http://www.cda-adc.ca/en/oral_health/cfyt/good_for_life/

Most of us realize that diet and exercise play an important part in keeping us healthy. 

But did you know that a healthy mouth is also an important part of a healthy body?

Poor oral health can affect a person's quality of life. Oral pain, missing teeth or oral infections can influence the way a person speaks, eats and socializes. These oral health problems can reduce a person's quality of life by affecting their physical, mental and social well-being.

Oral disease, like any other disease, needs to be treated. A chronic infection, including one in the mouth, is a serious problem that should not be ignored. Yet bleeding or tender gums are often overlooked.

Research has shown there is an association between oral disease and other health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke, respiratory illness in older adults, as well as pre-term and low-birth-weight babies. Although researchers are just beginning to understand this relationship, evidence shows that oral disease can aggravate other health problems and that keeping a healthy mouth is an important part of leading a healthy life.

 Oral Cancer Screening
 

Oral Cancer is serious business and we think it is of the utmost importance to keep our patients in the know.  We as dental proffesionals are one of the first lines of defence for you as patients, but only if you make oralédental health a high priority.  The more familiar we are with you and your anatomy the quicker we are able to determine when there may be a problem that requires special attention or a referral to a specialist to be looked into further.

Here are some signs and symptoms you should attempt to be in tune with:

 
  • Areas of red or white lesions in your mouth or on your lips
  • The feeling of a lump or something stuck in your throat
  • Numbness, pain or tenderness anywhere in your mouth
  • Swelling that makes your dentures uncomfortable
  • Pain in one of your ears without hearing loss
  • Trouble moving your jaw or tongue, or problems with chewing, swallowing or speaking
  • Loose teeth without any apparent dental cause
  • Lingering hoarsness
There is no exact cause of oral cancer. There are things that can put you at a higher risk though.  These include things like tabacco of ay kind. Cigarettes, pipes, cigars even smokeless tobacco can put you at risk.  Heavy alcohol use is also a major contributor of developing certain oral cancers and the odds increase when paired with the use of tobacco products.

Other contributing factors include age, a diet deficient in fruits and vegetables as well as sun exposure.

At every dental recall appointment the dentistéhygienist will do an oral cancer screening. This is why it is so important for you to put dental hygiene high on your priority list.  It`s not always just about cavities.  It`s about overall health

Inforrmation taken from 
www.colgate.ca
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What is in your Energy Drink?

As concerns over the safety of energy drinks continue to grow, a study outlines the recent evidence regarding the content, benefits, and risks of the beverages that are popular with adolescents.

The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, reports that more teens are downing energy drinks; in 2003 16% regularly consumed the drinks while in 2008,  that percentage jumped to 35%. One study of college student consumption found 50% of students drank at least one to four a month. This year, research documented a jump in energy drink-related emergency room visits and politicians and consumers called upon the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to look intodeaths associated with the drinks.

What do the beverages contain that could pose a health hazard? Currently, the amount of caffeine added to energy drinks is not regulated by the FDA, so often the amounts listed (if they’re listed) are inaccurate. Studies also don’t support all of the claims made by the manufacturers on some of the other ingredients’ ability to maintain energy. The study authors broke down the most common ingredients found in energy drinks: caffeine, guarana, taurine, ginseng, sugars and B vitamins and why they might be problematic.

Caffeine
This is the primary ingredient in energy drinks, and its levels can vary widely. Energy drinks do not fall under the same regulatory category as sodas and often have higher levels of the stimulant than indicated. For comparison, a 6.5 oz cup of coffee contains 80 to 120 mg of caffeine, tea has about 50 mg, and a 12 oz cola cannot have more 65 mg. Energy drinks have significantly higher amounts, with the most well-known brands containing anywhere from 154 mg in a 16 oz Red Bull to 505 mg in a 24 oz Wired X505. There is no official recommended limit for the amount of caffeine a person can consume, but excessive caffeine has been linked to a variety of adverse effects such as high blood pressure, premature birth and possibly sudden death.

Guarana
Also known as Brazilian cocoa, guarana is a plant from South America that contains a caffeine compound called guaranine. One gram of guarana is equal to 40 mg of caffeine. But even if it’s in energy drinks, it’s typically not included in the total caffeine tally. “In reality, when a drink is said to contain caffeine plus guarana, it contains caffeine plus more caffeine,” the authors write. The FDA has not assessed guarana, so it’s risks and benefits remain unknown.

Sugars
The sugar content in energy drinks ranges from 21 g to 34 g per 8 oz, and can come in the form of sucrose, glucose, or high fructose corn syrup. “Users who consume two or three energy drinks could be taking in 120mg to 180 mg of sugar, which is 4 to 6 times the maximum recommended daily intake,” the authors write, noting that adolescents who consume energy drinks could be at risk for obesity and dental problems.

Taurine
As one of the most common amino acids in the body, taurine can support brain development and regulate the body’s mineral and water levels, and could even improve athletic performance. It’s found naturally in meat, seafood and milk. The study authors say the amount of taurine consumed from energy drinks is higher than that in a normal diet. As of yet, there is no evidence this is unhealthy, but there is also no evidence that consuming large amounts is beneficial for the human body.

“Some energy drinks [contain] super-physiologic amounts of these ingredients, embracing the mantra ‘more is better.’ I’m not sure this mantra should necessarily apply,” says study author Dr. Kwabena Blankson, an Air Force pediatrician specializing in teen medicine at Portsmouth Naval Medical Center. “Many energy drink ingredients that are ‘healthy’ are vitamins or minerals you probably get even if you don’t eat the most balanced diet. American foods are heavily fortified. For the average consumer, energy drinks don’t even tell you how much of these special ingredients you are getting, couching the quantities behind the term ‘proprietary blend’ or ‘energy blend.'”

