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Having a beautiful smile is important whether you are six or 60. Read on to learn the truth about some of the most common myths surrounding seniors and dental care.
 
Modern dental care makes it possible for many elderly people to keep their teeth far longer into their golden years and possibly throughout their lives. With professional dental cleanings on a regular basis along with daily brushing and flossing, it is entirely possible to maintain your natural teeth.
 
Gum disease is not an effect of aging; it is a result of plaque buildup and can affect seniors as well as younger patients. Seniors who experience problems such as receding gums may be more at risk for plaque buildup. Dry mouth, smoking, and taking certain medications can also result in an increased risk for periodontal disease.
 
Gum disease develops over time and symptoms may not be present; however, that does not mean it is not serious. Although it often begins with a slight redness around the gums, it can develop into pockets near the base of the teeth. Eventually, teeth can become loose and may fall out. Gum disease can also result in chronic oral infections, causing the release of bacteria that can spread throughout the body and result in a variety of other health conditions, including stroke and coronary heart disease. Regular dental cleanings can remove plaque under the gums and reduce your risk for serious health problems.
 
Dentures are not the only way to replace missing teeth. Implants can also be used to replace missing teeth while also preserving bone and the shape of your jaw. Along with feeling and looking more natural, an implant can improve a smile and increase self-confidence, something that is important for all age groups.

Tooth loss can affect ones ability to chew as well as the types of food one is able to eat. Some seniors who have missing teeth experience poor nutrition, which can result in poor overall health. Missing teeth can also result in an improper bite, a situation that can lead to pain in the jaws, and can also create changes in speech. Modern dentistry can provide a range of solutions for missing teeth as you grow older.
 
Full-mouth restoration can provide a number of solutions to missing, broken, or damaged teeth and restore them to a beautiful and functional state. Such dental care options include dental implants, gum treatment, crowns, and bridges. The precise method that may be right for you will depend upon the state of your existing teeth and the number of teeth that are missing.

Emergency services are also available to treat immediate problems. However, with proper dental care and regular semi-annual treatments, many seniors enjoy healthy, natural teeth throughout their lives.
 
No matter your age, it is never too late to have a beautiful, healthy smile.
 

Un beau sourire est important à 6 ans comme à 60 ans. Lisez ci-dessous pour apprendre la vérité concernant les soins dentaires pour les aînés.
 
Grâce aux soins dentaires modernes, plusieurs personnes âgées peuvent garder leurs dents plus longtemps, parfois toute leur vie. Avec des nettoyages professionnels réguliers et une bonne hygiène dentaire à la maison (se brosser les dents quotidiennement et utiliser la soie dentaire), il est possible de maintenir vos dents naturelles.

Les maladies de gencives ne sont pas causées par le vieillissement. Elles sont le résultat de l’accumulation de plaque et peuvent affecter les jeunes autant que les aînés. Les aînés qui sont affectés par le déchaussement de la gencive peuvent être plus à risque pour l’accumulation de plaque. La bouche sèche, le tabagisme et la prise de certains médicaments peuvent aussi augmenter le risque des maladies parodontales.
 
Les maladies de gencive se développent sur une période de temps, et les symptômes ne sont pas toujours présents. Cela ne veut pas dire, par contre, que ce n’est pas sérieux. Elles commencent souvent par la rougeur des gencives et peuvent se développer dans des poches près de la base des dents. Avec le temps, les dents peuvent se détacher. Les maladies de gencive peuvent aussi causer les infections orales chroniques qui affectent tout le corps et qui causent d’autres problèmes de santé, tels que les accidents vasculaires cérébraux et la maladie coronarienne. Les nettoyages professionnels réguliers peuvent enlever la plaque dentaire d’en-dessous la gencive et réduire le risque de certains problèmes de santé majeurs.
 
Les dentiers ne sont le seul moyen de remplacer les dents perdues. On peut aussi se servir d’implants dentaires pour remplacer des dents perdues. Ceux-ci préservent la structure osseuse et la forme de votre mâchoire. En plus d’avoir une apparence plus naturelle, un implant peut améliorer le sourire et l’estime de soi, ce qui est important à tout âge.
 
La perte de dents peut avoir un impact sur votre capacité à mâcher et déterminer le genre d’aliments que vous pouvez consommer. Certaines personnes âgées qui ont perdu une ou plusieurs dents souffrent d’une nutrition inadéquate et par la suite une mauvaise santé globale. La perte de dents peut aussi causer une occlusion inadéquate (et donc une douleur aux mâchoires) ou des problèmes d’élocution. La dentisterie moderne peut vous offrir une gamme de solutions aux problèmes reliés à la perte des dents en vieillissant.
 
