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TMJ Awareness Month- All about TMJ

November 27, 2022

Filed under: General Dentistry — fava @ 12:00 am

TMJ, or Temporomandibular Joint, is a hinge-type, synovial, and condylar joint connecting your skull’s temporal bones and the mandible (the lower jawbone). Located on either side of the face, the Temporomandibular Joint assists our body in performing important actions like speaking and chewing.

All about TMJ

Any dysfunction or issues of the TMJ are called temporomandibular joint disorders. Pain from the disorder can be slight or severe, and it can be acute or chronic.

Symptoms of TMJ disorders include:

  • Tenderness or pain in the jaw
  • Earaches
  • Headaches
  • Neck or shoulder pain
  • Throbbing facial pain
  • Facial swelling
  • Chewing becomes painful or difficult
  • Closing or opening your mouth causes a painful grating, popping, or clicking in your jaw joint
  • Discomfort in either of the TMJs
  • Toothache
  • Tinnitus
  • Dizziness
  • Hearing loss
  • Joint locking

Women are more susceptible to TMJ disorders compared to men. These disorders are seen most commonly in the age group of 20-40 years old. Causes of TMJ dysfunction include:

  • Dislocation or erosion of the shock-absorbing disk of the joint
  • Damage of the cartilage in the joint due to arthritis
  • Acute trauma to the jaw joints or adjacent tissues
  • Stress
  • Bruxism

A dental health professional diagnoses a TMJ disorder using dental X-rays, CT and MRI scans, and TMJ arthroscopy.

TMJ solutions

Sometimes, the signs and symptoms of TMJ dysfunction can go away without treatment. Doctors suggest several treatment methods for persisting TMJ dysfunction symptoms. These include:


Medicines like anti-inflammatories and pain relievers prescribed by a dentist will help reduce severe pain that cannot be treated using OTC medications. Dentists also prescribe tricyclic antidepressants in decreasing doses for bruxism control, sleeplessness, and pain relief. Muscle relaxants are used to reduce the pain caused by muscle spasms.


TMJ therapy can include the following:

  • wearing mouth guards or oral splints to help reduce jaw pain
  • physical therapy, which includes exercises for strengthening the jaw muscles
  • counseling to rectify habits like finger biting


Treatment options for TMJ disorders include:

  • Arthrocentesis
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • TMJ arthroscopy
  • Modified condylotomy
  • Open-joint surgery

At-home solutions

Some remedies you can try at home include:

  • applying a hot or cold compress to the face
  • exercising the jaw muscles and massaging them
  • reduce stress
  • Sleep on your back
  • avoid habits like nail-biting and jaw clenching

 Torbram Dental offers Treatment for TMJ, ranging from a small splint that you wear during sleep to orthodontic treatment that improves the alignment of your bite. The splint realigns your jaw to take pressure off the TMJ and also cushions the tooth enamel to reduce wear and tear from nighttime teeth grinding and jaw clenching. The treatment that is right for you depends on the cause of the TMJ pain.


In certain situations, TMJ can be avoided by adopting or avoiding certain daily habits. These include:

  • Keeping jaw and face relaxed
  • Avoid biting on hard objects like nails or pens that can be tough on the jaw
  • Avoid excessive chewing on gum or foods that can cause jaw tension
  • Avoid forcefully cracking your neck; that can cause tension
  • Eat a soft diet
  • Look for common symptoms and contact a dental health professional

Jaw pain might not appear serious, particularly if it is erratic. TMJ dysfunction, however, can substantially impair daily activities like speaking, chewing, and biting if left untreated. However, this condition can be managed with proper medication, care, and lifestyle changes.

Holiday Dental Tips

November 15, 2022

Filed under: Press — fava @ 12:00 am

Torbram Dental weighs in on ten great tips for the holiday season. (Source: Absolute Dental, Top 10 Dental Tips For The Holidays, October 12, 2021, ).

Holidays will be upon us soon. And with them come all the delicacies you have been waiting for the entire year. Absolute Dental says that it’s natural for people to want to delight their taste buds and enjoy their favorite food during the festive season. Torbram Dental agrees, “while there is nothing wrong with wanting to enjoy all the scrumptious food and sweets, taking care of your dental health is important too.”

In the article, Absolute Dental offers ten practical dental cleaning tips for this holiday season.

Ten best holiday dental tips 

  1. Consume teeth-healthy foods 

Absolute Dental encourages you to eat teeth-healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and more.

Torbram Dental shares, “consuming such foods will keep your teeth in good health. And while it is okay to indulge in your favorite treats during holidays, striking a balance by eating teeth-healthy food is also important. Make room for carrots, apples, and cucumbers in your plate because they keep your mouth fresh and teeth healthy.”

2 . Avoid certain food items 

In the original article, Absolute Dental recommends avoiding food items like sugary, sticky chewy, and hard food. Torbram Dental says, “while it is difficult to refrain from indulging in holiday sweets and treats, certain foods can stick to your teeth. When sticky foods get stuck between your teeth and are difficult to remove, it could potentially cause long-term oral health issues.” 

