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Kitchener Waterloo Cosmetic Dentistry: Have a Smile Makeover Today!

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Holding back your smile can actually take a toll on your face by making you appear older than you really are. Concealing your teeth with your lips tends to weaken the muscles around your mouth making the lower portion of your face look droopy. At the Kitchener Waterloo Cosmetic Dentistry practice of Dr. George Arvanitis, we help restore awesome smiles and youthful faces with smile makeovers!

Smile Makeovers in Kitchener Waterloo, Ontario
It is very important for us to perform a thorough assessment before creating a comprehensive dental plan for your smile enhancement procedure. Schedule your personal consultation and comprehensive dental evaluation with us by calling 519.748.2282 or by filling out this contact form. Our facilities have been designed to pamper and our little extras are all free of charge!

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Kitchener Dental Implants

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Dr. Arvanitis has placed and restored more than 2,000 dental implants, helping his patients gain the confidence that comes from a naturally beautiful and well-functioning smile.

By replacing missing teeth, a dental implant could have a positive impact on your life with the following benefits:

Dental implants are the most reliable tooth replacement option as it has been used for more than 50 years. Furthermore, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry considers dental implants to be “more predictable than tooth supported bridgework, resin bonded bridges and endodontic treatments.”

New Teeth in a Day in Kitchener Waterloo, Ontario

With our sincere efforts to help you transform your life through smile enhancement procedures, our “New Teeth in a Day” option offers tooth extraction and dental implant placement on the same day! Whether you need one or two front teeth replaced or all of your teeth, Dr. Arvanitis has been extracting, placing the implant(s) and immediately restoring them for many years. Dr. Arvanitis can perform these procedures right here in Kitchener, Waterloo.

Schedule your personal consultation and comprehensive dental evaluation with us by calling 519.748.2282 or by filling out this contact form. Our facilities have been designed to pamper and our little extras are all free of charge!

Kitchener Dental Implants

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The Need for Premedication with Antibiotics Before a Dental Procedure

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Every so often, your dentist will recommend “antibiotic prophylaxis” before a dental procedure. Some of our clients here at our Kitchener cosmetic dentistry practice ask about this premedication requirement. So why the extra step? Let’s find out below.

Preventing Bacteremia

On a whole, your mouth is host to millions of bacteria. When a dental procedure such as tooth extraction is done, there’s a huge chance that the bacteria in your mouth will enter your bloodstream and travel down to the rest of your body causing infection. However, one shouldn’t be alarmed of this as a healthy immune system could actually help these bacteria from entering your bloodstream (referred to as bacteremia). However, there is quite a concern for bacteremia to occur in people with compromised immune system or those who have existing infections already.

Who are these people? For the most part, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends dental prophylaxis for two patient groups:

You can learn more about the standard prophylaxis recommendations in this ADA list of guidelines. For more information on which dental procedures specifically needs dental prophylaxis, schedule your personal consultation and comprehensive dental evaluation with us by calling 519.748.2282 or by filling out this contact form. Our facilities has been designed to pamper and our little extras are all free of charge!

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Quick Guide to Dealing with Knocked Out Tooth

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Being prepared and quickly taking action are two important things when handling emergencies. The same principles apply to dental emergencies. Apart from enhancing smiles via our cosmetic dental procedures, our Kitchener cosmetic dentistry practice also aims to educate patients in dealing with common tooth injuries and pains. Below is a quick guide to dealing with knocked out teeth!

Handling Knocked Out Tooth

1. First of all, you need to make sure that the tooth was not swallowed or accidentally breathed by the person involved. Once you find the tooth, it is very crucial for you to pick it up by touching the crown (that visible portion inside your mouth).

2. Most people would often scrub the tooth to get rid of the “germs” but this is actually not advised at all. It is also important for one not to scrub the root (the one hidden below the gumline) portion as one can scrub away the tiny ligaments and cementum which are both crucial in putting the tooth back to the socket. Soap and other cleansing agents will also most likely destroy tooth cells, making it impossible to replant the tooth back.

3. Place the tooth in a salt solution or cold milk without scrubbing it. If possible, get in touch with us and take the tooth with you within 30 minutes of the accident.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Kitchener, Ontario

We will do our best to replant your knocked out tooth as much as possible. However, if we think that it’s impossible to have it replanted, we have tooth replacement options depending on your preferences. Schedule your personal consultation and comprehensive dental evaluation with us by calling 519.748.2282 or by filling out this contact form. Our facilities has been designed to pamper and our little extras are all free of charge!

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Because It’s More Than Just a Tooth Loss

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There’s actually more to tooth loss than compromising one’s ability to effortlessly chew foods. If you look at it closely, there are several negative effects which go beyond the physical absence of a tooth/teeth. Here at our Waterloo cosmetic dental practice, we have helped men and women alike deal with tooth loss and the psychological and social problems associated with it. Let’s take a quick look as to how tooth loss could potentially reduce one’s quality of life.

