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The Health and Safety of our patients, staff and community are our priority

The health and safety of our patients, staff and community are our priority

 

At Boardwalk Dental Care, the health and safety of our patients, staff and community are our priority. We always practice the most stringent sterilization procedures in our practice.
Sunday evening, the licensing body of dentists in Ontario strongly recommended that all dental offices reschedule non-urgent care. In light of this directive, we will be calling all patients with existing appointments scheduled in the next three weeks to offer new appointment times.
Drs. Keeling and Culp(s) live in Brockville and will be available for urgent and emergency care on an as needed basis.
If you need an emergency appointment, need to reschedule an existing appointment or have any questions, feel free to call the office, 613-342-9333. We will be providing regular hour telephone support.
In this time of crisis, we at Boardwalk Dental Care are all available to support each other and all of you.
Thank you all for your years of support and your help and understanding as we ride out this crisis together.
Stay healthy and safe.
Patricia Keeling, Peter Culp, Danielle Culp and all the team at BDC

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Invisalign Is A Great Choice for Adult Orthodontics

Millions of adults across North America need orthodontic cosmetic dentistry services, but often they don't get the work done for various reasons.  Undoubtedly, this is because most want to avoid wearing braces as adults.

What if we told you there was a better option?  A way to get your teeth fixed - leading to better oral health for the rest of your life - without any of the major problems associated with braces?

Let's talk about Invisalign.

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a newer way to go about orthodontic correction.  Rather than having pieces of metal glued to your teeth, Invisalign works as a series of clear plastic retainer-style trays.  Each set of Invisalign trays are custom molded to fit your teeth while encouraging them to shift just a little bit in the right direction.

Then, after approximately one to two weeks, the tray is discarded and you get a new set, that shift your teeth just a little more.   And so on.  After a few months of this, your teeth are better aligned.

What Are the Benefits of Invisalign to Cosmetic Dentistry?

There are so many reasons Invisalign can be a benefit compared to traditional braces:

  • No embarrassment.  True to its name, Invisalign is almost totally invisible to outside viewers.  People won't even know you're wearing the trays.
  • Less pain.  Invisalign is far less painful than regular braces, and with no sharp metal, bits to poke soft parts of your mouth.  At worst, there's just a slight dull ache.
  • No lifestyle changes.  Invisalign trays are removable!  Whenever you're eating, brushing your teeth, or doing anything else where the tray would get in the way, just take it out.  Then put it back when you're done.
  • No dietary changes.  Again, since you can remove the tray whenever you need, that means you can eat anything you want.  There are none of the dietary restrictions associated with braces.
  • Faster results.  While individual results may vary, in general, Invisalign produces results more quickly than regular braces.

Note: this depends on the wearer keeping the trays in their mouth whenever possible.  They're intended to be worn around-the-clock, even while sleeping.

Boardwalk Dental Care Has Modern Cosmetic Dentistry Solutions

If you need dental correction, you have more options today than ever before!  Click here to schedule a consultation with Boardwalk Dental Care.

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Proper Post-Care Is Critical After A Root Canal Treatment

If you have a tooth with a cavity that goes untreated for long enough, chances are the root of the tooth will become infected.  When that happens, it's usually impossible to treat the infection directly.   There's only one good option for saving the tooth: a root canal treatment.  

A root canal is a dental procedure where the dentist drills out the center of the tooth and removes the nerve and other soft pulpy material at the center.  Then the hole is filled, and the tooth is capped.  This removes the pain and prevents further damage to the tooth.  

However, as with any sort of invasive procedure, there's always a chance of re-infection.  Following your dentist's post-care instructions can help prevent that!

How To Reduce Your Chances Of Re-Infection After A Root Canal Treatment

1. Follow your dentist's instructions to the letter

You will undoubtedly be given a list of instructions to follow, after having your root canal.  Be sure to follow them exactly as given!  Look over the instructions before leaving the office and be sure to ask any questions you have before you go.

