Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride Treatment

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 Fluoride is a mineral that is naturally in many foods and water. Due to demineralization and remineralization, minerals are lost and added to our teeth. Minerals are easily lost from our teeth when sugars are consumed- due to the formation of plaque which attacks the enamel. Fluoride is very important as it helps in re-mineralization which prevents tooth decay, by making the tooth more resistant to acid attacks. It is very important to have a good amount of fluoride in order to maintain optimal dental health.

Fluoride is found in foods and in water. Other ways to receive fluoride is trough toothpaste, mouth wash- or through a gel, foam or vanish at the dentist.

Here at Florence Dentistry we offer fluoride treatments in the form of a varnish. The varnish is applied onto your teeth during your dental visit, and it helps to act as a protective layer. It is recommended to follow a soft food diet for the next three days in order for the fluoride to remineralize.

The most critical time for fluoride to be exposed is for infants and children between the ages of 6 months and 16 years. This is the timeframe in which permanent teeth come in, and therefore it is important to insure that tooth decay does not occur. However, even though this is a crucial period, it is still important to maintain good fluoride levels at all ages.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Florence Dentistry. We will gladly have you in for a fluoride treatment!

To learn more please click on the following links:

 WebMed: Fluoride

Fluoride FAQs

Fluoride Treatments and Supplements


Worst things for your teeth….Fruit Juice and Soda!

Worst things for your teeth… Fruit Juice and Soda!


Soda and Teeth-Florence Dentsitry

Do you ever wonder what the worst things for your teeth are? Well the answer is simple… fruit juice and soda! Anything that has a pH value of less than 5.5 can very easily damage your teeth. Fruit juices and sodas fall into this category and can very easily harm your teeth.

Are you wondering how these liquids destroy your teeth? Dental erosion occurs when these drinks are consumed. Dental erosion is when the enamel (protective layer of your tooth) is ruined due to exposure to acid that is found in these drinks. When dental erosion occurs your teeth can easily become sensitive to hot and cold food- because the tooth is now exposed without its protective layer.

The enamel on your tooth continues to get softer and softer as more and more acid is consumed. This causes for mineral content to be lost.  Often saliva cancels out the acidity- but if too many acidic items are consumed then there is not enough time for the saliva to restore the natural balance and dental erosion occurs.

Another interesting fact is that men are usually found to be twice at risk for dental erosion than women, as well as tooth wear becomes more severe as you age. Therefore it is very important to take care of your teeth and keep away from these liquids that fall under the category of “worst things for your teeth”.

Next time instead of grabbing one of the worst things for your teeth (soda or fruit juice), try to switch it up with something better for your teeth, such as milk or water.

If you have any questions on the topic of “worst things for your teeth”, or would like to check how your teeth are doing please feel free to contact Florence Dentistry. We will gladly answer any inquiries you may have.

Click on the following links to learn more:

 Soda and Teeth- Colgate

Sip All Day, Get Dental Decay

Soda Effects on Our Teeth 

When should your child start going to the dentist?

When should your child start going to the dentist?

It is ideal that a child visits the dentist after their first birthday. Although this is recommended and ideal, waiting until the child reaches the age of 2-3 is generally alright as well. Often children at a young age may be scared of going to the dentist but it is crucial that they start going to the dentist at a young age in order to maintain optimal health.

If you put of the time that your child starts going to the dentist then this can increase the child’s risk of having plaque build-up or cavities when they come for their first visit.  Many parents believe that their child doesn’t need to start going to the dentist until a later time, because baby teeth will eventually fall out so there isn’t any point for taking care of them. This of course is false!  Although this isn’t always visible, children’s permanent teeth are growing underneath their primary ones, and therefore it is important that the dentist checks their teeth in order to insure that their mouth is developing well.  It is also good for a child to start going to the dentist at an early age in order to get into a good routine of oral hygiene.

Young children are often quite tricky to deal with – therefore we recommend that when your child first starts going to the dentist they see a paediatric dentist. This will insure the child is taken care of properly (given more time for visit, given laughing gas if necessary, etc.…).

If you have any more questions on when your child should start seeing the dentist please feel free to contact Florence Dentistry– and we will gladly answer any questions.