Limited Social Interaction

Individuals with tooth loss have been found to have limited social interaction due to embarrassment and poor self-image issues. Have you noticed why certain individuals tend to not that totally laugh or smile when interacting with others? They may appear awkward while conversing with others. This study on the emotional effects of tooth loss revealed that the condition hinders the formation of close relationships with others.

Depression

As pointed out earlier, individuals with tooth loss may have limited social interaction hence depression is most likely to occur as well. Tooth loss sufferers may isolate themselves from society which is actually a precursor to early stages of depression.

Deterioration of Physical Appearance

With tooth loss, the health of the remaining teeth are also jeopardized. Gum tissue could by turns recede and shrink which makes it easier for bacteria to reach the tooth’s delicate structures. Also, bone tissue could slowly deteriorate which could alter one’s physical appearance as the jaw becomes smaller. Lastly, the gaps in between teeth could also weaken the cheek muscles making the person look older.

Tooth Loss Solutions in Waterloo

Here at our Waterloo dental practice, we understand how tooth loss could be damaging to one’s personal confidence as well as self-image. Let us help you deal with the potential damaging effects mentioned above by calling 519.748.2282 or by filling out this contact form! We look forward to your visit with us! 

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Expectant Moms and The Importance of Oral Health Care

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An expectant woman has a lot of things to think about when pregnant — from pre-natal visits to preparing the household for the arrival of a new baby. However, if your partner is currently expecting or if you’re one of those expectant women, a dental visit should not be overlooked. Our Waterloo dental practice has helped expectant moms deal with oral health problems brought about by pregnancy and childbirth.

By and large, the physical changes brought about by pregnancy has to do with hormonal shifts, specifically an increase in estrogen and progesterone.

Pregnancy Gingivitis

This condition is the most common oral health condition which affects would-be mothers. It generally occurs during the second or third month of pregnancy and may lead to gingivitis or periodontitis, a very serious type of gum disease.

If you’re expecting, look out for bleeding while brushing and/or flossing which is one of the early signs of gingivitis. Frequent cleanings and consuming foods rich in Vitamins A, C, D, calcium, phosphorous and protein are also highly recommended. Antimicrobial rinses may be used. Also, it is very important not to skip your scheduled dental cleanings as this is the perfect time for your dentist to assess your overall health status.

It is also important to note that there have been studies linking gum disease and premature childbirth. Hence, oral health amongst young women and those who are already expecting will be beneficial.

Timing of Dental Treatments

The second trimester of pregnancy is considered to the be safest time for an expectant mom to have dental treatments. During the first trimester, the developing fetus is still susceptible to external stimuli while the third trimester presents the danger of premature childbirth as the uterus around this time may be overly sensitive to external stimuli. However, both the first and third trimesters should not stop you from visiting us for an assessment of your oral health.

Schedule Your Waterloo Dental Visit

Dr. Arvanitis, a highly experienced Waterloo implant dentist,  believes that only a minimum amount of dentistry is required to ensure optimal dental health. Schedule your personal consultation and comprehensive dental evaluation with us by calling 519.748.2282 or by filling out this contact form. Our facilities has been designed to pamper and our little extras are all free of charge!

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Getting the Most Out of Your Waterloo Dental Visits

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Here at our Waterloo dental practice, we provide all types of dental services that children and adults would most likely need — from tooth whitening services to smile makeovers. Nevertheless, we also encourage clients to be more proactive in their dental care by taking steps to making the most out of your dental visits.

The following list of suggestions will help you get the most out of your visit, whether it’s your first time or a follow-up visit.

1. Have a set of questions handy.

Days before your visit, consider your dental needs, goals, and preferences. Take the time to come up with questions that you’ve been wanting to ask your dentist. If possible, write them out so you’ll have them handy on the day of your visit. You can even ask us questions pre-consultation via phone, email, or social media!

Sample questions are listed below:

2. Set aside ample time for your dental visit.

We understand that your time may be limited but it would truly benefit you if you set aside enough time to ask questions and clarify doubts regarding your dental care.

3. Read on oral health information.

Set aside some time to read on information concerning dental health. This will help you understand better the terminologies once you visit your dentist.

Setting Up Your First Waterloo Dental Visit

Dr. Arvanitis, a highly experienced Waterloo implant dentist,  believes that only a minimum amount of dentistry is required to ensure optimal dental health. Schedule your initial consultation and comprehensive dental evaluation with us by calling 519.748.2282 or by filling out this contact form. Our facilities has been designed to pamper and our little extras are all free of charge!

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Waterloo Dental: Smart Snacking Habits for Healthy Teeth

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It has been known that frequent snacking could actually increase one’s risk of tooth decay due to consistent contact of your teeth to the sugar in the snacks. The more sugar you consume, the greater the chances of plaque formation which in turn will slowly destroy your enamel (the outermost covering of your tooth). Here at Waterloo dental practice, we believe that snacking is not entirely bad for your oral health. It all depends on choosing the right type of snacks and being more more mindful of what you’re putting in your mouth.

