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1/15/2018 11:48:19 PM

Decades ago, dentures were the only option for replacing missing teeth, but today dental implants are considered the best restoration method available.

Dental implants are a permanent solution and can replace one tooth or many. Unlike dentures, dental implants are virtually undetectable — only you will know you have them. They also help strengthen your jawbone, keep your remaining teeth from shifting out of place, and allow you to eat whatever you like. At Square One Dental, we are committed to providing our patients with the best permanent restorations for a healthier, happier smile.

Health Requirements for Dental Implants

Because dental implants are surgically placed, they do require optimal dental health to be successful. Here are some of the health qualifications we look for:

Healthy jaw bone – Your jaw bone should be healthy and thick enough to support dental implants. The jawbone can be compromised by severe tooth decay, gum disease, and TMD.

Teeth and gums should be free of decay – Patients with periodontal disease or severe tooth decay are not good candidates for dental implants. Periodontal care becomes a high priority if these concerns are indicated.

Straight teeth will benefit the treatment – A crooked smile won’t necessarily rule you out for the procedure, but there’s a chance that you may need to take steps to straighten your teeth before you can move forward with treatment.

What if My Oral Health isn’t Ideal for Dental Implants?

Just because you aren’t an ideal candidate for dental implants today, doesn’t mean you can’t take steps to improve your oral health and become a candidate in the future. There are many treatments available to restore your viability.

• Diminished jaw bone structure can be rebuilt with bone grafts.
• Decaying teeth can be cleaned, filled, or repaired.
• Periodontal disease can be treated with various treatments.
• Crooked teeth can be straightened with braces or clear aligners.

If you have missing teeth and are considering dental implants, please schedule a consultation with Square One Dental in Mississauga. We will determine if you are a good candidate and work with you to develop a custom treatment plant to replace your missing tooth or teeth. Give us a call at (905) 270-7206 to schedule an appointment.



1/15/2018 11:43:10 PM

As your child’s smile develops, maintaining their dental health and structure important, which makes detecting potential issues an essential part of their care. At Square One Dental, we believe taking a preventive approach to dental concerns is more beneficial than treating problems when they have emerged or progressed. Phasal orthodontics is recommended if your dentist notices that your child’s permanent teeth need guidance to develop correctly or corrective orthodontic work may be required in the future.

Situations That Require Phasal Orthodontics

By the age of seven, your child’s smile has developed enough for a dental professional to detect future structural or alignment problems. Should your dentist determine that your child is facing impending concerns regarding their bite or teeth positioning, phasal orthodontic treatment may be recommended to resolve these. Also known as children’s or interceptive orthodontics, this two-phase treatment plan contains many benefits for your child.

Issues that may require your dentist to intervene to protect your child’s orthodontic health include:
• Crowding
• Poor spacing
• Crossbite
• Over-retained primary teeth

Phase One

The first stage of phasal orthodontics takes place when your child still has their baby teeth and the state of their dental anatomy shows they need corrective treatment before a problem develops. During this phase, children may receive space maintainers to preserve the space as baby teeth fall out and permanent teeth begin to emerge. Palatal expanders may also be provided as a way to guide the jawbone’s growth.
Some of the benefits of undergoing the first phase of orthodontic treatment are:

• Prevention of future alignment issues
• Improved appearance
• Proper emergence of permanent teeth

Phase Two

Phase two of orthodontic work is centered on guiding your child’s teeth into their permanent positions and continued improvement of their dental function and appearance. Correcting a young patient’s smile can help them show it off confidently to others.

There are a variety of braces options offered, including clear aligners and traditional metal braces. The time frame of phase two varies Depending on the amount of correction needed and whether your child has received any treatment previously. In fact, the second orthodontic phase may not be necessary if malocclusion was corrected early on.

Our Mississauga dentist is committed to preventing issues that could negatively impact children’s oral health or self-esteem. If you have questions regarding orthodontic treatment for your child and would like to schedule a consultation, contact Square One Dental today!



