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Archive for February, 2016

25 Feb 2016

Fluoride Free Water and Dental Health

Products made with fluoride have long been used in the dental industry to strengthen teeth and prevent decay, however it’s use has always sparked controversy. Some believe that “the fluoridation of water is known to prevent tooth decay and is considered by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century”

Because the issues of fluoride and it being added to the water supply has been so polarizing, a recent study was conducted to see how removing it from water would affect the dental health of people (mainly children). “A study published in this month’s issue of Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology compared Grade 2 students in both Edmonton and Calgary, and found that fluoride cessation in Calgary in 2011 has had a negative impact on children’s teeth. ‘This (study) has re-ignited the fluoridation debate in Windsor,’ Colby said.Chatham-Kent’s medical officer of health said there hasn’t been a study in Windsor, ‘but dentists are seeing more and bigger cavities in children’ where fluoride went missing from their drinking water. Windsor city council made that decision under pressure from interest groups to remove fluoride several years ago.’I think some people are putting pressure on council to reverse what most observers thought was a very unwise decision,’ Colby said.

The politicians ignored the recommendation of their own public health department in stopping water fluoridation in Windsor, he added. Chatham’s water supply contains natural fluoride. We put a very small supplement in to bring it up to the optimal level, Colby said.

With or without fluoride, dental health is maintained through regular brushing, flossing, rinsing and visiting your Ottawa dentist for regular cleanings and checkups.

18 Feb 2016

Informed Parents means Healthier Kids


Being a parent means constantly staying updated on the latest information regarding the health of children. The world moves at such a fast pace it can be difficult to keep up with the right way to ensure the best health and safety of your children. Knowing the right information to trust can also be another obstacle. The key is to always do thorough research and then you can make a more solid decision.

When it comes to oral hygiene and your children dealing with pain associated with their teeth and gums, there are a few things that parents should know in order to keep the mouthes of their children as healthy and pain free as possible.

“Pain can indicate a serious problem

An untreated cavity can cause severe pain and infection, reports “This infection can spread to your child’s face or other areas of their body, making them very sick. A serious infection can also damage the permanent teeth that are developing in the bone just below the baby teeth.”

Most procedures don’t hurt

In pediatric dentistry, the objective is to make the experience pleasant and stress-free. Cleanings, applications of fluoride or sealants, X-rays and even filling smaller cavities normally don’t cause any pain. Sometimes the experience can seem frightening because of the unfamiliar setting, the equipment, the sounds and the tastes. Pediatric dentists and those who work with them are trained to help children be relaxed and comfortable in potentially stressful situations.

Parents can help

Many times, children are nervous about visiting the dentist because they pick up on anxiety exhibited by a parent. An article in explains parents can help children by being calm and modeling appropriate, low-stress behavior. Parents should avoid using words like shot, hurt or pain when talking to children about a dental visit. Parents can tell children the dentist will help them have clean, healthy and strong teeth.A little fussing is normal and dentists know how to react, explains ‘Let the dental care professionals guide you; they might ask you to stay at a distance or to hold your little one’s hand, which will provide comfort and prevent him from grabbing any dental instruments.’”

The dental experience should always be pain free and enjoyable. When you contact your Ottawa dentist to schedule an appointment for yourself or your child, make sure you actually meet the dentist beforehand and get comfortable with them. This way you will also be able to ask any questions you may have as well.