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October 10, 2019 Uncategorized0

Regardless of how old you are, the month of October is known to be hard on your teeth. From those spooky pumpkin buckets of lollipops everywhere you go to the giant stockpile of treats you’ve bought in advance for your trick-or-treaters, the month of October is infamous for wreaking havoc on your teeth.

But don’t be scared! We have some easy solutions to keep you and your family cavity-free this Halloween. A little bit of self-control and some effective candy sorting goes a long way. The best part? We actually prefer your binge! Eating your daily candy portion all at once and then brushing right away is much better for your teeth than grazing on candy all day long, which repetitively exposes your teeth to the harmful effects of sugar.

Step 1: Avoid and Limit the Worst Treats for your Teeth

If you are a closet jawbreaker junkie, this might be easier said than done, but limiting your intake of these particular candies that are known to hurt your teeth is the first step in a healthy Halloween:
Candies that are sticky/chewy including caramels that glue sugars to your teeth and can pull out old fillings.
Candies that are hard, which can literally break your teeth (they aren’t called jawbreakers without reason).
Candies that linger in your mouth too long such as suckers; the longer they are in your mouth, the more damage the sugar can do!

Step 2: Opt for Eating and Giving out Healthier Treats like

You can be a part of our collective oral healthiness! All you have to do it hand out treats such as the ones listed below, that are less likely to gravely impact your teeth.

Granola bars
Cereal bars
Chips
Pretzels
Raisins
Plain chocolate bars
Or…give out pencils, stickers, temporary tattoos instead!

Step 3: Try to Avoid Tooth Pain Post-Halloween

So, you’ve successfully conquered Halloween without overindulging in the sticky and hard candies, but you still fear the onslaught of tooth pain? Here are a few more easy tips to avoid tooth pain after Halloween:

Don’t forget to brush brush brush and floss, floss, floss. You can definitely brush more than the typically recommended two times a day when candy is involved!

If a toothbrush isn’t available, at least be sure to rinse out your mouth with water to help flush out some of the lingering sugars.
Remember…safety always comes first – check each candy before you or your children eat it.

Wondering if that tooth sensitivity might be a result of your overindulgence at Halloween? Perhaps you are experiencing the scariest part of Halloween, right inside your mouth. If that’s the case, call our team at Dr. Syed right now to schedule an appointment. We are here to help!


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September 12, 2019 Uncategorized0

Every year when September rolls around, people start to return to their routines and healthy habits after a long summer of fun. While we spend time taking care of our teeth every single day, it is easy to forget the essentials after long summer vacation and a break from the habits that keep your teeth and gums healthy. Today’s blog is designed as a ‘refresher’ on your oral health for both you and your kids!

Brush for 2 minutes, twice a day: This is essential and should be done once in the morning and once in the evening using a fluoride-based toothpaste. If your bathroom is big enough, brush together as a family and make it fun by playing music. Never go to sleep without brushing your teeth! It is easy to forget, especially after long hard days at work and school, but it is pivotal to maintain your oral health.

Floss once a day: Carry floss in your purse, your pocket, or your backpack to remind yourself to take a floss break any time of the day. It’s even better if you can get into a flossing routine where you floss each time you brush. Perhaps you and your family just add flossing to your daily brushing party (consider purchasing the kid-friendly floss holders to make it easier on the little ones).

 

 

Eat a diet that favors your mouth, teeth, and gums: This would include whole grains, vegetables, and dairy products and limit processed foods and sugary foods. Consider this when packing your kids lunches for school every day and opt for snacks like cheese, milk, yogurt, and fruit.

Avoid cigarettes: It is no surprise that smoking will increase your risk of gum disease, tooth decay, and oral cancer but, if you can’t quit “cold turkey”, at least try limiting the number of cigarettes you smoke each day and be sure to speak to your physician for additional guidance and advice.

Stay hydrated: Drinking water is SO essential in maintaining your oral health. Reach for a glass of water after you eat to cleanse your mouth and all the food particles lurking inside of it. Send your kids to school and yourself to work with a reusable water bottle that you can refill throughout the day.

Reduce sugary drinks: While staying hydrated is essential, it is also good to avoid drinks that stain and strain your teeth and gums. From wine to juice to coffee to soda pops, try to limit these as much as possible to protect your teeth. When you do reach for these types of beverages, use a straw.

Book regular dental visits: The easiest way to remember to go to the dentist for your cleanings is to book in advance, for you and your kids, and there is no time like the present to schedule in those appointments. Call our team now at 613-746-6666 or book online here.

