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Dental care information you need, from oral care tips to the latest news in our dental office. For urgent dental concerns, please call us at 519-742-8303.

How to Properly Care for Your Toothbrush

proper toothbrush care

Your toothbrush is your most important dental tool. If you care for it the right way, it will provide proper care in return. The good news is it doesn’t require any special treatment. But, there are safe ways to clean and store it.

Here are some toothbrush care tips.

1. Rinse it well after use

After brushing your teeth, rinse your toothbrush thoroughly with tap water. Be sure there’s no toothpaste or food debris left behind.

2. Store it upright

Let remaining water drain after every use by storing your brush upright.

3. Expose it to air

Avoid placing your toothbrush inside a drawer, cabinet, or any closed container. A wet toothbrush can attract and hold bacteria. When you travel keep your toothbrush in its own case to prevent it from getting contaminated. But take it out to air dry once you’ve reached your destination.

4. Keep brushes separate

Make sure toothbrushes don’t touch to avoid transfer of bacteria.

5. Use your own brush

Sharing is caring, but never with a toothbrush. Don’t borrow someone else’s brush as this can compromise both your oral health and overall health. Sharing toothbrushes increases the risk for bacterial infections.

6. Avoid contact with cleaning materials

Store your toothbrush away from cleaning materials. Some cleaning agents may be toxic and you don’t want them to come in contact with your brush.

7. Store it away from the toilet

Prevent your toothbrush from getting knocked into the toilet or sink. Keep it away from these areas. Germs can travel through the air. Even if your toothbrush is not located right beside your toilet or sink, there are still chances of spreading infection.

8. Get a new one every three months

A toothbrush in new condition will always do a better job than one that’s rough and frayed. Replace it after three to four months or sooner if the bristles are frayed. Buy a toothbrush for everyone at home at the same time so you can replace them at once.

9. Consider a replacement if your immune system has weakened

It’s not necessary to switch to a new brush after getting colds as our immune system will be working to keep our body protected. However, it may be beneficial to replace brushes more often if it is your immune system that’s compromised.

10. Choose your case carefully

At home, you may want to invest in a toothbrush holder with several compartments. When you’re on the go, cover your brush or store it in a plastic case. Even better if you’ll find a case that is not airtight and allows circulation.

Here are some additional tips for electric toothbrushes.

1. Replace the brush head. Replace the brush head as soon as you notice the bristles getting frayed or after three months, whichever comes first.

2. Use up its battery. Rather than charging your electric toothbrush between use, let the battery run empty before charging it. This will help increase battery efficiency.

3. Keep it covered when you travel. As you do with a manual toothbrush, be sure your electric toothbrush is properly covered to avoid it from getting damaged or contaminated.

4. Store it out in the open when at home. When you’re at home, leave it out rather than enclosing it in a case.

5. Be cautious when buying sanitizers. Investing in toothbrush sanitizers isn’t necessary but if you want to give it a try, read the labels carefully. Look for a seal from respected organizations and don’t be fooled by products that over promise.

6. Never put your toothbrush in the dishwasher. Simply rinsing your toothbrush after use and letting it air dry completely is enough. Don’t put your electric toothbrush in the dishwasher or microwave as it’ll only get damaged.

These care tips will keep your toothbrush in great condition. If you need suggestions when choosing a toothpaste for your family, check out this post.

And if you have questions about your oral health, contact our team at (519) 742-8303. We’re always happy to share more dental care tips.

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Oral Hygiene for Seniors

oral hygiene for seniors

It’s good that dentures and implants exist, but it’s possible to delay your need for them. Don’t stop visiting the dentist. Your dental team wants to help you enjoy healthy teeth and gums through your golden years.

You also lower your risk of oral health problems when your mouth is in good condition, so here are some hygiene tips to help you achieve that.

1. Eat right

Proper nutrition is crucial for your oral health. A healthy diet helps prevent cavities and keep your teeth and gums strong. Steer clear of acidic food and beverages and limit your intake of sugary treats.

2. Brush gently and properly

You may need a fluoridated toothpaste. Talk to your dentist about which product they recommend. Brush in a small circular motion, covering all areas of your teeth. Remember to brush your tongue too! You may find an electric toothbrush works better than a manual and may be easier to hold.