3 . Schedule your post-holiday dental checkup now 

Torbram Dental says, “to ensure that your teeth remain in their best health, go to your post-holiday dental cleaning and check now. Do not wait for the holidays to be over to visit your dentist.”

4 . Follow your dental health routine 

The original article stresses the importance of following your oral health routine throughout the holidays. “While it can be tempting to let go of your oral health routine during holidays, you should never do that,” suggests Torbram Dental.

5 . Don’t open presents with your teeth 

Many people tend to open presents with their teeth. Absolute Dental suggests not doing that. Torbram Dental agrees with this and says, “opening presents with your teeth can weaken the enamel and cause cracks in your teeth.”

6 . Drink a lot of water 

The original article also recommends drinking plenty of water to boost oral health. Torbram Dental shares, “along with improving your skin and keeping you hydrated, water can also remove bacteria on your teeth and keep your mouth fresh.”

7 . Have cinnamon gum

Torbram Dental shares, “cinnamon gum comes with cinnamon aldehyde- an ingredient that boosts your salivary glands. It can help you keep the oral bacteria at bay.”

8 . Drink clear beverages 

Torbram Dental shares, “consuming delicious light-colored or clear beverages will keep your teeth white. Dark-coloured beverages like red wine, sodas, and coffee can affect teeth and contribute to discolouration.”

9 . Nibble on chucks of cheese 

Agreeing with the original article’s ninth advice, Torbram Dental suggests, “nibbling on a chunk of cheese between bubbly sips will cut the acid content. It also protects your teeth’s enamel.”

10 . Have teeth cleaning kits handy 

Torbram Dental shares, “sometimes it becomes incredibly challenging to avoid holiday sweets and festive treats. In such a case, keeping your teeth cleaning kit with you can be very helpful.”  According to Torbram Dental, “taking care of your teeth cleaning and oral health can help you enjoy the holiday season even more. So, consider the recommendations made in the original article and ensure that your teeth stay healthy this holiday season!” 

Happy National Brush Day !

November 13, 2022

Filed under: Family Dentistry,General Dentistry — fava @ 12:00 am

Do you know about National Brush Day and its significance? It’s a day that celebrates dental health habits and reminds us about the importance of good oral health. Here’s all you need to know about National Brush Day.

What is National Brush Day?

National Brush Day is celebrated every year on the 1st of November. Also known as Brush Your Teeth Day, this day is a great reminder to care for our dental health. But how do we celebrate National Brush Day? Here’s what you can do to honor the day and what it stands for:

  • Book a dental cleaning appointment with your dentist. Thorough check-ups and cleaning of your teeth and gum are essential to maintain oral health. Getting an appointment during this time may be difficult due to the new year crowd. However, you can always pre-book your appointment for a thorough dental cleaning.
  • Sugar is the biggest enemy of dental and gum hygiene—Honor National Brush Day by creating an effective plan for reducing sugar intake. Replace sugary drinks with 100% fruit-based drinks. Stop eating sugary snacks, and look for teeth-friendly ingredients. Managing sugar cravings is challenging since everything around us is teeming with sugar. You must have a systematic plan to overcome sugar addiction.
  • Basic oral care hygiene is crucial for everyone. Remember to brush and floss your teeth twice a day, every day.
  • Pay attention to small oral health issues. When left untreated, minor dental problems can turn into severe health conditions. 

Managing sugar

Managing sugar intake during the festive season is challenging, especially for kids. Halloween, for example, is a sugary feast for kids. However, the problem isn’t a single night of candy bingeing. The leftover candies continue to increase sugar intake for kids.

For this National Brush Day, make sure you have a plan to deal with sugary treats. The end of Halloween marks the beginning of the festive season, with Christmas and New Year around the corner. This is also the time when we knowingly or unknowingly consume a lot of sugar.

Here are some strategies to manage sugar consumption during the festive season:

  • Donate leftover candies
  • Consider non-food options for celebrations, like picnics, movie nights, amusement parks, etc.
  • Go for sugar-free candies if completely avoiding them is not possible
  • Only buy a little candy at a time. Buying in small batches will help you control consumption
  • Try healthy versions of traditional desserts that incorporate sugar alternatives

Following these tips, you can effectively manage sugar consumption for yourself and your family this festive season.

Toothbrush tips

Since it’s National Brush Day, we must first know how to use a brush properly. Here are a few quick tips on that:

  • Always floss before brushing your teeth
  • Use a soft-bristled brush
  • Use your brush at a 45° angle
  • Brush both the inner and outer sides of your teeth
  • Brush the top of your back teeth
  • Use a circular motion while brushing to get a deep cleanse
  • Rinse with mouthwash after brushing your teeth
  • Please don’t keep your toothbrush near the toilet since the brush can catch free-flowing bacteria from the air around it
  • Don’t share toothbrushes with anyone. It’s the easiest way of catching a contagious disease.

