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Laser Treatment and Gum Disease

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Gum Disease is a constant cycle caused by certain bacteria. The bacteria causes infection, the infection causes inflammation, the inflammatory response causes damage to the tissues supporting the teeth. Using the Laser Treatment to kill the bacteria between the gums and the teeth interrupts this cycle. The elimination of the bacteria allows the infection to heal and the inflammation to subside. The bacterial population will return after several weeks so we often recommend three to four month maintenance visits for scaling and repeat laser treatments.

Good home care is the other integral weapon to managing gum disease.

By Heather

A New Way To Examine For Oral Disease!

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 Better screening saves lives.®

The VELSCOPE Vx Device is an oral cancer screening system that was developed to help oral healthcare professionals identify, evaluate, monitor and mark abnormal oral cell lesions suspicious for pathology including precancerous and cancerous cells that may be difficult to see during a regular visual exam.

Oral cancer is on the increase unlike the cervical cancer, testicular cancer, and breast cancer, which are fewer cases because of early detection. The statistics are highly favourable: when discovered early, the five year survival rate for oral cancer patients is about 83%. Unfortunately, most cases of oral cancer are discovered in the late stages, when the five year survival rate drops to around 50%.

At Dr. Cernea’s office we are being proactive and we are completing an Oral Cancer Screening using the VELSCOPE Vx device to supplement the traditional intra and extra oral head and neck exam (also referred to as “the comprehensive oral exam” or COE). We are embracing the use of this device to help detect abnormal oral tissue such as potential cancerous or pre cancerous lesions that are not apparent or sometimes not even visible with the naked eye alone. Exams can be more thorough and any suspicious areas can be quickly referred to an oral pathologist who can investigate further with a biopsy and diagnose the findings.

The VELSCOPE Vx handheld device emits a harmless, bright, blue light, which is used to inspect the mouth and the tongue. The device is extremely sensitive to abnormal tissues changes and the distinctive blue-spectrum light causes the soft tissue of the mouth to naturally fluoresce. Healthy tissues fluoresce in distinct patterns that are visibly disrupted by trauma or disease, such as fungal, viral, or bacterial infections.  Its use in everyday practice can provide timely information to dentist and hygienist to enable earlier detection of abnormal tissues and provide better outcomes for patients.

As health care providers, we play a vital role in patients’ oral and overall health.  The use of the VELSCOPE Vx device can help detect hidden lesions before the have the chance to progress, and this will improve patients’ chances of living a healthy life. The detection of the disease in its early stages constitutes an important phase of prevention and treatment.

Please feel free to contact our dental office @ 519 850-3888 If you have any further questions about the Oral Cancer Screening Exam.

By Gema

Family at Guiltinan Family Dentistry

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What makes Guiltinan Family Dentistry so special?  What sets us apart from other dental offices?  I have been a team member for just over a year now and I can honestly say that I feel like a part of the family.  I enjoy coming to work!  When you walk through the door, right away, there is an atmosphere of family friendliness.  It’s evident everyone wants to be there.  The warmth, and caring, exhibited by everyone is reflective of the passionate desire we all have to provide the best dentistry possible.  We care about our patients, not just what is going on in your mouth, but all aspects of your life as well. We are a close-knit community; that’s what sets us apart from other dental offices.  Come check us out for yourself!  Estelle

Your Mouth is The Gateway to Your Overall Health

Did you know that your oral health can now be linked to your overall health?

The old saying you are what you eat all starts with the mouth.  The foods we eat, how well we clean our mouth and how often we see our dental professional affects not just our teeth anymore.  Research is now showing a link between the bacteria in our mouth and chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.  This is no laughing matter.  9 Million Canadians are living with diabetes and that number is expected to increase.  Diabetes not only takes its toll on the body but on the mouth too.  Due to the level of sugar in the blood being higher in diabetics (if it is not well controlled) it is harder for the body to fight the bacteria that develops in the mouth.  With this weakened environment it is more common in diabetics to have tooth decay and early signs of gum disease.

The same is true of heart disease.  The condition known as Endocarditis has been linked to the bacteria in your mouth.  If not kept in check the bacteria can be spread through the blood stream and affect already damaged places in the heart.    It may sound bleak but there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  You can protect yourself and your teeth too.  ”An apple a day keeps the doctor and dentist away” may not be the best adage to live by.   Making healthy food choices is beneficial in limiting the amount of sugar in your mouth, which in turn leads to less gum harming bacteria, but that alone is not enough.  To achieve optimal health one needs to add a good oral home care routine, and yes that means brushing AND flossing daily.  Last, but certainly not least, regularly seeing your dental professional is of great importance for the health of your gums, and teeth, We at Dr. Cernea’s office are committed to your dental health, and are here to serve all your dental needs. Lindy

references used:
Canadian Dental Association Website
Mayo Clinic Website
Canadian Diabetes Association Website

When Should I Take My Child to The Dentist?

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One of the most common questions we get from parents is: when should I take my child to the dentist?

Ideally, we would recommend you start bringing your child to the dentist as early as 1 to 1 1/2 years old.  Starting at this young age enables children to begin their dental journey on a positive note.   A visit to the dentist at this age usually helps children become familiar with the dental office. It is therefore important to start at this young age to help the child avoid future anxiety and fear and develop trust in the dentist.

