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5 questions patients ask about gum disease

By Dr. Bicuspid and Dr. Joe Miskin, Ajax, ON 1. What is gum disease? While brushing and flossing are important, there are other causes of gum disease. Some foods affect the bacteria in our gut, which can affect the bacteria in our mouth. Processed foods can cause an increase in unhealthy bacteria in the gut and then spread to the mouth. These bacteria become dominant in the mouth causing other bacteria to overgrow in the plaque.  These bacteria prevail by fermenting the refined sugars and grains that we eat to produce inflammation and acid resulting in a vicious cycle between the foods we eat and the bacteria in the body. This can result in progressive gum disease and tooth decay.   An unhealthy diet also affects the immune system of our patients, which contributes to the health of their mouth.   Emotional stress also can affect the immune system creating gum sores and severe inflammation without the abundance of unhealthy bacteria.  Environmental chemicals can get into our body and disrupt our cells' capability to function properly. These chemicals are in our food, the air we breathe and the water we drink and could cause chronic inflammation that causes havoc through our system and our mouth.2. My dentist

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Enjoy a canine cuddle during your teeth treatment

                             'It's like a hug while getting your teeth cleaned'                                           By Carolyn Stokes, CBC News and Dr. Joe Miskin, Ajax, 905-261-5555There's nothing particularly pleasant about a teeth cleaning, but one dental hygienist just outside St. John's is trying to make the experience a little more enjoyable — with the help of a four-legged friend.Unlike a dentist, Nicole Kielly doesn't drill or fill; she scrapes and pokes. But that's enough to make some clients squirm and others to stay away altogether."Some people delay treatment on account of being nervous," said Kielly."It tends to kind of build up on them, then they get overwhelmed. They're embarrassed, so in helping people overcome barriers, one of the things I do is help manage anxiety to make it easier for them to come in."Nicole Kielly, Dental hygienistNicole Kielly says some clients delay treatment because of nervousness. (John Pike/CBC News)Meet Ellie, a miniature schnauzer with a wizard-like beard. She's Kielly's stress-buster and secret weapon, serving as an unofficial therapy dog for the Dental Hygiene Studio, her Logy Bay business, When clients come in for

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(Category: Health}Does Caffeine Stain Teeth?

Sacramento, CA - October 26, 2017 - (Newswire.com) Caffeine is a common ingredient in many popular drinks known to stain the teeth: coffee, tea and cola are all examples. So is caffeine contributing to the staining? Will drinking decaffeinated beverages prevent or lessen staining? What Color is Caffeine?When caffeine is isolated from its vegetable sources, it is a white, odorless powder. Caffeine dissolves in fluids and lends little coloration to the liquid, as seen in soft drinks that are clear, but still contain caffeine. What’s more, caffeine is not a chromogen — a molecule that dyes or stains other substances. Therefore, it is not responsible for stained teeth. Asking for decaf will not keep your teeth from going yellow! Instead, dental patients need to consider just what is causing the stains on their enamel.Chromogens and Tannins Do Cause StainsThe primary staining agents in coffee are the aforementioned chromogens. These molecules alter the color of things they contact. And while tooth enamel seems smooth, at the microscopic level it contains pits, craters, and tiny cracks that trap chromogens. Colas contain the same pigments, either from added coloration or simply the natural pigments of any included plant ingredients. As more chromogens

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Nova Scotia's children's dental plan needs revamping

Dr. Joe Miskin 3 Harwood Ave S. Ajax, ON     905-686-4343 with help from CBC.caHealth Department officials are in talks with members of the Nova Scotia Dental Association regarding ways to improve the program, which right now provides basic dental care for kids up to age 14.The former NDP government promised to expand the program to include young people up to age 17, but the Liberals put the brakes on those plans in 2014 following concerns from the dental association that the program wasn't working as well as it should. Dr. Erin Hennessy, president of the dental association and a dentist in Wolfville, said the concern is that the limited funds available for the program — about $7 million — aren't being used as effectively and efficiently as possible.The association isn't looking for any additional funding, but rather better use of existing resources. Hennessy pointed to stats that show 36 per cent of kids who start school by age six have some amount of dental decay and an average of 30 per cent of day surgery operating room time is used for dental procedures."We'd argue that this program really isn't working efficiently," she said. "We're seeing how it's causing kids to lose time at school, we're seeing

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'But I do brush and floss'

    By Joe Miskin, DDS, 3 Harwood Ave S Ajax 905-686-4343with help from Lisa Knowles, DDS--September 18, 2017    It seems that every patient says "But I always brush and floss," when we tell them they have several cavities on their dental examinations. They think that they should not get cavities because they "brush and floss their teeth regularly" -- even if they frequently eat or drink sugary foods and beverages. They don’t understand that if they make their juice or pop last all day and brush right after they are ok. Even if your drink is sugarless it can contain phosphoric and citric acid which are real-time tooth killers. Read the labels   When patients seem interested in changing their situation, we educate them about what contributes to the decay and how to prevent future decay. We help them realize that getting too much sugar and acid in their diets is a no-no. We tell them that bedtime brushing is the most important time to brush and floss in preventing decay because when sleeping there is a lot less saliva in the mouth to neutralize the sugars. We do a lot of teaching in our office but sometimes patients don’t listen and don’t want

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