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What parents in L5G 3H7 need to know about family dentistry

The L5G 3H7 region is one of the fastest growing areas of Ontario. The median age is 35 and 18 percent of the population is under the age of 14. That means a lot of families with young children. Dr. Rina Kotecha and her team at Dentistry on 10 treat many of them.

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Dr. Rina works closely with parents to get their children off to a strong start on a lifetime of good oral health. She answers questions, provides educational materials, demonstrates proper hygiene techniques, and genuinely enjoys getting youthful patients acclimated to dental care. She finds most parents to be eager participants. However, many are unaware of a potential oral health problem their children face, that can have a serious impact on overall health – gum disease.

Childhood gum disease

Hundreds of strains of bacteria thrive in the warm, moist environment of the mouth. They form a sticky film called plaque that traps food particles. As bacteria feast on starches and sugars, they excrete toxins. The process irritates gum tissue. If plaque is not removed promptly, it hardens into tartar or calculus at the gum line. This inflames gums further, loosening their seal to teeth and allowing bacteria to infiltrate more deeply.

Without treatment, gingivitis progresses to the advanced form of gum disease called periodontitis, which attacks ligament and bone that support teeth. Teeth get loose and fall out. Periodontitis is also linked a number of serious systemic health conditions.

Does this sound like something that affects only adults? It isn’t. Anyone with teeth can get gum disease, and teens are especially prone to it. Hormonal changes during puberty increase gum sensitivity. This is also a potentially rebellious period in a child’s development, where he or she may resist brushing and flossing and experiment with tobacco, increasing risk of gum disease.

Advice for parents

To help your child maintain a healthy mouth and body:

  • Prevention is the best defense against gum disease, so establish good home oral hygiene habits early.
  • Be a good role model. Let your child see you practicing oral hygiene daily.
  • Maintain regular checkups. Early detection and management of gum disease is critical. Schedule a thorough examination and cleaning for your child, at least two times a year.
  • Be vigilant for signs of gum disease. Check your child’s mouth for bad breath, swollen or bleeding gums, reddish or purplish discoloration, or indications that gums that are receding from teeth.

Parents in the L5G 3H7 aren’t alone when they partner with Dentistry on 10 for family care. Call (905) 455-9262 to schedule your child’s appointment with Dr. Rina.

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What issue did you have before you came here with your teeth? Before I came to see Doctor, there was a front tooth of mine which broke and that were two teeth put for me in front. Many years ago, in Tanzania and a slum. So, one day when I was eating something hard It broke so I had to come to doctor. I came and I showed Doctor and Doctor said this has to be removed. Once I remove this, we will have to put a bridge for you And I said Okay because without that two teeth in the front, I could not smile. I was looking terrible You know, so I said to doctor. Okay I’ll, I’ll, put a bridge, she said I’ll put fight for you and I said how much will it cost Doctor, and Doctor gave me the price and I told her OKAY. I have my son in Tanzania. I’m going to tell him about it, tell him about the price and see what he’s saying and asking should I do it here, Should I come to Tanzania and do it, and he told me no mum. I want you to do it with Doctor Rena. So go ahead. So, I came back and I told doctor I want to do it and she started working on me and one day I was called. That’s the day I was going to get my bridge. She told me you’ll have to have patience. You have to for three hours this work will take. I said Okay she handled me so well. The reason is I cannot lie flat on the bed, so I brought my pillow. I put my pillow and doctor worked and worked. Maybe Doctor was getting tired because you know they had to bend down, but she did it then she gave me a break after one and. 1/2 hour. I got up. I came out, had a walk, went back again, then she started again and after three hours she fixed the bridge and she said to me. Look, how do you look now? Oh God, I was shocked. I was shocked. I said doctor, look at my smile, it’s so good Now I don’t have to worry You know, so I can show Everybody, my teeth now like. That so that was it. And I’m so happy with Doctor Reena and I would recommend her to Anybody who ever wants to do a bridge Because she really handled me with care. I do not really know If I had gone some other dentist, if they would have had the patience, the patience she took with me was fantastic and I’m always thanking God for giving such a good doctor.


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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.