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When Bad Things Happen to Good Teeth

March 3rd, 2017

I like to think that this blog offers a good perspective on the issues affecting our oral health. In the course of writing I find that several topics continue to surface. Notable among them: acid and acid erosion. I just can’t seem to escape writing about these problems. And then I realized: acid is so prevalent in our daily lives - from an oral health perspective - we all need to be more clued up. So what’s the deal? What can we do?

The Symptoms
With acid erosion it’s important to know what to look for. Early signs include white lines around the neck of the teeth, close to the gum. There may also be a “cupping” on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Acid erosion can also be spotted by thinning edges of the front teeth, to the point where they appear glassy or translucent. This can be accompanied by occasional chipping and a shorter, more worn appearance. Sensitivity to cold or to brushing can also be a symptom.

Examples

For the first example of some seriously bad erosion, let’s look here.

 

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Wellington Aurora Dental Wins Top Choice Award & 2017 Nomination

November 16th, 2016

We have some very exciting news at Wellington Aurora Dental that you probably already know if you follow us on Facebook or Twitter. We won the Top Choice Award for Top Dental Clinic of 2016 in Aurora/Newmarket! It's a truly humbling experience and we'd like to thank all our patients for their support and everyone who voted for us. It's greatly appreciated. You can check out photos of the celebrations at the award ceremony over here or watch the video below of me receiving our award.

Our 2017 Nomination!

We're just as thrilled to announce that we've been nominated again for the 2017 Top Choice Awards. If you feel that we've provided you with the high quality of care and treatment that we aspire to, please do vote for us.

Top Choice Award Nominee 2016

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4 Things That Make For A Beautiful Smile

October 31st, 2016

If you read this blog occasionally you'll know that I'm passionate about cosmetic dentistry. I love seeing people with rejuvenated smiles. My practice, Wellington Aurora Dental, offers extensive cosmetic dentistry services, and runs a Whitening Clinic, providing in-office or at-home teeth whitening. I'm proud of our work, but a big problem we run into is the syndrome of unrealistic expectation.

During consultations I'll meet patients who will bring in a picture of an actress, in search of "the whitest possible color" for their teeth. Or they've already had work done and have veneers that you can see from a mile away, and wonder why they look strange.

Somewhere along the line we've developed unrealistic expectations for cosmetic dentistry. The truth is that the perfect smile isn't always what we think. A healthy, natural-looking smile is beautiful because it isn't noticeable- it fits with your age, skin tones, and the shape of your face. And that's a good thing.

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All About Dental Crowns

September 28th, 2016

Quick quiz: What’s a crown?

  1. A cool hat that some people wear to show off their sovereignty
  2. A porcelain or metal cover for a weakened or missing tooth

The answer is both, but since this is an article by a dentist, you can guess which type of crown we’ll cover here. And for the record, I have a few cool hats too; they just aren’t gem-encrusted or made of gold.

A dental crown is a porcelain or metal fitting that covers a damaged or missing tooth. As well as matching up with existing teeth, a crown provides strength for the tooth it covers, and protects it from further damage.

A dental crown is often the solution after a root canal, a large filling, or a broken tooth. A crown can also be fitted onto a dental implant as a replacement for a missing tooth.

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Starting Out With Dental Implants

August 11th, 2016

Accidents happen all the time in everyday life. For those of us who play sports, they can be even more common. I know firsthand that a wrong turn on the tennis court or a funny landing playing basketball can leave an ankle or a knee in serious trouble.

The same is true of our mouths when it comes to playing sports. Whether we’re going too fast or too slow, we fall, we get hit by balls, sticks and elbows, and run into things and other people.

Unless it’s a sport like football, where facial protection is part of the equipment, the mouth and teeth can be tough to project while we’re active. Despite the risks there are things we can do to protect ourselves while playing sports.

Sometimes these precautions aren’t enough. Teeth can be damaged or lost outright, leading to discoloration and unsightly gaps. In these cases dental implants and implant crowns can be excellent options for returning a smile to its former glory.

Chips, Disappearing Nerves and Root Fractures

Small or medium-sized chips are common sports injuries that are easy to restore with essential cosmetic dentistry techniques. See an example here. The heavy lifting comes with larger traumas like disappearing nerves, root fractures and larger infections caused by forceful impacts. When this happens extracting the damaged tooth (or teeth) is often the only option. But once you take out the tooth, the problem becomes: what next?

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Dr. Pasha on Teeth Whitening!

June 27th, 2016

Should Teeth Be This White?

Your Teeth: How White it Too White?