Ginseng

There are claims that ginseng boosts athletic performance, strengthens the immune system and improves mood. But the authors say there is little proof of this, and there isn’t enough ginseng in energy drinks to offer any benefit. The root has also been linked to increased risk of insomnia, headache and hypertension. “Ginseng should be used cautiously, as it can cause undesirable side effects in high doses and may even be dangerous when taken with certain medicines or if the patient is undergoing surgery,” according to the American Cancer Society.

B vitamins and other additives
Studies suggest that B vitamins can improve mood and even fight heart disease and cancer, but the amount contained in each energy drink isn’t enough to have any meaningful effect.

There are also a number of other additives that the authors say need further study. “I was surprised by the profound lack of science supporting the benefit of ingesting some these ingredients such as carnitine, Yohimbe, and bitter orange,” says Blankson. “Adolescent consumers have no idea what these ingredients do. They assume that because they can easily buy it off the shelf that it must be safe for them.” The fact is, however, that there isn’t much scientific evidence on the risks or benefits of these additives—and very little is known about the effects of daily energy drink consumption over the long-term.

The study also highlights the fact that many teens mix their energy drinks with alcohol, which can mask the effects of alcohol and give drinkers the impression they’ve consumed less than they have. Given the lack of knowledge about how energy drinks and alcohol interact, as well as how the beverages mix with medications and antidepressants, the researchers also urge physicians to be aware of energy drink consumption, particularly among teens, and suggest educating patients and parents on the potential consequences of making energy drinks a regular habit.

National Kissing Day July 6, 2016

National Kissing Day is right around the corner. Are you ready?  If you have a history of bad breath you may not be.  Here are a few tips and ticks to help combat the dreaded halitosis.

1. Brush and floss more often.  the rule of thumb is to brush twice per day and to floss once.  If this isn't working for you amp up your routin by brushing and or flossing at lunch time.

2. Rinse with water after meals.  This will help to remove some of the bacteria collecting food that gets caught in your teeth.

3. Scrape your tongue.  The natural film on your tongue is a great place for bacteria to grow.  Lessen the opportunity for this to happen by brushing your tongue or investing in a tongue scraper to do the job.

4.Avoid foods that sour your breath.  thesse include garlic and onions.  No amount of brushing will help to get rid of the odour from these types of foods.The substance that causes the odour makes it's way into your blood stream and you breath it out.

5. Keep gums healthy.  You can do this with regular dental check ups and by making sure all of your dental work is up to date.

6. Moisten your mouth.  Many medical conditions or medications can dry your mouth.  If you suffer from dry mouth make sure to drink plenty of water. You can also chew sugar free gum or mints to help create more saliva.  Having a humidifier in your home runing while you sleep can also be helpful.

7. See your family doctor.  If Bad breat persists you may want to contact your familt doctor to see if you have an underlying condition that is causing your bad breat.

Hopefully these tips and tricks will be helpful in getting you kissing on National Kissing Day on July 6!!!!  Happy Kissing.

Three Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

There are few oral health abnormalities as painful for patients as impacted wisdom teeth. Understanding the signs of impacted wisdom teeth, can help you know when to get proper dental help. It is also possible to detect impacted wisdom teeth early through regular dental checkups and a panoramic x-ray. In some situations we might even recommend that patients consider wisdom teeth removal early, even if they have not reported many problems

1) Pain. By far pain is the most common sign of an impacted wisdom tooth. With mouth pain though, it can radiate. Some people feel pain in the central wisdom tooth area, but others feel pain at the front of their mouths. The reason for this is that wisdom teeth can push other teeth miniscule lengths. Although it is negligible to the eye, the sensitive nerve endings throughout the gums know when they are being touched.

The pain felt by impacted wisdom teeth can radiate, but it will also show at the actual cite. Any pain that originates from the back of the mouth can be suspect. It’s important to get to the dentist if this is the pain that starts.

2) Swelling around the jaw. Another sign of impacted wisdom teeth is swelling around the jaw area. This can extend from the chin and back to the under-ear area. Any swelling or tenderness here can be a sign of an impacted wisdom tooth waiting to be taken out. As the tooth shifts deep in the jaw, it disrupts nerve endings spanning the entire mouth. Because of this, the swelling can affect any area around the mouth. If you have swelling in the jaw, get a professional opinion as to what the cause is.

3) Swollen or bleeding gums. Gums are another part of the mouth affected by impacted wisdom teeth. The wisdom teeth cause shifting and sometimes it can be strong enough to create tenderness in other teeth. This is where a gum may start to bleed and swell. This is definitely a telltale sign of something going wrong in the mouth. Any swelling or bleeding of the gums should be discussed with a doctor.
If you feel as if you may have an issue with your wisdom teeth please give the office a call. We'd be happy to look into it for you.

 

Welcome Dr. Ali

We are excited to introduce Dr. Showkat Ali to the office. Dr. Ali has been with us since April of this year and has taken over the position of Dr. Marchand.  
Dr. Ali was born and raised in India where he also completed his education in Dentistry,  During his time in India he had an incredible opportunity to gain valuble clinical expertise in various aspects of dentistry as well as oral surgery and cosmetic dentistry. He moved to Canada with his family in 2009 and sought admission to University of Toronto to pursue a dream to practice dentistry in Canada.  He has now been practicing in Canada for the last 4 years.  When Dr. Ali is not practicing dentistry he is spending time with his wife, his 11 year old son and his daughter who is still a toddler and a complete bundle of joy. He enjoys eating out with his family, going on day trips and playing soccer.So the next time you're in the office please make sure to give Dr. Ali a warm welcome.

                                                                                                                     

Do You Have Sensitive Teeth?


