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Bad Breath
Bad breath is a common condition that can occur with anyone. If the symptoms persist, the condition requires attention from a doctor or dentist as figuring out the cause may be complex. Chronic bad breath, or halitosis, can be difficult to hide with breath fresheners like mouthwash or chewing gum, which may only provide temporary relief. For many people, bad breath may be as simple as a result of leftover food particles in their teeth on their gums, tongue or trapped between teeth. Dead and dying bacterial cells release a sulfur compound that gives your breath an unpleasant odor. Certain foods, such as garlic and onions, can also contribute to bad breath. Proper daily hygiene such as brushing teeth and flossing may be enough to eliminate bad breath.

In other cases, bad breath may develop because of other health issues like diabetes or gastrointestinal problems that have not been diagnosed. Bad breath may also be caused by medications you are taking, including central nervous system agents, anti-Parkinson drugs, antihistamines/decongestants, anti-psychotics, anti-cholinergics, narcotics, anti-hypertensives, and anti-depressants. With proper diagnosis, bad breath can be a thing of the past.

Cavities & Tooth Decay
When teeth are neglected, tooth decay can occur and affect the inner and outer layers of teeth. Cavities are permanently damaged areas in the hard surface of your teeth. These areas deteriorate and develop into little holes and pits. Certain drinks and foods containing sugars and starches tend to affect the tooth enamel because of the formation of plaque build-up that forms on teeth. Plaque contains acid, which clings to teeth and breaks down the enamel of teeth resulting in a cavity. Cavities can occur at any age if you have teeth. Even babies who have teeth can get cavities if the bacteria linger in their mouth.

Cavities occur because of tooth decay. A dentist can discover a cavity via an x-ray or the naked eye. Depending on how far the cavity has advanced will determine the appropriate treatment.

Some symptoms of cavities and tooth decay:

  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Tooth ache that can occur at any time without any apparent cause
  • Staining on a tooth (black, brown or white)
  • Pain while biting down
  • Visible holes or pits on the surface of the tooth
  • Mild to sharp pain in the teeth while eating

Risk factors:

  • Decay usually occurs in the back teeth which have lots of grooves and pits. They are also harder to clean
  • Consumption of sugary foods that cling to your teeth
  • Frequent snacking
  • Improper brushing
  • Lack of fluoride
  • More frequent in children and teenagers and older adults
  • Dry Mouth
  • Worn out fillings or other dental devices
  • Heartburn
  • Eating Disorders

In the case of advanced tooth decay, a toothache may occur. A toothache develops because the decayed tooth becomes sensitive to sugary as well as hot and cold foods and drinks. The early stages of a cavity may only require a filling. If left untreated, additional, more costly treatments may be required.

If you suspect you might have a cavity, consult one our dental professionals today and we will determine the necessary treatment. Your tooth and gum health are our top priority, so call and book an appointment with one of our dentists at Glenashton Dental Centre.

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Baby bottle tooth decay occurs in children between the ages of 12 months to 3 years, who are given a bottle containing juice or milk at bedtime. To help prevent tooth decay, omitting juice and milk at bedtime is recommended and should be substituted for water.

Baby teeth are very important. They are used for chewing, speaking and smiling. They are usually lost and replaced by adult teeth.

If baby bottle tooth decay occurs, your child’s teeth may need to be removed. Baby bottle tooth decay can also cause your child to develop poor eating habits and have damaged adult teeth.

Baby bottle tooth decay can help be prevented with a few steps:

  • Wipe the baby’s gums with a clean washcloth or gauze pad after every feeding
  • Brush your child’s teeth without toothpaste when his or her first tooth comes in
  • Massage and clean gums in areas without teeth
  • Floss the baby’s teeth once all of his or her teeth come in

Call our dentist to book an appointment so we can take care of your baby’s oral health right from the beginning. Within six months of your baby’s first tooth coming in, or by one year of age, it is time for your baby’s first dental exam. We can share important information with you about the correct way of taking care of your baby’s teeth and also helping them developed good oral hygiene right from the beginning.

Gum Disease  

Gum disease, also called Gingivitis or Periodontal disease (advanced stages ), occurs due to an infection of tissue and bones that support teeth. However, with good oral home care and regular dental visits, gum disease can be treated and even be prevented.

Some factors that can be contributors to gum disease are:

  • Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Stress
  • Poor nutrition
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Obesity
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Clenching and grinding teeth
  • Certain medications
  • Hormonal changes
  • Conditions that cause decreased immunity

Some symptoms of gingivitis / periodontitis include:

  • Red, swollen, puffy gums
  • Bright red, purplish or dusky red gums
  • Gums that are tender upon touch
  • Spitting out blood while brushing or flossing
  • Bad breath
  • Loose teeth or loss of teeth
  • Pain during chewing food
  • Receding gums

Gingivitis occurs due to a formation of plaque buildup on teeth. The dental professional looking after you will be able to recommend the appropriate course of treatment, which may involve oral medication, or possibly a surgical procedure. Without early detection and treatment, periodontal disease can turn into periodontitis, which can result in the loss of teeth.

Call Glenashton Dental Centre today @ (905) 842-5500 and book an appointment. Our experienced and dedicated dental team will address your teeth and gum health. Let us help you keep your teeth and gums healthy for years to come.

Although doctors do not know the exact reason why Bruxism happens, but it may be due to physical, psychological and/or genetic factors. If you see your child grinding teeth at night, be sure to mention it to the dentist. It is important that a dentist diagnose and recommend the necessary steps to treat bruxism. Teeth grinding can lead to problems with the jawbone, cause hearing loss and even change one's facial appearance.

Our dental experts care about your well-being and will have an in-depth conversation with you regarding bruxism. Our dentists will help you identify the cause of your bruxism, and provide a necessary course of treatment. Call us today to book an appointment with one of our specialists .

Please give our office a call @ (905) 842-5500 today to book an appointment so we can help you maintain your teeth


333 Glenashton Dr Unit 3,
Oakville, ON, L6H 7P6