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Keeping Your Mouth Healthy Even at Work

By Pamela Li, in News, on January 27, 2014 | Comments (0)

chewing gumOttawa, Ontario – Office places can sometimes be riddled with treats and snacks that might not be the healthiest for your smile. But Dr. Pamela Li, a cosmetic dentist, offers some tips to keep your smile healthy, even during the workday.

“We all spend a lot of time in our offices, sometimes more than we’d like,” says Dr. Li, who runs an Ottawa dental clinic that serves all ages. “And because of that, it is important that you take care of your teeth while in the office. Leaving food on your teeth can lead to decay and cavities.”

Keep a toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss in your office. Not only do we eat lunch while at the office, but sometimes we find ourselves having breakfast and indulging in snacks while we are working. The particles from the food and drinks we ingest can leave harmful bacteria on our teeth that can lead to decay. Brushing and flossing after eating can remove these harmful particles. Brush 30 minutes after finishing your meal or snack. This will also keep your breath fresh at work.

Chewing gum can be good for your teeth, provided the gum is sugar free.

“The best tool to combat against the buildup of harmful bacteria on your teeth is the production of saliva,” says Dr. Li, who as a general dentist specializes in treating patients from infants through senior citizens. “Saliva can neutralize the acids that cause cavity and decay, and chewing gum creates saliva. So after your snack, consider popping a piece of gum in your mouth to wash away that bacteria.”

Xylitol is beneficial for decay prevention and it can be found in certain gum and candies. Xylitol is a sugar substitute that kills cavity causing bacteria. Find a gum or candy that contains 1 gram of xylitol and chew or consume around 6 grams throughout the day. Spry or Xyla are some examples and they can be found in health food stores.

A proper oral hygiene routine is essential to keeping a healthy mouth, as is keeping regular appointments with your family dentistry expert. Brush and floss twice a day and visit your dentist at least every six months.

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Dentophobia is Very Real: How your Dentist Can Help

By Pamela Li, in Articles, on December 12, 2013 | Comments (0)

girl whit toothacheOTTAWA, ONTARIO – Dentophobia, or fear of the dentist, is a very real phenomenon for many patients, no matter the age. Dr. Pamela Li is a dentist who works with patients in Ottawa of all ages, and is equipped to help her patients overcome their dental fear.

“For older patients, there are many reasons why they may be afraid to visit a dentist,” says Dr. Li, whose dental clinic proudly serves families, expectant mothers and senior citizen patients. “Previous experiences that resulted in excess pain, anxiety disorders or other issues can compound a patient’s fear of visiting the dentist.”

For children, the reasons for fearing a dentist may stem from their parents. Studies have shown that if a child’s mother exhibits fear of dentists, it will increase the child’s chances of having the same fear. Other factors that contribute to a child viewing a dentist office as scary include increased fears in general and a previous experience that may have resulted in pain.

That’s why it is so important that parents choose a dentist that everyone in the family can feel comfortable with and who takes fear of the dentist seriously. Dentists can help make patients more comfortable by being more careful about pain control and ensuring that the patient is comfortable before beginning any procedure, even if it is only a routine cleaning. Taking the extra time to talk with patients before beginning work can help patients have a more positive experience.

In some cases, patients may be entering their family dentistry practice with other issues that could contribute to their fear of the dentist, such as behavioral, mood or anxiety disorders. In instances such as this, it is especially important that the dentist knows and understands how to interact with the patient beforehand.

“That’s one of the things I enjoy most about my practice,” says Dr. Li. “Because I serve families, in addition to individuals, my staff and I really take the time to get to know them. It is important that both parties are comfortable to create a positive relationship. Knowing if there is an issue that could affect how they are able to sit in my chair for work can help me better understand how to approach their dental work. And then, I’ll be able to better gain their trust.”

Dr. Li explains that it is also important for the patient to feel comfortable enough with the dentist to be able to voice concerns or questions during a procedure. Being able to do this, and knowing the dentist will listen, helps patients feel at ease. The dentist should always carefully explain the procedure before beginning, and should be sure to explain in terms the patient, no matter the age, can easily understand.
During the procedure the dentist should encourage the patient to let the dentist know if they need to stop or take a short break. Many dentists have their patients raise their left hand if they need to take a break during work. This allows the patient to feel as if they have control over the situation.

