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Thornhill Family Dental: Your Caring Neighbourhood Thornhill Dentist

Our caring dentists strive to maintain optimal dental health for families in the Thornhill community.

Updated: 2018-03-06T00:50:09.073-08:00



Welome to Bathurst Centre Dental Care in Thornhill! We provide highly personalized dental care for the whole family.This is an informative website intended to help educate families in the Thornhill community on how to maintain good oral health and to answer common questions relating to family dentistry. - Dr. Cheng, Thornhill dentist

When Should My Child First Visit the Dentist?


The Canadian Dental Association recommends your child's first visit to the dentist be by one year of age or six months after the eruption of the first tooth. Now this is probably a lot earlier than you thought, however, I frequently see two year olds with tooth decay; sometimes many teeth are involved. If that child had been in our office at age one, we might have limited the damage from the

My Child's Permanent Teeth Coming Out Behind the Baby Teeth!


I see this often. A child has their permanent lower incisors coming out behind the baby teeth. We sometimes call it "Shark" teeth. The baby teeth have not come out like they were supposed to. It is most common with the lower front teeth when the child is six years old and now there are two rows of teeth. The good news is that the new permanent tooth will tend to move forward into the correct

My Gums Bleed When Brushing. What Does This Mean?


Many people have the misconception that bleeding gums after brushing is caused by too hard and prolonged brushing. This is not the case. Bleeding gums is a sign of Gingivitis. Gingivitis is the inflammation (swelling and redness) of the gums caused by gum irritation from plaque build-up. The irritated gums tend to bleed quite easily. Good news is that gingivitis can be reversed with good dental

I Have Teeth That Are Very Sensitive to Cold. What Can Be Done?


In most instances, tooth sensitivity is the result of receding gums. Receding gums is the loss of gum tissue leading to the exposure of the roots of the teeth. The roots of the teeth have a darker, yellow colour that you can see near the gumline. These exposed roots can become very sensitive to hot and cold or sweet and sour foods. The root surfaces are also softer and can easily be worn-down

My Teeth Are Yellow. How Can I Make Them Whiter?


I get this question a lot. As we age, our teeth gradually darker and more yellow due to internal staining. This occurs more rapidly if you smoke or drink a lot of coffee, tea or red wine. For most people, whiter teeth can be achieved through teeth whitening. There are many teeth whitening products available, some of which are more effective than others. Many toothpastes claim to whiten your

Accidents and Dental Trauma in Children


Here's a summary of the kinds of things that we see when kids injure themselves. Often these injuries occur while playing and commonly involve bumping the head of another child. Click on these links to view emergency dental care: Fractured Teeth, Knocked out Teeth, and other Dental Accidents Basics of pediatric dental trauma and what to do in these situations. When to Call the Dentist, When to

What is Invisalign?


Invisalign invisible braces are a popular treatment among my adult patients. It is an option for those who want a more attractive and straighter smile without the need for hideous metal braces.Invisalign is a type of orthodontic appliance that is used to close gaps between teeth and to straighten teeth that are crooked. Unlike traditional metal-wire braces, the Invisalign system is completely

Sports Mouthguard Prevents Injuries


It is estimated by the Canadian Dental Association that mouthguards prevent approximately 200,000 injuries each year in elementary and high school sports.  A properly fitted mouthguard must be protective, comfortable, resilient, tear resistant, odorless, tasteless, not bulky, cause minimal interference to speaking and breathing, and (possibly the most important criteria) have excellent

Proper Care for Child's Teeth


How can I help my children maintain healthy teeth and gums? The dentist is an important factor in preventing future dental conditions and repairing existing problems, but remember that good dental hygiene begins at home, requiring daily attention and diligence. Supervise your children when they are brushing their teeth and flossing until you are confident they are doing it properly. Make

How to Overcome Dental Fear


If you are willing to admit you have a fear of the dentist, trust me when I tell you are not alone. There are easy ways for you to prepare yourself before an appointment, along with ways to distract yourself from the surroundings that many people dread experiencing during their appointment. If you have a trip to see the dentist in your future and you are anxious, why not consider the

Tips to Prevent Bad Breath


Bad breath can be very embarrassing, but it is a common condition that affects millions of people. While there are several different causes of bad breath, there are also numerous ways to prevent it. Following these tips can help you prevent bad breath as well as keep your mouth healthy on a daily basis. Prevent Bad Breath by Visiting Your Dentist.  Visit your dentist for regular check

Cosmetic Dentistry Options


There is no doubt that cosmetic dentistry is on the rise. Even a few reality shows have given us an inside view of how a dentist can transform almost anyone’s smile into the beautiful bright smile that most of us have always dreamed about. There are several choices available for cosmetic dental work and your dentist will be able to help you determine which one will work the best in

What is a Root Canal?


