Posts for: April, 2020
While this can be a challenging time for all of us by staying at home as much as possible to help stop the spread of COVID-19, there are a few things available to help. We have prepared a list of resources and items that we can all use to help get through our stay at home.
DON'T NEGLECT YOUR ORAL CARE
It's vital during this time to maintain your oral health at home. If your oral care needed improvement before, this is an ideal time to improve it. Remember to follow recommended guidelines by brushing your teeth at least twice daily and flossing in the morning and before bed. Remove the food buildup between teeth and gums accumulated throughout the day before you go to bed.
TRY SIGNING UP FOR FREE SERVICES OR TRIALS
Some companies are offering limited or full trials, or offering paid services for free for a short time. Please be mindful that some of these trials do require your credit card information. Be sure to read all terms and conditions before signing up for any service. Here is a list of free or trial services:
Online Streaming Services
- AppleTV (7 Day Trial)
- Netflix (30 Day Trial)
- Amazon Prime Video (30 Day Trial)
- Hulu – (30 Day Trial)
- Crave (30 Day Trial)
- Disney+ (7 Day Trial)
Other Free Services
- Coursera (Free For University & College Students)
- Skillshare (Free For Students)
- Archive.org (Free For Everyone)
- Audible (Free For Kids & Teens)
- Duolingo (Free Language Learning)
- Grow With Google (Free Online Courses For All)
IMPORTANT GOVERNMENT WEBSITES
The municipal, provincial and federal government of Canada regularly releases updates regarding COVID-19. Check out the links below to stay updated daily:
- Peel COVID-19 Website
- Mississauga COVID-19 Updates
- Ontario COVID-19 Updates
- Government Of Canada Updates
- Employment Insurance Benefits & Leave (EI)
- Canada Emergency Response Benefit
Hopefully these resources help you during your stay at home. Check all government websites for updates as things are constantly changing and this post may not reflect that.
The Mississauga Dental Arts team wishes all of our valued patients and your families the best. We are eager to see your beautiful smiles again!
Every year 150,000 people, mostly women over age 50, find out they have a painful condition called trigeminal neuralgia. For many it begins as an occasional twinge along the face that steadily worsens until the simple act of chewing or speaking, or even a light touch, sets off excruciating pain.
The source of the pain is the pair of trigeminal nerves that course along each side of the face. Each nerve has three separate branches that provide sensation to the upper, middle and lower areas of the face and jaw.
The problem arises when areas of the myelin sheath, a fatty, insulating covering on nerves, becomes damaged, often because of an artery or vein pressing against it. As a result, the nerve can become hypersensitive to stimuli and transmit pain at even the slightest trigger. It may also fail to stop transmitting even after the stimulation that caused it is over.
Although the condition may not always be curable, there are various ways to effectively manage it. The most conservative way is with medications that block the nerve from transmitting pain signals to the brain, coupled with drugs that help stabilize the nerve and decrease abnormal firing.
If medication isn't enough to relieve symptoms, there may be some benefit from more invasive treatments. One technique is to insert a thin needle into the nerve to selectively damage nerve fibers to prevent them from firing. Another microsurgical procedure attempts to relocate the nerve away from a blood vessel that may be compressing it.
The latter procedure has some higher risks such as facial numbness or decreased hearing, and is often better suited for younger patients. Older patients may benefit more from the needle insertion procedure previously mentioned or a directed beam of high-dose radiation to alter the nerve.
To learn the best options for you, you should first undergo a neurological exam to verify you have trigeminal neuralgia and to rule out other causes. From there, you and your doctor can decide the best course of treatment for your age and individual condition.
Trigeminal neuralgia can be an unpleasant experience. But there are tried and true ways to minimize its effect on your life.
If you would like more information on trigeminal neuralgia, 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 “Trigeminal Neuralgia.”
The monarchs of the world experience the same health issues as their subjects—but they often tend to be hush-hush about it. Recently, though, the normally reticent Queen Elizabeth II let some young dental patients in on a lesser known fact about Her Majesty's teeth.
While touring a new dental hospital, the queen told some children being fitted for braces that she too “had wires” once upon a time. She also said, “I think it's worth it in the end.”
The queen isn't the only member of the House of Windsor to need help with a poor bite. Both Princes William and Harry have worn braces, as have other members of the royal family. A propensity for overbites, underbites and other malocclusions (poor bites) can indeed pass down through families, whether of noble or common lineage.
Fortunately, there are many ways to correct congenital malocclusions, depending on their type and severity. Here are 3 of them.
Braces and clear aligners. Braces are the tried and true way to straighten misaligned teeth, while the clear aligner method—removable plastic mouth trays—is the relative “new kid on the block.” Braces are indeed effective for a wide range of malocclusions, but their wires and brackets make it difficult to brush and floss, and they're not particularly attractive. Clear aligners solve both of these issues, though they may not handle more complex malocclusions as well as braces.
Palatal expanders. When the upper jaw develops too narrowly, a malocclusion may result from teeth crowding into too small a space. But before the upper jaw bones fuse together in late childhood, orthodontists can fit a device called a palatal expander inside the upper teeth, which exerts gentle outward pressure on the teeth. This encourages more bone growth in the center to widen the jaw and help prevent a difficult malocclusion from forming.
Specialized braces for impacted teeth. An impacted tooth, which remains partially or completely hidden in the gums, can impede dental health, function and appearance. But we may be able to coax some impacted teeth like the front canines into full eruption. This requires a special orthodontic technique in which a bracket is surgically attached to the impacted tooth's crown. A chain connected to the bracket is then looped over other orthodontic hardware to gradually pull the tooth down where it should be.
Although some techniques like palatal expanders are best undertaken in early dental development, people of any age and reasonably good health can have a problem bite corrected with other methods. If you are among those who benefit from orthodontics, you'll have something in common with the Sovereign of the British Isles: a healthy, attractive and straighter smile.