Following these basic oral health guidelines can help prevent everything from oral sores to oral cancer, tooth decay, tooth loss, and cavities. If you have any questions about how to take great care of your teeth or are ready to book your appointments, email our team today at contactus@drsarasyed.com


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August 15, 2019 Uncategorized0

For most Canadians, summer is a season to look forward to throughout the year. We can finally get active outside, enjoy the warmer weather and savor delicious icy treats. While it’s personally one of our favorite seasons, summertime can also wreak havoc on our patients’ oral health due to the changes of routine that come along with being on holiday, and, the safety hazards involved with outdoor sports. Read on to learn how to maintain your dental health throughout the final dog days of summer.

Limit Your Sugar Intake 

Did you know that sugar is one of the leading causes of tooth decay? Unfortunately, this means that ice cream – most people’s favorite summer treat – isn’t the best food choice when it comes to maintaining oral health. Consider opting for sugar-free or low-sugar ice cream instead of the regular variety. If you can’t find alternatives, try to avoid add-ons like caramel or syrup and brush your teeth or rinse your mouth after consuming ice cream to remove sugars from your enamel.

Don’t Mistake Your Teeth For Tools

We all have that one friend who opens a bottle of beer with their teeth at a summer barbecue. While it might initially seem like an entertaining party trick, using your teeth as a tool can be incredibly harmful and expensive to repair in the event of a chip or crack. 

Stay Safe While Having Fun Outdoors

Summer is the season for soccer, football and more. Even if you’re not playing a contact sport, use a mouthguard to protect your teeth during outdoor activity to avoid any impromptu trips to the dentist’s office as a result of injuries. Likewise, stay conscious of safety at the pool – especially when it comes to children. They’re easily susceptible to slipping and hitting their teeth on outdoor pools’ concrete ledges. To avoid this, we suggest giving your kids a list of rules to follow (#1 being: no running!) to avoid injury.

Establish a Routine

It’s all too easy to forget about brushing and flossing while you’re on summer vacation and not adhering to your typical year-round routine. Without the structure of school or work, many of us can easily skip our usual dental hygiene steps in the morning and evening without even realizing it. Stay conscious of this by taking care of your teeth first thing in the morning, and right before you go to sleep. 

In need of a check-up before you head off on your end of summer holidays? Give us a call at 613-746-6666 to book your appointment.


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July 11, 2019 Uncategorized0

 

Despite tooth enamel is one of the most durable tissues in the human body, chipped teeth are a common occurrence and can happen for a variety of reasons, such as trauma to the mouth or biting down on something particularly hard. Sometimes these situations can be prevented if appropriate precautions are taken such as wearing a protective mouthguard during sports or wearing a bruxism appliance (a.k.a. nightguard) if you clench or grind your teeth while you sleep. While the initial chip might be alarming, there really is no need to panic. Dentists are able to restore the tooth to its natural appearance, usually in one visit. 

Pre-Appointment

  • Call your dentist right away to reserve an appointment.
  • If necessary, take acetaminophen or ibuprofen in order to relieve any discomfort.
  • Sometimes chips can cause a sharp or rough edge on the tooth. To prevent further injury to your tongue or cheek, cover the area with a piece of wax paraffin or sugar-free chewing gum.

Assessment

Your dentist will first assess your tooth for any signs of trauma or mobility, and an x-ray may be required to rule out any possibility of root fracture. If it is just a small chip, the tooth can typically be repaired within one visit with a simple filling (bonding) or by being polished to smooth out jagged edges. 

Treatment

Bonding is a relatively simple and comfortable procedure that often does not require freezing the area. This is good news to those who are afraid of needles! To begin the process, your dentist will use a shade guide to determine the right shade of composite resin to match your natural tooth color, then will gently roughen the surface of your chipped tooth and apply a liquid to allow the bonding agent to stick. The tooth-colored composite resin will then be applied and molded to your tooth and hardened with ultraviolet light. Once completely hardened, your dentist will shape and smooth the new filling to blend in seamlessly with your smile. With most procedures only taking from 30 to 60 minutes, you’ll be done in no time.

Have you recently chipped a tooth? Dr. Syed has extensive experience in treating chips of all kinds, ranging from mild to severe. Give our office a call today to learn more about how we can help and your options for treatment.

 


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May 27, 2019 Uncategorized0

Did you know that pregnancy can have an impact on your oral health?

Do you know how to care for your teeth during pregnancy?

Did you know that babies start to develop teeth during the first few months of pregnancy?

