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Good Dental Health Habits

How To Teach Children Good Dental Health Habits

Dr. Ralph Bastian is a family dentist who has worked with many children of all ages. Here are his tips on how to teach children good dental habits:

Lead by example

As most parents know, you won’t be able to teach your kids good habits if you don’t show that you are following the good habits yourself. Just as you have to eat your vegetables, stick to traffic rules and never litter, if you want your kids to brush their teeth in the morning and evening, then you need to show them that the adults in the house are doing this as well. A good idea is to brush your teeth together as a family so that it forms part of your morning and evening routine. This will also enable you to supervise the children’s teeth brushing technique and monitor the amount of time they spend brushing their teeth.

Help small kids with toothpaste

The memory may be too hazy, but if you think really hard then you may recall your parents putting toothpaste on your toothbrush for you. If you have small children, particularly those under two years old, then it is critical that parents place the toothpaste on children’s’ toothbrushes for them. The amount of toothpaste shouldn’t be larger than the size of a small pea.

If your child is still very small and they are not able to spit out the toothpaste, rather buy a non-fluoridated paste. If this isn’t an option, opt for no toothpaste instead. In this case, the child will brush their teeth with a toothbrush and water.

Visit a dentist

It is important for parents to take their children to a dentist at a young age if there is a suspected problem. Even if your child is only 1 years old, dental issues shouldn’t be left unchecked as it can lead to discomfort and bigger problems later on. A quick check-up that turns out to be a ride in a dentist’s chair can even be considered a success for parents of a busy youngster. Parents could also consider turning the visit to the dentist where younger children watch their older siblings having a dental check up and cleaning. This technique is called modelling and it is very helpful in a dental office and within family units.

Bastian Dentistry helps people who love to smile. Whether you need advice about your child’s oral health or would like to book a dental appointment with a family dentist in Peterborough, we can help you. Dr. Ralph focuses on family dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. Contact him today.

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dental bridge

Fixed Bridges: Who Needs Them And What Are The Benefits?

You do not have to live with an unsightly gap in your mouth when you lose a tooth (or two or more). Depending on your overall oral health, if you have lost a tooth, whether due to localized decay or to injury, there are many tooth replacement options to consider that will ensure you can face the world with a confident smile again. One of those options is a fixed bridge.

Dental Bridges – A Perfect Solution to Tooth Loss

Dental bridges, also called ‘fixed bridges’, are artificial teeth that are bonded together and fixed to caps on the two teeth on either side of the gap – whether the gap is as a result of a single missing tooth or because of two or three missing teeth.

Fixed bridges are the perfect aesthetic and practical solution to tooth loss. And, if it is performed by an experienced dental surgeon such as Dr. Ralph Bastian, people won’t even notice that you have a bridge at all. However, fixed bridges are not suitable for everyone.

Ideal Candidates for Fixed Bridges

You need to have healthy anchor teeth (also called abutment teeth) or implants to be a good candidate for a fixed bridge. Fixed bridges are not suitable for people who have:

  • Widespread tooth loss caused by bad oral health,
  • Impending tooth loss caused by bad oral health,
  • Severe gum recession, and/or
  • Extensive bone-loss due to periodontal disease.

Fixed bridges are particularly suitable for people with:

  • One or two missing teeth in an otherwise healthy mouth,
  • Missing front teeth in particular, and/or
  • Sudden traumatic tooth loss caused by injury.

Although dental implants are an option for such candidates, fixed bridges are advantageous in several ways.

Some Advantages of Fixed Bridges:

  • One of the foremost benefits is the dental bridge cost: up to half that of implants.
  • Fixed bridges take far less time to manufacture than implants. While implants can take anywhere from 9 months to a year to manufacture, a fixed bridge can be manufactured in less than 3 weeks.
  • Fixed bridges can help stabilize the abutment teeth (particularly advantageous in the case of a traumatic injury that may have loosened or damaged them).
  • If only one tooth is missing, a fixed bridge can ‘close the gap’, while strengthening the abutment teeth.
  • A fixed bridge can be fitted by a dentist, without invasive oral surgery, and under local anesthetic.
  • Aesthetically, fixed bridges can look better than implants and often better than the original teeth.

Do you need to book a dental procedure or do you want to find out more about fixed bridges? Visit a leading dentist in Peterborough to get the quality dental treatment plan you need. Contact Dr. Ralph Bastian for more information today.

