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Changes We’ve Made to Ensure Your Safety

During this time of Covid-19 and the vast amount of uncertainty that surrounds it, your visit to the dental office should be one of the last things to worry about. We know emergencies can happen at any time and the best way to prevent an unexpected dental issue from occurring is to keep your scheduled hygiene appointments and dental check-ups.

Many people however, are concerned about their safety in public places during this time and that includes dental visits. Here at Credit River Dental in Mississauga we understand this and we are taking Covid-19 very seriously. Your safety as well as the safety of our staff is our top priority and Credit River Dental has made a number of changes to an already safe environment in terms of office protocol as well as physical changes to address these infection control concerns. Our dental college’s guidelines gave us a general reference point in which to start our safety protocol and we have gone beyond these measures to ensure you and your family’s safety are maintained. This allows us to focus on providing you with the high quality of dental treatment you have come to expect. Some of the changes you will notice when you call and visit our office include the following:

When you call Credit River Dental to schedule an appointment, our patient coordinator will ask you a number of pre-screening questions related to Covid-19.

When you arrive at Credit River Dental for your appointment, call our office and you will be screened a second time and we will let you know when it is time to come in for your appointment as we are limiting the number of patients in our office at any one time. Upon entry to our office, your temperature will be taken prior to being seated. If for any reason there are concerns during your screening or your body temperature registers high (above 37.9 degrees) we may elect to reschedule your appointment.

Upon entry to Credit River Dental, after hand sanitizing, the first thing you will notice is that we have installed a plexiglass partition between you and our front desk coordinator to minimize the amount of aerosol contact during your interaction.

Once inside the treatment room, you will notice that we have added air purifiers in order to increase the air exchange rate within the room. For the past 9 years we have always maintained a hospital grade air purifier and have now added 2 more.

Prior to your appointment, you will then be asked to rinse with a 1% hydrogen peroxide solution for 60 seconds in order to reduce the microbial load in the oral cavity.

Doors have been added to each of our operatories in order to improve the efficiency of these air purifiers so that the air exchange is happening at a faster rate in a smaller space.

Our clinical attire includes disposable gowns, masks and face shields as an added level of protection.

After every patient appointment, the operatory is fogged with a hypochlorous acid based solution which has both antimicrobial as well as antioxidant properties. Hypochlorous acid is used as a hospital grade disinfectant.

After your appointment, you will then be directed when it is appropriate to leave, in order to minimize any potential contact with other patients in the office.

With these new safety measures we have put in place in addition to already stringent infection control protocol, we hope to alleviate any worries or concerns you might have regarding your next visit to Credit River Dental Centre. These recommendations are based in science and are actually over and above what has been recommended by our college guidelines as well as the CDC. We look forward to seeing you soon and we hope you are staying safe!

6 Things to Consider During The COVID-19 Pandemic

We all know that dental concerns and dental emergencies do not stop because of the COVID-19 Pandemic. As your Mississauga dentist we will be providing FREE dental consultation through video conferencing or through telephone call to discuss your dental concerns. We can be reached at (416) 937-5177. If you’re experiencing any dental pain or discomfort our team is on standby to ensure we can treat you in the event of a dental emergency.

WE ARE HERE FOR YOU!

During this time Social Distancing is a must.

If you or any of you family members are experience.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Runny Nose
  • Difficulty Breathing (More Severe Cases)

It has been recommended to self-isolate away from other family members to avoid cross-contamination.

