Get to the Root of the Problem | Richmond Hill Dentist

When we discover we have a toothache, we do anything to get rid of the pain. It feels like the pain is more painful than anything we’ve ever felt before. But the last thing we want to do is make a dental appointment, so we drown ourselves in aspirin and pain killers until we can’t take it anymore. And therein lies the problem. Because you are only delaying the inevitable and the inevitable is only going to get increasingly more painful.

So, why do you have tooth pain in the first place? Your poor dental hygiene can lead to cavity development and can progress into a much deeper issue. A physical accident can lead to cracked or chipped teeth and can progress into something worse, and likely accompanied by a lot of discomfort or pain. Pain and pressure associated with a root canal only occurs when the root canal becomes infected and dies. A root canal in your tooth can become infected due to a cavity or fracture that allows in bacteria. These are the first signs that you will need one of the most common restorations, root canal therapy.

To break it down, root canal therapy involves the process of cleaning out the infected tooth or diseased tissue, then reshaping and refilling the canal. A root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort involving one to three visits. Best of all, it can save your tooth and your smile. Don’t ignore tooth pain. Get it fixed as soon as possible.

If you have questions or concerns regarding root canal therapy, contact Dr. Elham Tayefi, DDS at (905) 237-7842 to schedule a consultation today, or visit www.artdentfamilydentistry.com for additional information.

Dr. Elham Tayefi proudly serves Richmond Hill and all surrounding areas.

Celebrate Your Smile this Holiday Season | Richmond Hill Dentist

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Welcome to the holiday season – the time of year we spend giving thanks for and breaking bread with the important people in your life. The problem is, we are generally so busy that our daily routines become a second thought. One routine we can’t let slip through the cracks is our dental one. Our mouths are susceptible to much more because of it is where we ingest almost everything into our bodies, both good and bad. So, here are a few tips to keep in mind as you celebrate this delicious holiday season:

Keep things short and sweet. Between the pre-meal snacks and the post-meal desserts, it’s impossible to not fall victim to grazing the entire day. The longer you allow the acids in foods to hang out in your mouth, the easier it is for cavity-causing bacteria to invade your teeth and set up camp. It’s all about moderation.

Stay hydrated. Keeping a glass of water handy will not only help with digestion but drinking plenty of water will also wash away any food debris still lingering around in your mouth. Saliva is your mouth’s natural defender against the bad bacteria in your mouth.

Keep your routine. We can’t forget to pay special attention to our teeth during this delicious holiday. They work overtime for you during times like these. Make sure you brush, floss and rinse the way you normally would. After the holidays, be sure to make an appointment for a quick dental check-up. This time of year is a fantastic time to give thanks for everything in your life – and your teeth are no exception.

If you have questions or concerns regarding your dental hygiene, contact Dr. Elham Tayefi, DDS at (905) 237-7842 to schedule a consultation today, or visit www.artdentfamilydentistry.com for additional information.

Dr. Elham Tayefi proudly serves Richmond Hill and all surrounding areas.

Avoiding the Stains | Richmond Hill Dentist

Let’s face it – we all love having a gleaming white smile. The kind that brightens up a room when we walk in. Nothing can put a smile on our faces more than a pretty set of chompers. So, we buy special toothpastes, eat healthy foods and take regular trips to the dentist for the professionals to handle things. Teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure that brightens your smile, but once you leave, how do you keep it up? Unfortunately, a freshly whitened grin can be ruined by one false move during the early stages of the whitening. Here is a list of the more common foods and beverages that will cause your teeth to look dingy. Make sure you avoid these as much as possible to keep your whitened teeth just that:

  • Black coffee or tea
  • Wine
  • Sports drinks or colas
  • Berries
  • Sauces
  • Juices
  • Pickles and ketchup
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Candy
  • Beets
  • Curry
  • Popsicles

Because many of these foods are high in acidity, consuming them after having a tooth whitening procedure may catalyze a discoloration effect on your teeth sooner than you’d like. Staining your teeth is a quick process, promoted by the foods in your diet. Foods that are dark should be kept to a minimum. If you do consume them, rinse with water or give your teeth a quick scrub with a toothbrush or some gum. Avoid staining your teeth after a tooth whitening procedure and be sure to take the necessary precautions to maintain a white smile. The longer you continue to keep your teeth white, the less often you need to worry about visiting the dentist.

If you have questions or concerns regarding your teeth stains, contact Dr. Elham Tayefi, DDS at (905) 237-7842 to schedule a consultation today, or visit www.artdentfamilydentistry.com for additional information.

Dr. Elham Tayefi proudly serves Richmond Hill and all surrounding areas.

The Aftercare of Dental Fillings | Richmond Hill Dentist

We can be the most diligent of dental patients, but a cavity can mysteriously develop. Sometimes bacteria find a way to nestle into our pearly whites. Now we have a trip to the dentist in our future – because it’s time for a filling. Fillings are absolutely necessary in order to prevent further tooth decay from occurring. If left untreated, it can result in permanent tooth decay and the loss of teeth. With fillings, each tooth is healthy and less prone to infections. In order to guarantee your teeth are in top shape, regular dental appointments are necessary.

Your dental filling treatment is done under a local anesthetic, and once that anesthesia wears off, your teeth will be incredibly sensitive. For the next day or so, your mouth will be tender so your diet will need to change in order to lessen any unnecessary pain. Here’s a list of foods to avoid while your mouth is healing:

Hot and cold foods. Days after your procedure, your teeth will be incredibly sensitive to extreme temperatures. It will be easier, less painful, and more comfortable for you to eat your food at a “middle of the way” temperature.

Gum and sticky foods. After your filling, the material used to fill in the tooth will still be somewhat malleable. In that case, you want to avoid chewing excessively for the sole purpose of making sure your filling stays right.

Chewy foods. Pureed vegetable soup and fruit smoothies are great after procedure meal because your teeth won’t be in use. As time passes by, you’ll be able to eat your normal foods again.

If you have questions or concerns regarding dental fillings aftercare, contact Dr. Elham Tayefi, DDS at (905) 237-7842 to schedule a consultation today, or visit www.artdentfamilydentistry.com for additional information.

Dr. Elham Tayefi proudly serves Ontario and all surrounding areas.

When Your Toothache Becomes an Issue | Richmond Hill Dentist

There is nothing worse than discovering a toothache. You take a bite of your favorite food and WHAM! A shooting pain overwhelms your entire mouth and you can no longer look at your favorite food the same. Sadly, it’s time to visit the dentist.

But what exactly is a toothache and how did we end up in this kind of pain? Well, there are lots of different ways a toothache can occur. It can be as simple as a cracked tooth, cavities or exposed roots; but it can also be something more serious, like your ears or sinuses causing the issue.

When it comes to pain, each one of us has a different threshold of pain tolerance. Some can work through a headache, some are taken out at the first signs of one. Because both headaches and toothaches are detected by the same trigeminal nerve in your head, there is no real way to crack the case without the help of your dental professional.

Our mouths dictate many of our overall health issues, so it is important to pay attention to the signals your body gives you when something is wrong. Ignoring the pain will only lead to more problems, so make an appointment to see your dentist as soon as you find headaches or toothaches are persistent. There’s nothing to be afraid of. The technological advancements in dentistry makes dental procedures easy and virtually painless. This is why it’s so important to take care of your teeth. Good oral hygiene is the best line of defense against a toothache.

If you have questions or concerns regarding toothaches, contact Dr. Elham Tayefi, DDS at (905) 237-7842 to schedule a consultation today, or visit www.artdentfamilydentistry.com for additional information.

Dr. Elham Tayefi proudly serves Ontario and all surrounding areas.