Brimley Dental Center has been known to serve Scarborough and surrounding areas for so many years. We earned the reputation for providing a high standard of dental care for families over generations in our relaxing, comfortable and friendly setting.
We believe an informed patient is able to take the best decision for their health and well being. We strive in providing a personalized treatment plan for each and every patient to assure and maintain a long term dental health .
If you're new to Scarborough and East Toronto area and in need of a Dentist, contact us today to book an appointment, we love meeting new patients, and we'd be honoured to work with you as your trusted lifelong dental team.
There is no higher reward for us than to see the healthy, bright smile of our happy patients.
Dr. Monica Dinca graduated from University of Western Ontario in 2008. She also holds a dental degree from Romania where she practiced for 3 years before immigrating to Canada in 2002. In 2006 she was accepted into the International Trained Dentists Program at University of Western Ontario and went back to school to have her studies accredited. In 2008 she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree and upon graduation she was presented with the Septodont award for the student with the best results in oral surgery.
She comes to the practice with excellent credentials. Following graduation she worked in London, ON in 3 of the city hospitals alongside renowned surgeons where she fine-tuned her skills in oral surgery. Since 2009 she entered private practice working as an associate dentist in dental offices in Peterborough, Kitchener, Hagersville and Hamilton.
She is a member of Ontario Dental Association, International Association of Dentists, and Royal College of Dental Surgeons. She is also a fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and World Laser Institute. She has a special interest in oral surgery, cosmetic dentistry and endodontics, but she equally enjoys family general dentistry. She has had extensive training in placing dental implants and she is a true believer in continuing education to keep up to date with the latest dental technology.
In 2013, The International Association of Dentists recognized Dr. Dinca as a Leading Physician of the World and a Top Dentist in Hamilton, ON.
Dr. Dinca is looking forward to meeting you and your family on your next visit to the office. She is making a long term commitment to both the practice and to the community.
Brimley Dental Centre is pleased to introduce Mrs. Yanmei Zhang. Yanmei is a certified denturist, fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese with solid experience in the dental field. She is a much welcome addition to our team.
From immediate, partial and full denture fabrication to denture repairs and implant supported dentures, YanMei can do it all!
YanMei Zhang and Dr. Dinca will work together to assure the patients will receive the most timely denture care available.
I am an internationally trained dentist. I was born in Venezuela and dentistry has always been my passion. It is very rewarding having two professions in Canada as a Registered Restorative Dental Hygienist and Denturist. My goal is to treat patients the same way as I would like to be treated.
I graduated from George Brown College’s Level 2 Dental Assisting Program in 2012. I am privileged to have joined Dr. Dinca’s dental team at Brimley Dental Center in June 2014.
As a dental assistant I am continually learning new things and my goal is provide comfortable patient care to all patients. My primary role is as a level 2 dental assistant, but sometimes you may also see me at the front desk.
I graduated from George Brown College’s Level 2 Dental Assisting Program in 2008, and then followed up by graduating from the school’s Dental Hygiene Program in 2012. I’m excited to be a part of Dr. Dinca’s team at Brimley Dental Centre.
As an RDH , I pride myself on being conscientious and meticulous. My goal is to always ensure my patients feel comfortable, providing patients with the utmost care and advice to practice great dental hygiene.
I am an Internationally Trained Dentist from Philippines, and have been practicing in Canada as a hygienist since 2008, being a graduate from the Dental Hygiene Institute in Hamilton.
I am dedicated to providing quality and personalized dental hygiene care to my patients of all age categories.
Our dental team is well experienced in all areas of modern dentistry:
Composite bonding can work wonders for your smile. Using materials that match the shade, translucency and the texture of your teeth, gaps between teeth can be closed, spots and discolorations can be eliminated, and your self-confidence can be enhanced through the improved appearance of your smile. The dentist will match the shade of your existing teeth and then tooth-colored composite resin is applied to the tooth much like the filling procedure.
The procedure is sometimes referred to as bonding because an adhesive agent is used to actually bond the resin to the tooth structure. The resin is hardened (cured) with a curing light and then shaped, contoured, and polished to give a cosmetic and natural appearance. Bonding is the least expensive cosmetic procedure and can be completed during a single dental visit.