Things to consider avoiding and what you can do during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  1. Make sure to do what you can to boost your immune system by
    • Having a cup of warm water and lemon daily.
    • Taking vitamin C tablets (make sure you take the right dosage for your age)
    • Eating fruits rich in vitamin C such as oranges, cantaloupe, grapefruit, kiwi fruit, mango, papaya, pineapple, berries, and watermelon.
    • Taking Immune Boosters such as Emergen-C and other immune boosting products (if you are taking tablets this may not be necessary or vice versa) – read product labels for any contra-indications.
    • Keeping hydrated by drinking water and following the 8 by 8 rule – eight glasses of eight ounces of fluid such as water daily.
    • Sleeping for at least 8 hours a day.
  2. Clean your hands. If hand sanitizer is not available, wash your hands frequently with hand soap.
  3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth as these are all portals of entry for the virus.
  4. Avoid high traffic areas which include grocery stores. Yes, we all need to provide food for our families so a trip to the grocery store is sometimes a must OR is it? If you must go to the grocery store minimize frequent visits by creating a list of your family’s needs so your visits are less frequent. It would be best to avoid the grocery store as much as possible so perhaps looking at other options such as online grocery shopping would be a better idea. Bigger stores such as Wal-Mart, Superstore, etc. offer home delivery as an option for a small fee or also offer mobile pick-up. There are also other private online grocery stores that special in home delivery that can be used. If online grocery shopping will not work for you, look at smaller, around the corner family like stores to do your shopping at. Call to see how busy they are before you head out.
  5. Make sure to also stock up on some essentials such as prescription medication, medication in the event that a family member becomes ill, and allergy medication if needed should be considered. Some pharmacies offer a delivery program as well or a mobile pick-up.
  6. Avoid unnecessary contact with elderly family members as they are the population most at risk. If you need to help a family member out with grocery shopping, picking up of medications, etc., leave them at the door for your family member to ensure their safety.

Reality is, is that we must assume everyone is a carrier since symptoms do not have to be present for the virus to be passed from one person to another. Therefore physical contact should be avoided if possible including handshakes and hugging.

Panic is the one thing that we must avoid during this time. Remember to enjoy the company of your family and the time you have to do things you may have put on the back burner like cleaning the house, finishing a project or just spending time together. This too will pass and when it does we look back and remember this time of social distancing when we have become the closest we have to one another.

As your Mississauga dentist we care about your health and hope that you take appropriate measures to survive this COVID-19 Pandemic.

We Care About What You Care About: Cario Toothpaste

At Credit River Dental Centre our goal is to help our patients maintain good oral hygiene and health smiles. We believe there that no two smiles are alike and recommend all treatments or products based on our patient’s needs.

One important home care adjunct we have brought to our office is Cario toothpaste made by Oral Science. The benefits of Cario toothpaste are that is it fluoride-free, gluten and GMO-free, and can aid in preventing tooth decay. It is ideal for those who choose to be fluoride-dree, vegetarians, and young children. Cario toothpaste contains xylitol which is extracted from natural resources therefore a great alternative for those who prefer no chemical products.

Cario toothpaste’s active ingredient is 25% Xylitol.  Xylitol is a sugar alcohol found in plants and vegetables. It looks and tastes like sugar but has fewer calories. It’s the only sugar that does not cause tooth decay and can reduce the dental bacteria which normally cause tooth cavity. Traditional dental fluoride kills germs and bacteria by contact.  However, Xylitol stops germs and bacteria by starving them so the acids that contribute to tooth decay are not created. 

It is designed for all ages including children and toddlers.  According to CDA (Canadian Dental Association) the use of fluoride toothpaste by children under 3 years of age is determined by the risk of tooth decay, and for children between 3-6 years of age only a very small amount of fluoridated toothpaste is to be used while an adult assists them in brushing their teeth. This is to avoid a child from swallowing fluoridated toothpaste during brushing and which can cause nausea and vomiting.

Cario toothpaste has two flavors which are spearmint and bubble gum. Spearmint is designed for people who like breath-freshening and cooling sensation with the mouth during and after brushing. Bubble gum flavors are great for kids or people who are sensitive to cooling or minty sensations.  Because of its very mild, pleasant flavor and taste children become encourage to brush their teeth regularly and develop good oral care habits for life. 

To maintain good oral hygiene and keep a beautiful smile every day, our team highly recommends following the homecare regimen recommended by our dental professionals.  If you have any questions and concerns related to your oral health please feel free to call Credit Rive Dental Centre at 905-278-4297.

You’re as Good as the Company You Keep!

My mother always told me, “Be careful of who you allow in, they should never give you reasons to let them out.” But, like any young teenager at the time, it was always who had the most friends, who was the most popular, who got to go to the nicest restaurants and fancy trips. We always craved quantity over quality, even if it wasn’t always good for us. Fast forward to 15 years later, I couldn’t agree with her more.