1/8/2018 12:00:46 PM

 

Your dental health is an important part of your overall wellness, and the New Year is a great time to create resolutions for improving your health. Many people have dental health resolutions that range from improving their toothbrushing habits to completing delayed dental treatment. Understanding the benefits of your particular resolutions can be motivating and rewarding. Whatever your goals might be, it is important to take small steps to achieve them. Consistency is key with any resolution that you make.

Improving Toothbrushing and Flossing Habits

Perhaps you would like to improve your oral health. Daily toothbrushing and flossing is a sure and simple way to improve your oral health. For successful bacterial plaque removal, it is important to brush at least twice a day using an appropriately sized, soft-bristle, manual or electric toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste. When you brush your teeth, gently position the toothbrush bristles at a 45-degree angle toward the gumline and move the toothbrush across the teeth to effectively remove bacterial plaque. It is also important to floss at least once per day to remove bacterial plaque and food that has accumulated throughout the day. Your toothbrush should be replaced every 3 to 4 months, as well as after you have a cold or flu or if the bristles are frayed. Daily toothbrushing and flossing help to prevent gingivitis (gum disease), tooth decay and halitosis (bad breath). The daily use of antimicrobial and fluoride mouthrinses also helps to improve your oral health.

Healthier Food and Beverage Choices

An important part of achieving your dental health resolutions is making healthier food and beverage choices, especially for snacks. Frequent consumption of food and beverages containing carbohydrates and acids contributes to tooth decay, so it is important to brush after snacking. Using a Xylitol-containing gum or lozenge after a meal will also help to neutralize acids and reduce cavity-causing bacteria and plaque buildup.

Improving Your Smile

There are several smile-improving techniques that you can use while you brush and floss. In recent years, tooth whitening has acquired enormous popularity. It enhances the appearance of teeth by removing deep (intrinsic) or surface (extrinsic) stains. There are a number of tooth whitening products that can be purchased over-the-counter (OTC) for at-home use, administered by a dentist at the dental office or dispensed by a dentist for at-home use. Tooth whitening products are typically categorized into two major groups: Whitening toothpastes (dentifrices) and peroxide-containing bleaching agents. The following are different types of tooth whitening methods:

  •  Whitening toothpaste.
  •  Professionally applied bleaching products.
  •  Peroxide-containing bleaching agents.
  •  Dentist-dispensed and OTC home-use products.

Braces

Your New Year’s resolution may be to finally correct an abnormal bite caused by an injury, thumb sucking, tooth crowding or crooked teeth. Correcting any of these problems with braces not only enhances the look of your smile but also, and most importantly, improves your oral health. There are several options for straightening your teeth. Which orthodontic method you choose depends upon your preference and the types of appliances offered by your dentist or orthodontist.

Restorative Dentistry

The New Year may be the right time to start or complete deferred restorative dental work, such as crowns, implants or fillings. Completing these types of procedures will help you to preserve the tooth structure and to maintain proper tooth alignment, which could ultimately improve your oral health.

Quit Using Tobacco Products

Quitting cigarette smoking and smokeless tobacco use is important for improving your oral and overall health. There is no better time than the present to make a resolution to stop tobacco use. Consider free online tools, smoking cessation groups, progress-tracking apps and support from friends and family to assist you with tobacco cessation.

Routine Dental Visits

A resolution to make routine visits to the dentist may help prevent oral disease or reveal an existing disease in its early stage. Dental visits should take place every 6 months to allow your dentist and dental hygienists to monitor the condition of your oral cavity and develop an appropriate treatment plan to meet your wants and needs. Your dentist can refer you to a specialist for a treatment that is beyond the scope of his practice.

If you’re concerned your dental health, Square 1 Dental Center can help. We provide general family dentistry as well as cosmetic enhancements and restorative procedures. Contact us today at 905-270-7206 and make an appointment.

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Source:  https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/life-stages/adult-oral-care/a-new-years-you-dental-health-resolutions-0114

 



12/4/2017 1:00:40 PM


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With Holidays just around the corner, everyone is ready and geared up for the festivities to get underway. Mince pies, champagne, selection boxes and umpteen bags of sweets will no doubt make their way into our festive diets. It’s a thoroughly enjoyable time of year, but spare a thought for your teeth.

