Taking your child to the dentist can be a difficult experience if he is feeling anxious about the appointment. There are varying degrees of dental anxiety and phobia. At the extreme, a person with dental phobia may never see a dentist. Others may force themselves to go, but they may not sleep the night before. It’s not uncommon for people to feel sick — or, in some cases, to actually get sick — while they’re in the waiting room.
Dental phobia, like other mental disorders, can be treated. Without treatment, dental phobia is likely to get worse over time. That’s partly because emotional stress can make dental visits more uncomfortable than they need to be.
Some of the signs of dental phobia include:
- You feel tense or have trouble sleeping the night before a dental exam.
- You get increasingly nervous while you’re in the waiting room.
- You feel like crying when you think of going to the dentist. The sight of dental instruments — or of white-coated personnel in the dentist’s office — increases your anxiety.
- The thought of a dental visit makes you feel physically ill.
- You panic or have trouble breathing when objects are placed in your mouth during a dental appointment.
So what can you do as a parent to help ease his mind? Here are a few tips that can help provide some comfort to your child and make his visit much more pleasant.
Talk to Your Child
Talking to your child about his anxiety may not only help him feel better, but it can also help you understand the root cause of his fear. Perhaps a classmate shared a scary experience or your child watched something disturbing about teeth on television. When bringing up the topic, choose a quiet time when you’re not distracted so you can give him your full attention. Also, don’t make light of his fear; let him know that you understand. You could also share a fear of yours to show him that you’ve been in that situation too. This is a great way to build trust with your child and get him to open up to you. With a better understanding of the problem, you will be able to deal with the underlying issues.
Make It a Family Affair
The presence of a parent or even a sibling can help comfort your little one. Scheduling an appointment for both your child and a family member is one way to show him that he is not alone. Children often like to copy their older siblings and want to be just like them, so having your child watch his brother or sister in the dentist’s chair can give him that extra boost of confidence he needs. And when it’s his turn to sit in the chair, you and his sibling can cheer him on from the sidelines.
Talk to Your Dr. Jaleel
It is worth mentioning your child’s anxiety to Dr. Jaleel before the appointment. We can cater the appointment to timid patients by providing some toys in the examination room or setting aside a little extra time beforehand to talk to your little one. Sometimes it takes just a little preparation ahead of time to make your child’s dentist visit a lot more enjoyable.
Your child may never be fully comfortable visiting the dentist, but hopefully with some of these suggestions you can reduce his anxiety.
When traveling or otherwise busy, it can be easy to lose sight of how you should care for your toiletries. If your toothbrush is not properly cared for, microorganisms can build up and have an adverse effect on both your oral and overall health, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). So, protecting your toothbrush and toothpaste, with something like a travel toothpaste holder, will help you maintain good oral care while on the go.
Why Protect Your Brushing Tools?
Most people know protecting their toothbrush is imperative to good oral care. You don’t want to expose the bristles to an unclean area that’s susceptible to dirt or debris, like the bottom of a purse or even an old travel case. But protecting your toothpaste is just as important. Caps can fall off or get lost, and in the bathroom, the area around your sink is a particularly high-traffic area for germs, according toHealthline.com. Though it might seem logical to place your toothpaste on or in your toothbrush holder, you run the risk of picking up more germs.
If you’re traveling or on the go, it can be doubly challenging to think about protecting your toothbrush and toothpaste, given that your regular routine might be disrupted. But it’s even more important to kick your oral care into a higher gear when away from home. Your immune system can take a hit from travel fatigue, according to the Mayo Clinic, and exposure to sick travelers or other stressors can make it harder for your body to ward off bacterial illnesses.
Don’t: Try Makeshift Storage
If you move around on busy work days and brush your teeth after lunch, there are habits you should avoid to help you protect your supplies. It’s common to wrap your toothbrush in tissue or aluminum foil, but you run the risk of damaging the bristles and getting it dirty. That’s true for your toothpaste, too, where the cap can pick up debris in a case or bag. Get in the habit of storing your travel bag and belongings in one place to lower the chances of losing or contaminating them.
Don’t: Store Forever
Don’t keep your toothbrush or toothpaste stored in a travel container for long periods of time, either. Moist places are breeding grounds for germs and mircoorganisms. Consider storing them away from the bathroom, where germs are more prevalent. You’ll go through your toothpaste more quickly than your toothbrush, but make a calendar reminder every three months to dispose of these items – as well as their holders – as germs can always build up.