Composite bonding is excellent for small defects in the teeth -- spots, chips, or gaps between teeth. For smile alterations involving an entire tooth or multiple teeth, porcelain is the material of choice.
Our practice offers a wide range of cosmetic dentistry options to provide each patient with individual dental care to achieve our goal of improving or maintaining the appearance of your smile.
Dental crowns and bridges fit over injured, discolored, or cracked teeth or fill the space resulted after dental extractions and protect the teeth from further injuries or damages helping also to the prevention of any toothaches or discomfort you may experience.
Crowns are used to restore both anterior and posterior teeth that have been broken or are at high risk of doing so due to large old fillings or fractures. There are a variety of materials used to design these reconstructions in laboratories. The crowns will look and feel close to your real teeth.
Crowns, also called caps are indicated if a significant portion of the tooth is missing. Usually, extensive decay, injury or root canal therapy, are the reasons when a crown is recommended. Crowns are usually either made of noble alloys, or porcelain. There are many different types of porcelain crowns and we will determine which type is best suited for your particular need.
During your first visit, we will prepare your tooth structure and then take an impression of the prepared tooth, make a temporary crown to place on the tooth, and send the impression to a dental laboratory to fabricate the crown. At your next visit, we will try-in the crown to ensure a good fit and then cement the crown in place. When a tooth is compromised by decay or damage, we may suggest a crown, inlay, or onlay. These restorations, made in a lab from fine dental porcelain, will blend seamlessly with your teeth, return the strength that you need for comfortable oral function, and maintain your all-white smile.
Bridges are fixed, or non-removable prosthesis constructed to replace one or more missing teeth. The teeth on both sides of the existing space are used to attach the bridge to restore functionality and esthetics. Materials used for this process are noble alloys, porcelain or porcelain fused to metal. Bridges are indicated whenever at least one tooth is missing. A bridge is composed of abutments and pontics.
Abutments are the supports for the bridge and consist of crowns placed on the teeth surrounding the empty space. The pontics are special crowns that span across the empty space and connect to the abutments. When teeth are prepared for a bridge, the abutments are prepared for crowns just as described in crowns. We will then take an impression of the prepared teeth, make a temporary bridge to place on the teeth to protect them and maintain their positions, and send the impression to a dental laboratory to fabricate the bridge. At your next visit, we will try-in the bridge to ensure a good fit and then cement the bridge in place.
Dentures are divided into two main categories: complete dentures and partial dentures.
Complete dentures are designed to replace the teeth in an entire arch when all the teeth are missing.
Partial dentures are used when there are still teeth present in the arch.
Complete and partial dentures can provide patients with a functional replacement when teeth have been lost.
Complete dentures consist of an acrylic base to imitate gum tissue, and the teeth that can be made of acrylic or porcelain. The denture base is made to closely fit the contours of the arch to ensure the denture is stable during normal oral functions such as eating, speaking, or swallowing.
Partial dentures can be made with a metal framework and teeth attached in the areas where the teeth are missing. The metal framework also has clasps or arms that extend out and fit around some of the existing teeth. The combination of the framework and the arms that wrap around some of the teeth keep the partial denture stable during normal oral functions.
There are a lot of indications for the patients wearing dentures in order to maintain the health of oral tissues. The dentist will provide all necessary information for patient education.
When you have a dental emergency give us a call and we will ensure we book you on the same day to take you out of pain. However, we are not a 24-hour dental emergency service and there might be days and times when none of the dentists is available.
Dental extractions are performed for a wide variety of reasons. Tooth decay that has destroyed enough tooth structure to prevent restoration is the most frequent indication for extraction of teeth. Other indications are related to impacted or problematic wisdom teeth and also to make space for orthodontic treatment in some particular cases.
Modern dentistry has allowed us to combine beauty as well as strength when filling teeth. Restorations are close to their original strength and appearance with composite resins and other modern materials. The patient comfort is always the main priority of the dental team, leading to a positive experience.
Fillings (restorations) are used to replace tooth structure that is decayed. Caries can be detected through direct observation or x-rays. Fillings are also used to repair fractured, broken, or severely worn teeth. The dentist will proceed to cavity preparation, removing any remaining decay and shaping the final cavity. The next step will be the addition of composite-resin filling material, cured (hardened) after with a curing light. The final step will be polishing the filling to adapt it smoothly to the natural shape of the tooth.