You Have White Teeth, I Have Mine


The idea of beauty is a tough thing to pin down. While it’s subjective, and based on individual perception and experience, our ideas around beauty often derive from things like societal norms, cultural values, and public opinion. Cosmetic innovation in the last 50 years now allows for safe, affordable treatments that skew the classic idea of beauty toward a more conventional, altered aesthetic. The expectations brought on by this new aesthetic lead many dental patients to ask about the colour of their teeth. Are they too yellow? Too brown? Do they look natural? How white is too white?

Responding to these questions can be tough; everyone has their own idea of what looks good. Some people like the natural look that some brown or yellow in the teeth brings out. Others are set on the images they see in magazines and on the Internet: flawless, treated teeth that seem to sparkle in the light.

Natural Colour

The natural colour of human teeth occurs across a range of grey-ish yellow shades. Over time teeth darken naturally. The extent to which this happens depends on staining from things like tobacco, and certain foods and drinks. Skin tone also impacts the appearance of people’s teeth, with darker skin and makeup making teeth look brighter.

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Dr. Pasha Sponsors a Soccer Team!

May 13th, 2016



Wellington Aurora Dental is sponsoring the Aurora Stingers Team Yellow from the Aurora Youth Soccer Club. The Youth Soccer Club boasts the highest per capita participation in Canada and its representative teams participate in Provincial and International play. Click here to learn more.

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Thank You for Voting Us as Top Dental Clinic!

February 16th, 2016



Thank you so much for voting our Aurora dental office as the Top Dental Clinic of 2016 in the Aurora and Newmarket area!

It is great to know that you have chosen us out of all the other businesses offering similar services.

We like to think that our level of customer service and community involvement creates a warm and inclusive environment for all.

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We Have Been Nominated for Top Dental Clinic!

December 7th, 2015

We are so excited to announce that Wellington Aurora Dental has been nominated by Top Choice Awards for top Dental Clinic of 2016 in Aurora/Newmarket area.

We are honored to be nominated as we have definitely enjoyed serving you, our patients, and providing you with the utmost care.

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New 3D Technology for Implant Surgery Patients!

November 11th, 2015



I’m pleased to announce new 3D technology for implant surgery patients. Advanced 3D imaging lets us plan implant surgery using computer generated guides that are unique to each patient’s mouth.

A CT scan of the patient produces accurate, predictable images of a patient’s mouth that are output on a 3D printer. These 3D guides greatly reduce the impacts of surgery, namely post-operative swelling and discomfort.

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Go Jays Go!

September 29th, 2015



The Wellington Aurora Dental team had a chance to attend a Blue Jays game a few weeks ago. The crowd was loud and enthusiastic the whole time. It's great to see the home team doing so well and now be eligible for the post-season! Fun fact: It's been 22 years since the Blue Jays last made the playoffs!

We can't wait to see how they do. Go Jays Go!

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Case Study: Improve Your Smile with Porcelain Veneers!

September 17th, 2015


Story

Our dental assistant, Sydney, was unsatisfied with her smile. She wanted to decrease the size of her two front teeth and thought her canines looked too sharp.

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Case Study: Unhappy with the Gaps in Your Teeth? Try Dental Bonding!

August 28, 2015


Story

This patient had braces for about a year and a half but gaps still existed which made him self concious about his smile. He wanted a look that fill those gaps and form a more uniform look.

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What Makes A Beautiful Smile?

August 18, 2015


Whenever patients express interest in smile makeovers the first thing I hear is, "I don’t want to look like I have fake teeth," or "I don’t want people to know I had my teeth done." How do we improve our smiles without the results looking unnatural? When it comes to a beautiful smile, but there’s a fine line between looking better and looking different.

A great smile isn't just about having white teeth. A smile has to fit your face and suit your personality. It has to look and feel natural. The shape, arrangement and length of teeth are as important as their color. When these four elements work together there’s a very good chance that you'll be looking at a beautiful, natural smile.

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A Message from Dr. Pasha: I Will Be Teaching at UofT

August 10, 2015


I’ve always seen teaching as an important source of inspiration for the communities to which we belong. Whether it’s smaller, like the one served by our practice, or much larger, like the dental community, sharing formal knowledge, as well as less prescribed traditions, nurtures a community and keeps it healthy.

And now it’s my turn to do a bit of nurturing. This September I start a new role as a clinical instructor in the Faculty of Dentistry at my alma mater, the University of Toronto. I’ve taught informally for a while through the Toronto Academy for Cosmetic Dentistry, but this is my first “official” role. I’m very much looking forward to getting started.

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Summer Teeth Whitening Sale (August to September 2015)

July 30, 2015


Summertime: it’s what we’ve all been waiting for. With barbecues, picnics and pool parties heavy on everyone’s schedule, summer is the time to be social.

