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Dental health is connected to overall health. Join Kitchener dentists and the rest of the team as we talk about issues related to oral health.

Oral Hygiene for Seniors

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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.

Oral Hygiene for Seniors2018-12-21T10:58:07+00:00

Get Rid of the Pain: How to Ease Sensitive Teeth

Anyone can experience tooth sensitivity, and there’s no telltale signs when it’s coming. However, it’s most prevalent among those aged 20 to 40.
The condition occurs when the tooth’s protective layer, the enamel, wears away. This exposes the dentin beneath the enamel, leading to sensitivity when eating or drinking things that are hot, cold, sweet, or acidic.

 

What Causes Enamel to Wear Away

kitchener-waterloo dentist Aggressive brushing. When you brush too hard, the enamel may erode.
Acid attacks. Sugary foods are favourite targets of harmful bacteria. These bacteria turn into acids that beat the tooth enamel down. The enamel, as a result, gets thinner until the dentin is exposed.
Receding gums. Tartar buildup may cause the gums to recede, creating an opportunity for the root surface to lose its protective layer and for pockets to form around the tooth. Bacteria may thrive in these areas as it’s harder to access and clean. All of this leads to sensitivity.
Tooth whitening treatments. Both in-office and at-home whitening treatments may cause temporary sensitivity afterwards. If you’re already experiencing tooth sensitivity and are scheduled for a whitening treatment, ask your dentist what you can expect after.
Tooth grinding. Clenching the teeth also wears enamel away. You may not realize that you grind your teeth while you sleep, but your dentist can detect the signs of nighttime grinding by checking your mouth. Your dentist can make a customized mouth guard for you to wear at night to protect from future enamel wear from grinding.
With heightened sensitivity, you may experience sharp bursts of pain in your teeth. This can cause mild to severe discomfort that can last for hours. Thankfully, there are ways you can relieve sensitivity.

 

How to Reduce Tooth Sensitivity

  • Avoid triggers such as extremely hot or cold food and drinks.
  • Use fluoride toothpaste brands that help relieve tooth sensitivity.
  • Practice excellent oral hygiene. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, in the morning and before going to bed at night.
  • Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush and replace it every three to four months. Move the brush in small, circular motions instead of back and forth in a straight direction. This will also help ensure you’re covering all areas, especially where the teeth and gum line meet.
  • Wait at least an hour before brushing your teeth after every meal.
Finally, always keep up with your dental visits. If you feel tooth sensitivity is getting worse, let your dentist know. He or she will be able to recommend treatments for the sensitivity, such as fluoride gels or varnishes.
Get Rid of the Pain: How to Ease Sensitive Teeth2018-12-13T18:32:52+00:00

Eat Your Way to a Healthy Smile: Best Foods for Your Teeth

You take great care of your teeth by brushing, flossing, and seeing your dentist as scheduled. But are you doing everything you can? Just like carrots are good for our eyes and water for our skin, specific foods deliver healthy benefits to our mouths. If you’re already being diligent with your oral hygiene routine, then you’ll also want to take great care about what food you put in your mouth. Let’s explore the best foods for maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

Calcium and Phosphorus Sources

Our teeth are composed of minerals. These minerals are lost and replenished during the remineralization process which naturally occurs in our teeth. However, when the acidity level is high, minerals are lost and not naturally replenished. This can cause the teeth’s outermost layer, the enamel, to corrode. Calcium is crucial as it helps keep the bones healthy and strong. It works better, though, when combined with phosphorus. They help replenish lost minerals on the teeth. Here are food choices that are great sources of calcium.
  • Cheese. Hard cheese, like cheddar, is a good source of calcium for your teeth. Cheese helps increase salivary flow and decrease the acidity level in the mouth.
  • Yogurt. It’s no surprise that yogurt is gaining in popularity. It’s a healthy snack rich in calcium. It also helps fight gum disease.
  • Tofu. Vegetarians can always choose tofu for a tooth-friendly meal. Tofu is rich in phosphorus which protects tooth enamel.
  • Almonds. Nuts, such as almonds, are packed with both calcium and phosphorus. They aid in cavity-fighting.
  • Seafood. Fatty fish like salmon are filled with phosphorus, vital for strengthening tooth enamel.

Crunchy, Water-Rich Food

kitchener-warerloo dentistCrunchy foods promote salivary flow. They also serve as natural teeth cleaners, removing food residue on the tooth surface. They’re easily portable to snack on daily at school, work, or play. Introduce these healthy foods to kids when they’re young. Sweets are fine when enjoyed sparingly.
  • Apples. They’re high in water content, plus they’re tasty too.
  • Carrots. Since raw carrots are hard and require a lot of chewing, they help stimulate saliva production in the mouth. Their texture also helps with gentle scrubbing of the tooth surfaces.
  • Celery. This raw vegetable is not just good for the body, it’s great for our teeth too. Consider it a natural dental floss, thanks to its fibre-rich strands.