Composite fillings are very aesthetic restorations since they are available in natural shades matching tooth color. They are also being tolerated perfectly by all the patients. In some cases cavity preparation could become very large for usual fillings and the dentist will recommend an inlay or an onlay (partial crown), restorations designed to replace more tooth structure. Those restorations are made in a dental laboratory after the dentist has taken you an impression of the preparation. The final placement of inlay or onlay will be made in a second visit at the dental office.
Fillings do not last forever so it is essential that you visit the dentist regularly for further examinations. Fillings can develop cracks or simply wear down due to chewing forces. The dentist monitor the integrity of your fillings during regular exams and will recommend replacing a filling if a problem is detected.
Implants are indicated whenever at least one tooth is missing. If the missing space(s) is not filled, the teeth surrounding the space often drift, the opposing teeth in the other arch will erupt further into the oral cavity (hypereruption) which can change your bite, bone erosion can occur in the area, and even changes in speech might occur. The popularity of implants has increased steadily over the years.
Implants are designed to replace the root of a missing tooth and can be used to support dentures, crowns or bridges. The root-form implant is the most common type and basically consists of three main components:
Implant screwThis part of the implant is made of titanium and is surgically placed in the bone. Titanium is accepted by the body extremely well and fuses with the bone (called osseointegration) during the healing process.
AbutmentThis is a metal collar that attaches to the top of the implant screw and is the base for a crown, bridge, or denture.
Crown - The crown is the manufactured tooth that fits on top of the abutment. Bridges and dentures can also be secured to the abutment. The placement of the crown, bridge, or denture is the final step of the implant process.
Dental Implants are a strong and durable restorative option since they are installed into the jawbone. They are made to look, feel and function as natural as your real teeth and provide great cosmetic enhancement as well. While dental implants can cost more than traditional dentures, they provide a solution that will last for many years, or even decades. It is a very common question that we get from people in Scarborough – how much do dental implants cost? There are a number of determinants and they can vary so much that it’s hard to give a quick answer. Many times the cost of tooth implants can be a deciding factor in getting the treatment.
If you would like to get more detailed information about your specific case, please fill out our contact form or call us at 416-293-8063 to book an appointment with Dr. Monica Dinca.
Frankly speaking, without proper consultation with your dentist, it is very difficult to determine the cost of dental implants. It can vary considerably, depending on the quality of the materials used in the implant and prosthetic tooth — such as titanium and porcelain — as well as the time and skill required for the procedure itself. It also depends on the number of missing teeth that need to be replaced and the number of implant posts that are necessary to secure your dental restorations. Depending on the scope of your procedure, the cost of your treatment may very well be less or more than the average price.
Since dental implants are anchored into the jawbone, it is also important that your gums and teeth are in good health and that you have sufficient bone in the jaw to support implant posts. For some patients, bone grafting or other procedures may be required before the placement of dental implants. If you require any additional treatments in preparation for your dental implant surgery, these procedures will affect the overall cost as well.
For a lot of patients, dental implants could a relatively expensive procedure, but there are definitely a lot of benefits. Missing teeth create a gap that can affect how you look and how you chew. Besides the aesthetic value, in the long-term, your remaining teeth may shift and move as the forces on the remaining teeth are increased. This can lead to even more tooth loss in the future. Dental Implants definitely provide a safe and reliable foundation for fixed or replacement teeth. They improve your smile and self confidence as well make it easier for you to chew food properly. They look and function just like regular teeth therefore in many cases they are definitely investing in, despite the costs associated with them.
Dental Implantation can be done anytime after adolescence or when bone growth is fully complete. Certain medical conditions such as gum or periodontal disease may require additional treatment before the implant procedure can be performed.
To determine if implants are right for you, your dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums and evaluate bone density and quantity. This may involve X-rays and CT scans to ensure there is sufficient bone structure for placing the implant, and to determine exactly where the implant should be placed.
Based on the condition of your oral tissues, oral hygiene and personal habits, and commitment to follow aftercare instructions, your dentist will advise you of the most appropriate Dental Implant treatment plan. Some patients with insufficient bone or gum tissue require bone or soft tissue grafts or the use of smaller implants.
