Healthy Dental Friendly Snacks


If you want to maintain strong teeth for your lifetime, you need to ensure you are eating enough whole grain breads and cereals, fruits and vegetables and lean meats.

Some other healthy snack choices include:

  • nuts and seeds
  • peanut butter
  • cheese
  • plain yogurt
  • popcorn

Acid Erosion
There are some drinks and snacks that are bad for your teeth and may contribute to acid erosion. Acid erosion happens when food or drink with a low PH level (more acidic) are consumed. That acid can linger in your mouth, taking the minerals away and softening the surface of your teeth. This makes your teeth more susceptible to damage and often leads to increased sensitivity and may require treatment. The big offenders seem to be soft drinks, orange juice and lemonade.

Nutrition Tips

  • Try to avoid acidic food and drink between meals; there isn’t as much saliva in your mouth at these times to protect your teeth
  • Don’t clean your teeth right after eating. If you brush while the acid is still in your mouth you are removing some of your teeth’s surface. If you wait about an hour the saliva will help your teeth battle the acid so it is safe to brush
  • Try to finish your breakfast, lunch or dinner with a little cheese or milk as these products help cut down on the acid in your mouth.

A Note About Sweets
When it comes to your teeth, it’s not about the amount of sweets you eat, but the length of time that you leave your teeth exposed to sweets. So it’s better to eat sweets at mealtimes rather than between meals, as the amount of saliva produced at mealtimes will help protect your teeth.

If you cannot avoid sweets between meals, choose something with less sugar like those listed above. Sticky sweets like toffee or hard candy should be avoided as snacks.

 Information provided by the Ontario Dental Association
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What is root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, is the process of removing infected, injured or dead pulp from your tooth. The space inside the hard layers of each tooth is called the root canal system. This system is filled with soft dental pulp made up of nerves and blood vessels that help your tooth grow and develop.

Who does this procedure?

When bacteria (germs) enter your tooth through deep cavities, cracks or flawed fillings, your tooth can become abscessed. An abscessed tooth is a tooth with an infection in the pulp. If pulp becomes infected, it needs to be removed. An abscessed tooth may cause pain and/or swelling. Your dentist may notice the infection from a dental x-ray or from other changes with the tooth. If left untreated, an abscessed tooth can cause serious oral health problems.

Your dentist may do root canal treatment or refer you to an endodontist. An endodontist is a dentist who has completed a university post-graduate specialty program in endodontics. Endodontics is a specialty of dentistry concerned with the treatment of the dental pulp or nerve of the tooth.

If your child’s primary (baby) tooth is damaged, your dentist may refer you to a pediatric dentist for this procedure. A pediatric dentist has at least 2 years of extra university training in treating children.

DrRyan Margel, DMD, MS, FRCD(C) is our Endodontist who specializes in root canals.

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The good news is that preventative dentistry and scientific advances are helping older adults keep their natural teeth much longer. It’s never been more important to help protect your teeth and gums against oral disease and maintain overall good health. You can do this by:

  • brushing and flossing real or replacement teeth twice daily
  • Using toothpaste containing fluoride
  • Eating a healthy diet and limiting sweets
  • Avoiding tobacco. Smokers have a greater risk of developing gum disease than non-smokers
  • Limiting alcohol. Alcohol and tobacco used together are the primary risk factors for oral cancers
  • Visiting a dentist at least every six months.

Seniors need to continue to focus on cavity prevention.
The causes of tooth decay are the same for all ages. Decay happens when the bacteria in plaque feeds on the sugar in our diet to produce acid that can cause cavities.

Many older adults grew up without fluoride in the water. Therefore, they are more likely to have decay around fillings. Decay of the tooth root is also common in older adults because when the gums recede this exposes the softer root surface which decays easier than tooth enamel.

Seniors need to continue to focus on prevention of gum disease.
Gum disease (the technical term is periodontal disease) often progresses at a slow pace, over time, with no pain. As a result, it’s very common in older adults. And it’s important to know that there is evidence linking gum disease to heart disease, respiratory disorders and strokes.

If gum disease goes undetected, it can do a great deal of damage. It is primarily caused by plaque but there are other factors that may increase the risk and severity of the condition including:

  • Food left between the teeth
  • Smoking
  • Smokeless tobacco use
  • Poorly aligned teeth
  • Poorly fitted partial dentures or bridges
  • Poor diets and
  • Systemic diseases (e.g. anemia)

The good news is that gum disease can be stopped! Make sure you look for these warning signs and see your dentist immediately if you notice any of the following:

  • Bleeding gums when you brush
  • Tender, red or swollen gums
  • Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
  • Pus between your teeth and gums when the gums are pressed
  • Any change in your bite
  • Any change in the fit of your partial dentures
  • Constant bad taste or bad breath

Anxious about visiting the dentist?
Feeling anxious about visiting the dentist is not unusual – it can happen at any age! It’s important to know that you don’t have to tolerate toothaches, bleeding gums or clicking dentures.

(Information provided by the Ontario Dental Association)

Dr. Appleton wants to make you as comfortable as possible. Please share your feelings with his staff so that they can adjust your treatment to meet your needs.

Please call 905-668-6301 if you have any questions.



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The holidays can be such a busy and fun time but its important at this time of year to keep a regular dental routine in place.

The holidays can upset your schedule, but you should still brush at least two times a day.

To keep up good habits on the go, stash a toothbrush and mini tube of toothpaste in your purse or briefcase and make time to “freshen up” after meals.

If brushing your teeth isn’t an option, chew sugarless gum, which boosts saliva and helps flush out food debris, and more.

Happy Holidays from Dr Appleton and Staff

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