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Back to School, Back to the Dentist!

Summer is such a fun time for kids! They get to enjoy various activities and indulge in their favourite treats. Now the time for back to school is almost near. While you are preparing their wardrobe, school supplies and other checklist items, be sure to check in on their oral health too!

dental exam is just as important as any other immunization and should be part of your back-to-school prep. Here are a few other things to include on your checklist, in addition to a dental checkup at ToothMatters Dental Clinic:

– regular brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing (good dental care habits start at home!)

– eating healthy lunches and snacks (help them pack a nutritious lunch that is good for their oral health and smile).

– wear a properly fitted mouthguard when engaging in organized sports, physical education class or playground activities.

Contact us for your child’s dental exam and checkup at ToothMatters Dental Clinic in Richmond Hill!

-Dr. Gao

Tips About Mouthwash for Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene requires brushing twice daily for two minutes, flossing daily and consuming a healthy diet. It also requires you to visit your dentist regularly!

If you’d like to add mouthwash to your oral care, here are a few things to know:

– Mouthwash is not a replacement for brushing or flossing.
– Mouthwash can be used to freshen your breath.
– If you suffer from severe halitosis, ask us for help at ToothMatters Dental Clinic instead of using mouthwash as a temporary solution.
– You can dilute your mouthwash if you find it too strong.
– Be sure to read the instructions of your mouthwash prior to using it. You can also consult us at ToothMatters Dental Clinic too.

Before changing your oral care routine, visit us at ToothMatters Dental Clinic in Richmond Hill for a dental checkup. We are happy to help keep your smile at its best

-Dr. Gao

Almonds: A Good Snack for Your Smile!

Your diet choices can significantly affect your overall health – including your oral health too. It’s important to pick foods that are high in nutrients to benefit your smile! From your main meals to snacks throughout the day – each can contribute to better oral health.

A great snack to eat throughout the day is almonds! Did you know that almonds are good for your teeth? They are a good source of calcium and protein and are also low in sugar.

Enjoy a quarter cup of almonds with your lunch, add them to a salad or to a stir fry for dinner! Here are some recipe ideas to help incorporate almonds into your diet.

For more questions about your diet for good oral health care, contact us at ToothMatters Dental Clinic in Richmond Hill. We look forward to helping you improve your oral health and smile!

Why Is Dental Cleaning and Scaling Necessary?

Most people learn how to practice good dental hygiene early on in their lives. A good oral hygiene routine involves brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing every day, and using mouthwash to remove loose debris. But that’s not enough to keep your teeth healthy and free from bacteria.

At ToothMatters in Richmond Hill, we always encourage patients to visit the dentist at least once every six months. This is because a professional cleaning is also an essential aspect of good dental care. Here’s what you need to know:

Plaque and Tartar Build-up is Common 

No matter how diligent you are with your oral hygiene routine, you’ll still have to deal with plaque and tartar. Plaque can build up in hard to reach areas of the mouth and solidify into tartar. This tartar can lead to gum disease if it isn’t cleaned effectively. Our dental team will use the scaling technique to gently remove all accumulated tartar and plaque to ensure there’s no possibility of infection.

Scaling is the process of using a specialized tool to scale the tartar off the teeth. This should be done by a trained dentist by a trained dentist or hygienist to reduce the chances of damage to the gums.

Are you experiencing a toothache or other dental problems? Book an appointment with us at Tooth Matters today. You can reach us using this contact us form or call 647-953-0727.

-Dr. Gao

How to Know if You Have an Impacted Wisdom Tooth

Wisdom teeth are typically the last ones to appear and they begin to emerge between the ages of 17-25. If these teeth don’t have sufficient room to develop normally, they are considered to be impacted. We at ToothMatters in Richmond Hill, offer some of the best wisdom teeth extraction services.

Types of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

There are several degrees of impacted wisdom teeth, such as:

  • Soft Tissue Impaction –  This occurs when the tooth’s crown penetrates through the bone. However, the gum flap is still completely covering the tooth.
  • Partial Bony Impaction – In this type, the tooth erupts only partially, but the rest of the tooth remains embedded in the jawbone.
  • Complete Bony Impaction – This occurs when the jawbone entirely encases the tooth.

An impacted wisdom tooth doesn’t always show symptoms, which means you might have an impacted tooth and may not be aware of it. In some cases, only swelling or an infection would indicate that there is an impacted tooth. Some people experience symptoms such as bleeding gums, pain, bad breath, jaw ache, or even a headache.

If you feel like you may have an impacted tooth or would like to learn more, contact ToothMatters today. You can reach us through this contactus form or call 647-953-0727.

-Dr. Gao

What Are Dental Implants?

If you have a missing tooth or even a few, it’s likely that your dentist will recommend a dental implant.

Dental implant procedures can provide excellent results. During the procedure, a titanium root is surgically placed in the jawbone at the site of the missing tooth. After the surrounding jawbone fuses with the implant, a crown will be fitted over it to fill the gap left by the missing tooth. We at ToothMatters offer some of the best dental implant services.

Dental Implants Facts

Here are some facts about dental implants that will give you some clarity about what’s involved during the procedure:

  • Dental implants can be used to replace single or multiple teeth or even an entire arch of teeth.
  • Your dentist will administer a local anesthetic in the area where the implant has to be placed; this means you will feel no pain during the procedure. There will, however, be slight discomfort in the week following the procedure.
  •   Generally speaking, it can take three months or longer, for the implant site to heal sufficiently before the prosthetic tooth can be placed on the titanium root.