I’ve come to realize that having 500 friends couldn’t amount to the 5 close ones who I could run to anytime I needed to. I could go on dozens of trips, but only appreciate the memorable ones. I could visit multiple malls and still only go to my favourite store and always end up with a purchase. Even dating a number of people; yet only remembering the ones who I cared for the most. Life is so full of options and yet not all are always the best for us.

This also goes for the types of services that we obtain on a day to day basis. Whether it’s going for an oil change, buying a car, a house, the dry cleaners, and a family physician. With so many viable options, it’s hard to choose which may be the best. Nowadays, you hear about a good place that a friend or coworker raves about and you decide to give it a try because everyone is going there. Yet, when you do, it doesn’t seem to sway you, but it seems convenient enough, and you figure they must be doing it right if everyone else does. Sometimes we tend to forget that little gut feeling that even though it doesn’t feel right.

The dentistry world isn’t always one that gets looked as a pleasant place. It is this place where most people associate it with unpleasant experiences. Often times, when patients require dental work, they choose one that’s close and that’s cheap. Surely the service is all the same if the work is all the same right?

Well just like having 500 friends, not everyone is going to have your best interests at heart. Having to pay for a dental visit at a fraction of the cost but over 1000 times for the same issues versus a fairly priced one time visit or even regularly scheduled hygiene appointments seems like a given answer. Yet we don’t always trust in ourselves to believe in the right choice to begin with. Don’t be afraid to ask questions because a great dental office will always steer you in the right direction towards optimal oral health.

A great dental company will always make sure your teeth are at their best and make sure your smile is more than just for show. At Credit River Dental Centre, we are a small team that will always keep you in the company of up to date information, optimal oral health, and appreciation of progress towards dental health success! Give us a call at 905-278-4297 to see how a small group of individuals can stand out and bring you oral health success!

White Smile Checklist: 10 Ways to Keeping Your Pearly Whites Bright

Your smile is always one of the first things that catches people’s eye. Whiter teeth do not only improve your smile and appearance, but can also increase your confidence and self-esteem greatly – so it’s no wonder that teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetics dentistry options. However, over time, permanent teeth can lose their lustre as a result of diet, genetics and the natural aging process. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to keep your pearly whites nice and illuminated. As your Mississauga family dentist, we have compiled a list of ten different ways to help you in keeping your teeth nice and bright.

  1. Have professional hygiene therapy sessions to help clean and remove all of the superficial stains.
    The first step towards a whiter brighter smile is to make frequent visits to see your dental hygienist. During hygiene therapy sessions, plaque and calculus deposits are removed, which are what is creating the yellow or green coating on the surfaces of your teeth. Your hygienist will use specialized instruments adapted to clean the contours of your mouth and also polish your teeth in order to eliminate the extrinsic brown staining from your teeth.

  2. Use a soft toothbrush and replace it often.
    Using a soft toothbrush helps to preserve your tooth enamel. If you use a medium or hard-bristled toothbrush, you can potentially wear away the enamel, making it weaker and more susceptible to yellowing over time. It is also important to replace your toothbrush every three months, as toothbrushes can hoard bacteria – which in turn can break down tooth enamel and contribute to bad breath and tooth decay.

  3. Eat crunchy fruits and vegetables.
    Eating foods with lots of fibre such as celery, apples, and raw carrots help to essentially “scrub” your teeth from particles that can cause cavities and tooth decay. These foods are best consumed as the last part of your meal or snack if you are not able to brush your teeth after eating.

  4. Use mouthwash regularly.
    Using mouthwash daily helps to kill the odour and bacteria that can advance enamel and tooth decay. Make sure that you choose an alcohol-free mouthwash, as alcohol can dry out the inner tissues of your mouth, which can in turn increase the breeding of bacteria.

  5. Floss daily.
    I know we’ve heard it all before, however flossing is extremely important to your overall dental health and in maintaining your pearly whites. Your toothbrush is not able to reach every crevice and angle in your mouth and that is where flossing comes in to play. Flossing can get in between the teeth and dislodge the tiny particles that may eventually turn into major issues.