Please visit these links to learn more:

Keeping your Child’s Teeth Healthy

Know your Teeth

When to Start Going to the Dentist

How important is it to see my dental hygienist?

Why visit your Dental Hygienist

Having your teeth cleaned by your dental hygienist at his or her suggested interval (generally every 6 months) is crucial to maintaining good oral hygiene. There are things that your dental hygienist can detect, that you however cannot. You will also get to see your dentist, who can detect things that your hygienist however cannot. This line of defense will be your saving grace to oral health!

The Check Up
The dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth, take radiographs and diagnose any issues that may be happening in your mouth – these issues can be anything from ‘watch spots’ (area’s to make note that a cavity may be forming) to area’s that need extensive care (root canal treatments, extractions, or fillings etc.) [Read more…]

What toothpaste should you use?

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Toothpaste –Which is the right one for you, and how do you decide?

When there are hundreds of toothpaste brands and types as you walk down the oral health care isle in your local pharmacy, how do you know what to choose? I will discuss the types of toothpastes available, and tips on how to pick the right one.

Back to the basics: What is in my toothpaste?

–          Abrasive agents: used to gently remove plaque biofilm effectively, as well as light stain

–          Flavouring: artificial sweeteners are often used to ‘flavour’ the toothpaste, leaving a refreshing taste in your mouth, enticing you to continue brushing on a regular (2x/day) basis

–          Humectants: this ingredient is often added to prevent the toothpaste from drying out

–          Detergents: that foaminess that comes from your toothpaste comes from a detergent that is added [Read more…]

Dental Implant Therapy


Lost a tooth? A dental implant may be your best option!

A dental implant is an artificial root that is surgically placed within the bone of the jaw to replace a missing tooth (or even to hold an attached denture or bridge). An implant can be a magnificent replacement for an individual who has lost a tooth due to periodontal disease, injury or extraction.

There are two forms of implant therapy

–          Endosteal: this is the most common type of implant available – the method is placing a screw within the bone of the jaw.

–          Subperiosteal: this type of implant is placed adjacent to the bone, with the metal framework protruding through the gingiva (gums) to hold the prosthesis. This type of dental implant is best for patients who cannot wear conventional dentures and/or who have minimal bone height within the jaw

Are you a candidate for a dental implant?

The ideal candidate for a dental implant would be a patient with good oral health and without any periodontal disease. Adequate bone is required for a dental implant and if there are insufficient bone levels, bone grafting would be necessary.

Specific reasons and treatments that require dental implant therapy

–          Replacing a single tooth: self-explanatory… one implant attached to one crown

–          Replacing several teeth: implant supporting a bridge

–          Replacing all of the teeth: implant supporting a full denture

What to expect after dental implant therapy

–          If you were sedated during surgery, you may feel light headed and drowsy… your dentist will recommend you have a family member or friend drive you home

–          It is recommended to begin taking your prescribed pain killers PRIOR to the sedation wears off to ensure your comfort and relief of any residual pain from the surgery

–          Light bleeding adjacent to the implant is to be expected… you can use gauze (sterilized by your dentist) to stop the bleeding

–          Side effects over the next few weeks can be swelling, soreness and bruising… this is all normal, however should it last longer than a few weeks, consult your dentist

Should you fit the criteria for dental implant surgery, at Florence Dentistry we are more than willing to walk you through the initial consultation and hold your hand through the recovery period – we accept all insurance companies, offer payment plans and direct bill.   

To learn more about dental implants click on the following links
Dental Implants
Side effects 

Flossing – an essential part of your Oral Hygiene


Flossing – your #1 defense in minimizing interdental decay!!!
The question your dental professional probably asks you at every dental visit –are you flossing?

The reality is that 85-90% of Canadians have gingivitis, which is directly related to poor oral hygiene, and the lack of flossing. Also, toothbrushes cannot completely remove plaque and other debris that gets lodged between teeth, and thus the lack of flossing also causes interdental decay.
What many people do not realize is that there are several alternatives to the traditional method of flossing – which tends to be the primary deterrent to flossing. While there are alternative methods to flossing, I will begin with the guidelines for the effective traditional flossing technique.