3. Clean your dentures

Clean your partial or full dentures every day. Like natural teeth, tartar can stick to dentures. You can use a denture brush and soap, or you can also use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Be careful with cleansers that can scratch, discolour, and weaken your dentures. You can also soak your dentures overnight in warm water. Regularly check your dentures for cracks or damages. Take it back to your dentist for any necessary repairs.

4. Care for your implants

If you have implants, be sure to care for them the way you would your natural teeth. Brush and floss them gently. If you’re interested in this tooth replacement option, we can provide you with further information.

5. Come in for an oral cancer screening

Schedule regular checkups with your dentist. Talk to them about performing an oral cancer screening. At home, do a self-check of your mouth, looking for sores, patches, swelling, or anything unusual.

6. Look after your gums

Gum disease is challenging to detect as it’s often painless. One common cause of gum disease is poor oral hygiene. Don’t get lax with oral care. You’re never too old to maintain healthy gums. See your dentist if you notice any swelling, bleeding, or redness around your gums.

7. Report tooth sensitivity

Brushing hard won’t guarantee a better clean. If anything, this may only lead to receding gum lines. Be gentle when brushing your teeth to avoid scraping away your enamel. If you’re already experiencing sensitivity, let your dentist know and ask if they can recommend specific products you can try.

8. Talk to your dentist about dry mouth

If you’re experiencing dry mouth due to medications you’re taking, talk to your dentist about it. They can recommend ways to effectively deal with a dry mouth. You need to stay hydrated and keep saliva flowing to combat bacterial growth. Drinking more water and cutting back on acidic beverages will help.

9. Avoid smoking

Smoking can make you more susceptible to oral diseases. Quitting smoking is a tough goal, but it’s worth all the hard work.

With age comes wisdom, so certainly you know our team will help you maintain healthy teeth and gums. Take note of these oral hygiene tips for seniors and for more information, contact us at Kitchener Dentist.

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Watch Out for These Daily Habits that Harm Your Teeth

daily habits that harm teeth

How many of these seemingly ordinary things are you doing routinely and without much thought? Try to be mindful of these habits as they can damage your teeth. They may be hard to avoid; however, kicking these habits will benefit both your oral and overall health.

1. Nail biting

Biting your nails when you’re tense, anxious, or bored can result in tooth chipping and jaw issues. Fingernails are also home to a variety of bacteria. To prevent you from biting your nails, keep a stress ball handy to keep your hands busy. If you experience chronic stress, seek the help of a professional.

2. Chewing ice

Yes it’s sugar- and calorie-free. But this habit can still cause damage if the hard ice chips or cracks a tooth leading to tooth sensitivity and an unexpected visit to the dentist for repair. Trade the ice for tooth-friendly alternatives like carrots and apples.

3. Drinking fruit juice

Pure, unsweetened fruit juices may be natural and nutritious, but they contain large amounts of naturally occurring sugar. If you can’t go a day without fruit juice, add water to it to help reduce its sugar content.

4. Drinking coffee

If you drink coffee all day long, eliminating it from your routine will be tough. Coffee, however, causes bad breath. And if you drink it black, you’re susceptible to tooth discoloration. Try to reduce your coffee intake or drink water after each cup. If you’d like to whiten your teeth, book a consultation with your dentist.

5. Drinking pop and sports drinks

They may taste refreshing especially when they’re cold and you’re thirsty, but they do your mouth no good. These beverages are high in sugar which will corrode your tooth enamel. The best way to quench your thirst is with a cool drink of water.

6. Teeth grinding and clenching

Grinding and clenching are damaging to your teeth and jaw. This may be happening in your sleep and you’re unaware of it. You’ll either find out from loved ones who notice or else from your dentist who will see the signs of wear at your next exam. Investing in a nighttime mouthguard may be your best solution to this nocturnal habit.

7. Playing sports with no mouthguard

Participating in sports is awesome for your overall health but can be an oral health risk. You may be faced with a damaging hit from a ball, hockey puck, someone’s elbow, or a face plant. Protect your teeth with a custom sports mouthguard. Unlike those you can buy off the grocery or pharmacy shelf, your dentist can make a mouthguard fitted to your teeth.

