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Five Tips to a Healthier Mouth

Healthy Smile

Want to improve your dental health? Follow these 5 tips to a healthier mouth!

Commit to Flossing:
This is the perfect time to start a flossing routine. Brushing alone is not enough to remove the daily plaque build up. Flossing is essential to getting rid of food and bacteria debris from between your teeth; helping to improve gum health and keeping your breath fresh. Keep floss handy at all times, in the car, your purse, and even by the TV!

Cut Back on Sugar: That pesky sweet tooth may be contributing to your increase in tooth decay. Limiting the exposure of sugar and acid attacks on your teeth will help to minimise the risk of dental damage. Switching out sodas for sugar-free seltzer water is a start. If you crave that “crunch factor”, substitute carrots or cucumbers for the chips and pretzels. You’ll get that same satisfaction without the sugary acid.

Quit Smoking: One of the main contributing factors to gum disease is smoking. Although a difficult task, smoking cessation has a significant effect on oral health. Ask your dentist or dental hygienist about benefits of quitting smoking and how we can help you restore your dental health.

Invest in an Electric Toothbrush: Studies have shown that brushing with an electric toothbrush can be twice as effective as manual brushing alone. With the advancement of sonic wave and pulse action, it can help you with the daily removal of plaque build up both above and below the gum line. Ask us for a demonstration at your next visit.

Make a Dental Appointment: If you haven’t already scheduled your dental cleaning and check up, do so now! Identifying any potentially harmful habits or conditions before they become a problem is important. The dental professionals at Heritage House Dental are your partners in dental health; let us guide you on your journey to a happy smile!

Dr. Kate Bazydlo, Winston Churchill Dental

Posted on February 3rd 2016 by wcdental

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How to Help Kids Who are Scared of the Dentist

Little girl at dentist looking up and smiling.

Regular dental check ups are an important step in keeping your child’s mouth healthy. At WCD, we know that not every parent is excited to make that trip to the dentist, especially if your child is scared or apprehensive. Most children will outgrow this phase or fear as they become more accustomed to the dental setting or by accompanying a parent or sibling to their own dental visit. The following tips may help alleviate the anxiety of a dental visit for your little one.

Choose a kid friendly dentist: Opting for an office that makes visiting the dentist special for your child may be key. Simple things such as a games, books or toys will offer your child a fun aspect to their dental visit. At WCD, we have a dedicated dental underwater world waiting to be explored. A kid’s corner complete with video games and books awaits your child.

Start early: Your child’s first visit should be shortly after they get their first tooth. Routine visits before any problems arise make for stress free visits and often eliminate the need for emergency visits.

Do a meet and greet: Please feel free to bring your child in prior to their appointment to check us out! Have them visit our kid’s corner and to meet our friendly team members. Knowing where they will be going and what to anticipate can put them at ease.

Schedule your child with the same dental provider: Building a rapport and sense of trust in the dental hygienist or dentist your child sees regularly gives them the “I know this” factor. They are familiar with the office, the provider and will be calm and collected during their dental visit.

Forget your own dental demons: If you yourself dread seeing the dentist, your child can pick up on this. Watching your calm, fun demeanor will go a long way in making your child calm and comfortable.

“Don’t worry. It won’t hurt.”: Avoid saying this. Although it’s meant to reassure your child, he or she will focus on the word hurt. Dental check ups and most first time visits are nearly always pain free so avoiding the concept of hurt altogether.

At WCD we strive to provide you and your family with the best dental care possible. Call us now to set up your child’s dental appointment or stop by for a short visit and tour. We look forward to seeing you!

Dr. Kate Bazydlo, Winston Churchill Dental

Posted on October 8th 2015 by wcdental

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Flossing: Your Most Important New Year’s Resolution


One of the sure fire questions you’ll hear from your dentist or hygienist during your routine dental hygiene visit is: “Do you floss regularly?” For about 40% of adults, the answer will be yes. For most, the answer is no or never. What is keeping us from flossing?; time, lack thereof, or simply the task itself. Most children and adults polled say they do not know how to floss properly and therefore skip it altogether.

Why Flossing is Important
Flossing removes plaque and food particles trapped between the tight spaces and gaps between your teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. Plaque not removed by brushing and flossing over time will harden into tartar which, safely, must be removed by a dental professional.