Do: Separate Your Items From Others
Keep your toothbrush separated from other toothbrushes. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends you allow your brush to dry prior to putting it away, so bacteria doesn’t build up. But make sure your brush is kept apart from the rest of your family’s to decrease the risk of spreading sickness.
Do: Use Holders for Both Products
Use a travel toothpaste holder and travel toothbrush holder. But make sure to rinse both under water, just as you would your toothbrush after using it. Though you might be traveling to various places, set up a system for your daily care, like bringing tissue to cover a surface where you can set your brush down to dry, prior to placing it back in its respective holder.
By getting in the habit of protecting your toothpaste and toothbrush when traveling, you’re effectively supporting great oral care.
To understand what happens when your teeth decay, it’s helpful to know what’s in your mouth naturally. Here are a few of the elements:
- Saliva — Your mouth and teeth are constantly bathed in saliva. We never give much thought to our spit, but this fluid is remarkable for what it does to help protect our oral health. Saliva keeps teeth and other parts of your mouth moist and washes away bits of food. Saliva contains minerals that strengthen teeth. It includes buffering agents. They reduce the levels of acid that can decay teeth. Saliva also protects against some viruses and bacteria.
- Plaque — Plaque is a soft, gooey substance that sticks to the teeth a bit like jam sticks to a spoon. Like the slime that clings to the bottom of a swimming pool, plaque is a type of biofilm. It contains large numbers of closely packed bacteria, components taken from saliva, and bits of food. Also in the mix are bacterial byproducts and white blood cells. Plaque grows when bacteria attach to the tooth and begin to multiply. Plaque starts forming right after a tooth is cleaned. Within an hour, there’s enough to measure. As time goes on, the plaque thickens. Within two to six hours, the plaque teems with bacteria that can cause cavities and periodontal (gum) disease.
- Calculus — If left alone long enough, plaque absorbs minerals from saliva. These minerals form crystals and harden into calculus. Then new plaque forms on top of existing calculus. This new layer can also become hard.
- Bacteria — We have many types of bacteria in our mouths. Some bacteria are good; they help control destructive bacteria. When it comes to decay, Streptococcus mutans and Lactobacilli are the bacteria that cause the most damage to teeth.
How Your Teeth Decay
The bacteria in your mouth need food to live and multiply. When you eat sugary foods, or even starches such as rice, the bacteria use them as food, too. The bacteria then produce acids that can dissolve tooth enamel (outer layer of the tooth).
It’s not just candy and ice cream we’re talking about. All carbohydrate foods eventually break down into simple sugars. Some of this process begins in the mouth.
Foods that break down into simple sugars in the mouth are called fermentable carbohydrates. These include the obvious sugary foods, such as cookies, cakes, soft drinks and candy. But they also include pretzels, crackers, bananas, potato chips and breakfast cereals.
Bacteria in your mouth turn the sugars in these foods into acids. These acids begin to dissolve the mineral crystals in teeth. The more times you eat each day, the more times your teeth are exposed to an acid attack.
This attack can lead to tooth decay, also known as dental caries or cavities. First, the acid begins to dissolve calcium and phosphate crystals inside a tooth. A white spot may appear on the enamel in this weakened area. But the loss of minerals develops beneath the surface of the enamel. The surface may still be smooth.
At this stage, the tooth can be repaired with the help of fluoride, proteins and minerals (calcium and phosphate) in the saliva. The saliva also helps reduce the acid levels from bacteria that attack the tooth.
Once the decay breaks through the enamel to cause a cavity, the damage is permanent. It is important to get immediate treatment with Dr. Jaleel. Left untreated, the decay will get worse. It can destroy a tooth all the way through the enamel, through the inside dentin layer and down to the pulp or nerve of the tooth. That’s why it is important to treat caries at a very early stage, when the process can be reversed.
Do you or your family members get cavities often? Dental research has found out that certain factors can affect your risk of tooth decay. These factors include:
- The current number of decayed or filled teeth
- Your fluoride exposure, including fluoride in drinking water, toothpaste and rinses, and fluoride treatments in the dental office
- Parents or siblings with dental decay
- How well you take care of your teeth
- The amount of saliva and the balance of minerals, enzymes and buffering agents it contains
- How often and what types of foods you eat
Ask Dr. Jaleel, your Ottawa dentist about the best ways to reduce your risks and limit dental decay.