Tooth sensitivity is a nerve irritation that occurs after your enamel has worn down or if your gums are receding, exposing the surfaces of your teeth. Pain normally stems from consuming hot or cold foods and beverages that touch your teeth, bringing them in contact with cold air. 

The most popular complaint from dental patients is that tooth sensitivity causes so much pain that your eating habits change – even a spoonful of ice cream can be an excruciating experience for people with sensitive teeth.

What causes tooth sensitivity?

There are a variety of reasons that your teeth may be extra sensitive. One factor that may lead to tooth sensitivity is eating or drinking large quantities of foods with acid, especially citrus juices. Avoiding these foods and drinks can help alleviate the problem.

How can I prevent tooth sensitivity?

Another great way to prevent tooth sensitivity is by using the proper toothpaste. Toothpastes that have abrasive ingredients like the ones in whitening toothpastes will be hard on people with sensitive teeth. A desensitizing toothpaste is a better choice, and having your dentist apply sealants or fluoride will help.

Brushing your teeth too hard can also cause tooth sensitivity, so it is a good idea to use a soft toothbrush. Brushing too hard can start breaking down the tooth and expose the more sensitive underside. A good test to see if you are brushing too aggressively is by looking carefully at the bristles on your toothbrush. If the bristles point in several directions, then you are brushing too hard. 

The dental team at Dr. Janushewski and Associates that can help you manage tooth sensitivity. One treatment solution is to apply a desensitizing agent or protective coating that will alleviate any discomfort you might have.  


Tooth sensitivity is a nerve irritation that occurs after your enamel has worn down or if your gums are receding, exposing the surfaces of your teeth. Pain normally stems from consuming hot or cold foods and beverages that touch your teeth, bringing them in contact with cold air. 

The most popular complaint from dental patients is that tooth sensitivity causes so much pain that your eating habits change – even a spoonful of ice cream can be an excruciating experience for people with sensitive teeth.

What causes tooth sensitivity?

There are a variety of reasons that your teeth may be extra sensitive. One factor that may lead to tooth sensitivity is eating or drinking large quantities of foods with acid, especially citrus juices. Avoiding these foods and drinks can help alleviate the problem.

How can I prevent tooth sensitivity?

Another great way to prevent tooth sensitivity is by using the proper toothpaste. Toothpastes that have abrasive ingredients like the ones in whitening toothpastes will be hard on people with sensitive teeth. A desensitizing toothpaste is a better choice, and having your dentist apply sealants or fluoride will help.

Brushing your teeth too hard can also cause tooth sensitivity, so it is a good idea to use a soft toothbrush. Brushing too hard can start breaking down the tooth and expose the more sensitive underside. A good test to see if you are brushing too aggressively is by looking carefully at the bristles on your toothbrush. If the bristles point in several directions, then you are brushing too hard. 

The dental team at Dr. Janushewski and Associates can help you manage tooth sensitivity. One treatment solution is to apply a desensitizing agent or protective coating that will alleviate any discomfort you might have.  If you have any more questions or concerns regarding tooth sensitivity please give the office a call 519-426-2273.

 The Importance of the Co-op Program within the Community 

 

I'm not sure how many of you have taken part in the Ontario Secondary School Co-op Program, but I did not once but twice. I did one semester in a local elementry school and another in a long term care facility. Obviously, health care won me over. In this office over the years you have probably noticed that we take in co-op students through the secondary school program as well as through local colleges with dental assisting students. What an important role this plays in the community. Without local businesses accepting these students how are they to know if the vocation is the right one for them?  This rang true with my own daughter last year when she did a co-op placement at the Norfolk General Hospital. She knew she wasn't a big fan of needles, but didn't realize she would pass out every time one was given.    

When I first began working here we had a young co-op student (Christin Webb) working here.
       The next year she decided to come back with us for another semester. She graduated high school moved to Toronto and took the Intra Oral Dental Assisting course at George Brown College.  She came back to see us again to do her clinical hours as a dental assisting student. When the time came we were pleased to be able to offer her full time employment.  There is nothing as gratifying as watching these young students mature into  successful adults. This is the co-op program working at it's best.

Currently, we have a new co-op student joining us until June. If you see her in a treatment room quietly observing or asking questions it's because she's here as part of the secondary school program.  If all goes well Katie hopes to graduate from Holy Trinity Catholic High School in June of this year, apply and be accepted into a dental hygeine program.  If we're lucky she may even come back to do her clinical hours within the office or she may have decided at the end of her placement that the dental field is not the one for her.  Either way in my opinion the co-op program proves to be a success time and time again.

So if you are a business owner in the area and think you might like to have your own co-op student to mentor, folloow this link http://www.edu.gov.on.ca or contact your local high school's guidance department as they are always looking for host businesses.    
                                                                



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Katie Bowditch current co-op student
Christin Webb CDAII


               

 

Your child may have the latest wardrobe, school supplies and sports equipment for the new school year, but does she have a healthy mouth and the tools she'll need to maintain it? (ADA)

 
Amongst all the excitement of back to school, it is important that we don't forget about our pearly whites! As the linked article states, children with pain in their mouth will not be able to concentrate and do what is required in class. Read the article for some helpfull hints and come to Dr. Janushewski and Associates for your regular check ups and cleanings!


Halitosis. It's something that plagues nearly half the population! It can cause great stress, anxiety and embarrassment. The good news is, if you can diagnose the cause, you have treatment options! The #1 cause of bad breath is poor oral hygiene. If you feel you are suffering from bad breath, feel free to pay us a visit and we can try to find the cause and propose treatment for you!
In the meantime, here is a link from the May Clinic that is very informative! 