Au fur et à mesure qu’on vieillit, la perte des dents est normale. La réadaptation buccale complète présente un nombre de solutions pour les dents perdues, cassées ou endommagées. Pour de belles dents fonctionnelles, les options comprennent des implants dentaires, le traitement des gencives, les couronnes et les ponts. La méthode qui vous conviendra dépendra de l’état de vos dents et le nombre de dents perdues. Un service d’urgence est aussi disponible pour traiter les problèmes immédiats. Par contre, avec des soins dentaires réguliers et des traitements biannuels, plusieurs personnes âgées profitent des dents naturelles en bonne santé durant toute leur vie.
 
Qu’importe votre âge, il n’est jamais trop tard pour avoir un beau sourire et une bonne santé.


While modern dentistry has become quite advanced, there are still a few common misconceptions about dental care, particularly as it relates to adults. Here is the truth about some of these myths:
 
Braces are only for children.
Childhood is a common time to receive orthodontic care; however, many adults now also opt to receive treatment. Advanced technology has led to the development of many devices that are ideal for adults. With Invisalign clear aligners, you can easily correct alignment problems and achieve a straight smile without the embarrassment of wearing metal braces. Invisalign devices can also be removed when you eat, making them even more convenient for adult patients.
 
My schedule is too busy.
With evening and weekend appointment availability, it is now easy for adult patients to schedule the dental care they need around their busy schedules. The benefits of regular dental care are enormous and can include improving your overall general health. Ask your dentist about alternative appointments today and make sure you receive the care you need to enjoy a beauty, healthy smile. If you need to combine appointments with your children to save time, you may also be able to benefit from family dental care services.
 
Teeth whitening can cause damage to the enamel on my teeth.
Teeth whitening technology is now much safer than in the past and can help to eradicate years of staining, providing you with a smile you can be proud of.
 
You only need teeth bleaching once.
Bleaching and whitening services are not permanent. Most patients need touch-ups approximately every one to two years. The amount of time between such touch-ups varies based on the amount of beverages and food consumed. In addition, smoking can also reduce the time required between touch-ups.
 
Over-the-counter whitening products are the same as professional services.
Over-the-counter products lack the power and strength of products prescribed by your dentist. If you are concerned about the length of treatment, ask about our chair-side whitening system. This technique can provide you with brighter, whiter teeth that last for a longer period of time.
 
If I am not experiencing pain, I do not need to see the dentist regularly.
Routine dental care includes both examinations and professional cleanings. During these visits, your dentist can check for potential problems. Identifying and treating problems when they are still small is much more comfortable and less expensive than waiting until problems because painful.
 
Brushing is sufficient to keep my teeth clean.
Although brushing is an important part of keeping your teeth clean, it is also important to floss regularly. Flossing helps to remove food debris and plaque between your teeth in areas your toothbrush cannot reach.
 
Dental care is painful.
There is no need to experience pain thanks to advancements in modern dentistry. If you have avoided seeing a dentist in the past due to bad experiences, you may be interested in some of the relaxation techniques we offer. At Bella dentaire, we take your comfort very seriously. This approach can help you to receive the care you need in a manner that is relaxed and comfortable. 


 



The prospect of getting braces can, naturally, be a sensitive one for many teens. The sensitivity  is often compounded by a few myths that actually have no basis in reality.
 
Myth: Wisdom teeth cause overcrowding and the need for braces.
Although this is a common belief, there is actually little evidence to substantiate it. If this were true, your teeth would not become crowded after wisdom teeth are removed. Some people who have had their wisdom teeth removed or who never developed their wisdom teeth have still experienced problems with crooked teeth. The simple truth of the matter is that teeth often have a tendency to drift toward the front over time, regardless of the presence of wisdom teeth.
 
Myth: In order to get straight teeth, I need metal braces.
This is no longer the case. Thanks to advanced technology, there are now many options that can help you achieve a beautiful, straight smile without the need for metal braces. One of those options is Invisalign, a system in which clear aligners help to straight your teeth without anyone knowing that you are wearing them. Invisalign is not appropriate for all situations, however. The best way to find out if this method is an option is to schedule an Invisalign consult appointment.
 