To prevent your teeth from decaying, you can do three things:
- Strengthen your teeth’s defenses with fluoride, sealants and agents that contain calcium and phosphate ions.
- Have Dr. Jaleel or one of our dental hygienists place sealants on your back teeth.
- Reduce the number of bacteria in your mouth.
Most importantly, visit Dr. Jaleel regularly at the Fairlawn Dental Clinic in Nepean. We can find any decay early, when it can be treated and reversed.
Is juicing as good for you as its fans claim? It’s no secret that consuming fresh fruits and vegetables is part of a healthy, balanced diet. Yet many of us often find it challenging to get our daily intake. Juicing, the process of extracting the juice from fruits and vegetables, has become popular because it makes consuming multiple fruits and vegetables ultra-convenient. Some juicing proponents claim the liquid form allows the body to more readily absorb the antioxidants and nutrients. And juicing has gained a reputation for being a cure-all for what ails you, with juice cleanses, home juicers and juice bars popping up all over. But just how healthy is drinking juice made from fresh fruits and vegetables? And what about lemon water? Dr. Jaleel, your Ottawa dentist is here to set things straight.
Juicing and Oral Health
Consuming fresh juice with an at-home juicer or purchasing cold-pressed juices to drink on the go can really benefit people who normally struggle to eat vegetables and fruit. However, the ideal way to benefit from their nutrients is by eating them, not drinking them. Juicing in moderation is fine, but if juice is consumed in place of a meal, and this is happening more than two or three times a week, there may be some unwanted health implications. Why? When we drink juice, even juice made from fresh, healthy ingredients, we’re essentially consuming liquid sugar, which is quickly ingested by the body. Liquid travels and is absorbed by the digestive tract much faster than nutrients from solid foods. This means a faster uptake of sugar into the blood stream, and that is usually not a good thing as it leads to more insulin production.
Frequently replacing meals with juice can also be damaging to your oral health. Consuming juice creates a very acidic oral environment, and if it is the only nutrient at a meal, it takes a long time for the saliva to return to neutral pH. When the pH of saliva drops below 5.5, enamel begins to erode or dissolve away, making it more susceptible to damage from eating hard or abrasive foods or from simply brushing your teeth.
Lemon Water and Oral Health
Many people drink lemon water (warm water with the juice of a fresh lemon squeezed into it) first thing in the morning, a habit, like juicing, that claims to do everything from clear your skin to boost your immune system to help you lose weight. If squeezing a fresh lemon into a glass of water is perceived to be a cure for so many things, and it’s less time-consuming and more affordable than juicing, no wonder people are doing it. However, any health benefits are purely anecdotal, and few, if any, recent scientific studies suggest that drinking lemon water is as beneficial as the claims.There hasn’t been any clinical studies that show drinking lemon water helps with weight management, boosts your metabolism or your immune system or improves your overall health. What studies do show is that drinking water can increase your feeling of satiety, which may help with weight management, but no studies show that the addition of lemon juice has any impact.
As with juicing, drinking lemon water is all about moderation, and it’s important to seek the advice of health professionals. Lemon juice is acidic and contains sugar, so it makes the mouth acidic, lowering the pH level in the mouth and softening enamel, making teeth more susceptible to damage. If you choose to drink lemon water, Dr. Jaleel recommends using a straw to reduce your teeth’s exposure to the acid; rinsing your mouth with plain water afterward to remove any lingering acid; and refraining from brushing your teeth right away. Tooth-brushing should be avoided for at least one hour after consuming lemon water. This will allow the tooth surface to reharden and be able to resist the abrasion or wear from the toothbrush.
With the arrival of Victoria Day, Ottawa and its surrounding areas are beginning to blossom. What is better than spending a nice weekend exploring the sights and sounds of Ottawa in June? Having been a dentist in the Ottawa-Nepean region for over 20 years, Dr. Jaleel knows where to be in June to have maximal family fun. Here are a few things around Ottawa you can do in June of 2016.
May 28-29, 2016: Ottawa Tamarack Race Weekend
The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is Canada’s largest running weekend. In 2015, more than 49,000 people participated in six events over the weekend, Participants can run a variety of distance, including 2k, 5k, 10k, half marathon and a full marathon. If running is not your thing, you can join in the celebration. Free concerts are open to the community at large and will take place in the heart of Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend festivities at Ottawa City Hall’s Festival Plaza.