8. Using teeth to open packets or bottles

Don’t think of your teeth as a convenient stand-in for scissors or a bottle opener. Only animals without opposable thumbs do that! Seriously, using your teeth to rip, twist, and open any kind of packaging can loosen or fracture your teeth or previous dental work.

9. Snacking throughout the day

Noshing on starchy food like potato chips and sipping sugary beverages all day can lead to dental cavities. Occasional treats like these aren’t bad, but be wary of how much you’re consuming. Also, make it a habit to drink water afterward to help wash away the debris and prevent acids from forming that lead to decay.

10. Chewing on pens

Do you catch yourself doing this sometimes? Perhaps it helps you focus, but it’s a habit that’s non-hygienic and bad for your teeth. A better alternative could be using a fidget toy to help you relax and stay focused.

If you have questions about your oral health, please feel free to contact our team at de Man & Höediono Dentistry. We’re always happy to help you keep your smile healthy and beautiful.

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What You Should Know About Your Wisdom Teeth

What are our wisdom teeth for? Are your wisdom teeth only causing you discomfort? Let’s talk more about that in this post.

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are also known as the final set of molars because they grow in last. They usually break through in the late teens to the early twenties, the same age people are said to acquire “wisdom”, hence the name of the teeth. However, problems occur when there’s no longer enough space for the wisdom tooth.

What are the wisdom teeth for?

Many are curious on the purpose of wisdom teeth. They seem to offer no use so why do people grow them. One theory dating back to our ancestors says that people back then needed an extra set of molars so they could chew and grind hard food. These were the times when foods were raw and uncooked. It’s far from the situation we enjoy today and also one reason cited why some no longer grow their wisdom teeth.

Why do wisdom teeth grow in at an angle?

dentist in kitchenerThroughout human evolution, jaws have become smaller which is why wisdom teeth don’t grow in straight. They either become impacted or surrounding teeth block their way.

If the wisdom teeth erupt only partially, this can pose dental problems. Food can get stuck in the gum tissue and lead to infections. Even surrounding teeth can get affected when the final set of molars get impacted. Hence, during these instances, your dentist may suggest to have the teeth extracted rather than cause further damage to your teeth.

Some wisdom teeth grow straight and no longer require removal. They also don’t cause any issues and the person can enjoy a healthy set of teeth.

When Is Wisdom Teeth Removal Crucial?

Here are more reasons why it’s best to take out the wisdom teeth:

  • Cavities develop. When gums become swollen and recede, they form pockets where bacteria breed and cavities develop.
  • Gums become inflamed. Once tissue around the teeth swell, the area becomes harder to clean too. You will need professional help from your dentist or registered dental hygienist.
  • They Interfere with teeth alignment. Even if you’re already done wearing braces or other teeth alignment procedures, impacted teeth may cause alignment issues again.

How Do You Prepare for a Wisdom Teeth Extraction:

Wisdom extraction is a common procedure performed in the dental office.  The process involves receiving local anesthetic. With that said, for your convenience, make sure to bring someone you trust with you to keep you company in the dental office and to drive you home as well.

If the area swells after the procedure, don’t worry – this is a natural reaction and the swelling should subside within 24 hours. You can apply a cold compress on your cheek to reduce swelling. It’s best to stay at home the entire day for rest.

Get plenty of sleep to help speed up the healing process. In the meantime, stick to soft foods and skip brushing your teeth for a day. You need to keep fluids out of your mouth, which means rinsing is not advisable as well.

Be sure to follow your dentist’s reminders to help speed up healing. Protect the stitches from harsh food and keep up with your dental visits so your dentist can check the progress of the wisdom teeth extraction procedure.

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We Now Proudly Offer The Ivoclar Odyssey Diode Laser To Our Patients.

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In every procedure we perform, your comfort has always been our utmost priority.
Using latest dental innovations, your treatment time is reduced significantly. Not only that, results of the procedure are also improved and you get to enjoy a positive experience throughout.

This is why we’re proud to offer Ivoclar Odyssey Diode Laser to our patients.

About the Odyssey Diode Laser

Dental laser has been used in the field of dentistry since 1990 for treatment and preventive care purposes.