  6. Drink darker beverages through a straw.
    Coffee, soft drinks, and wine can all stain your teeth over time. The best way to maintain your smile and still be able to enjoy these beverages in moderation is to drink them through a straw. Drinking darker liquids through a straw helps the liquid to bypass your teeth so that you do not stain them.

  7. Moderate consumption of acidic foods.
    Eating foods with acid, such as orange, lemons, and pickles can wreak havoc on your enamel, making it easier for stains to get in and yellow your teeth. Drink water after consuming acidic foods to help rinse away as much acid as possible. Try to avoid brushing for at least 30 minutes after consuming anything acidic, as acid breaks down the enamel and brushing your teeth right away can actually cause more damage.

  8. Use professional whitening systems and products.
    Here, at Credit River Dental Centre, we offer whitening methods to best suit your needs in order to help you achieve your whitest smile. Our office provides two teeth whitening treatments - in office, which can be done in under an hour, or take-home treatments, in which custom whitening trays are created for you so you can whiten in the comfort of your own home, at your convenience.

  9. Eat foods with calcium.
    Eat foods with calcium to help keep your teeth strong. Cheese, dark leafy greens, milk, yogurt, broccoli, and almonds are all great choices to keep your calcium levels high for your optimal teeth health. Vitamin D is also beneficial with the absorption of calcium, therefore consuming both will give your body the tools to keep your teeth strong and resilient.

  10. See your dentist regularly.
    At Credit River Dental Centre, it is our main goal to help you to achieve your optimal oral health. Schedule regular dental appointments so that we can assess your teeth and formulate a plan for you to achieve all your oral health goals. Our office is committed to providing every patient with a bright and brilliant smile that can completely transform not only their appearance, but their confidence

2019 Novel Coronavirus

By now I’m sure you have heard about the Coronavirus coming out of China that has so far claimed the lives of over 1,000 individuals and infected over another 45,000. What do we know so far about this relatively new and little known virus and how does it compare to the flu caused by the influenza virus that we are encouraged to get vaccinated for every year.

2019 Novel Coronavirus also known as 2019-nCoV is a virus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. Reported illnesses so far have ranged from people with mild symptoms to people being severely ill and even dying. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever.
  • Cough.
  • Shortness of breath.

Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. There are everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including the flu as well as this 2019-nCoV virus:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear facemask to protect themselves from respiratory viruses, including 2019-nCoV.
    • Facemask should be used by people who show symptoms of 2019 novel coronavirus, in order to protect others from the risk of getting infected. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Recently Returned Travelers from China

If you were in China in the last 14 days and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you should:

  • Seek medical advice – Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Do not travel while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water immediately after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

According to our Ministry of Health, primary care providers, including dentists and dental offices including Credit River Dental Centre are asked to do passive and active screening.

Passive screening includes:

Signage is posted on entry to Credit River Dental and at reception areas for patients with symptoms to self identify, perform hand hygiene, wear a procedure mask, and have access to tissue and a waste receptacle.

All patients will then be instructed to cover their nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing and sneezing.

The Ministry has recommended that we:

  1. Screen patients over the phone before scheduling appointments at Credit River Dental.
  2. Post signs in our reception area asking patients with symptoms to identify themselves.

We are thus asked to screen for patients with fever and/or cough or difficulty breathing.

AND any of the following:

  • Travel to Hubei Province, China in the 14 days before the onset of illness.
    OR
  • Close contact with a confirmed or probable case of 2019-nCoV
    OR
  • Close contact with a person with acute respiratory illness who has been to or from Hubei Province, China in the 14 days before their symptoms.

If a patient screens positive by phone:

  • Credit River Dental will take a clinical history and travel/exposure assessment by phone to determine if the patient is a Person Under Investigation (PUI)
  • We will have to contact public health to report the suspect case and discuss the best options for testing. Decisions about testing are based on symptoms, exposure history and local resources available.
  • If patients are referred to hospital, Credit River Dental will coordinate with the patient, the hospital and local public health.

