Do you have bad breath?

Bad breath otherwise known as halitosis can affect anyone at one time or another. In most circumstances it is a temporary condition and due to food or beverage that was consumed prior. In other situations bad breath becomes a chronic condition and can be due to a variety of factors such as; digestive problems, dry mouth due to medications and aging, poor oral hygiene, mouth breathing, a diet high refined carbohydrates, smoking, enlarged/infected tonsils/adenoids/sinuses and untreated oral infections.

With simple bad breath a few tips can help to keep your breath fresh between professional dental visits.

-Brushing 2-3x day -Brush the top of your mouth and tongue

-Floss 1x day -Replace your toothbrush every 2-3 months

-Use saliva-producing sugarless gum or candies

-Drink water or plain tea throughout the day

-See your dentist for professional cleaning a minimum of twice a year, regular visits are the best defense against bad breath

If bad breath continues after using these tips consistently, then further investigation may be warranted by both the dentist and physician.

By |2019-04-03T16:10:28+00:00April 8th, 2019|blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Oral Cancer: Signs, Symptoms, & Prevention

Oral cancer can occur in various parts of the mouth, such as the lips, gums, and tongue. When not diagnosed or treated early, oral cancer can be life-threatening.

When to Have Your Mouth Checked

Oral cancer signs and symptoms may include the following:

  • Bleeding in the mouth
  • Lumps, swelling, or rough spots in the mouth
  • Dentures that fit poorly
  • Pain in the jaw
  • Difficulty when chewing or swallowing
  • Sores that last for over 2 weeks or those that won’t heal
  • Significant weight loss
  • Sore throat

If you notice any of these signs and symptoms, it’s best to schedule an appointment with your doctor or dentist right away. This way, they can check for other possible causes or determine whether mouth cancer is the issue.

Diagnosing Oral Cancer

When you come in for an oral cancer screening, your dentist will look for any lumps in your mouth and surrounding areas, such as your neck and face. They will also check for any sore areas or discolored tissues in your mouth.

At Newmarket Dental Office we use a product called Vizilite. Visilite is an oral rinse that, with the help of a special light, allows us to see precancerous and cancerous cells that are too difficult to see with a regular visual exam.

Should your dentist find anything suspicious, they may perform further exams. One of which is called biopsy, a procedure used to diagnose oral cancer. During biopsies, lesions or cavities are examined closely. Tissue or cell samples are collected, inspected and may be sent for testing.

Treating Oral Cancer

Treatment options may vary depending on the extent of the cancer or patient goals.

There are treatments that focus on treating cancer while others are used to contain cancer cells, provide comfort, or relieve symptoms. Oral cancers that have already progressed to Stages 3 and 4 may require more intensive treatments.

You and your doctor will be discussing which treatments to push through with.

How to Lower Risk of Developing Oral Cancer

While it is not clear what triggers cell mutations that cause mouth cancer, there are ways on how you can prevent them.

  • Avoid smoking. Tobacco exposes mouth cells to cancer-causing chemicals. Avoid using all forms of tobacco to lower your risk for oral cancer.
  • Quit smoking. Stop smoking or using any form of tobacco. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  • Limit alcohol intake. Drinking alcohol occasionally should be fine. However, excessive alcohol can make cells in your mouth more likely to develop cancer. Watch your alcohol intake especially if you’re a man. Studies suggest that men are twice more likely to develop oral cancer.
  • Avoid excessive exposure to the sun. Excessive exposure to sun’s rays can make you more vulnerable to mouth cancer. Reduce the time you spend under the sun, especially at noon when rays are at their most intense. If you need to be out, use protection such as wide-brimmed hats or apply a lip balm that contains SPF.
  • Maintain a balanced diet. Go for a diet that is rich in vegetables and fruits. These types of food are packed with vitamins that can help protect you against oral cancer.
  • Protect yourself from HPV infection. HPV infection is another risk factor for mouth cancer. If you are sexually active, you can reduce the risk of having mouth cancer by limiting partners and using condoms.
  • Ensure good oral hygiene. Keep all areas of your mouth in good shape. Brush and floss regularly, always drink water and stay on top of your dental visits. If you are using dentures or any removable oral appliance, be sure to keep them clean at all times. If you feel that your dentures no longer fit properly, advise your dentist immediately so they can check on it.

Learn more about oral cancer prevention.  See your dentist in Newmarket today.

By |2018-09-26T12:53:04+00:00September 26th, 2018|blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

6 Reasons You Should Consider Getting Dental Implants

Still undecided which dental treatment you should choose to replace missing or damaged teeth?  One of the most popular options among our patients are dental implants because they can create a natural looking, brand new smile. Here are a few more reasons you should consider getting dental implants.

