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February 2020 - The Real Truth about getting all your Teeth removed to get Dentures

Now and again a patient will say, "Maybe I should get all my teeth removed and just get dentures." All dental office staff have heard a patient say this and most times, it said out of frustration due to dental or financial issues. Although it may be ... Read More >>


January 2020Simple New Year’s Resolutions to Shape Up Your Smile!

At Your Smile Dental Care, we're here to help make your New Year’s resolutions more attainable and get your healthy smile ready for the whole year! Here's a few tips that can help improve your oral health, and in turn, your overall well being during ... Read More >>


December 2019 - Swallowing Toothpaste

For some children, getting them to brush is no problem at all - but preventing them from swallowing the tooth paste is! The younger the child, the more difficult it may be to ... Read More >>


November 2019 - Dental Sealants and Your Smile

To get kids through their cavity-prone years, dental sealants are used as a preventive way to stop bacteria from accumulating and causing cavities in the deep pit and grooves on tooth surfaces. A plastic liquid is extruded or brushed onto these hard-to-clean, food trap areas where it then
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October 2019 - Dehydration and Your Smile

Our body needs water to function properly and constant dehydration can cause problems. Is it possible your dental issues are being caused by not drinking enough water? Your Smile also depends on water and not getting enough of it can cause affect your oral ... Read More >>


September 2019 - Osteoporosis and Your Smile

Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become less dense making them more likely to fracture. The term "porosis" means spongy, which describes the appearance of bones when they are broken in half and the inside is ... Read More >>


August 2019 - Looking for Your Smile?

Your dental health is important and having teeth that allow you to smile, speak, eat and laugh confidently and without pain makes all the difference in the world! If you are missing one or more teeth, there is ... Read More >>

July 2019 - Extreme Bad Breath

We’ve had some of our patients tell us over the years that they’ve had close family members tell them that they had really bad breath, something they had not been aware of. They came to us looking for solutions and we were happy to offer them our professional advice. Interestingly enough, many people ... Read More >>


June 2019 - Vaping and Your Smile

Although e-cigarettes have been around for more than a decade, user rates have skyrocketed in recent years, especially among teens. Listening to a recent radio ad for a popular vaping company, it’s not hard to understand the appeal. With it’s cool-styled marketing offering so many ... Read More >>


May 2019 - Cardiac Devices and Your Smile

Today, most of us are aware of the important link between our oral health and our overall health. Cardiovascular health is one area of special consideration. Not only can the signs in the mouth warn us of undetected diseases or conditions, studies show that you are at a greater risk of ... Read More >>


April 15, 2019 - Cavities Under Dental Crown

Can I still get a cavity if my tooth is capped?
Many people are often surprised to learn that the tooth is still susceptible to the decay process even with a strong crown fitting snugly over it. It is one of the valuable pieces of information that your dentist should... Read More >>


March 11, 2019 - Sinus Toothache

You may not realize how closely associated your teeth and sinuses are related. There is only a very thin layer of bone that actually separates the roots of the upper teeth and the facial sinuses. This is why your ... Read More >>


February 22, 2019 - Bleeding Gums

Although, gums that bleed while being brushed or flossed is a common and mild form of gum disease called gingivitis, it is neither normal nor something that should be ... Read More>>


January 14, 2019 - Dental Specialists

Why is my dentist referring me to a specialist? Although a general practitioner may recommend various treatment options for the care of your teeth and supporting structures and also perform many different types of procedures, sometimes they may ... Read More >>


December 12, 2018 - How to handle a Dental Emergency

We all look forward to the holidays when we can relax with family and friends and enjoy all the great festive foods that the season has to offer. What we don't expect, however, is a dental emergency! So what are you to do if you find yourself needing a ... Read More >>


November 28, 2018 - Chewing Gum and Oral Health

Remember when we used to get in trouble for chewing gum in the classroom? Remember when it was considered to be a bad habit and fell under the category of "candy?" Fast forward to this year and chewing gum has ... Read More >>


November 12, 2018 - Choosing Dental Floss

So you've decided to make flossing an addition to you home oral care routine. Great idea!Your local pharmacy is be stocked with all kinds of different types of floss and the choices can be confusing ... Read More >>


October 29, 2018 - What's Brewing in Your Mouth?

Germs! You can’t see them, but you can sure feel, taste and even smell the hundreds of different types of germs that make their home in your mouth. While many of these bacteria are harmless, others wreak havoc in the mouth causing tooth decay, inflammation of the gums and ... Read More >>


September 21, 2018 - How often should you see your dentist?

Your Smile is important and the health of your teeth has an impact on your overall health. But what if your teeth feel and look great to you? Many people still believe that unless they are experiencing pain or have broken a tooth, it’s not necessary to see a dentist for ... Read More >>


September 6, 2018 - Defend Your Smile

This is the time of year that we start to think of winter sports and the one piece of equipment that we want our patients to include in their purchases - mouth guards! Most sports related activity carry some element of risk for injury. The more contact involved in the activity the higher the risk. We've certainly seen ... Read More >>


August 20, 2018 - Your Best Solution for Missing Teeth

Dental implants gave long been the standard of care for missing teeth. With a documented success rate of over 95%, dental implants are by far the best and longest lasting way to replace missing teeth. Implants also help ... Read More >>


August 1, 2018 - Back to School Checklist

No doubt, with the next month will begin the mad rush to get kids, both young and old, back to school again. Ideally, during the earlier summer weeks is the ideal time to schedule dental checkups and finish up with any outstanding treatment well before the end of summer rush. You can help your ... Read More >>


July 27, 2018 - Lost or Broken Dental Cap (Crown)

At Your Smile Dental Care, we recommend dental crowns when a weakened tooth needs added support and strength. And, although we used a special type of ... Read More >>


July 10, 2018 - Are You Covered?

