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!
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.
It’s that time of the year again. The flourishing colours of summer greens and blues transition to the vibrant reds and oranges of autumn. I’ve always loved fall; the crispness of the air with the nice hint of heat.
October is well known for its several festivities and holidays; the bountiful Thanksgiving with turkey and stuffing galore. Who could forget the spooky yet sweets filled traditions of Halloween? October is also known to be a month of awareness for things like Mental Health, Breast Cancer and Lupus. It definitely stands out as a month of appreciation, an appreciation for having what you do and what you don’t, a beautiful month indeed.
Truth be told, I never paid much attention to the national days associated with October, other than the ones I’ve mentioned. This year makes a special one for me though, October 16th; National Boss’ Day. Why may you ask am I particularly fond of this day? Well, given that both my bosses are AMAZING, it comes from a more personal perspective; a self growth, self realization, self worth perspective to be exact. They are a testament that when you give people the chance, direct with constructive criticism, and genuinely care about progression into success, you can change the life of someone in more ways than you know!
Prior to working the dental field, I always had a passion for the medical world. I loved the idea of working with patients to help them, working with doctors and nurses and medical experts to progress in the world of medicine. I’ve worked with some amazing people doing what I love.
When I first got the call from my office manager, I was in disbelief, a dental office? She was sweet, super polite and asked me to come in for an interview. I was working at a fertility clinic at the time and had never worked in a dental office. I had a phobia of the dentist let alone ever thought of working for one.
During my interview, it was known I had no prior experience in the dental field. I felt a sense of doubt because I knew I was at a disadvantage amongst the other potential hires, but I was eager to prove to them that I was a fast learner, great at multi-tasking and capable of new challenges in a field unknown to me.
When I had found out I was hired, ecstatic was an understatement! Although there was a lot to learn about dentistry, I loved that I was able to take some of my skills from the medical field, including the passion to help patients, with me and utilize those in my new position.
In all honesty, the first month or so was particularly hard. As previously stated, I had no prior dental knowledge. It was pretty intimidating to be working with such an amazing team who all knew the ins and outs of dentistry. I felt almost out of place. And as “easy” as it was to hire me, it would’ve been that easy to let me go. Surely my boss’ didn’t have to go the extra mile to teach me from scratch. They didn’t have to be extra patient or understanding when I made mistakes, big or small. They didn’t have to take the chance on someone from a completely different field and expect them to progress in theirs. But, they did. They celebrated small victories, the ones that meant the most. They allowed me to not only believe in the good that they provide their patients, but that they are great people first and foremost. They’ve supported my capability, they’ve shared tremendous knowledge and continue to elevate not only myself, but our team to become the best so that we can provide our patients with the best!
I may not be a dental expert, but I am grateful in the knowledge I do have and continue to receive from such an amazing team. It’s only been a year and knowing that our office is lead by two amazing people marks for an absolute recognition. It’s easy to say that they provide the services they do because it’s their job, but coming from a non-patient perspective and sharing this story, I truly believe that good dentistry starts with good people. You’re not told to brush more, or floss more because that’s what you’re supposed to be told, it’s because the team instructing you to genuinely care that you should. They want you to progress towards better oral health, they want you to learn things you may not have known to become better and do better and because you deserve wellness and greatness in oral health, just like they have taught me!
So, in recognition of all great bosses, Happy National Boss Day! We wish the best to all those great bosses who lead their team to success and being prime examples of hard work, commitment, kindness, and awesomeness!
Call us at 905-278-4297 to book your next appointment with an amazing dental boss today!
