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Choosing the Right Type of Toothpaste Tips

October 5th, 2018

The typical pharmacy or grocery store has an entire aisle filled with oral care products including a dizzying array of toothpastes that come in all types of variations and flavors making choosing the right type difficult to do. Here are some toothpaste shopping tips designed to make it easier to select the right type of toothpaste for you and your family.

The Basic Facts about Different Toothpaste Types

Generally speaking, toothpaste is available in paste, gel and powdered form. Even though these toothpastes are different, they do share some common ingredients including:

  • Abrasive agents – Abrasive agents such as calcium carbonate and silicates are put into toothpaste to help remove food, bacteria and some stains from your teeth.
  • Flavorings – It is common for toothpastes to include flavoring to make them taste better. These flavorings typically consist of artificial sweeteners including saccharin that come in a variety of flavors ranging from bubble-gum flavors for kids to fruit flavors and different types of mint.
  • Fluoride – Fluoride is one of the most important ingredients to look for when choosing a toothpaste. It is a naturally occurring mineral that protects the teeth from tooth decay. Fluoride not only makes the enamel on teeth stronger to ward off acid damage, but it also re-mineralizes areas on the teeth that have started to decay. Especially important as the water in the lower mainland is not fluoridated.

Look for CDA-Approved Toothpaste

A good rule of thumb is to buy toothpaste that carries the Canadian Dental Association’s seal of approval. This signifies that the toothpaste is safe and effective to use.

Special Toothpastes

There are several types of special toothpastes on the market including:

  • Toothpastes for Sensitive Teeth – This type of toothpaste is designed for people who have sensitive teeth. For instance, if your teeth are sensitive to heat or cold, this toothpaste decreases tooth sensitivity by blocking pathways through the teeth that attach to nerves inside the teeth.
  • Whitening Toothpaste – Whitening toothpastes are designed to remove stains and discoloration from the surface of the teeth to make the teeth whiter in appearance. Instead of containing bleach, whitening toothpastes contain abrasive particles or chemicals that help remove stains.
  • Tartar Control Toothpaste – Tartar control toothpastes are designed to loosen and remove harmful plaque from the teeth. If plaque is left on the teeth, it hardens into tartar, which is a very difficult-to-remove deposit that builds up on the teeth and under the gum line, which eventually leads to gum disease. Tartar control toothpastes contain chemical compounds such as phosphates and zinc citrate that work to remove plaque before it has a chance to develop into tartar.

 In the end, if you cannot decide what type of toothpaste to buy, consult with your family dentist or orthodontist. Your dentist or orthodontist can help you choose the right type of toothpaste to buy based on your overall oral health and special needs.

October Office Contest

October 5th, 2018

Check out our latest office contest the next time you are in!

All you need to do is enter your name in the draw!

You can win a gift card to Toys R' Us!!!!

Contest ends October 31st


Do Braces Hurt?

June 27th, 2018

If you’re about to get braces, you may wonder what it’s going to feel like with appliances on your teeth and you may even be worried that your braces will hurt. Below is a quick guide that can answer your questions and help you feel as comfortable as possible on your first day with braces on your teeth.

You Can Expect Soreness on the First Day You Wear Braces

While you won’t feel any pain while Dr. Morra places the braces on your teeth, you will most likely have some discomfort and soreness afterwards. This discomfort can last for around 3-7 days but it is discomfort that’s tolerable for most. Many people say that it’s more annoying than painful to get used to having braces on their teeth. Some patients may need Tylenol or Advil every four hours or less as needed.

The most discomfort you will feel will begin the first night you have braces put on and will also occur when you’re eating. This is why you should only eat soft foods for the first few days as your teeth and the tissues surrounding them adjust to the pressure being placed on your teeth. Good food choices to make include dishes like:

• Mashed or boiled potatoes

• Scrambled eggs

• Soft breads

• Soft cheeses

• Smoothies

• Applesauce

• Yogurt

Dealing with Sore Spots

Sometimes when first getting braces, patients complain of sore spots on the inside of their cheeks where the brackets and wires are causing irritation. If you develop any sore areas, follow these steps:

• Use the orthodontic wax Dr. Morra gave you

• Take a bit of the wax, warm it in your fingers and form a small ball

• Then place the wax over the wire or bracket that’s causing the irritation

• Avoid drinking beverages containing high levels of irritating acid like fruit juice

• Rinse with warm salt water to help heal the sore irritated spots

Give us a call at the office if you have any concerns about your current treatment.....or to begin your treatment and we look forward to having you as a patient when you are ready to start your braces journey!

Orthodontic and Oral Health resolutions for the New Year!

January 4th, 2018


The start of a new year is usually accompanied by a flurry of healthy resolutions. Here are some ideas for orthodontic and oral health resolutions that you might want to include in your list for 2018, from Dream Orthodontics.

Oral Health Resolution #1: Practice excellent oral hygiene every day
Of course this one is important whether you wear braces or not, but because braces create places where food remnants and bacteria can get trapped, you will need to pay special attention if you are in treatment. When food and bacteria remain in your mouth, they can cause gingivitis, calculus buildup, and cavities. In more extreme cases, failing to clean your teeth well with braces can lead to demineralization of your teeth. So, start by selecting a flossing tool:

At Dream Orthodontics we recommend Water Picks or Sonicare electric tooth brushes to get the best results. Interdental brush and floss threaders are also effective if you are wearing braces. While regular waxed floss is a little more complicated, it is the cheapest option and, if you learn to thread it between each bracket and wire, can do the job just as well as the other options.
Take your time while brushing: To ensure that your teeth gum, wires and brackets are properly cleaned, you will need to take a little more time than when you were wireless. Make sure you brush the back, front, top and bottom of each tooth, getting close to the gum line and brushing all of your chewing surfaces too.

Oral Health Resolution #2: Schedule your regular dental hygiene visits for the entire year
While you are undergoing treatment with us, you need to make sure that your dentist and hygienist see you for your twice yearly hygiene visits too. Occasionally you may need to have an extra cleaning, depending on your oral hygiene circumstances Some dentists require you to have your wires removed for these appointments. No problem. Schedule an appointment immediately before and after your dentist visit, with our office, and we will remove and replace them in no time. This takes some coordination however, so be sure to contact us well in advance.

Oral Health Resolution #3: Protect your smile by wearing your retainer every day in 2018
Your retainer is critical to ensuring the longevity of your smile, and you’ll need to wear it every day to make sure it’s effective. If you’ve recently had your braces removed or are getting them off next year, resolve to wear your retainer as much as prescribed by Dr. Morra.

Oral Health Resolution #4: Cut down on sugar and drink more water
If there’s one simple thing you can do to improve the health of your teeth, it’s cutting down on sugar and soft drinks. Sugar interacts with bacteria in the mouth to form acids that eat away at tooth enamel, which can cause decay. Cutting back on sugar will not only benefit your teeth, but your overall health in general.
Did you know that the role of saliva is to keep your mouth clean, and that drinking water helps encourage saliva production? Water will also help flush pieces of food from your braces.

Oral Health Resolution #5: Keep all of your appointments at Dream Orthodontics
Being on time and keeping your appointments will help keep your treatment plan on track. Your smile will thank you!

Wishing you all a healthy New Year!

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