Call us now at 416-293-8063 to book a consultation with Dr. Monica Dinca.
Oral Surgery is the specialty of dentistry that includes the diagnosis, surgical and related treatment of diseases, injuries and defects involving both the functional and esthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the head, mouth, teeth, gums, jaws and neck.
It involves, but is not limited to: wisdom teeth removal, apicoectomy, TMJ disorder, facial trauma, corrective jaw surgery, oral pathology, dental implants, osseous tissue surgery, anesthesia and bone grafts.
Periodontal or gum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. It is a leading cause of tooth loss in Canadian adults. Good oral hygiene and regular dental examinations are essential in prevention and early detection of gum disease – which sometimes developing without any warning signs. The inflammation and infection of gums, ligaments, bone, and other tissues surrounding the teeth. Gingivitis (gums disease) and periodontitis (gums and bone disease) are the two main forms of periodontal disease also called gum disease or pyorrhea.
Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissues that support your teeth. Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is one of the most common infections today. More than 75% of North Americans over 35 years of age have some form of periodontal disease. Although many are infected, few know they actually have the disease. In a recent study, 8 out of 10 people surveyed believed they did not have periodontal disease, 7 out of 10 exhibited one or more symptoms.
Root canal therapy is an indispensable procedure in treatment of teeth that are severely decayed, infected, or broken. Root canal therapy can maintain your teeth life for more years, saving them from extraction.
The dentist will access the pulp chamber in the crown of the tooth and will reveal the root canals contained in the roots of the tooth. The infected nerve is removed and the canals are shaped using special files to smooth the walls and ensure no pulp tissue or infection is left. The canals are then filled with a special material that seals off the root canals.
A root canal is part of a naturally occurring space within a tooth that consists of the pulp chamber, the main canal, and more intricate anatomical branches that may connect the root canals to each other or to the surface of the root. The smaller branches are most frequently found near the root end (apex) but may be encountered anywhere along the root length.
Unfortunately, after root canal therapy the tooth often becomes brittle. To protect the tooth from fracture, it is recommended that a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy be restored with a crown.
Because of the complexity and difficulty of root canal therapy (due to multiple configurations and particularities of root canal in each individual) this treatment is always a challenge for the dentist. Sometimes is necessary to refer the patient to endodontists specialized in root canal therapy.
Plaque is a sticky substance that adheres to tooth structure and is teeming with bacteria. Over time, plaque becomes calcified (hardens) and at this stage, it becomes what is called calculus. Plaque and calculus are actually irritants to the tissues of your mouth. The reaction of your body to the irritants and the subsequent gum inflammation, gum recession, bleeding and eventual bone loss around the teeth constitute periodontal (gum) disease. The earliest stage of periodontal disease is called gingivitis (which is reversible) and is characterized by bleeding gums, especially when one brushes and flosses. If the disease is not addressed, it will progress to periodontitis, which is far more destructive, and is characterized by further gum deterioration, bone loss, and ultimately tooth loss.
Scaling and root planning are the most common form of treatment for periodontal disease. Scaling removes calculus (also called tartar) and plaque from the tooth surface above and below the gum line. Root planning smoothes the root's surface and removes any remaining calculus. When the amount of plaque and calculus to remove is extensive, the dentist will numb the area to make the procedure comfortable for you. A combination of sonic and hand instruments are used in the procedure. The sonic instruments remove the large deposits of plaque and calculus. Hand instruments are then used to remove any remaining tartar and ensure all surfaces of the crown and root are clean and free of bacteria. Sensitivity and soreness may be present a few days following treatment and usually can be relieved with over-the-counter pain relievers.
A follow-up visit is usually scheduled for four weeks following treatment to check the improvement of gingival status, and regular intervals (3 month and 6 month intervals are typical) thereafter to monitor the disease. The goals are to eliminate the active inflammation caused by bacteria and reduce the periodontal pockets around the teeth so they cannot trap plaque or calculus thus maintaining the present bone height around the teeth.
In office whitening can brighten your teeth by six to ten shades. Using a special, light-activated whitening gel, this procedure is a quick and convenient way to achieve the smile you've always wanted.
