Our Etobicoke Dental Blog

How Our Etobicoke Dentist Can Help You With Your Snoring
Does Your Child Do Any of the Following?
Oral Hygiene Visits with our Etobicoke Dentist
Our Etobicoke Dentist Adjusts Your Bite With T-scan
Etobicoke Dentist treats TM Joint problems
Our Etobicoke Dentist can help alleviate the following symptoms
In the Media: Sleep Apnea Can Cause Dementia
Dentist Phobia? We have the solution- Nitrous Oxide Sedation
A Braces Dentist Will Help You Get the Smile That You Have Always Wanted!
Sedation Dentist Will Help Relieve the Pain & Anxiety During Dental Procedures
Diabetes and Sleep Apnea
Our Toronto Sleep Apnea Dentist
Toronto Cosmetic Dentist
Dentistry for Kids - Etobicoke, Toronto Dentist
Root Canal Procedures at our Etobicoke Dental Office
Cosmetic Dental Treatments At Our Etobicoke Dental Clinic
Etobicoke Dental Clinic - Porcelain Veneers
Etobicoke Dental Clinic Treats TMJ Disorders
A Common Sense Look At Crowns and Bridges
What Is Gum Disease?
Cavities and Kids
Dry Mouth
Prescription Medication and Your Dentist
The importance of a Complete Dental Examination

How Our Etobicoke Dentist Can Help You With Your Snoring

Dr. Jack Pozniakowski, our head dentist in Etobicoke, can help evaluate your medical issues surrounding snoring, headaches and sleep apnea problems.

He has been practicing general and laser dentistry in Etobicoke Dental Clinic with extensive training focused in Sleep Disorder Dentistry. Dr. Pozniakowski will treat patients diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea or simple snoring.

Snoring could “silently” be affecting your life in ways you may not be aware of. A common misconception is that snoring is merely an annoyance, and not a health issue. However, the truth is that snoring can affect the health of the snorer and their bed partner. The most common side effects of disrupted sleep are:

Difficulty with concentration and learning
Memory loss
Anxiety and depression
Increased blood pressure
Cardiovascular disease
Daytime fatigue

Dr. J. Pozniakowski will utilize high-end equipment at our Etobicoke dental office which will enable him to diagnose patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea and make it possible for our Etobicoke dentists to treat simple snoring, alongside mild, medium and some cases of severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

Does Your Child Do Any of the Following?

Our Etobicoke dentist asks:

Does your child?

  • Sleep in an abnormal position, with his/her head off the bed or propped up with pillows?
  • Snore loudly and often?
  • Stop breathing during the night for 10-20 seconds periods, followed by choking, gasping or waking up?
  • Sweat heavily during sleep?
  • Sleep restlessly?
  • Have difficulty waking up, even though their sleep should have been long enough?
  • Complain of headaches during the day, particularly in the morning?
  • Display irritability, aggressiveness or crankiness?
  • Fall asleep or daydream in school or at home?
  • Display signs of or has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity (ADHD)?
If you have answered “YES” to any of the questions above, our Etobicoke dentist might say that your child may be manifesting behaviors associated with Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB).

What is SDB?

Sleep Disordered Breathing is the result of nighttime respiratory problems due to obstructed, narrowed or collapsed nasal or oral airway. SDB affects adults and children alike.

In adults, the airway loses its muscle tone during sleep, collapses in on itself, and as a result oxygen is blocked from entering the lungs.

In children, this lack of oxygen during sleep is generally caused by one of two things: enlarged tonsils or adenoids or a malformation in the orofacial area.

What causes the snoring?

Your child’s snoring or labored breathing may be the vibration of the airway against swollen tonsils or adenoid as air tries to pass through to the lungs. It could also be a result of constriction due to structural problems in the teeth, jaw or nasal passages.

SDB ranges in severity, from snoring to different degrees of airway obstruction. At its most severe form, the child chokes and wakes up, oxygen has been completely cut off and the body shocks itself to awake in order to position the airway correctly again.

It does sound terrifying but the good news is that our dentists at Etobicoke dental office may be able to help.

Dr. J. Pozniakowski, a long-time dentist in Etobicoke, will use high-end dental equipment to examine your child and may determine that the problem is not in the airway at all, but in the nasal passages or adenoids and tonsils. If that’s the case, the child will be referred to an ENT specialist.

Our head Etobicoke dentist can determine the location and cause of the obstruction, narrowing or collapsing, right here in our dental office in Etobicoke by utilizing acoustic reflection technology (ART), a painless and non-invasive technology that uses sound waves to draw a real-time picture of the child’s nasal passages and oral airway.

How can the dentist correct the obstruction?

If your child suffers from SDB due to a malformation in the orofacial area, our Etobicoke dentist may be able to help. Your child may need a retainer-like device, braces, or a nighttime mouth guard to correct the problem. In addition to eliminating the debilitating side effects your child may be suffering now, this early treatment can prevent a lifetime of sleep disordered breathing problems.

Children are precious, so if you notice snoring, restless sleep, irritability, crankiness, choking & waking up during sleep, it might be time to call us for a free consultation.

Oral Hygiene Visits with our Etobicoke Dentist

Oral Hygiene Services offered at our Etobicoke Dental Clinic:

1. Diagnostic services of your dental hygiene visit may include:

  • Examination of your teeth to detect decay
  • Necessary cavity detecting X-rays
  • Evaluation and assessment of your periodontal (gum) tissue
  • Checking your biting, chewing and swallowing patterns
  • Reviewing and updating your medical history
  • Recording any changes in your prescribed medications and physical condition
  • Treatment planning
  • Evaluating possible cosmetic enhancements of your smile

2. Preventive services of your oral hygiene visit in our Etobicoke Dental Office may include:
  • Oral cancer examination and screening
  • Blood pressure check
  • Application of fluoride
  • Application of pit and fissure sealant
  • Cleaning and scaling of teeth to remove all plaque and calculus (tartar)
  • Removal of surface stains from the teeth
  • Referral to specialists for specific treatment

3. We also offer educational services at our Etobicoke Dental Office that may include:
  • Tooth brushing and flossing instructions
  • Discussion on prescribed dental treatment
  • Recommendation of future treatment ( dental braces, periodontal or endodontic therapy, possible implants, cosmetic or prostodontic treatment etc.)

Dr. J. Pozniakowski reminds everyone that good oral hygiene begins at home. Once your Etobicoke dentist or hygienist has completed your oral hygiene appointment, there are a few simple things you can do to continue a regimen of good oral hygiene at home. They include proper flossing and brushing of both your teeth and tongue, as well as eating a healthy balanced diet.

Always remember that Good Oral Health Can Lead to Improved Total Health!

Gum disease is caused by bacteria that proliferate in the mouth. As noted by the American Academy of Periodontolory, people with severe gum disease can possibly result in having that bacteria enter the bloodstream and cause problems elsewhere in the body.
Our Etobicoke Dentist wants to help you keep your smile for a lifetime!

Our Etobicoke Dentist Adjusts Your Bite With T-scan

T-scan is truly a 21st century diagnostic tool that became the latest addition in high technological equipment at our Etobicoke Dental Office.