Constant snacking, drinking and eating of sugary foods and drinks over Christmas can make the holiday period a miserable time for teeth. The indulgences and tempting treats on Christmas Day and Boxing Day in particular means that teeth are going to be in harm’s way for over the 48 hours over the festive period.

Some traditional Christmas foods like Cranberries, the perfect accompaniment for your Turkey, are scientifically proven to be beneficial to overall health, and scientists have also shown they may have the capacity to help prevent both gum disease and tooth decay. However, moderation is important as cranberries are acidic and it is a good idea not to have them too often.

That means it is important to be extra vigilant with your oral health over the Christmas period. Remember, teeth are under attack for up to one hour after eating or drinking, and if you think about how much is consumed, and how often, particularly over Christmas and Boxing Day, your teeth don’t really get the chance to recover.

So please forgive the Foundation Grinch, but to make sure your teeth don’t suffer the festive blues, here are five ways to look after them this Christmas and New Year.

1.Beware of the mince pies, Christmas cake and pudding

Mince pies, Christmas cake and Christmas pudding may satisfy millions of people after a traditional Christmas dinner, but one thing they do not satisfy is your teeth. They are all laden with dried fruit, which is high in sugar. These kinds of foods stick to teeth and can cause the most damage, particularly if we’re gorging on them throughout Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

2.Don’t ditch the routine

The worst thing you can do is wrap up your oral hygiene routine on Christmas Eve for a few days. Teeth take a bit of a hammering, what with all of the chocolates, sugary foods and drinks and the alcohol consumed over the festive period. Christmas morning might be an exciting time for children, but if you’re a parent make them wait a little longer – it’s only two minutes after all! If a post-Christmas snooze on the sofa is more your thing, then do remember to brush your teeth before you head to bed.

3.Say cheese!

Cheese is great for teeth. It helps to return the mouth to its natural acid balance and help reduce the chances of developing tooth decay. That’s why cheeseboards after the main meal are a great idea. Even a little piece of cheese can have the same effect. The same can be said for sugar-free chewing gum (although it may not be great table etiquette!).

4.Use the bottle opener

We can all confess to attempting to open a bottle of beer with our teeth at some point in our lives. Although you can’t legislate for genuine accidents, please remember your teeth aren’t tools. If your party trick is to open a bottle of beer with your teeth, or if you’re always biting open the crisp packet, you’re actually doing your teeth more harm than good.
If you somehow lose a tooth, the important thing to remember is not to panic. Get to the emergency dentist as soon as possible, as with the right care, the tooth could be successfully put back into the socket. Ideally you should try and put it back in straight away, without handling the root.
The best chance of having your tooth successfully put back in is to keep the tooth in the cheek. If this isn’t possible, keep it in some milk until you receive the necessary emergency dental work. The sooner you can do this the better.

5.Moderation

Moderation is definitely the most important thing to remember. In order to ensure you fully enjoy this time of year without having to compromise on what you eat and drink, bear in mind it is not how much sugary food and drink you have, it is how often you have them that causes a perilous situation for oral health. It’s ok to say no to that extra sweet as the tin comes round, or have a glass of milk instead of one last glass of fizz.

 

 

 

 

And don’t forget! Get regular dental checkups at Square 1 Dental.

If you’re concerned your dental health, Square 1 Dental Center can help. We provide general family dentistry as well as cosmetic enhancements and restorative procedures. Contact us today at 905-270-7206 and make an appointment.

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source: https://www.dentalhealth.org/blog/blogdetails/64

 



11/1/2017 12:00:41 PM

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Did you know that you could actually save hundreds of dollars by using your dental benefits before the end of the year?

 

While some dental insurance plans run on a fiscal year, most run on a calendar year. If your dental insurance plan is on a calendar year, these 5 reasons will show you why you should make a dental appointment now.