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bad-breath/basics/definition/con-20014939

June has arrived! With it comes trips to beaches, waterparks and other fun destinations! Practicing preventive dentistry is your best bet to avoid any dental issues while you are away. Here is a link to a very informative article on preventive dentistry.

http://www.yourdentistryguide.com/preventive-dentistry/

Please give it a read, and then give us a call! Let's get you on a regular schedule with our dental team so that we can make sure your oral health is on point! 

Happy Star Wars Day! May the 4th be with you! I'm not sure a sports guard would help in a light sabre fight, but it can help during other forms of physical activity! 

With the warm weather comes more physical activity. Most parents don’t think about how playing sports can lead to a mouth injury, but it very often does. The use of a mouth guard can prevent more than 200,000 oral injuries each year. Colgate published a simple yet informative article on the importance of mouth guards. Please give it a read. 
Call the office today to have your child fitted with a custom sports guard. They are affordable and worth the investment! 


http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/Oral-and-Dental-Health-Basics/Dental-Emergencies/Sports-Safety/article/Important-Reasons-for-Mouth-Guards.cvsp

And just for fun, Floyd Mayweather Jr. made news this week with his custom sports guards. Here is a link to the site where you can have your own sports guard made for a small fortune! 

http://www.icebergguards.com/

Dr. Janushewski`s Simcoe dental office will be participating in Dress for the Cause on Friday October 24, 2014. We will wear pink in support of breast cancer research. All our staff has donated to the cause, Please stop by and support the cause, drop your donation in our fancy jar.  
http://www.dressforthecause.ca/

Do you have sensitive teeth? Do you long for that yummy ice cream treat but fear the pain it will cause your teeth?  Tooth sensitivity is a common dental problem. 1 in 3 Canadians suffer from sensitive teeth. Sensitivity develops over time due to receding gums, aggressive brushing and grinding of the teeth. Sensitivity can happen at any age.

There are a few things you can do to prevent sensitive teeth.

  • Practice good oral hygiene
  • Use a soft toothbrush and avoid scrubbing.
  • Wear a nightguard if you are grinding.
Treatment options for sensitive teeth include:
 
  • Use sensitive toothpaste.
  • Have a protective barrier applied to the affected area.
  • Fillings can be placed over the area where the enamel has been removed
A sensitive tooth paste, such as Sensodyne at home, can help elevate sensitive teeth. You must continue to use the toothpaste after the sensitivity goes away. Sensitive toothpaste provides a protective barrier over the tooth. It will take time to start working but with continued everyday use your sensitivity will go away.  You can also place a small amount on the affected area at night before bed. Remember when dealing with sensitive teeth to avoid whitening toothpaste as it can cause more sensitivity.

If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity make sure to let us know next time you visit us  at Dr. Janushewski's Simcoe dental office. We want to help you choose the best treatment option for you and make sure it is not a more serious concern.


With dental offices making the news for improper sterilizing of their dental instruments we at Dr. Janushewski’s Simcoe dental office would like to take the time to assure you that our sterilizing procedures are of a high standard.

Here is a list of some of the steps we take to assure proper sterilization is completed.

  • Instruments are taken from the operatories to the sterilization area where they are washed, scrubbed, ultrasonically cleaned for 5 minutes, rinses and autoclaved.
  • All high and low speed handpieces are autoclaved after each use.
  • All treatment surfaces are wiped down with a disinfectant.
  • Barriers are placed over various items including buttons that are used during treatment. These barriers are changes after each patient.
  • New gloves are used for every patient. If a dental team member leaves the treatment room a new pair of gloves are put on when they return.
  • We test our sterilization equipment daily to make sure it is also functioning properly.
We would be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our sterilization procedures. We hope that the information above helps instil your confidence in us to provide you with a worry free environment to receive dental care.

  1. You don’t floss every day. - Gum disease starts to develop within 24 hours of not cleaning your teeth. Flossing every night before bed when saliva production is at its lowest will reduce your risk of gum disease developing.
 
  1. You snap your floss -  Snapping your floss can cause damage to the tissue. Gently glide the floss between the teeth. If you find it hard to get the floss between your teeth experiment with different varieties until you find the one that works best for you.
 
  1. You saw with the floss - When cleaning between the teeth remember to wrap your floss in a c-shape around the neck of the tooth gently sliding up and down each tooth several times. Do not saw it back and forth.
 
  1. You use anything but dental floss. - Finger nails, paperclips and other sharp objects can do more damage than good. Always keep your dental floss handy so you are not tempted to use other objects.
 
  1. You think brushing is enough. - Flossing removes about 40% of the plaque located in the mouth. Brushing alone means you are only cleaning 60% of your mouth.

  1. Fingernails –Our hands come in contact with a lot of dirty items and just washing alone won’t get that dirt out from under your fingernails
  2. Soda Cans – Do you wipe the can off before drinking from it? Think of all the people who handle cans and all of the dirty places a can may have been. 
  3. Pens/Pencils –Pens go from hand to hand to a desk to falling on the floor and into our mouth and they are never cleaned. 
  4. Double Dipping At A Party, and Birthday Cake - If someone double dips into a dip at a party they are introducing bacteria into the dip. Think about how most people blow out birthday candles. They are pretty much, spitting all over the cake, especially kids
  5. Toothbrushes – Studies have found that flushing the toilet can spew bathroom-related bacteria into the air.  It is a good idea to store your toothbrush in a cabinet, or covered, and far away from the potential contaminants
  6. Water Bottle –If you are using a reusable plastic water bottle you should be aware coliform (example E. coli) bacteria can coat the inside of the plastic bottle if not cleaned properly. Choose a wide-mouthed bottle for easier cleaning and drying, and choose a hard material that won’t get scratched during vigorous cleaning.
  7. Biting off Tags, and Tearing Open Packages with Teeth - This may seem like an unlikely part of the list but clothing, and other items with tags,  ketchup packets, chip bags, etc. have been handled by many dirty hands     
  8. Sharing Lipstick, Chapstick etc. – Whether it is sharing with friends or trying on a lipstick at the makeup counter. The bacteria and viral buildup can be immense. Herpes can be transferred easily in this way. 
  9. Eating Food Off The Floor –Do not follow the 3 second rule! Any food that hits the floor should be thrown away. 
  10. And after all this you kiss someone – The bacteria responsible for periodontal disease and tooth decay is transferrable.  Avoid kissing someone who is sick with a cough, a runny nose, or poor oral hygiene.