Technology has made everything more accessible, including brushing. Electric toothbrushes are significantly more effective than regular toothbrushes for cleaning leftover food particles.

Massaging your gums and cleaning your tongue are two things you must do for long-term dental health.

We at Torbram Dental hope you have a happy and healthy National Brush Day. Take this day to remind yourself and those around you of the importance of dental health.

Did you know your teeth and organs may be connected?

November 6, 2022

Filed under: General Dentistry — fava @ 12:00 am

An introduction to holistic dentistry 

Holistic dentistry is a branch of traditional medicine that traces the relationship between oral health and overall physical and mental well-being. There are various approaches to holistic dentistry, like traditional Chinese medicine, ayurvedic treatments, acupuncture, essential oil therapy, and so on.

Traditional Chinese medicine is particularly concerned with holistic dentistry. Chinese meridian charts are used for acupuncture, but they can also trace the relationship between each tooth and our overall health.

Let’s find out more about the Chinese meridian chart and how it can improve your oral health.

The connection

Traditional Chinese medicine, like conventional medicine systems from other cultures, believes in holistic well-being and interconnectedness of the mind and the body. For example, the concept of qi (or chi) is based on the idea that vital life energy flows through our bodies. This energy is called qi/chi, and it’s necessary to maintain health.

However, there can be blockages in the flow of qi/chi. Whenever there’s a blockage, our bodies become weak and sick. Traditional Chinese medicine aims to ensure the free flow of qi/chi. This life energy flows through ‘channels’ in our bodies, and these channels are called meridians.

Traditional Chinese medicine describes 12 primary meridians and many minor meridians. Teeth fall under the minor meridians category. A tooth meridian chart illustrates the relationship between our teeth and different parts of the body.

For example, the third molars on the lower and upper jaw are associated with the heart. At the same time, the premolars on the lower jaw connect to the stomach. Your liver is related to your canine teeth. Similarly, each tooth has a corresponding organ that it affects.

Teeth and your health

Many of us are already aware of the effect of oral health on our entire body. It’s primarily because everything we eat goes inside our body through our mouth. Like other organs, our teeth and gums are teeming with good and bad bacteria—the likelihood of having harmful bacteria increases if you don’t brush and floss daily. Imbalances in saliva flow can also cause diseases.

Some of the most common diseases associated with oral health are Endocarditis, Pneumonia, and heart attacks. Though the relationship between cardiovascular diseases and oral health is not fully understood, some sources claim that oral inflammatory bacteria can clog arteries.

Poor oral health is also connected to oral cancer, as documented in this 2018 study. While the leading causes of oral cancer are tobacco and alcohol consumption, poor oral health increases the likelihood of cancer.

Specific oral health conditions are also linked to dementia and cognitive impairment. According to a study, tooth extraction, edentulousness, dental cavities, and gingivitis increase the risk of dementia and cognitive impairment.

Holistic well-being is only possible with special attention to oral health. Both modern medicine and traditional medicine systems highlight the importance of oral health. Routine dental cleaning with a dentist is the easiest solution to a range of oral health problems. At the same time, at-home care with brushing and flossing is the foundation of good oral health.

Correcting Imperfections With Dental Bonding

October 23, 2022

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry,Restorative Dentistry — fava @ 12:00 am

Do you suffer from awkward-looking teeth? You might feel uncomfortable because of dental imperfections, which may occur due to misalignment or improper development of teeth. Dental imperfections may be of several types; read on to know more about them.

Dental imperfection types:

1. Chips or cracks-

A portion of the teeth may be chipped or cracked due to an accident or injury.

2. Mis-shaped teeth-

Poor habits like sucking fingers or certain injuries can cause misalignment of teeth leading to misshapen teeth.

3. Gaps in teeth-

This may happen due to poor dental health or improper jaw-to-teeth ratio.

4. Discoloured teeth-

Teeth may be discolored due to poor dental health, oral diseases, or deficiency of minerals like calcium. In such cases, dental cleaning and teeth whitening are advised.

Dental bonding is a type of cosmetic dentistry that can help rectify these dental imperfections and make the teeth look younger. 

Dental bonding:

Dental bonding or teeth bonding is a process in which a resin material is applied and hardened. UV light is used to bond the material to the tooth so as to restore the naturally beautiful smile. 

Advantages of dental bonding-

1. It helps to close the space between teeth.

2. It makes the teeth look young.

3. It gives a good shape to the teeth.

4. It repairs cracked or chipped teeth.

5. It improves the appearance of discolored teeth.

Dental bonding helps us to achieve overall health and well-being by improving our smile and giving us much-needed confidence due to the perfect smile. A properly aligned jaw due to teeth bonding helps prevent several other issues.

The procedure of dental bonding:

1. The dentist will select a composite resin material according to the teeth’ color.

2. They will then roughen the tooth surface and applies a conditioning liquid.

3. Your dentist will apply the composite resin material by molding and smoothing it in the desired shape.

4. Then, the dentist will use UV light to harden the resin.

5. Lastly, they will polish your tooth for a natural shine. 

The process usually may take about 30 minutes, in some cases 60 minutes per tooth. The dental bonding procedure provided by Torbram Dental is painless and very effective.

