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November 13, 2017 | Posted Beauty | Be the first one to comment.

Many of us feel that our smiles are most striking when our teeth look especially white. But unfortunately, soft drinks, tea, coffee, red wine, berries and tobacco can leave behind ugly stains and discolorations. To help you restore your gleaming, bright white smile and to give you an added boost of confidence, professional teeth whitening is the way to go!
Composition of the product: Whitening agents either contain Carbamide Peroxide (take-home treatment) or Hydrogen Peroxide (in-office treatment). Choosing the right concentration and system minimizes adverse effects like mild thermal tooth sensitivity and gingival irritation. The use of a prescription self-applied fluoride gel, or shortened whitening exposure time may decrease the sensitivity.
Pre-Whitening Assessment and Evaluation: The cause of tooth discolouration is usually various and multifaceted. They have been classified as extrinsic and intrinsic discolouration. The extrinsic discolouration is associated with the use of tea, coffee, tobacco, some food products such as blueberries, and red wine. Intrinsic stains may be due to systemic conditions, use of medications after the permanent teeth have erupted or during their development, childhood disease, infection or trauma to a primary tooth while the underlying tooth is developing, trauma to a permanent tooth or natural aging changes and the accumulation of stains that has entered the teeth.
Types of Treatment: There are number of professional products available, either on the shelf or in a dental hygiene/dental clinic, one of them being Philips ZOOM! The #1 patient requested professional whitening brand*. This scientifically advanced tooth whitening system is a photochemical process activated by a plasma light. It is safe, effective and fast. In one office visit, your teeth become dramatically whiter.
With proper isolation and three 15minute chair side whitening session, ZOOM in-office treatment helps you attain the smile you desire!
Although in-office whitening is performed using high concentration hydrogen peroxide (15%-40%) it has become a widely used, procedure because of its minimally invasive, immediate visible results and no need for client corporation.
Take-home teeth whitening system is considered safe and effective treatment. This technique is performed with a low concentration of hydrogen peroxide (4%-10%) or carbamide peroxide (10%-22%) formulations, which are inserted in custom fitted trays. These trays are placed in the mouth for 30 minutes - 4 hours per day, over the course of 7 to 10 days, depending on the whitening shade you desire.
Safety of Tooth whitening: Frequently, we get asked if teeth whitening is safe? Yes, years of extensive research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under professional supervision of a dental personnel is safe.
The amount and frequency of usage are also important factors of considerations to help control any sensitivity or any enamel damage.
Tooth whitening is only effective in removing stains on natural teeth. Any existing restorations, crowns, bridges, fillings or artificial restorations will not respond to any whitening treatment. Whitening may not be effective when teeth are seriously discoloured from antibiotics such as tetracycline.
Longevity of Treatment: Another concern most of us have is how long will the result last? The treatment and their effectiveness vary depending on the type of whitening system. Individuals should know the conditions of their teeth and oral tissues. A thorough examination and dental cleaning by their dental hygienist is recommended before using any whitening system. Overtime the whiter gleam will start to fade depending on factors such as smoking, tea, coffee and red wine consumption or eating foods that stain teeth. To keep your teeth looking their best it is recommend to floss, brush twice daily and occasional touch-ups as advised by your dental professional.

*All professional systems that utilize Carbamide peroxide and Hydrogen peroxide have a degree of efficacy
*Professional administered whitening in a controlled environment is safe
*Carbamide peroxide offers the most stable and least sensitive whitening system
Jo-Anne Jones, RDH. (May 09). Let Evidence Be Your Guide (Handout material).

*The stronger the solution the better
*The longer the tooth is subjected to the chemical process the whiter the teeth
*Tooth whitening is linked to increase rate of oral cancer

Contraindications to Tooth Whitening:
  • Pregnant and breast feeding women
  • Allergy to any of the ingredients
  • Medications that cause photosensitivity or hyperpigmentation
  • Gingival, periodontal or mucosal conditions that can be irritated by use of a bleaching tray
  • Recession
  • Cervical erosion
  • Enamel cracks
  • Dental caries
Not sure what treatment is best for you call us for your FREE whitening consultation!