 

1. Yearly Maximum

The yearly maximum is the most money that the dental insurance plan will pay for your dental work within one full year. This amount varies by insurance company, but the average is around $1,000 per year, per person. The yearly maximum usually renews every year (on January 1 if your plan is on a calendar year). If you have unused benefits, these will not rollover.

2. Deductible

The deductible is the amount of money that you must pay to your dentist out of pocket before your insurance company will pay for any services. This fee varies from one plan to another and could be higher if you choose an out-of-network dentist. However, the average deductible for a dental insurance plan is usually around $50 per year. Your deductible also starts again when your plan rolls over.

3. Premiums

If you are paying your dental insurance premiums every month, you should be using your benefits. Even if you don’t need any dental treatment, you should always have your regular dental cleanings to help prevent and detect any early signs of cavities, gum disease, oral cancer and other dental problems.

4. Fee Increases

Another reason to use your benefits before the end of the year are possible fee increases. Some dentists raise their rates at the beginning of the year due to the increased cost of living, materials and equipment. A fee increase can also make your copay higher.

5. Dental Problems Can Worsen

By delaying dental treatment, you are risking more extensive and expensive treatment down the road. What may be a simple cavity now, could turn into a root canal later. Call your dentist and schedule an appointment to use those benefits.

 

If you’re concerned your dental health, Square 1 Dental Center can help. We provide general family dentistry as well as cosmetic enhancements and restorative procedures. Contact us today at 905-270-7206 and make an appointment.

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10/2/2017 8:00:31 AM

 

Bad breath: We’ve all dealt with it. You’ve been around people who have it and, like it or not, you have had it yourself. It can be embarrassing and uncomfortable, but how do you know if you have it? There is actually a simple test you can do to see if you have bad breath.

Wash your hands well, then put your finger in your mouth, way in the back. Scrape a little saliva from the back of your tongue, and then dab it on the back of your hand. Wait for one minute, then hold your hand to your nose and sniff. Is it fresh as a daisy? Or do you need to keep reading and learn how to freshen your breath?

How Bad Breath Starts

There are several ways that bad breath starts. Knowing the causes of bad breath is a solid start toward the cure.

  • The bacteria in your mouth: Bacteria is always in your mouth. It covers your gums, hides between your teeth, and hangs out on your tongue. As it multiplies, it produces toxins that cause the foul odor in your mouth.
  • Your bad habits: If you smoke cigarettes, a pipe, or cigars, or chew tobacco, you are not only harming your mouth and body, you are creating some really smelly breath.
  • Your tonsils: If you still have your tonsils, they can be the cause of bad breath. They are pitted, so smelly substances can collect in the pits and lead to bad breath.
  • Stomach issues: A stomach virus, ulcer, GERD, and other stomach issues could be the cause of your bad breath. A low-carb diet can put your body into a state of ketosis, which causes very bad breath.
  • The foods you eat: Garlic, onion, and other pungent foods will linger with you … on your breath.

Tips for Busting Bad Breath

Achieving fresh breath isn’t difficult, but it does require a little work. Try these tips for fresher breath and a healthier mouth.

  • Brush your teeth after every meal. You can also pick up a tongue scraper to use a couple of times a day to remove any lingering bacteria on your tongue.
  • Floss once a day to remove food particles between your teeth as well as plaque. Your mouth will thank you.
  • Gargle with special mouthwash to banish bad breath. The oxygen in it will kill the bacteria in your mouth that is causing your bad breath, and leave you fresh as a daisy!
  • Drink water to avoid dry mouth, which is a common cause of bad breath.
  • Ease your tummy troubles with antacids and other remedies. Ginger tea is a great tummy tamer.
  • Chew gum that contains xylitol. Saliva keeps your mouth moist, and chewing gum makes you salivate. Bye bye, bad breath!
  • Eat yogurt. It contains “good” bacteria that helps balance your gut and gives you a healthier mouth.
  • Soothe your sinuses. Sinus infections can cause you to have bad breath. Actually, it is the post-nasal drip that causes the foul odor. Cure the infection and your breath will improve.
  • Avoid all tobacco products (cigarettes, pipes, cigars, chewing tobacco, and snuff).
  • Eat a healthy diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains.