Here is the line-up:
Friday May 27
7:30-8:15 p.m. – Still Winter Hills
8:45-9:45 p.m. – Michel Pagliaro
Saturday May 28
3:10-3:55 p.m. – Amanda Lowe
4:15-5:00 p.m. – Safekeeping
5:15-6:00 p.m. – The Ven Dreddies
6:45-7:30 p.m. – Lost To The River
8:00-9:00 p.m. – Hollerado
Sunday May 29
11:00-12:00 p.m. – Dance Commander
12:15-1:15 p.m. – The Jivewires
June 3-5, 2016: Westfest
Located at Laroche Park (52 Bayview Road Ottawa, Ontario), Westfest is a free event full of music performances, Spoken Word Poetry slam, and celebration of Indigenous culture. Each year more than 100,000 people attend Westfest during the outdoor, three-day celebration of Canadian art and culture. As a free multidisciplinary art festival dedicated to showcasing Canadian artists.
June 22-26, 2016: Ottawa Ribfest
If you want to experience ribs from all over North America, join fellow rib enthusiasts on Spark Street at the end of June. Come out to find your new favourite BBQ ribs!
June 23-26, 2016: Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival
If BBQ ribs aren’t your thing, maybe the spirit of Dragon Boating will boost our energy. There is fun for the entire family, including, high-intensity boat racing, free concerts with great performers, a children’s activity area and great food, drinks and vendors. You and your family can meet some scaly friends Saturday at 9 am, with Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo, or ready to be enchanted by Ottawa’s most authentic fairytale princesses, with beautiful characters that look like they have stepped off the pages of your favourite stories! Meet Ariel, Cinderella, Elsa and Anna Saturday at noon, or Sunday at 3:00 pm. There are a lot more fun activities happening; please visit the Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival website to find out more. Join us at Mooney’s Bay Park on Riverside Drive Ottawa, Ontario
June 23 – July 3, 2016: TD Jazz Festival
Let’s wind down from an exerlierating June with some jazz. From the avant-garde to big band and swing, come enjoy musical stylings to suit any jazz aficionado!
Confederation Park – main site and several satellite locations corner of Elgin and Laurier Ottawa, Ontario
When you hear the word “X-ray,” there’s a tendency to envision a youngster sitting around an ER waiting to see if he or she has a broken bone incurred playing sports or just horsing around. But X-rays are just as important to Dr. Jaleel’s Ottawa office as they are to those of orthopedists. A teeth X-ray is invaluable to any dentist in the maintenance of good oral health when treating a patient. Here’s exactly what they are and how Dr. Jaleel incorporate them into her practices.
Dr. Jaleel will visually examines all aspects of your teeth and gums during a typical checkup. A teeth X-ray, however, is a diagnostic tool that allows Dr. Jaleel to gauge your mouth health through factors he can’t see with the naked eye. Also called radiographs, X-rays can reveal common issues such as cavities, tooth decay and periodontal disease, all the way to more complex problems such as jaw infections and oral cysts. X-rays aren’t just for adults though. Dr. Jaleel takes x-rays of childrens’ teeth for some of the same reasons as adults but also some different reasons.
CHILDREN AND THE DENTIST
Dr. Jaleel’s goal is to help her patients, whether adult or child, exercise and maintain good oral health. Children need to understand that a trip to the dentist is a good thing. But some children have an irrational fear of visiting the dentist. That’s where Mom and Dad come in. Dr. Jaleel has some tips you can help your child ease his fears about a dental check-up:
- Start bringing your child at a young age so that dental visits become common place. Once your youngster’s teeth start to appear or by the time he turns one-year-old, whichever comes first, you should schedule his first check-up.
- Ask Dr. Jaleel if you can bring your child by for a visit before the actual day of his appointment. This will provide a sense of comfort when he sees the surroundings and meets the staff.
- If your child is nervous or anxious during his exam, hold his hand. The reassurance he gets from mom or dad will help put him at ease.
- Schedule your child’s appointments with the same hygienist. This will help your child develop a comfort level.
Reasons for Child Teeth X-Rays
Your little one might be wondering why teeth X-rays are necessary, especially if his baby teeth will eventually fall out. Some of the reasons for requiring X-rays differ from those if adults.
- Reveal how baby teeth erupt through a child’s gums.
- Observe the number, size and location of teeth that have yet to erupt through the gums.
- Determine if your child has any extra or missing teeth.
- Identify existing infections in new teeth.
- Prepare for braces, if necessary.