One problem with dry mouth is that saliva may be reduced by 50% before you realize you have the symptoms of dry mouth. At this point oral problems may have already set in!

Dry Mouth Symptoms Include:

*A feeling of soreness in the mouth
*Cracking at the corners of the mouth

*The mouth looking red and parched
*Difficulty eating dry or spicy foods
*Food just not tasting like it used to
*Difficulty speaking
*Bad breath
*A tendency to wake up more often during the night craving water

Dry mouth can also affect your quality of life. If not managed properly, the symptoms can cause anxiety, depression, low confidence and embarrasment! A lower mouth pH, as a result of dry mouth, causes a shift in th oral microflora towards cariogenic and halitosis bacteria, reducing tooth remineralization and increasing 3 x susceptibility to coronal and root caries.

Causes and Risk Factors:

* Aging 
* Medications (Allergy, Antibiotics, Antipsychotics, Cancer, Heartburn/GERD, High Blood pressure, HIV, Mental Health, Narcotics, Parkinson's)
* Chemo/Radiotherapy
* Physical trauma(blocked salivary duct)
* Health Condition (Sjogren's Syndrome, Diabetes, Depression)
* Aggregating Factor (snoring, mouth breathing, smoking, alcohol)

Prevention and Treatment:

* Sip water throughout the day
* Xylitol gum/candies
* Over the counter saliva substitutes
* Limit the intake of caffeine and alcohol
* Avoid smoking and tobacco products
* Eat raw carrots and celery to help stimulate saliva production
* Avoid sugary and acidic foods 

Remember to maintain regular dental hygiene appointments and carry out good oral hygiene at home!

In April as we celebrate 'Oral Health Month', and I would like to shed some light on the new trends in adult population: nicotine vaporizing and e-cigarettes also sometimes referred to as smokeless tobacco...The truth is, that the use of nicotine in any form is directly related to an increased chance of developing multiple types of cancer, heart or lung disease and other complications that may arise cause of that. 

Nicotine delivery via e-cigarettes allow users to inhale vapor conatining nicotine and or other substances and are typically battery operated and use a heating element to heat a liquid, releasing a chemical filled aerosol. In addition to pulmonary damage, vaporing negatively effects the epithelial rich lining of the oral cavity, which normally, rapidly sheds and regenerates to maintain the normal cellular equilibrium. Research found that users who vaped multiple times per day, exposed already damaged epithelial cells to the toxic substances, leading to oral ulcerations, potential mutations (palatal injuries, oral and nasal damage) and oral cancer. In addition, vaping makes it harder for the body to kill harmful microorganisms, leading to immuocompromise and illness. 

Immediate adverse effects of e-cigarettes may also be due to the variation in nicotine content of e-cigarette cartridges, from 3 mg to 24 mg and as high as 100 mg per cartridge.The elevated level can pose an increased risk of nicotine toxicity. Other adverse health effects known are seizures, disorientation, airway restriction, congestive heart failure, pneumonia and burns from faulty devices.

Last but not least is the concern of its effects on nonusers, especially children. Overall users may be more susceptible to other diseases due to a decrease in immune response!
I found this list on the side effects of vaping, in the January, 2017 issue of RDH magazine and I had to share:


Dry skin
Dry mouth (xerostomia)                                                 Rash/Buring Sensation on face
Puffy/Dry Eyes 
Caffeine Sensitivity
Minor bloody nose issues
Throat irritation/dry cough/hoarseness
Mouth ulcers on palate, buccal mucosa and gingiva
Gingival inflammation
Dizziness and headache


We have been asked a lot of questions about pregnancy and how it effects the mother's oral health. Firstly, all pregnant women should seek oral health care, practice good oral hygiene, eat healthy foods and attend prenatal classes during pregnancy!

Concerns for calcium and tooth loss are simply not true, but a myth from the old wives tales....Yes, there are alternations in the microflora and microvascular casued by the high levels of progesterons, but with good oral hygiene and regular dental hygiene recare, optimal health care can be maintained. Even the use of radiographs, pain medications and local anesthesia is safe throughout pregnancy.