2. Avoid eating and drinking until the anesthetic has worn off

Root canals are almost always done with a local anesthetic which will numb a large portion of your mouth.  Try to avoid eating or drinking until you have feeling back.  Otherwise, you could damage your mouth - like chewing up your cheek - without realizing it, increasing your chances of infection.

3. Take all your antibiotics

Chances are, you'll be given a prescription for antibiotics to take as a preventative measure.  Be sure to take the full course!  You're taking them specifically to stop an infection from happening.

4. A Crown is recommended

At Boardwalk Dental Care we handle root canals in one appointment, in most cases. You will leave your appointment with a permanent filling on the tooth. As the tooth is no longer a vital one, a crown is always recommended to preserve the longevity of the tooth.

If you ever do think the tooth has become re-infected - which will bring swelling and pain - it's vital to contact your dentist ASAP.  

Boardwalk Dental Care

Do you need root canal treatment or other dental work? Our Boardwalk Dental Care team is accepting new patients!  Contact us to schedule an appointment.

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Important Trends in Cosmetic Dentistry

Modern dentistry is an exciting and fast-changing field, and there's nowhere that's more apparent than when it comes to cosmetic dentistry.  A cosmetic dentistry clinic in Brockville has to constantly keep up on the latest technologies, as well as the latest trends among patients, to ensure they always have the best techniques available.

Better yet, most of these trends are about making it easier for people to get the cosmetic work they want.  So, if you need work done, some of these reasons might convince you that it's time to do it.

Five Trends That Are Changing Cosmetic Dentistry in Brockville

1. 3D printing

3D printing is changing many industries, dentistry among them.  Previously, dentists would often have to custom-order cosmetic pieces from expensive custom suppliers.  Now, increasingly, dentists can simply print out any crowns, bridges, false teeth, or other necessary pieces.  This pushes down the costs of cosmetic work, as well as speeding up the process!

2. Improved whitening options

Don't use those "whitening kits" you see in the grocery store - they're genuinely terrible for your teeth, and quickly wear away your tooth's protective enamel with every application.  Getting teeth whitening at a clinic is easier and less expensive than ever.  A single professional session can significantly whiten your teeth, and you could get it done on a lunch break!

3. Gum reshaping

It's now easier than ever to perform cosmetic work on someone's gums.  This might mean raising the gums to make teeth seem bigger, lowering them to make a grin less toothy, or just evening them out for consistency.  Gum surgery used to be too difficult to be worth it (when not medically necessary) but now it's quickly becoming a commonplace cosmetic procedure.

4. Dental implants for all ages

Implants had generally been seen as a cosmetic option for older people, but not anymore.  Improvements in implant technology have made implants more accessible to people of all ages.  Younger people, in particular, are increasingly choosing implants when they're in a situation where they've lost one or more teeth.

5. More financing

Cosmetic work can be expensive, and dentists know it - that's why they're constantly looking for new ways to make their work more affordable.  Between lower prices on common procedures, and more robust financing options, it's easier than ever to afford cosmetic dentistry in Brockville.

Boardwalk Dental Care Can Help

If you want work done, there really is no time like the present.  Contact Boardwalk Dental for an appointment!

 

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Brockville Dentists Offer Their Top Tips for Preventing Tooth Decay

When it comes to keeping your teeth healthy, Brockville dentists all agree: prevention is the best medicine.  Modern dentistry can do wonders to improve even the most damaged smile, but nothing is going to be better than preventing your natural teeth from being damaged in the first place.

Tooth decay is largely preventable, and it's not hard to do.

The Top Five Ways Brockville Dentists Encourage Healthier Teeth

1. Brush and floss every day

This is the first and most obvious step, but how you brush is the key.  Too many people rush their brushing, and that means they'll be leaving a lot of food residue behind.  A proper tooth-brushing should take 2-3 minutes, while being careful to scrub every exposed tooth surface.  This should be done at least twice a day, particularly before bed.