Tooth whitening is a procedure that can lighten the shade of your teeth and remove stain or discoloration caused by aging, certain medications, tobacco, coffee, and tea. Tooth whitening will not last forever, so the procedure will have to be repeated on a regular basis.
Tooth whitening can be done at home or in the dental office. The dentist will often take a photo of your existing tooth color to monitor your progress and compare the new lighter shade of your teeth throughout treatment.
For in-home whitening, the dentist will take an impression of your teeth and then make custom mouthpieces (trays) to fit your teeth. The dentist will give you a supply of bleaching gel (usually containing hydrogen peroxide) that is applied to the tray and then you will be instructed to wear the tray for a certain amount of time. Care should be taken to use only the prescribed amount of whitening gel as excess material can contact your gums and cause irritation.
In office whitening often takes between 30 to 90 minutes to complete and usually requires a few visits to the dentist's office to achieve the amount of whitening required. The whitening agent (again, a gel containing hydrogen peroxide) is applied to your teeth. Some of the in office whitening agents require special lights or heat for activation.
Both in-home and in office whitening can cause increased tooth sensitivity in some people. this is a normal side effect and usually subsides a few days after the whitening treatments have been completed. Whitening procedures should be avoided if you are pregnant.
Veneers are routinely used to cover teeth which are discolored, worn, chipped, or misaligned. Veneers are used for many of the same reasons as bonding but they involve a different procedure.
Veneers are thin shells of porcelain or resin that measure less than 1.5mm thickness. First, the dentist will prepare your tooth and then take an impression of the prepared tooth, possibly place a temporary filling in the space, and send the impression to a dental laboratory to have the veneers manufactured.
The veneer is then cemented into place. Although veneers are more expensive and time-consuming than bonding, they are less expensive and conserve tooth structure when compared to crowns.
Typically veneers are difficult to stain, making veneers a very popular solution for many people seeking that perfect smile. Strong and very durable, veneers last from ten to fifteen years, and come in colors that will brighten dark teeth without the worry of them changing color.
The following forms can be downloaded to your computer and printed at home.
By filling out these forms ahead of time you will save significant time on your visit. If you have any questions when filling out the form, please do the best you can, and our staff will assist you with your questions on the day of your appointment.
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At Brimley Dental Center, we are concerned about minimizing the amount of radiation you receive. That’s why we use digital x-rays. They offer the advantage of an 80 percent reduction in radiation, no need for film or processing chemicals, production of a nearly instantaneously image, and the ability to use colour contrast in the image.
Laughing gas is an odorless and colorless gas, officially known as nitrous oxide or N2O. For patients who get uptight or squeamish before or during dental treatment, this commonly used sedative and anti-anxiety agent can help promote a sense of relaxation, calm and general well-being.
Our sterilizers are tested daily with special biological indicators to insure that our patients receive dental care in the safest environment possible. We strictly follow the RCDSO guidelines for infection prevention and control in the dental office.
We use in our office the newest and the best dental materials available on the market today. We only use white filling materials because of its life-like properties and ability to bond to the tooth. Although safe, amalgams have shown to cause more tooth cracks due to the metallic tendency to expand in a warm environment.
Intraoral camera allows you to be an active partner in the dental treatment by enabling you to see what we see inside of your mouth. With a clear understanding of your dental conditions you’ll be able to make treatment decisions with confidence.
Cordless curing light
This modern curing light maximizes curing power of the deep fillings and by its small size offers a maximum patient comfort.
We follow the current Ontario Dental Association fee guide. If you need fees specific to your treatment, the doctor we will need to conduct a Complete Exam. The results of the exam will be presented to you along with digital x-rays, including a panoramic x-ray.
We will always attempt to bill directly your dental insurance. However, it is understood that the patient is ultimately responsible for fees associated with services rendered.
We expect that any balance not covered by the insurance company to be paid at the time of service.
We accept most insurance plans and payments by Visa, MasterCard, personal cheques, cash and debit cards.
Generally, we can advise you what treatments may or may not be covered under your plan. It is helpful if you bring in your current insurance booklet, so we can check the particulars for you.
Where there may be a large bill for treatment, we will advise you in advance so that you can make arrangements for a schedule of payments.