Dental Erosion

April 09, 2013 | Posted Uncategorized

Dental erosion is the wearing away of tooth enamel by acid. The enamel is the hard outer coving that protects the outside of the tooth.

Symptoms of tooth erosion can range from sensitivity and discolouration or yellowing of the teeth to more severe problems such as cracking. Be sure to talk with us at Dr. Janushewski’s Simcoe dental office if you experience any of these symptoms.

How to prevent tooth erosion

After eating or drinking acidic foods or beverages, rinse your mouth with water so that the acid will be neutralized.

Wait at least an hour before brushing your teeth after consuming acidic foods or beverages to allow the teeth to remineralize after the acid exposure.

Use a straw when drinking carbonated beverages or other sweet drinks, such as natural fruit juices, which are very acidic. A straw enables the liquid to go quickly to the back of your mouth instead of washing over the teeth. Choose water whenever possible. 

Chewing sugar-free gum can help reduce dry mouth and increase the saliva flow, allowing for your teeth to remineralize.

Always use a soft toothbrush and toothpaste that contains fluoride. Fluoride can help to reduce tooth sensitivity.

Tooth erosion can occur from several different reasons, it’s important to talk with your dentist if you suspect that you might have tooth erosion. Dr. Janushewski and staff can also keep you informed of dental products that are designed specifically to help sensitivity caused by tooth erosion.

 

Your smile is the most important thing you put on every day. A nice big smile is inviting to the people around you. It emits confidence and makes people feel comfortable. Individuals are drawn to you. A smiling face tells people that you are an outgoing and bright character worth getting to know.

If you teeth are in need of repair or discolored you may hesitate to grin and show those pearly whites. If you find yourself wanting to cover up your smile, you could be holding yourself back in more ways than you realize. Did you know that by just smiling you can actually improve your mood, making you feel happier.

If you are self-conscious about your teeth make an appointment with one of the understanding dentist at Dr. Jaunshewskis Simcoe dental office to address your concerns. We can help bring back your confidence to smile. 

Your most attractive feature is your smile. Put your on today.



Teeth and Your Dreams

November 27, 2012 | Posted Uncategorized

Have you ever been awaken from a deep sleep startled and checking your teeth? Did you have that awful nightmare where all your teeth are rotting or falling out? We at Dr. jaunshewskis Simcoe Dental Office have. 

According to Lauri Loewenberg, a Certified Dream Analyst, dreaming that your teeth are falling out is quite common. Teeth dreams are among the top 10 most common things adult dream about.

So what do these dreams symbolize?

*Falling out teeth- points to all of our worries and anxieties that surround us in life and not being in control.  If you      are under a lot of pressure and are worried about the outcome its possible this dream may appear.

*If your teeth are chipped or broken - it could mean many things depending on the events that are happening right now in your life.  Broken or chipped dreams imply that something in your life needs more attention before it falls apart. 

*Rotting teeth - are the most disturbing and most common teeth dreams people tend to experience in their life time.  Usually rotting teeth dreams symbolize anxieties of the events and the people that surround them at this given moment.  Rotting means something is going bad and your involved, hence your teeth. 

*Pulling teeth - suggest that you are being pulled into something that you don’t like.

So the next time you dream your pearly white are falling out, take a deep breath, relax and examine what is happening in your life.

 

When it comes to Halloween we at Dr. Janushewskis Simcoe dental office know how exciting it is to get that big bag of candy and the thrill of devouring all those sweet treats.

It is also important for us as parents and caregivers to remember that a little sweet treat can cause havoc on the teeth.

Keeping up with regular oral care by maintaining your brushing and flossing routine is the single most important way to prevent tooth decay. Pay special attention to be sure the children are brushing at least twice a day for a full 2 minutes and that all areas of the mouth are cleaned.

While the candy is being consumed try to limit the intake of sugary drinks. Have your children drink water instead, remembering to offer a glass of water while the candy is being eaten.

Keep floss picks on hand to help remove hard candy that can get stuck between the teeth, which can cause cavities.

If you are sending a treat for lunch also include a piece of cheese to go with it since dairy acts as a buffer to the acids produced by oral bacteria, decreasing the possibility of tooth decay.

Set times when the treats can be consumed. Avoid having the candy in a place where it can be picked at continuously throughout the day, instead, have the treats after a meal. 

Dental Implants

September 18, 2012 | Posted Uncategorized

Do you have a tooth or teeth missing? Are you wondering what your treatment options may include? A dental implant might be the treatment option for you. Come see us at Dr. Janushewski’s  Simcoe Dental Office. We can help.

      A dental implant is the artificial replacement of the root of a natural tooth.

       Dental implants are permanent non-removable option to replace a missing tooth or teeth.

       Dental implants can be used to support crowns, implant-supported bridges or dentures. 

       Dental implants not only provide a tooth to chew and eat but also they help the body to retain the jaw bone.

 

If you are in good general health, have healthy gums and have enough bone in the jaw to hold an implant, dental implants might be right for you.

      If you are having an implant, we will refer you to a dental specialist who has further training in this area.

       The specialist will place the implant. You will return to our office to have the remainder of treatment completed.

