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55 Ontario St. S.
Milton, Ontario, L9T 2M3
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By contactus@miltondentist.com
April 09, 2017
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Call it what you want, but saliva is incredibly important and never really thought about...until you don't have any.

First of all, what exactly is saliva?  it's acutally 99% water, but it contains many important substances including enzymes, electrolytes, mucous and antibacterial compounds.  One of the key enzymes is amylase which breaks down starches.  Therefore, digestion of food is occurring in the mouth before food even reaches the stomach.

Saliva is produced by salivary glands located in the inside of each cheek, at the bottom of the mouth and under the jaw at the front of the mouth.  These glands produce about one to two liters of saliva every day.  This saliva is used to moisten food so it can be easily swallowed. Think back to the last time you tried eating a cracker when your mouth was really dry.  Not fun.

The problem is that many medicatons currently prescribed for treating depression, anxiety, psychosis, allergies, and high blood pressure, as well as many other conditions cause dry mouth.  A lack of saliva makes you much more susceptible to tooth decay because saliva contains a number of antibacterial ingredients.  Thus root decay in seniors wha are taking multiple medications is becoming more and more of a problem.

What can we do about this?  First of all, drink lots of water.  A saliva substitute such as Biotene can help a lot as well.  And having xylitol-sweetened mints in your mouth throughout the day will help stimulate some saliva.  The xylitol cannot be used by bacteria to produce acid.

So don't take saliva for granted.  It's one of those things in life that you don't appreciate until you don't have it anymore.

 

 

 

By contactus@miltondentist.com
January 28, 2017
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Let's face it.  No one says "Yippee, I'm getting a root canal today!"  The fear of dental treatment, especially the needle, can cause people to delay seeing the dentist until what might have been a straightforward filling ends up being a root canal and a crown or an extraction and implant.  Unfortunately, this also means higher cost and more time in the chair.

One valuable adjunct which can make a significant difference in anxiety is nitrous oxide.  Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas as it is commonly called, was first discovered in 1772 and is very safe.  It consists of a nosepiece which delivers a mix of nitrous oxide and oxygen.  It doesn't make you laugh, but at proper levels helps you to relax so you don't feel as anxious.  I commonly use it with children where the nitrous oxide combined with television on the ceiling allows the child to "tune me out" even with injections.  It has a rapid onset and also is out of your system quickly at the end of the appointment, so an adult can drive home.  Higher levels of sedation, on the other hand, require someone to drive you home and you can't drive for the better part of a day afterwards.  

Nitrous oxide is also very convenient and it has somewhat of an analgesic effect which is a bonus.  So if you are procrastinating about having dental treatment done, ask us about nitrous oxide.  It may be just what you need to make dental treatment something that you no longer avoid.

By contactus@miltondentist.com
October 13, 2016
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My assistants and I have been on several medical/dental mission trips over the last few years and they have the same basic structure each time.  We travel down to El Salvador or Guatemala with a team of physicians, dentists, nurses, paramedics and pharmacists for a week and spend 5 working days while we are there.

This time, Marisa and I were part of a team that went to Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere, which has never really recovered from the earthquake of 2010. The dental team consisted of 3 general dentists, a pediatric dentist and an endodontist (root canal specialist).  Dr. Delle Donne is the endodontist, who happens to practices in Milton as well, and he has been on several of these trips with us.  Having him accompany us is invaluable because he allows us to keep teeth that would otherwise need to be extracted.  

We worked most of the time in an area of extreme poverty but because we take portable dental units with us, we can provide high quality dentisty in a third world environment.  

What we didn't count on ..... was Hurricane Matthew!  Fortunatley, we were staying in the capital, Port-au-Prince, when the hurricane hit Haiti.  Port-au-Prince is in the eastern part of Haiti whereas the devastated areas were in the west.  The airport was closed, however, so it took an extra 2 1/2 days to make it home.  The good news is that we took advantage of the delay going home to work an extra day at a clinic in the capital.  

So by all accounts, the trip was a success and we were able to help a lot of people who could not otherwise afford dental or medical care.  We're already looking forward to going back again next year.

But I must say that I appreciate Canada more than ever now.  We have a great country!

By contactus@miltondentist.com
May 24, 2016
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What are those words that you're hoping to hear as your dentist finishes looking at your teeth during your checkup? No, it’s not "No charge today". It’s "No cavities", although I guess both would be nice.

Unfortunately, we spend a lot of our day repairing the damage done to teeth by cavities. What is a cavity? Literally, it's a hole. Just like it sounds. What causes them? It’s caused by the acid produced by bacteria feeding on sugar in your mouth. That's why we are always harping about not consuming too much sugar. Not only is it bad for your teeth, It’s bad for your health in general.

That’s where xylitol comes in. It’s a natural sweetener derived from the fibrous parts of plants. It isn’t broken down by bacteria like sugar because bacteria can’t digest it. This helps keep a neutral pH in your mouth rather than an acidic environment which is damaging the teeth. Another benefit of xylitol is that it prevents bacteria from sticking to the teeth. Research also shows that xylitol may help repair the damage to enamel.

The key is to take enough xylitol throughout the day to be effective. Some brands of chewing gum contain very small amounts of xylitol. You want 100% xylitol and you should be using those mints or gum five times throughout the day. If you’re not sure where to find it, ask us. We can help.

Every little bit counts in the fight against cavities. Add xylitol to your arsenal against decay.

By contactus@miltondentist.com
April 22, 2016
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Last weekend had to rank as one of the greatest experiences of my life.  I had the opportunity to spend a few days in Boston with my daughter Sarah and son Andrew.  We watched the Jays beat the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Sunday and then I ran the Boston Marathon on Monday. Thirty thousand of us from all over the world wound our way along the 42.2 km route from Hopkinton to Boston.  I had read ahead of time that it's a good idea to have your name on your shirt so people can cheer for you by name.  Am I ever glad I did.  It was energizing having people say "Way to go Mark!" and "You've got this Mark" along the whole route.  I finished with a time of 3 hours 39 minutes and 42 seconds which I'm happy with considering the day was on the warm side and there was a strong head wind at times.  I finished in the top third of men in my age category which I'm quite happy about considering I only qualified by a margin of 18 seconds.  When the marathon was over, I was so exhausted I looked and walked like a zombie.  The funny thing is that by the next day I was researching other marathons.

Thanks to everyone who cheered me on and especially to Sarah and Andrew who made the trip with me.  It made all those early morning training runs through the middle of the winter worth it!

 





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