Dentistry That Actually Makes You Smile
by Kiki Athanas
April 24, 2019
Who doesn’t love going to the dentist? Okay, it’s not exactly the most lovable thing in the world...but oral health is incredibly important - so why not make it an important and ENJOYABLE (& bougie) part of your wellness lifestyle?
That’s where the cool dentist, Dr. Andrea Gelinas of Gelinas Dental Studio, comes in to switch up the paradigm around dentistry. What sets Dr. Gelinas apart from other dentists is her approach. The often dreaded or anxious ridden feelings of 'having to go to the dentist' is something she is actively changing by empowering her patients with knowledge and providing a sensory experience. Another thing that sets her apart is her knack for style, design and art. Not only is her dental studio stylish, but you won't catch her in scrubs. Her favourite fashion designers are Marni, Prada, Marc Jacobs and her brother Chris Gelinas CG.
I recently connected with Dr. Gelinas to get her take on all things oral hygiene, fluoride (seriously - WTF?!), and her top tips on keeping your teeth flawless (like in the real world...on a budget).
Q) What’s the most underrated or misunderstood thing when it comes to our oral health?
A) I think it’s important for people to understand that ‘absence of pain’ doesn't equal good oral health. You don’t really know if things are healthy if you don’t go for regular check-ups.
Similarly when it comes to holistic approaches - drinking green smoothies is great, but it doesn't take the place of having an assessment with a Naturopath.
You won't have toothache pain from a cavity until it's close to your nerve and you’re on the verge of needing a root canal or extraction. You may not notice you have mild gingivitis until it progresses so much that your gums bleed when you brush. In my opinion, prevention, consistency and education are such important pillars for oral health and ultimately, overall health.
Q) What’s the deal with fluoride?
A) When it comes to fluoride, there’s not one right answer. Using fluoride should be based on the individual. For example, let's say you've only had a few fillings in your life and usually have no cavities at your check ups, you don't need to worry about it. If you have new cavities every time you visit the dentist, that's a different story. One thing to keep in mind is that most of the fluoride toxicity studies that are found online are a result of ingesting water that has been contaminated from surrounding soil which is dangerous but on the opposite spectrum of indications in toothpaste.
What becomes a bigger part of my discussion with patients is ‘what are your daily eating and drinking habits that could be contributing to decay?’ You can eat really clean but if you put natural honey in your tea and sip it all morning, that can cause cavities. If you're concerned, ask your dentist, it should be based on your specific needs. That being said I always lean more towards natural products regardless.
Q) Favourite products/regimes for healthy glowing teeth and gums - that won’t hurt the bank or environment?
A) Keep it simple. Brush at least twice a day and floss nightly. If you aren't a flosser, I recommend committing to it for thirty days and I promise you'll see the difference for yourself. I personally love Dr Tung's Smart Floss (we sell it at the studio and our online shop). It actually expands so you can clean more surface area and it’s beautifully scented with cardamom which is anti-inflammatory and it’s biodegradable.
Over the years, I have noticed a difference in gum health in patients that use electric toothbrushes versus manual. The electric brushes tend to remove more plaque because of the pulsing and because most of them have a built-in two minute timer to ensure you are spending adequate time. The first time I used mine I remember thinking two minutes is a lot longer than it seems. Which is a good thing!
I also recommend tongue scraping, this is very underrated but so important. It’s such an effective and easy way to eliminate a lot of potential odorous bacteria that sits on the tongue. The brand I love is also Dr Tung's. It's an incredible natural and cruelty free company which I can get behind! Every little bit counts.
Walking into Gelinas Dental Studio feels like walking into a chic and relaxed home. “I want a clinic that is part of the community - where people know they will get an honest opinion based on what they actually need, not what their insurance covers,” Dr. Gelinas said.