Flossing only needs to be done once a day, but it's important to clean all the areas between your teeth that standard brushes can't reach.

2. Use mouthwash, if you can

Mouthwash isn't for everyone, but it's an excellent addition to brushing and flossing because it's anti-bacterial.  A good mouthwash kills the germs and bacteria that cause tooth disease, cavities, and bad breath.

3. Avoid sugary products

Sugar is ubiquitous in food these days - so try to avoid consuming any more of it.  Sugar is fuel for the bacteria that cause tooth decay, as well as being caustic and breaking down the enamel on your teeth.

Avoid sugary snacks and try drinking low-sugar drinks rather than sodas and fruit juice.  You'll greatly reduce the harm done to your teeth in the process.

4. Don't smoke or use chewing tobacco

There are few things you could put in your mouth which are more damaging than tobacco products.  They stain the teeth and invite decay.  Worse, nicotine is an immune system inhibitor.  Oral diseases or physical problems will be slower to heal if you use tobacco, or potentially not heal at all.

5. Visit your Brockville dentists twice as year

No matter how thorough you are, it's nearly impossible for someone at home to clean their own teeth as well as a professional can do it.  (Even dentists visit other dentists for cleanings!)  If you go in for cleanings and check-ups every six months, they'll catch any problems you missed.

Boardwalk Dental Care has top-quality Brockville dentists who want to help you achieve the healthiest smile possible.  Contact us for an appointment!

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Looking at Dental Bonding or Porcelain Veneers in Brockville? Which Is Right for You?

If you have crooked or cracked teeth, or other cosmetic issues with your smile, there are more options than ever before to fix your teeth.  Right now, two of the most popular options are either dental bonding or porcelain veneers in Brockville.  Your dentist will undoubtedly have advice on which is right for you, but in many cases, both treatments would be available.

So, let's look into the differences between them.

Understanding the Differences Between Dental Bonding and Porcelain Veneers in Brockville

I. Dental Bonding in Brockville

Dental bonding is a relatively low-cost option for fixing cosmetic issues with your teeth.  The dentist applies a special resin to the outside of your teeth, molding it to adjust for any malformations, which is then cured under a special UV light.  This makes for a quick and easy way to improve the look of your teeth.

However, there are a couple of drawbacks.  First, this resin is vulnerable to staining - much like your natural teeth - so it will need to be cleaned regularly.  Also, dental bonds can be damaged or dislodged, and chances are you will need to have the procedure done a few times throughout your life.

II. Porcelain Veneers in Brockville

Veneers involving taking extremely thin slices of porcelain which have been custom cut to give your teeth the look you want and bonding them permanently to the front of your teeth.  When done properly, the results can be stunning.  Veneers are the most popular option for actors, models, and other professional faces.  It's truly the cosmetic dentistry of the stars.  Further, veneers are extremely long-lasting, stain-resistant, and difficult to damage.

The major downside to veneers is that, for them to be effectively bonded to your teeth, the front-facing enamel must be removed.  This means that once you get veneers, you cannot go back to having natural teeth, and should they become dislodged, you will have to get more veneers.  Fortunately, this is relatively rare unless you take a direct hit to the mouth.

Also, veneers can be expensive.  Even with long-term payment plans, they can simply be out of the price range of some patients.

Come to Boardwalk Dental Care for Bonding Or Porcelain Veneers In Brockville

Boardwalk Dental is one of Brockville's leading dentists, for both general care as well as the latest in cosmetic dental techniques.  Contact our team today to schedule your first appointment.

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Important Post-Care Tips After Receiving A Root Canal Treatment in Brockville

If you're receiving root canal treatment in Brockville, it's because you have a tooth with nerve damage due to cavities or other physical problems.  Unfortunately, there is no way to repair the nerve of a tooth - it simply has to be extracted, to prevent infections and other complications.