It is a pressure activated sensor developed and mainly used by NASA. The sensor is attached to a computer program that measures:

  • How strong we bite on each and every tooth in our mouth,
  • Where touching points are located on the surface of each tooth,
  • Which teeth are touching each other first and then the sequence of biting on them is measured in hundreds of a second.

  • Dr. Jack Pozniakowski, our head Etobicoke dentist, has been using the T-scan for over a year now and states that it is a superior way to fit a new filling, porcelain crown, bridge, implant or a denture. A well adjusted bite allows the patients to chew comfortably right from the beginning and avoids broken restorations by biting properly on all teeth.

    We also use T-scan at our Etobicoke dental clinic to diagnose and treat traumatic bites, eliminate bruxing, treat TM Joint dysfunction and symptoms associated with it such as tension headaches, sore and tired muscles during chewing and much more.

    The belief of dental clinic is that dentistry, for too many years, relied on the “marking paper” to adjust a filling to fit the bite, to grind down a tooth that has been touching first and eventually hurts, to fit caps, veneers, bridges, implants and dentures to existing bites so patients could chew comfortably. In hindsight, most of the time it was a guesswork as our Etobicoke Dentist now realizes how unreliable the marking paper is to indicate how much and where we need to grind. Since there was nothing else available on the market, our Etobicoke dental clinic continually used the marking paper until now!

    For more information on the T-scan and other dental services offered, or to book an appointment for an initial exam, please contact our Etobicoke Dentist at (416) 255-3333.

    Etobicoke Dentist treats TM Joint problems

    The TM Joint is located right in front of our ears and happens to be one of the busiest joints of the body. It connects the lower jaw to the skull and is responsible for speaking, eating and swallowing saliva thousands of times a day. It also allows some of us to grind our teeth at night.

    The joint can be easily damaged by:

    • an accidental blow to the face
    • whiplash in a vehicle accident
    • excessive mouth opening during wisdom teeth removal
    • intubation during general anesthesia
    • grinding or clenching of teeth while asleep

    • The signs of grinding

      According to our head Etobicoke dentist, the signs of bruxing (grinding) teeth at night are quite visible and can be easily spotted in our mouths by anybody, and not just by a dentist. If you see shortened incisal edges of your front teeth or flattened cusps of your back teeth you definitely grind your teeth at night. This kind of damage to the teeth isn’t caused by eating because we are conscious of how much pressure we use while chewing the food. But it is a totally different issue at night when we are asleep. Those of us who grind our teeth at night put a lot of pressure on the teeth causing them to gradually get damaged, along with the TM Joints. The reasons for grinding teeth at night aren’t yet fully known but new studies list bruxing as a symptom associated with Sleep Apnea and other breathing dysfunctions at night, chronic, persistent pain or discomfort located anywhere in our body, or excessive and long lasting stress.

      Risks linked to TM Joint problems

      A damaged, dislocated TM Joint can cause clicking when opening or closing the mouth, and pain in the area or inability to open the mouth widely. A prolonged chronic TM Joint dysfunction can be associated with headaches, neck aches, earaches, ringing, buzzing or a stuffed ear. If left untreated, it can lead to debilitating joint degeneration and limited chewing function.

      The treatment

      The common approach to this problem is similar to the treatment of any joint sprain or dislocation with surgery being one of the options.
      Dr. J. Pozniakowski provides a more conservative TM Joint treatment by relocating the joint to its most comfortable position and maintaining it by a pair of small guards fitted and made especially for the patient to be worn during the day and night to protect the joints and keep them in the right position. Healing of the joints usually takes about three months.

      What our Etobicoke Dentist Says:

      Throughout many years of my professional experience, I found it a common occurrence that patients seek the help of an “Ear Nose and Throat specialist” in relation to persistent earaches, stuffed ear, buzzing or ringing within the ears. If the examination shows that the ear is fine and ENT doesn't recommend any further treatments, those patients should be referred to a dentist who treats TM Joint disorders, as ear symptoms are often associated with the joint dislocation.

      We offer a FREE TMJ consultation. Please call our Etobicoke Dental Clinic at 416-255-3333.

      Our Etobicoke Dentist can help alleviate the following symptoms

      • Headaches
      • Migraine headaches
      • Neck, shoulder or back pain or stiffness
      • Chronic shoulder pain
      • Daytime sleepiness
      • Trouble sleeping soundly
      • Snoring at night
      • Jaws tired when awaken
      • Teeth sore when awaken
      • Clenching teeth during the day
      • Clenching teeth at night
      • Grinding teeth when asleep
      • Jaws tired after a big meal
      • Dizziness
      • Feeling faint
      • Feeling nauseated
      • Pain in left or right ear
      • Loss of hearing
      • Itchiness or stuffiness in either ear
      • Ringing, buzzing, or hissing sounds in ears
      • Breathing difficulties due to allergies
      • Sinus problems
      • Clicking or popping noise within jaw joints
      • Jaw locks when unable to open or close
      • Difficulty opening wide or yawning
      • Pain in left or right joint
      • Jaw aches when open wide
      • Eyesight blurs
      • Pain in, around. or behind left or right eye
      • Nose stuffed even without having a cold
      • Diagnosed with Sleep Apnea
      • Had a sleep study done at a sleep clinic (hospital)

      These symptoms suggest that there is a high probability that you suffer from a sprained or dislocated jaw joint. The primary cause of Dislocated Jaw Joint is a direct trauma or repeated microtrauma caused by nightly grinding or clenching of your teeth. Upper airway obstruction in the nasal or throat airways, chronic pain and excessive stress are the major causes of grinding or clenching at night and throughout the day.

      Our Etobicoke Dental Office is equipped with highly advanced screening equipment, such as JVA, which uses sound waves to diagnose the jaw joint derangement. Since grinding or clenching teeth is often a symptom of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (a life-threatening disorder), our Etobicoke Dentists routinely screen our patients for this condition and treat them in our office. We use the newest technology for testing, such as “Eccovission” system, which uses sound waves to map out the cross-sectional area of the pharynx and nasal airway and Embletta device to perform a take-home sleep study.

      Dr. J. Pozniakowski has received extensive training in TMJ and Sleep Disorders Dentistry and provides necessary treatment for it at his Etobicoke Dental clinic. He is confident in his abilities and will help you relieve symptoms.

      Please call our Etobicoke Dental Clinic to reserve time for a full evaluation. Tel. (416) 255-3333.

      In the Media: Sleep Apnea Can Cause Dementia

      It has been proven that the quality of sleep affects our health, and that sleep apnea can cause diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart problems to name a few.

      A recent article in “The Toronto Star” indicates that sleep apnea can also cause dementia:

      We now have three or four studies coming together at the same time saying the same thing: sleep disruptions of various kinds throughout the life span are probably accelerators of cognitive aging and risk factors for dementia,” says Dr. Constantine Lyketsos, chair of the department of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Centre in Maryland.

      Lyketsos said people with sleep apnea have interrupted breathing many times throughout the night and researchers are starting to understand the impact of those interruptions year after year, and how it affects the brain.