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Common reasons for denture discomfort and their solutions

Dr. Ralph Bastian is an experienced dentist operating in Peterborough. He has been offering clients reliable denture-related services for over 30 years now. Over the years, he has develop solutions to treat denture discomfort. Here’s a quick overview of the common sources of denture pain and their solutions:

One of the reasons why people experience discomfort from their dentures is due to the tissue under the denture shrinking. This tissue can shrink as a result of ageing or even changes in weight, which can loosen the denture. The solution to this is realigning the denture or replacing it completely.

Another common reason for denture discomfort is dry mouth (xerstomia). This condition leads to many oral problems. It is typically caused by the medications that most patients require. The side effect from many of these drugs is a reduced saliva flow. This in turn causes denture discomfort, irritation and redness. Dentists can recommend medications, rinses or creams to alleviate this condition.

Patients often present with cracking in the corner of the mouth and fire red tissues under their dentures. This typically indicates and oral yeast infection. A prescription and/or rinse are required to treat this. Left unchecked, the infection can cause an oral burning sensation and leave unsightly lesions at the corner of the mouth.

Another situation that can lead to denture discomfort is poorly made dentures. Over time, dentures deteriorate and become thinner. This leads to breakages in the acrylic and possible dislodging of the denture teeth. Regular visits to the dentist will ensure that your dentist picks up on small problems before they escalate to large, unsightly and uncomfortable situations.

Don’t put up with Denture Discomfort!

Not all denture discomfort is reason for serious concern. It is common to experience some pain after receiving new dentures. It is typical to have two or three adjustments after a new prosthesis is delivered. It is important that the bite is balanced in every direction of the chewing cycle. If left untreated, a serious bite imbalance will lead to premature bone loss and denture discomfort.

If you are unsure whether you should be worried about your denture discomfort, then book an appointment with an experienced dentist in Peterborough to have your denture repaired or treated. Contact Dr. Ralph Bastian for more information today.

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Cosmetic dentistry

Everything You Need To Know About Dental Crowns

Crowns and bridges are one of the best ways to give you back your pearly white smile and to give you a new sense of confidence. The difference between dentures, crowns and fixed bridges is that dentures can be removed from the mouth, while crowns and fixed bridges are fixed prosthetic devices that are custom-made and cemented into place by a dentist.

Crowns are ideal for the following scenarios:

  • When you want to cover a poorly shaped tooth, a discoloured tooth, or a tooth that has received root canal treatment;
  • When you have a weak tooth that is at risk of breaking or fracturing and your dentist has advised that a crown could be a possible solution;
  • When you want to restore a tooth that has already been broken or fractured;
  • When your dentist needs to attach a bridge two crowns are required that are attached to one or more pontic teeth.

Contrary to popular belief, a crown will typically not last a lifetime. Over time you may have recurrent decay or the porcelain on the biting surface may fracture. In those cases  a replacement crown will be required. To increase the longevity of your crown or bridge, proper home care is required. Bridges require the use of a floss-threader to clean under it.  Failing to do so commonly causes recurrent decay. Regular check-ups with your dentist can intercept and treat small problems before the crown or bridge fails.

Another misconception is the reason for choosing porcelain crowns over full gold crowns. Porcelain crowns are aesthetically very desirable and hence are used  for anterior teeth. Full gold crowns are desirable for the posterior teeth because they are very biocompatible and wear at a similar rate to a natural tooth’s structure, which means they will have fewer problems in the long term.

Dr. Ralph Bastian is a dentist in Peterborough with over 30 years of experience in the placement and general maintenance of crowns and fixed bridges. He is passionate about designing and creating intricate multi-unit prosthesis which can restore function and appearance.

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Dental treatment

Tips To Make Your Oral Surgery Recovery Easier

We use our mouths in all walks of life. Eating, talking and even to certain extent breathing. With our oral health being so important to our physical well-being, it is imperative that we have regular check-ups. We should also ensure that corrective action is taken when things start to go wrong. In some cases, we may require the services of an oral surgeon. Whether you are in need of a routine wisdom tooth extraction, or whether you require some more complex dental surgery, all your needs can be met under one roof at Bastian Dentistry.

