Doctor’s Corner

Five Tips to a Healthier Mouth


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Want to improve your dental health? Follow these 5 tips to a healthier mouth!

Commit to Flossing:
This is the perfect time to start a flossing routine. Brushing alone is not enough to remove the daily plaque build up. Flossing is essential to getting rid of food and bacteria debris from between your teeth; helping to improve gum health and keeping your breath fresh. Keep floss handy at all times, in the car, your purse, and even by the TV!

Cut Back on Sugar: That pesky sweet tooth may be contributing to your increase in tooth decay. Limiting the exposure of sugar and acid attacks on your teeth will help to minimise the risk of dental damage. Switching out sodas for sugar-free seltzer water is a start. If you crave that “crunch factor”, substitute carrots or cucumbers for the chips and pretzels. You’ll get that same satisfaction without the sugary acid.

Quit Smoking: One of the main contributing factors to gum disease is smoking. Although a difficult task, smoking cessation has a significant effect on oral health. Ask your dentist or dental hygienist about benefits of quitting smoking and how we can help you restore your dental health.

Invest in an Electric Toothbrush: Studies have shown that brushing with an electric toothbrush can be twice as effective as manual brushing alone. With the advancement of sonic wave and pulse action, it can help you with the daily removal of plaque build up both above and below the gum line. Ask us for a demonstration at your next visit.

Make a Dental Appointment: If you haven’t already scheduled your dental cleaning and check up, do so now! Identifying any potentially harmful habits or conditions before they become a problem is important. The dental professionals at Heritage House Dental are your partners in dental health; let us guide you on your journey to a happy smile!

Dr. Kate Bazydlo, Heritage House Dental 

 

Kid and Dentist Approved Hallowe’en Treats


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With Hallowe’en fast approaching, your costume isn’t the only thing you need to consider. Finding the perfect treat to hand out is just as important as the Jack-o-lantern carved and perched on your porch!

For many of us, getting an apple from a house or two wasn’t that uncommon. Nowadays, with the fear of food tampering, poisoning and the dangers of razor blades, that apple would be the first item to see the trash bin. Following a trend of health and fitness for kids, fruits and veggies can now be found prepackaged and portioned for snacking. If you want to offer those little neighbourhood ghosts and goblins a healthy alternative to typical sugary Hallowe’en treats, these fruits and veggies can be handed out instead.

Another healthy option for trick or treaters is organic chocolate milk that does not require refrigeration and cheese strings, offering them a dose of calcium and Vitamin D. With both of these known to promote strong bones and teeth, your dentist would approve as well!

If you are choosing the candy option, look for candy containing Xylitol, a sugar free sweetener proven to help prevent cavities. Options may include chewing gum and hard candies, both top notch items with the kiddies!

You can be both the cool house with the great candy and the cool house with the healthy treats! Happy Hallowe’en from Dr. Kate Bazydlo and associates at Heritage House Dental.

Dr. Kate Bazydlo, Heritage House Dental 

 

Flossing: Your Most Important New Year’s Resolution


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One of the sure fire questions you’ll hear from your dentist or hygienist during your routine dental hygiene visit is: “Do you floss regularly?” For about 40% of adults, the answer will be yes. For most, the answer is no or never. What is keeping us from flossing?; time, lack thereof, or simply the task itself. Most children and adults polled say they do not know how to floss properly and therefore skip it altogether.

Why Flossing is Important
Flossing removes plaque and food particles trapped between the tight spaces and gaps between your teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. Plaque not removed by brushing and flossing over time will harden into tartar which, safely, must be removed by a dental professional.

How Often Should you Floss?
When done thoroughly and effectively, flossing once per day is sufficient. If you floss quickly and haphazardly many times a day you may be missing much of the bacteria and plaque hiding in those tight spaces.

Benefits of Flossing
While brushing cleans the front and back surfaces of teeth, it is necessary to floss between your teeth. Those who don’t floss are at a higher risk of plaque build up leading to tooth decay and gum disease. Left untreated, gum disease can be a risk factor for heart disease; individuals with diabetes may be more susceptible to this risk factor. Removing trapped food particles decreases your chance of bad breath, and gives your teeth a clean feel and look.

Dental Appliances and Flossing
Whether you have implants, dental bridges or braces don’t forget to floss! There are many dental aids available to help you maximise your flossing habits. If you are not sure how to use these devices please ask us for a demonstration at your next visit.

Flossing 101
Proper technique is vital to an effective flossing session. Click here for a step by step instructional video.

Regular dental hygiene visits are vital to maintain a healthy mouth. Brush up on your flossing technique and at your next visit when asked if you floss regularly, you can say yes!