Root canals are nowhere near as unpleasant as popular culture suggests, but it is still a surgical procedure and full healing requires some after-care.  Here's what you can do to make the healing process go as smoothly as possible.

What to Do After Your Brockville Root Canal Treatment

1. Take all prescriptions as directed

Chances are, your dentist will prescribe some antibiotics as a preventative measure.  It's very important to take these exactly as directed.  You will be more vulnerable to oral infection for a few days after the procedure and taking the full course of antibiotics will greatly reduce the chances of this happening.

2. Keep the area clean

To further discourage infection, you should take special care to keep that part of your mouth clean.  Brush (gently) regularly and do plenty of mouth rinses to keep the tooth free of any particulate food matter which could decay and encourage infection.

However, you want to avoid antiseptic mouthwash, because it would hurt.

3. Monitor your pain levels

A root canal is not terribly painful, because the tooth's nerve has been removed.  What minor pain you do feel should be easily managed with over-the-counter pain killers, and this should subside within a day or two.  If pain continues longer than that, or if you'd consider the pain more than minor, you should contact your dentist to have it looked into.

4. Don't put pressure on the affected area

For a week or so after the root canal treatment, you should actively avoid putting pressure on that tooth.  Try not to chew on that side of your mouth and avoid clenching your teeth.  If you have problems with teeth grinding at night, you may want a mouth guard to avoid damage.

5. Stick to soft room-temperature foods

The tooth will be sensitive for a few days, so you won't want food which is excessively hot or cold.  In addition, avoid foods which are crunchy or sticky, because they can do damage to the operation site.

Boardwalk Dental Care Can Help

If you need a root canal treatment in Brockville, Boardwalk Dental Care will make it as comfortable as possible!  Contact us for an appointment.

 

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Porcelain Veneers vs. Dental Bonding [Brockville Dental Treatments]

Looking at Dental Bonding or Porcelain Veneers in Brockville? Which Is Right for You?

If you have crooked or cracked teeth, or other cosmetic issues with your smile, there are more options than ever before to fix your teeth.  Right now, two of the most popular options are either dental bonding or porcelain veneers in Brockville.  Your dentist will undoubtedly have advice on which is right for you, but in many cases, both treatments would be available. 

So, let's look into the differences between them.

Understanding the Differences Between Dental Bonding and Porcelain Veneers in Brockville

I. Dental Bonding in Brockville

Dental bonding is a relatively low-cost option for fixing cosmetic issues with your teeth.  The dentist applies a special resin to the outside of your teeth, molding it to adjust for any malformations, which is then cured under a special UV light.  This makes for a quick and easy way to improve the look of your teeth.

However, there are a couple of drawbacks.  First, this resin is vulnerable to staining - much like your natural teeth - so it will need to be cleaned regularly.  Also, dental bonds can be damaged or dislodged, and chances are you will need to have the procedure done a few times throughout your life.

II. Porcelain Veneers in Brockville

Veneers involving taking extremely thin slices of porcelain which have been custom cut to give your teeth the look you want and bonding them permanently to the front of your teeth.  When done properly, the results can be stunning.  Veneers are the most popular option for actors, models, and other professional faces.  It's truly the cosmetic dentistry of the stars.  Further, veneers are extremely long-lasting, stain-resistant, and difficult to damage.

The major downside to veneers is that, for them to be effectively bonded to your teeth, the front-facing enamel must be removed.  This means that once you get veneers, you cannot go back to having natural teeth, and should they become dislodged, you will have to get more veneers.  Fortunately, this is relatively rare unless you take a direct hit to the mouth.

Also, veneers can be expensive.  Even with long-term payment plans, they can simply be out of the price range of some patients.

Come to Boardwalk Dental Care for Bonding Or Porcelain Veneers In Brockville

Boardwalk Dental is one of Brockville's leading dentists, for both general care as well as the latest in cosmetic dental techniques.  Contact our team today to schedule your first appointment.

