Category: Dental Facts

Oral Effects of E-Cigarettes

We often see electronic cigarettes or simply e-cigarettes marketed as a much safer alternative to traditional cigarettes. However, new research says it may not be the case, especially when it comes to your oral health. According to researchers, the chemicals that are found in e-cigarette vapour are as damaging – if not more damaging – to mouth cells a ...

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Is Your Child’s Nail-biting Affecting Her Teeth?

Did you know that around 30% of kids between the ages of seven and 10 bite their nails? Yes, it’s true! Your child is not the only one who has this annoying and harmful habit. But whether your little one is doing this consciously or subconsciously, you should address it immediately because of the oral health and overall health consequences that you might n ...

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Is Your Pregnancy Affecting Your Oral Health?

When you are pregnant, you worry about everything – your child’s health, your health, your weight, your skin, and many other things. The last thing you probably think of is your oral health. Well, you should know that you should never neglect your gums and teeth during your pregnancy. There are special oral health concerns that pregnant women should w ...

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Bad Breath and Wisdom Teeth – Is There a Connection?

Wisdom teeth are thus called because they are normally the last ones to appear and at a relatively late age. In some instances, wisdom teeth or third molars don’t fully come out of the gums. In such cases, they are called impacted wisdom teeth. These impacted teeth may cause infection due to bacterial growth and even bad breath. This can be addressed by ...

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Why You Shouldn’t Miss an Appointment with Your Dentist

It is highly recommended for everyone to make dental appointments at least every six months. However, some people go as long as three years or more without visiting their dentist! This is alarming. Why do Canadians skip their dental appointments? There may be a number of reasons, including busy schedules, forgetfulness, dental anxiety, and more. However, ...

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Dealing with Sensitive Teeth

Sensitive teeth can be such a drag – especially if you love ice cream! But did you know that there are a number of things that can aggravate sensitive teeth, including certain foods and brushing. What used to be a small annoyance can quickly turn into a painful problem. While it’s true that desensitizing toothpaste can provide temporary relief, it’s ...

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Dental Care Resolutions You Really Need To Stick To

Did you know that only about 8% of people actually achieve their New Year's resolution? This can be attributed to a lot of factors, including unrealistic expectations regarding the ease, the speed, and the consequences of their resolutions. What can you do then? Make more reasonable goals, of course! Because we want you to enjoy healthy and beautiful smil ...

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Hello! How are Your Gums Doing?

Have you ever noticed blood in the sink when you brush your teeth? Do you feel embarrassed at times because you believe you have bad breath? This could mean you have gum disease or gingivitis. If gingivitis isn’t treated at once, it can progress to an even worse dental health problem which is periodontitis. Most people brush their teeth twice a day, ...

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A Closer Look at Antibiotics in Dentistry

At Pickering Square Dental, your dentist provides dental procedures that are safe and comfortable; and for most patients, medication is not necessary. However, there are cases wherein the patient’s medical history indicates that he or she would benefit from what is known as “antibiotic prophylaxis”. What is Antibiotic Prophylaxis? Basically, it m ...

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What You Should Look for in a Toothpaste

We are still celebrating Dental Health Month, and we decided to focus the spotlight on a dental product that we do use every day – our toothpaste!   When you are purchasing a tube of toothpaste you can be one of these two: a.) passive –not really caring what kind you get and most likely to go for a reasonably priced toothpaste brand or b.) con ...

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What You Need to Know about Impacted Wisdom Teeth

It’s April again, folks! You know what that means – It’s Dental Health month! We think we’d start the month with this informative post about impacted wisdom teeth. So if you are wondering about wisdom teeth, what an impacted wisdom tooth actually is or if you need yours extracted, then this post is perfect for you.   Before we talk about i ...

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5 Ways You are Damaging Your Teeth Unknowingly

Most of us know how important it is to brush our teeth at least twice a day. Many of us religiously floss and rinse, too. But do you know that there are also a lot of people who are damaging their teeth on a daily basis without even knowing it?   Here we have listed  for you five ways you could be unknowingly damaging your teeth. Check it out and ...

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Cavities: Myths and Facts You Should Be Aware Of

Everybody, young or old, is afraid of dental cavities or what we commonly call tooth decay. Hundreds of years ago, ancient folks used to believe that worms are responsible for one’s toothaches. They are said to be boring their way into teeth. If a tooth was aching, then that only meant the worm is wiggling.   Now we all know that that particular ...

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Senior’s Teeth – As We Gracefully Age!

Since we were young, we always hear about how we should take care of our teeth. As we grow older, we begin to understand why we should be taking care of our teeth at such an early age. Maintaining good oral health habits is important most especially because unhealthy bacteria in the mouth can harm not only your teeth, gums, supporting bone, but they may also ...

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Different Types of Mouth Sores

You might have, at some point in your life, experienced having a mouth ulcer. Mouth ulcers are painful sores developing in the mouth. They are uncomfortable and painful for some, but they are usually harmless and clear up by themselves within a week or two. Mouth ulcers are common but when your ulcer has lasted for longer than three weeks, you should visit D ...