Dr. Kate Bazydlo, Heritage House Dental 

 

Dental X-rays: are they necessary?


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You may have found yourselves at one time muttering “why do I need x-rays”? either quietly to yourself or out loud to your dental provider. Dental x-rays (radiographs) are an invaluable diagnostic tool used to detect decay, damage or tooth disease not visible during your dental exam. It offers a sneak peak into your mouth; the dentist’s version of x-ray vision!

The frequency at which x-rays are taken depends on variables such as your current dental health, age, risk for dental disease, and in the event of any acute oral maladies. Dental caries (decay) formed between teeth can be seen on the x-rays and restored before causing irreversible damage. If the decay has penetrated the pulp chamber (where the nerves and blood supply to each individual tooth is found) a root canal may be necessary. In extreme cases, the tooth may need to be removed.

Younger children often require x-rays more frequently because their jaws are still growing and their baby teeth are still being lost and replaced with permanent dentition. If you are seeing a new dentist and have had x-rays taken in the last 12-18months it is a good idea to have them transferred from your previous clinic. This allows the dental provider a baseline of your radiographic oral health.

Digital dental x-rays require very low levels of radiation exposure and are very safe. X-ray machines and techniques are designed to limit the patients’ exposure to radiation following the ALARA (As Low As Reasonable Achievable) principle. Rest assured that you are well protected from any harm associated with dental x-rays. Before the dental provider takes an x-ray, a lead apron is placed over your chest and abdomen; at HHD our aprons have a built in collar to protect your throat and thyroid as well.

If you are pregnant please tell your dentist prior to your appointment. X-rays will be taken on an as needed basis to limit the radiation exposure to yourself and your fetus. There is no need to delay any x-rays if you are trying to become pregnant or are breastfeeding. Do not hesitate to contact Dr. Kate Bazydlo and associates at Heritage House Dental in Mississauga if you have any questions.

Dr. Kate Bazydlo, Heritage House Dental 

 

5 Mischievous Causes of Headaches


Causes of Headaches

You are not alone: the unwelcoming pounding and numbing pain of headache is shared by many people. Affecting more teenage girls than boys, common headache triggers include stress, lack of sleep, excessive heat or sunlight, smoking and diet. Understanding some of the hidden causes and triggers of headaches is the key to avoiding this malady.

TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder)
A condition known as TMJ or TMD occurs when the jaw is not resting in an ideal position. Over time, symptoms of discomfort including headaches may develop. Other reported symptoms of TMJ include, but are not limited to, jaw clicking, inability to open wide, jaw tenderness, difficulty chewing and ringing in the ears.If you are suffering from any of these symptoms or suspect that you may have TMJ/TMD, we can help. A therapeutic treatment program for relief may be beneficial to you and we can discuss this at your next dental visit or during a consultation. Do not hesitate to ask your dental health professional for advice.

Bruxism
Unbeknownst to you, your teeth and jaws may be busy and hard at work, all while you sleep! Bruxism involves excessive jaw clenching or teeth grinding. Many people may not even be aware that they are doing it because they don’t associate the following symptoms; chipped/worn teeth, headaches, aching jaw muscles and hypersensitive teeth. To help individuals who are clenching or grinding their teeth, a night guard may be advised. This device helps protect your teeth from possible chipping and puts your jaw in a more relaxed position. Using a night guard on a regular basis may help you start your day without a pesky headache or jaw pain.

Chewing Gum
A study of adolescents discovered that gum-chewing preteen children and young adults are giving themselves headaches. Typical triggers in this age group include stress, sleep deprivation, heat, video games, noise, sunlight, smoking, missed meals and menstruation. If you or your teen chew gum excessively and notice that a headache follows, simply cease chewing gum and monitor headache patterns to confirm whether this is a trigger. This might very well be one of the easiest and drug-free headache cures out there! If they persist, consult one of our dental professionals to rule out a TMJ condition.

Eye Strain
Inadequate or excessive lighting and using a computer all day strains the eyes and their surrounding muscles. You may be experiencing headaches due to eye strain. Another possibility is the potential need for corrective eyewear. Regular visits to your Optometrist are important to ensure healthy eyes and a proper prescription.

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Stress
Working at a computer all day doesn’t just impact your eyes; your body tends to get strained as well if you sit in the same position for an extended period. Taking appropriate breaks is ideal for your overall health and to keep your headaches at bay.

Whatever your headache trigger; we can discuss symptoms and treatment options to get you on the road to comfort and prevention. At Heritage House Dental we are always accepting new patients and would be happy to help you. Please don’t hesitate to call us at 905-814-1600 for an appointment.