Many people that have a toothache fear the worst, that they will need a root canal. Just hearing the term “root canal” causes people to tense up and wish they were anywhere but in the dental chair. The truth is, root canal therapy is not as horrible as it sounds and that it is a very common procedure used to instantly relieve tooth pain and save the tooth. The common symptoms that

What is Gum Disease?


Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, is mainly caused by bacteria from plaque and tartar build up. It is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. Types of Gum Disease Include: Gingivitis - The beginning stage of gum disease and is often undetected. This stage of the disease is reversible. Periodontitis - Untreated gingivitis may lead to this next stage of gum disease.

Tips for Preventing Cavities


A cavity is a hole in the tooth that is caused by decay. Decay occurs when plague, the sticky substance that forms on teeth, combines with the sugars of the food we eat. This combination produces acids that attack tooth enamel. The best way to prevent tooth decay is brushing twice a day, flossing daily and going to your regular dental check ups. Eating healthy foods and avoiding snacks

What Causes a Toothache?


When you have a toothache, every movement, thought, or sound is overshadowed by throbbing pain of a toothache. Here are some common causes of a toothache: Tooth DecayUntreated tooth decay is a gateway to a host of serious dental problems that may result in a toothache. While a cavity may not cause significant tooth pain, the consequences of untreated tooth decay leads to potentially

How to Manage a Dental Emergency


As we all know, accidents can and do happen. If you or someone you know has a dental emergency, don’t panic. These tips will tell you what to do in case of a dental emergency. Toothaches Never put any pain killers, including aspirin, on the gum because it can burn the gum tissue. Clean your mouth out by rinsing thoroughly with warm water. Gently floss around the tooth to remove any food

How to Properly Care for an Infant's Teeth


Since baby teeth usually emerge around six months of age, standard oral health procedures like brushing and flossing aren't required for infants. However, infants have special oral health needs that every new parent should know about. These include guarding against baby bottle decay and making sure your child’s teeth are wiped kept clean .What is Baby Bottle Decay and How Can I Prevent It?Baby

Fractured Teeth, Knocked Out Teeth, and other Dental Accidents


Tooth Knocked Loose: Sometimes the gums will bleed along the gumline and the tooth seems loose, but is in the same position as before. Usually needs no treatment whether it is a baby tooth or a permanent tooth. Sometimes, if it is quite loose, we might place a splint to hold it in place while it heals. This looks kind of like braces that are worn for a few weeks. The outcome is usually good.

When to Call the Dentist, When to Go to the Emergency Room


Your child just fell riding his bicycle. There is lots of blood. His mouth is a mess. Who do you call? What do you do? Children will find a way to injure themselves despite our best preventive measures as parents. Some oral-facial injuries are serious and some are nothing to worry about. How do you tell? Well, here are some guidelines.If there is lots of blood, don't panic. Any injury to the

My Child's Front Tooth is Turning Dark


If a child bumps his or her baby tooth, it may turn dark. Usually this happens two to three weeks after an accident. It's usually a grey or purple-like colour. Whether it turns dark or not doesn't always depend on the severity of the injury. I will say, however, that if the tooth is displaced or knocked very loose at the time of the injury, there seems to be a greater chance of it turning dark.

Root Canal. Do I need it?


Many people that have a toothache fear the worst, that they will need a root canal. Just hearing the term “root canal” causes people to tense up and wish they were anywhere but in the dental chair. The truth is, root canal therapy is not as horrible as it sounds and that it is a very common procedure used to instantly relieve tooth pain and save the tooth.The common symptoms that indicate you may