If a patient screens positive at the office, we are asked to:

  • Maintain a 2 metre distance from the patient and wear a procedure mask.
  • Isolate the patient and, if possible, have them wear a procedure mask.
  • Take a clinical history and travel/exposure assessment to determine if the patient is a Person Under Investigation (PUI)
  • Contact public health to report the suspect case and discuss the best options for testing. Decisions about testing are based on symptoms, exposure history and local resources available.
  • If patients are referred to hospital Credit River Dental will coordinate with the patient, the hospital and local public health.

If a patient has travelled to or from Hubei Province, China in the last 14 days but has no symptoms we will:

  • Advise the patient to watch for symptoms. If they develop fever, new onset of the cough or difficulty breathing, they should call their primary care provider, TeleHealth Ontario or the local public health unit.

It is important that we keep things in perspective and realize that here in Canada, the chances of contracting the 2019-nCoV is still extremely low, especially if you follow the hygiene guidelines above. So far, there have been 7 reported infections and no reported deaths due to the 2019-nCoV virus in Canada. The flu virus on the other hand has infected over 12000 in Canada and killed at least 10 in that same period of time so it is still very important that anyone over 6 months of age get the flu vaccine.

The Ministry of Health has set up a Health Care Provider Hotline at 1-866-212-2272.

A Heart Felt Gift for this Valentine’s Day

Love is in the air.  For some Valentine’s day is a celebration of a new relationship, for others a celebration of a long term one and for some it’s a celebration of independence and loving one’s self.  Whatever Valentine’s Day symbolizes for you or for a significant other, finding the right gift can be a challenge.

Our Mississauga dental office can help you with this.  What better than to give the gift of a beautiful smile for a loved one or for yourself.  A beautiful smile may not necessarily mean a full mouth makeover.  These simple gift(s) may be enough to give you or your loved one that extra sparkle this Valentine’s day.

A Whiter Brighter Smile

Our office offers two types of whitening treatments; one that can be done in our office in as little as an hour or one that can be done in the comfort of your own home.  Our in-office treatment can be done in less than an hour and give you a difference of up to 8 shades whiter.  Minimal sensitivity is experienced with this treatment.  Click HERE  to find out more about our in-office whitening treatment.  Our office also offers Professional home whitening treatments that can be done over the course of two weeks.  Although slight sensitivity may be experienced with the home whitening kits, the shade of whitening can be controlled and treatment can be done in the comfort of your own home.  Call our office at 905-278-4297to consult with one of our specialists about which whitening treatment is right for you!  Deals and Special offers for this service are limited to our patients or patients to be only.

A Cleaner and Brighter Smile

Giving the gift of good oral health is something you or your loved ones will always be thankful for.  Our office offers Oral B’s Professional Care Electric Toothbrush to you at cost pricing so you and your loved ones can enjoy a cleaner and brighter smile.  We also offer Cario toothpaste which help to prevent cavities.  This toothpaste is a revolutionary toothpaste created by Oral Science.  It does not contain SLS and is Fluoride-Free.  Call us at 905-278-4297 to find out more about these superior homecare products or to purchase yours today.

A Little Sparkle in a Smile

Like the saying goes, diamonds are forever!  Have you ever thought about adding a little sparkle to your smile or gifting a loved one a little sparkle?  Our office now offers diamonds backed in 22K yellow gold or 18K white gold which can be placed non-invasively on the tooth surface.  We also offer other tooth jewel options.  Click HERE  to find out more about tooth jewellery.

Your oral health matters and as your Mississauga dentist our team dedicates our learning to making sure we can help you and your loved ones achieve optimal oral health.  To find out more about what we can do to help you with this contact our office today at 905-278-4297!

The Gift You DON’T Want

The Common Cold!