Dr. Kate Bazydlo, Heritage House Dental 

 

The Average Tooth Fairy Rate: What’s a Tooth Worth on the Playground Nowadays?


Tooth Fairy Certificate

Children will start to lose their baby teeth between the ages of five and seven. By this age they’re already in school, where friends and classmates will talk about how much money the Tooth Fairy left under their pillow for a lost tooth. So how much does the Tooth Fairy leave? Let’s find out!

A phone survey of 3,000 people conducted in 2013 determined that, on average, a child receives $3.70 for each lost tooth. Now this may seem like a significant increase from the one or two quarters that we used to find under our pillows as kids. Today’s parents are genuinely unaware of what other “Tooth Fairies” are paying out and in an effort to be fair the going rate seems to have jumped significantly. They want to be fair yet at the same time don’t want to be cheap.

As a guide, Facebook has added an application which shows the going rates for the Tooth Fairy in the United States based on various factors such as location and income.

Getting Creative with the Payout

Elaborate storage boxes and certificates for these lost teeth have become the norm. The tradition of the tooth fairy gives parents the chance to think outside the box and get creative. One mom put $100.00 bill under her daughter’s pillow along with a new toothbrush and a note. The note said she had to use the money towards an education fund, but if she brushed her teeth every day for the next 30 days, she would get $20.00 to spend wherever she wanted. This mom was trying to teach her child the importance of saving for the future as well as taking care of her teeth. This is an interesting concept and can be adapted by other parents and adjusted to fit any budget. Teaching kids about good oral health at a young age is a great way to implement healthy habits that last a lifetime.

Tooth Fairy Tip from Your Dentist

As a Dentist, I would definitely place emphasis on the importance of brushing and flossing. Leaving a reward, monetary or otherwise, under your child’s pillow for a lost tooth is a wonderful idea. Including a certificate for your child’s tooth is also a great way to make a dental experience a fun one. Click here for a Tooth Fairy Certificate you can fill out and leave under your child’s pillow.

What if You’re Asked about Whether the Tooth Fairy is Real?

Childhood belief in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy are a right of passage, we all believed. As children get older, questions of the authenticity of these characters will arise. I once had a child ask where the tooth fairy got her money, and wondered if she had a special bank machine. It is quite normal for kids to question and wonder about these traditions and how they work as they grow older.

Every parent dreads the day their child asks whether the Tooth Fairy is real. How do you answer their question without breaking their spirit? Here is an example on how one mom handled this very question:

“Mommy, are you the Tooth Fairy?” asked my 7 year old daughter this morning after finding $1.00 under her pillow for her baby tooth she lost the day before; that was the last thing I was expecting to hear! I was not prepared nor did I know what to say to her so I stammered out “What do you mean?” with a goofy look on my face. She asked me again, “Did you put the money under my pillow? Are you the Tooth Fairy?”

With a goofier look on my face I said “I’m not sure what you want me to say…” She only stared at me and almost demanded: “Yes or no?” I pulled her into my bedroom, closed the door and sat her on my bed. “Ok, listen carefully,” I said almost in a whisper. “I am- but you can’t tell anyone, not your friends, and absolutely not Billy.” My 5 year old would be devastated.

Her eyes sparkled and were as big as saucers. Giggling she squeaked, “You are?! I knew it! I knew you were!” and before I could say anything she gasped. “Wait! Are you everybody’s Tooth Fairy or just mine and Billy’s?” “Oh honey” I said, “I don’t have time to be everybody’s Tooth Fairy, just yours and Billy’s.”

Dr Kate Bazydlo - Kids' Dentist in Mississauga

“So Suzy’s mom is her Tooth Fairy and Mikey’s dad is his Tooth Fairy?” she asked looking for clarification. “Yes” I said “And remember that it’s fun to believe so don’t tell anyone our secret, I winked at her. We shook hands and made our deal, the pact was made and a bond forged.

What a great way to come clean about the Tooth Fairy while maintaining the spirit and keeping it fun.

Dr. Kate Bazydlo, Heritage House Dental 

 

Your Dental Hygienist Trumps Brushing Your Teeth with Toothpaste



Brushing with toothpaste alone may feel like you’re getting rid of the build-up on your teeth from daily meals and snacks. However, if you skip flossing, you’re missing out on cleaning a third of your teeth. Even with diligent home care, there is more to cleaning your teeth than meets the eye. Plaque forms and builds up below the gum line, beyond the reach of your toothbrush and requires a Dental Hygienist to be properly removed.

Who is a Registered Dental Hygienist?

