Congratulations to our daughter Dr. Caley Höediono who successfully defended her Orthodontic Masters Research Dissertation from the University of Manitoba. Dr. Caley is also now an American Board Certified Orthodontist. She will be returning to Kitchener/Waterloo and begin seeing patients in our practice three days a week; Tuesdays, Thursdays and all day Friday. Anyone needing an orthodontic consult, or is considering straightening their teeth with conventional or clear aligners (Invisalign) please call to make an appointment. The initial consultation is free.
We are proud to have Tyler Yee our Junior Level High-Performance Gymnast from KW Gymnastics as one of our patients since he was just a small “headstand to front roll” aspiring gymnast! Tyler’s entire family has always been athletic and have been our patients since Dr. Helen and I first came to Kitchener over 28 years ago!
What Causes Enamel to Wear Away
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.
Dr. Kelsey Motomura was born and raised in Cambridge. She studied Bio-Medical Science at the University of Guelph and was then accepted to the Doctor of Dental Surgery program at the University of Toronto.
During her four years in dental school, Dr. Motomura served as Class Vice-President. She was actively involved in the Peer Mentorship and Restorative Mentorship programs, as well as the Dental Students Society. Dr. Motomura graduated on the Dean’s List. She was the recipient of the J.G. Bourassa Cup from the Faculty of Dentistry for her academic standing and extra-curricular involvement. She also received the Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award from the University of Toronto in her graduating year.
Dr. Motomura has participated in Dental and Medical Outreach opportunities both globally and locally. She has volunteered on missions to Guatemala and Honduras, as well as with Health Mission Outreach in Brampton.
Outside of work, Dr. Motomura enjoys spending time with her friends and family, traveling, hiking, baking and playing board games.
Dr. Kelsey Motomura is excited to join Dr. de Man & Dr. Höediono’s practice! She is a friendly compassionate dentist who is committed to providing quality comprehensive dental care for her patients. She especially enjoys working with children.
Please feel free to contact us and make an appointment to meet Dr. Kelsey Motomura. We are very excited to have her!
Calcium and Phosphorus Sources
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
After almost twenty years helping our patients at the front desk, our beloved Kathy Erwin Sword is moving to Hanover where her cottage and “happy place,” is just being renovated. We will miss her, appreciate her warm and professional attitude and wish her and her husband Rick all the best as they move towards their retirement.
Several patients have come in with parting gifts and goodbye lunch.