Lasers work by producing a narrow beam of light which is then applied to soft tissues. The light targets diseased tissues and bacteria, hence keeping healthy tissues safe and intact. Lasers used in dental practices are also gentler than those you’ll normally find in operating rooms.

The Odyssey Diode Laser, specifically, is portable and battery-operated, making it easy to use. Instead of knobs, the device makes use of a touch screen front so we can adjust the modes when necessary. It also comes with a fiber management system to ensure patient comfort at all times.

Lip Hemangioma Removal Using Lasers

Apart from treating cold or canker sores and gum diseases, lasers can also be used to remove hemangiomas.

Hemangiomas appear as dark spots on the lower lip. Physicians usually refer these patients to plastic surgeons for treatment. However, they are also warned about potential side effects such as nerve paresthesia and scarring.

Patients who feel uncomfortable about receiving traditional surgeries can now come to us for assistance.

The hemangioma or lesion can be removed without having to undergo a traditional surgery, thanks to diode lasers. Those that are familiar with the use of laser as alternative treatment are also more comfortable using the same approach to remove lip hemangioma.

The advantage with using Odyssey Diode Laser is that it simplifies the procedure and reduces the cost.

The laser will target only the damaged tissues, leaving no effect on surrounding tissues. You may notice a scab forming on the treatment area, which should be gone after 4 weeks once the healing is complete.

Overall, the discomfort you may feel after the procedure is minimal to none.

Benefits of Lasers for Dentistry

  • Ensures patient comfort. Traditional surgeries can cause a fair amount of discomfort. Using soft tissue laser makes a perfect treatment alternative as it only targets diseased tissues. Patients can enjoy a pleasant procedure that takes very little time.
  • Allows precise modifications. With the help of the Odyssey laser, we can perform minute modifications on soft tissues. While traditional surgeries may leave behind obvious signs of the procedure, Odyssey lasers make scaling and contouring of gum tissues look natural.
  • Minimally-invasive. The Odyssey laser makes treatments minimally-invasive. During gum disease treatments, diseased tissues are not only eliminated, the area is as well sanitized. This prevents infection while the treated area is being allowed to heal.Learn more about the benefits of Odyssey Diode Laser. Contact our team today at 519-742-8303
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de Man and Hoediono dentistry has just acquired the new state of the art treatment tool

de Man and Hoediono dentistry has just acquired the new state of the art treatment tool – the Micronix Prima DNT surgical microscope. It will provide a new level of precision in all the endodontic (root canal treatment) and surgical work that we do!

Here, Dr. Tim Shigapov uses the microscope to find all nerves of a complicated root canal. Treatment will now be quicker and more precise. Our on staff endodontic specialist Dr. Pratique Patel of Columbia University, New York, will train our staff and performs procedures himself for our patients.

Learn more about the benefits of using Micronix Prima DNT surgical microscope in dental procedures.

Micronix Prima DNT surgical microscope

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Kitchener dentists Doctors de Man and Höediono meet with Dr. Liana Nolan

Dr. Liana Nolan

Doctors de Man and Höediono meet with Dr. Liana Nolan Commissioner and Medical Health Officer of Health at Region of Waterloo Public Health at The Waterloo Wellington Dental Society Fall Meeting to discuss the Region’s public dental health initiatives.

Dr. Höediono has long been a dental health advocate for children, the elderly, and the disabled. He also meets with university students and participates on lectures.

Meet more people from our team at de Man & Höediono Dentistry. We’re looking forward to seeing you on your dental visit!

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Dr. Hoediono chairs lecture session

Dr. Hoediono chairs the lecture session of renowned restorative lecturer Dr. Edmund Hewlett, Professor of Dentistry from UCLA at Los Angeles, California.

Everyone in our dental practice strives to further our knowledge about dental care. And we also take every opportunity possible to share what we learn from trainings and experience, especially with our patients. We couldn’t be happier of every chance we’re given to talk about what we do.

We’re proud of Dr. Hoediono for this another accomplishment. All of us in the team are looking to welcome you to our practice. We’ll do our best to answer any dental care related questions you may have. Call us today at (519) 742-8303 to schedule your visit.

Dr Hoediono and Dr Hewlett

Dr. Edmund Hewlett and Dr. Höediono

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