We will help you out. Your oral health is very important for you and the fact you don't have a dental plan shouldn't prevent you from getting the best dental care.
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Dr. Dinca has successfully completed extensive training for guided surgery and guided prosthetics for immediate full arch implant restorations.
If you have heard about “all in four” concept and would like to learn more details about teeth in a day, book a complimentary consultation with Dr Monica Dinca and find out whether you are a good candidate for this type of dental work.
Many patients are reluctant to have implants placed because it is a longer process. The Nsequence technique allows a patient to have in just few hours implants and a fixed restoration which functions exactly like natural teeth. Through this technique, Dr Dinca will be able to convert a full removable denture in an aesthetic and functional fixed prosthesis which will considerately improve the patient's quality of life.
Dr. Dinca and Brimley Dental Centre brought a little contribution to impoverished people in need of dental care by donating to a Jamaican dental clinic a sterilizer, 3 dental stools, tooth brushes and tooth pastes.
Our revolutionary teeth whitening gel consists of a solution that is safe for even the most sensitive of teeth. Carbamide Peroxide is an oxidizing agent most commonly used in whitening products. Iveri Whitening uses a concentrated blend of professional strength Carbamide Peroxide and Hydrogen Peroxide to deliver whitening results quickly. Potassium Nitrate, a key ingredient in Iveri Whitening gel, has been proven to virtually eliminate teeth sensitivity. And unlike other teeth whitening products, our gel uses Xylitol which not only sweetens the solution but more notably keeps your teeth hydrated throughout the whitening process.
In 20 minutes you will notice your teeth become 2-8 shades whiter. Now that’s something to smile about!
For optimal results, it is recommended that you have your teeth professionally cleaned prior to whitening.
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Besides some of good effects of the chewing gum among them increasing saliva production and freshing up the breath, this process has multiple side effects:
Baby teeth are very important for your child's health. Besides the fact they have an important role in facilitating speech and nutrition, they also maintain the space for the adult teeth to grow in the proper position. Poor oral hygiene may cause pain, infection and low self esteem for your child.
Establishing healthy dental habits from an early age such as brushing after breakfast and before bed, limiting frequency of sugar intake, and only sending your baby to bed with a bottle of water, not juice or milk, can set your child up for a lifetime of good oral health.
No, tooth loss is NOT inevitable.
Tooth loss is caused by PERIODONTAL DISEASE.
PERIODONTAL DISEASE is a serious gum infection that damages the soft tissue and the bone that supports the teeth.
Microorganisms, such as bacteria, stick to the surface of the tooth and multiply, provoking gum inflammation. Gums become swollen, red and bleed frequently, especially with brushing and flossing and teeth become loose.
Risk factors of periodontal disease are:
Brushing and flossing is the best you can do at home, on a daily basis, but there is hardened plaque, also known as tartar, which if it is not removed regularly can provoke gum tissue inflammation. Tartar can be removed only by professional dental scalers. Your hygienist “scrapes” the plaque off your teeth along the gum lines and slightly under the gums, allowing the tissue to heal. For most of the adult patients, this build up accumulates every 3 months, so it is important to see your dental care provider regularly in order to maintain your oral health.
If you have bleeding gums you think you should leave them alone to heal before you brush and floss. On the contrary, your gums bleed because they are covered in dental plaque and bacteria accumulated along the gum lines, provoking inflammation.
Brushing and flossing will help removing plaque from all the teeth surfaces and will help inflammation to come down. You will notice that after a couple of weeks of proper brushing and flossing the bleeding reduces considerably, and will gradually disappear if you continue using a correct brushing and flossing technique.
A good oral hygiene combined with regular visits to the dentist will keep your gums free of disease.
Some think that unless your teeth hurt you are ok not visiting a dental professional. In fact, most of the cavities don’t cause any pain until they become very large so they affect the nerve of the tooth. As well, periodontal disease is painless until the teeth have lost their bone support at which time the disease is already advanced.
Don’t wait till is too late, see your dentist regularly and have the minor problems addressed before they get more complicated.
Having the piercing may be cool, but research shows it can cause serious health problems.