A Dental Hygienist in Ontario has completed a diploma program in college. Their focus is prevention, oral health education and therapy. Hygienists work together with you and your dentist to help maintain your oral health. This involves taking x-rays and measuring your gum health to assist in diagnosing any potential problems like gum disease, cavities and more.

What is involved in a Teeth Cleaning?

A teeth cleaning by a Dental Hygienist includes either manual or ultrasonic dental scaling to remove plaque and tarter from your teeth. Any visible staining from coffee, cigarettes, carbonated beverages and dark foods not removed during scaling is polished away. Afterwards the hygienist will floss your teeth and provide dental fluoride treatment if necessary.

During your teeth cleaning your dental hygienist will review your brushing and flossing technique and may suggest any changes to optimize your home care. Part of their role is education, and this involves ensuring that you have an effective brushing and flossing regime. They will help identify any problem areas that may require extra attention when you’re brushing at home.

Is Fluoride Treatment Necessary?

With the increased popularity and consumption of bottled water the amount of fluoride intake from our water source has diminished over the years. Since very little to no fluoride is present in bottled or filtered water the importance of opting for a fluoride treatment during your dental hygiene visit is essential. Fluoride accumulates in demineralized areas to strengthen the enamel, this process is called remineralization.

Extended Services Provided by a Dental Hygienist

Dental Hygienists also provide dental sealants for kids. Sealants are a thin plastic coating applied to the chewing surfaces of the molars to protect them against cavities developing in the deep grooves and pits.

Hygienists are also involved in nutrition counseling and may offer you diet and lifestyle recommendations to maintain your overall health which in turn correlates with your oral health.

Dr. Bazydlo offers dental advice on Dental Hygiene

If you believe you are at a greater risk of gum disease as a result of lifestyle factors such as cigarette smoking, a dental hygienist can suggest a preventative treatment solution to reduce your risk of tooth decay and periodontal disease.

Schedule a visit with a Dental Hygienist today, contact us now at Heritage House Dental at 905-814-1600. Our Hygienists are ready to help you regain and retain optimal oral health.

Dr. Kate Bazydlo, Heritage House Dental 

 

Smile All the Way to Victory this Sporting Season; Wear A Customized Mouth Guard



The hockey season is here with us again, and for ardent lovers of the game this is a perfect season to take your championship story to a whole new level. But, even as the much awaited season draws to a close, it is crucial to keep safety first by wearing a mouth guard. A single strike to the mouth or jaw can cause serious damage that can be quite painful and expensive to treat. 



Some athletes avoid wearing mouth guards because they say they feel uncomfortable and that the guards irritate them and distract them. For this reason it is important to find mouth guards that are specially designed to fit your mouth. The good news is that these services (sports guard customization) are available in our office. You simply set-up an appointment; we examine your mouth, take impressions of your teeth and create a guard that is comfortable and non-irritating. 



The Three Different Types of Mouth Guards



In-stock Mouth Guards

Stock mouth protectors are off-the-shelf mouth guards that can be purchased in sporting stores and retail malls across the country. They are also available on the internet and are generally inexpensive. On the flip side though, these mouth guards are quite bulky and may cause irritation or even interfere with normal breathing. They provide little to no protection and are not recommend for use in high impact sports.



Boil and Bite Mouth Guards
Boil and bite mouth guards are made from thermoplastic material which softens when placed in hot water. Just as their name suggests, you place them in hot water until they soften and then bite into them so they fit closely over your teeth and gums. Small qualms with these mouth protectors would be that they are pretty cumbersome to use. As a matter of fact, they are not the best option for tight gaming schedules and may not always be relied on. 



Customized Mouth Guards
It’s amazing how a short visit to a dentist can help you achieve your full sportsmanship potential. The process of preparing custom made sports guards involves several steps which are relatively short and comfortable (modern technology is to thank for this). First, we will examine your mouth and make a simulated impression of it. The guards are later molded in line with the shape of your mouth leaving enough space for breathing. Although custom made guards are typically more expensive, when you consider the risk of missing teeth, it is a small price to pay for absolute peace of mind. These highly reputed mouth protectors can help prevent and minimize damage to the jaw, neck, tongue and even the brain in the event of a hit to the face and/or mouth. 

Lucky for you, at Heritage House Dental we believe that your safety is most important, and that is why we are proud to offer a Free Custom Mouth Guard to all our patients. In order to take advantage of this complimentary mouth guard offer certain requirements must be met. Dr. Bazydlo


Final Word

In high adrenaline contact games such as hockey you never know when you’re going to get a nasty blow to your mouth. So, make a point of contacting us before the season kicks off. This could save you a couple of unanticipated surprises going forward. As we sign off, we’d like to wish you a flawless season and lots of success. All the best!