      William Thies, the “Alzheimer’s Association” chief medical and scientific officer, said while researchers know sleep patterns change as people age, what isn’t known for certain is whether poor sleep has long-term consequences on cognitive function.

      The good news is that tools already exist to monitor sleep duration and quality and to intervene to help return sleep patterns to normal,” he said. “If we do this, there is the possibility that we may be able to help people preserve their cognitive health.”

      To read more on this subject at the Toronto Star Online, please click HERE

      Dentist Phobia? We have the solution- Nitrous Oxide Sedation

      Perhaps you’ve heard of your friends or other patients mention nitrous oxide or better known as “laughing gas.” It may be something to consider during your next dental visit if you are the type of individual whom becomes anxious and stressed when visiting a dentist.

      Here are some important facts that our Etobicoke dentist would like you to review first:

      What is nitrous oxide?

      Nitrous oxide is a non-allergic, non-irritating gas that affects the central nervous system. It’s one of the safest forms of sedation available, and patients who have used it report very few, if any, side effects. If you’re like most patients, you’ll begin to feel the nitrous oxide take effect within 3-5 minutes.

      The effects of this nitrous oxide gas will subside within 3-5 minutes following your dental treatment. You will be coherent enough to safely drive home or to work following your appointment.

      What are the benefits of having nitrous oxide during dental treatment?

      Our head Etobicoke dentist, Dr J. Pozniakowski, says that the common ones are:

      • Nitrous oxide can make you feel more comfortable during your appointment
      • Your remain conscious and are fully aware during treatment
      • The depth of sedation can be varied throughout your treatment as required
      • Your gag reflex and flow of saliva are somewhat decreased
      • Nitrous oxide can reduce the discomfort or anxiety associated with an injection of local anesthesia; in some cases (particularly with small children) it take the place of an injection all together
      • Most importantly, it helps to eliminate fear and reduces anxiety by helping you relax

      How is nitrous oxide administered by our dentist?

      A soft rubber hood is placed over your nose. This hood is attached to equipment that regulates the amount of nitrogen and oxygen you receive. You simply breathe in and out through your nose as you would normally breathe. Towards the end of your treatment, the nitrous oxide will gradually be replaced with 100% oxygen so that by the time you’re ready to leave, you will feel completely normal again.

      And what if you don’t like the feeling?

      If you feel uncomfortable or uneasy at any time while breathing in the nitrous oxide gas, you can stop immediately by simply breathing deeply through your mouth. Any temporary discomfort will be eliminated with a few breaths. Please tell us if you should feel any discomfort so we can adjust the amount of gas being delivered.

      What should you do before taking nitrous oxide?

      Discuss any questions or concerns about the sedation with our Etobicoke dentist. Be sure to inform us of any changes in your medical history, or any medications you are presently taking. We generally recommend that you avoid eating a large meal prior to treatment and that you use the restroom before your procedure. The less you talk or breathe through your mouth during your treatment, the faster and more efficiently the gas works.

      A final word from our Dr. J. Pozniakowski…

      Nitrous oxide is a safe, reversible adjunct to help you relax during treatment. You remain conscious and in control throughout the procedure. Simply relax, breathe deeply through your nose, and it’s that easy.

      Should you have any questions, feel free to contact our Etobicoke dental clinic at
      (416) 255-3333. We are here to help.

      A Braces Dentist Will Help You Get the Smile That You Have Always Wanted!

      When it comes to correcting the alignment of your teeth with braces, a braces dentist or an orthodontist is one that can fix the problem.

      The study of dentistry that pertains to this matter involving your teeth is known as orthodontics. It is a method for treating crooked teeth, improper bites, and unaligned jaw relations. In Greek, the word “ortho” means straight and that is why this type of “braces dentist” is given the name “orthodontist.”

      When you go to a braces dentist their main goal is to improve the patient’s teeth and provide them with a nicer smile. If a person has straight teeth they will be able to chew foods properly and even speak correctly. The braces dentist or orthodontists work with materials that are known as headgear and retainers. These products help in aligning teeth and make it easier to swallow food. The dentist requires extensive knowledge and creativity, and the environment that they work in is usually neat and is equipped with a lot of advanced equipment.

      Most of the braces dentists work in a private practice. They usually have dental students and internees working at their side in order to provide the patient with braces. When putting in braces the dentist has to be extremely careful and position the braces properly. What they do is they use metal wires and insert them into orthodontic brackets which consist of steel. The wires and the brackets both work together to get the teeth into the proper position.

      The braces dentist will tell you how long that you need to wear your braces in order to get the teeth properly aligned. This may take from around three to four years depending on the condition of your teeth. You will have to make visits to your orthodontist to make sure that the braces are in the proper position and also get them tightened once in a while. After the braces have been taken out you will be told to wear a retainer. There is never a guarantee that the teeth will stay aligned forever, so wearing a retainer during the night and day is really important.

      So if you are not satisfied with your teeth and want to get that nice smile then it is recommended that you schedule a trip to your braces dentist today. The decision of getting braces could have an impact on your life and change the way you feel about yourself and the way people view you.

      Sedation Dentist Will Help Relieve the Pain & Anxiety During Dental Procedures

      A sedation dentist is a medical professional that uses pharmacological means to calm a patient prior to performing a dental procedure. The drugs that the doctor uses are known as sedatives and they are responsible for depressing the central nervous system and also reduce your consciousness.

      When the sedation dentist depresses the central nervous system, he chooses how much to calm the individual depending on the level of pain. The relaxation can be from minimum, moderate, or even a deep sedation. Over the past few years these types of dentists have become of high demand. Without sedation dentistry, many of us would not be able to get the dental care that we need in order to keep our teeth and gums healthy. There are many things that the sedation can be useful for such as providing relaxation, making you feel more comfortable, control gag reflex, and leaving you with any recollection of the dental procedure or treatment.

      When a sedation dentist begins a procedure, he or she must determine which type of sedation is required. In dentistry, three types are commonly used: oral sedation, intravenous sedation, and inhalation sedation. In oral sedation, the dentist will provide you with a pill that will reduce anxiety or may even give it in the form of a liquid. In intravenous sedation, drugs are administered through your vein. And the last form is inhalation sedation, in which the patient is given “laughing gas” to calm them down.

      In order to become a sedation dentist, the pre-dental student must attend dental school and take some additional courses that will help them in the training process. When this type of dentist performs a procedure, they must be careful and give the proper dose of drugs, for too little would not be effective, and too much could potentially put the patient’s life at risk.

      If you need a dental procedure done and know that you will be highly anxious throughout the procedure or realize that there is a lot of pain involved, then you should consult with a sedation dentist. If he or she decides that sedation is right for you, then he will administer the drugs. If you are the type of person that is phobic of dental treatments, then the sedation will be used to lessen the anxiety and discomfort. After all, it’s important to maintain healthy teeth and many evade the dentist visit simply due to fear. Do not feel worried because the sedation dentists are highly trained professionals and understand your situation. They want to help you, and not hurt you, which is why they’re offering sedation dentistry in the first place. If you are the type of person that likes to be aware of everything during procedures then you can definitely refuse the sedation. It is strictly up to you and what decision you want to make. Our Etobicoke sedation dentist is knowledgeable and will explain the procedure to you step by step. Dr. Pozniakowski’s goal is to do his job properly and provide you with the best dental care possible for each dental visit.