This is one of the most common questions that our patients ask us, whether it is in response to a recommended treatment plan or just a general inquiry. It is an ... Read More>>


June 21, 2018 - Healthy Summer Teeth

Who doesn't look forward to the Summertime and all the exciting things that the season has to offer? There's so much to look forward to between the exciting, outdoor fun and the calm relaxation as you ... Read More>>


June 6, 2018 - Medications and Your Smile

We are seeing a growing number of patients that are experiencing dryness of their mouths and a number of dental issues associated with this dryness. Xerostomia is the clinical term for this condition and some dryness of the mouth can be so severe that it is ... Read Full Post>>


May 23, 2018 - Too Much of a Good Thing

Everyone likes the look of clean, white teeth. White teeth imply health for many and don't we all want to look and feel healthy? So many people want whiter than white teeth that many will often go to extremes to get it. Make no mistake - we love white teeth too and promote the use of whitening in our office, but when it comes to overdoing it, we have seen a few unfortunate ... Read Full Post>>


May 9, 2018 -  Bad Breath Buster

So, you've just spent 5 minutes carefully and attentively brushing your teeth and flossing. They feel great and your mouth smell minty fresh - or does it? What about that other place in your mouth full of strands of tissue that make the perfect hiding place for all of those nasty germs that you just brushed off your teeth? It's your... Read Full Post>>


April 29, 2018 - Paperwork, paperwork, paperwork..

So, you go to the dentist for a matter concerning your teeth or perhaps you're there for your bi-annual dental check-up and cleaning and your exam begins with a bunch of questions about your overall health. What gives? Why does a dentist or hygienist want an update of your medical history at every visit? This is a very ... Read Full Post>>


April 11, 2018 - Botox and TMJ

Are you experiencing jaw pain, headaches, or can hear/feel clicking sounds when you open your mouth? Does your jaw, "pop or lock up? You may ... Read Full Post>>


March 30, 2018 - Prolonging Your Teeth Whitening 

Tooth whitening is still a popular and effective way to brighten Your Smile without removing any of your natural tooth surface. With all the commercial and dental professional whitening solutions available, your choices are many ... Read Full Post>>


March 12, 2018 - Your Stinky Floss

Even though it was last year that an Associated Press report suggested that flossing was overrated and unnecessary, we are still being asked by patients whether flossing is necessary or not. The simplest answer seems to be answering their question with another question : " What do ... Read Full Post>>


February 27, 2018 - Kicking the Thumb Sucking Habit

Babies are born with a very strong instinct to suck, which is often evident even in the womb. Of course, this is necessary for successful feeding and there are distinctive actions that are associated with this need such as a rooting (search for breast) reflex, turning the head, sticking out their tongues, hand to ... Read Full Post>>


February 8, 2018 - What is a Periodontal Screening?

Does your smile pass the Test? No doubt, you have heard how important it is to take care of your gums for the health of your teeth, but it can also affect your overall health. Gums,also known as gingiva, is a barrier tissue that covers and protects your teeth and the bone that surround and support your teeth. When gums become ... Read Full Post>>>


January 27 2018 - Tips for Invisalign (invisible) Braces

Known by their brand name, Invisalign®, these popular clear braces are the new modern way for your dentist to rearrange crooked, misaligned teeth. Although, this modern choice for braces seems like a miracle solution for those who would rather have their teeth straightened discreetly, it nonetheless comes with ... Read Full Post>>


January 4, 2018 - Dental Implant Procedure

Have Missing Teeth?  Loose Dentures? Thinking about getting Dental Implants? Dental Implants are modern dentistry's highly successful, long-lasting, and natural-looking substitute for missing teeth or for supporting dentures. Dental implants actually ... Read Full Post >>


December 22, 2017 - Dental Spot Remover

I just got my braces off and my teeth are straight, but now I have white spots on my front teeth! Unfortunately, these spots are permanent damage to your teeth and are areas of decalcification where bacterial acid have dissolved the enamel during orthodontic treatment. Did your dentist alert you to these spots during treatment? Typically ... Read Full Post>>


December 07, 2017 - A Partial Glimpse into Dentures

Are you Mithing some Teeth? Here's a Partial Solution. It is unfortunate when you are missing several teeth and eating and smiling has become difficult - even embarrassing. Finding a solution that is the right fit for you involves a number of considerations and your dentist will help you understand the factors involved in your... Read Full Post>>


November 30, 2017 - Clean as a Whistle?

Last week as one of our staff member's was driving to work, she had to stop as a crossing guard ushered children across the street. This, of course, is a common sight as we make our way to and from work during the school week, but on what went through her mind on this particular day was... Read Full Post >>


November 8, 2017 - Caught in a Daily Grind?

The medical experts tell us that deep sleep is important. It gives our body a chance to rest and heal. However, there are many things that can affect our quality of sleep like stress, foods and illnesses.The muscles and joints associated with the oral cavity are parts of your body that rely on a rest from tension and activity. You may actually be surprised to learn that ... Read Full Post >> 


October 23, 2017 - Hopeless Tooth?

Sadly, there are times when conventional therapies fail or a tooth  is so badly infected, fractured or is so loose from inadequate bone support that we must decide if the dentition is better off without it. We call this prognosis hopeless. Nowadays, however,  ... Read Full Post >>


October 10, 2017 - Stainless Steel Crowns for Baby Teeth

Usually, dentists repair decayed teeth with filling material. However, when teeth are badly broken down by the cavity (decay) process, have had nerve treatment or are weakened by a developmental condition, replacing almost the entire crown portion of a tooth with traditional filling material is not always ... Read Full Post >>


September 22, 2016 - Cracked Tooth Syndrome

My dentist said that my tooth is cracked and needs to be taken out. Can it not just be filled in? Although enamel is the hardest substance in our body (way more harder than bone) and can withstand a great deal of wear and tear, certain stresses can still put our beautiful smiles at risk for fracturing. There are many types of cracked teeth and your treatment options will depend on ... Read Full Post >>