Dr. Kate Bazydlo, Heritage House Dental 

 

Dental Implants Proven to be More Cost Effective


The choice of dental implants over traditional teeth replacement is fast becoming the optimal treatment alternative for many. Not only are dental implants proving more cost effective; patient satisfaction with the results is higher as well. These findings were reported in the International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants which looked at 14 independent studies between 2000 and 2010. 



Below we will examine what exactly dental implants are and how they differ from traditional teeth replacement procedures. We will also look at some of the benefits of dental implants that explain the higher satisfaction and acceptance reported in the International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants study



What are Dental Implants?


Dental implants are an artificial tooth root which inserted into the jaw bone in order to hold the replacement tooth or bridge in place. There are two primary types of dental implants. These are “in the bone” and “on the bone” implants.



In the bone or endosteal implants are the most common type of procedure. With ensdosteal implants metal posts or frames are inserted directly into the jaw bone mimicking a tooth root. One or more replacement teeth are then mounted onto these posts. In order to receive endosteal implants there must be sufficient bone in the jaw.



On the bone or subperiosteal implants are typically used in the case where the patient lacks sufficient bone for traditional implants. With this procedure the metal framework is fit snugly around the entire ridge with the implant posts at the top of the bone. 



Why Dental Implants are more Comfortable than Traditional Teeth Replacement?


Dental implants tend to be more comfortable because the implants are fused to the jawbone. This provides a very stable foundation to crowns, bridges or dentures mounted to the implant. The fact that they are securely fastened to the jaw means that they do not slip or shift in the patient’s mouth. 



Compared to traditional dentures and bridges, dental implants feel more secure and natural in the mouth. This is one of the primary reasons for the higher degree of satisfaction reported in the International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants report.



Why Dental Implants can be used by a Wider Range of Patients?


With a traditional bridge there must be teeth on either side of the gap where the artificial tooth will be placed. In order to fit the artificial tooth into this space the surrounding teeth require to be ground down. With a dental implant this is not necessary because the implant is inserted into the bone itself. This means that even patients who may not be suitable for a conventional bridge can still benefit from dental implants.



Comparing the Cost of Dental Implants and Traditional Teeth Replacement


One of the most interesting findings of the International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants study was the relative costs of dental implants vs. traditional teeth replacement procedures. The initial cost of dental implants was found to be more expensive than with traditional procedures. However the long term cost of dental implants was found to be lower. Dr. Bazydlo
In addition people who received dental implants were happier paying for the procedure because of the higher level of comfort with the implant and natural look and feel of the tooth itself.


In the past patients choosing between the two types of procedures may have been deterred by the higher initial costs. This study will hopefully reinforce the importance of the long term savings and satisfaction associated with dental implants.

Dr. Kate Bazydlo, Heritage House Dental 

 

Protect Your Smile


Whether you grind or clench your teeth, prevention is the next step

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If you have discovered that your teeth are becoming smaller and worn down, cracked or chipped you might be clenching your teeth or grinding your teeth excessively while you’re asleep. This is commonly known as bruxism and it has varying degrees of severity and may be mild enough not to require any treatment at all. Often times, people who suffer from bruxism, don’t even realize that they have a condition.

If your teeth grinding is more severe, you’ll be potentially taking a risk with the dental work that you may have completed or for your own natural teeth. Once your teeth are worn or chipped, they can only be restored to their original shape and size with bonding, crowns, fillings, implants or other services provided by your dentist.

To prevent these potential issues, we recommend a night guard (sometimes referred to as a mouth guard). This mouthpiece is customized for your smile and is only worn while you are sleeping. It helps protect your dental restorations from breakage and retains your teeth to be their natural size and shape.

For some people, bruxism is acute and they are painfully aware of their condition. At this point, your dental health professional will assess whether your condition has developed into a jaw disorder. Symptoms may include an aching jaw, headaches, hypersensitive teeth, ringing in your ears and more.

At Heritage House Dental, we provide a multidisciplinary approach for people who are struggling with a dysfunction in their jaw. Our TMJ Care program combines osteopathy, physiotherapy, massage therapy, acupuncture and dentistry to provide relief for the aggravating symptoms of TMJ.
Dr. Bazydlo
Whether you suspect that you are grinding your teeth, you have acute headaches or you’re suffering from an aching jaw each morning, we can help. We understand how debilitating it can be to have a sore jaw when you wake up, when you’re eating and struggling with constant headaches. Call us today at 905-814-1600 for a consultation and we will help you get back into your comfort zone.

Dr. Kate Bazydlo, Heritage House Dental