      Diabetes and Sleep Apnea

      What is Sleep Apnea?

      Sleep apnea is a general term for breathing problems that occur when one is sleeping, whereby people stop breathing hundreds of times throughout the night. If you suffer from high blood pressure, diabetes, heart trouble, or are overweight; treating your sleep apnea can improve all of these conditions while making your feel better overall.

      Here’s the good news:

      Our Etobicoke dentist can treat sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy which is the most widely accepted treatment for sleep apnea.

      An oral device designed to keep the upper airway open helps prevent apneas. Oral appliance therapy treatment does not involve drugs or surgery and helps hundreds of thousands of people worldwide enjoy healthier sleep and a healthier life. Many patients experience the benefits quickly- often after the first night use. There is no cure for sleep apnea at this time.

      The dangers of sleep apnea?

      If you have sleep apnea, it means that you are having a difficult time breathing during sleep. The airway either becomes too narrow for sufficient air to reach your lungs or it closes completely. In either case, you aren’t getting the oxygen you need during sleep. Sleep apnea puts a burden on the heart and is conclusively linked to elevating high blood pressure, increasing the chances of heart attacks, and is suspected of causing heart failure and difficulty in managing diabetes. Sleep apnea also causes sleepiness, which can result in mood swings, difficulties at work or school, and even motor vehicle accidents.

      What happens if sleep apnea is left untreated?

      • Increases risk for high blood pressure, heart attacks, heart failure and strokes
      • Fatigue-related work and motor vehicle accidents
      • Decreased quality of life

      Sleep apnea actually causes you to stop breathing for short intervals hundreds of times a night. Oxygen levels in your blood fall and carbon dioxide levels rise. This puts a severe strain on your body.

      If you are experiencing any of the above, contact our Etobicoke dentist. Our Etobicoke dental clinic can help you get a healthier sleep which correlates to a healthier life!

      Our Toronto Sleep Apnea Dentist

      If you have sleep apnea, you may experience problems with snoring or other mouth-related conditions. It is possible to manage the condition and maintain good oral health with the help of a sleep apnea dentist. The dentist specializes in providing procedures and aids that make life easier for those who suffer from dental problems due to sleep apnea. You can locate a sleep apnea dentist in Toronto by visiting a local online directory of dentists that offer specialized help in this area.

      What Is Sleep Apnea?

      Sleep apnea is a life-threatening sleep disorder that is often characterized by heavy snoring and suddenly gasping for air when in the middle of sleeping. When these things happen frequently, the person is deprived of much needed sleep that allows his body to relax and regroup for the next day’s activities. Some symptoms of sleep apnea besides snoring include extreme daytime fatigue, dizziness, inability to breathe while sleeping and lack of concentration. You will also experience minor dental problems and this is where the sleep apnea dentist comes in.

      Dental Devices for Sleep Apnea

      Your sleep apnea dentist can offer dental devices you can wear in your mouth to combat the oral problems associated with sleep apnea such as snoring. According to a recent Swedish medical study, 81% of sleep apnea patients had better success with using the dental devices than the 53% of sufferers who turned to surgery to combat the problems. In addition, the dental device did not affect the jaw and throat in a negative way.

      Types of Dental Devices Given For Sleep Apnea

      One type of dental device is the mandibular advancement device and this device forces the lower jaw forward, which leaves the patient’s airways open and free of obstruction. The tongue-restraining device is a device that keeps your tongue in place while you sleep. There is also the mouth guard that keeps sleep apnea patients from excessively grinding their teeth and this is also helpful for heavy snorers.

      Finding the Right Sleep Apnea Dentist in Toronto

      When you meet with a Toronto sleep apnea dentist, you want to find out how many years of experience he has in this field and if he uses the latest medical devices to treat the dental problems associated with sleep apnea. It is necessary to take a look at these devices he offers and ask how they are effective. You should also get referrals from the dentist’s current clients and get their opinions.

      A sleep apnea dentist is becoming more necessary as an increasing number of people develop mild or severe sleep apnea. As a dentist, you not only treat the patient’s dental problems but you can also recommend certain sleep specialists that do not deal with dental issues so the patient may eventually be free from this condition and sleep better at night. A good sleep apnea dentist will ensure that you get the best care and that you are comfortable with the devices you use. Don’t delay, and contact our Etobicoke dentist for your free consultation.

      Toronto Cosmetic Dentist

      Cosmetic dentistry focuses on the aesthetics of making your teeth better and examples of cosmetic dentistry include teeth whitening, braces, dentures or dental implants or dental bridges. The person you would receive cosmetic dental treatment from is a cosmetic dentist, and before you pay for his or her dental services, you need to find out beforehand if he or she is qualified and trained to practice cosmetic dentistry, as well as deciding on which cosmetic procedure you need or want done.

      Role of Braces in Cosmetic Dentistry

      Braces are a common part of cosmetic dentistry and every dentist offers this to patients. The purpose of braces is to straighten misaligned teeth so that your teeth will have a more uniform look. The two main types of braces are metal braces and invisible braces. These days, more dental patients choose invisible braces because they are easier to eat and talk with and the invisible braces do not leave stained marks on the teeth unlike metal braces.

      Laser Teeth Whitening

      Another common procedure that the cosmetic dentist performs is laser teeth whitening. He starts the procedure by applying a gel that usually includes hydrogen peroxide in it to the patient’s teeth and lets it stay on the teeth. Then the cosmetic dentist takes a laser instrument and applies it to the teeth and cleans them between fifteen and thirty minutes. The patient will notice brighter teeth.

      Dental Implants

      If you lost most of your teeth through trauma or tooth decay, you would benefit from dental implants because unlike dentures that do not stick to your gums, the dental implants are drilled in the jawbone of your teeth by the cosmetic dentist. You have more teeth, but you will still need to take good care of them every day.

      Finding a Cosmetic Dentist That Accepts Insurance

      If you are covered by insurance and you need to see a cosmetic dentist, you should start by contacting several cosmetic dentists in Toronto (or within your city) who accept insurance plans- you will find that many do indeed. You can also ask friends and family who have utilized their insurance plans with their dentist, or perhaps get referrals to dentists that do accept insurance plans.

      Choosing Dental Insurance

      If you need cosmetic dental procedures that will cost a lot of money, it is time to purchase dental insurance. You want to find out if the insurance plan funds only part of your cosmetic procedures or all of it, and you should obviously choose the insurance company that offers a wide variety of dentists in your city. The dental insurance company also should not turn you down for cosmetic dental procedures based on pre-existing conditions.

      A cosmetic dentist creates better and healthier smiles for people every day and if your teeth do not look their best, you should locate a highly qualified and affordable cosmetic dentist in Toronto. The University of Toronto dental school is a good place to find a dentist at a decent price because the students are under the supervision of experienced dentists. If you’re looking for a cosmetic dentist in Toronto, contact our full-service dental clinic and we’ll be glad to help you.

      Dentistry for Kids - Etobicoke, Toronto Dentist

      At our Etobicoke dental office, our dentist strongly reminds all parents that dentistry for kids is very important, as a healthy mouth is a factor to your child’s overall health.