It’s the most, wonderful time, of the year! With the bright and shining lights of the Christmas trees, to the shiny wrapping paper that sits just below, the holidays can be such a beautiful time spent with family and close friends. But, being close can lead to other things that aren’t so joyous; that includes the common cold!From the constant unpredictability of the north, the weather can go from hot to cold in a matter of days. The shock in temperature can affect our bodies in different ways, but did you know; the common cold, didn’t actually get its name from the cold weather? Rather, the implications of indoor festivities that have us dwelling in the sneeze covered counters or handshakes from Aunt Mary or cousin George. The act of staying indoors, in close proximities to those infected due to the cold is likely the cause of the common cold and along with it, those unpleasant symptoms that keep us under those sheets. Not only can the common cold affect your mind and body, but it can also attribute to other oral symptoms that are just as unpleasant. Have you ever experienced tooth pain when you were sick? This is not uncommon as the largest sinus cavity in your face is located above your upper jaw. When you have a sinus infection, the buildup of fluids in that cavity can cause pressure on the roots of your teeth. Although this may be the case, it is always recommended to visit your dentist to confirm there isn’t an underlying issue causing the toothache.When your nose is all stuffy, it makes it extremely hard to breath, so you tend to breath through your mouth. This can cause dry mouth. Since your saliva has a key role in fighting tooth decay by washing bacteria that causes plaque, staying hydrated and drinking plenty of fluids is important when you are feeling under the weather.Another oral symptom that can be caused by the common cold is bad breath. When your body is producing excess mucus, the post nasal drip that seeps in the back of your mouth creates an environment that allows bacteria to grow and multiple, thus giving off an unpleasant odor. It is important to note that when you are sick, it is highly recommended to stay on top of your oral care and hygiene game. Although it may be tough to get out of bed, it is important to know that being sick can take a toll on your oral health so skipping hygiene appointments or dental visits to get some extra rest can cause more harm than good. This can be especially true if your oral health is already on a rocky road and the excess bacteria and lack of oral hygiene can make matter worse. So, as hard as it may seem to get out of bed during sick days, its best to remember the long term effects and how brushing at least twice a day can help minimize oral complications and improve your health overall.Contact your top choice Mississauga dental office today to keep your mouth in tip top shape for the holiday season at 905-278-4297

Dentophobia : Ways to Overcome the Fear and Anxiety of Dentistry

Have you ever wanted to do something so badly, but you were too afraid to do it or afraid of something that would let you do it? Are you stressed or scared of just the thought, sight, touch or sound of something/someone? Phobias; we all have at least one. Even Superman had one; kryptonite.

I’ve always been a winter fan (I’m not crazy, I promise!), I was born and raised in friendly “Winterpeg”, Manitoba, the land of snow! I love to snowboard and ice skate even with a mild fear of heights and slipping. Yet every season, I’m on the top of that mountain and speed my way down without so much as a thought of just one wrong move, could send me tumbling down in pieces.

I do enjoy summer and the fun filled sun soaking activities associated with it, but there is one thing I’m absolutely terrified of; bees! As soon as I hear or see one, I’m probably the roadrunner’s best competition, I speed away! I can face being on top of a 3000+ foot high mountain, but a 3mm sized bee will have be running for my life.

Different phobias can affect people in many different ways. Some symptoms may be worse than others depending on the phobia itself or the situation in which it presents itself. For many, (I was once including in this group), dentistry is on top of the list. The thought of the drilling, suctioning sounds, needles and metal instruments in my mouth that I couldn’t see, only feel, it can be a scary thought. It can cause sweating, nervousness, agitation, and anxiety just to name a few. And though it may sound and seem scary, there are a few things that can help alleviate these symptoms.

Firstly, it is important to realize that being scared is okay. It does not make you any less of a person, nor does it exclude you from those who are not scared. It is important to note that for some people, this phobia stems from previous bad experiences, which then hinders any future treatments, But, if we had the mindset that just because something didn’t go the way it was planned the first time, that we should just then give up. We wouldn’t succeed in anything in life. Letting past bad experiences define your future direction only leads to circles; you’ll always end up back to where you started. Dentistry is an integral part of life that should be seen as support group; a group of professionals in oral care that are here to lead you to and maintain a healthy oral lifestyle. We are your number one fans that want you to succeed in oral hygiene!

“Dentistry is an integral part of life that should be seen as support group; a group of professionals in oral care that are here to lead you to and maintain a healthy oral lifestyle.”

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. For some, knowing step by step can help alleviate some of the stress of not knowing what’s going on. Express any concerns you may have openly and we will always try our best to explain in the best possible manner.

If your nerves seem to really get to you, you can make special requests to help make you feel more at ease.