Tongue and lip piercing can lead to teeth fracture, bone loss and gum recession. Constantly playing with a lip piercing can create gums bleeding and teeth enamel fractures. A more severe problem can be permanent damage of the lip or tongue nerves. Oral piercing is as well a potential risk factor for the transmission of herpes simplex virus, hepatitis B and C, and HIV.
Tongue piercing can result in difficulty chewing and swallowing food and speaking clearly.
Jewelry that becomes loose in the mouth can become a choking hazard and, if swallowed, can result in injury to the digestive track or lungs.
So think twice before having an oral piercing done!
Dr. Monica Dinca who practices as a general dentist in Scarborough has some advice for the parents in order to keep their children’s teeth healthy throughout their lifetime.
1. Don’t let the kids brush alone
Since most children don’t have the motor skills to brush effectively until they’re 8 years old, parents need to supervise brushing and check to make sure every surface of each tooth is clean. It’s not that they don’t want to do a good job, they’re just not physically capable yet.
2. Don’t put the baby to sleep with a bottle
It’s the easiest way to cause tooth decay, yet parents are still doing it. Whether it’s a bottle at bedtime or a sippy cup all day long, the habit keeps the sugar and bacteria levels in the mouth elevated all the time. If your baby wakes up at night for a bottle or to nurse, wipe out their mouth with a wet gauze or a soft cloth or brush if they have teeth.If you start early on it becomes part of the normal routine.
3. Book the children first dental appointment as early as possible
Expert say it’s common to see children 2 or 3 years-old who need to go under general anesthesia to treat cavities and infections. One of the explanations for this is that parents aren’t bringing their babies to the dentist early enough. The first trip should either be when the first tooth erupts or by your baby’s first birthday. Dental visits every six months from the get-go will also help your child feel comfortable—and even excited—to go every time.
4. Offer babies healthy foods
Bananas, raisins, and whole-grain crackers seem like healthy fare but foods that are sticky and have concentrated sugars like these will sit in the grooves of the teeth and create cavities. Instead of nixing them entirely, eat them with meals— when there’s more saliva— and always brush afterwards.
5. Don’t minimize the importance of treating the baby teeth
You might think treating a cavity is an easy fix, but cavities can affect your child throughout his lifetime. For starters, healthy baby teeth are necessary to maintain space for adult teeth. They help guide the jaw so it can grow. Plus, if a cavity becomes infected, it can affect the development of the adult teeth and if there’s an abscess, the child will likely need sedation to treat it. Cavities at an early age, especially if they’re not treated, can also lead to problems with speech articulation, poor sleep, and even low self-esteem and school performance.
6. Don’t be afraid of using fluoridated tooth paste
Last year, the American Dental Association revised its recommendations and now suggests children age 2 and under use fluoride toothpaste, too. Although fluoride is controversial, experts agree that the research is clear: it’s one of the best ways to prevent cavities. The appropriate dose, however, is key. For children 3 years old and younger, use the equivalent of a grain of rice, and for children 3 to 6 years old, a pea-sized amount is enough. Nevertheless, if you’re concerned about your child’s exposure to fluoride in the water and toothpaste, come to talk to the dentist at Brimley Dental Centre in Scarborough and we will advise you.
7. Reduce the amount of sport drinks
A common cause of tooth decay in older kids is sipping on sports drinks and soda at lunch, at games and at home. By bathing their teeth in acid all day, there’s no opportunity for the PH to re-balance. If you can’t persuade your child to completely nix it from his diet, encourage him to limit the amount, then drink it and be done with it.
Many would say chocolate is not good for your teeth, but research found that in fact chocolate is effective in fighting cavities, plaque and tooth decay. Cocoa extract is actually more potent than fluoride in preventing cavities. As well, raw chocolate and chocolate with less than 6 g of sugar can be beneficial to your dental health.
Compounds in coco bean husk have an antibacterial effect and helps harden the tooth enamel.
Moreover,chewing on cocoa nibs can help reducing garlic bad breath.
Our office is conveniently located on the south-east corner of Brimley and Sheppard on the ground floor.
Free parking is available.
The office is set up to accommodate handicapped patients as well.
We are accessible from the 401, and by public transportation including the Scarborough light rail system close to the Scarborough Town Centre.
Come and visit!
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