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Are You Taking Care of Your Tongue?

You might be conscious when it comes to your teeth and gums and the routine for brushing and flossing, but is it the same with your tongue? Our tongue is a pretty awesome part of our mouth. It not only helps us chew our food, speakclearly, but it also plays an important role in our dental and overall health. If we fail to take care of our tongue, it can cr ...

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Dr. Marvin Lean: The Ontario Dentist for All Ages

Some people, both young and old, tend to be scared of dental procedures and dentists, in general. It might be due to an old and painful experience with a dental procedure, or it could be a dentist that wasn’t too caring during a procedure. For whatever reason, neither dentists nor dental procedures should be deemed as scary.  Here at Pickeri ...

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Guide to Your Child’s First Dental Visit

Experts recommend that a child’s first dental visit should be by the age of 1 or within 6 months after his or her first tooth comes in. Some dentists recommend that a child should see a dentist for the first time by their first birthday – with two-time annual dental check-ups. For toddlers, the first trip to the dentist might be a scary thing. ...

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Bruxism (Teeth Grinding) & How to Overcome It

Maintaining oral health is not just about brushing and flossing your teeth regularly. Sometimes, unconscious habits such as bruxism can also destroy the structure of teeth. Bruxism is a habit that involves grinding of the teeth. This often occurs during times of excessive anxiety, stress, anger, and other negative emotions. However, if a person does it con ...

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Fruit Juices and Smoothies: Are They Bad for Our Teeth?

Contrary to popular belief, it is not just sugar that damages our teeth, but acid, too. Acid is usually found in frizzy drinks such as sodas, and wines. However, another source of acid would be… fruit juices. Yes, you read it correctly. Though fruit juices are healthy for the body, they might not be too healthy for our teeth. Fruit juice contains co ...

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Summer Fun: Keep Your Teeth Safe

Summertime is the perfect time to be with your family and friends, and have fun under the sun! Since you will probably be thinking about all the good things you will be doing, you might neglect your teeth – but you shouldn’t. Here are some tips on how you can keep your teeth safe and shiny this summer: Rinse your mouth after swimming The a ...

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How to Beat Dental Problems and Stay Smiling

Some people tend to take oral health for granted. They only pay attention to their mouth when they experience throbbing and incessant pain. Some fail to make their oral health their priority and use their busy schedules as their excuse. However, your oral health is as important as your overall health. Here are some ways on how to beat dental problems and s ...

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Why It’s Time to Prioritize Your Oral Health

Oral health is not limited to your appearance and sense of well-being – it is also essential to your overall health. Achieving that ‘winner smile’ is something that requires hard work and extra care for your teeth. Even when you’re going through tough times, you still have to include regular dental care in your priorities. Cavities ...

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How to Convince Your Children to Brush Their Teeth

If adults, who are aware of the importance of brushing their teeth still forget to do so, what more can you expect from children? Parents are supposed to brush their kids’ teeth until they turn 7. It might not be the most pleasurable experience – children might detest the act and it gets messy – but it is essential. The Best Approach ...

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Stop Taking Your Teeth for Granted

Strong and healthy teeth are more than just aides in the digestive process of chewing and breaking down food. They are also more than just making you more attractive – a healthy and beautiful smile allows a person to speak and eat with confidence. This is why teeth should not be taken for granted. Many predisposing factors can lead to tooth loss such ...

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Why Root Canal Therapy Is More Important Than You Think

Root canal is probably one of the most dreaded procedures of dental patients. However, it really is not that bad... root canal definitely relieves you from a nagging toothache and infection or abscess.  Teeth are meant to last for a lifetime, however, inevitable injuries or deep cavity damages the teeth. Thus, the insides of the teeth become infected. ...

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How Proper Oral Hygiene Improves Your Overall Health

Not a lot of people know that a healthy mouth equates to a healthy body.  Did you know that just by a swab of saliva, a doctor can tell a lot of things about what’s going on inside your body? Our mouths are helpful in detecting early signs and symptoms of certain systemic diseases (diseases that affect our entire bodies, not just one of their pa ...

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4 Qualities You Really Need in a Toothbrush

In order to have good oral hygiene practices, it is also important that we use the right type of toothbrush. Partner that with proper brushing techniques and good fluoride-containing toothpaste – you are sure to remove plaque from teeth effectively. Toothbrushes don’t just clean the teeth, they also help in keeping the tongue and gums clean. He ...

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3 Tips for Preventing Toothaches

Toothaches are unforgettable.  If you’ve ever had one, you’re sure to remember how it felt.  Usually, toothaches are either dull, sharp, or worse, throbbing. Toothaches are triggered differently, often, depending on the degree of damage to the tooth, gum tissue or supporting bone.  Some teeth hurt when there’s applied press ...

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Why We Love Brushing Our Teeth (and You Should, too!)