Practicing positive self-encouragement can also be a big help! Telling yourself you are capable can help with your esteem. You are your number one fan! It is always good to be optimistic and remind yourself that you will be fine and that you can trust your dental family in providing you with the proper care and treatment.

We also offer televisions in our operatories so don’t be afraid to ask to put on your favourite show! You can also bring in a set of headphones and listen to music or your favourite podcasts. We can dim the lights and diffuse some essential oils to help too. Distractions can be a big help when you are feeling anxious!

As your top choice dental office, we want to reassure you that you are in great care! Our ultimate goal is optimal oral health and we are here to help you every step of the way. Let us know how to make each visit as comfortable as possible. It’s okay to feel scared, but rest assure, your Credit River Dental family has your back every step of the way!

Battle of the Flossers: Traditional String vs. Water Flossing

Flossing is an integral component to any great oral hygiene routine. If you are brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day, you are on the right track to maintaining healthy gums, stronger teeth, and a brighter smile! It is recommended that we floss at least once a day because it is able to clean 40% of tooth surfaces that our toothbrushes alone are not able to reach. As important as flossing is, only 31% of people are actually flossing every day. We all know we should be doing it, however what exactly is stopping us from reaching for our floss? Some people may have a hard time getting floss in between tight spaces or underneath dental work; some people have limited hand dexterity and are not able to get the floss all the way to their back molars; and others just find it way too time consuming and would rather just head straight to bed. If you have a hard time reaching for your traditional string floss, than water flossers may be a great aid to consider adding in to your oral hygiene regime. As we breakdown the battle between traditional string floss and water flossers, we hope that you will be able answer any questions that you may have had and also encourage you to ask which aid is more suitable for your needs at your next dental visit! As your Mississauga family dentist, we make it our duty to help you in every step of the way in order to achieve your optimal oral health.

The Tried-and-True: Traditional String Floss

Dental floss is a soft thread or string of silk or similar material used to clean your teeth. When it comes to regular string floss, you do have a few different options to choose from. For example, there’s waxed floss, which has a light coating of wax that makes it more durable, and there’s unwaxed floss that makes it easy to clean tight spaces between teeth. There is dental tape, which is flatter and broader to provide comfort to those who have more space in between their teeth, and there’s polytetrafluorethylene (PTFE) floss, which is less prone to shredding and can easily slide between tighter spaces.

Pros of Flossing:

  • Flossing is a very efficient way to remove excess food and debris from your teeth
  • Floss is inexpensive, convenient, and easily accessible
  • It is quick and easy – you can do it almost anywhere
  • Reduces the risk of gingivitis and gum disease

Cons of Flossing:

  • It is difficult for floss to reach some areas of the mouth
  • It can cause minor bleeding if it isn’t done properly
  • Some people have a hard time getting the hang of it

Technology Takeover: Water Flossers

A water flosser is a specialized device that shoots a thin stream of water. When aimed between your teeth or at the gum line, it uses the pressure of the water to massage the gums and push the food away from the teeth. Clinical studies show that using a water flosser results in a penetration of 50% of the depth of the pocket, about two times as far as can be reached with dental floss.

Pros of Water Flossers:

  • Easy to use, especially for those with braces or other types of dental work (such as bridges, implants and fixed retainers)
  • Great choice for those with arthritis or limited dexterity
  • The massaging action can improve gum health and reach areas where traditional floss can’t

Cons of Water Flossers:

  • More expensive
  • Takes up storage space on your bathroom counter and requires electricity and water
  • Difficult to use outside your home

And The Winner Is…

Actually, we recommend a combination of both! Water flossers are extremely effective, however they are still not a complete replacement for traditional floss. Although it is definitely better than not flossing at all, flossing is definitely still important because it removes bacteria colonies from teeth and gums, whereas water flossers simply rinse these areas. Ideally, people should be using both by starting off with string floss to help loosen up the plaque and food particles, and then following up with the water flosser to help flush them all away.

Which Is Best for You?

We hope this guide has given you some insight on the advantages and disadvantages of the types of flossing tools available. If you still have any questions, please give us a call or visit our office at Credit River Dental Centre and we will help you in assessing the best way and most effective way to care for your teeth and gums at home!

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