Healing From Your Oral Surgery

Even with routine surgeries, healing can be an ordeal. The constant movement and continuous use of your mouth make it difficult for your body to repair itself. With that in mind, here are 5 tips to ensure you have a speedy recovery after undergoing oral surgery:

  1. After the surgery, you will receive a care handout. It will contain cleaning and healing instructions. Please follow it closely as these instructions can speed up your recovery tenfold and it will prevent infection setting in.
  2. Do not do strenuous activities after the surgery. A hike in blood pressure or bump or scrape could re-open any incisions that have been made.
  3. For at least 24 hours after surgery, take care to eat solely soft meals. Smoothies and baby food taste great and are fantastic nutritional substitutes.
  4. It may seem productive to aggressively rinse your mouth with mouthwash or salt water, but this could actually be detrimental rather than beneficial. You should refrain from doing it for at least the first 24 hours after the surgery.
  5. Gentle tooth brushing of your mouth is possible, but you have to be extremely careful to not run the bristles over the tooth extraction site.

Bastian Dentistry

Bastian Dentistry is a comprehensive dentistry practice. Our services include general, cosmetic and restorative dentistry. We provide a wide range of Oral Surgery procedures, from routine wisdom tooth extraction to more complex dental surgery. Bastian Dentistry has a friendly and welcoming environment to make you feel at home. Find out more about our services today and get that perfect smile.

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Cosmetic dentistry

Smile with Confidence with These Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures!

Need a reason to smile with confidence? How about straighter, brighter and whiter teeth? Dr. Ralph Bastian focuses on cosmetic dentistry in Peterborough and offers his clients the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of a more beautiful smile with the help of the following procedures:

  • Custom Teeth Whitening 

You’re probably wondering why you would choose to spend money having your teeth whitened professionally when you can simply do it yourself at home. The answer lies in the quality of the results that you’ll be able to achieve with a customized approach compared to a run-of-the-mill one. Dr. Bastian performs teeth whitening procedures using custom-made teeth whitening trays. When it comes to whitening teeth, one size definitely does not fit all! For best results, you need the procedure to be personalized according to the size of your mouth and the shape of your teeth. So what are custom teeth whitening trays? Custom teeth whitening trays are fabricated from impressions of your dentition The trays are hand trimmed to fit your teeth precisely.

  • Dental Veneers 

Dental veneers are, in essence, thin shells of tooth-coloured, translucent porcelain or composite resin. While composite resin dental veneers are perceived as a more affordable option, porcelain alternatives look more natural and have a longer lifespan.Veneers will be customized to fit over your already-existing teeth and easily close unsightly spaces, correct minor rotations and cover over tooth discolouration and enamel flaws.

If a beautiful smile is a goal, then Dr. Bastian, cosmetic dentistry in Peterborough, could be the answer for you! For more information about our cosmetic dentistry procedures, or other procedures like the creation of dentures and dental crown placements, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

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Don’t suffer with denture discomfort – Visit your dental clinic

Many people wait until they need new dentures or require denture repair before they book an appointment with a dentist. If, however, you are experiencing any type of denture discomfort, then you should visit a dentist that enjoys senior dental care.

Ageing can lead to dental problems that you may not have experienced in the past. Keeping dentures clean and having the necessary adjustments made to your dentures on an ongoing basis is important to ensure optimal dental health as you get older.

Did you know? Long-term medication use can negatively affect your dental health. Conditions such as heart disease, hypertension, arthritis and diabetes can also lead to physiological changes that can affect your teeth and gums. Regular visits to your dentist can make sure that you are on top of your dental health and intercepts problems when they are minor.

Denture discomfort solutions – visit a dentist in Peterborough 

Senior dental care is a service that is offered by Dr Ralph Bastian, an established dentist in Peterborough. Dental care is important at any age, but it becomes increasingly difficult to manage by yourself as you get older.

Even if you no longer have any natural teeth, it’s still vital that you visit a dentist at least once a year for oral cancer screening and a general check-up. During this check-up, your dentist can assess your mouth and teeth for possible oral yeast infections as well as assess the fit of existing dentures and make adjustments or perform a reline if required. If your dentures have any fractures or missing teeth, they can usually be repaired the same day.

If you want to visit a dentist that can repair your dentures the same day and give you the care, support, advice and medical expertise that you need, then book an appointment with Dr Ralph Bastian today.