Myth: I need to wait until I lose all of my baby teeth before I see an orthodontist.
This is not necessarily true; everyone's situation is different. Depending on your situation, the dental team at Bella dentaire may recommend seeing an orthodontist earlier. It is not uncommon for many children to lose their incisors and then experience a year or two wait before losing the remainder of their teeth. Due to the fact that a child's bones are still soft, treatment performed during childhood is often shorter in duration than treatment during adulthood.  Annual check-ups help to monitor growth and parents are kept up-to-date with all the various options available.
 
Myth: Traditional Braces and Invisalign Aligners are only beneficial for getting a straight smile.
While one of the benefits of orthodontics treatments is certainly a beautiful smile, there are actually many other advantages. Along with a straight smile helping to improve a child's self-esteem, orthodontics can provide a number of health benefits that can last into adulthood.
 
Myth: When teeth are not crowded, they are much easier to clean and floss, thus preventing future dental problems.
Teeth and jaws that are properly aligned also provide the basis for improved dental functioning. An improper bite and misaligned teeth can often result in abnormal wear and strain on the jaws that can lead to chronic pain in the head, face, neck, and jaws. Protruding teeth are also at a greater risk for breakage and trauma later in life, resulting in the need for expensive cosmetic dentistry.
 

It is certainly understandable that teens and tweens may experience some apprehension about seeing a dental specialist. Proper treatment now can provide children with the basis for a beautiful, healthy smile that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.



Les dents.  Il existe plusieurs mythes répandus au sujet de nos dents et comment on devrait en prendre soin. Un premier exemple serait que les dents de lait ne sont pas aussi importantes que les dents adultes ou que les effets de votre santé orale se limitent à votre bouche. Dans cette série en quatre parties, nous examinerons les mythes associés aux différentes phases de la vie et nous vous présenterons les faits concernant votre santé dentaire.
 
 
Bébés et enfants


 
1er Mythe : Les dents de lait ne sont pas importantes; elles vont tomber.
 
Ceci figure parmi les fausses croyances les plus communes. Oui, vos dents de lait tombent généralement. Par contre, on peut souffrir de grandes conséquences si on n’en prend pas soin. Les dents de lait marquent l’endroit où pousseront les dents adultes. Les caries et la détérioration des dents non traitées ont un impact direct sur les dents adultes qui arrivent. Dans certaines conditions, une carie creuse peut faire répandre une infection dans tout le corps et l’enfant peut en souffrir de graves conséquences.
 
 
2e Mythe : C’est l’excès du sucre qui cause les caries.
 
Le sucre tout seul n’est pas la cause des caries. Ce sont les acides dans la bouche qui causent les caries. Il est important de se rappeler que les caries ne sont pas causées par la QUANTITÉ d’aliments ingérés mais plutôt par la période de TEMPS que les acides dans ces aliments restent en contact avec vos dents. 
 
Ces acides se forment principalement de deux façons :

  1. Ils sont produits par les bactéries qui se trouvent normalement dans notre bouche. Le sucre est une source d’énergie. Tout comme nos corps qui utilisent les sucres (glucides) pour de l’énergie, les bactéries dans notre bouche les utilisent aussi. Ces bactéries se trouvent souvent le long des gencives et sur les surfaces des dents.  

 

  1. Ils sont ingérés mais non lavés. Les produits laitiers et les jus contiennent respectivement des acides lactiques et des acides citriques. Si ces acides ne sont pas lavés, ils resteront autour des dents et causeront des caries.  

 
 
3e Mythe : C’est correct si un bébé se couche avec son biberon.
 
En tant que parent, je sais que c’est tentant de laisser son bébé s’endormir avec son biberon rempli de lait tiède ou de jus. Mais je dois insister sur le fait que ceci aura sûrement un impact négatif sur l’enfant pour le reste de sa vie. Dans notre pratique dentaire, nous voyons régulièrement des enfants et des adultes qui souffrent d’énormes caries et d’autres problèmes à vie à cause d’avoir pris un biberon ou une suce sucrée au lit lorsqu’ils étaient bébé.
 
« La carie du biberon » est sérieuse. Si les dents de lait se détériorent et deviennent infectées, ou si votre enfant perd trop de dents dans une courte période, il pourrait souffrir d’un retard dans le développement du langage. Il pourrait aussi avoir un impact sur ses dents adultes (affecter l’alignement ou attaquer les dents) et ses habitudes alimentaires.
 
 
4e Mythe : La première visite chez le dentiste devrait s’effectuer après que les dents de lait commencent à se détacher. 
 