Vitamin D Sources

Vitamin D is good for your overall health as it helps with optimum calcium absorption.
  • Sunlight. While it does not qualify as food, sunlight is known as the best natural source of Vitamin D. So when the sun is out, make sure to get your healthy dose of Vitamin D.
  • Egg yolks. If you mostly opt for egg whites, having the egg yolks occasionally are worth a try. They’re rich in vitamin D which is recognized for reducing the risk of developing tooth decay or dental caries.
As you plan your meals, don’t forget to incorporate the best foods that will benefit your body and oral health.
Eat Your Way to a Healthy Smile: Best Foods for Your Teeth2018-12-13T18:37:27+00:00

How to Choose the Right Toothpaste Type for Your Family

Brushing with the right toothpaste is key to maintaining a bright, healthy smile. One type of toothpaste may be more effective for you than another. This guide will help you select the best one to meet your specific needs.

The first toothpaste was invented by Ancient Egyptians in 5000 BC, even before toothbrushes were invented. It’s believed that these toothpastes were in powder form and mixed with water when used. These days, toothpastes can be found in various formulations. Choosing the right one can be confusing.

The best person to talk to regarding the right toothpaste for your needs is your dentist. However, it pays to know more about the various types of toothpaste. That’s what we’re talking about in this post.

Let’s begin.

Whitening Toothpastes

right toothpasteYou’ll find these toothpaste types promoted for making smiles shine brighter.

Whitening toothpastes usually contain baking soda or hydrogen peroxide that help lighten tooth colour. You should note that if your goal is to make your teeth several shades lighter, these toothpastes can only do so much.

Yellowing of teeth is inevitable. As we age, our tooth enamel gets thinner and we see more of the darker layer beneath it called the dentin. This makes the tooth appear less white.

Whitening treatments available in the dental office will be more effective in removing or lightening stains. Treatment results can vary in the areas you’ve received prior dental work.

Desensitizing Toothpaste

If you have sensitive teeth, then you may want to use desensitizing toothpastes.

This type of paste is specially made to provide relief against hypersensitivity. It contains ingredients such as potassium nitrate or strontium chloride which block pain signals to the nerve of the tooth. It would be best, though, to consult your dentist first about the cause of the tooth sensitivity.

Tartar Control Toothpaste

Your dentist may recommend that you use tartar control toothpaste if you are prone to tartar buildup.

Anti-plaque toothpaste helps prevent tartar buildup that can result in gum disease. Plaque is the sticky film that hardens on teeth and turns into tartar and can only be removed at the dental office.

Toothpaste for Kids

To make brushing more fun for kids, use flavoured toothpastes specially formulated for them. If your little ones are still unable to spit, opt for toothpastes that are safe to swallow.

Make sure that you apply the toothpaste on their brush. Grain size would be enough for them. For kids aged three and older a pea-sized amount of toothpaste should be enough.

Brushing can only be as effective as the right choice of toothpaste for our specific needs. So for the sake of your and your family’s oral health, don’t choose your toothpaste based solely on packaging and price.

How to Choose the Right Toothpaste Type for Your Family2018-12-13T18:38:44+00:00

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.

What You Should Know About Your Wisdom Teeth2018-03-28T15:50:48+00:00

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
We Now Proudly Offer The Ivoclar Odyssey Diode Laser To Our Patients.2018-03-20T13:38:15+00:00

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!

Kitchener dentists Doctors de Man and Höediono meet with Dr. Liana Nolan2018-02-01T14:37:31+00:00

Gum Disease Linked to Worsening Cognitive Decline in Alzheimer’s Patients

We found an article that we would like to share with our patients because we think many of you would be interested in the information.Gum-disease-AND

A new study jointly led by the University of Southampton and King’s College London, 2016 has found a link between gum disease and greater rates of cognitive decline in people with early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

The team of researchers enrolled 59 participants with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease to their study, and 52 of these participants were followed for an average of 6 months.

At the beginning and end of the follow-up period, a dental hygienist assessed the dental health of the subjects, and the researchers took blood samples from the participants and assessed them for inflammatory markers. Subjects also underwent cognitive tests at study baseline and after 6 months.

Compared with participants who did not have gum disease at study baseline, those who did were found to have a six-fold increase in the rate of cognitive decline during the 6-month follow-up period.

Gum Disease Linked to Worsening Cognitive Decline in Alzheimer’s Patients2018-02-01T14:54:19+00:00

Pre Christmas meeting getting ready for Christmas rush

Every year at this time we experience a “last minute rush” by people wanting maximize their last remaining benefits on their 2015 insurance plans.  We are prepared and are open Saturdays to accommodate the extra time needed by people to fit everything into their Christmas plans.

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Pre Christmas meeting getting ready for Christmas rush2018-02-01T15:00:12+00:00

Waterloo Wellington Health Service Provider Governors Symposium

Governors from all over the region, various hospitals and agencies met on Tuesday to develop ideas on new ways for patients to more easily access the many services of our provincial health care system.  Dr. Hoediono has been appointed to the position of Chair of Governance for the Grand River Hospital Board of Directors.

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L to R : Dr. Hoediono, Board of Director, Geoff Bellow, Chair of the Board, Waterloo Chief of Police Bryan Larkin, Joan Fisk who is Chair of the Local Health Integration Network and Janice Deganis who is vice-chair of the Grand River Board.

Waterloo Wellington Health Service Provider Governors Symposium2018-02-01T15:01:05+00:00
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