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Common Causes of Jaw Joint Pain – And How to Prevent It

The joints in the jaw are a delicate mechanism that can easily be injured or worn down due to chronic stress. The TMJ is one of the most complex joints in the body. When malfunctioning, chewing can become torture. As much as looking after our teeth is important, so is looking after our jaw also a top priority. The three most common causes of jaw discomfort are sports injuries, car accidents, and stress.

  • Sports Injury

Cricket balls and hockey pucks are great fun! But not so much when they cause trauma to the jaw. Trauma to the jaw can lead to a variety of dental problems including:

  • A broken jaw,
  • A dislocated jaw, or
  • A temporomandibular joint disorder.

The TMJ is a set of paired joints on each side of the face in front of the ear canals. Temporomandibular joint disorder(TMD) occurs when there is damage in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) or the muscles associated with it.

TMD involves jaw pain that is often accompanied by a muscle spasm in one or more of the large muscle groups on either side of the jaw. Following stress or an injury, the body attempts to prevent further damage by locking the muscles and restricting jaw motion.

To minimize sports injuries, it is important to wear an athletic sports guard. Made from soft materials to absorb the force of a sudden impact; the sports guard will distribute and absorb the force over a large area, protecting the jaw and teeth against trauma.

  • Car accident

A common side effect of a car accident is the accompanying jaw pain. In many cases, the jaw is struck as it impacts the vehicle or airbag. Pain in the jaw or facial area, trouble opening and closing the mouth, or having a jaw that seems to click or get stuck can happen after an accident. You do not have to directly hit your jaw during the accident for this to happen. A car exposes you to many types of movement not normally experienced. These sudden deaccelerations, twists, and falls that happen when you are involved in a car accident can damage your joints. The temporomandibular joint is particularly susceptible.

Temporomandibular joint disorder after a car accident can be treated as follows:

  • The use of night guards, and
  • Regular physiotherapy.
  • Modified diet
  • Anti-inflammatory medications

Night guards, as the name indicates, are worn at night. They protect the teeth against wear-and-tear from grinding and clenching the jaw. Unnecessary pressure and parafunction (abnormal movements) can aggravate this condition. A few simple jaw exercises, some dietary modifications and regular physiotherapy can reduce inflammation in the jaw and muscles.

  • Stress

Stress is a common cause of the temporomandibular joint disorder. When we are stressed, we tend to grind our teeth and clench our jaws – often without realizing this. After doing this for a long period of time, the temporomandibular joints take on a lot of extra pressure and the associated muscles often go into spasm. This can cause limitation in jaw motion and lead to pain with opening and closing and especially when eating hard foods.

While you may need a combination of therapies,  a night guard is part of the solution. Built to withstand repeated grinding and wear-and-tear, the hard shell of a night guard will help calm your stressed muscles and allow the joint to recover and heal.

If you are suffering from jaw pain, either from a sports injury, accident or stress, Dr. Ralph Bastian, at Bastian Dentistry, is experienced in providing this form of therapy and is ready to treat this type of pain and speed up your recovery.  For more information, contact us today.

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Save your teeth: oral surgery is a last resort

Our teeth are precious and can last for life if we take care of them properly. This often means getting care when we need it. The dentist’s chair can be daunting but too often serious problems occur because we leave a trip to the dentist too late. At Bastian Dentistry- we will do all we can to save your teeth and prevent oral surgery.

Periodontal cleaning prevents disease

Gum disease or periodontitis is an inflammation of the gums that can progress to bone loss. It starts off as gingivitis and can become periodontitis and can lead to advanced periodontitis if not treated. This is when the infection spreads to the bone – leaving you in danger of losing your teeth and possible needing periodontal surgery or extractions.

A study titled Prevalence of Periodontitis in Adults in the United States: 2009 and 2010 estimate that 47.2 percent of American adults have mild, moderate or severe periodontitis. That is almost half the population. A periodontal cleaning can address this problem before it is too late.

If you notice you have swollen, tender, bleeding gums, persistent bad breath, receding gums, loose teeth and pus surrounding teeth then contact Bastian Dentistry before the infection spreads. Dr Ralph Bastian will assess the situation and devise appropriate treatment accordingly- and you may find you get to keep your gorgeous smile intact.

