25 January 2017

Are Your Teeth Appearing Taller?

As we age there is no reason why your smile has to be 'long in the tooth'! It is not the case that as we age our gums naturally recede. If you notice that your crowns are getting longer it is important to have your dentist examine your teeth.

What Causes Gums to Recede?
Some reasons include:

  • Overaggressive brushing - your enamel at the gum line can be worn away by scrubbing the sides of the teeth.
  • Lack of proper oral hygiene - without regular brushing and flossing bacteria builds up in between the teeth.
  • Using chewing tobacco adversely affects the mucus membrane lining in your mouth and can cause your gums to recede.
  • A poorly placed tongue or lip piercing can cause your gums to recede.
Receding gums can be difficult to detect and will occur over time. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms contact your dentist:

  • Increased sensitivity to hot, cold or touch.
  • Teeth appear 'longer' than they once did.
  • Roots are exposed an visible.
  • Tooth feels notched at the gum line
  • Change in tooth colour.
  • Spaces between teeth seem to be growing.
  • Cavities below the gum line.
The key to treating receding gums is to identify the cause. Once identified treatment can often times be quite simple. If overaggressive brushing is the cause switching to a softer toothbrush and using a gentler brushing technique can help. If poor plaque control is the issue regular dental cleanings and improved oral hygiene are a must. In more severe cases we may have to perform an in office procedure which will halt the bacteria's destruction of your gums and bone.

With some easy steps and regular consultations with your dentist your smile and beautiful gumline can last you a lifetime.

15 January 2017

Nightguards for Bruxism | Protect Your Teeth From Wear

You probably do a lot of things while you’re sleeping that you’re not aware of, such as talking in your sleep and snoring—some people have even been known to send text messages! One common problem that often happens while sleeping is called bruxism. It’s an issue that can cause a wide variety of dental problems, but luckily it’s one that is easily resolved by a dentist. Learn more about bruxism and the treatments available at Kaydental, a popular dental office in North York, ON.

What is Bruxism?
Bruxism is the habit of grinding the teeth back and forth or clenching them so tightly that it affects your bite, jaw or the condition of your tooth enamel. Many people don’t realize they have this problem until they start to have dental problems or notice unexplained headaches when they wake up. This is another reason why it’s so important to get a dental checkup regularly because your North York, ON, dentist will recognize the effects of bruxism early on—before it causes major damage to your teeth.

Benefits of Nightguards
Severe bruxism is an issue that can usually be resolved with a night guard. This is a plastic device that you put in your mouth before you go to sleep. It keeps your teeth separate while sleeping so that you can’t grind or clench them together. Over time, you may lose the urge to grind your teeth because they’re being trained to rest in a healthy position while you’re asleep.

Getting a Custom Nightguard
A nightguard is made of a durable plastic material that is hard, yet malleable. It’s designed to fit comfortably over your upper or lower row of teeth and looks similar to a plastic retainer. The dentist takes a dental mold of your teeth so that the nightguard can be properly shaped for your mouth. It may be slightly modified by the dentist to ensure a good fit.

Protection for Your Teeth
If you struggle with bruxism, relief is available in the form of a custom nightguard from your North York, ON, dentist. Call Kaydental at (416) 223-2151 today to request an appointment to discuss your problem with tooth grinding or clenching.

9 January 2017

4 Tips for Caring for Your Child's Teeth

Little hands don’t always like to brush little teeth. Your trusted dentists at Kaydental in North York happily provide you with tips on how to care for your young one’s teeth—even if they don’t want to. 

Start early
As with any good habit, instilling it early and with consistency is the best way to be sure that your child practices good oral hygiene. Teaching them when to brush, how long to brush and how much toothpaste to use, is very important. They may not be wise enough to know what this will do for their overall health in the long run, but you are, and if they see that this is something that mommy and daddy not only approve of, but celebrate, little minds will associate brushing their teeth with a positive outcome. 

Make it a routine
One way to be sure that they don’t see it as a cumbersome chore is to make it fun. Have them brush until you count to a certain number or finish their favorite song or nursery rhyme. Reward them for a job well done. Similar to the famous “potty chart,” you can give them a star for each time they brush their teeth. Let the sticker - itself be a reward or perhaps take them to get a new toy when they’ve filled up their chart. Your North York family dentist wants your child to develop good habits from the start so they’ll always have a beautiful smile. 

Stave off a sweet tooth

It’s well-known that sugar and tooth decay are partners in crime, so be sure your child is eating a balanced diet of fruits, veggies, grains and proteins, limiting the amount of starches and sugars they eat. When sugar remains in the mouth, it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. And while they may just be their baby teeth, those little guys are the foundation for adult teeth and proper care for baby teeth is absolutely essential. 

Stop on by
Just as you should see your dentist every six months, so should your children. From the time they cut their first tooth, on, you should be bringing your child into Kaydental twice a year, unless Dr. Melvyn or Dr. Stephen request more frequent visits. 

Caring for your child’s chompers is just as important as caring for your own. Be sure they get a good, healthy start to regular oral care by visiting your North York dental office, Kaydental, today.

3 January 2017

The Clear Answer to Straighter Teeth

We know how important it is for you to have a healthy, beautiful smile. It’s one of the first things a person sees. So why shouldn’t your smile look its best? However, you might find yourself a bit self-conscious and wishing for a straighter smile. Sure, it might have seemed cute to have that little gap between your teeth when you were little, but now that you’re older you don’t find it quite as endearing. If you’re looking for a way to straighten your smile but you can’t even fathom all the metal and brackets that come with braces, then now you don’t have to. Welcome to the world of Invisalign in North York.

Not sure what Invisalign is? Or maybe you’ve heard of it but you’re really not sure you know much about this revolutionary way to straighten teeth. Your North York, ON dentist is here to answer all your questions.

What is Invisalign? 
Invisalign is a series of clear aligners that gradually shift teeth back to their proper position. These trays are custom-designed to fit your mouth, so you have a set of clear braces that are made just for you, in North York.

Also, Invisalign doesn’t come with all the metal and wires you might picture when you think about braces. You can enjoy talking to friends and colleagues without worrying that they are staring at your braces.

What are the Pros of Invisalign?
While Invisalign boasts a clear way to straighten your smile, another advantage is that these aligners are removable. You can enjoy meals without having to worry that your braces will get in the way. This also means that there are no dietary restrictions—unlike with traditional braces. Just remember to always brush and put your Invisalign aligners back in your mouth immediately after you’re done enjoying your meal.

Additionally, since Invisalign in North York, ON is removable, brushing, and flossing just got a bit easier. You don’t have to worry about trying to brush around metal or flossing around thin, fragile wires. All you have to do is take out your clear trays and brush normally. How’s that for simple?

How Long Will I Wear Invisalign?
Each aligner is worn for about two weeks before you swap it for another one. The average Invisalign treatment is about 9-15 months long. Imagine—in as little as nine months, you could get the straight smile you’ve been craving.

Want to find out more about how Invisalign could help you? Call Kaydental, your dentist in North York, ON today at (416) 223-2151. Your consultation is waiting!