September 01, 2017 - Treating the Gummy Smile

Do you think you show too much gum when you smile? When you smile, usually the lip sits just above the teeth and only a very small amount of gum tissue is visible. In some cases, however, a disproportionate amount of gum tissue is exposed when smiling, and, while this is not unattractive nor an issue for many people, others look to have this corrected... Read Full Post >>


August 15, 2017 - Signs of a Healthy Mouth

Do you know the signs of a healthy mouth? Do you know what to look for? Our patients at YOUR SMILE DENTAL CARE look to us to keep them up to date on all the advances in modern dentistry and to educate them on how to get their mouths and teeth as healthy as possible. Today, people know that they ... Read Full Post >>


July 8, 2017 - Dental Identity Theft

There have been several stories that have made headlines recently about stolen patient information. Sadly, the most recent story involved hospital staff selling this personal data. So, don't be surprised if the next time you visit your dentist, chiropractor or other health care provider that you are asked to provide proof of your identity with ... Read Full Post >>


June 15, 2017 - You Don't Need to Fear the Dentist

Avoiding the Dentist? If the mere thought of going to the dentist causes your heart to race and your hands to sweat you are not alone. While many people will choose to make dental health care one of their New Year priorities, according to Statistics Canada more than 40% of Canadian will give the dentist the brush-off because of dental anxiety. Although there has been ... Read Full Post >>


May 18, 2017 - Protecting Your New Smile

It's a wonderful day when you finally get the new smile you've always dreamed of. It's a great feeling for us at Your Smile Dental Care as well. Nothing is so satisfying as seeing gratitude in a patient's smile; it's a feeling that never gets old! Over the years, we have helped thousands of patients improve their smiles. For some, it's can literally be a fairy tale come true when a cosmetic dental makeover ...Read More>>


April 23, 2017 - Aging Well

Aging can affect your oral health just like it can your overall health. Even if you have taken care of your teeth meticulously over the years, your teeth can show the signs of aging and can make you look older than you are or feel! Fortunately, there are steps you can take to correct or at least minimize these changes. The Top 10 Aging Smile Solutions are ... Read Full Post >>


April 9, 2017 - Tips for Choosing the Best Family Dental Centre

Looking for a new dentist? While there is no shortage of dentists in our part of Ontario, perhaps finding "the one" is proving to be more difficult than you anticipated. Realistically, most people do not want to be hopping from dentist to dentist. Not many people have the ... Read Full Post >>


March 21 2017 - Sports Guard Care 

Sick, sick, sicker... Many words may come to mind about this gross habit, but thrush mouth, oral lesions, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and mold-induced asthma are probably ones you have never thought of. When we think of dental sports guards we think of the teeth they are protecting, yet the cheapest part of your protective uniform can be ... Read Full Post >>


February 27, 2017 - The Consequence of Missing Teeth

As dentists, we hate it when we are faced with a situation where a tooth must need to be removed due to disease or injury. We are in the business of saving teeth, so when a tooth must be removed we become concerned for the remaining teeth and how the loss of this tooth will ... Read Full Post >>


February 9, 2017 - Does Pain go away after a Root Canal?

Most people know that root canal treatment involves treating the "nerve" centre of the tooth, so it is understandable when patients are surprised to feel post treatment sensations after a root canal. They are also surprised,  however, to learn that, although root canal treatment (endodontics) is time-consuming, it is no where near the horror stories they have heard. In fact, so ... Read Full Post >>


January 30, 2017 - Alzheimer's Drug in Dentistry

Alzheimer's Drug may be sinking it's teeth into dental care! Needless to say, tooth aches have plagued humans for years, but a recent discovery may soon sink it's teeth into this age old problem. Scientists have been looking for ways to repair rotten teeth for years. Now it seems that a team of researchers at ... Read Full Post >>


January 09, 2017 - It's 2017: Keep Calm and Floss On!

Of all the new and exciting news from the world of dentistry last year, surely the report from the Associated Press report, which found an apparent lack of evidence to support the claim that flossing was effective, generated the most buzz throughout dentistry. Equipped with their own advisories and statistics about flossing, dental professionals everywhere prepared themselves for... Read Full Post >>


December 28, 2016 - Online Dental Dangers

Recently, a patient gave themselves a bit of a scare. Without going into too much detail, it was a case of cyberchondria due to online DIY dental diagnosing and they wanted us to share their story.We are big on self-advocating and taking ownership of your medical and dental health or the lack there of, but we have had more than our share of patients misdiagnosing themselves or using home... Read Full Post >>


December 10, 2016 - The Most Preventable Dental Problem

We had a patient (we’ll call him Jacob) that sustained an injury while water tubing. During their wild water escapade the other person in the tube became airborne and was knocked out of the tube. On the way out his heel made contact with Jacob’s mouth. When they finally came ashore... Read Full Post >>


November 19, 2016 - Your First Visit in a Long Time

So, how long has it been since you have been to a dentist? Lost count of the years? We understand that for some people it takes a lot to finally walk through our doors. Fear is a great motivator in keeping people away from the dentist, but pain is also a tremendous motivator and can move even the most fearful of patients to take action... Read Full Post >>


October 28, 2016 - Tongue Cleaning

We weren’t quite sure why Miley Cyrus started sticking her tongue a few years ago, but we did some research. Apparently, she has been quoted as saying that she gets embarrassed to take pictures so she sticks her tongue out. Well, we have seen a few of the photos with her tongue out and it appears that ... Read More >>


October 12, 2016 - Sore Teeth after Dental Cleaning?

No one likes surprises, especially in connection with something you were not expecting to be painful. Most everyone would also like to have a pain-free visit when they visit their healthcare providers, but this depends on the state of your health, the level of care required, your own pain tolerance and most importantly...Read More>>


September 22, 2016 - Frustrated about Chipped Teeth?