No part of the body functions truly independently, and your teeth are no exception. Your mouth is a window to the rest of your body and will often show warning signs if there is something bigger going on. If you’ve ever wondered why we ask so many questions about your medical history and lifestyle, it is because we are trying to understand the entire picture, along with what your mouth and oral health are telling us. There are many more things that can contribute to tooth decay rather than just poor oral hygiene. In fact, common diseases such as diabetes, autoimmune conditions, and eating disorders are examples of some systemic disease that do in fact impact the health of our teeth. As your Mississauga family dentist, we feel that it is important for you to be educated on the oral-systemic links in order to achieve optimal oral health. Common systemic conditions are:
Avoid Tooth Decay with Total Body Care
These are just a few of the more common diseases that contribute to tooth decay. The connection between your mouth and body are not always apparent, which is why it is important to share your medical history with your dentist. Our team at Credit River Dental Centre will work with you in order to develop a treatment plan that integrates your mouth with the rest of your body for a full-body approach. To learn more speak to your dental team at Credit River Dental Centre or book your appointment today at (905) 278-4297 and take control of your oral health!
You get to your dental appointment a few minutes early and just when you’re about to sit down, you’re asked by your friendly dental patient coordinator to fill out what looks like a 10 page booklet of questions about your previous dental history and medical history. As you flip through the pages, you wonder to yourself-wow, why is your dental professional asking so many questions?
After a few minutes or so upon completing your so called medical/dental history booklet, you’re then brought into the room. Yes, the room where your comprehensive oral examination will take place. As you sit patiently looking up at the television screen, the dentist comes in to greet you and explains what will happen within the next hour of your examination and what we hope to achieve as we gather all of this information about you.
“So let’s start by taking your blood pressure,” he begins. At this moment, like most, you start to question why, as your blood pressure is suddenly recorded a little higher than what’s considered normal. Your arm’s quite a distance from your teeth. What does this have to do with my mouth? The flood gate of questions begins.
Your dental professional then asks you, “Do you know what your blood pressure normally is?” “When was the last time you had a physical?” or “Any family history of heart disease?” You start getting a little concerned and answer as best you can. So yes, why do we take blood pressure, need your medical history and ask the questions that we do? Knowing information such as this is important in understanding how your body will react to treatments that may be done. It helps your dental professional to understand if there are any underlying conditions that may also affect the outcome of treatment and also if there is a potential for any condition or medication to contra-indicate it.
Have you ever heard the term “Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure?” We take this very seriously in our practice. This is often where dentistry and medicine are different.
After we collect the necessary baseline information, your dentist will then design a customized treatment plan for you. This will entail the frequency of hygiene appointments which is based on your periodontal evaluation and current medical condition, restore any decayed teeth and discuss preventative measures to be taken for this, and also an evaluation of any potential risks for conditions such as sleep apnea, teeth grinding (bruxism), oral cancer, etc.
Dentistry is very focused on prevention. How many times does your medical doctor ask you when you last visited your dentist? Or better yet, how often do you visit your dental professional? Does the head, neck and mouth magically not connect to the rest of the body? Or are they just not informed about the importance of Oral Health to the overall health of the body?
Lately, more attention has been paid to the Oral-Systemic Link.
When inflammation exists in the mouth, experts have equated this to having a wound the size of your hand.
If you had a wound the size of your hand, would you not have it treated or be just a tad bit concerned? Inflammation is inflammation regardless of where it is in our bodies and it is important that both medical and dental professionals recognize this. What’s unfortunate about periodontal disease is that damage can progress without any pain and oftentimes when discomfort occurs, it is beyond repair.
Dentistry has changed over the years. Prevention is key in maintaining balance not only in our bodies but in our mouths as well. You could very well take care of your body; feed it healthy food, exercise, take supplements, and more but if your oral care is not up to par and there is a presence of even the slightest bleeding upon flossing or brushing, this is a clean indication that inflammation may be present. A cleaning isn’t just a cleaning when you see your dental hygienist regularly. It entails so much more but the most important part of your hygiene appointment is reducing the amount of bacterial contamination in the mouth which will reduce the inflammation.
To learn more speak to your dental team at Credit River Dental Centre or book your appointment today at (905) 278-4297 and take control of your oral health!