Dès l’apparition de quelques dents, vous devrez faire un rendez-vous pour la première visite de votre enfant chez le dentiste. Le dentiste et son équipe vérifieront la position des dents et vous fourniront des renseignements sur les soins dentaires pour bébé. Votre enfant devrait avoir un premier nettoyage à l’âge de trois ans.
 
 
5e Mythe : La gomme à mâcher est déconseillée.
 
Au fait, c’est l’inverse qui est vrai…si la gomme est sans sucre. La gomme à mâcher facilite la production de salive dans la bouche, et la salive enlève les bactéries qui produisent les acides. Si vous n’avez pas le temps de vous brosser les dents, la gomme à mâcher vous aidera à garder la bouche propre.
 
 ** Veuillez noter : votre enfant peut avoir un tout petit morceau de gomme une fois qu’il est assez âgé pour l’avaler facilement.
 
 
Les soins dentaires sont un processus qui dure toute la vie, et Bella dentaire s’engage à vous aider à naviguer les étapes. Des dents en bonne santé sont essentielles à votre santé globale—et un beau sourire contribue à rehausser l’estime de soi.
 
L’équipe de Bella dentaire est ici pour répondre à toutes vos questions.
 
Revenez régulièrement à ce site Web pour lire la deuxième partie de cette série—l’adolescence !


 
 
Teeth.  There are many commonly held myths about our teeth and how we should be caring for them.  A prime example would be that baby teeth aren’t as important or that your oral health only has an impact on your mouth.  In this 3 part series, we will look at the myths associated with the various stages of life and provide you with the dental heath facts you need to dispel any misconceptions.
 
 
 
Babies and Children

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Myth 1:   Baby Teeth aren’t important - they are going to fall out anyway.
 
This is a largely held misconception.  Yes, your baby teeth will usually fall out - however, not caring for them properly can have serious consequences.  Baby teeth generally mark the spot for the adult teeth coming in after them.  Cavities and rot left untreated in baby teeth can, and do, impact the adult teeth that will come in behind them.  In severe circumstances, a cavity left unfilled can spread infection throughout the body and can open the child up to dire consequences.
 

 
Myth 2:  Too Much Sugar will Cause Cavities
 
Sugar in itself does not cause cavities.  Cavities are caused by acids in the mouth.  It is important to remember that is is not the AMOUNT of food ingested, but rather by the amount of TIME that it stays in contact with your teeth. 
 
There are 2 main ways that these acids are formed:

 
  • They are produced by the normal bacteria that resides in our mouth.  Sugar is a fuel source - just as our bodies will use sugars (carbs) in our bodies for fuel, the bacteria in our mouths will as well.  These bacteria are usually found along the gum line and on tooth surfaces.
  • They are ingested and not washed away.  Dairy products and juices contain lactic and citric acids respectively.  If these acids are not washed away, these acids will pool around the teeth and cause decay. 

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Myth 3:  It is ok to put a baby to bed with a bottle
 
As a parent, I know it is tempting to allow a baby to self-soothe using a bottle of warm milk or juice.  This is absolutely something that will have an impact the child for the rest of their lives.  In our dental practice, we routinely see children and adults that have an immense amount of decay and suffer from life-long problems from having slept with bottles or sweetened pacifiers.
 
Bottle Mouth is serious.  If baby teeth rot and become infected, or your child loses too many too quickly, there could be a serious influence on his speech development, it may impact his adult teeth - alter the alignment and corrode - and can have an effect on his eating habits.


 


Myth 4:  You should only see a dentist when teeth start becoming loose.
 
The best time to have a first visit to the dental office is soon as a few teeth have emerged.  The dentist and his team will look at how the teeth are emerging and provide you with guidelines for how to care for your baby’s teeth.   A first appointment for a cleaning should be taken when your child turns 3.
 

 
Myth 5:   Chewing gum is bad
 
The reverse is actually true… as long as it is sugar-free.  Chewing gum aids in the promotion of saliva in the mouth…. and saliva washes away acid producing bacteria.   If  there is no time to brush, chewing a piece of sugar-free gum will help keep your mouth clean. 
 
 ** Note:  your child should only be given a small piece of gum once he is old enough to swallow it safely.
 


 
Dental care is a life-long process and Bella dentaire is committed to helping you navigate from one life stage to the next.  Taking care of your teeth is an important component to staying healthy - and a bright smile boosts your confidence and self-esteem. 
 
The entire Bella dentaire team is here to help answer any of your questions or concerns.  
 
Stay tuned for part 2 in our series - Teen life!