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It’s hard to believe, but Halloween is already here. Children all over North America will be dressing up and heading door-to-door to collect treats from their neighbours. For a child it’s a fun an exciting holiday, getting to wear a costume and receive free candy! And while it’s fun for parents as well,  it can also create some concern. How do you allow your child to enjoy their Halloween without worrying about the dental health risks?

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We have some tips to ensure that your kids make the most of their Halloween, while keeping up their dental routine and staying cavity-free:

  • Make sure that they continue to brush their teeth before bedtime. This is most important when Halloween candy is involved, as you want the sugars to be brushed away so they won’t sit on the teeth overnight.
  • Keep up with daily flossing. While brushing is effective for little ones, flossing is important to clean between their teeth and avoid gum disease.
  • Allow your children to eat only a piece or two of candy at a time. To avoid sugar overload, on the teeth and otherwise, keeping the Halloween loot as a special treat will also make the candy last longer.
  • Ensure that they are not chomping down on hard candies, as this can break or damage a tooth.
  • Keep the healthy snacks in rotation. Even though your kids have all these wonderful treats, it’s still important to keep fruits and vegetables in the mix. Not only are these healthy overall, they also help to clean teeth and neutralize harmful bacteria.

With these tips, you can keep you children’s teeth healthy while they enjoy their trick-or-treat goodies. Happy Halloween, everyone!

We use our toothbrushes everyday, hopefully more than once a day, and we count on these tools to help us keep our teeth clean and healthy. But are we taking the best care of them?

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Toothbrushes can be breeding grounds for bacteria and germs, so it’s important to rinse them well after brushing, and then keep them stored in an upright position to allow them to dry between uses. Proper drying helps to prevent bacteria from growing on the bristles.

If you or your family members are sick, ensure that none of the toothbrushes touch if they are stored together. As we mentioned above, germs can easily spread on a damp toothbrush, and can also spread from brush to brush. Separating the brushes will help keep the rest of you family members healthy.

Your toothbrush should be changed every 3 months or so, but it is also a good idea to replace your brush after an illness, to be safe. If your bristles are no longer straight before those three months are up, you may be brushing too hard or using the wrong kind of toothbrush – be sure to talk to your dentist about the best type for your oral health needs.

In case you’ve missed it, our CEO and Registered Dental Hygienist Anaida Deti has been staying busy. Not only by working with Dental-X patients and keeping their smiles healthy, but she’s also had appearances on TV and radio, as well as in articles, sharing her dental expertise.

Here are a few of the places you may have seen Anaida recently:

This Parents Canada article from May 25, 2015 featured expert advice from Anaida:

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On February 17, 2015, as Finalist of the 2015 Mompreneur Award of Excellence, Anaida appeared on Rogers Daytime Toronto:

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Anaida was  also recently featured on WhatSheSaid Canada Talks on Siruis XM, speaking about Dental-X Smile Centres:

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And last, but certainly not least, Anaida was featured on FS Local to discuss her Mompreneur® Success Story:

If you’d like to keep up with Anaida, visit anaidadeti.com – the Media & Press section is updated regularly, so stay tuned!

 

One of the best parts about warmer weather is the tasty cold treats – who doesn’t enjoy popsicles, ice cream, or an icy drink to cool us down? But for those that suffer from tooth sensitivity, those treats can cause a great deal of pain. And if you’re one of the sufferers, read on – we have some tips to help you with those painful sensitive teeth:

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Use Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth

Sensitivity is a common occurrence, and so there are many toothpastes available that help. Ask your dentist which brand they recommend, or visit your local drug store and compare.

Switch to a Soft Toothbrush

Your toothbrush may be too hard for your sensitive teeth. Opt for one with softer bristles – they’re even recommended for those without tooth sensitivity.

Avoid Acidic Foods

Fruit, fruit juices, colas and other highly acidic food wears down the enamel on your teeth, causing that painful sensitivity. Try to avoid these items to help keep your tooth enamel strong.

Use a Straw

If you’re going to take the plunge and drink those cold or acidic drinks, try using a straw to minimize the contact to your teeth.

Visit Your Dental Professional

We’re here to help, no matter what dental problems you may have! Call us at 647-839-1374 and book an appointment today.

When the warmer weather returns, it’s often time for many home owners to “spring clean” their house – get to all the chores we’ve been ignoring over the winter, and make our homes as fresh and clean as possible. But have you ever thought about doing the same with your dental care?

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Here are some tips to freshen up your dental hygiene and give your teeth a spring clean:

Replace Your Toothbrush:

While you should replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months, many people don’t. Spring is the perfect time to throw out that old, used toothbrush and pick up a brand new one. Remember, soft bristles are your best bet for a fresh, clean mouth.

Start Flossing Regularly (If You Aren’t Already):

Are you one of those people that only floss right before a dental check-up? (Yes, we’re on to you!) Keep your gums healthy by start the flossing habit now – once it’s a regular part of your hygiene routine, you’ll wonder why you avoided it in the first place! Your mouth will be much better for it.

Cut Down On Teeth-Staining Foods & Drinks:

With the warmer season upon us, it’s easy to replace some teeth-staining items with their non-staining replacements. Switch your red wine for white and change that coffee for a refreshing green tea. And if brightening your teeth is a part of your “spring clean”, visit us for teeth whitening.

Visit Your Dental Professional For a Cleaning:

Let us clean your teeth, give you a check-up and send you on your way with a healthy smile, all ready for spring! Call us at 647-839-1374, or email info@dentalx.ca for more info.