Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Why Oral Hygiene Appointments are Important?

Proper oral hygiene is important not only for your appearance, but also for your overall health. Improper oral hygiene may lead to infection, gum disease, bone and tooth loss, circulation and cardiovascular disease, and even strokes.

Why is cleaning part of good oral hygiene?

Oral Cancer
As part of the cleaning process, you are also screened for oral cancer, which is curable if diagnosed and treated early.

Gum Disease
If gum disease is diagnosed early, it can be reversed through treatment. Gum disease is caused by infection in the gum tissue and bone, eventually leading to tooth loss. Regular dental cleanings - and checkups - help to prevent gum disease.

Your Teeth
Regular dental cleanings, along with checkups, brushing, and flossing, are important to let you keep your own teeth for as long as possible, and helping you to maintain your normal chewing function and overall good health.

Good Physical Health
Heart attacks and strokes have recently been linked to gum disease, which in turn is often a result of poor oral hygiene. Periodic dental cleanings help to maintain healthy gums and teeth and may reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Good Oral Health
During dental cleanings, the hygienist can let you know if you're maintaining good oral health, and make appropriate suggestions if you're not.

Early Detection of Dental Problems
Any possible problems can be detected during dental cleanings, allowing for proper and timely treatment. Minor problems such as cavities or early gum disease can be treated and do not have to become major problems.

Most tobacco, coffee, and tea stains can be removed during cleanings. Your teeth are also polished and shined. The end result is a whiter, brighter smile - and a brighter you!

As you can see, having your teeth examined and cleaned on a regular schedule is important for both your health and your appearance. If we haven't seen your smile in while, give us a call. We'd be happy to have you in our office to ensure that your smile is healthy and living up to its full potential!

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Same faces, New Roles!

A note from Dr. Librach and Dr. Millman...

Dear patient, as of April 1st, Nicole, our office manager of over 30 years will be stepping back from her role as our leader. Don't worry she is not leaving but she has decided to take a more defined position as our Accounts Manager. To fill her position, we are excited to announce that Connie, our long time Treatment Coordinator, will now lead our team as Practice Director. Connie brings more than 30 years' experience in dental administration and a wealth of leadership experience. Along with Natasha, as Administrative Coordinator and Melanie, as Clinical Administrator, we are now ready to take on the future. Many thanks to Nicole for her past service and her continued success in her new role. And to Connie, Natasha and Melanie, congratulations on your promotions, you all deserve it!
Mark Librach and Steven Millman
Practice Director
Administrative Coordinator
Clinical Administrator

A note from our new Practice Director...

I would like to thank Drs. Librach and Millman and the entire staff at Dentistry on Dundas, for giving me the opportunity to lead us into the future. This is a great place to work because of people who are employed here. I have always admired the dedication and work ethic of everyone but especially Nicole. She has been a mentor and friend to all of us. We are lucky to have Nicole staying on board, not just because of her great wit and homemade cheesecake, but for her immense experience and knowledge.

I would also like to congratulate my co-workers Melanie and Natasha. They are strong choices to move into higher management with endless 'know-how' to offer. Natasha brings management experience and is highly organized. She graduated from Durham College's dental reception program in the spring of 2013 with honours. She is dedicated and shows enthusiasm with everything she takes on. Melanie graduated from dental assisting in 2003 and upgraded to Level II in 2006. She works in various areas of the practice with experience assisting in periodontal surgery, dental implants and oral surgery. Her initiative and experience provide an abundance of knowledge in running the clinical area of our practice.  As a team we will work well complimenting each other's strengths.

For myself, I hope to bring positive leadership to the practice and encourage ongoing communication. Effective communication will help to foster good relationships to ensure we achieve our goals. I will continue with treatment coordinating, marketing and practice development.

As a patient, you can continue to expect the highest level of professionalism and care at Dentistry on Dundas. As always, we are focused on you and your families.

Connie - Practice Director

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Your Dentist's Top Ten List

  1. Dental Checkups Include Oral Cancer Screenings.

    Dental checkups include screenings for oral cancer, a serious oral disease of the mouth, lips, or throat. Like most cancers, it is treatable if detected early.

  2. Gum (Periodontal) Disease Affects Your Overall Health.

    One of the principal causes of tooth loss; gum disease has also been linked to other diseases, such as diabetes. If detected early, it can be treated quite effectively.

  3. Dental Cleanings and Checkups are Extremely Important to your Well-being.

    Your dentist wants to prevent problems before they happen - regular checkups and cleanings will help to maintain your teeth and gums.

  4. Brush and Floss Twice Daily.

    This helps to prevent cavities by removing the plaque which causes tooth decay. This daily practice is extremely important in preventing gum disease.

  5. Bad Breath.

    This could be the result of a dental problem. In most situations, there is a direct link between bad breath and a dental condition. Mouthwash will only mask the problem, not treat it.

  6. Proper Nutrition is Important for Good Dental Health.

    High sugar levels combined with the bacteria in your mouth and may cause tooth decay and gum disease.

  7. Dental Problems Do Not Get Better or Go Away Without Treatment.

    If your dentist recommends a treatment plan for you, ignoring it will not solve the problem.

  8. A Root Canal is Not as Painful.

    Root canal treatments are sometimes necessary to save a tooth. Given today's technology, these treatments are often comfortable and can be anxiety free.

  9. You Should Change Your Toothbrush Every Three Months.

    Bacteria from your teeth transfers to your toothbrush - if you have gum disease, the rate of this transfer increases. You must change your tooth brush to limit this transfer of bacteria.

  10. Maintaining Good Dental Health is Easy.

    Brushing twice daily, flossing daily, having regular dental checkups and cleanings, and a proper diet leads to healthy teeth and gums!

Your oral health is integral to your overall health and often offers advance warnings of other serious medical conditions. Make sure you visit us if you have any concerns about your oral health and remember the importance of your routinely scheduled checkups.