If you’ve ever had a canker sore, you would understand how irritating these little spots in your mouth can get. Here at Credit River Dental Centre, we often have patients ask us what they can do to prevent and treat their canker sores. As your Mississauga family dentist, we’ve put together some basic information and tips in order to help you overcome the discomfort that canker sores cause.
What exactly are canker sores?
Canker sores are small ulcers that develop inside the tissues of your mouth. Canker sores are typically white or gray and oval-shaped ulcers, with a red-edged border. They are commonly located on the soft tissues and at the base of the gums. Although canker sores are benign and are not contagious, they can be quite painful and awfully annoying. These ulcers can be quite sensitive and can make it difficult to do daily tasks such as eating, drinking and talking.
What causes canker sores?
How to get rid of them
Thankfully, canker sores do go away on their own within one or two weeks. The best thing you can do is to keep your mouth healthy. This means keeping up with your oral care regime, including brushing twice and flossing daily. It may be tempting to avoid brushing in the area due to discomfort, however it is important to remove the plaque, bacteria, and food debris in order to aid healing. You should also avoid eating highly acidic and/or spicy foods, as they can cause irritate the tissues.
Over the counter mouthwashes and ointments are also available in order to soothe the area. Gingigel by Oral Science is a product that we highly recommend for those with canker sores or gum inflammation. It relieves pain and contains hyaluronic acid – a natural substance found in the connective tissues of the body. Hyaluronic acid helps to stimulate the production of new healthy tissue and promote tissue regeneration, allowing the sore to heal at a faster rate.
If you are noticing large sores, have sores that do not go away after three weeks, or are experiencing severe pain associated with your mouth, we encourage you to visit us at Credit River Dental Centre to have us examine the lesion to ensure that it is indeed a canker sore.
Being your top choice Mississauga dental team, we love to share important information and advice when it comes to great oral health. Dental health is a serious matter to ensure proper oral health, but who said it can’t be fun? Check out some of these fun facts that will make you smile!
Call us today at (905) 278-4297 and we’d be more than happy to book an appointment for you!
When we drink acidic drinks, like sodas, fruit juices, or (mildly) acidic bubbly waters, the minerals in our teeth dissolve in a process called demineralization. Saliva pH is between approximately 5.5-6.5, depending on the phosphate and calcium ions in your body. The more ions in your spit, the lower the critical pH, or in other words, the more acid your teeth can withstand before demineralizing. The pH of most bubbly waters might be below the critical pH for most mouths, but the claims that these waters are ‘extremely acidic’ are completely false. The pH of Gatorade is about 3, of orange juice is about 3-4 and of Coke is 2.4. If the pH to stay above is ~6 (tap water is ~7), then drinking your daily Perrier warm, or even better warm and flat would be best. That is not how most people enjoy their Perrier however so the best thing to do is to rinse your mouth afterwards with some tap water.
While sparkling water is far better for your teeth than sugary drinks, be sure to drink plenty of regular, fluoridated water as well. Water with fluoride naturally helps fight cavities and helps to wash away cavity-causing bacteria. It also helps to keep your mouth from becoming dry which can also increase the risk of cavities.
Not all sparkling waters are created equally, however. Citrus-flavored waters often have higher acid levels that can increase the risk of damage to your enamel. Plan to enjoy these in one sitting or with your meals. This way, you aren’t sipping it throughout the day and exposing your teeth over and over again to the slightly higher level of acid it contains.
Although sparkling water doesn't contain sugar, it is carbonated. It's the carbonation of sparkling water that has some people worried. A few studies have been performed in order to examine the acidity of various drinks, including sparkling water. One, published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, measured the pH of nearly 400 beverages. The drinks included a mix of sweetened sodas, sports drinks, juices, teas and sparkling waters. It was found that while a majority of sports drinks were rated as "extremely erosive,", certain sparkling waters ranked as "minimally erosive."