Watch for signs of inflammation and bleeding gums, specially pregnancy granulomas usually found on the buccal surface between the central and /or lateral insicors.

Good Oral Hygiene Tips:

Brush your teeth with a fluoridated tooth paste twice a day.
Replace your tooth brush every 3 or 4 months, or more often if bristles are frayed.
Do not share your tooth brush.
Clean between your teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner.
Rinse every night with an over the counter fluoridated, alcohol free mouth rinse.
After eating, chew xylitol containing gum or mints, which help reduce bacteria that can cause tooth decay.

If you vomit, then rinse your mouth with a teaspoon of baking soda in a cup of water to stop acid from attacking your teeth and remember to wait at least 30 minutes before brushing!

Waterpik Water Flosser- "the easy and more affective way to floss!"

This Water Flosser is in fact an easy and affective method of flossing. It is easy because you simply fill the reservoir with warm water, place the tip in your mouth, position your face down toward the sink, and turn it on. You can even select a pressure that is most comfortable for you! Then, beginning with your back teeth, you trace your gumline while pausing briefly between each tooth. As you place the tip toward your gumline, using water pressure and pulsations, the Water Flosser cleans away plaque and other harmful bacteria from your mouth.

The Water Flosser is also very affective. Studies show that is removes 99.9% of plaque from your teeth. It is also 50% more affective than string floss when it comes to improving gum health. 

There are four different options to choose from when selecting a Waterpik Water Flosser. You can choose between a: Cordless Plus (a great option if you do not have much room in your bathroom), Classic (a great option for beginners), Ultra (if you have room on your bathroom counter, this is a great option with a larger reservoir), or Complete Care (the whole package- even comes with an electric toothbrusth). Photos below show the options in order as described.

Waterpik Water Flossers also come with six different tips to choose from. You can select a Classic Jet Tip, Toothbrush Tip, Plaque Seeker Tip, Orthodontic Tip, Tongue Cleaner Tip, or Pik Pocket Tip.

Waterflosser's are perfect for those who don't like to floss because it is not like the traditional method of flossing. So, if you are having trouble maintaining good flossing habits or if you don't enjoy using string floss, try out the Waterpik Water Flosser!

Periodontal disease is one of the most prevalent disease’s that affects a large number of people of a variety of ages, and many of the sufferers are unaware of it. Periodontal disease does not just mean periodontitis, but also includes gingivitis.
Symptoms of periodontal disease can include:

  1. Bad breath that won’t go away
  2. Red swollen gums
  3. Tender and/or bleeding gums
  4. Painful chewing
  5. Loose teeth
  6. Receding gums

In the past periodontal disease was treated like an infectious disease and treatment included therapeutic measures in order to reduce the microbial burden in the mouth. This was done by mechanical debridement, antimicrobials, and short-term antibiotics. This method did help improve the disease, but the results weren’t long lasting. More recent studies have been done to determine that periodontal disease is more of an inflammatory disease and should be treated like one and in return it may help with other chronic inflammatory disease.

A chronic inflammatory response, like that found in periodontal disease, has a negative effect on the body since the body doesn’t have time to rest and heal, making it turn on itself. This is when we get the bone loss that causes receding gums and loose teeth that is common with periodontitis.  In response to this new data a drug called Periostat has been introduced. The drug helps stop the progression of periodontitis when used in conjunction with scaling and root planning. Periostat is a Collagenase Inhibitor, which is the enzyme that breaks down collagen and is produced during an inflammatory response. Collagen is found in the alveolar bone of the jaw and it is the breakdown of collagen that negatively affects the body and contributes to the other diseases associated with periodontitis like, coronary artery disease (CAD), diabetes, and arthritis.

Even though science has come a long way in helping to eradicate periodontal disease the best method in dealing with it is to not let your oral health get to that point in the first place. Proper home oral health care and regular Dental Hygiene visits will help keep your mouth and your body healthy.

