TO FLOSS OR NOT TO FLOSS? That is the question.

So in the summer of 2016 a study came out by a British dentist claiming that all the evidence to support flossing is weak and that we don’t need to force our patients to doing this dirty task any longer.
No sooner than the cat was out of the bag I was questioned by email, in person and by staff how do I feel about this claim. Well after 20 years in private practice I do see a benefit in flossing. WE see it daily with our patients who are regular flossers and those who floss the week before their visit or not at all. WE SEE RED which means inflammation.

Flossing removes the build up between the teeth that brushing alone cannot reach and by doing this we help prevent cavities and also gets rid of plaque in the pockets or spaces between gums and teeth. This ultimately helps prevent gingival inflammation, bone loss and cavities.

The British dentist claimed that the studies are all flawed because they lacked strong evidence to support flossing and studies were too short. The argument is that studying the effect of flossing alone in tooth decay and gum disease would be very difficult as there are so many factors that contribute to gum disease. It would make it nearly impossible to isolate flossing alone and test its effect. Gum disease and tooth decay have multiple risk factors and they can take a long time to develop.

So at the moment due to the nature of studies conducted there is not direct scientific evidence that flossing reduces risk of tooth decay and gum disease however, dentists ( my self included) have evidence in their practices that the mechanical removal of plaque between teeth , that hard to reach area, help prevent theses diseases. Not every outcome can be studied using a randomized clinical trial especially a chronic disease.

Think of how simple and cheap it is to floss and how much you can benefit from it.

So what are you waiting for? FLOSS!

Your feedback is welcome.

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OUR FAMILY IS GROWING

Congratulations are over due to Sherina and her family who welcomed their first child on July 23, 2016. IT’S A BOY! Wishing you and your family all the best.
Two months later Jessica and her family welcomed their first child as well. On October 23, 2016 another boy was welcomed.
From all of us at Dentists on Bloor hope you are all doing fine and can’t wait to meet the boys.

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Terry Fox Run/ Walk September 18, 2016

On September 18, 2016, my staff and I completed the Terry Fox Run at the YMCA Central Location. This was a first time for many of my staff participating in such an important cause. Everyone managed to complete the walk despite the heat and different levels of fitness. Special congrats to the young members who were either walking, running, pushed or carried. Way to go guys!!

I would like to thank our patients, staff, and their family members, for their support and donations for this great cause. We exceeded our fundraising goal with all your help.

Thank you for a wonderful day and hope to see you next year walking with us.

Sincerely yours,

Dr. Sharon Walden

New Year Resolutions

Happy New Year!

After the holidays we are all in need of New Year’s resolution since we have all indulged in too many sweets, too much good food and strayed away from our routines. So why not start with your oral health?

Here are just a few tips to help you start the year on the right foot.

I know most of you forget to floss and will try to make up for it the week or day before your dental visit. Don’t fool yourself. Your hygienist and dentist will know if you have been flossing regularly. Your gums and teeth don’t lie. So make it a habit and floss every day. Flossing doesn’t have to be that hard since you can floss before or after you brush or even when you remember throughout the day. JUST DO IT! It will prevent you from getting cavities, save you from gum disease and even help your overall health.

Try to book regular check up and cleanings. Whether you need 3, 4 or 6 months intervals don’t let too much time go in between visits since your dentist can help detect problems early before it becomes painful and expensive to fix. With advances in technology (digital x-rays) we can find problems early and treat them easily. Stay on top of your health.

Watch your diet. We are all eager to lose a few pounds that we have gained over the holidays. Watch the sugar and carbohydrates you eat since they fuel the bacteria that are in your mouth that cause cavities. Gluten free sometimes has more sugar than you think. Also eating too frequently can attack the enamel that protects to tooth and lead to sensitivity and tooth decay.

Smile more! (Apparently you burn more calories) If you had too much red wine over the holidays and feel that your teeth aren’t as white as they used to be then you might want to try whitening your teeth. Dentists have special bleaching agents that can help you safely brighten your smile. You can do it during the day with DAY WHITE or at night while you sleep with NIGHT WHITE. Make sure to ask your dentist the next time you are in to find out what fits best for you. Over the counter products may also be an option but are just not as powerful and need more time.

Feel free to contact me anytime with your questions or concerns

Wishing a happy and healthy 2016!

Welcome

Welcome to my dental blog.

As a busy mother of 3 active kids and  a professional I know how hard it is to find the time to do anything for yourself.  I’d like to take the time and answer some questions that I often get asked in my practice and at home.  I won’t take up much of your time as I know how valuable time is theses days. I hope that you find useful  information with my blogs to help you and your family lead happy and healthy lives.

I often get asked   “What is a good toothbrush for my kids ?” Should I be using Manual or Electric?

When it comes to your kids make it fun!  Have them pick their toothbrush but here are some things to consider:

  • make sure the head is not too big so it can easily reach all parts of the mouth
  • choose one that has soft bristles
  • select one that fits comfortably in your or your kid’s hand

And most important brush properly at least twice a day.

How you care for your toothbrush is equally important:

  • don’t’ share your toothbrush
  • change your toothbrush after you have been sick
  • after brushing wash your toothbrush with warm water and let it air dry ( do not put it in a closed container)
  • replace your toothbrush every 4-6 months (kids chew their toothbrushes so you may have to change theirs more often)

Be carful of how you use electric toothbrushes especially if you have receding gums. You could actually be making things worse. There are special toothbrushes and techniques. So the next time you visit your dentist take your electric toothbrush and your questions or book a consultation at my office. I’d be glad to help show you how to take better care of your gums and teeth.

I hope this was helpful.

If you have any questions feel free to write me

Keep smiling

Sharon Walden