Smart Snacking Tips You Can Use Today

1. Choose tooth-friendly snacks. Whole food sources are a great choice. The following are “tooth-friendly” snacks:

2. Limit snacks that are very high in processed sugars such as energy drinks, sodas, cookies, popsicles, jellies. You might also want to avoid sticky foods which could actually stay in between teeth.

3. Wash down your snack with water.

4. Consider brushing and flossing after snacking.

5. Read food labels. Sugar comes in almost a hundred different names. The most popular ones include glucose, sucrose, fructose, and molasses.

Avoiding Tooth Decay in Waterloo

Dr. Arvanitis, a highly experienced Waterloo implant dentist,  believes that only a minimum amount of dentistry is required to ensure optimal dental health. Schedule your initial consultation and comprehensive dental evaluation with us by calling 519.748.2282 or by filling out this contact form. Our facilities has been designed to pamper and our little extras are all free of charge!

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Waterloo Dental: 10 Things That Could Speed Up Tooth Decay

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By and large, tooth decay results from the formation of cavities in your enamel — the hard outermost coating of your tooth. While some people are more prone to getting tooth decay due to genetic factors, there are also a lot of things which could actually make your teeth prone to cavities. The good news is you can actually avoid these things. Here at our Waterloo dental practice, we make it a point to not only provide the highest quality in Ontario dental services but also help you prevent teeth and gum problems through client education.

The following are the most common risk factors which could influence tooth decay:

1. Occurrence of cavities in the past

If you had a bad case of cavities in the past, you are most likely to have another one coming up.

2. Frequently giving in to the sweet tooth in you

There are millions of bacteria in your mouth and the more you feed them with sugar, particularly those that come from heavily processed foods, the more they will produce acid that will destroy your tooth’s enamel.

3. Poor oral hygiene

4. Increased consumption of highly acidic foods

As mentioned earlier, the enamel is easily destroyed by acid. When the enamel wears off, your teeth lacks protection and cavities are more likely to occur.

5. Not having enough fluoride.

Fluoride keeps your teeth stronger so the more you strengthen your teeth, the greater your chances of less tooth decay.

6. Dry mouth

Saliva helps neutralize acid which in turn will reduce the bacteria in your mouth. Circumstances which could promote dry mouth include chemotherapy, radiation treatments,  and certain medications.

7. Drug and alcohol abuse

8. Dental anxiety

Dental anxiety is quite common in both children and adults. These people are most likely to put off visiting their dentist hence the greater chances of severe tooth decay by the time they step into the dental clinic.

9. Having braces

Having braces would most likely make it difficult for you to brush and floss the hard-to-reach areas in your mouth.

10. Eating disorders

Eating disorders could greatly affect the pH levels of your mouth. Take, bulimics, for example. When they purge, their mouth tends to be bathed in acid which could wear away the tooth’s enamel.

Avoiding Tooth Decay in Waterloo

Dr. Arvanitis believes that only a minimum amount of dentistry is required to ensure optimal dental health. Schedule your initial consultation and comprehensive dental evaluation with us by calling 519.748.2282 or by filling out this contact form! We look forward to your visit with us!

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4 Steps to Reduce Your Sugar Intake for Healthy Gums and Teeth

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Did you know that those who consume at least one 12 oz. of sugar-sweetened drink a day have a 22 percent increased risk of diabetes? Apart from the ill effects on your overall health, it turns out that sugar is also the main culprit for the development of gum and teeth problems. Here at our Waterloo dental practice, we make it a point to not only provide the highest quality in Ontario dental services but also help you prevent teeth and gum problems through client education.

1. Watch what you’re drinking!

Steer clear from soda and sugary drinks. Why not think of soda as a treat rather than a daily beverage that you need to consume? Besides, did you know that too much soda in your life will put you at a much higher risk for obesity and osteoporosis? Also, too much of the stuff will trigger your pancreas to produce loads of insulin which is actually detrimental to your health.

2. Treat your sweet tooth naturally.

While the occasional piece of cake or scoop of gelato ice cream is perfectly acceptable, seek healthier alternatives when it comes to spoiling your sweet tooth. Have you tried almonds drizzled with honey? How about maple syrup or agave sugars? Or have a slice of your favorite fruit instead!

3. Choose black.

When it comes to coffee, go black. Choose to brew your own or the next time you’re in a cafe with friends, order a straight-up espresso or americano. Besides, it isn’t really coffee when your order a caramel frappuccino right? You’ll be surprise how much sugar is in your favorite iced coffee!

4. Cut down and limit your intake of processed/packaged foods and learn how to cook  your own meals.

Have you ever wondered why you could never replicate the taste of processed spaghetti sauce, soups, or salad dressings? It’s because most manufacturers add loads of sugar into their products! So apart from carefully reading labels, limit your processed food intake and consider cooking your own. By cooking your own food, you will less likely season them with herbs and spices rather than tons of sugar and salt.

Initial Consultation with Dr. Arvanitis for Preventive Dental Services

Dr. Arvanitis believes that only a minimum amount of dentistry is required to ensure optimal dental health. Schedule your initial consultation and comprehensive dental evaluation with us by calling 519.748.2282 or by filling out this contact form! We look forward to your visit with us!

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