and see what’s happening beneath the gumline.
If the x-rays show problems now or indicate that problems are likely to develop in the future, your wisdom teeth will need to come out.
Here are some situations when your dentist will likely recommend extraction:
- Your wisdom teeth are growing in a way that will damage other teeth
- Your wisdom teeth are likely to cause damage to your jaw
- Your wisdom teeth are causing problems with your sinuses
- Your gums are inflamed because of the way your wisdom teeth are growing in
- You are developing cavities caused by pockets forming in your swollen gums around your wisdom teeth
- Your wisdom teeth are impacted or growing at an angle, which can create crowding in the mouth
If you’re not sure whether wisdom tooth extraction is right for you, reach out to the team at Caledon Dental Centre today. We’ll schedule an appointment to examine your mouth and discuss the best options for you.
When Brushing Just Isn’t an Option
August 2021 / DENTISTRY
Brush your teeth after every meal. This is the simplest way to take care of your oral hygiene and maintain good oral health. While your Caledon dentist will also provide advice on flossing and rinsing, brushing after every meal is at the core of every healthy oral care routine.
Unfortunately, it’s not always convenient, or even possible, to brush after every meal. It’s usually pretty easy to brush after breakfast and dinner, because you probably eat most of these meals at home. But, what about lunch? Many of us eat our lunches at work or school, and the opportunity to brush often isn’t there.
Here are some things you can eat for lunch that will help keep your mouth healthy, even if you don’t have the time or space to brush afterwards.
Fruits and veggies
You know that old saying, an apple a day keeps the doctor away? Well, the same can be said about dentists, although you’re better off reaching for fruits that are lower in acids. While we can’t stress the importance of regular visits with your family dentist in Caledon enough, eating a fibre-rich diet containing lots of fruits and veggies will help keep your mouth clean and producing lots of saliva, making one skipped brushing less impactful on the health of your teeth.
Dairy products are high in calcium and phosphates, both of which help build tooth enamel and replace some of the minerals that can be diminished by other, more acidic foods. Think milk, unsweetened yogurt and cheese.
Protein sources like eggs, meat, fish and nuts also contain phosphorus that helps build tooth enamel, plus they’re generally very low in sugar.
Be mindful when choosing the starches you pack for your lunch. Reach for complex carbohydrates like brown rice or whole grain bread as they have less sugar than their highly refined cousins.
Things to avoid
We all love sweets, and there’s nothing wrong with incorporating them into your healthy diet from time to time. But try to avoid them at lunch, or any other time that you don’t have a toothbrush handy. They contain a lot of refined sugar that leads to tooth decay, and, eventually, gum disease, and it’s especially harmful when it’s left sitting on your teeth all day. Sugars and starches form a type of acid when they contact the plaque on your teeth, and it doesn’t take long for these acids to begin to erode the enamel on the surface of your teeth.
Packing a lunch is a great way to prepare yourself for a healthy, nutritious day. Just be careful to choose healthy, low-sugar whole foods that will keep your teeth healthy, even when you’re not able to brush.
If you have any questions about your oral hygiene or concerns about the state of your teeth, call your favourite Caledon dentist. Our team of dental experts at Caledon Dental Centre is here to help.
Restore Your Smile with Natural-Looking Inlays and Onlays
July 2021 / DENTISTRY
Remember the days of dark grey metal fillings that could be seen by everyone when you laughed or yawned? At one time, these unsightly fillings were the only solution to tooth decay in your back teeth.
Dental inlays and onlays are today’s solution. Made from tooth-coloured porcelain or composite resin, they blend seamlessly with your natural teeth. They are custom-fitted and bonded to your teeth and require just two dental visits.
Inlays and onlays have a variety of uses: repairing decay, restoring cracked teeth when the damage is not too severe, and replacing old metal fillings. Inlays treat decay within the cusps (bumps) of your molars, while onlays are used for decay that affects one or more cusps.
There are many benefits to inlays and onlays. They require less reduction of your real tooth than a standard filling or crown, so your tooth maintains its structural integrity. The bonding process helps prevent bacteria from getting inside your tooth and causing more damage. Because they repair decayed teeth, inlays and onlays can also help you avoid more invasive and expensive treatments in future.
If you are concerned about an old filling or cavities in your molars, ask us about inlays and onlays. They might be the exact solution you are looking for.
Caledon Dental Centre is growing and always accepting new patients, emergencies and walk-ins. We are conveniently located at 12570 Kennedy Rd, in the heart of Caledon. We look forward to looking after your smile.
Why Regular Dental Check-ups Are Important to Your Health
June 2021 / DENTISTRY
Have you had a dental check-up yet this year? Many people have been skipping their cleanings since the start of the pandemic, and if you’re one of them, it’s time to call your favourite Caledon dental office to schedule an appointment. The team at Caledon Dental Centre has been working hard and making significant investments to provide you with a safe, clean environment so you feel comfortable continuing the regular dental visits that are so important to your health and wellbeing.
Regular dental cleanings do more than just maintain a bright, happy-looking smile; they can also make a big difference in your general health. Poor oral hygiene has been linked to several serious illnesses including bone loss, heart disease, strokes, cancers, and more. And while proper oral hygiene begins at home with a regular brushing and flossing routine, in order to ensure your teeth, gums, mouth and tongue are healthy, it’s important not to skip your regular visits to the Caledon Dental Centre.
Still not convinced that seeing us regularly is important? Here are some reasons why:
- Want a bright, white smile? Regular cleanings by your dental hygienist help give you the confidence that comes with a stain-free smile by removing most of the stains that make your teeth dull and discoloured.
- Want to keep your natural teeth? Dental cleanings include gum inspections, and these can prevent gum disease, helping you keep your natural teeth for a lifetime.
- Want to catch problems early? Routine dental cleanings can give your Caledon dentist and team the opportunity to check for cancers of the mouth. These cancers are often easily treated if caught early.
- Want to stay heart-healthy? Getting your teeth your cleaned every 6-9 months prevents more than just gum disease, it can also reduce your chances of having a heart attack and/or stroke.
- Want to avoid serious dental problems? Seeing your dentist can help stop a small problem from becoming a big problem, as these check-ups make it easy for your dentist to detect early signs of problems such as broken fillings and fractures.
Professional dental cleanings give your dentist and hygienist the chance to compare your current state of oral health to how your mouth looked on previous visits, so we can tell you if things are improving, or step in to help if they are not. Call the experts at Caledon Dental Centre today to schedule an appointment.