      As a parent, here are several things which you can do to help as outlined on www.youroralhealth.ca:

      • Teeth start developing in the first three months of pregnancy. A mother should eat nutritiously and avoid tobacco, alcohol and non-prescription drugs to ensure a healthy pregnancy. Visit your doctor and dentist regularly.

      • The baby teeth start to erupt when a child is about six months old. Baby teeth help your child eat and speak, and are important for overall health. Baby teeth are also called the primary teeth and help adult teeth come in straight. The eight front primary teeth start to fall out after age five, and the rest fall out by age 12.

      • A well-balanced diet is important for the development of healthy teeth. Cheese, yogurt and milk contain calcium that make teeth hared and can help prevent cavities. Between meals, choose unsweetened unflavoured milk or water instead of juice or pop. Fresh or unsweetened canned fruits and vegetables are excellent snacks. Whole grain crackers, bread, nuts and seeds are also good snacks.

      • If your baby sleeps with a bottle, fill it with water. Clean the baby’s mouth and teeth following all feedings. Avoid letting your baby sleep at the breast or with a bottle of juice, formula or milk as this can harm your baby’s teeth. If your baby normally falls asleep while feeding, brush their teeth before feeding.

      • Germs in the mouth called bacteria feed on sugar from foods to make an acid that harms teeth. Fruit is the best dessert. Limit fizzy drinks and natural fruit juices as they may contain sugar and acids that cause tooth decay. Avoid feeding your child snacks containing sugar or sweetened such as honey. Save sweets for mealtimes, when they are less likely to harm your child’s teeth.

      • Before the baby has any teeth, the gums should be wiped with a clean soft wet cloth after every feeding. Brushing should begin soon after the first teeth come into the mouth, so your child will get used to it. Brushing should follow meal and snacks and sweetened medications. Use only a small pea-sized amount of toothpaste and be sure it is never swallowed. If your child routinely swallows it, do not use toothpaste. Once the sides of the baby teeth touch each other, flossing should take place at least once a day.

      • Watch for changes in colour, lines or spots on your child’s teeth as these may be signs of a potential problem. If your child knocks out a tooth, call your dentist immediately! Gently rinse the tooth – do not brush or scrub. Wrap the tooth in a clean cloth or gauze and put it in a cup of milk and get it to the dentist immediately.

      • Bring your child to see our etobicoke dentist for regular checkups, which will ensure that there are no dental problems. Regular visits should continue from age two and half when all primary teeth have been developed within the mouth.

      • Our Etobicoke dentist will take great care of your children’s teeth. Please call our Etobicoke dental clinic or come visit us today! (416) 255-3333

        Root Canal Procedures at our Etobicoke Dental Office

        When your tooth decay and cavities are so bad that fillings will not work to heal them, your Toronto dentist will refer you to a root canal dentist or dental surgeon to perform a root canal in order to improve your dental health. At our Etobicoke dental office, our dentist will ensure the numbness of your teeth with an anesthetic, following a rubber dam or dental dam to isolate the teeth that will be a part of the root canal.

        Dr. Pozniakowski, our Etobicoke dentist who will perform the root canal, will then drill a hole in the surface of the infected teeth and remove the damaged nerve tissue. Afterwards, he widens the root canals and fills them with material and puts a filling on the teeth that was operated on. One benefit of a root canal is that you will sense a significant decrease in bad toothaches as well as a reduction in sensitivity to certain foods. After the root canal heals, our dentist will insert permanent crowns on the operated teeth.

        Post Root Canal Teeth Maintenance & Care

        During the first 30 minutes after the procedure, place an ice pack on the side of your mouth where you had the root canal completed to reduce swelling, and take pain relievers as required. Avoid eating crunchy or hard textured foods, and try not to chew using the side of your mouth that was operated on since this will obviously still be sore and tender. Sleep with your head up for the first few nights following the root canal to prevent any unneeded pressure to the surgery area. Rinse your mouth with salt water.

        Preventing Tooth Decay

        If you had a root canal done, there are ways you can prevent tooth decay from occurring in the future so that you can avoid another one altogether. Our Etobicoke dental clinic advises patients to brush and floss your teeth each and EVERY night, and in between meals throughout the day. Rinse your mouth with a plaque-fighting mouthwash (e.g. Listerine) to help fight and breakdown excess plaque in and around hard to reach areas within your mouth. Be sure to use your right hand to brush the mouth, and left hand to brush the left side of your mouth to optimize angular reach when brushing. And of course, try to avoid excess consumption of sugary foods.

        There are hundreds of dentists and dental offices within Toronto that will perform root canals, but our Etobicoke dentist, Dr. Pozniakowski, who has been practicing dentistry for decades not only will complete the dental procedure successfully and minimize any pain, but our dental office staff will take the time to educate you in the aftercare of your teeth following your root canal so that you do not have to undergo another one in the future! Be sure to follow preventative methods when caring for your teeth to keep future root canals from happening again.

        Cosmetic Dental Treatments At Our Etobicoke Dental Clinic

        In traditional dentistry, the main focus is oral hygiene and the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of oral diseases. If properly taken care of by visiting your dentist for regular checkups, your teeth can last a lifetime. The staff at our Etobicoke dental clinic will always suggest to patients that they should brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. That being said, let’s dig deeper into what “cosmetic dentistry” is, and how many people benefit from it.

        Cosmetic Dental Services Offered by Our Etobicoke Dentist, Dr. Pozniakowski

        At our Etobicoke dental clinic, we have always focused on the improvement of the appearance of your teeth, smile, and mouth. Many at times, it means that it involves dental procedures which are elective or cosmetic, in contrary to general and restorative dental practices which solve necessary dental problems with required treatments.

        Types of Cosmetic Dental Services

        1. Teeth Whitening - This is also known as “teeth bleaching,” and it’s the treatment used for whitening and brightening the teeth from staining and/or discoloration.

        2. Dental Implants - This is the metal device used for replacing missing teeth. Made from titanium, it is placed surgically into the jawbone, at the location of the missing tooth, meant to be permanent.

        3. Enamel Shaping - In this type of cosmetic dentistry, the teeth are reshaped by removing or filing some of the enamel, and the advantage of this is that it is not a usually a painful process.

        4. Crowns (Caps) - These are custom-made for the entire teeth that are poorly shaped, broken, badly decayed or chipped, and they are usually made of acrylic fused to metal so that the biting pressure would not cause any removal or damage.

        About Dental Porcelain Veneers

        Porcelain veneers are a part of cosmetic dentistry and these dental veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are attached to teeth that are heavily stained or chipped. This is a good cosmetic dental procedure for those who cannot afford a full teeth whitening or dental implants. Porcelain veneers are also good for those who have uneven teeth or gaps in between their teeth.

        There are other benefits of getting porcelain veneers such as people who work in a profession that requires eye-pleasing smiles in TV journalism, public speaking, modeling, acting, or in the music business. If you have teeth stains that are now impossible to remove through a professional teeth whitening or at-home whitening kits, you should definitely consider porcelain veneers. Finally, if you do not need braces but one of your teeth is slightly crooked, you can consider a porcelain veneer to fulfil this purpose.