X-Ray Safety for Children
Despite the small amount of radiation used in the contemporary X-ray, some parents might be hesitant to let their children undergo this exam. If you’re concerned, you should feel free to say so to your child’s dentist. Dr. Jaleel recommends the following to minimize radiation exposure to children:
- Leaded thyroid collars and aprons just like the ones used for adults.
- Take X-rays based on need as opposed to annual routines.
- Perform X-rays with exposure times suitable for children.
- Use the latest techniques and up-to-date equipment.
The best way to maintain a healthy mouth starts at home with regular brushing and flossing. But when it’s time for a checkup, a teeth X-ray serves a crucial role in helping Dr. Jaleel provide the best possible care for patients like you. If you have any concerns, don’t hesitate to discuss them with us during your next appointment at the Fairlawn Dental Clinic in Nepean.
Really, your dentist can help?
Many of us know someone who is or was a chronic smoker. Many of us also know people who have tried to quit smoking. Often times, it never occurred to people to ask their dentist for help. But when you think about it, it makes perfect sense. Your dentist, Dr. Jaleel, probably sees you more frequently than your doctor (most people visit their dentist 3 times a year), she knows everything there is to know about your oral health (including whether or not you smoke) and she can prescribe the same smoking cessation medications a doctor can. Dr. Jaleel, your Ottawa dentist is in an ideal position to speak with patients who smoke and inform them of the effects on their health. She has the expertise and training to help patients understand how smoking affects not only their oral health, but also their overall health, and to help them quit. She also has the skills to detect early signs of oral cancer in patients during routine dental examinations.
The Canadian Cancer Society estimates that smoking is responsible for 30 percent of all cancer deaths in Canada. Tobacco is number one on the list of risk factors for oral cancer for people over the age of 50. This too-often fatal condition has a higher mortality rate than both breast cancer and prostate cancer. Tobacco use is also associated with heart disease and/or stroke, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, periodontal disease and tooth decay. Smoking wreaks havoc on more than your health; it also affects your appearance. Cigarette smoking can accelerate the aging process, causing wrinkles and skin damage, stains your pearly whites and can irritate gum and mouth tissue, causing unsightly and uncomfortable mouth sores or lesions. Not a pretty picture. Research shows that the majority of adult smokers (62 percent) intend to quit within the next six months, but tobacco use is one of the most difficult addictions to break. That’s where your dentist can help — by advising you about different ways to stop smoking and the resources available. To kick-start your efforts, Dr. Jaleel has put together a seven-step action plan adapted from the Canadian Dental Association and the Lung Association.
Start the conversation
The first step is to come in so we can start you on the step to quitting. Book an appointment so you can talk to Dr. Jaleel about developing a strategy to quit. There are lots of options, and we can help you choose the one that will work best for you. For example:
- Nicotine replacement therapy. A nicotine patch or inhaler, or nicotine gum or lozenges will replace some of the nicotine you usually get from cigarettes and make nicotine withdrawal symptoms, such as anxiety, difficulty concentrating and hunger, easier to manage.
- Prescription medicines, such as bupropion (Zyban and Wellbutrin SR), an antidepressant which makes smoking less enjoyable, or varenicline tartrate (Champix), which works at the level of your brain receptors, where the nicotine attaches.
- Individual counselling in person or by phone, or quit smoking support groups.
Oral cancer screening
Ask Dr. Jaleel to screen you for early signs of oral cancer or periodontal disease. An oral cancer exam during a routine exam is fast, easy and painless — and it could save your life.
Gradually change your routines
Anticipate tobacco triggers (situations or places where you’re tempted to smoke) and prepare strategies on how to avoid them.
Keep track of the money you save from quitting
Use some of the money you’ve saved by not buying cigarettes (more than $3,000 a year for a pack-a-day habit!) to reward yourself. Go out for dinner and a play, or treat yourself to a new spring outfit.
Keep your hands busy
Chew sugarless gum and drink water when cravings hit. And make sure you stock up on healthy snacks, such as carrots, fresh fruit, popcorn, nuts and sunflower seeds.
Start working out
Build exercise time into your weekly routine to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms and to help with weight control.
Take a walk, call a friend, head to the playground with your kids or book a tennis game with a buddy. Nicotine cravings only last about three to five minutes, and they become fewer and farther apart the longer you stay tobacco free.
