Following news of the province's modified Step 2 COVID-19 restrictions today,Rest assured that we not only meet but exceed the safety guidelines for providing dental care while maintaining strict COVID-19 safety protocols so that our patients, our staff and all our families remain safe.
Putting off or delaying dental treatment and dental hygiene visits can impact not only your oral health but can also affect your overall health due to the numerous systemic links that tie both together. Remember that a dental hygiene visit is not just a simple cleaning. With regular dental care, you protect both your oral and overall health.
We want to ensure that our patients can have easy and timely access to dental care while it is still easy to do so. If you require a dental hygiene visit or need dental treatment completed, please contact us right away.
We look forward to seeing you.
Your healthcare team at Mississauga Dental Arts
Oral jewellery is considered any piercing displaying jewellery within the mouth. Common oral piercings consist of the tongue, lip and frenum. Typical oral jewellery is typically barbells, studs and hoops, which can be steel, nickel, titanium, gold or plastic. From an oral and systemic health perspective, it is not recommended to get oral jewellery for many reasons. But, if a person is set on having oral jewellery, it is essential to have the piercing performed in a location with proper equipment following infection control procedures.
Be aware that there will be a healing period after receiving an oral piercing. Some tips for healing include frequent rinses with salt water, sucking on ice, brushing after each meal, avoiding smoking and drinking alcohol for four weeks, and constantly washing hands before touching the piercing. Be sure to monitor the piercing for signs of infection for four weeks, including redness, swelling, and pain.
On-going care for oral jewellery includes brushing and cleaning the jewellery simultaneously as brushing the teeth twice daily. It's recommended to remove the jewellery before eating, sleeping and playing sports, if possible. Selecting jewellery made of plastic instead of metal causes less risk of chipping and cracking teeth. One of the most important things to remember is to periodically check the jewellery to make sure it is fitting tight so as not to dislodge and cause a choking hazard.
Oral and Systemic Implications
- Pain, redness, swelling and bleeding post piercing
- Bacterial, a viral or fungal infection can lead to the bloodstream
- Nerve damage from the piercing site
- Increased salivary flow
- Ludwig's angina, which is an infection on the floor of the mouth caused by bacteria entering the bloodstream
- An obstructed airway can occur either from extreme swelling or from choking on the jewellery
- Gum recession around the site of the piercing
- Scar tissue formation
- Chips/ cracks/ fractures to surrounding teeth
- Tooth sensitivity
- Problems with biting, chewing and speech
- Bad breath, called halitosis
- Increased tartar formation around the jewellery and surrounding teeth
- A potential risk for an increase in clenching or grinding habits
The risk factors certainly outweigh the benefits when it comes to oral jewellery. If oral jewellery is a must, it is important to follow care guidelines to ensure a healthy mouth and body. If you have any questions about oral jewellery, we encourage you to contact us today to book an appointment.
When it comes to helping your child avoid tooth decay, it's all hands on deck. Tooth decay can not only harm their current set of primary teeth, but the loss of even one tooth could lead to bite problems later on.
And, even if you're doing all the right things—daily brushing and flossing, limiting sugar consumption and regular dental visits—your child might still develop cavities. If so, it may be necessary to add a boost of prevention with topical fluoride applied by your dentist.
With its enamel-strengthening properties, fluoride plays an important role in dental disease prevention. For decades, manufacturers have added fluoride to toothpaste. And, many water utilities now add tiny amounts of fluoride to their drinking supply.
According to a number of studies, these fluoride applications are effective weapons against tooth decay. But direct applications of fluoride to tooth surfaces can provide even greater benefit to children with a higher susceptibility for decay.
Topical fluoride is usually applied by means of a gel, foam or varnish. In varnish form, it's brushed on the teeth, while dentists apply the foam solution within a tray fitted around the teeth. The gel application can be administered by either method.
Although these topical applications use a higher concentration of fluoride than you find in toothpaste, it poses no serious danger to a child's health. But because high doses of fluoride can lead to staining, topical applications are only administered periodically during childhood.
The only short-term health concern is if the child accidentally swallows some of the mixture during application. This can cause symptoms like an upset stomach, vomiting or headache. Dentists, however, take a number of precautions to prevent accidental ingestion in order to avoid these unpleasant side effects.
The benefits, though, appear to well outweigh this minor risk. In a review of several scientific studies involving nearly 10,000 children, there was an average 28% reduction in decayed, missing or filled teeth in those children that underwent topical fluoride treatments.
If you want to know more about topical fluoride treatments and whether they can help your child avoid tooth decay, talk to your dentist. This fluoride booster could help further protect them from this destructive dental disease.
If you would like more information on helping your child avoid tooth decay, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Fluoride Gels Reduce Decay.”
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