So how can patients be sure they have a dentist who will help them overcome their dental fear? Before scheduling any work, always speak with the dentist first. If they can easily explain both the procedure to you, and how they will work with you to both alleviate pain and allow you to voice concerns or questions during the procedure that’s a good indication they are serious about helping you. If your dentist dismisses questions related to your fears, it might be time to look for a new dentist.

It’s also important that you and your family feel comfortable in the office. Dentists who are serious about helping their patients overcome fears will often go to great lengths to make patients comfortable. And every staff member a patient comes into contact with should also make patients comfortable. From the moment the patient sets foot in the door, they should feel like a member of the family.

But to make all of this happen, it’s important that the patient is honest with the dentist. If a dentist is unaware of their patient’s fear, they won’t be able to help them address it and overcome it. By working together, the patient and dentist can build a comfortable relationship, and the patient can be on the road to better oral health.

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The Advantages of Dental Veneers

By Pamela Li, in Articles, on July 26, 2012 | Comments (0)

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – With advances in dental technology, there is no reason to put up with gaps in your teeth or with teeth that are stained, crooked or misshapen.

Today, a dental veneer placed on top of your teeth can completely transform your smile.

“Porcelain veneers can create a beautiful and natural smile that will last a long time,” said Dr. Pamela Li, who runs a dental clinic in Ottawa. “The cosmetic benefits of veneers are endless, which makes them one of the most popular options for people who are interested in a smile makeover.”

Dental veneers are thin, custom-made coverings of tooth-like material that are used to restore and improve the appearance of the teeth. They are a great alternative to crowns because they are much less invasive.

The Ottawa family dentistry professional has outlined the benefits of veneers as well as their application below:

Shade and color
Porcelain veneers will not change color and can be made to match the shade of existing teeth. Most veneers are made from porcelain, which resists stains and mimics the properties of natural teeth. Veneers can also be made from resin composite materials.

Corrects cosmetic flaws
Veneers can effectively close gaps between teeth, lengthen and reshape teeth, repair chipped, broken or misshapen teeth and cover stains and discolorations.

Customized for your smile
No two smiles are the same, which is why your dentist makes an exact impression of your teeth before the placement procedure. The mold is then sent to a lab where a technician hand crafts the veneers to perfectly fit over your teeth.

No downtime or recovery time
After the procedure is complete, patients can resume their normal activities and continue to eat the foods they always have.

Long lasting
With proper upkeep, veneers can last anywhere from 10 to 12 years. While there is a small possibility that a veneer could break or become damaged, your dental professional can instruct you on the best methods of maintaining them so they can last for many years.

Improve functionality and strength
Cracked, chipped, misaligned or broken teeth are not simply cosmetic issues. By correcting damaged teeth you are not only improving their appearance, but you are also restoring the strength and functionality of the damaged teeth.

To prepare a tooth for a veneer, your dentist will remove a small amount of enamel from the tooth surface. This will allow for the thickness of the porcelain. Next, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth. The mold is then sent off to a lab for your veneers to be made.

Once the veneers are ready, your dentist will trim and shape them to achieve the proper fit, says Ottawa dentist. After your teeth are cleaned, polished and etched – this roughens the tooth to allow for a strong bond – a special cement is applied to the veneer and the veneer is placed on your tooth. Using a special light beam, your dentist will activate the chemicals in the cement, which causes it to harden and bond quickly. After a few final touches, the procedure is complete.

“It’s important for patients to understand that this process is not reversible,” said Dr. Li, who also offers dentures in Ottawa at her clinic. “However, once patients see their results, they couldn’t imagine going back to the smile they had before.”

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Dental Health Concerns for Women

By pamelali, in News, on July 21, 2011 | Comments (0)

Ottawa, ON – Dr. Pamela Li, an Ottawa dental clinic dentist, points out that women have specific health concerns which can impact their oral health.  Because of hormonal shifts throughout their lives, women must be particularly aware of their dental hygiene.

Puberty: “During puberty, the surge in hormones can alter the way that gums react to plaque.  Gum tissue can become red, swollen and more prone to bleeding. “All of this is normal,” explains Li, an Ottawa tooth whitening provider. “But girls should be extra meticulous with their oral hygiene to try and prevent the inflammation.” (more…)

Now Offering Joint Vibration Analysis

By pamelali, in News, on May 27, 2011 | Comments (0)

Ottawa, ON – Dr. Pamela Li is now offering Joint Vibration Analysis through her Ottawa dental practice. JVA is a product of BioResearch Associates, Inc. and is used to evaluate the functioning of the Temporal Mandibular Joint- or TMJ.