        In order to have porcelain veneers, your teeth must be free of tooth decay and if you grind your teeth often, our Etobicoke dentist will generally advise other alternative treatments since excess grinding will cause the veneer to break.

        About The Procedure

        When you first visit our Etobicoke dental clinic, Dr. Pozniakowski and staff will discuss your medical history and reasons as to why you are considering the porcelain veneers. After the consultation, the dentist will remove a layer of the tooth's surface to prepare for the application of the veneer. The dentist then takes X-rays of your teeth and gives you a temporary veneer while he prepares the permanent one with the help of our dental staff. After a few weeks, you will return to our dental clinic and Dr. Pozniakowski will apply the permanent veneer to your tooth.

        Keeping Your Porcelain Veneers Sparkling White

        If our Etobicoke dentist whitens your teeth before he puts in the porcelain veneers, you will have an easier time maintaining the brightness of the veneers following the dental procedure. You can brush the veneers with baking soda and a little hydrogen peroxide since these products are non-invasive and will effectively whiten the veneers. Another idea is to whiten the veneers with vinegar and water.

        Average Cost of Porcelain Veneers

        The average cost a cosmetic dentist charges can range anywhere between $500 and $2500 depending on the dentist you choose. Many health insurance providers do not cover porcelain veneers because the procedure is classified as “cosmetic” since it is primarily done for aesthetic improvements. However, if you have extended or full coverage dental insurance beyond general health insurance, you may qualify to have insurance coverage for the porcelain veneers.

        Maintaining the Porcelain Veneers

        Aside from brushing and flossing daily, try to cut back on foods that easily stain the veneers such as tomato and fruit sauces, chocolate, coffee, tea, and gravy. Avoid eating very hard foods because this can break or chip the veneers. You can also wear a night guard when sleeping if you are prone to teeth grinding. If you take care of your porcelain veneers, they can last up to 15 years.

        There is a growing trend in cosmetic dentistry due to the technological advancements in tooth-colored, natural-looking dental materials, which make treatments more durable and outcomes predictable. In addition, dentists now use cosmetic dentistry techniques which are more conservative. Our Etobicoke dentist will often use laser technology in carrying out some cosmetic dental procedures.

        Etobicoke Dental Clinic - Porcelain Veneers

        Cosmetic dentistry has not only become a successful medical industry used for maintaining the teeth and gums, but it has become successful as a way to improve the appearance of a person’s mouth and face. One of the most common cosmetic dental procedures for adding attractiveness to the mouth is the use of porcelain veneers to cover up unsightly teeth.

        History of Veneers - in the World of Furniture?

        Let’s go off-topic and first give you a quick history on a common use of veneers aside from porcelain veneers used by a dentist. Did you know that the history of veneers is commonly exercised in the production of furniture? Many low-cost brands of furniture use veneers to make wooden furniture look more expensive. Manufacturers will take a low-grade wood and cover it with an artificial version of a real wood. Other applications of veneers are used on many tables in public schools. Even though veneered furniture is usually from the lower grade furniture brands, there are some manufactures that create high-end works of art with natural wood veneers overlaid on heavy, dense wood.

        Veneers in Cosmetic Dentistry

        Just like furniture veneers, the application of porcelain veneers work the same way on teeth: If a tooth has been damaged, a veneer can hide that damage behind a false covering that looks just like a real “original” tooth. Many people have just one veneer placed over a damaged tooth, but there are also many people in the world who use veneers to cover their entire set of front teeth.

        Veneers for an Attractive Appearance

        As our world becomes more and more obsessed with having a perfect body and face, veneers on teeth is the quick and easy solution in achieving a positive change and beautiful smile, which many focus on when looking at one’s face. There are many people who believe that a perfect smile will change their lives, so they arrange for a dentist to make a customized set of veneers to hide whatever flaws they might have in their teeth. As people age, teeth can become yellow and damaged from everyday use – veneers will cover discolored teeth just as quickly as they cover damaged teeth.

        Prep Work for Dental Veneers

        What many people do not know is that if you choose to cover your real teeth with veneers, your real tooth will need to be filed down to a smaller size in order for the porcelain veneers to fit over your real tooth appropriately. If you choose to remove the veneers, your teeth will be a smaller size forever. And this is a major factor as to why many people are reluctant to have porcelain veneers added to their teeth. Our Etobicoke dentist will usually advise patients to only consider porcelain veneers if the patient requires them as a result of permanent damage to their original teeth.

        Temporary Covers to Await the Customized Ones

        Porcelain veneers for teeth are often custom made so they will fit as perfectly as possible into the mouth. If you have damaged your teeth, our Etobicoke dentist may suggest that you wear a temporary veneer while your customized one is being made. The temporary veneer might not fit well and it could be awkward when you eat and talk. Once the customized veneer is completed, this will obviously no longer be an issue.

        Besides covering damaged teeth, veneers can keep teeth from needing to be pulled out. Before porcelain veneers were used, many teeth were pulled rather than covered. By keeping the original teeth in the mouth, people no longer have to worry about infections at the extraction site. If you’re considering porcelain veneers, contact our Etobicoke dental clinic to schedule a consultation with our dentist.

        Etobicoke Dental Clinic Treats TMJ Disorders

        TMJ disorder is a frustrating disorder that occurs in the temporomandibular joint, which involves the jawbone. In plain English, the temporomandibular joint is what enables you to be able to chew, swallow and talk without much pain and hassle. However, when you have TMJ disorder, it becomes difficult to do the things we do every day and obviously take for granted. Some of the main symptoms of TMJ disorder include tenderness and pain in the jaw and face, headaches, difficulty in chewing and swallowing, and misaligned teeth. If you are experiencing any of the mentioned symptoms, you should contact our Etobicoke Dental Clinic to schedule an appointment to meet with our TMJ dentist who is well experienced in treating TMJ disorders.

        Treatments for TMJ Disorder

        When you have your consultation with our Etobicoke TMJ dentist, Dr. Pozniakowski, he will mention different treatments that will help alleviate and improve your condition. One thing you can practice in the mean time is to not be too hard on your jaw when eating. It’s always a good idea to stick with mostly soft foods if you experience symptoms that are mild and occasional. Some TMJ dentists will advise patients to take non-steroid anti-inflammatory medicines such as aspirin to reduce the pain associated with this condition, while other TMJ dentists may administer Botox to ease muscle tension in the jaw. Again, it’s best to visit us at our Etobicoke dental clinic to be carefully assessed by our dentist as every individual will have differing needs.

        How Can I Locate a Good TMJ Dentist?

        One of the best ways to find a reputable and experienced TMJ dentist in the Etobicoke area is to visit either the Ontario Dental Assocation website, www.oda.on.ca, or the Royal College of Dental Surgeons, www.rcdso.org, for they will have updated directory listings of licensed dentists who are practicing or specializing within TMJ disorders. Another option is to search for TMJ related forums where you will obtain important feedback and info on reputable dentists in Etobicoke who are well experienced within the sleep apnea or TMJ fields. You should also contact friends and relatives who currently receive care from a “regular” dentist. That dentist in turn could refer you to a TMJ dentist. Lastly, you could contact local dental schools which often have listings of TMJ dentists. And when you finally meet with the dentist, ask him or her how long they’ve been in practice and which procedures they specialize in. Don’t forget to ask if their dental clinic accepts dental insurance.