From the second to the eighth month of pregnancy, there are major shifts in hormone levels which can trigger gingivitis, a precursor to gum disease. In fact, progesterone levels can increase by ten times their normal levels when you are expecting. Moreover, nausea and vomiting and the sugary cravings that accompany many pregnancies can wreak havoc on your teeth.  While not all pregnant women experience gum disease and tooth decay, there is a direct connection between hormonal changes that happen during pregnancy and overall oral health. The good news? These conditions typically resolve themselves once the baby is born, and you are unlikely to have major dental issues if you already have great oral hygiene prior to becoming pregnant.

“Inflamed gums result from changes in mouth bacteria that feed on the extra hormones secreted during pregnancy, and in the overall increase in fluid levels in the body as the pregnancy progresses,” says Dr. Arthur Worth, ODA President.  “Regular professional dental cleanings and the patient’s personal home care are key to reducing the inflammation that can occur during pregnancy and the chances of developing severe gingivitis – tell your dentist if you are pregnant and if you have observed any changes in your oral health.” – Arthur Worth, Ontario Dental Association President

What to Look Out for During Pregnancy

  • Gums that look inflamed or swollen
  • Gums that bleed when you brush
  • Dry Mouth or increased saliva in mouth
  • Red nodules near your upper gum line and around your mouth

Visiting Your Dentist During Pregnancy

  • Book a dental exam during your first three months of pregnancy and tell your dentist if you are expecting.
  • Schedule a dental cleaning (or multiple cleanings) throughout your pregnancy to reduce the risk of gum disease.
  • Book essential dental work (fillings, crowns etc) during your second trimester or after the birth of your child.
  • Reschedule any dental x-rays until after the birth of your child.

Self-Care for your Teeth During Pregnancy

  • Curb those pregnancy cravings as much as you can by limiting sugary foods and drinks.
  • Continue to brush your teeth in the morning and before bed.
  • If you have a lot of nausea and especially vomiting, be sure to rinse thoroughly with water to reduce acid damage.
  • Floss every day.
  • Use a fluoride-based toothpaste.
  • Stay hydrated to combat dry mouth.
  • Avoid antibiotics or sedatives.

Are you pregnant or planning to get pregnant? Book an appointment with our team at Dr. Syed Dentistry today to learn how you can protect your own oral health and the oral health of your baby.

 



May 3, 2019 Uncategorized0

What to Expect at your New Patient Exam

For many people, visiting the dentist can be an anxiety-inducing, or even scary experience, especially if you have had a bad experience in the past or if you’ve never been to the dentist before. Sometimes, simply understanding what will happen at your new patient exam is enough to ease those worries and inspire a positive and even enjoyable first trip to the dentist.

Step 1: Introductions

Your new patient exam will begin with a friendly and compassionate introduction to your dentist. This will allow you an opportunity to share any of your concerns, provide your dentist with information about your medical history and discuss medications that may be impacting your oral health.

Step 2: Radiographs and Photographs

Following introductions, your dentist will order any necessary radiographs (also known as x-rays) in order to be able to examine and assess areas not visible to the naked eye. Your dentist will recommend which areas to take x-rays of based on your specific needs.

You will be asked to bite down on the digital sensor support while the X-rays are taken. This may be uncomfortable for some, but rarely lasts more than 7-10 seconds.  Since Dr. Syed’s office uses only digital x-ray technology, the x-rays are available immediately. Your dentist will review all of the findings with you after performing the full examination to ensure that you have a clear understanding of what is happening inside your mouth.

At Dr. Syed’s office, you will also have photographs taken to record the appearance of your teeth, face and smile.  This will help you and the dentist to address any concerns about your smile, bite and tissue structure.

Step 3: Examination of your neck region

In addition to the examination inside of your mouth, your dentist will observe and examine the area outside and around your mouth. In order to completely understand your overall oral health, your dentist will look at the following:

  • The state and functionality of your temporomandibular joint. This join connects your jaw to your skull and may be responsible for pain or tenderness in this region.
  • The overall wellbeing and condition of the bones in your face, jaw and around your mouth.

