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Don’t Implant Too Early!

March 6, 2017

Sometimes adolescents lose a tooth early due to a sports injury, playing around or for other reasons. When thinking of a tooth loss, an implant can come to mind as a solution. Unfortunately, dental implants should only be used as a treatment once the jaw has finished growing. Adolescents are still in their growing stages until about age 17 for boys and age 14 for girls. Once reaching these ages, the implant would not impact jaw growth. Dental implants are placed directly into the bone of the jaw and do not move easily. A temporary solution for a missing tooth can be a denture consisting of one tooth to fill the gap. Since many teens/adolescents are self-conscious, we want to provide a solution that will make them feel better. Once jaw growth is fully complete, a dental implant can be used. If you have any questions about the timing of implants or missing teeth, call Maple Family Dentistry today! – Dr. Raymond Zhu

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February 27, 2017

When we think of cavities, we usually think of eating too much sugar! However, it is a fact that sugar alone can’t cause cavities! So how exactly do we get them? There are four main components that create a cavity: Sugar Bacteria Susceptible tooth Time Sugar can also be in the form of refined carbohydrates. This is anything that can break down into sugars inside of your mouth. The sugar ultimately feeds bacteria, which leads to cavities! For example, your favourite potato chips can break down into sugars too! It does not mean just sweets alone. Bacteria lives inside of your mouth 24/7. Although, we can temporarily destroy the homes they they build in our mouths by regularly brushing and flossing our teeth. So keep up those good oral care habits! A susceptible tooth is a weaker tooth that may be wearing away. This can happen because of acid erosion. For example, drinking teeth dissolving drinks such as cola or coffee can lead to this. The most important point, is to not give the bacteria time to settle on your teeth! The plaque build up on your teeth eats sugar and grows as a result. They produce acid which slowly eats away at your teeth. Make sure to continue to brush and floss to remove any plaque build up. Cavities don’t happen by eating sugar alone. Make sure to take the time to brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. Don’t give cavities the time to develop! If

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February 21, 2017

Braces are everywhere these days! They are a common tool to help straighten teeth and fix jaw alignment. However, there is one thing many people dislike about traditional braces – their appearance! Have you ever thought about choosing invisible braces? Technology has surpassed expectations, making Invisalign’s invisible braces a more popular choice to straighten teeth. Traditional braces are metal brackets glued to your teeth, held by rubber bands and wires. Invisible braces are constructed from clear plastic worn overtop of the teeth. These plastic trays have a more customized fit to the patients needs. Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and create the tray accordingly. The benefits of having Invisalign braces are: Minimal physical appearance, practically undetectable! Removable – you can take them off to eat and drink what you want! Comfortable – no wire adjustments needed! Contact us at Maple Family Dentistry to see if Invisalign is the right option for you! – Dr. Raymond Zhu

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February 13, 2017

There are a number of reasons to begin oral hygiene care at an early age. Usually as new parents it does not become a concern until a baby is teething. However, oral care should begin before the teeth are present in a baby’s mouth. A dentist’s main concern is to prevent a treatable infection known as “thrush”. This is a fungal (yeast infection) which can show up in small tears in the gum tissues. This can occur from constant use of pacifiers and/or continual breastfeeding. Signs that would indicate thrush would show up as white patches on your baby’s gums, tongue or inside of the cheeks that stuck and can’t be wiped. Another preventative measure is to clean these areas of your baby’s mouth with a clean and warm wash cloth after feeding. If you have any concerns that your baby has thrush, contact us to discuss the best options. A prescription medication may be required to alive the thrush!

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February 6, 2017

We all see the commercials for teeth whitening products, their smiles are pristine! But just how effective are the whitening toothpastes we see? Have we considered the potential negatives? Many people are unaware that whitening toothpastes get their job done by using abrasives. This can cause recession of the gum line or grooves in your exposed roots if you already have receded gums. This can be especially concerning if you are brushing incorrectly! You should be using a soft bristled brush help prevent further damage. Bleaching could be a potential solution for you. This is where the whitening is a chemical process usually using hydrogen peroxide. Before bleaching, you’d want to consider sensitivity concerns and talk to us about the results and expectations you may have. If whitening is something you are thinking about, talk to us at Maple Family Dentistry today to see what is right for you!

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January 30, 2017

Is your partner or family member snoring? You are not alone! Approximately 45% of the population snores and 25% of the population are habitual snorers. Many people do not consider a dentist’s role in helping to solve the problem. A dentist actually has devices they can provide to you, which you can wear at night to help stop snoring. These devices help to bring your lower jaw and tongue forward enough to help open up your airway. However, if sleep apnea is the problem, these devices may no work for you. A CPAP machine is usually recommended in these cases. The best way to diagnose the problem is to spend a night in a sleep clinic. This way it can be determined how many apneic episodes occur throughout the night. Depending on how many you have, an intra oral device may be all you need! Let’s set up an appointment to chat about your snoring concerns. Contact us at Maple Family Dentistry today!  

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