And don’t forget! Get regular dental checkups at Square 1 Dental.

If you’re concerned your dental health, Square 1 Dental Center can help. We provide general family dentistry as well as cosmetic enhancements and restorative procedures. Contact us today at 905-270-7206 and make an appointment.

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9/4/2017 8:00:01 AM

back-to-school

An important, but sometimes neglected, part of back to school preparations is a small refresher of the importance of oral hygiene and its effect on overall well-being. When left untreated, dental issues can have a serious impact on your child’s ability to focus and perform to the best of their ability.

Whether your child is elementary or university aged, we’ve got a few tips for how they can cultivate an A+ smile!

Below are four key components to maintaining oral health throughout the hectic school year:

  1. Regular dental examinations: Dental examinations at regular intervals are crucial to diagnosing and treating dental issues. Dentists are able to see the oral health issues that we can’t, and they can take precautions to prevent minor problems from developing into major ones. A deep cleaning at the beginning of the year will also help your child start the school year off on the right foot!
  2. Regular brushing and flossing: We all know the importance of brushing after each meal and flossing at least twice a day. With the hustle and bustle during the academic year, these things are sometimes neglected. When purchasing back to school supplies, picking up a small travel dental kit will both facilitate and encourage regular brushing. But remember, brushes should be changed every three months or immediately after an illness.
  3. Healthy lunches free from excess sugar: Healthy meals and snacks are a key part of promoting the health of teeth and gums. Foods rich in calcium are important to the development of teeth and bones, especially if your children are young and their smiles are just developing. Sugary snacks, although a big hit with kids, can encourage the production of harmful bacteria and cause tooth decay. Try to limit the consumption of sweet snacks by replacing them with tasty and healthy alternatives (like the ones in our newsletter!).
  4. Mouth guard, if participating in organized sports: Whenever there is a possibility of contact either with other competitors or any immovable objects, we highly recommend the use of a mouth guard to ensure that your child’s smile is protected. Although there are many over the counter options available, for the highest level of protection we recommend a custom-fitted mouth guard that is made specifically for your child’s smile.

 

If you’re concerned your dental health, Square 1 Dental Center can help. We provide general family dentistry as well as cosmetic enhancements and restorative procedures. Contact us today at 905-270-7206 and make an appointment.

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8/7/2017 12:00:03 PM

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Why you may need a Dental Crown

Dental crowns are a very common treatment, and crowns are used to address several oral health issues. Our team of dentists and any of our three locations can help you figure out the best treatment options to suit your needs, and we can make the process of getting a dental crown easy!

Why get a Dental Crown?

Dental crowns, in many cases, are the best way to prolong the life of a damaged tooth. Here’s some of the reasons that your dentist may recommend a crown:

Broken tooth: If you have broken a tooth from an injury, that tooth may need to be protected with a crown. This depends on the severity of the break, and your dentist can help you make the right choice for your needs.
Severe cavity: In some cases, a cavity may be still be used as the treatment to remove decay from your tooth, but if the opening from the decay is too large, your dentist may place a crown to ensure that the tooth is stable enough to be used like normal.
Root canals: In the case of severe tooth decay, a dental crown is often the last step. Similar to just a severe cavity, your tooth needs stability and protection after your nerves and the decay have been removed.
Bridges: If you are getting a dental bridge to replace a missing tooth, dental crowns may be used to hold the bridge in place. Dental crowns are often placed on each surrounding tooth to hold the bridge over the missing tooth space.
Dental crowns can be made from several materials, including full metal, Zirconia, porcelain and metal together, or full porcelain. Porcelain is one of the most popular choices today as it is one of the strongest and most durable options, and because it looks very much like a natural tooth!

If you have any questions, or if you think you might need dental crowns, don’t hesitate to contact our office today for more information. We look forward to helping you get the smile you’ve always wanted!

 

If you’re concerned your dental health, Square 1 Dental Center can help. We provide general family dentistry as well as cosmetic enhancements and restorative procedures. Contact us today at 905-270-7206 and make an appointment.