A great accessory to all the visiting is a nice, white smile. This August and September our Summer Whitening Sale gets you 50% off our in-office and take home whitening kits.

Click here to learn more about this summer promotion.

On Mixed Dentition: A Cage Match between Baby Teeth and Adult Teeth

July 8, 2015


The term "mixed dentition" refers to the period when children transition from baby teeth to adult teeth. When it comes to mixed dentition, know this: baby teeth will never win. If you worry about your child’s permanent teeth arriving before their baby teeth loosen, worry no more- mixed dentition is at work.

When Teeth Arrive For babies, teeth usually erupt as follows:
Primary teeth (front teeth): 8-13 months
Molars and canines: 16 – 24 months


Adult teeth arrive thusly:
1st molars and anterior teeth: 6-8 years
Premolars and canines: 9-12 years
2nd molars: 12-13 years
3rd molars (wisdom teeth): 17-21 years


The arrival of adult teeth is fairly predictable: uppers come in on the outside of the baby teeth (closest to the lip), and lowers on the inside of the primary teeth (closest the tongue). When adult teeth erupt, the roots of the baby teeth gradually break down and absorb into the circulation, which is known as resorbing. This process loosens the baby teeth until eventually it’s tooth fairy time.

When resorbing happens slowly, or not at all, it delays the loosening of the baby tooth. If a tooth doesn’t loosen on its own in 4-6 weeks, talk to your dentist about removal. This is the best way to ensure that the adult teeth erupt in their natural path.

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Ten Bad Habits For Your Teeth

June 30, 2015


Our teeth are magical things, but for all their strengths they’re mighty fragile. Over the years most of us will develop bad habits when it comes to our teeth. Some habits are more dangerous than others, but all can have an impact on our oral health.
  1. Brushing Too Hard
  2. There’s nothing better than the minty-smooth feeling of a mouth freshly brushed. The fact that you brush at all is a win, and if you brush gently with a soft toothbrush you’ll be in even better shape. Forceful brushing, satisfying though it may be, doesn’t clean your teeth any better. In fact it can cause damage to your gums and wear to your teeth. Avoid using tartar control toothpastes, too. They’re coarse and can create more wear on the necks of your teeth.

  3. Drinking Soda
  4. Carbonated drinks are bad news on every front. Most are highly acidic and packed full of sugar, which doesn’t do your teeth (or your figure) any favours. Our suggestion? Eliminate them altogether, or try thinking of that afternoon Diet Coke as a treat and limit intake to a can a week.

  5. Nail Biting
  6. For some of us a quick nibble at the nails is a natural salve in stressful moments. The main drawbacks are chipping and wear on your teeth, not to mention the damage to your nails!

  7. Chewing Ice
  8. As satisfying as it is, chewing on ice can be very harmful to your teeth. The ice in your drink is incredibly hard, and biting down on it can cause chipping and fractures when least expected.

  9. Thumb Sucking
This one’s for our little friends… Young children use thumb sucking as a natural way to relieve anxiety. By around the two-year mark this habit should be phased out. As the teeth develop, children who suck their thumbs can develop severe bite problems. Stopping the behaviour by age three usually sees the problems resolved naturally. If the habit continues, permanent changes requiring braces or a retainer to correct may occur.

Click here to learn about more bad habits for your teeth.

Causes of Oral Cancer

June 23, 2015


Make no mistake, cancer is a scary thing. Each year it kills thousands of Canadians and drastically alters the lives of survivors. As a dentist I encounter cancer mostly in the mouth in the form of various oral cancers; it’s an unfortunate part of my job. Oral cancers are common in Canadians, and while serious, are also among the more preventable. Around 75 percent of oral cancers are linked to modifiable behaviours like tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption.

Origins

Oral cancers originate in the tissues of the mouth, though they can also appear through metastasis (when cancer spreads between two areas of the body that aren’t directly connected). We identify oral cancers as painful lesions, often on the border of the tongue or the floor of the mouth, as well as on the lips, salivary glands and at the back of the throat.

Remember that everyone gets sores in their mouths from time to time, so it’s important not to panic if you find an ulcer in your mouth. However, if a lesion doesn’t heal after 14 days you should visit your dental professional for an evaluation.

Click here to learn about the causes of oral cancer.

Why is Acid Bad for Your Teeth?

June 17, 2015

I remember loving candy as a kid but being told that sugar was the sworn enemy of my teeth. I couldn’t go anywhere near a variety store without hearing my mother’s voice: “Your teeth WILL fall out.” What a bummer. No more NERDS; no more Fuzzy Peaches, no more Gobstoppers. Thanks a lot, sugar.

