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Originally Published Jan 26, 2016


An important aspect of the dental exam is the periodontal probing.

It is an examination that allows the dentist to evaluate the health of the gums and the bone supporting the foundation around the tooth.

A tooth consists of a crown (visible part) and the root (not visible part) which is anchored in the bone. In a healthy state the whole root should be covered with bone. Sometimes, an accumulation of tartar/calculus causes the bone to dissolve away. In fact, calculus is not only ugly but it also contains bacteria which are quite harmful to your gums and the bone supporting your teeth. The loss of supporting bone structure and the infectious process associated with it is called periodontal disease. This condition can lead to tooth mobility, bleeding, infection, sensitivity and in extreme cases the loss of a tooth.

Originally Published November 24, 2015


Unless you’re in the 4% of the population that hasn’t had a dental cavity by age 65, you’ve experienced the dreaded feeling when your dentist has told you “…there’s a cavity starting…”.

It’s not what you or I want to hear (yes, Dentists also get cavities) when we go in for our dental appointments.
 
The cause of a lot of cavities starts with the way our molars are shaped. Tiny pits and grooves on the surface of the chewing surface are difficult to clean with brushing alone. Toothbrush bristles cannot reach all the way into the depressions and grooves to extract food and plaque.
 
Fortunately, there’s a painless solution that lasts for years.
 
Dental sealants are a dental treatment that give teeth extra protection against decay and help prevent cavities.
 
Sealants are easy to apply and painless. 
 
Applied by a dentist, the sealant is painted into the grooves of the tooth with a small brush where it bonds directly to the enamel of the tooth and hardens. This plastic resin bonds into the depressions and grooves of the chewing surfaces of back teeth. The sealant is a barrier, protecting enamel from plaque and acids. As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay starting on the chewing surfaces. Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and will last many years before a reapplication is needed. 
 
The likelihood of developing tooth decay begins early in life, so children and teenagers are obvious candidates. But adults can benefit from sealants as well. The main teeth that require sealants are the back molars that erupt at age 6 and 12. By the time these teeth are fully grown into the mouth, usually by ages 7 and 13, they are ready to seal.
 
Sealants are a proactive method of beating tooth decay and finishing up a dental appointment with your dentist telling you “…that’s great, no cavities…”.
 
It gives you another reason to smile and a goal to join the lucky 4% of the adult population who have never had a cavity.
 
Cheers,

Dr. John 

P.S. Are sealants right for you? Or do you have questions about sealants? Be sure to ask on your next dental appointment.
 
P.P.S Interested in seeing how dental sealants are applied? There’s a short one-minute animated video on our website showing the procedure.

Originally Published October 28, 2015

As a parent of a child who plays a sport, or an adult who plays in a recreational league have you ever wondered about the effectiveness of mouth guards?

Does a mouth guard really provide protection?

Accidents can happen during any physical activity. The advantage of using a mouth guard during sports is that it can help limit the risk of mouth-related injuries to the lips, tongue, and soft tissues of the mouth. Mouth guards also help prevent chipped or broken teeth, nerve damage to a tooth, or even tooth loss. 

Should a player take a blow to the chin causing the teeth to slam together, it’s possible for this force to be transmitted to the brain, and if violent enough could lead to a concussion. A mouth guard can help reduce the chance of a concussion by cushioning the force of the teeth slamming together.

Two types of dental mouth guards are available

Boil and bite mouth guards, available for $15 to $40, are adequate for most participants in recreational sports with little or no contact. 

However, as the level of competition and contact increases, custom-made mouth guards will increase the protection of one's teeth and jaw. A custom-made mouth guard is particularly valuable in sports like martial arts, rugby, football, basketball, soccer and hockey.  In fact, mouth guards are becoming increasingly mandatory for hockey and ringette at all levels in most communities throughout Canada. 

Hockey Canada states:

Although the face mask does prevent dental injuries, it is still recommended that all players who play hockey wear an internal mouth guard. Dental injuries still occur despite the use of a face mask. Properly fitted mouth guards have been shown to significantly reduce dental and oral injuries in hockey. 

Custom-made mouth guards are sized, fit and provided by our dental office. Two short visits are required.

During the first visit, an impression of the athlete’s mouth is completed by one of the dentists in our office. Colours for the mouth guard are chosen at this time. Most of our patients choose to have their mouth guards made to match their team colours.

The impression is sent to a dental lab where the custom mouth guard is made.

About 10 days after the first visit the athlete returns to our office to have the mouth guard adjusted for comfort and fit.

Having the peace of mind that comes from knowing you’ve provided the best protection available makes it possible to really enjoy the game.

If you have questions about custom-made mouth guards or wish to schedule an appointment for a fitting call our office at 514-484-0521.

Cheers,
 
Dr. John

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Originally published October 2015


One of elements that make communities like Montreal West stronger and increasingly unique are the many MoWesters who also work in and around our great neighbourhood. Whether it be teaching our children at one of the many local schools or becoming a household name on Westminster, there’s something special about MoWesters serving MoWesters.
 
To put the exciting news I’m about to share into context, I’m providing a brief history of my living and working in MoWest.
 
It’s been 27 years since I moved to Montreal West with my 
wife Ann, and started providing dental services alongside Dr. Vincelli at 12 Brock Ave. North.
 
With Dr. Vincelli retiring in 2010, I expanded my practice to provide Dr. Vincelli’s patients with comprehensive, compassionate dental care.
 
Long story short. Loyal patients like yourself consistently refer family, friends and colleagues living in MoWest as well as surrounding communities to our practice. As a result, I’m excited to share the news that two additional dentists have joined our growing dental team: Dr. Athena Diamandis(pictured on left in above photo) and Dr. Maria El-Hussein (pictured on right in above photo)
 
Dr. Diamandis graduated from the Faculty of Dentistry of McGill University in 2006. Upon graduating, she completed a one-year multidisciplinary residency at the Royal Victoria Hospital. She went on to private practice for a year in Montreal before moving to Rochester, NY. There, she practiced community-based dentistry, providing dental care to school-aged children. In 2010, she returned to Montreal and to private practice. At that time, she joined me to help teach in the Pre-Clinical Operative Program at McGill Dentistry and became a Faculty Lecturer.
 
Dr. Maria graduated from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Montreal in 2014. Following graduation, she moved to Boston where she completed a Certificate in Advanced Education in General Dentistry at the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine.
 
Both share my passion for providing gentle, caring dental care. We’re excited to have Dr. Diamandis and Dr. Maria join our team. Their friendly, welcoming personalities are infectious and put patients at ease.
 
Thank you for being part of our dental practice. My team and I look forward to providing the best in dental care for years to come.
 
Cheers,

 
Dr. John

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P.S.S. Need to schedule a
dental appointment? You can do so on our website or by calling 514-484-0521