Taking care of teeth for overall good health:

It would be best if you took care of your dental imperfections to achieve the perfect smile and prevent several other complications. Dental imperfections can lead to tooth decay, oral infection, inflammation, bad breath, or even nerve damage!

Misshapen teeth are challenging to clean and are prone to bacterial infections, which may lead to chronic inflammation. This, in turn, can potentially cause several chronic diseases due to reduced immune response. 

Therefore, taking care of your dental health can significantly impact your overall health and help prevent diseases like Alzheimer’s or cardiac ailments.

Tips for maintaining good oral health:

1. Be consistent with oral hygiene 

2. Visit your dentist 

3. Don’t ignore dental treatments 

4. Balanced healthy diet 

5. Minimize stress

6. Avoid unhealthy habits – sugar, tobacco products, and alcohol  A healthy body with a healthy smile is not difficult to achieve. It all starts with some essential habits. If things go wrong, there is always professional help that can help achieve good oral and overall health. Contact Torbram Dental today for more information.

Celebrate Healthy Smiles For Halloween

October 16, 2022

Filed under: Press — fava @ 12:00 am

Torbram Dental weighs in on this Halloween season and the top ten tips to guard oral health. (Source: Canadian Dental Association, Helpful Tips for Healthy Smiles at Halloween, ).

This Halloween, let’s look at ten helpful dental care tips to guard your oral health!

Halloween can be a lot of fun, but it’s also hard on your teeth. You risk consuming too much sugar between the candy and the festive snacking, which can lead to cavities or even gum disease if you’re not careful. Many people don’t think of their dental health during the Halloween season. It’s essential to keep in mind that excess sugar consumption is harmful to your dental hygiene as well as your overall health.

Sugar reacts with the bacteria within the plaque and reacts with it to produce acid. This acid is responsible for tooth decay as it slowly dissolves the enamel cover of the teeth, creating cavities in them. This can lead to tooth abscesses, which may ultimately result in the tooth having to be removed. The good news is that you can enjoy Halloween by following specific health tips shared by the Canadian Dental Association – read below to know more!

Tips for a healthy Halloween

The first tip shared by the Canadian Dental Association is to have a game plan. Torbram Dental states that having a strategy before heading out for trick-or-treating is a great way to set healthy boundaries. For example, instead of visiting the whole neighbourhood, visit the houses on a few streets. The duration of trick-or-treating matters to ensure things do not go out of hand. Set a timer as you stroll the streets to let your young ones know it’s time to head home. You can easily set up a treats-per-day limit by ensuring sugar intake does not exceed 50 g a day. By reading the nutrition facts label carefully – you can be aware of whether you are crossing the limit or not. Limiting sugar and treats is not only meant for children; adults also need a reminder or two to limit their sweets. Torbram Dental suggests dividing treats into sandwich bags or, as the saying goes, “out of sight, out of mind,” place treats where they are not easily accessible. 

The second tip is all about eating treats only during meals. Torbram Dental shares that aligning candy consumption with meal times can help the sugar concentration not to spike too much. The food helps to slow down the digestive process. We can end a nice meal on a sweeter note by having a small treat at a time. This would make us appreciate the treat a lot more too! Parents can also take the initiative by teaching their kids the benefit of eating a healthy meal together as a family without sugary distractions.

The third tip is about using smaller trick-or-treat bags and cutting out candies that are not preferred to reduce waste. According to Torbram Dental, this has several benefits, such as the most apparent reduced sugar intake. Some homes give the option of small trinkets, toys, or activity books. We recommend speaking to your neighbours and discussing other trick-or-treat options!

The fourth tip concerns properly fitting costumes to prevent trips & falls. Torbram Dental suggests that apart from correct fitting, it is also essential to ensure the costume’s weight distribution is appropriately adjusted. Therefore, preventing any accidental trips or falls that may result in a dental emergency. 

The fifth tip advises kids to avoid masks, and Torbram Dental could not agree more. Masks make it difficult to breathe and difficult to see things. It is advisable to use a safe make-up kit instead.

We’re halfway there; let’s look at the remaining tips

The sixth is about parents being responsible for what treats their kids eat. According to Torbram Dental – this is a no-brainer! – Being mindful of which ingredient might cause an allergic reaction is paramount. Hard candies are not recommended for those with braces or with sensitive teeth. It is vital to check treats and trick-or-treat bags thoroughly after the kids return home for safety. 

The seventh tip is about being disciplined and consuming treats at a specific time of day, not gorging on them constantly. Torbram Dental suggests following the second tip to resolve this problem and ideally only consuming treats during the daytime before physical activity. Brushing and flossing your teeth after having a treat is also highly advisable to prevent tooth decay!

Number eight is about eating a balanced diet. According to Torbram Dental, it is important to teach kids that healthy meals and snacks are better for their health and should always come first. Little ones should have a nutritious meal before going out. This will ensure they indulge less in sugary treats.