Sugar is often vilified as a primary cause of tooth decay among youngsters, and it certainly deserves this mantle. But there’s a new baddie on the block; another sinister force looking to take down your lovely smile.

Acid.

Look at it sitting there on its own, all abrupt and sinister. Ugh.

Why is acid so bad for your teeth? Simple: acid in your mouth erodes your enamel. But how did it become the new dark lord of decay? Three reasons: 1) our interest in the health benefits of citrus fruits; 2) the sport and energy drink phenomenon; and 3) soda pop.

What Acid Does

Our teeth come with a protective layer called enamel, which is actually the hardest material that the human body produces. Enamel acts like a shield for the soft inner material called dentin, which is weak and prone to cavities. Enamel protects from bacteria and trauma (presumably from beer bottle caps) but it has a weakness: it starts to dissolve when exposed to acid.

The pH Scale

Quick lesson: the pH scale measures a solution’s acidity, and ranges from 1 to 14. At the same time, your tooth enamel starts to erode when exposed to acids of certain strengths in your mouth. A pH of 7 is neutral; anything below that is acidic. Each whole pH value below 7 is ten times more acidic than the next higher value. So, the lower the PH level, the stronger the acid. In the case of tooth enamel, solutions with pH values lower than 5.5 can cause decay and erosion. Got it?

Click here to learn about the signs of acid erosion.

Are You a Mouth Breather?

June 10, 2015


This blog has covered many a wacky topic in its time, but even I didn’t see this subject coming: it may sound like a weird one, but did you know that mouth breathing is one of the most common causes of bite problems in children and adults?

“But Pasha, you have to breathe. That’s the way this whole being alive thing works.”

Fair point. I’m not saying, “No breathing!” because that would be creepy and weird. What I am saying is that breathing almost exclusively through your mouth can be harmful.

Causes of Mouth Breathing

When I say mouth breathing, I mean the subconscious intake of breath almost solely through the mouth. Okay, breathing is a subconscious process, (unless it’s me playing basketball, in which case it’s a very conscious and immediate series of desperate gasps at life-giving oxygen) but you know what I mean. Mouth breathing is caused by anything that obstructs your airways- things like enlarged tonsils, adenoids, and a deviated septum- and makes it difficult to breathe through the nose.

Breathing through your mouth isn’t really a problem if you can, and do, also breathe through your nose. Depending on their severity the above conditions can force you to breathe only through your mouth. When this is the case you can run into problems. The biggest issue is that most people don’t notice their mouth breathing, or may not recognize it as anything unusual.

Click here to learn about the consequences of mouth breathing.

Thanks For Coming to Our Summer Kick Off Party!

June 1, 2015


Phew. Anyone else still stuffed from Sunday’s Summer Kick Off Party? What a great day.

I’d like to thank everyone who came out, said hello, ate some amazing food, and stayed for a visit. The event would not have been the same without you. In particular thank you to the folks at Caplansky’s Deli, who drove their truck full of deliciousness toward to the top of the 404 and into our parking lot.

I’d also like to thank Canvas and Candy for the wonderful face painting and balloon animals (I liked the parrots best). You can check them out at www.yourfaceismycanvas.com, or at www.tomhortonstalent.com.

You gotta love it when a community comes together and hangs out; I know I sure do.

Make sure to visit our Events page to see what other fun events we have coming up.

Click here to see pictures from the event!

Cheers,

Dr. Pasha

What Causes Bad Breath?

May 26, 2015
halitosis


Halitosis (chronic bad breath) is a tough subject; I talk about with patients all the time. They’re embarrassed, often because they don’t know how to fix the problem. This is, of course, if they even know that there is a problem. Which raises the biggest issue: many people with genuine halitosis don’t know that they suffer from the condition.

Halitosis comes with significant social stigma, and can isolate someone in the same way as chronic body odour. Halitosis falls into three distinct groups:
  • Genuine halitosis- often difficult for a person to be aware of
  • Pseudo-halitosis- when a person suspects that they have bad breath but do not
  • Halitophobia- when, after successful treatment of genuine halitosis or pseudo-halitosis, a person thinks that that they still have the problem

Common Causes of Halitosis

In 90% of genuine halitosis cases, the mouth is the source of the problem. The odour comes from bacteria present below the gumline and on the back of the tongue. Decomposing food particles, cells, blood, and saliva’s chemical components all contribute to the unpleasantness. When bacteria accumulates around the teeth and gums they cause a localized infection. As bacteria accumulates, a bad odour, or halitosis, develops in the mouth. This happens slowly, often without people noticing.

In the remaining 10% of cases, many different conditions account for the problem, including disorders in the nasal cavity, sinuses, throat, lungs, esophagus, and stomach.