Women experience unique and varied hormonal changes at different life stages that may influence their oral health; pregnancy is no exception. During such an exciting and overwhelming time, your oral health may be neglected. Understanding these changes — combined with regular dental examinations and preventive care—is the best way to practise good oral health habits during this time. Today, Dr. Jaleel and the rest of the Ottawa Fairlawn Dental team compile a Q and A for all you need to know about how to take care of your teeth while pregnant.
Why should I tell my dentist I’m pregnant?
The dentist is a patient’s best source of advice on how to achieve and maintain optimal oral health at all times, and especially when a patient is pregnant. It’s important to remember normal pregnancy is not an illness; it’s a temporary condition. Remember, good oral health and habits in the mom are the best first steps in baby’s oral health.
Why are my gums bleeding more?
Hormone levels change considerably during pregnancy. The most common thing dentists notice in pregnant patients is that their gums can become inflamed and bleed more easily. This is due to changes in mouth bacteria that feed on the extra hormones secreted during pregnancy, and in the overall increase of fluid levels in the body as the pregnancy progresses. Regular professional dental cleanings are an important part of reducing the inflammation that can occur during pregnancy — as well as the patient’s own daily home care. Ask our Ottawa dental team about what type of solutions fit your needs. If you continue to have problems with your gums post-birth, book an appointment and talk to Dr. Jaleel.
At what point in my pregnancy should I schedule a dental exam with my dentist?
The Public Health Agency of Canada suggests scheduling an examination by your Ottawa dentist during the first trimester to have your oral health diagnosed. Sometimes, the six-month routine visit (which included scaling, polishing and a fluoride treatment) may be doubled – every three months instead of every six. Dr. Jaleel wants to ensure you have healthy gums the whole way through my pregnancy.
Should I have a dental X-ray taken while pregnant?
It’s safe to have dental radiographs taken during pregnancy; although, dentists tend to avoid them, except in the
case of a dental emergency. If a patient has an acute infection (such as an abscess), it’s important this be treated promptly. Emergency care during pregnancy is not only safe, it’s also essential. There are certain types of local anesthetics that are avoided during pregnancy, as well as certain prescription pain medication and antibiotics. If you require X-rays, you and your baby will be shielded from the low dose of radiation by a lead apron.
Can vomiting during pregnancy cause problems with my teeth? Will my frequent ‘morning’ sickness have an effect on my enamel or gums?
Stomach acid can damage the surface of your teeth and promote tooth decay. Rinse your mouth with water after throwing up and don’t brush your teeth right away, since doing so tends to brush the acids into the teeth. If vomiting is really severe, you can rinse with a neutralizing rinse made by adding a teaspoon of baking soda to room-temperature water and swishing, then spitting it out.
Is it true a woman loses one tooth for every pregnancy?
No, that’s an old spouses’ tale. The calcium needed to make your baby’s teeth comes directly from your diet, not from your own teeth. However, if you don’t get enough calcium while pregnant, your body will provide this essential mineral from the calcium in your bones, putting your bones at risk. Even though the best source of nutrients is a well-balanced diet, with a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and dairy products, many pregnant women find it difficult to achieve this if they are suffering from pregnancy related nausea and vomiting. Ask you obstetrician or physician, or nutritionist what additional supplements may be needed.
How long has it been since you last been to a dentist? Lost count of the years?
At the Fairlawn Dental Clinic in Ottawa, we understand that there might be obstacles preventing you from walking into a dental office. Fear is a great motivator in keeping people away from the dentist, but pain is also a tremendous motivator and it can move even the most fearful of patients to take action.
If you are one of the Fearful, let us to make this easier for you.
First and foremost, at the Fairlawn Dental Clinic, we welcome you with open arms and congratulate you for taking a positive and responsible step in the right direction. Dr. Jaleel and the rest of the team are all about moving forward in our practice – no lectures, no scolding and, most importantly, no shame.
Shame is actually just as common as fear when it comes to avoiding the dentist. The thought of what the dentist will see when you open your mouth can be embarrassing, but understand this – we are professionals. This is what we do day in and day out. We fix teeth. We are healers. We treat you with the dignity and the respect you deserve and you should expect nothing less from caring professionals!
What you should expect on your first visit being back to a dental clinic:
1. We will update your medical and dental history by having you fill out a questionnaire, so be prepared to bring an updated list of all of your current medications and physicians names/telephone numbers. If you require assistance or wish us to discuss this with you verbally – no problem.
