May 31, 2017
With more sunshine and longer days, many parents also find themselves spending more time with family. As kids get out of school for the summer, we recommend scheduling family dental checkups at White Willow Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. These summertime visits offer maximum convenience since you won’t have to worry about taking kids out of school. If it’s time for your child’s six month checkup, contact us to schedule an appointment today. We can’t wait to hear all about your child’s plans for summer fun!
January 12, 2016
According to the Canadian Dental Association (CDA), children should have an initial dental visit after they develop their first tooth or before their first birthday. This initial visit is quick, painless, and stress free for you and your little one. At White Willow Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer our littlest patients oral health care that grows with their smiles beginning with these early childhood dental wellness checks.
December 9, 2015
Over the past several decades, dentistry and general healthcare have undertaken a shift in priority. In the past, dentists and physicians emphasized treating problems after they occurred, but today, the focus is on preventive care to maintain optimal oral and whole body health. Years of research, training, and experience have shown it’s easier to stop a problem from happening than it is to correct damage after the fact. It’s no surprise that orthodontists have come to the same conclusion. For this reason, more young people than ever are receiving early orthodontic intervention to allow permanent teeth to develop in ideal alignment rather than shifting already developed smiles.
November 5, 2015
When I was approached by my lawyer, Michael Carabash at DMC Law, to go on a mission trip to Jamaica I was absolutely thrilled. I have always wanted to get involved in a charity dental organization but never knew where to start. Now I had the opportunity to give back and travel to a beautiful place at the same time.
Before getting to Jamaica there was quite some planning involved. Our group had to send over supplies and tooth brushes ahead so that we would have that ready for when we arrived. I had a lot of help from our supplier Patterson Dental, who donated anesthetic, needles, masks and gloves, to name a few. Over 200 toothbrushes were also sent down on behalf of White Willow Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.
August 19, 2015
The variety of products available to consumers has drastically increased over the past couple of decades. Unfortunately, that increase in choice hasn’t made our ability to choose any easier. This increase in variety has certainly extended to oral healthcare products, and toothpaste is a classic example. Grocery stores and pharmacies stock countless options: mint, cinnamon, whitening, fluoride, sensitive, extra-sensitive, extra-extra-sensitive… how do we decide? The choice you make does matter, but it’s really not that difficult. Read below to find out what type of toothpaste is best for your unique mouth.
General dentist Samantha Amaro DMD in the Scarborough Area Urges Seniors to Continue with Dental Hygiene and Check-Ups
July 24, 2015
Good dental care shouldn’t stop in one’s senior years. General dentist Dr. Samantha Amaro in the Scarborough area recommends seniors have regular exams and cleanings, along with denture fit assessments and oral cancer screenings.
Senior dental care optimizes overall health and well-being
Individuals in every age group need good dental care. From children to teens to young and middle-aged adults and seniors, how teeth and gums function impacts how the rest of the person feels and lives.
General dentist Samantha Amaro DMD in the Scarborough area stresses preventive dental services for all her patients. Seniors, too, require the basics of oral hygiene, check-ups and professional cleanings to keep ahead of:
- gum disease
- dental decay
- oral cancer
- systemic problems such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease
What’s the dental protocol for seniors?
Regarding home hygiene, Dr. Amaro at White Willow Family & Cosmetic Dentistry recommends twice daily brushing and daily flossing. Even individuals who are edentulous, or missing all their teeth, must gently brush their tongues, cheeks, gums and palate with a good quality toothpaste. Dentures should be soaked and brushed daily to remove bacteria and plaque.
Flossing removes food particles between teeth and at the gum line to ward off gum disease, a problem for about 18 percent of people over the age of 65. Gum disease leads to more serious health problems such as dementia, stroke, hypertension and diabetes. According to the National Institute on Aging, gum disease is preventable and treatable and is not simply a natural part of aging the way grey hair is.
Regarding in-office treatments, semi-annual exams and cleanings are essential, especially for individuals with partial dentures, bridgework and dental implants, restorations common in the senior population. During an exam, Dr. Amaro looks for:
- periodontal pockets (related to gum disease)
- signs of decay
- the condition of fillings, crowns and other restorations
- bite problems
- TMJ dysfunction and bruxism, sources of discomfort and dental breakdown
- oral cancer
Oral cancer is a prevalent cause of illness and death in North America today. Occurrence of oral cancer seems to peak between the ages of 60 and 70. So, skilled oral cancer screening in the Scarborough area and across the continent is vital.
Additionally, hygienic teeth cleaning at the Scarborough dentist’s office freshens breath, gives smiles a nice shiny appearance and removes disease-causing plaque and tartar. Plus, Dr. Amaro and her team assess denture wearers for stomatitis, a fungal infection stemming from poor oral hygiene.
Dental health rules for young people apply to seniors, too:
- Eat a well-balanced diet, avoiding sugar-laden snacks. Drink plenty of water to keep teeth clean and encourage saliva production.
- Brush twice a day and floss at least daily.
- See your Scarborough dentist for teeth cleaning, dental exams and oral cancer screenings twice a year.
- Don’t smoke or chew tobacco.
Contact your Scarborough general dentist for an appointment
Dr. Amaro and her friendly team would rather hear from you more often than not. Contact the office for a routine appointment and come prepared to discuss any questions or concerns you have regarding your oral health. Dr. Amaro’s schedule has many appointment options midday to conveniently accommodate seniors.
July 21, 2015
Come along for the ride while one of our own progresses through INVISALIGN treatment. Marcia’s case is considered simple and should take approximately 9 – 10 months.
Tray 1 – Day 10 of Invisalign®
I had braces when I was a teen, and for a long time I have been happy with my smile. Lately I noticed some flaws in my smile while looking at family photos. I don’t like the spaces in between my upper teeth and the alignment on my lower teeth seems a little crooked. It started to bother me more when I would see other patients finishing their Invisalign treatment with such great results. I am constantly dealing with the public and was not willing to have braces again. So, I decided to go ahead and correct my smile with Invisalign.
My treatment started with a records appointment that consisted of taking putty models of my teeth as well as photos. This was comfortable for the most part. After the records were sent to Invisalign, I sat down with Dr. Amaro and looked at the 3-D animation of how my teeth would move. Since I have very specific goals, we sent the treatment plan back and had them change it slightly to suit my specific needs. I was happy with the 3-D model, so trays were then fabricated and sent to our office. I will have a total of 18 trays (which will take about 9 months).
The first appointment was to deliver the first set of trays and attach buttons. This was a little uncomfortable for me since I had a bonded retainer on my upper and lower front teeth which had to be removed before treatment. This made the appointment lengthy but Judy (my Hygienist) helped me to feel comfortable. The easiest part of the appointment was attaching the buttons. The first set of trays were given to me and they fit very snuggly. At first they were difficult to get on and off, but then I got the hang of it.
After wearing my first set of trays for a few days, I noticed that the initial pressure on my teeth has gotten better. At first it was very difficult to get the trays on and off, but it has become easier. I have noticed that I am not able to snack as much as before since this will mean removing the trays, snacking, cleaning my teeth, and then replacing the trays. I also find it uncomfortable when not wearing the trays because the buttons are uncovered. My speech at the beginning was also affected but now that I have had them on for almost 2 weeks I am back to normal.