To book an appointment with us at ToothMatters in Richmond Hill today, you can reach us through our contact us form or call 647-953-0727.

-Dr. Gao

What is General Dentistry?

General dentistry comprises of basic dental care that patients receive when they visit a dentist. It is a broad field that can help with a large number of dental issues. At ToothMatters, we provide primary care to our patients and make sure their teeth are healthy at all times. Here’s a look at what’s included in general dentistry:

Checkups and Maintenance

General dentistry includes preventive care and basic maintenance. Dentists will assess your teeth and clean them to remove all lingering particles, plaque, and tartar, etc. We encourage our patients to visit us at least twice a year to keep their teeth in good shape.

Cavities and Decay

Cavities are a common ailment for many patients and it is often challenging to limit their severity, even through effective treatment. Our dentists will assess the extent of the problem before recommending a solution. In most cases, patients will need a filling, but sometimes the tooth is too damaged and will need a crown.

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the very last set of teeth to emerge and they have very little room to grow. That’s why many patients have to deal with impacted or partially developed wisdom teeth. Our dentists can extract them before they contribute to overcrowding or any other problems.

General dentistry covers a large number of services. However, at ToothMatters, we also provide specialized services that are beyond just general dentistry, such as cosmetic dentistry (teeth whitening, implants, veneers, dental bonding, etc.) and specialized treatments (root canals, tooth extractions, etc.).

If you would like to learn more about our dental services or book an appointment, don’t hesitate to contact us at ToothMatters in Richmond Hill. You can call 647-953-0727 or use ourcontact us form.

-Dr. Gao

Why Should I Go to the Dentist Regularly?

Many people may shy from dentist appointments and find reasons to avoid them altogether. Some patients don’t book appointments because they want to save money, while others don’t because they may think that it’s uncomfortable. At ToothMatters in Richmond Hill, we always encourage patients to take their dental health seriously. Here are some reasons why you should go to the dentist regularly:

Spotting Problems Early

Regular dentist appointments include a thorough checkup. This allows dentists to examine your teeth closely and spot early signs of cavities, tartar, gum infections, and even cancer. If the dentist spots a problem early, it can be treated before it can lead into more severe problems.

Cleaning And Removing Tartar

While regular dental hygiene goes a long way to keep your teeth healthy, it doesn’t always  clean the harder to reach areas effectively. A regular dentist appointment includes a thorough clean. The dentist will remove all lingering debris, plaque, and tartar completely.

Long-Term Dental Health

If you visit a dentist two or three times a year, you will be able to preserve your natural teeth well and avoid major tooth loss as you grow older.

If you want to learn more about our dental services or would like to book an appointment, don’t hesitate to contact us at ToothMatters. You can call 647-953-0727 or use our contact us form.

-Dr. Gao

Do You Only Need To See A Dentist If Your Teeth Hurt?

Most people tend to avoid dentists unless they have no other choice. Some patients see routine dental check-ups as uncomfortable, which is why they only visit the dentist when they have a dental problem. At ToothMatters Dental Clinic, we encourage patients to visit their dentist regularly – whether they have a problem or not. Here is some advice from our experienced dentists:

Visiting Twice A Year Will Keep Your Teeth Healthy

Experts recommend visiting a dentist at least twice a year. This allows them to monitor your oral health and spot signs of trouble early. They can limit the damage to your teeth and ensure the problem doesn’t have the opportunity to become worse.

Regular Cleaning Is Vital

Even patients with the most diligent dental hygiene habits need a professional cleaning every once in a while. Dentists can remove hidden pockets of plaque, clean stains, and address any decay. You’re more likely to experience dental problems if you skip these professional cleaning sessions.

Retaining Natural Teeth 

While dental technology has advanced by a considerable margin, nothing can replace your natural teeth. It is easier to retain your natural teeth if you visit the dentist regularly and receive timely treatment.

Don’t wait for your teeth to hurt or other dental problems to occur. Book your dental appointment with us at ToothMatters Dental Clinic today. You can reach us through our contact us form or call 647-953-0727.

-Dr. Gao

The Difference Between Sensitive Teeth vs. Sensitive Gums

Sensitive teeth and sensitive gum issues can sometimes be confused with one another. At ToothMatters Dental Clinic we are happy to help our patients understand the difference!

Pain related to sensitive teeth occurs when your tooth enamel is worn down, or your gum line has receded exposing the dentin of your tooth. Dentin is the the layer inside the tooth’s enamel protecting the tooth’s pulp. Dentin contains tubules that run to the pulp (where the nerves of the tooth are located). If the flow in these tubules are exposed to external hot or cold food and drinks – it signals pain. Sensitive teeth do not necessarily show visual signs for sensitivity.

Sensitive gum issues on the other hand will usually be red and often bleed without being prodded by brushing. They do not have the same discomfort that sensitive teeth have. With sensitive gum problems they can sometimes feel sore. The longer sensitive gum issues are left untreated the worse they will become.

Whether you are experiencing sensitive teeth or sensitive gum problems, it is important to visit your dentist. We can help provide relief and solutions for dental problems you may be experiencing. Contact us at ToothMatters Dental to learn how to care for your teeth. We can help you make your smile last a lifetime!

-Dr. Gao