Although enamel is the hardest substance in the body - twice the hardness of bone - teeth can fracture for any number of reasons. If there was no sudden trauma or injury that occurred causing them to break, then we have to look at other possible causes. The front teeth are slender, single rooted teeth. They are designed to bite into food not chew like the larger, multi-rooted molars. When atypical forces are applied to these teeth, they will eventually begin to break down as well as the...Read More>>


September 5, 2016 - Tips for a Comfortable Dental Cleaning

Not everyone SMILES when having their teeth cleaned! Nothing costs more in the long run like neglect.  This is why we promote regular dental re-care visits and cleanings so passionately. But for some people, cleanings are not exactly routine - they are painful! A visit to the hygienist can be a real deal breaker when it comes to professional dental visits with some people avoiding cleanings at all costs. Technique is a learned skill. For some, it comes naturally, while for others it takes...Read More>>


August 25, 2016 - Back to School Dental Care

Making a list and checking it twice? This is the time of year that we begin turning our attention away from the lazy hazy days of summer and back towards the upcoming new school year. Getting back into routine in terms of sleeping, eating and grooming is the perfect time to remind your children about the importance of oral care. And although ... Read Full Post >>


August 8, 2016 - To Floss or Not to Floss?

You keep hearing about how essential flossing is. You may also have heard people say that they have never flossed and don't have any cavities, gum disease or any other dental related issues. Well, there will always be those outliers, those that fall outside of what we consider, "typical." Preparing for...Read More>>


July 18, 2016 - If I have a cavity, why can't I feel it?

There is always a battle going on in your mouth! There is bacteria present in your mouth that produce an acid that can attack your tooth and dissolve (demineralize) it away. Fortunately, we also have saliva that is capable of repairing (remineralizing) the early stages of this acid attack on your...Read More>>


June 30, 2016 - Feeling anxious about your next Dental Visit?

We get a lot of calls from patients that suffer from what we call dental anxiety. With over 30 years of experience, Dr. Sam and his long term, committed, dental team know and appreciate the extra efforts some people have to make and the patience and understanding they need from us...Read More>>


June 10, 2016 - Chewing Ice: The Cold Hard Facts!

Chewing on ice can be hard on your teeth and possibly your pocketbook!  Restoring teeth that have been damaged by ice can become very costly in terms of pain and dental fees. In fact, some teeth have been...Read More>>


May 30, 2016 - Retained Primary Teeth

Children hit many different milestones in their young lives with some children reaching developmental stages well before others. It’s not uncommon for parents to be concerned and seek our opinion when their child...Read More >>


May 10, 2016 - The Smile you've Always Wanted

What is the first thing about the face that you notice when you first meet a person? Unquestionably, it is either the eyes or the smile that first impresses upon you. When it comes to the smile, however, it can...Read More >>


April 19, 2016 - Why Your Dentist Asks Health Questions

Q: Why does the dentist need to know my medical history and what medications I am taking? I don’t see how this has anything to do with getting my teeth cleaned. A: Many people are also still surprised to learn just how much oral health is related to overall health. Many medical conditions and medications can have... Read More >>


March 28, 2016 - Teething Tots

Sometimes, it just seems so unfair. Just when you get to that stage in a baby’s life when they’re finally sleeping through the night the Terrible Teething phase begins. What most parents want to know is... Read More >>


March 10, 2016- Something about Mary - A Dental Story!

Like many of our patients who “grew up in our practice,” Mary never had a fear of going to the dentist. From a young age she has always been a happy smile that we get to see twice a year. She brightens up our office every time ... Read More >>


February 16, 2016 - Getting a Quote on the Price of Good Teeth

Do you have unhealthy teeth and think that you're just unlucky? Are other people just blessed when it comes to great teeth? While it's true that genetics do play a role in the size, shape and alignment of our teeth, the saying, ... Read More >>


January 25, 2016- Parents in the Treatment Room

We treat many children in our practice. We also have many patients that have "grown up" in our practice. Caring for children can be challenging, but also very rewarding. It is tremendously satisfying to gain a child's trust after managing their care under trying ... Read More >>


January 4, 2016 - How to Get Rid of White Spots on Front Teeth

Q: I have two white spots on my upper front teeth that I've had my whole life. I've tried bleaching with teeth whitening products, but they're still there. What can I do to get rid of them? ... Read More >>


December 15, 2015 - Battling Sensitive Teeth?

Although some of us find winter weather refreshingly cool, crisp, and invigorating, the chill in the air isn’t enjoyed by everyone. Many people who suffer from the discomfort of sensitive teeth are not happy when the temperature drops. Even more frustrating is... Read More >>


November 27, 2015 - Saliva, nothing to Spit at!

Why are we interested in your spit? Your medical information provides us with valuable information that may help us understand the conditions in your mouth. A review of your medical history can reveal that some of your medications, illnesses and therapies are affecting your saliva, which in turn, can have an impact on your ... Read More >>


November 10, 2015 - Preparing for Dental Surgery

So, your dentist has recommended that you need to have dental surgery. Perhaps you are having some teeth removed or having gum surgery. Knowing what to expect ahead of time will help you be prepared so that the treatment procedure and subsequent healing phase can be ... Read More >>


October 26, 2015 - Fake Braces

Brace Yourself  for this ... If you were to search the words, “fake braces” on you tube you would get 39,000 hits! Have you ever even heard of fake braces? No? Well, neither did any of our patients when we asked, but it's a growing trend! There is an enormous market for knock-off braces and people worldwide have taken a shine to what used to be an embarrassing ... Read More >>


September 15, 2015 - Sport Drinks and Your Smile

You're taking a break from some heavy duty activity and you're sweaty and thirsty. A cold, refreshing sports drink is usually your beverage of choice to quench your dry mouth and help replace those important electrolytes you've just lost. Seems health and harmless enough, but did you know, with... Read More >>


August 23, 2015 - Home made Cold Therapy

Cold therapy can provide a surprising amount of relief by helping to reduce inflammation and numb a painful area. But why use a frozen bag of corn when you can make several of your own home made gel packs using the instructions below? They will always be ... Read More >>