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8/5/2017 7:42:08 PM

What To Do In Case of a Dental Emergency

While we try to prevent them whenever possible, dental accidents may happen to most of us. When faced with a dental emergency, there are several things that can be done to alleviate the problem until our emergency dental care at Square One Dental can solve the issue completely. If your particular dental emergency poses a threat to your immediate health, you should seek treatment from an urgent care or emergency room facility.

Types of Dental Emergencies

There are many types of dental emergencies, ranging from minor to severe, such as:

Knocked out or partially dislodged teeth – When trauma causes a tooth or teeth to get completely dislodged, try and reinsert the tooth back into its spot within an hour for the best chance to have it reattached. If it doesn’t fit, you can keep it in a saline solution or a glass of milk until your dentist can provide treatment. Similarly, if the tooth becomes partially knocked out of place, the best practice is to seek treatment immediately while alleviating swelling and discomfort through the use of ice and over-the-counter pain medicine.

Broken, cracked, and chipped teeth, crown, or filling – Often times, these can happen without you experiencing pain or discomfort, allowing for less urgency in getting the repair done. When a tooth or restoration is damaged, a piece of sugarless gum can provide a temporary cover to the area until your emergency dental appointment. For crowns that fall out, dental adhesive can be purchased at your supermarket to hold them temporarily in place.

Abscesses
Abscesses are infections that damage healthy tissue in the mouth and can lead to systemic infections if not treated soon enough. Abscesses aren’t detectable without having imaging done, though symptoms appear as a bump or a pimple on the gum. A trained specialist can tend to this discomfort and prescribe antibiotics to eliminate it.

Other Urgent Oral Health Issues
Excessive bleeding is a situation you will want to immediately address with a to trip urgent care. Sometimes dental work leaves patients with sensitive or painful sites that need correcting. Those patients with braces may experience a broken bracket or snapped wire that will need to be addressed quickly to maintain effective treatment.

Contact us at Square One Dental Today!
At Square One Dental, we offer emergency dental care services. If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, contact us at 905.270.7206 for assistance.



8/5/2017 7:38:31 PM

What To Do In Case of a Dental Emergency

While we try to prevent them whenever possible, dental accidents may happen to most of us. When faced with a dental emergency, there are several things that can be done to alleviate the problem until our emergency dental care at Square One Dental can solve the issue completely. If your particular dental emergency poses a threat to your immediate health, you should seek treatment from an urgent care or emergency room facility.

Types of Dental Emergencies

There are many types of dental emergencies, ranging from minor to severe, such as:

Knocked out or partially dislodged teeth – When trauma causes a tooth or teeth to get completely dislodged, try and reinsert the tooth back into its spot within an hour for the best chance to have it reattached. If it doesn’t fit, you can keep it in a saline solution or a glass of milk until your dentist can provide treatment. Similarly, if the tooth becomes partially knocked out of place, the best practice is to seek treatment immediately while alleviating swelling and discomfort through the use of ice and over-the-counter pain medicine.

Broken, cracked, and chipped teeth, crown, or filling – Often times, these can happen without you experiencing pain or discomfort, allowing for less urgency in getting the repair done. When a tooth or restoration is damaged, a piece of sugarless gum can provide a temporary cover to the area until your emergency dental appointment. For crowns that fall out, dental adhesive can be purchased at your supermarket to hold them temporarily in place.

Abscesses
Abscesses are infections that damage healthy tissue in the mouth and can lead to systemic infections if not treated soon enough. Abscesses aren’t detectable without having imaging done, though symptoms appear as a bump or a pimple on the gum. A trained specialist can tend to this discomfort and prescribe antibiotics to eliminate it.

Other Urgent Oral Health Issues
Excessive bleeding is a situation you will want to immediately address with a to trip urgent care. Sometimes dental work leaves patients with sensitive or painful sites that need correcting. Those patients with braces may experience a broken bracket or snapped wire that will need to be addressed quickly to maintain effective treatment.

Contact us at Square One Dental Today!
At Square One Dental, we offer emergency dental care services. If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, contact us at 905.270.7206 for assistance.