The ninth tip advises practicing brushing, flossing, and rinsing after eating sugar-filled treats. Torbram Dental suggests parents to encourage this habit in their kids early on, regardless of seasonal festivities. This will significantly reduce the risks of cavity build-up and tooth decay by removing the sugars and acids.

Lastly, the tenth tip is about not being scared of Halloween and candies; instead, being mindful of celebrating it responsibly by following these tips. Torbram Dental expresses that Halloween is not only about candy consumption. It can be celebrated by watching a spooky movie as a family or with friends. Kids can also have fun at fall festivals, carving pumpkins, baking treats, crafting, or having a game night.

Now that you are equipped with all these tips and tricks follow them this Halloween to ensure optimal oral health for your family. Torbram Dental wishes you a spooky and safe Halloween ahead!

Missing An Adult Tooth? No Problem!

October 9, 2022

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry,Dental Implants — fava @ 12:00 am

Missing an adult tooth can be worrisome. The great news is that the issue can be resolved and tackled with several options. You are not alone if you are missing a permanent tooth or two. A notable percentage of the world’s population often suffers from conditions like hypodontia, where one or more permanent teeth do not emerge. Other causes of missing teeth can be poor dental health, inherited ailment, genetic condition, gum disease, or injury.

Causes of a missing adult tooth

Gum disease – Periodontitis or gum disease leads to infection and will inevitably damagedamage the gum’s soft tissue. If left untreated, it may loosen one or more teeth and finally result in tooth loss. 

Tooth decay – Cavities are a common cause of tooth loss. Tooth decay is a result of severely damaged tooth enamel. Improper teeth cleaning, bacteria in the mouth, plaque, and snacking on too much sugary or high-carb foods may cause tooth decay.

Injury – Traumatic dental injuries and tooth loss may result from sports or accidents.

Hypodontia – Hypodontia, also known as Congenitally missing teeth, is mainly inherited. 

Besides impacting appearance and a toothy smile, missing teeth may have a wide-ranging effect on oral health. Avoiding treatment to replace missing teeth may pose a severe risk to your overall dental health. Missing teeth may affect speech, the ability to chew, damaged gum, weak jaw muscles, increased risk of developing cavities, and loss of self-confidence.

These are good reasons why a proficient dentist or an endodontist should be consulted to replace missing teeth as soon as possible. 

Dental implants 

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are artificial tooth replacements. Dental implants are secured and anchored into the jawbone with screw-like devices. 

Who is a candidate for dental implants? 

Dental implants as a replacement for a missing tooth are not suitable for everyone. The right candidate for an implant is someone with good oral health, sufficient bone density, and strong gums or jaw bones. If this is not the case, other or additional options may be discussed at your dental appointment. 

Benefits of dental implants 

Dental implants are an innovative and reliable replacement for missing teeth. These implants mimic natural teeth and come with several long-term benefits. Dental implants last a lifetime, restore full chewing power, stabilize adjacent teeth, prevent bone loss and gum disease, and prevent facial sagging. 

What is the procedure of a dental implant?

A dental implant is a surgical procedure where tooth roots are replaced with screw-like metal devices. They are fitted to the jawbone by drilling holes. A crown mimicking a natural tooth is fixed on top. 

Maintenance and after-care tips for dental implants 

Dental implants replicate natural teeth and need a proper dental cleaning. Rinsing the mouth regularly to keep food away from the surgery site helps in healing. Washing the mouth with warm salt water prevents bacterial growth. After a few days of surgery, regular brushing with standard toothpaste will keep the dental implants clean. The implant should not be purposely disturbed with the tongue. Smoking should be avoided to keep the mouth healthy and allow better healing. 

Dental implants are prostheses and do not get affected by cavities like natural teeth. Regular teeth cleaning routines like brushing and flossing can be resumed once the surgery site has healed. 

Dental bridges 

A dental bridge is, in essence, a false tooth cemented to fill the gap where a tooth is missing. A dental bridge can be made of gold, porcelain, or other materials. 

There are four types of dental bridges. 

A traditional dental bridge – A traditional dental bridge is the most popular dental bridge. It is used when there are two teeth present on either side of the missing tooth. The dental bridge or the false tooth is held in place by cementing dental crowns onto either side of the abutment teeth. 

Cantilever dental bridge – Almost similar to a traditional dental bridge, in a cantilever bridge, the false tooth is held in place by cementing a dental crown to only one abutment tooth. 

Maryland dental bridge – This tooth replacement mechanism is similar to the traditional dental bridge. Here, instead of cementing, the false tooth is bonded with a metal or porcelain framework to the back of the two adjacent teeth. 

An implant-supported dental bridge – As the name suggests, this type of dental bridge is fixed with dental implants. It is a surgical procedure and, in most cases, requires two surgeries. 

Why do you need a dental bridge?