August 17, 2015 - The New CPR

It's now easier than ever to save a life! New research published in the New England Journal of Medicine last week reports on a Swedish study of 9000 witness arrests showing that just chest compressions alone - no mouth to mouth involved - literally increased the chances of survival as much as three fold. A witness arrest is defined as a cardiac arrest that takes place in the presence of ... Read More >>


August 03, 2015 - 50 Soft Foods

The process of chewing and swallowing foods is something we often take for granted until a situation arises that makes this everyday task difficult. Suggesting soft foods to our patients is commonplace for us; it is something we do everyday. But let's face it, there's ... Read More >>


July 27, 2015 - Losing Your Healthcare Benefits  

Where did the years go? The first time we saw Maria (not real name)  was 25 years ago, when we first opened our Oshawa practice. She was fortunate enough to have a job that had a great health care insurance program and she made sure that she took advantage of those benefits, faithfully attending to her oral health care needs at home and at our office over the years... Read Full Post >>


July 20, 2015 - Signs that you may need Root Canal Treatment

Problems like disease, decay and injury can threatened the health of your teeth and ruin your smile. But thanks to advances in treatment and technologies, many teeth can be saved before they reach the point of disrepair. One way which a tooth can be saved is with a procedure called "Root Canal Therapy." Read Full Post >>


July 06, 2015 - Your Smile as you Retire

Recently, one of our staff member's spouses retired from General Motors. In fact, earlier this year GMC offered retirement incentives to eligible employees at it's Oshawa Plant, so we will see hundreds of General Motor employees retire soon. While financial advisers suggest that we "practice retirement" for at least a ... Read More >>


June 22, 2015 - Dental Vacation Tips for Your Teeth

Whether your planning a relaxing or adventurous vacation your well-being is important while on holidays, but it's easy to overlook some of your daily routines when you're busy or distracted. Your oral care never gets time off ... Read More >>

June 2015 Series - Top 12 Unrealistic Expectations of Dentistry

Armed with over 30 years of experience, we have gathered what we believe to be the "Top 10 Unrealistic Expectations of Dentistry."  In this series, we would like to share some of the valuable insight we have gathered concerning the patient experience and their expectations. Read More >>


May 25, 2015 - Genetics and Soft Teeth

It happens all the time! The one child in a family who is dental, health and food conscious is the one who gets all the cavities whereas the sibling who never brushes their teeth and snacks all the time is the child who gets to enter their name into the “Cavity Free” Club. Even people with .... Read More >>


May 18, 2015  - Improving your Overall Health

It seems these days that more people than ever are trying their best to make wiser choices when it comes to a more healthy lifestyle. Personal social media sites are full of friends sharing healthy ideas concerning our food, exercise, grocery shopping, food labeling, relationships, minds, etc ...  Read Full Post >> 

May 11, 2015 - First Aid for Children's Teeth and Mouth Injuries 

Check your child for all signs of injury and treat the worst injury first. Forces that knock out teeth or injure the mouth may also cause a head injury and other trauma. See a dentist right away to help manage pain, look for signs of infection, and talk about any treatment your child might need. Injuries to teeth can include...  Read Full Post >> 


April 27, 2015 - Seal Out Tooth Decay

Finding it hard to help your child keep their teeth clean? One of the most common places where tooth decay develops in children is on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. One way that you can help decrease the incidence of tooth decay in these hard-to-reach areas is the placement of Dental Pit and Fissure Sealants. If you look closely, you will notice...  Read Full Post >>


April 19, 2015 - Caring for your Baby's Teeth

Do you know what the #1 disease among children in this country is? You may be surprised to learn that it is tooth decay. It is a very serious problem and we believe that knowing how to care for your child's oral health when they are babies will help to prevent what is essentially a preventable disease. Here are some...  Read Full Post >>


April 10, 2015 -  What Causes a Dry Socket?

A dry socket is healing complication that can occurs after a tooth has been removed by a dentist when the blot clot becomes dislodged or fails to form properly. Normally, after the tooth has been removed a scab (blot clot) begins to form over the tooth socket. Over the next week...  Read Full Post >>


March 30, 2015 - Coffee Decay

Your task buddy. Your sidekick. The faithful companion that keeps you alert and company as you write that research paper, prepare your taxes or hop from arena to arena, class to class. It helps wake you up, keep you up, and accompanies you everyday, everywhere. You may even...  Read Full Post >>


March 18, 2015 - You Rinsed with WHAT???

I got a strange emergency voice mail last night on St. Patrick’s Day. A long time patient of mine described a horrible mistake she had made and needed my immediate assistance. Of course, I was happy to help and returned her call immediately. Apparently, she had accidentally offered a bottle of mouthwash to her sister, which unfortunately, turned out to be ...  Read Full Post >>


March 09, 2015 - The Uncooperative Child
It Happens...To a child a dental office can be a pretty scary place. Sometimes a child's fear is due to a previous dental experience, perhaps they overheard someone else recounting an pleasant visit,  or maybe they just have a fear of the unknown that intensifies when  they see any front line healthcare worker. With some children, no amount of...  Read Full Post >>


February 27, 2015 - The Friendly Root Canal

Never heard of a friendly root canal? This is a phrase that has been used by some of our patients to describe their root canal experience. The fact is, most people are surprised by just how relaxed they become during the procedure and are thrilled that is was not as scary as they imaged or had been told. We often hear, "That's it? It's over?" It's the one time where...  Read Full Post >>


 February 02, 2015 - Pet Dental Health Month February is National Pet Dental Health Month

We may love their kisses, we don’t always love their breaths. There’s plenty you can do to keep your pets’ mouths clean and healthy between their dental check-ups and cleanings. The following recommendations are from the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association...  Read Full Post >> 


January 26, 2015 - Avoiding the Dentist?