From April 9th to 15th was National Dental Hygienist Week and at Natural Smiles we celebrated the best way we could, with No-cost Dental Hygiene services. We were proud to take part in Gift From the Heart on Saturday, April 9th. We opened our doors and welcomed clients who cannot afford basic Dental Hygiene services and gave it to them for free. Gift From the Heart is an annual event that occurs across Canada in order to provide a basic health services for people who cannot afford it. GFTH was founded in 2009 and has provided over ½ million dollars’ worth of Dental Hygiene care since then. We were able to see eight clients that Saturday, providing them with Dental Hygiene instructions, scaling, and a fluoride treatment.

We were able to accomplish this with the help from the sponsors of Gift From the Heart; Henry Schein, CDHA, Paradise Dental Technologies (PDT), and some special help from the Northwood Shopper’s Drug Mart which supplied the items for our loot bags. We look forward to participating in this event next year and opening our doors to people who need it.

When we hear the words “Oral Cancer” we instantly associate it with cigarettes and tobacco products but there is more to it than that. There are many other risk factors that contribute to the rise in oral cancers; some of them can be controlled while others cannot. Excessive alcohol consumption, sun exposure, tobacco, and a low intake of fruits and vegetables can all play a role in your chances of getting oral cancer. Other factors to consider include age, race, socioeconomic status, and even gender. These cannot be controlled, which makes annual oral cancer screenings an important part of your oral health as well as your overall health.

You should be aware of any changes that may occur in your mouth such as soreness, and red or white discolorations that do not go away after 14 days. You should also be weary if any discoloration’s increase in size instead of healing. The good news is that with early detection most oral cancers can be dealt with easily, so make sure you are getting annual oral cancer screenings, which should be done in conjunction with your usual Dental Hygiene checkups.

Natural Smiles offers free oral cancer screenings as part of our New Client Dental Hygiene Exam which is achieved through palpation, a visual examination, and with our Velscope, it’s as easy as getting your picture taken. Talk to your Dental Hygienist about oral cancer screening today.

For more information: Oral Cancer Fact Sheet

We have been looking for an inexpensive way for our clients to improve their smile and to feel proud to show their teeth off. With the addition of Swarovski tooth crystals to our services we can offer our clients a little extra sparkle to their beautiful smile. 
The application is totally painless and non-invasive. The gem is attached to the tooth surface with the same compound that orthodontists use to affix brace brackets. It can be removed at any time and can last up to a year without effecting oral health habits or the tooth enamel.

I have had my tooth jewel on for over three weeks now and I barely notice it is there. I have had many compliments on it and it helps give me confidence to smile and show off my teeth. It is just a subtle sparkle that isn't intrusive or over the top. We think that it would be the perfect addition to any smile especially those who want something a little extra for those special occasions in life.

With the introductory price of $30 and a 15 minute appointment you can add so sparkle to your smile. So call and make your appointment today!

As a parent one of the hardest jobs is trying to get your children to brush their teeth and to do a good job of it. We all know the importance of proper brushing, but with kids it can be a struggle. At Natural Smiles we have come across an App that helps with this problem. Philips Sonicare makes an electric toothbrush for kids that use Bluetooth to monitor your child's brushing habits. You do not need to purchase the toothbrush to use the App; it can be used with any toothbrush, whether manual or electric.

The App is designed to help kids brush for the recommended 2 minutes and is a visual aid for them to brush every tooth surface so they aren't missing areas. It also allows parents to keep track of their child's brushing habits such as occurences and how long they are brushing for. The App is set up to promote brushing twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening, keeping track and letting parents know if their children missed one or both. I will say that from personal experience my kids were excited about the App and they both woke up in the mornings wanting to brush their teeth. There are awards and badges that the child receives for brushing as well as gifts for the "sparkly" character that allows for some game play with the App. There are some added content for those who do purchase the Sonicare for Kids, it unlocks other activities within the App, but it is not necessary. If you are interested in purchasing the Sonicare we can order one for you and it will be at cost.

As a parent I really like the idea behind this App, I have already seen the benefits of it since both my children have been brushing their teeth longer and more often. The App is currently only available on Apples App Store, but they are currently developing it for Androids. The App is designed to have multiple users so each child can have their own dashboard. I highly recommend checking out this App if you are having problems getting your children to brush and brush properly. 

You can find the App on the Apple Store it is called Sonicare for Kids