Whitby Orthodontics

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1614 Dundas St E #214
Whitby, ON L1N 8Y8 Canada


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Making Your Life Better with Orthodontics

December 11th, 2013

The number one goal of orthodontic treatment is to give you or your child a beautiful, healthy smile that will last a lifetime. One of the first things people notice about others is their smiles so take the first step towards getting the smile you’ve always wanted and make your initial consultation at Whitby Orthodontics

A good bite not only makes it easier to eat and speak, but will enhance your dental and overall health as well. Straight teeth aren’t just pretty, they’re healthy as well. Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to clean reducing the risk of gingivitis and periodontal disease. 

Let your smile express yourself! Give us a call at our convenient Whitby, ON office to schedule your consultation today!


Foods that Can Harm Enamel

December 4th, 2013

Many people who are careful about brushing and flossing their teeth wonder how they still end up with cavities or tooth decay. Several factors affect wear and tear on tooth enamel. Diet is a major factor, with certain foods increasing the likelihood that your enamel will become discolored or decayed. Pay close attention to the foods you eat to keep your pearly whites looking healthy and clean.

What causes enamel damage?

Tooth enamel refers to the hard, semi-translucent, whitish part of the tooth that shows above your gums. The enamel is primarily composed of minerals that are strong but susceptible to highly acidic foods. When acid reacts with the minerals in enamel, it results in tooth decay. Strongly pigmented foods can also damage enamel by discoloring the surface of the tooth.

Foods that harm enamel

Acidic foods are the greatest source of enamel damage. To determine whether a food is acidic, look up its pH. Scientists use pH, on a one-to-seven scale, to define the relative acidity or alkalinity of a substance. Foods with low pH levels, between a one and three, are high in acidity and may damage your enamel. Foods with high pH levels, such as a six or seven, are far less likely to cause enamel harm.

So which foods should you avoid? Many fruits are high in acidity, including lemons, grapefruit, strawberries, grapes, and apples. The high sugar and acid content in soda makes it another huge contributor to enamel decay. Moderately acidic foods include pineapple, oranges, tomatoes, cottage cheese, maple syrup, yogurt, raisins, pickles, and honey. The foods that are least likely to cause enamel damage include milk, most cheeses, eggs, and water.

Beverages such as red wine and coffee also damage the enamel by discoloring it. Although stains do not necessarily undermine the integrity of your teeth, they can be unsightly.

What can I do to prevent enamel damage?

Fortunately, there are several measures you can take to prevent your enamel from discoloring or decaying. The easiest way to avoid decay is to steer clear of high-acidity foods. This may not always be possible, but eliminating sugary fruit juices and soda from your diet is a good start. Brushing your teeth after each meal and flossing frequently also preserves your enamel. Another good idea is to rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash after eating to wash away high-acidity particles.

Although enamel damage is common, it does not have to be an inevitable occurrence. Knowing the foods that harm your teeth gives you the tools to prevent discoloration and decay. With some easy preventive measures, your teeth will stay strong and white for years to come! Give us a call at Whitby Orthodontics to learn more!

Patient Appreciation Skate Day January 25th

November 26th, 2013

At Whitby Orthodontics, there’s nothing we like more than seeing our patients smile! Bring your smile and your ice skates to our Patient Appreciation Skate Day on Saturday, January 25th, 2014. The festivities will be taking place at the Iroquois Arena, Pad 2, from 2:00 to 3:15 pm.

Dr. Sperber and our Whitby Orthodontics Team will be handing out hot chocolate to keep you toasty warm while you show off your moves on the ice!

Whitby Orthodontics Partners with Feed the Need in Durham (FTND) Food Drive

November 26th, 2013

“Our belief is that hunger should not be the reason to prevent anyone from the chance to fulfill their potential.” – Feed the Need in Durham mission statement

The holiday season is a time for reflection and thanks for our family, friends, and many blessings we’ve been bestowed. This holiday season, we’re asking for your help to spread warmth and cheer to families in need.

It’s easy to help Dr. Sperber and the Whitby Orthodontics Team in our efforts to support Feed the Need in Durham. Just drop by our office between now and Christmas, and help fill our shopping cart with non-perishable food items!

Feed the Need in Durham helps to make a difference in the lives of over 30,000 low-income people in our community, 38% of which are children.

If you would like to join Whitby Orthodontics and FTND in the fight against hunger, please consider taking part in our Food Drive. Your generous donations are greatly appreciated!

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