How Often Should you Floss?
When done thoroughly and effectively, flossing once per day is sufficient. If you floss quickly and haphazardly many times a day you may be missing much of the bacteria and plaque hiding in those tight spaces.

Benefits of Flossing
While brushing cleans the front and back surfaces of teeth, it is necessary to floss between your teeth. Those who don’t floss are at a higher risk of plaque build up leading to tooth decay and gum disease. Left untreated, gum disease can be a risk factor for heart disease; individuals with diabetes may be more susceptible to this risk factor. Removing trapped food particles decreases your chance of bad breath, and gives your teeth a clean feel and look.

Dental Appliances and Flossing
Whether you have implants, dental bridges or braces don’t forget to floss! There are many dental aids available to help you maximise your flossing habits. If you are not sure how to use these devices please ask us for a demonstration at your next visit.

Flossing 101
Proper technique is vital to an effective flossing session. Click here for a step by step instructional video.

Regular dental hygiene visits are vital to maintain a healthy mouth. Brush up on your flossing technique and at your next visit when asked if you floss regularly, you can say yes!

Dr. Kate Bazydlo, Winston Churchill Dental

Posted on January 27th 2015 by wcdental

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Christmas & Your Teeth: Naughty or Nice?

Santa claus and Mrs Santa with cookies

Amid the Holiday Season parties and gatherings, are fun and festive moods and foods! Chocolates, cakes, candy canes and eggnog, all delicious but dangerous; darn that sugar!

The yummy treats and carbonated drinks and wine consumption all pose a risk to your teeth during the holidays. Let’s face it, we all tend to overindulge at Christmastime; and the constant nibbling and sipping is what causes damage to our teeth. When exposed to sugars and acid and not promptly brushed, teeth undergo an acid attack. This attack weakens the hard enamel outer shell and causes deterioration, erosion, and tooth decay.

Now, we don’t expect you to avoid snacking all together so here are a few tips to help reduce the damaging effects of Christmas eating on your teeth.

  • Limit how often you expose your teeth to sugar and acids. The more you nibble, the longer your teeth are under an acid attack.
  • Serve a cheese tray after meals. Cheese aids in returning the mouth to its natural acid balance which reduces the risk for tooth decay.
  • Brushing away the plaque, sugar and acid before bedtime and in the morning will also reduce the risk for tooth decay. Keep brushing and flossing!

The Holiday Season is meant to be enjoyed and spent with family and friends. Don’t let a tooth ache keep you from having a great time this Christmas Season. For tips on brushing and flossing please visit

A special Seasons Greetings from Dr. Kate Bazydlo, and staff.

Posted on December 20th 2014 by wcdental

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Kid and Dentist Approved Hallowe’en Treats


With Hallowe’en fast approaching, your costume isn’t the only thing you need to consider. Finding the perfect treat to hand out is just as important as the Jack-o-lantern carved and perched on your porch!

For many of us, getting an apple from a house or two wasn’t that uncommon. Nowadays, with the fear of food tampering, poisoning and the dangers of razor blades, that apple would be the first item to see the trash bin. Following a trend of health and fitness for kids, fruits and veggies can now be found prepackaged and portioned for snacking. If you want to offer those little neighbourhood ghosts and goblins a healthy alternative to typical sugary Hallowe’en treats, these fruits and veggies can be handed out instead.

Another healthy option for trick or treaters is organic chocolate milk that does not require refrigeration and cheese strings, offering them a dose of calcium and Vitamin D. With both of these known to promote strong bones and teeth, your dentist would approve as well!

If you are choosing the candy option, look for candy containing Xylitol, a sugar free sweetener proven to help prevent cavities. Options may include chewing gum and hard candies, both top notch items with the kiddies!

You can be both the cool house with the great candy and the cool house with the healthy treats! Happy Hallowe’en from Dr. Kate Bazydlo and associates at Winston Churchill Dental.

Dr. Kate Bazydlo, Winston Churchill Dental 

Posted on October 19th 2014 by wcdental

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Fighting Bad Breath

bad breath

Is your bad breath keeping you from socializing?

Follow these tips for a fresh mouth.

