Infant Oral Health, Starting Before Birth

by Dr. Zeena Alsalman on June 15, 2016

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Infant Oral HealthI will be expecting my first child this fall and as a dentist I know that infant oral health starts before birth.

As a relatively new Milton resident hailing from Texas, I’m enjoying getting to know this special community. In and out of the office I’ve noticed the plethora of young families and expectant mothers and I want them to be aware of the importance of infant oral health.

With babies on the brain, I would like to share my dental knowledge to help expectant mothers care for themselves and their growing families. Like overall general health, our dental health impacts our unborn babies.

Many expectant mothers report gum soreness or bleeding, often due to pregnancy gingivitis (gum disease). Hormonal changes exaggerate the way the gums react to plaque buildup, causing inflammation, bleeding, puffiness, and soreness. To prevent and treat gum disease, schedule professional dental cleanings. We can also recommend how to improve your homecare to maintain good oral health.

I often have patients tell me “I got my mother’s bad teeth,” or “Everyone in my family has soft teeth.” This common misconception makes people feel helpless in fighting tooth decay! Actually, except for certain rare abnormalities, risk for tooth decay is not genetically inherited. You can lower your child’s risk of getting cavities, and it starts with treating yourself.

Mothers and caretakers unknowingly transmit their dental bacteria to children impacting their infant’s oral health. Caretakers with healthy mouths have less cavity-producing germs to pass on and their children are at a lower risk for cavities. A dental exam before baby’s arrival is recommended for all caretakers. We can diagnose cavities and discuss solutions to improve dental health.

Rest assured visiting the dentist is safe during pregnancy. We can diagnose and treat gum disease, tooth decay, and other issues that affect mother and unborn child.

Contact us for a consultation!

Related: Healthy Smiles from the Start: Pregnancy and Newborn Oral Health

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Dental implants can replace missing, broken or loose teeth!

by Dr. Joyce Levitt on March 28, 2016

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Dental implants can replace missing or broken teeth, replace dentures and loose teeth?

When you decide to make a significant investment in dental implants you want to be sure you will get the result you want. Whether you need a dental implant to replace a missing or broken tooth; to get rid of dentures or because your teeth are getting loose and you know there will be some missing teeth in the future; you want to be sure the money you are spending will get you the best result with no future problems.

Placing a dental implant can be a simple and successful procedure if the correct amount of time is taken to plan the placement of the dental implant. Ideal planning can only be accomplished by using a 3-dimensional picture. This 3-dimensional picture: called a CBCT (cone beam computed tomography) answers all the crucial questions about implant placement. Is there enough bone? What kind of bone is it? Are there any critical anatomical structures at the implant site?

Using this CBCT picture and specialized software implants can be placed in the computerized picture before they are placed at the surgical appointment. Each implant can be ideally placed and that position can be replicated at the time of surgery by using a surgical guide to locate the implant at the ideal position.

Investing time and money in the crucial planning stage will minimize future complications at the surgical and prosthetic components of the dental implant placement.

Contact us for a consultation!

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Strategies to Reduce Fear/Anxiety/Phobia Part 1 of 4: Informational Control

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A detailed assessment of dental anxiety with lots of questioning and clarifications can often help to diminish the level of anxiety slightly. It is essential that a patient feels the dentist has a thorough understanding of the individual components of a patient’s anxiety so the unique nature of the anxiety can be correctly addressed. Control […]

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Scared of the dentist? We can help.

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If you suffer from a fear of the dentist or dentist anxiety, Mill Ridge Family Dental Care can help. Dental fear is incredibly common and no patient suffering from it should feel alone. The reality is that a large segment of the population admits to feeling scared of the dentist and consequently delays or even […]

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Facts about Dental Sealants

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What are dental sealants? Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are applied to the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to protect them from tooth decay. Most tooth decay in children and teens occurs on these surfaces. Sealants protect the chewing surfaces from tooth decay by keeping germs and food particles […]

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Do your dental insurance benefits expire on December 31?

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If your dental insurance benefits renew on January 1st of each year be sure to maximize your dental insurance benefits for the current year by booking an appointment before your benefits expire for the current year.

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Why I became a dentist

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I worked as a dental receptionist, dental assistant, and dental hygienist before making the big decision to apply to the dental program at the University of Toronto. As a dental assistant I would sit across from the dentist and watch patients clearly experiencing pain and discomfort and think “there must be a better way to […]

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How to Deal With Your Child’s Dental Anxiety

February 19, 2014

By Dilia Narduzzi, Canadian Family Ever since she was a kid, Chris Giovanni* didn’t like going to the dentist. The sound of the drill, and the needles made her anxious about each visit. Now, her eight-year-old son, Julien, is in the same boat. “Even before he had cavities, he didn’t like the experience. He is […]

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Cosmetic Dentistry

June 11, 2013

Cosmetic dentistry is a very popular term that is used by many dentists to distinguish themselves from other general dental practitioners. I take exception to the use of this term as I feel that all dental treatment needs to be of the highest functional and cosmetic calibre. Certainly, dental treatment that is done especially on […]

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March Break Giveaway Winners

March 19, 2013

CONGRATULATIONS to: Anne $25.00 gift card to the movies Carlina $15.00 gift card to Tim Hortons Ryan $15.00 gift card for iTunes Brenden Philips Sonicare Electric Toothbrush Rachel $15.00 gift card to SUBWAY

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