If the mere thought of going to the dentist causes your heart to race and your hands to sweat you are not alone. While many people will choose to make dental health care one of their New Year priorities, according to Statistics Canada more than 40% of Canadian will give... Read Full Post >>


January 19, 2015 - The Sexy Six

We welcomed a new patient last week who works in construction. He was having difficulty with a jackhammer that kept jamming on him. It eventually misfired unexpectedly and it hit him right in the mouth and his upper left front tooth broke off at the gum line. He was looking forward to...  Read Full Post >>


January 12, 2015 - Baby Teeth DO Matter

Many people still believe that the first set of teeth that children have don’t really matter because they’ll eventually fall out some day and be replaced by more permanent ones. Well, that someday may be further in the future than you think! Have a look at the...Read Full Post >>

January 05, 2015 - The Year of your Smile.

Are you planning a move forward this year? We'll the time is finally here! The month for changes and moving forward. The time of year where we all sign up for a new lease on life and embrace all things happy, healthy and prosperous. At Your Smile Dental Care, we are ripe with hope. Someone, somewhere is ...  Read Full Post >>


December 29, 2014 -  Thank You!

It is amazing to see 2015 upon us ... full of promise, hope and new possibilities. We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to you, our patients, who have made our growth possible through your loyalty and friendship. We look forward to sharing another year with you and seeing your beautiful smiles! 
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December 15, 2014 - The Sexy Six

We welcomed a new patient last week who works in construction. He was having difficulty with a jackhammer that kept jamming on him. It eventually misfired unexpectedly and it hit him right in the mouth and his ... Read Full Post >>


December 8, 2014 - Baby Teeth DO Matter

Many people still believe the first set of teeth that children have really don't matter because they’ll eventually fall out some day and be replaced by more permanent ones. Well, that someday may be further in the future than you think! ... Read Full Post >>


December 01, 2014 - Root Canal Recovery

What can I expect after a root canal? So, you survived the dreaded root canal procedure and were relieved that it was not the nightmare you had imagined! Judging by the reactions of many of our patients, most are ... Read Full Post >>

November 24, 2014 - First Dental Visit When Should My Child’s First Visit Be?

Many parents ask us when the right time is to bring in their child for a first visit. The truth is, the answers varies depending on the situation, but we usually see children around the age of two when all of their baby teeth have emerged into the mouth. If your child ever complains of ... Read Full Post >>

November 11, 2014 - Wisdom Teeth Removal Recovery

Wisdom teeth, or 3rd molars are the last teeth to develop, usually in the late teens or in early adulthood. Sometimes, our jaws are not always designed to accommodate 4 extra teeth at the back of the mouth. When there is inadequate spacing, these teeth remain trapped under the gum and bone, so for most people ...  Read Full Post >>


November 03, 2014 - Caring for your Baby's Teeth

Would it surprise you to learn that dental care actually starts before pregnancy? As parents, we want what is best for our children and  we have a responsibility towards their teeth even before conception takes place. Most woman are already aware the their ... Read Full Post >>

October 27, 2014 - How to Whiten Teeth Naturally

People want beautiful, healthy smiles and getting their teeth whitened is one of the more popular ways to achieve this! In fact, it is the number one requested cosmetic dental procedure in Canada. While there is no shortage of teeth whitening solutions available to consumers, increasingly, people are asking about ...  Read Full Post >>

October 27, 2014 - Porcelain Veneers

When our patients first see their new dental veneers before placement they are surprised at how thin and delicate they appear. We often describe them as being similar to false fingernails. They are very thin, aesthetically pleasing fabrications that are bonded into place to change... Read Full Post >>  

October 22, 2014 - Mouthwash and Germs

Last week we had a visit to our Oshawa Dental office from one of our dental suppliers, Mari Lou. She is always such an inspiration, and once again, she presented us with a wealth of information to help our Oshawa dentists and staff stay up-to-date on all the latest in the field of dental oral care for our patients. As most of our patients know, ...  Read Full Post >>

October 13, 2014 - When Dentures Are Lost

We had a call to our office from a person inquiring about lost dentures. It seems that her elderly mother-in-law had “lost” her dentures during a brief hospital visit. They were her only pair of dentures and they were frustrated that they received very little assistance or sympathy from the hospital staff. They turned to us for...  Read Full Post >>


September 29, 2014 - Use It or Lose It

There are only 3 months left 2014 optimize any flexible spending, health savings or dental insurance benefits you may have remaining for his year. You have paid premiums for these plans all year. Now is the time to review any of your outstanding dental needs and schedule an appointment before you lose the remaining benefits available to you.  Read Full Post >>


September 8, 2014 - The Most Dreaded Question

How often do you floss? Why do we even ask the question when the answer is all over your teeth ... er gums? Even the most honest of people make a slight hesitation before answering. You have to be... Read Full Post >>


September 1, 2014 - Enjoy Your Food 

Our love affair with food...When it comes to seasonal satisfaction we all have our barometers. Even though we promised not to say anything negative about this summer (given the terribly long and cold winter we had), most of us have been... Read Full Post >>


August 25, 2014 - Having Chewing Problems?

Did you manage to eat today? It can be  a matter of time before you are able to restore your teeth to their natural chewing function with dental treatment. Meanwhile,... Read Full Post >> 

August  18, 2014 - Swimmer's Beware

Do you belong to a competitive swimming league? Do you spend more than 6 hours a week swimming laps in a pool? If so, you could be at risk of developing a condition known as... Read Full Post >> 

August  11, 2014 - Back to School Check-Up

Decay does not take a vacation! Kids should have sharp minds not sharp pains. Tooth decay can lead to toothaches, missed school and poor grades. If you would like to make a dental exam part of your child's back-to-school routine give us a call today! Read Full Post >>

July 28, 2014 - Getting the Upper Hand on Cavities

“It’s Unfair!” That's what we heard from one of our younger patients after she learned that she had three cavities where her brother, who rarely brushed his teeth and snacked all the time, had none! She had worked hard this year to take care of her teeth so she could enter our office “Cavity Free Club” and was clearly frustrated. Read Full Post >>


July 21, 2014 - Thank You for Your Referrals!