Up to 50% of adults will suffer from bad breath at some point in their lives. For some the malady is occasional or temporary; for others, it is an ongoing issue and embarrassing battle. Bad breath, or halitosis, may be a result of many underlying issues, including oral hygiene and gastro intestinal health. This means that bad breath not only comes from your mouth but from your digestive tract as well, with bacteria being the main cause.

Making sure you eat a balanced diet of proteins, carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables, and drinking plenty of water, is one way to keep your GI tract healthy. Brushing and flossing regularly after each meal ensures a clean oral environment and lowers the chance of plaque build up and food entrapment.

How to fight bad breath

These common remedies can help minimise and prevent bad breath.

  1. Herbs: It’s long been known that eating parsley will get rid of oral odour. Along with parsley, you can also eat coriander, spearmint, tarragon, eucalyptus, rosemary and cardamom. These herbs can either be ingested or steeped and savoured as a tea.
  2. Active cultures: A daily serving of yogurt containing live active cultures reduces the level of hydrogen sulphide in the mouth.
  3. Crunchy foods: Fibre rich fruits and vegetables such as apples, carrots and celery are great. When you eat these foods, saliva production increases, keeping the mouth moist.
  4. Sugarless gum: Chewing gum should not replace your brushing and flossing routine. Gum will mask the odor but only briefly. If you choose gum then go for the sugarless variety until you are able to brush.
  5. Vitamin C: Berries, citrus fruits, melons and other foods rich in vitamin C are perfect options for inhibiting bacteria growth in your mouth. Gum disease and gingivitis can also cause bad breath. Consuming foods rich in vitamin C can help prevent the progression of this oral disease.

Maintaining good oral hygiene, a healthy diet and visiting your dentist regularly can help in your quest for fresh breath.If you suffer from halitosis and the above remedies are not helping, don’t be embarrassed. Call Winston Churchill Dental for a professional approach and therapy program. Dr. Kate Bazydlo & Associates can help you achieve a healthy mouth and get you back into the social scene!

Dr. Kate Bazydlo, Winston Churchill Dental 

Posted on July 23rd 2014 by wcdental

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5 Reasons Why People Get Braces,
Aside From Perfect Teeth

Adult Braces - Orthodontics benefitsBraces, also referred to as orthodontics or ortho treatment aren’t just for people with crooked teeth. Perfect, straight teeth may be the main reason one would chose to pursue orthodontic treatment but there are even more reasons why braces may be an option.

Overcrowding Leading to
Tooth Decay

An individual with crooked teeth may find it challenging to brush and floss effectively. Overcrowding creates overlapping and small spaces where plaque and bacteria may hide. If not cleaned properly plaque build-up occurs and may lead to tooth decay. Diligent home care, regular dental hygiene visits and dental examinations are important in maintaining a healthy smile.

With a goal to retain your natural teeth for an entire lifetime, using braces with the intention of prevention is a great approach. Making the daily home care routine more effective will help save on dental costs over time.

Constant Tongue Biting

A narrow arch may result in biting your tongue when you eat or speak. This can be a painful annoyance resulting in canker sores or tender abrasions on the tongue. A consultation with a dental professional to determine if dental arch expansion is an option for you is recommended. Of course, the added cosmetic benefit of getting orthodontics for this reason also provides you with a broad, gorgeous smile.

Gum Problems From Teeth Gaps

One may assume that having spaces between your teeth makes brushing and flossing easier. This is true to an extent; in reality, the gum exposure may lead to gum problems and potentially to periodontal disease.

Prevent Premature Teeth Wearing & Erosion

Whether you have an underbite, an overbite or a crossbite, all of these conditions cause improper and unnatural wear and tear on your teeth. Constant friction in areas where teeth meet together in a position other than ideal causes the natural tooth to break down, erode, and possibly fracture.

Over time, teeth will get smaller and smaller and tarnish your smile. While a night guard may temporarily slow down the effects of the grinding and wear patterns, the best long-term solution is to get to the root cause of the issue and get braces to correct the malocclusion.

Speech Impairment Correction

An inherited open bite or self created through excessive thumb sucking is a condition where the front teeth (usually top) are unable to touch the opposing arch for a proper fit and closure. This open space often causes speech impairment such as lisping. It can even make chewing daily meals a painful exercise. Orthodontic treatment aids in reducing and eliminating the open bite to facilitate speech improvement and resolving jaw pain.