Positive attitudes on the part of parents are the most important factors in determining the child’s outlook on visiting the dental office.

Here are some things you can do that will help make the first dental visit enjoyable for your child:

* Read your child a book about going to the dentist

*  Let your child meet the dentist prior to the appointment

*  answer questions honestly but not with too much detail

*  make sure your child has a good night sleep prior to the appointment and if possible schedule a morning appointment

*  Book the appointment early in the morning as children are more calm and alert

Good early dental care often leads to a lifetime of good oral care habits.

The Dangers/Costs of Avoiding Dental Treatment

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Cavity, Gum Infection, Root Canal, Crown, Extraction.

The above words can strike fear in the hearts of dental patients everywhere. The uncertainty of how to arrange one’s busy schedule to return for another appointment and the fear of new or extensive dental procedures can result in a patient’s reason to avoid the dentist.  The anxiety associated with the cost of dental treatment or the fact that there is no discomfort with the identified area is enough for people to take weeks, months or sometimes  years to schedule needed treatment.  Even though we are often aware of needed dental treatment, it can easily slip off our to do list.

 What is the cost of ignoring that cavity, forgetting about the gum infection or putting off completing that crown?

Every person is different and every mouth responds differently to dental treatment.  It is true that you may not see or be aware of the impact of deferring treatment immediately; it is also true though that putting off dental treatment will not make the problem go away.  Rather, the dental treatment will only become more extensive.  For example, an untreated cavity will only get deeper, leading to pain as well as the potential for a more costly and time-consuming procedure.  A gum infection can lead to bone loss, tooth mobility, and eventual tooth loss.  Not proceeding with a crown can lead to a tooth fracturing beyond repair which then requires an extraction.  Developing an abscess and swelling would be a major concern if treatment for a tooth requiring a root canal or an extraction is not completed.

The solution? 

Talk to your dental team about the best way to manage your treatment plan. Good oral health not only contributes to your overall wellness but  it enhances your quality of life.  Together, we can find a way to maintain your optimal dental health.

 

What is Gingivitis?

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Gingivitis is a type of periodontal disease in which your gums are affected.  It is marked by gums that become red, swollen and can easily bleed.  Gingivitis is a mild form of periodontal disease and is reversible with a professional dental cleaning followed by improved brushing and flossing.  Many people with gingivitis won’t experience any discomfort, particularly in its early stage.  Plaque build up is the main contributing factor in gingivitis.  As bacteria in the plaque builds up it can cause your gums to become inflamed, which makes them red and swollen.  The early warning signs are bleeding gums when you are brushing.   This does not mean you should stop brushing.  In fact, the best way to reverse gingivitis is to brush (2-3x/day) and floss (1x/day) and rinse with Mouthwash daily and to come for your regular check up and scaling appointments at your dentist.

If gingivitis is left untreated, it can progress to periodontitis.  As bacterial infection spreads deeper into gum tissues, the gums begin to pull away from the teeth below the gumline.  This creates a deeper crevice between the tooth and gums known as a pocket.  This pocket harbours more plaque and bacteria creating a stubborn infection.  As periodontitis progresses, the body’s natural response to infection and the toxins in the bacteria start to destroy the connective tissue and bone that hold the teeth in place.  If untreated, this condition will result in teeth becoming loose, and the potential for tooth loss is great.

Periodontal disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss; however, with early detection, and preventive measures taken it is treatable.   Check our next blog to find out how.   Heather & Gema

Sportsguard season

We are happy to announce our office is the proud owner of a new piece of equipment that will allow us to better serve the sporting community.  This leading edge technology provides double laminated, better fitting, better protection appliances.  For anyone who is involved with a contact sport, this is the protection we recommend.  Along with this superior sportsguard this machine is also capable of fabricating whitening trays, retainers and of course the standard sportsguard (advised for non-contact sports).  Call us if you are intersted.

Our Whitening Systems

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Our dental office offers an excellent, effective whitening system for our patients. This is an advanced whitening procedure designed to be very effective, yet gentle on the teeth, causing less sensitivity.

 

Our office also offers a take home whitening system. We recognize that the familiar “at home whitening system” has enabled many of our patients to beautify their smiles  and we continue to offer this service for our patients.

If you are interested in a brighter smile, please call our office:

Call us today: (519) 850-3888

 

My Awesome Day at The Office

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Everyone knows the feeling….the dread of Monday, the attempts to make Sunday night last as long as humanly possible, the inability to open our eyes early Monday morning..and yet each of us shows up on time for work.  How do we do it?  What motivates us to roll out of our warm beds, turn on the extraordinarily bright lights and start getting ready for work?  It’s knowing that today could be THE awesome day, the day where everything goes just right.  So what is my awesome day at the dental office?  It’s coming into the office at 7:45a.m. and realizing someone has already made a coffe run.  It’s looking at the schedule of the day and realizing that each scheduled patient is a good friend.  It’s nailing that perfect x-ray, taking a beautiful impression, and overcoming my “inner Klutz” by not dropping anything.  Essentially, an awesome day at the office is whatever we make it to be.. that perfect, feel-good day that empowers us as individuals and makes us feel like we can conquer the world.  So what is a day like at Guiltinan Family Dentstry?  AWESOME!    written by Courtney