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ten myths of oral health

The 10 Myths of Oral Health

March 08, 2015

I’m not the guy to go to for celebrity gossip; there’s too much to keep track of: too many names, too many husbands; too many boyfriends. So, like anything else, I stick to what I know. And what I do know, and what you’ll hear emphasized here blog repeatedly, is the importance of oral health.

This week we’ll look at common mistakes people make in their approach to oral health. These mistakes are easily made, because, like me with the star gossip, being well-versed oral health likely isn’t your thing. You probably know the basics and that’s it: brush; floss sometimes; and go see Pasha when you’re in pain. Friends, it can be so much better! Let’s use the info below to help improve your daily approach to oral care.

  1. There’s no right way to floss | Contrary to popular thought, there IS a right way to floss. Click here for tips on flossing best practice.


  2. If my gums bleed, I should stop flossing | In truth your gums likely bleed because you don’t floss often enough. Poor technique along with an irregular flossing schedule makes it more likely that your gums will bleed. Try flossing regularly (daily if you can), and make sure to visit me two times a year.


  3. Once I’ve had a filling put on a tooth it won’t get cavities again | There’s always a risk that you can develop a cavity on a tooth with a filling, especially if the filling isn’t cleaned properly or you grind your teeth at night. See this post for more information.


  4. I can only get cavities by eating candy | I’m afraid not. Acids are just as bad as sugar for causing cavities in your teeth. Your teeth are at particular risk when you consume things like pop, which is high in sugar and very acidic. Time to reconsider that Diet Coke habit!


  5. My teeth don't hurt, which means they’re ok | For this one, I say Yes and No, but mostly No. Most cavities aren’t painful until they reach an advanced stage. Dental pain usually indicates a problem ignored for too long, which is why I recommend a preventative approach that includes regular check up appointments.


  6. All wisdom teeth need to be removed | Not the case. Only wisdom teeth that cause food traps or don’t have enough room to grow should be removed. Your dentist can let you know if your wisdom teeth are in a position to cause trouble down the road.


  7. Tooth sensitivity is normal | Tooth sensitivity is a common problem, but it isn’t a normal problem. In the main, it could indicate an underlying issue in the teeth. If you’re experiencing prolonged sensitivity, please make an appointment with me so I can check the sensitive area to make sure there are no larger problems.


Click here to read more about the myths of oral health.

Four Reasons Why You May Have to Change Your Old Fillings

January 19, 2015

No one likes a cavity. They aren’t any fun and they don’t feel good. And there’s worse news still: did you know that even after you’ve had a cavity filled you can still have another cavity on that tooth? Worse news, indeed. Let’s check out four reasons why you may have to change your old fillings. Like they used to say in the old GI JOE cartoon, knowing is half the battle.

You Have a Cavity Under Your Filling

What do you mean? Wait. WHAT?!?! Some people think that once you have a cavity filled another cavity can't occur on that tooth. Unfortunately, that filling isn’t the unfailing fortress that you may think. With enough bacteria around the teeth your fillings can fail, or new cavities can occur on a different surface on the same tooth. This new cavity can sometimes spread to the site of the old filling, causing it to fail as well. We can usually detect this type of behaviour with regular x-rays at check ups.

The Filling Is Chipped or Cracked

Chipping sometimes happens when fillings are placed on areas of the tooth that are under pressure, especially with patients who grind their teeth. These chips can lead to food traps (you don’t want these), cavities (ditto) or… more fillings. This is one of the main reasons why I recommend a night guard to patients who clench or grind their teeth.

Click here for two more reasons on why you my have to change your old fillings.

Winter Fun Is Calling...

January 05, 2015

Did anyone else notice how COLD it is outside? When did winter happen? Why am I the last to know?

To be honest, I’m happy it’s cold out. As an active guy, winter offers so many awesome options it’s hard to know where to start. With hockey, snowboarding and indoor-just-about-everything-else, there are tons of ways to stay active and have fun. The drawback of course, is that they all bring with them a certain element of risk.

In recent years there’s been plenty of concern regarding sports injuries. In the blink of an eye you can go from situation normal to a chipped tooth or a severe concussion. Chips and fractures of the front teeth after sports-related accidents are relatively common. The situation to the right isn't the end of the world, but it's avoidable (and what’s the sense in being LESS pretty than you already are if you can help it?).

The good news is that we can treat chips like these relatively easily. However, knowing that prevention is the best medicine, you should consider a mouth guard along with the regular protective gear for whatever sport you’re doing. It’s the simplest way to protect your teeth from chipping and fractures during these activities.

When Should You Wear a Mouth Guard?