2. We will seat you in one of our treatment rooms and discuss the reason for your visit today.
3. We will perform a thorough examination of your mouth and teeth and record our findings in your chart.
4. Next, we will update any dental x-rays that are necessary for us to diagnose your dental problem.
5. Once we have concluded our overall assessment, we will carefully weigh all of the information before establishing a sound treatment plan. Sometimes, a patient comes to us with more than one issue in their mouth. We must then, with the patient’s involvement, establish a list of problems then organize and prioritize them according to the person’s immediate and long-term needs and desires.
6. We will then discuss your treatment options and alternatives with you and explain the advantage/disadvantages and risks of each.
7. We will present a general sequence of appointments necessary which we may adjust as treatment progresses and the conditions of your mouth are re-evaluated. We encourage you to ask questions and take some time at home to carefully weight all of the information we have presented to you.
8. Our friendly team will discuss fees with you and will assist you if you have dental insurance.
9. Oftentimes, we may be able to offer you same-day urgent care then schedule a follow-up visit to finish treatment or re-evaluate your condition.
1. Steps 1-4 above will take place. Updated x-rays will allow us to assess the current state of health of your teeth and supporting structures (gums and jaws).
2. We will determine if there is any need for further treatment and discuss our findings with you. Again, we encourage you to ask questions to better understand your dental options.
3. When you see one of our hygienists for a dental cleaning, they will discuss your current home care regime and will offer you practical solutions to help you improve and maintain a good hygiene program at home.
Not your grandparents’ dentist:
There are many people who absolutely hate going to the dentist, but their fear of tooth pain/loss is far greater. That first step through the door is the hardest to make, but it is always a step in the right direction.
Over the years, we have seen many of these patients try their best to maintain regular check-ups and cleanings every 6 months. It has been wonderful to see them become much more relaxed and trusting in our care. There have been so many advances in dental technology and attitudes that you will be pleasantly surprised how much we differ from the dentistry you may have fought long and hard to forget.
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Having ended 2013 with the passing of Halloween and Christmas, ringing in 2014 with the continuation of (edible) holiday delights, and Easter right around the corner, children’s teeth witness a lot of sugary goodness passing through year-round. While their spry metabolisms and healthy, energetic bodies have no time processing these delicious treats, children’s teeth are unfortunately the most prone to cavities compared to their older counterparts.
Kids have sweet teeth that need protecting!
Think of it this way: to a child’s imagination, your teeth are the caped-crusaders, saving the day and allowing them to eat their yummy food. Gingivitis and plaque are the villains. Just like any saga goes – it’s a constant battle between good and evil!
Beginning at the ripe age of just 6 months, and continuing into toddlerhood, children develop their first set of pearly whites. Right off the bat, the difficulty is not only keeping them white, but also more importantly, keeping them cavity-free.
Just when the “terrible twos” pass and all that teething is beginning to pay off, children start to loose those baby teeth. Between the ages of 6 and 12 children – with the financial encouragement of the tooth fairy – replace those baby teeth with permanent teeth that will be with them for the rest of their adult life.
These two periods – each time your child has sprouted a new, complete set of teeth – illustrate the perfect opportunity to use dental sealants on the pits and fissures of your children’s teeth.
The crevices on the molar’s surface help break down food, but are also vulnerable to food particles to get stuck in and decay.
The tops of teeth aren’t flat. Teeth tops are actually grooved like hills and valleys (pits and fissures) to facilitate the crushing and deterioration of food so to be suitable to swallow. Being the omnivores we are, some teeth are best suited for tearing off food, while others are ideal for chewing and grinding. These grinding teeth are the best candidates for dental sealants, as they have the most irregularities in surface texture. By filling the crevices with sealants, this prevents the evil plaque and gingivitis from giving your children cavities.
The procedure is short, simple and non-invasive. After teeth are cleansed, an adhesive and the sealant itself are painted on the teeth. A light may be used to help harden the sealant, but overall it only takes about a minute for the sealant to form a protective shield. Sealants are virtually invisible, and are unnoticeable when a child talks or smiles. A couple minutes in your Ottawa dentist chair with a sealant application could protect your child’s teeth for as long as 5-10 years!
Dr. Jaleel is warm and friendly and invites your kids to get a great start to oral health and valuable habits. Dr. Jaleel wants your child to know that dentist trips can be fun and are beneficial to their well-being. Instilling healthy habits young will secure a lifetime of prosperity. Bring your family to your Ottawa dentist to seal the deal on their oral health.