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Warnings about Acid

By pamelali, in Articles, on July 26, 2011 | Comments (0)

Ottawa, ON – Ottawa dental practitioner Dr. Pamela Li always warns her patients about the dangers of acid erosion to their teeth.  The teeth can be exposed to acid from many different sources.

“Acid wears down and erodes the tooth enamel, increasing the risk of decay and causing sensitivity in the teeth,” explains Dr. Li, an Ottawa smile makeover provider.  When acid wears away tooth enamel, it also makes your teeth look darker. There are many sources of acid, many of which patients are unaware of.  Hidden sources of acid include pop, vinaigrette salad dressings, red wine, juices, energy drinks, pickles, various kinds of fruit (including citrus, kiwi, pineapple) and tomatoes. (more…)

Dental Emergencies

By pamelali, in Articles, on June 22, 2011 | Comments (0)

Ottawa, ON – No one wants to experience a dental emergency; however, it’s good to know what to do when it happens, explains Dr. Pamela Li, an Ottawa dentist.

Below are some of the most common dental emergencies and what to do about them.

Knocked Out Tooth: Rinse the tooth in contact lens solution (saline solution) or water if it’s dirty, but don’t remove any attached tissue.  Do not touch the root.  Reinsert if possible, but don’t put it back in if there’s a chance you might swallow it. If it isn’t possible to reinsert, put it in a glass of cold milk.  (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…)

Tooth Whitening Options

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

Ottawa, ON – Having whiter teeth is most patients’ number one concern about the way they look. In fact, the number of Americans who whiten their teeth has grown more than 300 percent since 1997. But, the Ottawa dental practice of Dr. Pamela Li offers a simple tooth whitening (sometimes called bleaching) process to brighten the color of your natural tooth enamel and enhance your smile.

A number of factors can cause staining or yellowing of the teeth, including: excessive fluoride, use of certain medicines during childhood, age, and consuming a lot of coffee, tea, or wine. “Many people find their teeth yellow as they get older,” explains Dr. Li  Ottawa tooth whitening specialist. “The enamel on your teeth thins out and just doesn’t give you that bright white look anymore. These patients are simply looking for a way to restore their teeth to their previous color.” (more…)

Periodontal Disease Described by Ottawa Dental Specialist

By pamelali, in News, on August 17, 2010 | Comments (0)

Ottawa ON – Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, constitutes a bacterial infection of the gums, ligaments and bone that surround your teeth and hold them in your jaw. Usually painless until its final stages, gum disease is silent like heart disease — and can fool a patient.

“Prevention and treatment of periodontal disease are essential since they are part of a chronic inflammation in your body’s tissues,” observes Ottawa dental specialist, Dr. Pamela Li. “However, people often don’t see it as a serious concern. They see regular dental appointments as ‘just another cleaning.’” (more…)

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