When a tooth or few teeth are missing from the mouth, it can disrupt the working of the entire dental setup. A dental bridge is one of the most common teeth replacement procedures that can help stabilize a broken or decayed tooth. 

What are the advantages of dental bridges?

A dental bridge can address several issues resulting from missing teeth. It can restore chewing ability, prevent shifting of other teeth, prevent distorted speech and pronunciation, and restore the shape of the face. 

How long does a dental bridge last?

Dental bridges have a great life span and can last from five to seven years, depending on regular professional dental cleaning and personal oral hygiene. 

It is easy to take care of a dental bridge. Proper dental health care, timely professional teeth cleaning, and a healthy fiber-rich diet can help prevent tooth decay and keep dental bridges in good shape. Avoid chewy food and fibrous meat to prevent interference with dental bridges.

With many options available, replacing a missing tooth is not a problem. However, avoiding treatment can make things worse. Early treatment can save you from tooth-related trouble and restore your smile. Contact Torbram Dental today for more information!

Celebrate World Smile Day

October 1, 2022

Filed under: Children's Dentistry,Family Dentistry,General Dentistry — fava @ 12:00 am



How do you feel when you receive a smile from someone? Probably good, right? The truth is that smiling has an effect on how we feel about ourselves, as well as how others perceive us. It can significantly improve our health over time. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, smiling may even help prevent heart disease, boost mental health, and lower stress levels. It’s no wonder that people who visit the dentist regularly are happier and more confident! Here’s more information on how a great smile can improve your overall health.

The Importance of Smiling

A great smile can have a profound effect on your mental health and overall health. Patients who are more at ease with their smile will likely be happier about coming in for appointments, less likely to reschedule, and show higher levels of compliance with dental hygiene habits. For those looking for a smile enhancement, let’s take a look at the importance of smiling. 

  • The act of smiling, or seeing someone with a great smile, has been shown to reduce stress levels, increase patience and improve interpersonal skills. It also improves your mood! When you’re happy and relaxed, keeping healthy habits like brushing and flossing that protect teeth and gums from oral disease is easier.
  • Did you know that smiling boosts the immune system and releases endorphins, which are natural painkillers? Grinning encourages dental hygiene habits, such as brushing, teeth cleaning, and flossing. Plus, veneers can help improve your teeth and smile quickly. Now you know a great smile can make you feel better mentally and physically!
  • Smiling has been shown to reduce blood pressure and boost your mood. Plus, smiling can give you confidence when going out in public. Whether you have good dental hygiene or are looking for something more cosmetic, it’s essential to maintain a beautiful smile!
  • It has been said and a known fact that smiling is the most powerful form of self-expression. All it takes is a little smile to get everyone around you smiling too!
  • In a professional setting, smiling is an essential part of how you present yourself to others. Nobody feels secure doing business with someone who doesn’t smile – everyone deserves a little joy now and then!
  • There is an interesting correlation between smiling and having a more positive attitude. Positive thoughts can trigger hormones like serotonin, endorphins, and dopamine.

How to Improve your Smile

  • Teeth Whitening Kits – Opalescence tooth whitening kits are made to whiten teeth in a non-invasive way. The Opalescence kit comes with everything you need to whiten your teeth, including trays and whitening gel. 
  • Before using the kit, it is recommended to first brush your teeth and floss them to remove any food particles or bacteria.
  •  Dispense a small drop of whitening product into each tooth space on whitening trays. Avoid getting gel on the gums; if this occurs, please use a cotton swab to wipe away excess product to minimize irritation of the gums.
  • Opalescence tooth whitening systems are to be worn overnight for best results. However, suppose you are not comfortable wearing them overnight. In that case, opalescence tooth whitening systems could also be worn for 2-4 hours twice a day.
  • Dental Bonding: An effective procedure to improve your smile by correcting imperfections such as chips, cracks, gaps, or discolouration. A dentist will use dental bonding to cover the surfaces of teeth with a composite resin material. Dental bonding does not weaken teeth because it’s put on the outside, whereas fillings must be drilled into them.
  • Dental Check-ups – Maintaining proper oral hygiene is essential because it can prevent more severe oral health conditions. Visiting your dentist regularly and undergoing procedures like veneers or brushing and flossing your teeth are simple ways to improve your smile’s appearance.
  • Cosmetic Dentistry – Cosmetic dentistry is an effective way to re-freshen a smile that has lost its sheen and shape over the years. It can also help fix any injury that has occurred to restore a smile to its original beauty. Cosmetic dentistry uses state-of-the-art medical science to help restructure and contour your teeth while enhancing your smile.

Let’s Celebrate World Smile Day

World Smile Day is celebrated on October 1st, and it is time to get the smile of your dreams. After all, the oral health habits you develop now will have an impact on your smile for the rest of your life. You can celebrate this day in all kinds of fun ways, such as:

  • Performing a random act of kindness
  • Use a smile emoji on every text you send
  • See a stand-up comedy show
  • Watch a funny movie
  • Tell someone a funny joke
  • Make a “Happy Songs” playlist & share it with friends

Now that you’re well-informed about the power of a smile & its relation to dental hygiene & your overall health – it is time to go out & celebrate it! Contact Ashraf Dentistry and book an appointment today! 