Some people think that brushing one’s teeth is just to keep our breaths smelling good and our teeth pearly white. There must be something more than just those two reasons since brushing our teeth had been important since we were kids. Despite how long you’ve known that it is essential, you still tend to forget to brush your teeth as often ...

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What You Need to Know About Baby Teeth

Baby teeth, medically termed as deciduous teeth, are the first set of teeth in the growth development of humans and other mammals. They are also called milk teeth, and now more commonly primary teeth. They develop as early as the embryonic stage – while in the fetus – and become visible in the mouth during infancy. They are meant to be lost and ...

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How to Help Your Teething Infant

Do your baby’s cries keep you up in the middle of the night? Is he/she still crying even after you’ve just fed them, changed his diaper, and tried rocking him gently to sleep? Maybe he’s in distress. Maybe his tummy is aching Or maybe… maybe your baby is teething. Teething usually occurs somewhere between 2 and 12 months, ...

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Probiotic Ice Cream Could Improve Your Child’s Oral Health

As a parent, it’s important you review the latest marketplace data and take in the latest research on your child’s oral health. The industry is continually evolving and discovering new products that can offer a beneficial impact for your child and their long-term dental care needs. Within this post, we’ll examine one of the latest product ...

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Why Good Oral Health Matters For Seniors

Good oral health is important at any age, but especially for seniors as they are at a high risk of several dental health conditions. Seniors must closely follow a strict oral care regimen in order to protect their health and ensure they achieve comfort in their golden years. Within this article, we’ll look at the leading reasons oral health is so imp ...

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Why do I need to replace missing teeth?

After having a tooth extracted or losing a tooth due to an impact or disease, you face a number of treatment options. While some choose to simply leave the space in their mouth, this tends to have a number of consequences. Within this post, we’ll examine why it’s important to review your replacement options when you have missing teeth. Toot ...

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Why DIY Dentistry Is Something You Should Avoid

DIY dentistry is now a growing phenomenon throughout the country, as Canadians seek alternative means of completing their required treatments. It’s important to understand why DIY dentistry is so dangerous. And so within this post, we’ll examine the many problems that you can cause with a DIY approach to oral care. You Can Easily Miss Vital ...

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How Turmeric Can Help Treat Oral Cancer

 In recent years, there have been numerous studies conducted to measure the impact of natural products on our health. Now, we’ve recently discovered that the yellow spice turmeric could be beneficial in treating some forms of oral cancer. Our latest blog will go into further detail on the benefits turmeric provides and how you can begin to integ ...

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Oral Health Tips For Midlife

If you’re entering your late 40s and early 50s, you might have recently discovered your oral health deteriorating. We know from industry data that visits to dental practices peak at the midlife stage. Oral health care is a significant issue for all patients, but especially those in the older age brackets. It’s important to understand how to pro ...

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What Dietary Supplements Are Good For Oral Health?

With dietary supplements now more commonly available than ever before, it’s important that patients research the marketplace carefully and make sure they’re selecting the right products for their oral health requirements. The question regarding dietary supplements and oral health is one that we often receive from patients within our clinic and ...

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Did You Know That Plaque Could Help Prevent Disease?

Long thought of as simply a mass of bacteria that grows on our teeth over time, plaque apparently could offer great insight into our oral health. The latest studies completed by the Oral Microbiome and Metagenomics Research Lab (OMMR) at the Faculty of Dentistry have shown that plaque could be a more complex material that first thought. Within this post, w ...

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Dental Health Month in Focus: Three of the Most Common Dental Health Conditions Across Canada

As April is Dental Health Month across the country, we thought we’d provide a series of posts detailing the current climate of dental care in Canada. This first post looks into the three most common dental health conditions suffered across Canada. For Canadians across the country, this information could help prevent oral health issues and ensure comf ...

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5 Common Cavity Myths

Cavities might be a routine problem that dental professionals resolve every day, but that doesn’t means that that the general public hasn’t developed a misunderstanding on the ways in which cavities can occur. There are a number of myths around how to avoid cavities. And these myths often harm patients and prevent them from truly understanding ...

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Medical Conditions linked to Dentistry... Did You Know?

In the past decade, there has been a considerable increase in the amount of research on the connection between oral health and bodily health. The level of research time dedicated to studying this connection is due to the latest figures, which show that people with serious gum disease are 40% more likely to suffer from another chronic condition as well. It& ...

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Fillings 101: The Facts & Fiction

Patients often come to us with questions about dental fillings. There seems to a lot of confusion in this area of dental care and the fog of fiction continues to blur the facts. Fortunately, there continues to be comprehensive research taking place within the dental field to help provide guidance to patients. It’s important to understand the dental p ...

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Strange but True Dental Facts

Truth is stranger than fiction, and that applies to dental facts, too. Most people don’t think all that much about their teeth other than to go about their everyday routine to keep them clean. When something hurts, they call their dentist. Other than that, teeth aren’t usually a subject that most people spend a lot of time thinking or talking a ...

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