  1. dental implants in newmarketLong lasting. With proper upkeep, dental implants can last a lifetime. You’ll still need to see your dentist regularly, for periodic adjustments and your hygienist for cleaning. And since dental implants are durable, this means you also enjoy a long-term return on your investment.
  2. Gives you peace of mind. You no longer need to cover your mouth when you laugh or smile. You will not need to worry about dental appliances in your mouth loosening or falling out. With dental implants, you can enjoy life just like you had your real teeth.
  3. Maintains your natural face shape. When you have missing teeth, your face can appear sunken. With artificial teeth replacements, you can bring back the natural shape of your face and maintain it long-term. It isn’t just your smile that is improved, your face will also appear healthier.
  4. Helps you prevent cavities.Did you know that artificial teeth or implant-restored crowns are cavity-resistant? With dental implants, your smile is no longer as vulnerable to tooth decay. However, this doesn’t mean that you can forego regular dental hygiene habits. You still need to care for your replacement teeth the way you do for your natural teeth to avoid problems like gum disease.
  5. Keeps your jawbone strong.Your teeth keep your jawbone firm and strong. When you have missing teeth, the jawbone deteriorates and loses its firmness. This means that not replacing teeth and leaving the space empty for a long period, not only affects the appearance of your smile, it can cause other health issues.
  6. Holds artificial teeth in place.If you have a gap of more than one missing teeth, one of the options is a partial denture that hooks onto adjacent teeth. Unfortunately, these dentures can often move and even click as you talk. With dental implants, you no longer have to feel conscious about your artificial teeth moving or clicking. You take your mind off your teeth and enjoy life instead.

Would you like to know more about dental implants? Please feel free to contact us. Let’s find the best dental solution for your needs.

By |2018-08-16T19:14:13+00:00August 16th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Eat Your Way to Healthy Smile: Best Foods for Your Teeth

You already work hard to keep your teeth clean by brushing and flossing. What else could be missing? Like the rest of our body, our mouth also needs nutrients to stay healthy. Let’s talk about the best foods for keeping teeth healthy.

Calcium and Phosphorus Sources

healthy smileOur teeth are composed of minerals. These minerals are lost and replenished during the remineralization process that naturally occurs in our teeth. However, when the acids become too strong, the minerals in our teeth become their target. This can cause the outermost layer of the teeth, the enamel, to corrode. Calcium is crucial as it helps keep the enamel healthy and strong. It works even better when combined with phosphorus. Together they help replenish lost minerals in the teeth. Here are some food choices that are great sources of calcium and/or phosphorus:
  • Cheese. Hard cheese is a great source of calcium for your teeth, but you can always go for something simple like cheddar. Cheese helps boost saliva flow and lowers the acid level in the mouth.
  • Yogurt. It’s not surprising that yogurt is growing in popularity. It’s a healthy snack that is rich in calcium. It also helps you fight gum disease by increasing the amount of good bacteria in the mouth.
  • Tofu. Vegetarians can opt for tofu for a teeth-friendly meal. Tofu is rich in phosphorus which helps protect teeth enamel.
  • Almonds. Nuts, such as almonds, are packed with both calcium and phosphorus. They help our teeth in the fight against cavities.
  • Seafood. Fatty fish, such as salmon, are also filled with phosphorus. This is vital for strengthening tooth enamel.

Crunchy, water-rich food

Crunchy food helps promote saliva flow in the mouth. They also serve as natural teeth cleaners, helping to remove food residue on tooth surfaces. Take them with you for your snacks during the day. If you have kids, it’s good to start introducing them to these healthy snack alternatives. Sweets are good from time to time, but they need to be enjoyed sparingly.
  • Apples. They’re high in water content, plus they’re tasty too.
  • Carrots. Since carrots are hard and require a lot of chewing, they help stimulate saliva production in the mouth. Their texture also helps to gently scrub tooth surfaces.
  • Celery. This raw vegetable is not just good for the body, it’s great for our teeth too. Consider it a natural dental floss, thanks to its fiber-rich strands.
Vitamin D Sources. Vitamin D is good for your overall health as it helps with optimum calcium absorption.
  • Sunlight. While it does not qualify as food, sunlight is known as the best source for Vitamin D, so when the sun is out, make sure to get your dose of Vitamin D.
  • Eggs yolks. They’re rich with vitamin D that can help reduce the risk of developing tooth decay. If you’re not fond of eggs, give just the yokes a try.

As you plan your meals, don’t forget to incorporate the best foods for your teeth. For more information on how you can keep your teeth in tip-top shape, leave us a message. Let’s make your smile better.

By |2018-08-16T18:58:32+00:00July 9th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to Make Pumpkin Spice Loaf

How to Make Pumpkin Spice Loaf

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
Recipe
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (Grease a 8-1/2×4-1/2-inch loaf pan.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl.
  3. Beat eggs, white sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract in a large bowl with an electric mixer on high speed until combined, about 30 seconds. Beat in pumpkin and oil. Add flour mixture; mix until batter is blended and smooth.
  4. Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until the top is dark brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean, about 70 minutes. Let cool in the pan, about 30 minutes. Invert onto a wire rack and slice it into 1-inch thick slices.
This bread freezes perfectly. Simply seal any leftover slices in a resealable plastic bag or wrap them in plastic and pop them into the freezer. To serve, microwave one frozen slice on high for about 45 seconds and it’ll taste like it just came out of the oven!