       Several visits to your dentist or dental specialist will be needed until the process is done.

       You will need to take very good care of your implants.

       Checkups will be scheduled during the following year so your dentist can be sure your implants are working.       

Contact us at 519 426-2273 or dr.janushewski@me.com for more information or to schedule an appointment.

 

Is tooth decay on the rise?

August 09, 2012 | Posted Uncategorized

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the U.S. is experiencing an increase in the number of preschoolers who have cavities for the first time in 40 years. According to U.S. Statistics about 67 percent of 2- 4 year-olds have visible cavities. Dentists across the U.S. are reporting seeing more preschoolers, at all income levels, with multiple cavities. There has also been an increase amongst the number of teens and college age students with cavities as well.

Having cavities can cause future dental problems. Losing baby teeth prematurely can lead to permanent teeth that do not erupt properly. Another concern is the use of general anesthesia to drill and fill young children's teeth because they cannot sit still through the procedure because of their age.

 

The standard advice still holds: brush after meals, floss once a day, see your dentist for cleanings twice a year or more and watch sugar consumption.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ugQLL65BKc

Dental Science Experiment

August 02, 2012 | Posted Uncategorized

What you need:

  • 2 eggs (can be hard boiled)
  • Vinegar
  • 2 Containers
  • Fluoride toothpaste
 

1. Take one egg and coat it in your choice of toothpaste containing fluoride and let set for 24 hours 

2.  After 24 hours place each egg (one coated in toothpaste and one not) in separate jars containing vinegar.

3.  Observe the immediate effect. (Watch for the bubbling and reactions between the 2 diffrent eggs) 

4.  After 24 hours take the eggs out of the vinegar and observe the difference. 

The shell soaked in the fluoride will be hard. The egg shell not soaked in the fluoride will be soft, thus illustrating the acid resistant qualities of a fluoride-rich surface                                                                                                        

    

Your Toddlers Oral Care

June 28, 2012 | Posted Uncategorized

We often get questions from parents asking what they should be doing to look after their toddler’s teeth.

Here are some important things you can do:

Move your toddler from a bottle to a cup as soon as possible, no later than one year is best. 

Start brushing your toddler's teeth as soon as they start coming in. Let them get used to the idea of brushing

Limit sugar to mealtimes, this includes beverages containing sugar.

Once your toddler has teeth you want to start bringing them into the dentist.  Let the environment become a familiar setting for your toddler.

What to expect at the first visit.

Your toddler can expect to meet with a dental hygienist and a dentist at their first visit. A brief examination of the toddler's mouth will be completed. The hygienist will polish your toddler’s teeth.

The dentist will provide any finding to you after the exam. Such findings may include development of any conditions such as decay or oral habits. Dietary information and oral hygiene instructions will also be discussed. The dentist or hygienist will let you know how frequent your toddler should be seen and when to schedule the next appointment.

We at Dr. Jaunshewski’s Simcoe Dental office will give your toddler an age appropriate toothbrush and show your toddler to the treasure box where they can pick out a prize.

 

 

Here are some apps we found that we at Dr. Janushewski’s Simcoe dental office thought you might enjoy. 

BRUSH DJ – This app plays 2 minutes of music taken randomly from your music library to ensure you are brushing for the recommended time.

BRUSH IT UP – An app that teaches children how to brush their teeth.

DENTAL PHOBIA – Provides information about coping methods to help overcome your dental fear. 

GAS BUDDY – Give you the best prices at the pump for stations near you. Not dental related but very handy

A recent study published in Cancer, an American Cancer Society peer-reviewed journal, found that people with meningiomas are more likely to report that they have had certain dental radiographs.

Please check out this information published by the American Dental Association in regards to dental radiographs and the above mentioned study.

http://www.ada.org/news/6979.aspx

Dental radiographs play an important role in the early detection and treatment of oral health problems. Dental radiographs are taken based on the client’s individual needs.  If you have questions or concerns please speak with your oral care provider the next time you are in at Dr. Janushewski’s Simcoe dental office. 

When completing your medical history be sure to include everything. During your initial visit to our office you will be asked to complete a medical history form. It will include such questions as when was your last check-up, are you being treated for any ongoing conditions and are you taking any medications?

Every time you visit our dental office we will ask if there are any changes to your medical history since we last saw you.

You may be wondering why your dental care provider is asking such things as the medications you are taking, hospitalizations or surgeries and past or present medical conditions. You are most likely thinking I am just here for a cleaning or filling no big deal.

In most cases your dental treatment is completed without incident. Your health conditions may influence the way your dental treatment is provided to avoid any potential problems. What may seem insignificant to you may play an important role in your dental treatment plan.

Many factors can influence your dental treatment including heart conditions, allergies and medications, both prescription and over the counter. Your dentist wants to provide you with the best treatment options and safest dental care and that means starting with a comprehensive medical history.

An example of this would be planning treatment that may cause bleeding. Many factors can affect blood clotting such as medications or liver disease. Your oral care provider may need to contact your health care provider to help determine the best course of treatment.

Your medical and dental health is closely related. Each question on the health history form serves a purpose. It is very important that you accurately complete the health history form. If you have any questions or there is something you don’t understand do not hesitate to ask Dr. Janushewski or his team at our Simcoe dental office. 

There is often a lot of confusion around dental benefits. Many people don’t know what their plan covers, how much their yearly maximum is or how often they can come in and see the dentist.

There are many different factors affecting your dental benefits.

1. Annual Maximum – your insurance plan will have a set dollar amount that will be paid each year.  If you exceed this amount it will be your responsibility to pay the difference.