A Big Thank you to all of our patients for their word of mouth referrals to their family and friends. We love welcoming New Patients to our office. If you would like to see what we can do for YOUR SMILE today ~ Call us at (905) 5SMILES or visit us at yoursmiledentalcare.com Read Full Post >>

July 7, 2014 - Are Implants Right For Me?

It's hard to believe but dental implants are not the new, they have been around for over 50 Years!  There people once chose more traditional options such as bridges or dentures, today, they are now more likely to opt for dental implants to replace one or more missing teeth or to support dentures. This is by far a superior option as implants don't have to be... Read Full Post >>


June 23, 2014 - Heart Attack

This could save your life... One of our long time patients was in to see us recently and related a story to us that gave us all a moment of pause. She would like us to share her story in hopes that it will save a life. Read Full Post >>


June 6, 2014 - Knocked Out Tooth Accidents! 

They happen so quickly! One of our dentists at Your Smile Dental Care  remembers the time he hit his mouth on the handle of a jet ski during summer holidays. He recalls approaching his father (a dentist) very reluctantly who was sitting with 4 other dentists whose families were also vacationing with them. While a broken... Read Full Post >> 


June 2, 2014 - How To Choose the Right Toothbrush  

Choosing the right toothbrush for you... You may not know this, but us dental people rarely spend time in the tooth products aisle of any given store. We’re fortunate in that dental products come to us via our dental product rep – the person we buy our dental office supplies from. A few summers ago... Read Full Post >>

May 19, 2014 - Dangerous Dental Trends

I’m not sure how recent the photo was, but last week I saw a photo of Katy Parry with a dental grill plastered across her upper front teeth. Before that it was Madonna. Once a fashion statement among singers of a certain genre to express wealth, I actually thought.... Read Full Post >>

May 12, 2014 - Do Baby Teeth Need Fillings?

Why does my child's baby teeth need to be filled when they are just going to fall out anyways? This is a very legitimate question considering that, yes, baby teeth will eventually be replaced by some of the permanent teeth. It is understandable why some parents feel that it is unnecessary to "fix" them. Baby teeth are there ... Read Full Post >>

May 5, 2014 - Active Maintenance

The dentistry we prefer to do is preventative dentistry - minor maintenance like routine scaling, cavities just starting, early stage infections. Your mechanic would rather you come in when you first feel your transmission slipping. Your doctor would prefer you not ignore that tenderness in your kidney area and your tax person is there to help you lower your overall ... Read Full Post >>


April 28, 2014 - Why Does my Child Get Cavities?  

The most common question we get asked in our practice is, "How can I prevent my child from getting cavities?" We know that it's frustrating and alarming for parents when they feel like they are on the losing end of the battle with tooth decay. Even more frustrating is when they are trying to be as vigilant as possible when it comes to home care and sweets.  And while sugar is ... Read Full Post >>


April 21, 2014 - Our Own Life Hacker  

The best way to avoid cavities is simple. 1. Brush 3 times a day. 2. Floss daily 3. Cut down on snacking 4. Rethink your food and drink. Simple right? It's simple considering how much time we spend working out, shopping, watching television, computing, playing video games. Just saying... Read Full Post >>


April 14, 2014 -  You've Come to the Right Place

Golfing, fishing, shopping .... we get it.  Dental offices are not usually the most exciting place to be and we understand that there's a lot of other things you'd probably rather be doing than coming to the dentist. As a well established dental office in Oshawa, we work hard to change ...Read Full Post >>


April 07, 2014 -  Give Winter the Brush Off!

There's nothing like Springtime to wake us all up and drive us into action, especially after a winter as cold as this one.  As you become energized with each passing day, try to save an hour out of your dusting and organizing to treat yourself to a little spring cleaning of your teeth! Read Full Post >>

March 31, 2014 -  Let Us Put a Smile on your Child's Face!

We had a wonderful visit a few weeks ago with one of our very busy families who came in for their dental check-ups. We enjoy when families come in to visit.  It's like a big get together and there's always so much to catch up on. It was a Kodak moment when their 14 month old got to have his first ride in the dental chair. He was more than just a willing participant; we were pleasantly surprised when he... Read Full Post >>


March 23, 2014 - Choosing an Experienced Dentist

You probably have two main consideration when choosing a dentist to create amazing improvements to your smile. The first is making sure that your teeth and gums are treated to the highest standard of care and that the work is done as comfortably as possible. The second is making your smile beautiful and dazzling. This is often referred ... Read Full Post >>

March 17, 2014 - Why is my mouth always dry?

Dry Mouth Most of us have experienced a sensation of dry mouth at least once in our lives perhaps when we have been nervous, upset or dehydrated. Under these circumstances it is considered perfectly normal to have this parched sensation. However, if you experience dry mouth everyday your mouth may be trying to tell you something! Read Full Post >> 

March 10, 2014 - The War inside your Mouth!

Plan on staying healthy and keeping your teeth for life? At Your Smile Dental Care we know the value of a smile, but with so much attention given to one's smile, it's easy to overlook other important elements of your mouth. Read Full Post >>

March 3, 2014 - All is not Lost: Dental Implants

Whether due to cavities, gum disease, or injury, our teeth may need to be removed before their time. Many people make the mistake of assuming that it is not necessary to replace a missing tooth since they still have other teeth to eat with. Read Full Post >>


 February 24, 2014 - Of COURSE we notice other people's teeth! 

It was a horrific moment. We all watched helplessly as the Canadian bobsled 3 team careened out of control; trapped as their heads bobbed against the wall of ice. Then came the collective sigh of relief when they emerged from their sled. As the world was busy processing the aftermath, we couldn't help but notice the protective sports guard that was dangling from Cody Sorensen's mouth. Read Full Post >>

February 17, 2014 - Here Comes the Day... Great looking Teeth on your Wedding Day!