Kristine Lundy

RDH
By |2018-05-13T10:26:10+00:00November 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Kids Corner

Fun Easter craft and outdoor activity!

Did you know that you can launch Easter egg rockets up into the air with a few house hold materials? The kids will not only love this egg-citing science activity, they will also learn about the cool chemical reaction that makes it happen.

Getting Ready

Plastic Easter eggs that break in half and stand upright (Can probably be found at the dollar store.)

  • Alka-Seltzer tablets
  • Water
  • Pom poms, glue, etc.. Anything you find to personalize and decorate your egg.

This activity can be a bit of a mess so we headed outside to find an open, level surface. We were ready to go!

Safety Tip: Make sure to keep faces back from the eggs as they do pop off. Can wear sunglasses for some protection!

 Jennifer Bergeron
Dental Hygienist
By |2018-05-13T12:20:50+00:00April 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Message From Dr. Ian Gray

A Message From Dr. Ian Gray

Originally, implants were exclusively utilized to help secure a denture. In the last 20 years, implants have been used to replace an individual missing tooth. Implants function like your natural teeth allowing you to chew normally. They also look and feel very natural. In general implant treatment is 90-95% successful.

 

The first requirement for implant treatment is a CBCT. (CBCT is a 3 dimensional x-ray). The CBCT allows us to see the bone volume present. Think of an implant like a titanium drywall plug. There needs to be adequate height and width of bone for the implant to be placed. If the CBCT indicates there is not enough bone for implant placement, then there are ways to increase the bone.Prior to implant placement, a surgical guide is fabricated. This guide is made from the CBCT and merged with an impression of the area. The guide then gives us the ideal position to place the implant at the time of surgery.

If there is a tooth to be extracted first, then there are 2 treatments options. First option is extract the tooth and possibly the bone. Then 3months waiting time is required, before implant placement. The bone from the extracted site must heal before implant placement.

Second option is to extract the tooth and place the implant immediately. This immediate placement used to be considered likely, but know it is done routinely in the right circumstances. Immediate implants are just as successful as the 1st method now. We always evaluate if immediate placement is a viable option. The advantages to immediate implant placement is only one surgery is involved and there is less waiting time.

At the time of implant placement, there is a healing collar (which holds the tissue away from the implant and is an ideal shape) sticking through the gums. The implant requires approximately 3 months to fully integrating to the bone. After three months the implant is tested for stability. While you are waiting for the implant to fully integrate, a temporary prosthesis can be fabricated for cosmetically reasons. Once the implant is fully integrated a post/crown can be inserted. The final insertion requires no freezing. The implant then functions like any of your natural teeth.

Sincerely, 
Dr. Ian Gray

By |2018-05-13T12:48:31+00:00February 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Taste and Tell….. for January

Taste and Tell….. for January

Grilled Hawaiian Barbecue Chicken in Foil

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup bbq sauce (I like Sweet Baby Ray’s)
  • 1 15-ounce can pineapple slices (including juice)
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into cubes
  • 2 medium zucchini, sliced
  • green onions, for garnish

Instructions:

  1.  Heat grill to medium heat. Cut 4 sheets, enough to wrap the chicken and veggies, of heavy duty foil. Place chicken on center of aluminum foil and divide the veggies and add 2-3 pineapple slices into each packet.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together bbq sauce, juice from the can of pineapple slices, soy sauce, and garlic. Spread about 2 Tablespoons of the sauce on the chicken and make sure to reserve about ¼ cup.
  3. Place chicken packets onto grill and grill for 13-15 minutes flipping at about 7 minutes.To serve carefully open packets, baste with reserve sauce and garnish with green onions.

Jennifer Bergeron
Dental Hygienist

By |2018-05-13T12:53:01+00:00January 24th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

We are proud to announce our 5th annual

We are proud to announce our 5th annual 

Starting November 21st and continuing on until December 20th we will be collecting non-perishable food donations for the Newmarket Food Bank. For the last two years our drive has been largely successful thanks to the generous donations made by patients and staff! Once again this year Dr. Gray will donate $1 for each pound of food collected or dollar for dollar on cash donations.

Thank you for helping us support the Newmarket Food Bank

By |2018-05-13T13:42:40+00:00November 13th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Welcome back Sara!

Welcome back Sara! 

Sara will be returning to the office after her year off with baby Zoe! Her first day back is November 7th. She is looking forward seeing all her patients  Mean while baby Zoe will be a one on Oct 21st and is ready for her first Halloween!

By |2018-05-13T13:45:06+00:00October 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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