2. Benefit Year – it can be a calendar year (Jan-Dec) or rolling year starting from the initial visit. 

3. Units of Scale and Recall Exam-  different plans state different coverage for how often you can come in for a cleaning that will be covered (units of scale) and how often the dentist can do a recall/check-up exam (every 6, 9 or 12 months)          

4. Deductable- this is the amount the patient pays towards their total treatment before insurance coverage begins. This is usually paid by the patient at the beginning of the benefit year.

5. Co-Payment- this is the portion paid by the patient e.g. If your benefits cover 90% your co-pay is 10%.

6. Fee Schedule - this is the service fee set for every procedure and varies between the different plans.  You are responsible to pay the difference if your plan is not using the current fee schedule.

ASSIGNMENT - Some insurance plans offer assignment of benefits- if the patient wishes, and the insurance plan allow it, the insurance company may make payment directly to the dental office. The patient is only responsible to pay the difference (deductable or co-payment) portion of their bill for services rendered that day.

EDI- Electronic Data Interchange- filing of the billing for services rendered is done electronically if the insurance plan allow for this.

If you are unsure about any of the answers to these questions remember you can find the answers in the benefits section of your employee hand book or ask your human resources department. We at Dr. Janushewski’s Simcoe Dental Office will do what we can to help you as well. We can also send a pre-determination to your insurance company to get pre approval for coverage before treatment is rendered.  

 

A Canadian Tobacco Use Monitoring Survey from 2010 found that 4.7 million Canadians 15 years of age and older are still smoking. 

Tobacco use can increase your risk of gum disease which can lead to tooth loss. Tobacco use can also increase your risk of respiratory and cardiovascular disease as well as increasing your risk of many different cancers including lip and oral cancer.

47% of those 4.7 million have attempted to quit. If you have tried to quit or are thinking about quitting talk with your Oral Care Provider the next time you are in at Dr. Janushewski’s Simcoe Dental Office. We can help you. There are many aids available to help you quit. Let’s see if we can find the one that will work for you. 

Oral cancer is a broad term used to describe cancers of the lips and inside of the mouth including the tongue, checks, roof and floor of the mouth as well as the gums.

The following factors can increase your risk of oral cancers:

  • tobacco
  • alcohol
  • sun and ultraviolet radiation (for lip cancer only)
  • previous head and neck cancer
  • HPV infection

 

Early detection increases the chances of successful treatment.

 

The mouth can be examined by your oral care provider. The signs of oral cancer are often seen in the early stages of the disease during a routine checkup.

Possible symptoms of oral cancer include:

  • a sore that does not heal on the lip or in the mouth
  • a lump or thickening on the lips, gums or in the mouth
  • patches that are white or red (or both) inside the mouth or on the lips
  • bleeding or pain in the lip or mouth
  • loose teeth or dentures that no longer fit well
  • problems speaking clearly
  • a lump in the neck

 

These symptoms can be in response to other oral conditions as well. It is very important to have all oral concerns addressed by your oral care provider.

Treatment for oral cancer can include surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.

Next time you are at Dr. Janushewski's Simcoe Dental Office remember to tell your oral care provider of any concerns you may have.

 

Pregnancy and Your Oral Care

January 31, 2012 | Posted Uncategorized

So you have just found out you are expecting. What great news! Did you know that your oral care is of extreme importance during this exciting time? Preventive dental cleanings and checkups will help you maintain your overall health and the health of your new baby. The increase in hormone levels in your body during pregnancy can cause the gums to have an exaggerated reaction to the plaque present in your mouth. This can lead to gingivitis. Symptoms include red, swollen and bleeding gums.  

Proper brushing and flossing along with regular checkups can significantly reduce your risk of gingivitis. Choosing healthy snacks like apples, cheese and veggies can also help lower your risk.

When you come in to the office for your appointment be sure to let your dental care provider know you are expecting. Your dental care provider will only provided you with necessary treatment during your pregnancy. This will consist of cleanings, exams and any emergency treatment that might arise. All dental radiographs and fillings will be postponed until after you have had the baby. If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment please contact us at Dr. Janushewski’s Simcoe Dental Office.

 

The Spa Dent teeth whitening sysyem is now avalable at Dr. Janushewski's Simcoe Dental Office. Spa Dent whitening is an easy and convenient way to complete a session of in office whitening in as little as 30 minutes. With this system teeth will go from 2 - 8 shades whiter. Spa Dent is the number one whitening system for people with sensitive teeth.

Spa Dent whitening uses a cool blue LED light that activates the product for a faster and longer lasting result. There is virtually no sensitivity because of the chemical potassium nitrate that is used in toothpastes to eliminate sensitivity that may occur. We recommend that you get your teeth cleaned before getting the whitening done for best results.

Spa Dent offers two treatment options.

Regular strength whitening is available for $79.00 and takes 20 minutes

Extra strength whitening is available for $99.00 and takes 30 minutes

For more information visit  The Spa Dent website

Or contact Dr. Janushewski & Associates

519-426-2273

Nitrous Oxide use in Dentistry

December 21, 2011 | Posted Uncategorized

Nitrous oxide also known as laughing gas was first used in dentistry back in 1844 but did not be become a common practice until1863. 

The inhalation of nitrous oxide through a face mask can enhance patient comfort and relieve anxiety. The administration of nitrous oxide is monitored by the dentist. The effects of the nitrous oxide stop almost immediately once the mask is removed.

 Well being treated with nitrous oxide you may feel a warm tingling sensation in your arms and legs as well as a feeling of floating. 

Nitrous oxide works very rapidly, the depth of sedation can be altered from moment to moment, and there’s no “hangover” effect. 

If this sounds like something that will help you ease you dental anxiety and make your visit to our Simcoe dental office more pleasant, please speak with Dr. Janushewski or any member of our oral health care team.