You may not even realize it, but the wedding season is well under way!  Since January, vendors have been busy showcasing their products and services at Bridal Shows across the province and the snow and frigid temperatures did nothing to dampen the spirits of the brides, grooms and guests attending these events. Read Full Post >>


February 10, 2014 - Cosmetic Dentistry Smile Makeovers

Upgrade YOUR SMILE! More than ever, adults are seeking cosmetic options for their smiles. We are living longer and we are certainly not the generation of adults who expect to be wearing dentures by age 50. Because patient education is readily available, people are developing a better understanding of their treatment options and know that it is easier than ever to get that vibrant smile they have always wanted. Read Full Post >> 

February 17, 2014 - Winter is not only a season; it is a state of mind.

We remember a few years back when one of our patients told us about a family who were not only new to Canada, but would also soon be new to snow. While most of us were reluctantly gearing up for the first snowfall, this family was eagerly awaiting its arrival. Read Full Post >>


February 7, 2014 - In Fond Memory of Dr. Gary Gales

It is with pleasant memories and deep sadness that we take this time to look back on the life of Dr. Gary Gales, who passed away on January 15, 2014. Read Full Post >>


February 3, 2014 - Are You Brushing Properly Read Full Post >>


January 27, 2014 - Investing in your Future

Looking back, it is absolutely amazing that only a generation ago, people thought that tooth loss and dentures were an inevitable part of aging. In this day of prevention, our Team at Your Smile Dental Care do all that we can to avoid tooth loss and the impact it can have on dental health. Read Full Post >>


 January 14, 2014 - Don't Be Left in the Dark

Last month’s black out left many of us scrambling around the house in the dark looking for candles, propane, extra blankets and a number of other supplies that we all should have on hand. Some people were surprised to learn that they would have to go through their home insurance for issues one would understandably assume would be taken care of by hydro. Insurance limitations would, no doubt, compound the problem. Read Full Post >>


January 13, 2014 - Are You Prepared? Dental Emergency

As if this time of year isn’t hectic enough without having to deal with power outages and damages to personal property from falling trees, branches and ice. It’s difficult to be prepared for the unexpected. We immediately begin wondering what we could have done differently, or in the case of damage, will our insurance pay for anything. Read Full Post >>


January 02, 2014 - Find Your Happy!

Eat better, lose weight, join a gym, quit smoking….. This is the time of year people usually turn their thoughts towards new plans for the new year. Setting goals by way of a new year resolution helps us plan our course of action for the upcoming year. Read Full Post >>


December 26, 2013 - The 10,000 Hour Rule

A patient of ours recently did some number crunching and concluded that I have put in over 60,000 hours practicing dentistry. According to the ten thousand hour rule in Malcolm Gladwell’s book, “The Outliers” that would put me well beyond the masters level. Read Full Post >>


December 16, 2013 - Does your teeth deserve royal treatment?

Dental Crowns Everybody would like to feel like a king or queen now and again wouldn't they? Well, we think your teeth are special and we would like to see you enjoy them for a lifetime. This may require you to have a crown - Fit for a Tooth! Read Full Post >>

December 09, 2013 - Patchwork Dentistry

Now and again, a new patient will make their way to our dental office, more often than not, by way of referral from a concerned family member or friend. Sometimes it will be an immediate dental emergency, while, at other times, for an overall assessment of the current condition of their teeth.  Read Full Post >>

November 29, 2013 - Your Smile can be Out of this World!

One of our long term patients, Matt Hughes, recently broke a 28 year old Canadian record at this year’s World Track and Field Championships in Moscow and upon learning that he was featured in a popular running magazine we just had to get ourselves down to the local mall and pick ourselves up a copy or two. While strolling through the bookstore we noticed... Read Full post >>


August 13, 2013 - Your Child's First Visit to the Dentist

Parents of toddlers naturally have many questions on how to maintain their child's optimum health. When to take your child for her first dental visit is usually one of those times. Fortunately, there are a few simple yet important steps you can do put your toddler on the path to a positive life-long relationship with her dental team and excellent dental health.

Your child's baby teeth play an important role in her long-term dental health so you need to treat the care, function and proper development of baby teeth just as you would adult teeth. Scheduling your child's first dental visit at around the age of two will start her on the right path. However, if your child has complained of pain or you see discolouration of the teeth, then you should make an appointment with your dentist to have your child examined right away.

The most important outcome for your child's first dental visit is that she has a positive and warm experience with her dental team. You do not want your child to connect visiting the dentist with pain or discomfort, which could lead them to avoid dentists and their own dental care in the future. To help your child to bond with her dental team, help to prepare her for the visit. You can put the date on the calendar, treat it like an important event, and explain to your child what she can expect. Don't forget to write down any questions that you might have as well.

A typical first visit is really a chance to introduce your child to the office and to screen for any dental problems. Try to arrive a bit early to give your child a chance to play in the waiting room and get comfortable. When it is time for the appointment you will help her to meet her new dental care team including her hygienist and her dentist.

Of course, the flow of your child's first dental visit will depend on how well she takes to the office and the staff. Your child will not be rushed through. The staff will move at her pace so that your child is comfortable each step of the way.

The actual visit will include sitting in the big chair. The hygienist will show her the instruments, then count her teeth and polish them to a sparkle. If there is a risk of tooth decay, your child might have fluoride applied as a rinse, painted on or applied, and x-rays may be ordered. Next comes a visit from the dentist who will look over your child's teeth. Once the screening is over, your dental hygienist will give your child some important information on how to take care of her teeth and a kit to help with her own dental care routine at home. Your child will then pick a prize and the visit is over.

You can then take your child home knowing that your child's first dental visit was a success and that you have set your toddler on the path to life-long dental health and a winning smile.