 

 

 

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5 Things Do After Your Brockville Root Canal Treatment

Important Post-Care Tips After Receiving A Root Canal Treatment in Brockville

If you're receiving root canal treatment in Brockville, it's because you have a tooth with nerve damage due to cavities or other physical problems. Unfortunately, there is no way to repair the nerve of a tooth - it simply has to be extracted, to prevent infections and other complications.
Root canals are nowhere near as unpleasant as popular culture suggests, but it is still a surgical procedure and full healing requires some after-care.  Here's what you can do to make the healing process go as smoothly as possible.

What to Do After Your Brockville Root Canal Treatment

1. Take all prescriptions as directed

Chances are, your dentist will prescribe some antibiotics as a preventative measure.  It's very important to take these exactly as directed.  You will be more vulnerable to oral infection for a few days after the procedure and taking the full course of antibiotics will greatly reduce the chances of this happening.

2. Keep the area clean

To further discourage infection, you should take special care to keep that part of your mouth clean.  Brush (gently) regularly and do plenty of mouth rinses to keep the tooth free of any particulate food matter which could decay and encourage infection.
However, you want to avoid antiseptic mouthwash, because it would hurt.

3. Monitor your pain levels

A root canal is not terribly painful, because the tooth's nerve has been removed.  What minor pain you do feel should be easily managed with over-the-counter pain killers, and this should subside within a day or two.  If pain continues longer than that, or if you'd consider the pain more than minor, you should contact your dentist to have it looked into.

4. Don't put pressure on the affected area

For a week or so after the root canal treatment, you should actively avoid putting pressure on that tooth.  Try not to chew on that side of your mouth and avoid clenching your teeth.  If you have problems with teeth grinding at night, you may want a mouth guard to avoid damage.

5. Stick to soft room-temperature foods

The tooth will be sensitive for a few days, so you won't want food that is excessively hot or cold.  In addition, avoid foods which are crunchy or sticky, because they can do damage to the operation site.

Boardwalk Dental Care Can Help

If you need a root canal treatment in Brockville, Boardwalk Dental Care will make it as comfortable as possible!  Contact us for an appointment.

 

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Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontic treatment is incredibly important for young children, as proper treatment can help avoid dental problems down the road. The best time to ensure there’s no overbite or underbite and the jaw is positioned correctly is when teeth are developing. Beginning treatment at this stage will also enable dental practitioners to catch any other concerns that arise before they grow out of control.

Below, the experts at Boardwalk Dental have explained a few of the key benefits of seeking early orthodontic treatments for your children.

Tackling problems before the jaw bones harden

With age, our jawbones toughen up, making it difficult to make adjustments that will ensure oral health as our teeth change over time. Crowding of the teeth can be painful and lead to problems down the road, eventually requiring painful tooth extraction. Parents may notice a speech impediment, difficulties while chewing or late thumb-sucking, which are all signs that orthodontic treatments may need to take place. Surgeries that take place before the jaw bones harden will be much easier and less painful for children.

Parents should consider consulting with an orthodontist as early as age 6 or 7.

Healthy progression of baby teeth

The loss of baby teeth is not only an exciting time for parents, but it is also essential to oral health. Additionally, if the position of teeth is corrected before baby teeth are lost and permanent teeth start to come in, this may help families avoid costly dental procedures later. If you notice your child losing their baby teeth far too early or if they do not seem to be falling out as the child gets older, orthodontic treatments should be sought out immediately.

Peace of mind

Sometimes it can be difficult to tell if a child is developing an abnormal bite, experiencing increasing pain in their jaws or developing unhealthy habits such as only breathing through the mouth. Brockville families who are unsure of the signs to look for should seek orthodontic consultation and treatments for children to prevent painful and expensive surgeries.

Boardwalk Dental is Here to Help

The team at Brockville’s Boardwalk Dental can identify oral health problems for those seeking early orthodontic treatments and figure out the best treatment options for your child. Call one of our experts today at (613)-342-9333 to book an appointment.