Tooth Brushing Mistakes

September 19, 2022

Filed under: General Dentistry — fava @ 12:00 am

For complete oral care, only brushing your teeth is not enough. One should be aware of the appropriate technique for brushing teeth, how long and how frequently to brush, the kind of toothbrushes to use, the importance of flossing, and finally, when to visit your dentist. Here’s a list of common tooth brushing mistakes one should avoid.

  • Brushing once a day: Brushing only once a day cannot prevent plaque and bacteria build-up. Therefore, can cause bad breath, cavities, and gum disease.
  • Brushing too hard: Most people believe brushing hard in rapid motion can help clean better. But doing this can damage the enamel layer, causing hypersensitivity, and can form ditches called cervical abrasions. Therefore, it can cause your gums to recede and cause bleeding.
  • Using hard bristled brush: The way you brush is what keeps your teeth clean. Hard bristled brushes can erode the enamel, causing hypersensitivity, and can damage your gums.
  • Not changing your brushes every 3-4 months/after an infection: Flared bristles indicate overused brushes and should be changed immediately. They don’t clean properly and can damage gums. You must keep your brush in a clean, dry place and can disinfect it once a week.
  • No flossing: Flossing cleans the hard-to-reach interdental areas of teeth. This makes up at least 30% of the entire tooth surface area. 
  • Not reaching every surface of each tooth: If a tooth is left unbrushed on a continual basis, the plaque and bacteria build up to cause oral diseases. 
  • Forgetting to brush the back of the teeth: The back of your teeth are not usually visible and contain a lot of plaque. Using an electric toothbrush with a long neck will help you reach the back of your teeth and eliminate unwanted bacteria. In addition, visiting the dentist for a dental cleaning will ensure no tooth gets left behind in the cleaning process. 
  • Forgetting about tongue and gums: Your tongue and gums are equally important for good oral health. Ignoring your tongue and gums can result in oral infections. A tongue cleaner is a fantastic tool to keep on the bathroom counter alongside other oral care tools. 

Your Tooth Brushing Routine 

You will need :

  • Toothpaste 
  • Toothbrush
  • Floss
  • Tongue cleaner
  • Mouthwash

Types of brushes: Manual/ electric 

Manual brushes are the standard plastic/bamboo-handled brushes that are used most extensively. They may have hard, medium, or soft bristles. Electric brushes are the ones that are battery-powered or can be charged and have a rotating and vibrating head that helps to clean tooth surfaces and help clean hard-to-reach places.

Toothpaste for adults must be fluoridated. Fluoride helps make a protective covering over our teeth to prevent caries. Kids require a pea-sized amount of paste for brushing. Children under three years should not be given fluoridated toothpaste.

How to brush correctly?

It would be best if you ideally changed your toothbrush every 3-4 months or after recuperating from an infection.

Steps to brush your teeth correctly

  • Wet your brush and apply a pea-sized amount of paste to the brush.
  • Start with one corner of your mouth and clean the tooth surfaces in circular motions. Clean the gum line at a 45-degree angle. 
  • Move your brush in a back-and-forth motion over the occlusal surfaces. 
  • Clean along the inside edges of all the teeth as well. Hold your brush straight and flip it to clean the inside surfaces of the front and backside of your teeth. 
  • Clean the tongue thoroughly. You can do this with your brush or with a tongue-cleaning tool. Most handheld toothbrushes have raised lines on the back to assist with tongue cleaning. 
  • Floss all interdental areas.
  • Rinse with plain water or mouthwash.
  • This process should take at least 2-3minutes from start to finish.

How to Floss?

  • Break 1-1.5feet /12-18inches of dental floss.
  • Wound it tightly between the thumb and index fingers of both hands.
  • Place floss between two teeth.
  • Curve it into a C shape at the top of the gum to mould the base of the tooth. 
  • Move up and down to remove build-ups.
  • Repeat with all teeth.

When in doubt, ask your dentist 

As a thumb rule, most adults require a professional dental cleaning twice a year. People who smoke are required to do this more frequently. It is advised to see your dentist every six months, even if you don’t have any oral issues, to maintain optimum oral health.

Professional dental cleaning involves detailed cleaning of all your teeth using an ultrasonic machine known as a dental scaler. The machine tip vibrates to loosen particles from your teeth. This may include tartar, plaque, and calculus, along with stains. This may take 20-50 minutes, depending on the level of cleaning required. The ultrasonic scaling is followed by polishing tooth surfaces to make them smooth.

It is recommended to talk to your dental health provider about/ family dentist about:

  • How frequently should you get dental cleaning done?
  • Which products do you need to use besides your toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss? This is important when you wear dental braces or other intraoral appliances and spacers.
  • Whether you may need a mouth astringent to help your gums. 
  • If you need betadine or saline gargles
  • If you need to mouthwash regularly.
  • How to manage halitosis/ bad breath if you suffer from it despite brushing well.
  • What are the side effects of using mouthwash daily (staining in solid chlorhexidine cases)?
  • Side effects of frequent dental cleaning, if any.
  • Ask your dentist to learn how to clean your teeth after tooth removal or oral surgery.
  • Other alternatives to conventional toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • How to educate other family members on oral health.