Don’t suffer from teeth crowding, tongue biting, premature wear and tear, gum problems or speech difficulties; orthodontics might be a solution for you. kateWhether you’re a child, a teen or an adult, many options are available. We offer solutions from traditional metal braces, removable appliances and Invisalign treatment.

To receive your individualized treatment plan and options, contact us today at Winston Churchill Dental by calling 905-858-2345. We will be happy to provide you with a complimentary orthodontic consultation.

Dr. Kate Bazydlo, Winston Churchill Dental 

Posted on April 17th 2014 by wcdental

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Aside From Perfect Teeth

Orthodontics: A Clear Solution for Perfect Teeth


Tired of looking at your crooked teeth in the mirror?
Are you self conscious of the spaces between your teeth?
Looking to fix them?
Read on for some insight into the modern world of orthodontics.

If you are considering orthodontics and want to straighten your teeth to create a gorgeous smile that lasts a lifetime, there are a lot of options available today. To make your smile what you want it to be may be easier than you think and even more discreet. Many of the orthodontic treatment options include clear brackets and virtually undetectable Invisalign appliances.

Metal Braces: Traditional Orthodontics

Almost everyone is familiar with metal braces. They are an affordable and effective way to straighten teeth. Metal braces are popular with teens mainly because they ensure 100% compliance and can be personalized using different colored elastic selections. As flossing proves to be a bit more challenging with traditional brackets, home care must be performed with diligence and care. Specialized ortho products are available to facilitate in keeping the wires and brackets clean.

Clear Braces: Ceramic

Ceramic brackets offer the illusion of clear braces to those individuals who are looking for a more low key option to straighten their teeth. Although ceramic clear braces provide another step towards invisible braces, the wire used in conjunction with the ceramic brackets is still slightly visible.

Clear Braces: Invisalign®

Invisalign is a clear, almost invisible method to straighten teeth. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign consists of a series of thin custom-made clear aligners that fit over your teeth. When considering Invisalign, you should be prepared to wear the aligners for at least 23 hours per day. Approximately every 2-4 weeks the next set of trays is inserted in the progression of your new smile.

Have a special occasion coming up and want to be braces free? Not a problem! With Invisalign you can simply remove the trays and avoid wearing them for the day. Many people using Invisalign find that others don’t even notice that they’re wearing them and often find it unnecessary to even remove them.

Since Invisalign treatment requires diligent compliance, it is a great fit for someone who is motivated to obtain perfect teeth and a gorgeous smile for life. If you are concerned that you’ll forget to put them on or that you won’t be good at keeping them in for the majority of the day, fixed orthodontics, like metal or ceramic braces may be a better option for you.

Benefits of Perfect Teeth, a Lifetime Investment

Once orthodontic treatment is completed, you’ll find that you can brush and floss more easily. Maintaining healthy teeth and gums will become a breeze! kate

You’ll catch yourself smiling a lot more often and enjoying your new straight smile. No more covering your mouth when laughing.

When considering orthodontic treatment options, Winston Churchill Dental is the perfect choice. We will provide you with an individualized plan based on your orthodontic needs. Call us today to schedule your complimentary consultation.

Dr. Kate Bazydlo, Winston Churchill Dental 

Posted on March 3rd 2014 by wcdental

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10 surprising facts about swollen and bleeding gums

bleeding gums
Read these 10 surprising facts about swollen and bleeding gums.

  1. Gingivitis is the term used to describe inflammation of the gums. It starts with a clear sticky substance on your teeth called plaque. Plaque contains bacteria that can cause gingivitis.
  2. If plaque is not removed from your teeth within two days, it will transform into a hard layer called tartar.
  3. The only way to remove tarter is during a professional dental cleaning with a Registered Dental Hygienist or a Dentist.
  4. Some people are more prone than others to sore gums that lead to gingivitis. This group includes pregnant women, women going through menopause, smokers, people in severely stressful situations, people who take certain medications (i.e. cyclosporine, phenytoin, nifedipine, etc.) and people who do not maintain their oral health at home effectively.
  5. When it hurts to floss you may think it’s best to leave your bleeding gums alone to heal, doing that actually makes it worse. The best way to prevent gingivitis is by brushing twice per day and flossing once per day. Getting your teeth straightened is also an effective way to shift your teeth into a position that makes them easier to brush and floss.
  6. Even adults can brush up on their brushing skills. Ask your Dental Hygienist to evaluate your brushing technique so she can give you pointers on improving problem areas and preventing plaque and tartar build-up.
  7. Healthy gums are a soft pink colour, not red, puffy and bleeding when flossed or brushed.
  8. Gingivitis is a painless dental condition that spreads between the teeth and gums. What you see above your gum line is just the tip of the iceberg.
  9. The bacteria in dental tartar releases chemicals that cause bad breath and erodes the bones at the roots of your teeth.
  10. The advanced stage of gingivitis is called periodontitis, which is the leading cause of tooth loss in the overall adult population.

