At Dentistry on 7th, we’re pleased to note that that most of our clients are passionate about taking care of their oral health. Many of you brush your teeth twice a day – every day, floss regularly and consume foods like popcorn, candy, energy drinks, sodas, and juices in moderation. You understand that these items can be bad for your teeth if eaten in excess.
Children need to avoid such sugary foods because their teeth are more susceptible to cavities. As the most trustworthy Hamilton children’s dentist – we advise our younger clients to consume more water, cheese, yoghurt, fish, water, apples, strawberries, leafy greens, and carrots for their oral health, and to brush and floss regularly.
It’s also important to visit Dentistry on 7th periodically for checkups, where our friendly staff can keep your oral care in check. While brushing and flossing at home is vital, these methods alone can’t clean all the bacteria in your mouth. Left to its own devices, tartar can turn into plaque, leading to painful tooth and gum disease.
Our dentists or dental hygienist can use instruments to scale away any tartar. Afterwards, we can polish your teeth with a special substance that gets rid of stains. Our clients always smile with renewed confidence after a dental cleaning.
We can also scan your mouth during checkups to check for cavities. If we notice any visible sign of tooth decay, or if your enamel has softened, then you may have cavities. Fortunately, we can offer a variety of treatments.
- Tooth fillings: After we’ve removed the decayed material from your tooth, we fill it up with a resin.
- Crowns: If the decay is more serious, we may put a cap over your tooth after removing the decayed material.
- Root Canal: If the tooth decay has killed the nerves, we can try to save your tooth with a root canal. We will remove the nerve tissue and decayed material before applying medication to the roots. Afterwards, we fill the tooth or apply a crown.
We also offer advice on how to brush and floss correctly. You should hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, use the right amount of pressure, use short circular and scrubbing motions, brush along the gumline, clean both sides of the teeth, and clean every tooth. You may also brush your tongue to get rid of oral bacteria.
As for flossing, you should gently glide the floss between your teeth and use a sawing motion to clean near the gum line. If you haven’t flossed in a while, your gums may bleed. This is normal. However, after a few days of flossing your gums should stop feeling sore.
A regular dentist can’t always help you. Sometimes, you may need the services of an orthodontist at Dentistry on 7th. Here are a few things you should know about an orthodontist:
#1 Orthodontists Are Also Dentists
After a dentist has completed dental school, they may study further to become an orthodontist. Although both dentists and orthodontists can practice general oral care, only an orthodontist can diagnose, prevent, and treat facial and dental irregularities. Usually, orthodontists are too busy with orthodontics to practice general oral care.
#2 Orthodontists Straighten Teeth
An orthodontist can treat your crooked teeth by reshaping them over time. The most popular appliance they use to do this is called braces. Such treatments are more effective in childhood while the jaw is still growing.
That’s why your child needs to start visiting Dentistry on 7th from an early age. We can catch orthodontic problems early and devise a treatment plan. By the time a child is seven, their jaw has grown enough for an orthodontist to notice issues.
Here are some signs that your child may have an orthodontic problem:
- If your child sucks their thumb frequently and intensely, then it may lead to the incorrect development of their jaw
- Bruxism or frequent teeth grinding can be the sign of crooked or uneven teeth.
- Teeth clenching can also be the sign of crooked or uneven teeth
- Mouth breathing habits are usually the sign of orthodontic problems
- If your child lost their baby teeth too early, nearby teeth may have shifted into the vacant space, leading to orthodontic issues
- While late teeth shedding isn’t always a cause for concern, it’s advisable to consult an orthodontist
- Protruding or buck teeth can be easily fixed at an early age
If your child is suffering from any of these issues, then they may need to be fitted with orthodontic braces in Hamilton by one of our highly qualified and skilled orthodontists.
#3 Orthodontists Fix a Variety of Bite Related Issues
There are many different types of misaligned bites and an orthodontist can fix all of them.
- An underbite is when the lower jaw protrudes past the upper jaw
- An overbite is when the upper jaw grows abnormally past the lower jaw
- A crossbite is when the jaw is so narrow that it crowds and misaligns teeth
Interestingly, an orthodontist can treat a crossbite by expanding the jaw with a device, or by removing teeth. Both the upper and lower jaw can be gradually expanded in children because the cartilage is soft. While there’s some initial discomfort, there are many benefits to treating a misaligned jaw.
Left untreated, these issues can result in jaw pain, earaches, toothaches, speech impediments, and headaches. People with misaligned jaws can also have trouble chewing and swallowing.
While orthodontic problems are most effectively treated in childhood, it’s never too late. More adults and even the elderly in the United States and Canada are seeking orthodontic treatment. Not only do adults feel more comfortable when their bites are corrected, but they also have more confidence to smile.
However, some adults hesitate to get orthodontic treatment because they are wary of unsightly and uncomfortable metal braces and brackets. Thankfully, there have been advancements in orthodontic technology. Now, you can get clear aligners like Invisalign, which are nearly invisible and can easily be taken on or off during mealtime. Come to Dentistry on 7th for Invisalign braces in Hamilton and Oakville to correct the shape of your teeth, look good, and feel healthy.
These are some of the ways an orthodontist can serve you. At Dentistry on 7th, we have a friendly and skilled team of oral hygienists, dentists, and orthodontists, who can help you with a variety of services. When it comes to oral care, we can look after your every need.