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Dentistry is a medical field that focuses on the mouth, jaw, teeth, and gums. Studies have shown that the health of a patient’s smile is directly correlated to the health and wellbeing of his or her entire body.
A dentist is someone who offers oral health services, including the diagnosis of conditions, the treatment of dental concerns, and the prevention of periodontal disease. They receive at least eight years of training to obtain a DDS or DMD degree. Proper training and education is received to provide dental services including general and cosmetic dental treatments.
Your oral health is important, and visiting a dentist regularly has its benefits. Dental care helps to prevent tooth decay, keep periodontal disease from developing, and improve the beauty and health of your smile. It can also help you strengthen your teeth and prevent bad breath.
Patients are encouraged to visit their dentist at least twice a year for a full examination, oral cancer screening, and for a professional deep cleaning. X-rays may be necessary to examine the bone of the jaw and ensure everything is healthy.
It is important that every family have a dentist that they “click” with and trust for their oral health care needs. Dentists who have convenient appointment hours, are close to your home and work, and have the proper qualifications are perfect for families seeking a professional dental facility. Financing, a large variety of services, and relevant accreditations are also important to many looking for quality dental care.
It is important to brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day to remove plaque and food particles. You should also avoid high-sugar foods and drinks, and eat a healthy diet. Avoiding tobacco use is also a great way to reduce your risk for oral cancer and lead a healthier lifestyle.
Children should see the dentist by their first birthday when their first tooth erupts from the gums. This is the best time to seek dental care and consistently provide children with a positive role model for good oral health habits.
Most patients benefit from visiting their dentist every six months. If other dental concerns are present, such as an increased risk for oral cancer or periodontal disease, these patients may need regular dental appointments more frequently. Dr. Kotecha and Dr. Goel discuss with patients the best times to schedule their recall appointments.
A cavity is a hole that forms on a tooth due to plaque buildup and bacteria. It can be aggravated by sugary foods and can result in pain and discomfort if left untreated. Patients should always contact their dentist immediately if they believe tooth decay has occurred.
Fillings are used to restore a tooth after tooth decay. Most patients prefer composite fillings because they match the tooth and are practically indistinguishable in a patient’s smile.
The Canadian Dental Association recommends that patients brush their teeth at least two times a day using a soft bristle toothbrush. However, it is beneficial if patients brush their teeth after every meal whenever possible.
Patients who brush their teeth at least two times a day should replace their toothbrush every three months, sooner if the bristles are frayed. If a patient has recently been sick, their toothbrush should also be changed to avoid reinfection.
Also known as gum disease, this particular condition results from poor oral health. It can also be aggravated by grinding the teeth, tobacco use, medications, and genetic predisposition. It starts out as gingivitis, which can result in red, inflamed gums that bleed when you brush or floss. If left to advance into further stages, it becomes periodontitis which can result in lost gum tissue, bone, and teeth.
Of course! It is best to see your dentist regularly even when undergoing orthodontic treatment. Braces can make it difficult to properly clean parts of the teeth, and bacteria tend to build up easier on orthodontic patients. Getting regular cleanings and examinations with your dentist is still important during this time.
Dr. Kotecha and Dr. Goel of Dentistry On 10 encourage their patients to call to schedule their next dental check-up.
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Hi, before I come to see Doctor Rina and her amazing staff, I was actually someone that had not gone to the dentist for a while because I was so stressed and very worried and anxious about it.
I had been recommended about her from other people and kept in the back of my mind. I finally made the call and from the first call the reception was absolutely amazing and made me feel at home. I let them know right away, I was really anxious. This is when I came in to see the doctor, Doctor Rena was amazing. She went through everything with me. I wouldn’t even smile when I walked in, she noticed I wouldn’t smile. I had had temporary caps on my front teeth for a really, really long time, so she took me through what her options were and it wasn’t good enough that it was just like here’s ABC. She wanted to make sure that we had gone too. A specialist to make sure mines a little bit more, more, issues. Having had root canal treatments on my front teeth and I went ahead, came back and again she sat down with me and gave me all of my options. What’s best for me? What can we do? What can we expect long term? Everyone here is so nice and warm they from the time I walked in for all my appointments they were all. How are you, Paula? How’s everything going? And you just feel like you’re part of a family and made me really feel at ease within a month and a half, She had me smiling like I am now. It was great, my friends, my family, my work people. They all notice exactly just how much more confident I am that I can smile. And honestly, it’s with her and because of the team here. And I found a place I can come back to and now really put my dental health as a priority. So, I definitely recommend her if there’s anything that you’ve left or you just need help on or you’re just looking for a place that you can come and feel comfortable. I definitely say, come to see Doctor Rina.

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Meet Dr. Rina Kotecha

Dr. Rina Kotecha is a graduate of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. She possesses 19 years of expertise in the dentistry field specializing in general dentistry. She has further qualifications from the MGE Executive Training Program and Master Implant Training Program while holding certification in Soft Tissue Management Program by DenMat. She completed the Rondeau Seminars in Level I Orthodontics and she is an active member of the Ontario Dental Association and Ontario Dental Implant Network.