        Home Remedies That Supplement TMJ Dental Care

        Since stress could aggravate TMJ pain, you can do a few breathing exercises to relieve the pain. Sometimes herbal teas and supplements can help reduce TMJ symptoms. Getting a few hours of sleep during the day also can help you to manage TMJ disorder pain.

        TMJ Headache Relief

        Your TMJ dentist may give you a mouth guard if you have headaches caused by TMJ, and the mouth guard will prevent you from grinding your teeth at night which is what worsens the headaches and jaw pain. Another thing you can do is exercise your jaw for symptom relief and stretching your jaw also can help. Practicing good posture techniques while sitting and standing can also improve the condition.

        TMJ disorder is a painful condition that sometimes keeps a person from enjoying the simplest pleasures we take for granted such as eating delicious meals or even talking to someone. However, if you utilize the above mentioned techniques and meet with our Etobicoke TMJ dentist regularly, things should improve over time. Sadly, there is no permanent cure for this condition but thankfully there are remedies that exist today to make life manageable for you. Finally, you want to maintain a positive attitude and get support from others.

        A Common Sense Look At Crowns and Bridges

        Chances are that you are considering having a crown or a permanent bridge designed. To assure the most aesthetic and functional results possible, your cooperation and understanding are especially important to our Etobicoke Dentist.

        Why replace missing teeth:

        Losing a tooth can be of a social and psychological concern. Teeth are lost for a number of reasons including:

        • Dental decay
        • Periodontal (gum) disease
        • Trauma (injury or accident)

        When a permanent tooth is lost, the neighboring teeth are affected. Because the support and chewing forces are altered, the remaining teeth will begin to shift. The tooth above or below the one that was lost will begin to move up and out of its socket.

        This accelerates periodontal disease and causes further breakdown in the dental arch. If the missing tooth is not replaced, more teeth will eventually be lost due to the improper forces exerted during chewing.

        What is crown and bridge treatment?

        Crown and bridge treatment is a long-term method of replacing missing teeth. A crown is placed on an individual tooth where there is no longer sufficient tooth structure left to place a filling. A bridge spans a space where one or more teeth have been lost in the dental arch. The teeth on either end of the span are crowned, and are referred to as abutments. The false teeth in a bridge that join the abutments are referred to as pontics.

        Crowns and bridges are most often made from superior materials such as precious metals (gold), semi-precious metals, porcelain, or a combination of metal fused to porcelain. Both aesthetics and function are considered by our Etobicoke dentist when selecting the material most suitable for you.

        How is treatment performed?

        At your first appointment in our dental clinic here in Etobicoke, a thorough oral examination and evaluation of your dental history alongside necessary x-rays are completed. The diagnosis is based on those three factors. Once it has been determined that a crown and bridge treatment is indicated, you will be set up with a series of subsequent appointments.

        What will happen?

        The tooth or teeth to be treated are numbed with an anesthetic. Sometimes you can expect the side of your face to feel numb, as a minor side effect from the anesthesia.

        Next, during the preparation phase, your tooth or teeth to be crowned are trimmed down by individually by our Etobicoke dentist. This allows sufficient space for the crown or bridge to fit. After this preparation stage has been completed, an impression of that area of your mouth is taken. Our dentist will then place a temporary crown-like coverage until your next appointment.

        What Is Gum Disease?

        Immediately after brushing, billions of bacteria come back and start multiplying. Without proper brushing, this could lead to gum disease.

        What Is Gum Disease Anyhow?

        • Inflammation of the gums around your teeth caused by irritation from plaque build-up
        • If plaque is not removed by daily brushing, flossing, and regular professional care, it may lead to an early form of gum disease called, “gingivitis.”

        Understanding the signs and symptoms:

        Our Etobicoke dentist, Dr. Jack Pozniakowski, says that you may have gum disease if your gums:

        • Are red, puffy, swollen or tender
        • Bleed during brushing or flossing
        • Have receded, making teeth look longer
        • Are separated or pulled away from your teeth, creating pockets

        Proper brushing, with a toothpaste that provides antibacterial protection and daily flossing helps reverse the early stages of gum disease (gingivitis).

        At our Etobicoke dental clinic, we strongly suggest that you see a dentist if you notice any of the above symptoms. We have a team of highly skilled dentists and hygienists to help battle gum disease and help you maintain a healthy smile.

        Call us today! (416) 255-3333

        Four Stages of Gum Disease

        Stage 1: Gingivitis

          - Bacteria from plaque produce by-products which inflame the gums
          - Gums become swollen and red
          - Gums may bleed occasionally

        Stage 2: Early Periodontitis
          - Inflammation affects the supporting structures of the teeth
          - There is some bone loss which results in a pocket
          - Gums continue to bleed

        Stage 3: Moderate Periodontitis
          - Continued inflammation and destruction of the supporting structures of the teeth
          - More noticeable bone loss and some tooth mobility
          - Bone loss extends between roots of teeth

        Stage 4: Advanced Periodontitis
          - Bone loss and tooth mobility increases
          - Eventual loss of one or more teeth

        According to our Etobicoke Dentist:

        “Good oral hygiene – your best defense against gum disease!”

        Cavities and Kids

        Common questions which concerned parents will ask our Etobicoke Dentist:

        What is a tooth decay, anyway?

        Tooth decay starts when the normal bacteria (germs) in your mouth combine with food and saliva to form a sticky substance called plaque that attaches to the teeth. When a child consumes sugary food or drinks, the bacteria in the dental plaque mix with the sugar to make a mild acid. This acid attacks the hard outer layer of the tooth, called enamel. If the dental plaque is not removed every day by brushing and flossing, over time the enamel gets soft and a cavity forms.

        What are the warning signs of tooth decay?

        Any colour change on any teeth. Also, any tooth that is sensitive to hot, cold, sweetness or pressure, If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, talk to one of your dentist at our etobicoke dental clinic.

        What contributes to causing cavities?

        • Too little fluoride

        • This natural compound makes teeth more resistant to decay and can prevent or even reverses tooth decay that has started. It’s added to the water supply in many communities, as well as to toothpastes. And dentists sometimes apply it to teeth as part of a child’s normal checkup.

        • Medications

        • There are many medications that can alter or reduce the saliva in your child’s mouth and puts him or her at a much higher risk of developing tooth decay.

        • Poor oral hygiene

        • Brush, floss and see that your child visits your dentist regularly for exams and professional cleanings.

        • Bedtime bottles and sippy cups

        • Don’t let your child fall asleep with a bottle or sippy cup filled with juice or milk. Those sugary liquids can pool in their mouth and cause baby bottle tooth dicey. If your baby is thirsty, it’s a good idea to only offer water after the evening toothbrushing.

          Any other tips for preventing cavities?