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Early Orthodontic Treatment Benefits

Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontic treatment is incredibly important for young children, as proper treatment can help avoid dental problems down the road. The best time to ensure there’s no overbite or underbite and the jaw is positioned correctly is when teeth are developing. Beginning treatment at this stage will also enable dental practitioners to catch any other concerns that arise before they grow out of control.

Below, our professionals at Boardwalk Dental explain few of the key benefits of seeking early orthodontic treatments for your children.

Tackling problems before the jaw bones harden

With age, our jawbones toughen up, making it difficult to make adjustments that will ensure oral health as our teeth change over time. Crowding of the teeth can be painful and lead to problems down the road, eventually requiring tooth extraction. In some cases, parents may notice a speech impediment, difficulties while chewing or late thumb-sucking, which are all potential signs that orthodontic treatments needs to take place. Surgeries before the jaw bones harden will be much easier with less discomfort for children.

Parents should consider consulting with an orthodontist as early as age 6 or 7.

Healthy progression of baby teeth

The loss of baby teeth is not only an exciting time for parents, but it is also essential to oral health. Additionally, if the position of teeth is corrected before baby teeth are lost and permanent teeth start to come in, this may help families avoid costly dental procedures later. If you notice your child losing their baby teeth far too early or if they do not seem to be falling out as the child gets older, orthodontic treatments should be sought out immediately.

Peace of mind

Sometimes it can be difficult to tell if a child is developing an abnormal bite, experiencing increasing pain in their jaws or developing unhealthy habits such as only breathing through the mouth. Brockville families who are unsure of the signs to look for should seek orthodontic consultation and treatments for children to prevent painful and expensive surgeries.

Boardwalk Dental is Here to Help

The team at Brockville’s Boardwalk Dental can identify oral health problems for those seeking early orthodontic treatments and figure out the best treatment options for your child. Call one of our experts today at (613)-342-9333 to book an appointment.

 

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Get Dental Bridges in Brockville with Boardwalk Dental Care

When Dental Bridges in Brockville Are The Right Choice For Restoring Lost Teeth

If you're missing teeth in Brockville, you have more options than ever before for restoring those teeth - and restoring your smile in the process. Dentists have numerous techniques for bringing back lost teeth, just depending on the state of the patient's mouth and how many teeth are missing.

Dental bridges in Brockville are one of the most popular options, particularly when a patient is only missing one or two teeth.  However, they aren't the right choice all the time.  Here's a brief discussion of what bridges are, and who is a good fit for them.

Why You Might Get Dental Bridges in Brockville

What is a dental bridge?  It's much like what it sounds like.  A bridge is one or two false teeth, which are attached directly to surrounding natural teeth.  They literally bridge the gap in a patient's mouth where teeth used to be.

Who is a good candidate for receiving a bridge?  Well, the single most important factor is that they must have strong healthy teeth on either side of the gap.  Those teeth will be taking on additional strain since they have to do their usual job as well as helping to hold up the bridge.  If those neighboring teeth are weak, the bridge could end up causing damage to them and only make the situation worse.

The other big question is whether the patient wants a bridge, or if they want to get a dental implant.  There are pros and cons to both.  In the case of a bridge, the main benefits are they are relatively cheap and easy to put into place, compared to an implant.  Implants require surgery and can have significant recovery time.  A bridge can basically just be snapped into place.

So, it's little wonder that some patients would prefer the quicker method of replacing a tooth, even if it's not as permanent and long-lasting as an implant.

Plus, a well-made dental bridge can easily last a decade or more, so they're hardly temporary.  And should your bridge ever fail, your Brockville dentist can just make a new one to replace it.

Need Dental Bridges in Brockville? Visit Boardwalk Dental Care!

Boardwalk Dental Care is run by a husband & wife team who each have over thirty years' experience bringing great outcomes to their patients.  If you need dental bridges or want to explore other options for replacing lost teeth, contact us for an appointment!

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