Guidelines For Effective Traditional Flossing
1. Using approximately 18 inches of floss and holding hands 5 inches apart, pinch the floss with your middle finger and thumb and wind the floss around your fingers until there is 2 inches between both hands
2. Carefully glide the floss between the teeth and hold the floss snug around the tooth in a c-shape
3. Carefully glide the floss under the gingiva (gums) until you feel some resistance
4. Using an up and down motion you will remove any debris caught between the teeth
5. Using a clean piece of floss, use steps 1-4 on each tooth surface

Other Floss Aids
Floss handles – All floss handles have a handle, which enables easier dexterity as the fingers do not complete the action of flossing. Some floss handles are disposable and are meant for one time usage and there are some where only the floss is removed and should as such be cleaned thoroughly after use. The proper technique for use of floss handles mimics the traditional technique – the floss is inserted between the teeth, and the floss is pulled in the same ‘c-shape’ and in an up and down motion, manoeuvre the floss beneath the gingiva to remove debris.
Interdental Brushes – These brushes generally have a small handle, with a cylindrical/cone shaped brush on the end. It is meant to be placed in between the teeth to remove debris, or into the sulcus (vertically under the gingiva) to help remove debris trapped in deep periodontal pockets. While this method is effective, you should consult your dental professional and seek the advice as to what size/shape interdental brush is most appropriate for your mouth. [Read more…]

Digital Radiography


Digital Radiographs (x-rays) – Pros and Cons

There is an enormous amount of controversy about dental radiographs today – I wish to give insight into both the pros and cons in relation to a relatively new technology in the world of dental radiography…


Digital radiography is becoming more and more popular in the dental field for various reasons… there are several pros and cons which I will further discuss.

digital radiographs use 90% less radiation as opposed to traditional radiography, hence eliminating the discouragement from patients to take the xrays
digital radiographs will appear on the computer screen immediately after exposure, reducing the wait time for development… which is crucial in emergency situations
– the large radiographs are great for co-diagnosis (including the patient in the diagnosis process) because they can personally identify the problem with the dentist, allowing them to further understand the issue at hand
– the dental professional does not need to work with the chemicals used to process and develop the radiographs traditionally
– manipulation of images is quite easy (reducing or increasing contrast to better view the issue at hand, etc.)

ultimately the cost is more expensive for the dental professional… therefore it may be harder to find a dentist that is in fact using this technology
– because the technology uses a sensor as opposed to film, it may be slightly more uncomfortable for the patient to tolerate
– as mentioned above as a PRO… manipulation of images can also be misconstrued as fraud – changing the image may not portray the TRUE radiograph, which can be used in falsified claims

Overall, in my professional opinion as a Registered Dental Hygienist, if you are going to have any dental radiographs taken, digital is the way to go – less radiation is of utmost importance. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, so long as you do your own research and you are happy with what you find, you will be fine.

You can rest assured that if digital is what you choose, you can find it at Florence Dentistry.

Quitting smoking

Smoking – Quitting is IMPORTANT for the teeth and mouth as well!

We are already well aware that smoking is detrimental for your lungs and health, but what some people aren’t aware of is that it is also extremely damaging to the mouth, teeth and gingiva (gums). Smoking is a huge risk factor for several oral complications.

Oral cancer – patients are 6 times more prone to develop oral related cancers, the easiest possible way to prevent this is by QUITTING smoking, and visiting your dental professional routinely (it is generally recommended every 6 months).
Gum disease – smoking has been known to inhibit the immune system, therefore reducing your body’s ability to fight infection such as gingivitis and periodontal disease

Premature tooth loss – as a direct result of the periodontal disease that you have now developed as a result of SMOKING, you become more susceptible to tooth loss. Periodontal disease is a disease at which bacteria in the mouth cause bone loss, and this loss of bone structure causes mobility in the teeth which in turn causes the teeth to fall out [Read more…]

Brigther teeth

Want brighter teeth? What are your options…

Brigther Teeth

Teeth naturally darken with age – as a result of consuming staining food or drink, tobacco, or in cases where teeth have had root canals (and the tooth is now dead). Though teeth are not naturally bright white, rather a light grey/yellow shade, everyone wants a ‘Hollywood’ smile – it is attainable, but how?

Surface whiteners are usually in form of toothpastes with the addition of special abrasives to improve the products ability to remove stain. Cons: The effectiveness of these products is minimal, so if you have severe staining, you should choose one of the following options. [Read more…]