JVA is a fast, non-invasive method for evaluating TMJ function and is a valuable tool for dentists in investigating TMJ disorders.  The JVA equipment consists of a simple pair of pressure sensors that the dentist places over the TMJ to record vibrations as the jaw moves.  The JVA records vibration, amplitude, and frequency; it also shows exactly where in the opening/closing cycle the vibration occurs. Different TMJ disorders produce different patterns of vibration.  Analyzing these patterns allows a dentist to diagnose a patient’s specific disorder. (more…)

Geriatric Dentistry

By pamelali, in Articles, on April 23, 2011 | Comments (0)

Ottawa, ON – As the baby boom generation ages, geriatric dentistry is becoming an increasingly large component of many dentists’ practices.

“We are seeing more and more elderly patients who have specific problems related to aging and need specific kinds of care,” point out Ottawa dentists at Dr. Pamela Li’s an Ottawa cosmetic dentistry.

It used to be that older patients who had problems with teeth and gums would have tooth extractions and get dentures. However, more of today’s dental patients received high quality oral care earlier in life. (more…)

Offering a New Implant Denture System

By pamelali, in News, on April 17, 2011 | Comments (0)

Ottawa, ON – Dr. Pamela Li’s Ottawa dental clinic has been using a new system to provide dentures for their patients. The implant supported dentures have revolutionized how dentists think of and provide dentures.

The locator system by Nobel Biocare allows dentures to be anchored right in the mouth with dental implants embedded right into the jaw. Patients don’t need to fuss with denture adhesives or dentures that feel loose. The implant system allows for more natural feeling teeth, especially in the lower jaw. Many patients have trouble getting used to complete dentures in the lower jaw. However, the new system places two or four implants in the jaw – where they act like tooth roots, making a patient’s denture feel more comfortable. “My patients are happiest with four – rather than two – implants,” explains Li, an Ottawa cosmetic dentistry provider. “But that is a more expensive proposition.” (more…)

Treating Children with Periodontal Disease

By pamelali, in News, on March 15, 2011 | Comments (0)

Ottawa, ON- Periodontal, or gum, disease is something most people associate with adults, but, in fact, it can strike during childhood or adolescence, notes Dr. Pamela Li, an Ottawa dentist.

Gingivitis is a fairly common form of gum disease in children and is fairly easy to treat.  Sometimes in adults gingivitis precedes periodontitis, a more serious kind of gum disease, which is why it’s important to recognize and treat gingivitis early.

“Periodontitis is fairly rare in otherwise healthy children,” says Ottawa dental implants provider Dr. Li. “But it’s much harder to treat than gingivitis.” (more…)

Now Offering BioMers Translucent Braces

By pamelali, in News, on December 22, 2010 | Comments (0)

Ottawa, ON – Dr. Pamela Li, an Ottawa dental implants provider, is now offering BioMers- the world’s only completely translucent system of braces- to her orthodontic clients. It has only been available in Canada as of this fall.

With the BioMers program, the wires, brackets, and retainers are all completely clear, creating a system that is just as effective as all-metal braces, but is more aesthetically pleasing. Dr. Li’s Ottawa orthodontics practice offers the nearly invisible system, which is made possible by the development of a new polymer that can be shaped into a translucent wire. (more…)

Recommending Electric Toothbrushes

By Pamela Li, in News, on November 7, 2010 | Comments (0)

Ottawa, ON – Ottawa  dental clinic dentist, Dr. Pamela Li recommends to her patients that they use quality electric toothbrushes such as Sonicare or Oral-B. “Many people neglect the health of their gums,” says Dr. Li, an Ottawa  cosmetic dentistry practitioner. “But gums are a key to healthy teeth – and the overall health of the body. Periodontal disease is linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other systemic diseases. Chronic inflammation anywhere in your body – including your mouth – is detrimental to your health.”

“Good quality electric toothbrushes are very effective in removing plaque even past the reach of the bristles,” says Dr. Li, an Ottawa dental implant provider. They are also good in massaging gums, decreasing inflammation and bleeding. (more…)

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