Root canal is better than extraction

In most cases of tooth infection, we can prevent extracting the tooth. A root canal is used to save a badly damaged or infected tooth. It involves removing the infected the pulp, cleaning and disinfecting the canal and then sealing it.

A cracked tooth, a deep cavity, repeated dental treatment or trauma can cause damage to the nerve requiring a root canal or extraction. Noticing the symptoms and accessing quality dental care is the best way to avoid tooth extraction. Bastian Dentistry offers emergency dental care so do not delay a call to Dr Ralph.

Tooth Extractions

Sometimes there is no other answer other than to remove and perhaps, replace the tooth. Bastian Dentistry offers tooth extraction and tooth replacement options. We have excellent facilities to take care of you.

We also assist with the problem of arch crowding. This is when you have large teeth growing and small arches. Working with your orthodontist, we can help make room. When wisdom teeth, the molars at the very back of the mouth, begin to erupt there can be pain and swelling.

At Bastian Dentistry we are happy to help with most dental surgeries you may require. Dr Ralph Bastian has been an active Dentist in Peterborough for over 33 years and will be please to take care of your teeth. Contact us for more information today.

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5 Dental Emergencies That Require Fast, Professional Treatment

You really thought you could play hockey without your mouth guard. Unfortunately, the puck has hit your face and a trip to the dentist is in order -.

Luckily for you, Dr. Ralph Bastian, an active emergency dentist in Peterborough’s on-call system for over 30 years, is ready to help. Dr. Ralph is quick to respond to emergency dental cases. Here are 5 situations which require emergency help from an on-the-ball dentist:

  1. Trauma to The Tooth

A fall on your face, a hockey puck to the mouth or any traumatic tooth injury requires immediate dental attention. These injuries can range from minor chipped teeth to major injuries like dislodged teeth or an exposed pulp. If timely treatment is rendered to cover the pulp or reposition the tooth in the socket,  the damaged tooth may be saved.

  1. Abscess of The Tooth

Anyone who has had the misfortune of an abscess of a tooth is well aware of the swelling and pain that comes with it. An abscessed tooth is an infection of the tooth which has spread to the root tip and the bone. It originates in the tooth’s inner chamber known as the “pulp” chamber. As the tooth loses its ability to fight off infection, the bacteria multiply spreading through the bottom of the root into the bone.

Dr. Ralph will treat this by making a small opening in the tooth. This allows access to the infection and to remove the deceased tissue. When the infection has progressed this far, a root canal treatment is necessary. It is highly advisable to contact us sooner rather than later to avoid further problems.

  1. Periodontal disease

Periodontal disease is more commonly known as gum disease. It is an inflammation of the gum line that can spread to the bone if treatment is not rendered in a timely fashion. It occurs in three stages:

  1. Gingivitis,
  2. Periodontitis, and
  • Advanced periodontitis.

You will notice you have the periodontal disease when you have swollen, tender, bleeding gums, persistent bad breath, receding gums, loose teeth and, an exudate surrounding the teeth…

Dr. Ralph can treat this by first performing scaling and root planning (SRP). The earliest this is addressed may help to prevent further complications. In some cases, antibiotics will be required.

  1. Pericoronitis

Pericoronitis is a bacterial infection often surrounding the crown of a wisdom tooth. The plaque and bacteria build up here because the area cannot be adequately cleaned, and often there is trauma to the area because of the opposing bite. Since the gum tissue is not fully formed around the wisdom tooth, it can break down easily.  Pericoronitis is often seen in young adults ages 18 to 25.

Proper evaluation by a dentist is essential to treat this infection. In non-severe cases, Dr. Ralph will most likely flush away plaque and debris. Often antibiotics are prescribed or an antibacterial oral rinse. It is so important to catch this early on so further spread of bacteria can be prevented. In many cases, the final treatment is often the removal of the wisdom tooth.

  1. A Fractured Filling Cutting Your Tongue

A bite of crusty bread or hard nut can sometimes cause a filling or tooth to break. It is then common to have the sharp areas cutting into your tongue and/or cheeks. This can be painful. It is best to get immediate dental care. The filling needs to be replaced and sometimes a crown is also required. It is important to cover a damaged tooth because bacteria can invade the dentinal tubules and lead to nerve death.

Dr. Ralph Bastian would be pleased to provide timely treatments for your dental emergencies. Genuine emergencies are usually seen on the same day.  For more information, contact us today!

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