Contact Torbram Dental and book your dental cleaning today!

Avoid These Dental Behaviours

September 15, 2022

Filed under: Press — fava @ 12:00 am

Torbram Dental weighs in on the ten worst behaviours for your teeth. (Source: Dentistry & You, powered by Dear Doctor Magazine, November 5, 2016, ).  

A beautiful smile is one of the first things we observe about the people we meet. However, having a great smile requires having healthy teeth. Brushing twice a day, flossing regularly, using rinses, and visiting your dentist every few months are excellent habits that encourage optimal oral health. However, despite all these good habits, Torbram Dental thinks there are a few things you should know that can unknowingly harm your teeth. Read along to know what some of them are.

Not using the right toothbrush: A toothbrush with very hard or soft bristles might not help you get the proper cleaning needed to maintain good oral health. Torbram Dental says, “It is important to talk to your dentist to know the best toothbrush for you. Very hard bristled brushes can cause abrasion of the enamel layer, leading to hypersensitivity and gum recession.”

When you brush too hard or too much: Many people believe brushing hard can remove tooth stains, which is not true. Torbram Dental states, “Brushing your teeth too hard or for a long period or two frequently (more than 2-3 times a day) can cause hypersensitivity and can also lead to dental root exposure or fracture.”

Nail biting: Torbram Dental explains, “Nail biting is a common side effect of anxiety or nervousness. But this harmful habit can lead to minor surface fractures of teeth. An abundant amount of bacteria and germs also collect under the nail. This bacteria can creep into your mouth and cause issues.”

Grinding and clenching: Grinding off your teeth in anger or frustration can cause severe attrition of your teeth surfaces. Torbram Dental explains, “Night-time grinding or clenching of the jaw involuntarily during sleep is called bruxism. The exact cause of bruxism is unknown. Still, it is thought to be associated with feelings of post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, nervousness, and fear. The treatment for bruxism involves wearing acrylic plates over the teeth made in the shape of your dentition. These are known as dental night guards.”

Chewing on ice cubes: The tendency to chew on materials that are not typical, like ice cubes, chalk, or mud, is found to be associated with iron deficiency anemia. Torbram Dental tells us, “This disorder is known as Pica. Some people might do this for fun, but it is important to understand that your teeth are not designed for chewing on such hard substances. The structure of your teeth will not withstand the downward pressure of the force required to break the ice or other hard substances for a long time. This harmful habit can cause microfractures on your teeth or even major enamel damage, which might require extensive restoration or removal treatment.”

Using teeth as tools: Torbram Dental emphasises that “Your teeth are for chewing food, not hard things like metal, ice, or stone. They will not withstand the vertical stresses of breaking up or opening hard substances like opening soda bottle caps, bending metal with your teeth for opening canisters, or tearing tags from clothes. They may chip off or leave you in severe pain in case of vertical fractures.”

Dry mouth or dehydration: About saliva, Torbram Dental explains, “Your saliva is full of minerals which strengthen your dental enamel. It contains factors that help your blood clot after an oral injury. Saliva also maintains the oral pH by neutralizing the acids in the mouth. A dry mouth reduces this action of saliva. It can ultimately cause an increase in dental caries, infections, and bad odour from your mouth.”

Sugary foods/ drinks and high carbs: Drinks and foods with high sugar content are breeding grounds for cavity-causing bacteria. Torbram Dental says, “The bacterial colonies which cause dental caries ferment the sugars present in these foods and increase the acidic pH in the mouth. These excess acids then easily start breaking down the crystalline structure of the dental enamel of your teeth. This causes decay and cavity formation on your teeth.”

Excess tea/ coffee or soda consumption: You may wonder about the stains on your teeth despite cleaning your teeth well. Torbram Dental informs, “Extrinsic stains on tooth surfaces are widespread among people who consume a lot of tea, coffee, and other soda drinks containing food colouring. Continuous consumption of these drinks causes the food pigment to accumulate on the uneven surfaces of the tooth. This leaves a brown stain on teeth, a susceptible ground for tartar accumulation and cavity formation.”

Indulging in contact sports without wearing any proper mouthguards: Mouthguards are essential when we are playing contact sports like football, wrestling, boxing, karate, taekwondo, etc. Torbram Dental says, “Mouth guards should be worn wherever there is a chance of any high-velocity object hitting your face or when the sport involves facial hits. Wearing appropriate mouthguards can prevent many unpleasant accidents like broken/ loosened teeth, lip cuts, bruises, and other dental or oral damage.”

Torbram Dental adds, “If you have a dental habit that you find difficult to break, ask for help! Your dentist will offer their best advice and guide you accordingly.”

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