          Chew gum. Yes, it’s not a joke! For the high-risk patient, gum that contains xylitol may actually lower the bacteria that causes decay and may reverse early cavities. Chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes promotes the flow of saliva, which helps wash away food. But please remember, that chewing gum it’s obviously not a substitute for brushing and flossing.

          For more information or to book an appointment please call our etobicoke dental clinic at 416-255-3333.

          Dry Mouth

          Who gets dry mouth and what causes it?

          While anyone can develop dry mouth, it’s most common in older patients who tend to be on more medications and are more likely to have had a recent change in health. Dry mouth can be caused by many factors, but medications are the biggest culprit, especially medication for anxiety, depression or hypertension, and taking multiple medications just complicates matters.

          Medical conditions such as cancer and diabetes can also be a cause for dry mouth.

          Ways to decrease and treat dry mouth symptoms

          There are a number of dry mouth treatments that will help restore moisture to the mouth. But the first step is to always discuss your symptoms and possible treatment with our Etobicoke dentist who is well experienced in treating these symptoms.

          Water – while there are many salivary substitutes on the market, some people don’t like the texture. A lot of patients prefer to take frequent sips of water instead

          Bland mouth rinse – combine baking soda, salt and water to rinse whenever your mouth feels dry

          Xylitol lozenges and chewing gums – these can be purchased at select health food stores, and they are also available at our Etobicoke dental clinic. The xylitol products help stimulate saliva and keep your mouth free of plaque.

          For more information, please contact our Etobicoke dental office at (416) 255-3333.

          Prescription Medication and Your Dentist

          It is very important to update your dentist on your health and medication status. With so many different prescription and medications available, making sure your dentist is aware of everything you are taking ensures that any possible negative interactions can be avoided and appropriate precautions may be taken before beginning routine dental procedures.

          Our Etobicoke dentist may also wish to communicate with your family physician to co-ordinate your oral health care with your medical condition.

          For example, if you had hip or knee replacement or have a heart murmur, you may need antibiotics before any dental work in order to reduce the risk of infection. Your dentist is also in a good position to notice any changes in your mouth that may signal potential health problems. Bleeding gums may indicate the beginning of gum disease, or they may indicate the use of blood thinner medications.

          Blood Thinner Alert

          If you are on blood thinner medications, it is important that you advise the dentist of the type and dosage you are taking. These medications act to reduce the body’s natural clotting mechanisms. Since it is not uncommon for minor amounts of bleeding to occur even during simple dental procedures such as tooth cleaning and scaling, it is very important to let your dentist know at least several days prior to any treatment that you are taking blood thinner medications.

          Our dentist may consult with your family doctor about temporarily stopping this particular medication for a day or so prior to your dental appointment.

          And that is why our Etobicoke dental clinic will ask if there have been changes in your medical history or medications taken. Thus, make sure you update your medical history every time you come into our dental office. Also, don’t forget to inform your dentist about known allergies to specific drugs. For example, our dentists and Etobicoke dental clinic team wear latex gloves, and so any allergies to latex is definitely the first thing you should advise us prior to treatment.

          The importance of a Complete Dental Examination

          The new patient experience begins as soon as the individual enters the dental office. From start to finish, this process must be consistent for all new patients. The objective is to precisely gather the correct information, then use it to formulate a comprehensive treatment plan. Combining this with the patient’s desires and goals will enable our Etobicoke dentist to “bridge” the gap between an ideal treatment and the patient’s expectations.

          • New Patient Interview

          • One of the goals of the New Patient Interview is to fully get to know the patient on all levels. In addition, the interview process gives the patient the opportunity to ask questions about the practice, dentist, financial policy, and learn more about the practice philosophy. This opportunity invites a team member to find a connection with the patient, and to discover personality traits that are effective in communication with the patient.

            This in turn creates a climate of trust between the team member and the patient. During the interview, the patient’s medical history will be verified with emphasis on allergies, past and current illnesses and medications being taken. We will also ask of the patient to provide us with the name and phone number of their family doctor and any specialists under whose care the patient might currently be.

          • Radiographs

          • Dental radiographs that are being taken in our Etobicoke dental office are necessary to correctly diagnose caries, periodontal disease and other abnormalities in a patient. Standard full-mouth series x-rays are taken consisting of approximately 18 to 20 singular images, or, a combination of one Panoramic x-ray and singular images. The number of x-rays taken will solely depend on the needs of each individual patient.

          • TMJ Examination

          • The temporomandibular joint will be examined in order to determine if there is a possibility of joint disorders. Any clicking or popping while the patient fully opens and closes their mouth needs to be documented and could be further diagnosed should the need arise.

          You are warmly invited to experience our approach to complete dental care at our Etobicoke dental office where a dedicated team of professionals has been providing care for children and adults in the West Toronto and Etobicoke areas for the past 20 years.

          To reserve the time for your New Patient Examination, please call our clinic at (416) 255-3333.

          Saving your Tooth!

          Our Etobicoke dentist says that there are many reasons to save a compromised tooth, and in most cases, they far outweigh the loss of a tooth.

          Deciding to save your tooth today can make a significant difference in the way you chew, talk, smile and interact with others. Retaining your natural teeth for a lifetime helps ensure a more youthful appearance and social ease as well.

          What are the most common causes of tooth loss?

          People often seek out emergency dental care when they are in pain. Some of the most common reasons for emergency visits to the dental office include:

          • A broken or fractured tooth
          • An abcess (infection) of the pulp (nerve) of the tooth
          • A periodontal infection or inflammation
          • Mobile (loose) teeth
          • A badly decayed tooth
          • A lost filling
          • A knocked out tooth

          How can my tooth be saved?

          Firstly, one of our Etobicoke dentists must make an accurate diagnosis to determine the exact nature of the problem. This usually involves taking an X-ray, making a clinical examination, and taking a thorough medical and/or dental history. Depending upon the diagnosis, the dentist will usually make the following recommendations to save a compromised tooth:
          Broken tooth – Full crown; in cases where a tooth breaks at the gumline, the dentist may also elect to do a reinforcing procedure to build up the tooth before placing a crown.

          Abcessed tooth – Root canal therapy; in 95 percent of cases today, an abcessed tooth can be saved with endodontic therapy especially when diagnosed and treated early.

          Periodontal (gum) infection/involvement – A periodontally involved tooth can often be saved if the diagnosis is made early. Depending upon the nature and severity of the case, your dentist can initiate periodontal therapy which may require you to return to the office for several treatments.

          Badly decayed tooth/lost filling – A new filling. A lost filling or heavily decayed tooth can often be restored with a new filling. A crown may be necessary if the amount of tooth structure is insufficient to support a filling.

          Knocked out tooth – Occasionally, a direct blow to the face will result in knocking out a tooth. If this occurs, you must get to the dentist quickly! If possible, soak the tooth in milk, place it under the victim’s tongue, or between the victim’s cheek and gum (this will help preserve the vitality of the tooth). Often times, a knocked out tooth can be re-implanted especially when professional help is obtained within 30 minutes after the accident.

          Your healthy smile is of the most concern to our dental team here at Etobicoke Dental Clinic. Helping you achieve and attain an optimal level of oral health is very important to us. We are open six days a week and offer convenient hours of operation. If you have any questions, please call (416) 255-3333.

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