Choose a mouth guard when there is a chance of your head making contact with other participants or a hard surface. Winter sports where this can happen include hockey, lacrosse, football, basketball, indoor soccer, lacrosse and snowboarding.

Click here to learn about what types of mouth guards are available.

Do I Have a Toothache or the Flu?

December 01, 2014

The long months of winter can be sensitive times. If the pressure of filling your shopping cart with the pined-after items of loved ones isn’t enough, there’s the added peril of dodging a cold or the flu while recovering from a holiday spent wallowing in excess. It can all be too much, especially when a virus finally hits.

Sometimes the worst of it comes when your sickness finally ends. Have you ever felt like you have a heavy toothache immediately after recovering from a cold or the flu? The discomfort can be awful, especially after all you’ve been through with that recently vanquished virus.

When you experience stuffiness and congestion (a common symptom of colds and flu), the roots of your upper teeth near your sinuses grow tender. During flu season I regularly see patients who come in with a toothache, only to learn that their sinuses are causing their discomfort. You can avoid this visit with a simple test to determine if your symptoms are caused by a problem with your teeth or elswhere.

Click here to take the test!

Cheese: An Ode

November 18, 2014

As foods go, cheese is the most glorious thing I’ve ever known. You might think I’m exaggerating for the sake of this blog, but this isn’t the case. Cheese and I have a past, and our love affair was renewed during, of all times, my honeymoon in France this past summer.

My wife and I spent a wonderful three weeks driving through France, sampling the gastronomy of its different regions gastronomy. Fine wine and meats were on offer at every turn, and everything tasted as though it had been soaked in butter (not a bad thing). Amazingly, neither of us gained any weight! Everywhere we went we found cheese, and I could not get enough.





Where this post is concerned, my trip to France doesn’t tell the whole story (you might have known that as a dentist I’d find an oral health angle to all of this). What does cheese have in abundance? Flavour? Yes. Delicious, unearthly texture? That too. What else does it offer that would make only a dentist happy?

Calcium.

Click here to learn more about the benefits of calcium.

It's Your Tongue. It's a FACT

November 10, 2014

Tongue Facts, Everyone!

The tongue is perhaps the strangest and most useful muscle in the human body. Every day we employ it for various duties with hardly a second thought: licking, chewing and sucking, speaking, tasting, swallowing and even (ahem) kissing. Such a wonderfully versatile instrument deserves its due; hence the following list of six facts celebrating the tongue.

The Tongue is a Muscle

The tongue is a special group of muscles called a muscular hydrostat. This means that, like an elephant’s trunk and octopus’ tentacles, your tongue operates without help from your skeletal structure.

The Tongue Keeps Things Clean

Your tongue is a natural cleaner. Its physical utility moves food around your mouth and from your teeth while massaging small saliva glands that produce saliva to aid in chewing and digestion.

The Tongue Has Taste, Bud

Not all taste buds are located on your tongue. About 10% of them are found on your cheeks and the roof of your mouth. Also, the bumps on your tongue aren’t the actual taste buds. They’re called papillae, and they house your taste buds (which can’t be seen) and help anchor the mucous membrane to the tongue.

Click here for more fun facts about the tongue.

Six Degrees of Vitamin A and Halloween

October 26, 2014


Remember the game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, where you pick an actor and then name actors they’ve worked with until you land on a Kevin Bacon film? Try it on a road trip- it’s an easy way to kill an hour- in most cases it won’t take more than a few moves before you get to Kevin Bacon. In this post I’m going to do something similar, but instead of actors, I’m going to relate Vitamin A to Halloween.

Let’s talk Vitamin A, first. This essential mineral helps maintain healthy saliva flow, ensuring that bacteria and other harmful substances are washed from the teeth. Vitamin A is also a necessary agent in tooth enamel production. Tooth enamel is the outer shell of your teeth that prevents the activity in your mouth from becoming a bunch of ouches. According to the American Dental Hygenist’s association, “a tooth’s enamel contains Keratin, a type of protein, and requires Vitamin A for its formation.”

Where’s the Halloween link? Easy: this Friday you’ll go out and haul in a bunch of candy. In the weeks following you’ll consume this candy in a voracious binge of calories and sugar. Confectionary substances stick to your teeth like nothing else and ensure that the sugar gets a good look at the weakest parts of your tooth enamel. Loading up on vitamin A will help your saliva production, which will help with removing this remnant material from your teeth. You’ll also have stronger tooth enamel as a result of increased Vitamin A intake.

Read more to learn about how to maximize your Vitamin A intake!

Brushing Saves: Proper Brushing Technique

October 04, 2014

With seven billion people on the planet opinions on the best way to brush one’s teeth are bound to differ. Some of us are convinced that we need to scrub with hard-bristled brushes to get teeth clean. Others believe that brushing in the morning is all that’s needed.