Step 4: Visual Inspection of your mouth

Following the external examination, the dentist will visually inspect your mouth. The dentist will inform you of everything they are about to do and warn you if anything will feel uncomfortable or unusual. Using dental instruments such as a mirror, probe, and air spray (none of which will hurt!), your dentist will examine inside your mouth for the following:

  • Damaged, missing or failing restorations
  • Any signs of cavities
  • Gum conditions, specifically looking for periodontal pockets, inflammation or other signs of gum disease (which can lead to tooth and bone loss)
  • Conditions of previous dental work such as root canals, bridges and crowns
  • Signs of mouth or throat cancer such as white lesions or blocked salivary glands as a part of an oral cancer screen.
  • Suspicious growths or cysts, if any
  • The location and positioning of your teeth (e.g., spacing, bite)
  • Signs of clenching or teeth grinding

 

Step 5: Follow up and Next Appointment

Your dentist will take the final few moments of your new patient exam to discuss their findings with you, answer any questions you may have, and make a plan to meet your specific oral health care needs. The entire appointment typically lasts 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Now that you know exactly what to expect from your new patient exam at the dentist, it is time to go ahead and reserve your appointment. Our team at Dr. Syed’s office pride ourselves on our compassionate, friendly and professional environment and would be happy to take you through this experience. Call us now to book your first trip to the dentist!


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April 7, 2019 Uncategorized0

The chocolate bunnies and endless gatherings over Easter weekend can wreak havoc on your health, and that includes your teeth. Travelling, a change in routine, lack of sleep, and endless delicious temptations on party snack trays are enough to throw even the healthiest person off track. That is why our team has compiled this blog to help you understand what the primary risks are for your oral health this holiday season. Read along for lots of useful and inspirational tips and tricks to stay toothache and cavity free!

According to the Ontario Dental Association, there are four primary culprits when it comes to your oral health and holidays: Sugar, Starches, Spirits, and Stress.

Sugar:

Foods that are high in sugar are known to heighten your risk of tooth decay. Imagine this: inside your dental plaque, there is a whole ecosystem of bacteria that feed on the sugar inside your mouth in order to create acid that ultimately harms the enamel protecting your teeth. Be mindful of sugar intake and steer clear of too many sugary and sticky foods this holiday season.

Starches:

That delicious Easter cake, that loaf of fresh bread, and any other food that is carbohydrate based will actually break down into sugar and cause the same impact on your teeth as sugar itself. Beware of overindulging in foods that stick to your teeth and skip the seconds on dessert.

Spirits:

Just like sugar and starches, spirits (as well as fruit juices, energy drinks and even carbonated water!) have high amounts of sugar and acid as well, which unfortunately, increase your risk of both cavities and sensitive teeth. Moderate consumption of spirits over the holiday season is the best defense against tooth pain.

Stress:

It is not just your mind that gets stressed out, in fact, your mouth gets stressed out too! On the one hand, stress may cause people to ignore their oral health needs and make consumption decisions that are dangerous for oral health. On the other hand, stress can trigger long term and high-risk oral health issues such as jaw pain, teeth grinding, gum disease, or dry mouth.

Understanding that each of these four S’s are deeply interconnected is just as valuable as stopping and taking a deep breath before satisfying those cravings. A study from the University of New Brunswick established a dangerous correlation between stress and sugar, cigarettes, alcohol, and caffeine, arguing that “some substances are mistakenly considered harmless stimulants although they often significantly increase stress”. These stimulants and stress triggers are the most common during long weekends and holiday festivities when the peer pressure to indulge is widespread. [1]

In order to protect yourself from a whirlwind of stress on your body, mind, and teeth this Easter, try following the following tips:

  1. Maintain your routine: Are you planning to visit family? Being away from home is no reason to skip your regular routines. From brushing your teeth twice daily, to regular flossing, to exercise, and ample rest, try your best to squeeze in the aspects of your health that keep you (and your teeth) strong all year long.
  2. Take a breath: It may sound simple but stopping before you indulge or experience stress to simply take a big breath is often enough to relax your mind (thus reduce stress) and make you more mindful of your consumption. Perhaps you don’t need that extra cocktail and cookie combo after all.
  3. Consume the good stuff: Did you know that nuts are stock full of vitamins and minerals that can strengthen your teeth, or that cheese neutralizes some acidity caused by things like sugar and spirits? Head to the cheese and nut tray so you can stay social without damaging your teeth.
  4. Be flexible: Remember, the indulgences over long weekends and holidays are temporary. If you falter and overindulge one day, don’t stress yourself out even more by settling into a place of guilt. Instead, remember to just take that deep breath before the next chocolate bunny arrives.

Dr. Syed and her team are devoted to providing a high standard of dental care and patient education to everyone who walks through the clinic door, anytime of the year. We hope that you can remain mindful of your consumption, remember to brush and floss regularly, and take time out to truly rest while still enjoying your time with friends and family. Your teeth (and your dentist) will thank you. Call us now to schedule your next appointment.

[1] https://www.unb.ca/fredericton/studentservices/_resources/pdfs/wss/stress.pdf




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