Early orthodontic treatment takes advantage of the time when young children’s bones and muscles are growing rapidly. This allows the dentist to influence growth and perfect the bite, accomplishing things that cannot be done as easily as the child ages, and prevent future bite problems. Early orthodontics can correct or prevent an unbalanced profile, overbite, under-bite, cross-bite, deep bite, open bite, overlapping or crowded teeth, difficulty chewing, open mouth breathing, speech problems, tongue thrusting, thumb sucking and jaw joint problems. Give us a call to our Caledonia or Simcoe Clinics to book an appointment for your child.
Do you grind your teeth? Some symptoms of grinding are: - A sore, tired jaw - Sensitive teeth - Loose teeth - Earaches - Neck aches - Clicking sounds when you open your mouth - Headaches - Severely worn and chipped teeth Although we often think teeth grinding happens in their sleep, it can happen at any time. Grinding your teeth is called bruxism. Stress is usually the most probable cause but often times the reason for the habit is unknown. When you grind your teeth you are causing much more damage then you realize. Teeth grinding can caused chipped enamel, worn-down teeth, cracked teeth, periodontal problems and damage to any work that has been already completed in your mouth. If action isn’t taken fast, bruxism may lead to jaw muscle or joint problems, some cases loss of teeth. The best treatment for grinding is a mouth guard. Bite adjustment, stress reduction, medication, and repairing damaged teeth may also be [...]
Good oral health is a critical part of overall fitness. The new year is the perfect time to design resolutions for establishing healthy habits. Whether it’s improving tooth brushing habits or completing dental treatment, wellness resolutions are always in season and the benefits of setting goals can be rewarding and motivating. Remember to make resolutions attainable by taking baby steps to achieve them. Avoid Gum Disease Daily brushing and flossing will help prevent gum disease. Improving daily oral care routines is a simple way to improve your health. For successful plaque removal, brush at least twice a day using a good toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste. Position the bristles at a 45-degree angle toward the gumline and move the toothbrush across the teeth. Floss at least once per day to remove unwanted goodies that may have accumulated throughout the day. Replace toothbrushes every 3 to 4 months. Dental Cleaning Get rid of unsightly plaque that builds up around lower front teeth [...]
Feeling anxious about visiting the dentist? Our office offers treatment to help relieve dentistry- related anxiety. As you use nitrous oxide, your feelings of anxiety will disappear. Some patients have described the feeling as floating. Nitrous oxide is a gas that is used in combination with pure oxygen to give you a calming effect that lasts only as long as your procedure. Nitrous is completely safe; it is recognized as the safest sedative used in dentistry today. While we know some children experiencing the dentist for the first few times may have extra worry, nitrous oxide is the safest most effective form of sedation to relieve your child’s fears and ensure you child has a positive experience. Nitrous oxide is fast acting, recovery time is short, and your level of sedation can be easily adjusted to your need. Read more Email us at: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
I have been a patient of Dr. Macdonald for many year, as well as my family. I feel Dr. Macdonald and his staff are always knowledgeable and professional. If my family and I have any issues with our dental health, Dr. Macdonald and his staff are always there to help in any way they can. In the case of an emergency with one tooth or another over the years, I have always been able to get an appointment very quickly to address the problem. I will continue to go to Dr. Macdonald for all my dental care. Candy Hemsworth
I leave feeling fresh and clean; I always enjoy the goodie bags so I can re-stock on my floss! Al gives me good updates on my oral health and gives me tips on what I can do to keep me with a nice, healthy smile. Juliana Roman
Question. Where do tooth decay occur? Answer: 90% between the teeth at the contacts. Question: Why does it occur? Answer: Due to the development of bacteria streptococcus mutans Question: How does it occur? Answer: The bacteria eats carbohydrates and excretes an acid PH of approximate 3.5 (very acid) which etched a hole in the enamel. The bacteria is anaerobic and acidophilic - it lives in the etched hole it creates and keeps enlarging the hole until no tooth is left. It likes the enamel-dentin (inside of the tooth) environment. Question: How do we stop it? Answer: Floss the contacts once a day. The floss brings neutral saliva PH to contacts which reduce the acid level (Ph 3.5) and therefore reduces acid etching (holes) from forming an enamel of contact points. The floss also brings oxygen to contact the anerobic bacteria and since aerobic - lives without oxygen), the oxygen kills the bacteria).