Ottawa Street Dental Updates

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When it comes to booking their child’s first dental appointment, a lot of parents might be wondering how soon is too soon. According to the Canadian Dental Association, this question is backwards. The organization advises that children be introduced to the dental office within six months of the eruption of their first tooth. This accomplishes a couple things. First, it allows the dental team to assess whether there are problem areas within the mouth that need tending to. Second, it helps the child acclimatize to the environment, checkup procedures, equipment, and staff.

HIV is an insidious and often debilitating infection. Because it weakens the immune system, the entire body becomes susceptible to wear and tear. This can result in a number of  dental disorders if not treated properly.


Type 1 Diabetes can have surprising effects on a person’s oral health. This unpreventable metabolic disorder interferes with the body’s ability to produce insulin, causing the blood’s glucose levels to spike. If you have it, you know the symptoms: constant hunger or thirst, fatigue, the frequent need to urinate, and so on. But Type 1 Diabetes can also mess with your mouth.

Gingivitis is an inflammatory disorder affecting the soft and hard structures supporting the teeth. Most often, it develops when plaque spreads below the gum line and produces toxins. These irritate the gums and in response, the area becomes raw and damaged.

Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ) is a term used to describe a disorder of the jaw or muscles around the joint. There are many symptoms associated with this disorder.

What are veneers?

Veneers are a thin custom fitted porcelain shell that are permanently bonded to your teeth. Veneers are cosmetically appealing and can give your smile a whole new appearance.

Sensitive teeth are experienced by about 1 in 4 adults at some time during their lives. The most common cause of generalized sensitivity is the exposure of root surfaces or when dentin (the porous surface under the enamel) is exposed. These areas have tubules which contain fluid and nerve endings.

Protecting you or your child’s teeth is essential if involved in sporting activities. Injuries received are a major concern not only to players but also to dental professionals. Wearing a mouth guard can help prevent trauma to the mouth, concussions, and chipped or broken teeth. Many sports organizations such as the Ontario Minor Hockey Association have standards which have to be met in order to play.

Our Guarantee

Our years of experience combined with our extensive knowledge and continuing advancements in technology and education we strive to provide our patients with the best experience and treatment. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is here to make sure all of your dental needs are taken care of. We are centrally located and offer extended hours to accommodate people’s hectic schedules.

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