A proactive approach to your dental health results in a healthier and longer life. Steps such as eating a better, less acidic diet benefits both your teeth and your well-being.

Natural teeth are best for the body and we will work with you to keep them. We’ll coach you on taking care of your teeth with tricks and pointers that work with your lifestyle. For example, kateif you’re too busy to manually floss every single day, we may suggest using floss picks while you’re commuting to work. While they don’t replace the benefits of flossing, it is better than not flossing at all.

If you’re looking for a dental team that specializes in preventative care, we can help. We are accepting new patients of all ages. Contact Winston Churchill Dental today at 905-858-2345 to schedule your initial appointment. We look forward to becoming your partner in dental health.

Dr. Kate Bazydlo, Winston Churchill Dental 

Posted on December 20th 2013 by wcdental

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Achieve Perfect Teeth Discreetly with Clear Braces

Improving your smile doesn’t need to be an obvious affair. With today’s advanced technology in orthodontics, you can achieve a perfect smile, and almost no one will even notice the process. What they will notice is your straight beautiful smile! The two most common ways to straighten your teeth discreetly are Invisalign® invisible braces and ceramic clear braces.


Invisalign® treatment involves a series of clear medical grade plastic aligners that are customized for your smile. You wear them every day; taking them out for meals, snacks and special occasions only. Aligner trays are changed at regularly set intervals to initiate the next movement in the series to a great smile. With optimal compliance, your smile will straighten to perfection over a period of approximately 12-18 months.

Individuals wearing Invisalign® trays agree that it is a very discreet way to fix crooked teeth. Since the aligners are clear, your friends, colleagues and even bystanders will hardly notice you are wearing them. They are easy to keep clean and quite comfortable to wear. Getting used to speaking with the aligners for the first few days will be your biggest challenge. The more you wear them and speak with them, the easier it gets. Even radio hosts have worn Invisalign® trays while on-air without any difficulty. Practice will make perfect!

Ceramic Clear Braces

Similar to metal braces, ceramic braces include brackets and wires as well. However, the brackets are made of clear ceramic so they are less obvious. Ceramic braces are a great fit if you don’t want to take Invisalign® aligners on and off every time you have a meal or a snack. They’re also a great option for teens with compliance issues wearing the Invisalign® aligners for at least 20 hours per day.

Clear braces are also used for individuals who are not candidates for Invisalign®. Although Invisalign® can correct many orthodontic cases there are times when the use of traditional wires and brackets is required. This is where the discreet clear ceramic braces are a benefit.

Braces Before and After

To help you visualize the transformation achieved with orthodontics, take a moment to view our braces before and after gallery.

Clear Braces - Orthodontics Before and After

Cost of Braces

Orthodontic treatment is considered a lifetime investment because it will provide you with a perfect smile for decades to come. The cost of orthodontics will vary depending on the severity and length of treatment required. Although the fee for Invisalign® and ceramic braces is similar, the choice will be both a clinical and personal one. Personal preference will dictate which option will be better suited for you if you are a candidate for both orthodontic treatment processes.Dr. Bazydlo offers orthodontics including clear braces and invisalign

Invisalign® is great for teens and adults but compliance is mandatory. Not wearing the aligners as directed will result in prolonged treatment time and you will not achieve the perfect smile you desire.

Contact us at Winston Churchill Dental at 905-858-2345 for a complimentary consultation. An individualized treatment plan will be prepared for you and an estimated cost of orthodontic treatment provided.

Dr. Kate Bazydlo, Winston Churchill Dental 

Posted on November 22nd 2013 by wcdental

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