I regularly get questions around oral care in four main areas:

What type of toothbrush/toothpaste to use?
  • Are electric toothbrushes any good?
  • What type of flosses to use?
  • How else can we clean our teeth?

The Toothbrush

A soft-bristled toothbrush is the best choice for the health of your teeth. Damage caused by brushing is a common source of problems, particularly with hard bristle brushes that can cause gum recession and/or wear on the necks of the teeth.

Corrective measures are available, though prevention is the best route. I recommend using an electric toothbrush. They’re more expensive than regular toothbrushes, but they employ the correct motion for cleaning your teeth without traumatizing you gums or tooth structure.

If you continue with a manual brush it’s important to use proper technique. Below is a video demonstrating the “away from the gums” brushing technique.


Click here to learn about dental floss and mouthwash

Useful Allies: Dental X-Ray

September 21, 2014


Full disclosure: even with those fancy handle-mirror thingies that us dentists have there are areas in the mouth we can’t see with the naked eye. In fact, there’s not much of the human body that we can see, which is why X-Rays come in pretty handy. They're incredibly useful ways of identifying issues in all areas of the body. Why? Because they can see inside you.

X-Rays are medical imaging processes generating highly powered electromagnetic waves that penetrate things like bone and muscle. X-Ray machines emit these waves in focused streams and, like cameras, record what they see. The electromagnetic waves that comprise X-Rays are actually classed as radiation, which is a term - and a thing - not overly revered by much of the population.

As you may know, any type of radiation can negatively affect our bodies. Light and energy from the sun are perhaps the most prevalent examples of radiation to which we’re constantly exposed. As science better understands X-Rays and their impact on patient health new ways to mitigate their impacts continue to be made available.

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Change Your Toothbrush... Please.

September 15, 2014

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There’s a fair amount of myth making out there about the role your toothbrush plays in getting you sick. I often get questions about how often toothbrushes should be replaced, based on the notion that they’re likely to carry more germs as they age.

The truth is that the microorganisms found on toothbrushes don’t make you sick. Toothpaste has a built in antiseptic that kills most germ-carrying microbes on contact. These microbes need moisture to survive, so as a rule of thumb, if your toothbrush has time to dry after you use it you should be in good shape. Right about now would be a good time to change your brush Right about now would be a good time to change your brush

When to Replace Your Toothbrush

As for replacing your toothbrush, the American Dental Association recommends a new one every three months. The same applies to your brush head if you use an electric type . These recommendations pertain more bristle wear than germ accumulation, and depend on the brusher, not the brush. If, for example, you brush with the heavy hand of the Mighty Thor your bristles may wear out a little sooner. The key is to pay less attention to the calendar than to the shape of your bristles. When you can see the latter heading off in different directions it’s probably time for a change.

Still in the realm of brush replacement, remember that you use your hands to “operate” your toothbrush, so if you’re just getting over a heavy cold or similar illness, changing your brush is a good idea.

Click here to learn about how to protect your toothbrush when you travel.

All About Oil Pulling

September 07, 2014
This guy is probably not oil pulling, but his mouth is full and his friend has a beard.


Have you heard of oil pulling? This topic is so trendy right now that even my buddy, who - bless him - takes little more than a passing interest in my profession, asked me about it the other day. What is it? Does it work? Is it all it’s made out to be? What’s with the weird name? As is my custom, I did a little digging to get to the bottom of things for you.

Oil pulling is an ancient method of cleaning the teeth using sesame oil, safflower oil and other vegetable oils (coconut oil is also popular). One takes a teaspoon of oil into their mouth and swishes it around like mouthwash for up to 20 minutes. The practice is meant to clean and whiten the teeth and remove bacteria.

Oil pulling is rooted in a system of natural medicine called Ayurveda, which dates back 5,000 years. Supposedly Tibetan medicine, as well as Traditional Chinese and Greek medicines, embrace many of the techniques described by Ayurveda. So, there’s a bit of heft behind the practice of oil pulling, but does it do anything for your oral health?

Oil Pulling: The Evidence

Anecdotal evidence suggests that swishing with some oils reduces bacterial count around teeth. Studies on the subject are hard to find. One suggests that subjects practicing oil pulling for up to 20 minutes on a regular basis reduced the amount of dental plaque in their mouths. Another study comparing oil pulling to the use of a clorhexidine rinse found clorhexidine to be far more effective in reducing certain bacterial levels in plaque and saliva.

Click here to find out whether or not oil pulling helps with whitening.

Top 6 – Back to School Snacks

August 24, 2014

Take it from a man who loves his food: good snacks are important.