Ada McVean at McGill University conducted a similar study testing the pH of nine different brands of sparkling water. She tested the drinks at refrigerator temperature and room temperature, as well as in carbonated form and decarbonated form. In all of her tests, the waters had a pH above 4.0 meaning “minimally erosive”. The pH went up when the waters were at room temperature and when they were decarbonated, suggesting that sparkling water is more erosive in the form in which you're most likely to drink it (cold and bubbly).
So, is sparkling water bad for your teeth?
The short story here is that sparkling water is much less erosive than many other beverages. To keep your teeth as healthy as possible, the American Dental Association recommends swapping sugary beverages for sparkling water, but not replacing regular, fluoridated water with sparkling water. Skip the Pepsi and quench the craving with some S. Pellegrino, your teeth will thank you, and your blood sugar will too.
On October 17th, 2018, the Government of Canada had introduced the legalization of recreational marijuana use in Canada. As the use of marijuana becomes more common, we will continue to see it’s possible side effects. As your Mississauga family dentist and as a part of our commitment to our patients, we feel that it is important to discuss and educate you on effects of cannabis on your oral health.
Now you may be thinking, “ How can marijuana affect my oral health ? ” According to several studies, chronic marijuana use can lead to higher incidences of cavities, oral cancer, periodontal disease, and gingivitis. Marijuana users tend to have more plaque deposits, cavities, and a higher chance of developing oral cancer, oral candidiasis, and other oral infections.
Here are some of the oral health effects that we think you should all be aware of :
What You Can Do
As your Mississauga Dentist, your oral health is our top priority. Our goal is to ensure that we are able to provide you with the information needed in order to educate you on achieving your optimal oral health. If you have any further questions, you can contact our team at Credit River Dental Centre at 905-278-4297.
It’s that time of the season again! You hear the sleigh bells jingling, ring ting tingling too! And while Jolly Old St. Nick is preparing gifts for everyone, you too can give the perfect gift of oral health!
As your Mississauga Dentist, we want to ensure that we can equip you and your family with the best dental technology available to use at home.
With the holiday season upon us, it can get pretty overwhelming when deciding what gifts to get everyone. Whether it’s that nice sweater that grandma mentioned, or the newest video game your nephew’s been going on and on about, that shopping list can get pretty detailed. So, what can you give that can be universal, yet still add a personal touch? Consider an electric toothbrush!
Nothing says happy than a big, bright, and clean smile. An electric toothbrush not only cleans better, but has multiple benefits when compared to the manual toothbrush. A decent electric toothbrush can rotate up to 1000 times in a minute. Not even Popeye can brush that quickly with those muscle arms! Along with its brushing power, electric toothbrushes provide an array of features that are beneficial to your brushing needs.
Pressure sensors are a great tool built into some electric toothbrushes. These sensors are great for signalling when you’re applying too much pressure or brushing too hard.
Timers are great when you don’t know if you’re brushing long enough. Electric toothbrushes like the Oral B Genius have timers for each quadrant of your mouth, so you don’t have to worry about not spending enough time on each part of your mouth.
Digital reminders are great for letting you know when it’s time to replace your brush head. You want to make sure your toothbrush is always properly equipped with an effective brush!
Limited Mobility friendly is another great feature of electric toothbrushes. People who suffer from issues such as carpel tunnel, arthritis, and even developmental disabilities can still maintain great oral health with the help of an electric toothbrush.
Orthodontic recommended makes electric toothbrushes a favourite amongst orthodontic patients. A study from the Department of Paedodontics, Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany found that those who had braces found it easier to brush and clean with an electric toothbrush.
Fun for kids which means children will look forward to brushing regularly. Not only does it make it fun, but it’s also engaging. It also gives peace of mind knowing you’re able to clean the mouth better especially with they’re trying to chomp down on the toothbrush.
Safe for gums is another added benefit of using an electric toothbrush. If used properly, it should not cause any harm to the gums or the tooth enamel.
Although it may not seem like the “traditional” holiday gift, rest assured that an electric toothbrush is not only a thoughtful, but extremely beneficial to the lucky recipient. Because who wouldn’t want the gift of an extraordinary smile!