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Why do we need teeth? There are more reasons than you think!

  • teeth bring balance to the eyes when looking at a face (for an aesthetic pleasing result, equal time should be spent looking back and forth between the eyes and the mouth - the eyes tend to look longer at the mouth if there is a missing tooth or a discoloured or crooked tooth is present) - SELF CONFIDENCE!
  • to support the jaw joint by keeping space for the disc inside the joint (especially the back teeth)
  • to cut food (front teeth)
  • to mill food (back teeth)
  • to speak
  • to drink
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Children
We like to introduce children to regular dental appointments at around 8 months of age.  This way there can be many positive visits for the child, with education for the parents about preventing decay and what causes decay, even in the young ones!  We can also see how the teeth are coming in and if caught early, orthodontics can sometimes be simplified with early intervention.  Some “baby teeth” have to stay in the mouth until 13 or 14 years of age to keep the space open for the adult tooth (some adult teeth don’t come into the mouth until age 13 or 14).  This is why it is so important to fix the baby teeth if they get a cavity.  Removing the baby tooth when it has a cavity (before it is ready to come out on its own) will cause the other teeth to shift and close the space for the adult tooth.  Sealants, spacers (early orthodontics), repairing decay, parent education, positive experiences (priceless!)
Teens
We continue teaching about decay and how diet plays an important role in keeping teeth healthy.   Sometimes there are “hidden” sugars in drinks or foods we aren’t even aware of.  Also keeping teeth healthy while braces are on can be a challenge!   We can offer assistance from our hygienists with some special tricks.  Also, we strongly encourage protecting teeth with a properly fitted custom sports guard.  It goes a long way to keeping your smile safe and strong!
Adults
Our hectic lifestyles of today shows up in our tendency to grind our teeth at night.  Clenching and grinding often (but not always) cause head aches, ear aches and jaw pain.  To protect teeth from the up to 100 psi pressure possible from clenching and grinding we advise a Night guard to protect the teeth from wear and tear.  Also Yoga and other lifestyle management are  some of the tools to help keep the jaw muscles relaxed!
Even adults can get cavities from similar habits carried over from our teen years.   Teeth that are weakened by
root canal treatments or large fillings are at real risk of breaking to the point where the tooth may need to be removed.   To make a weak tooth strong, a crown or cap is placed overtop of the tooth.  We suggest protecting teeth to prevent breaking and tooth loss.  Replacing a lost tooth is usually not as good as keeping the original! However, if needed, options to replace a missing tooth or teeth include an implant, a bridge, a partial denture, or a combination of these.
Having a
healthy mouth also helps the body stay healthy by keeping bacteria that cause decay and gum disease (producing toxins that also affect the body) under control.  Keeping   teeth and gums healthy with regular maintenance and check ups will ensure you keep your smile for a lifetime.
Boomers
As we age, gums sometimes recede and causes new concerns about decay of the “softer” tooth roots.  Tooth roots that are exposed are vulnerable to root decay because they are not covered by enamel.  Also, tooth loss due to gum disease or due to badly broken down weak teeth can cause problems with chewing and the balance of the jaw joint and jaw joint muscles.  Replacing missing teeth to keep a balanced bite is important at any age.   “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is true also in dentistry.   As mentioned before:  replacing a lost tooth is usually not as good as keeping the original!  However, if needed, there are several options to replace teeth including implants, a bridge, or a partial denture
Having a
healthy mouth also helps the body stay healthy by keeping bacteria that cause decay and gum disease (producing toxins that also affect the body) under control.  Keeping   teeth and gums healthy with regular maintenance and check ups will ensure you keep your smile for a lifetime.