They have to be tasty, convenient, and keep you going between larger meals. When done right, snacking is good for energy levels and will keep your metabolism firing, which is good for maintaining your weight.

When it comes to children, snacking is vital to ensuring enough energy to stay focused at school (and maybe get into a bit of trouble afterward). Naturally, we feed our kids breakfast and send them to school with lunch, but a good selection of snacks they can enjoy at recess or on a break will do them good.

As if feeding our kids isn’t enough, we still have to worry about WHAT to feed them. Dumping chips and processed snacks into your daughter’s lunch is nice as a treat, but shouldn’t be the norm. These foods are delicious, but they don’t provide the nutrients needed for sustained energy levels. Also, they’re often more expensive than the natural options that end up being better for you.

So, what are the right snack or foods? Here’s a list of my picks for healthy back to school snacks for kids:
  1. Cheese

    Cheese is a great source of calcium and protein, and it tastes amazing. I’d recommend providing cheese sticks from a proper brick of cheese rather than processed slices.


  2. Veggie sticks

    Healthy, crunchy and good for vitamins, you can really spice up a lunch with a tub of colourful veggies. If your child complains that their veggie sticks are bland or taste funny, try serving them with…


  3. Hummus

    Delicious, healthy and high in energy, hummus, made out of chick peas, is a much better option for dipping vegetables than ranch dressing or other pre-fab dips. Try your hand at making it yourself, just go easy on the garlic.
Click here for three more healthy snack options!

Baby Teeth Need Adult Care

June 24, 2014

Are cavities a result of genetics? Should we resign ourselves to a mouthful of cavities because our parents had “bad teeth?” I hear this all the time, and there isn’t a simple answer. Some people have softer teeth that are prone to greater decay, and pin their dental problems on genetics. Others place the blame squarely on diet and oral health. While I’m inclined to argue for the latter, there are two considerations: 1) bacteria remain the biggest culprit in tooth decay; and 2) parents play an important role in developing good oral hygiene habits.

Infants and Bacteria

When it comes to your infant child, proper oral care is important. Admittedly it can be difficult to brush and floss teeth that have yet to arrive, but we can take steps to ensure that the mouths of our youngsters stay relatively free of decay-causing bacteria.

Cavities occur when bacteria in the mouth break down sugars and create acids (2). These acids then erode tooth enamel, eventually creating cavities. After birth an infant’s mouth is introduced to bacteria through contact with their parents. The sharing of spoons, forks and cups is a primary cause, along with close contact through play and day-to-day affection.

The number and type of bacteria depend on the condition of the mouths of parents and those in close contact with the child. For this reason it’s important for parents to maintain good oral hygiene in this stage of an infant’s life.

Click here to learn about the importance of good oral hygiene and eating habits.

June Whitening Promotion

June 01, 2014

Get your grin gleaming at the Whitening Clinic with our June whitening promotion. This month we’re offering both of our whitening products for 30% off the regular price– which includes bleaching and free cosmetic consultations.

Purchase the Boost or ZOOM whitening system – regularly $450 – for $315, or try our take home whitening system – regularly $250 – for only $175.

Whitening packages come with a 30 to 40-minute consultation that includes taking photographs and moulds of your teeth, as well as a free cosmetic assessment from Dr. Pasha.

For more information on the Whitening Clinic’s June whitening promotion, please call our office (905-727-7043) or email us at: info@wellingtonauroradental.com.

Staining and Bleaching

May 24, 2014

Perhaps you’ve heard scare-stories about the impact of wine, coffee, and smoking on the colour of your teeth. I have news for you, friends: the rumours are true. Nearly everything that you put in our mouth - food, drink or otherwise - will stain your teeth in some way.

In many cases your teeth will stain without your knowledge. For example, did you know that over time white wine changes the colour of your teeth as much as red wine? There’s a ton of science behind stained teeth, but I’ll steer clear of it for your sake. The take home message is this: your tooth enamel is porous, and over time the substances you consume, will wear down the enamel and leave stains.

Along with the usual suspects, what other substances are teeth up against when it comes to staining? To help you out, I’ve put together a quick list:

Wine: red and white (!) Tea and Coffee: Black tea is actually more potent than green or white tea, and even coffee (it’s always the ones you least expect) Smoking (You’re still smoking? Wait, really?) Acidic Drinks: The pH value in Cola is often very low, which means it has strong acidity (in some cases similar to battery acid). When you consume these drinks, especially if they contain food coloring, you risk discoloration to your teeth, not to mention harmful acid erosion. Richly coloured sauces: soy sauce, tomato sauce, etc. Spices with strong colours, like turmeric and curry Deeply coloured fruits, like berries, and their juices Coloured candy and popsicles

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