Dental Fear

December 06, 2011 | Posted Uncategorized

When faced with the choice of enduring a bad tooth ache or going to the dentist, many people try to ride out the bad tooth ache.

There are a number of reasons people do not like going to the dentist. Fear and anxiety can cause you to postpone your dental appointment. The longer you wait the harder it is. You start to wonder what the dentist might find.  Will you have a cavity, or worse need a root canal. Some of the most common reason people fear the dentist include: a previous bad experience, the sound of the drill, the water making you feel like you are drowning and of course the NEEDLE.

 

Give us a call at Dr. Jaunshewski’s Simcoe Dental Office. We will help you to work through the anxiety holding you back so you can get the dental care you need. 

Dry Mouth

November 15, 2011 | Posted Uncategorized

Have you ever experience the following: Burning sensation of the tongue, difficulty with speech, difficulty wearing dentures, often thirsty, dry cracked lips, cracking at the corner of your mouth or your tongue is stuck to the roof of your mouth on awakening 

You may be experiencing dry mouth. Good saliva flow is necessary for chewing and swallowing of food. 

Causes of dry mouth can include age, systemic diseases such as diabetes, radiation treatment to the head and neck region, depression, alcoholism, pernicious anemia, menopause, vitamin A & B complex deficiency, and over 250 drugs have been implicated to cause dry mouth.

Some of the things you can do to help ease you dry mouth are: Frequent sips of water- carry a water bottle when leaving the house, suck on lemon sugar free candies and lozenges or chew sugarless gum – avoid any sugar containing items as they will increase your risk of caries, suck on ice chips, keep fluids at bedside at night and increase humidity of the room, sauces, gravies and dressings will help to moisten foods and make them easier to swallow, milk has been proposed as a saliva substitute, purchase saliva substitutes such as Biotene and limit the amount of caffeine foods in the diet

If you would like more information please feel free to contact Dr. Janushewski or your Dental Hygienist at our Simcoe Dental Office 519 426-2273


What are you rinsing for?

October 04, 2011 | Posted Uncategorized

To Rinse or Not to Rinse

Did you know that using mouthwash can greatly improve your overall oral health? By selecting an antiseptic, alcohol free mouthwash you can reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth. By reducing the bacteria you improve the state of the tissues in your mouth which in turn reduces bleeding. Less bleeding and bacteria then enters the blood stream also improve your overall health.

 At Dr. Janushewsis Simcoe Dental Office we look for the following in a mouthwash?

  1. You want it to be alcohol free
  2. You want it to be antiseptic
  3. You want to use it as directed

 

 When added to your daily routine of brushing and flossing, it is a powerful combination to combat gingivitis and periodontitis which cause bad breath.  So start swishing!

Sports Guards

September 19, 2011 | Posted Uncategorized

A sports guard also known as a mouth guard or mouth protector servers the purpose of protecting the teeth, lips, cheeks and tongue from injury.  Sports guards also help cushion blows to the head region that might otherwise cause concussions, fractures and neck injuries.

In older children and adults, sports injuries are common. Dentists estimate that between 13% and 39% of dental injuries occur while playing sports. About 80% of all dental injuries affect at least one of the front teeth.

SafeChild.net reports that sixty percent of organized sports-related injuries occur during practice rather than during games. Safety precautions are always necessary!

Mouth guards come in two forms custom fit and readymade. Both forms provide protection but vary in cost, fit and comfort.

A custom fit mouth guard involves going to see your dentist and having an impression taken. The sports guard is made from a mould that is an exact replica of your mouth. This type of sports guard tends to fit better and is more comfortable.

A readymade mouth guard is purchased from a store that carries sporting equipment. These types are less desirable because you are forced to wear the pre-determined size. This may cause it not to fit as well, be less comfortable and in turn less likely to be worn.

Please feel free to contact us at Dr. Jaunshewki's Simcoe Dental Office with any questions you may have.

Dental Specialists

August 24, 2011 | Posted Uncategorized

Some times when you come to see Dr. Janushewski, Dr. Malik or Dr. Marchand, at the Simcoe dental office with a concern, it may be necessary for the dentist to refer you to a specialist. While general dentist are capable of doing a wide variety of procedures sometime a patient presents with a challenge beyond the normal scope of practice. There is a variety of specialists out there that excel at different dental procedures. A dental specialist continues their education after dental school for an additional 2-4 years and concentrates on a particular area of treatment to become highly skilled in a specific field. Your dentist has your best interest in mind when referring you to a specialist. When being referred out of our office for treatment we will call and set up a consultation appointment with the required specialist as well as send any current radiographs that the specialist request. After your appointment with the specialist you will return to our office for regular dental care. The specialist will send a report telling us what treatment was provided.

Endodontist specialize in root canals. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of wisdom teeth removal, dental implants, TMJ disorders, facial trauma, corrective jaw surgery and oral pathology. Orthodontists specialize in providing diagnosis and treatment of the teeth, jaw and facial irregularities to straighten teeth.  Pediatric dentists specialize in treating infants, children, adolescents and special-needs patients. Periodontists specialize in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of disease of the gum and bone structure surrounding the teeth.

 

 

Choosing the Right Toothbrush

August 23, 2011 | Posted Uncategorized

The first nylon toothbrush was invented in the 1930s.  Now there are so many different variations out there it can be overwhelming to know which one to choose. The best toothbrush is one that fits your mouth and allows you to reach all teeth easily. It is not the brand of toothbrush that is important but the type of bristle and the size of the head.

At Dr. Janushewski’s Simcoe Dental Office we recommend a soft bristled brush with a small head. The soft bristles allow you to clean your teeth without doing damage. A small size head allows for easier access to all the small areas hiding in your mouth.

Comfort is key, if you don’t like it you will not use it and the most important quality of your toothbrush is that you use it a minimum of 2x/day