Gum Disease and Your Overall Health

Gum Disease and Your Overall Health

Did you know that there is more bacteria in your mouth, than people in the world! Over 7 BILLION. While not all oral bacteria is bad, some of it can be harmful.

Gum disease (periodontal disease) happens when bacteria overstays its welcome, and builds up to create a sticky, colourless film on your teeth. This film is called plaque.  If plaque is not removed properly with daily brushing and flossing, it can build up, infecting your teeth, gums, and eventually the bone.

Like other diseases, you can spread gum disease from person to person. When you bite off food for a child, your harmful bacteria are passed on to them. When you kiss someone with gum disease, their harmful bacteria is passed on to you.

Current research has made a connection between gum disease and Type 2 Diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, blood clots, stroke, heart disease, breast cancer, Osteoporosis, fertility, respiratory disease, preterm and low birth weight babies

If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, disease-causing bacteria are likely forming colonies in your mouth, causing localized inflammation and damage to your gum tissue. These bacteria can enter the blood stream through small ulcers in your gum tissue, which can lead to further health risks and even systemic diseases.

What are the Three Stages of Gum Disease?
Stage One: Gingivitis
The gums are inflamed from a buildup of plaque on the gum line. If not removed with daily brushing and flossing, plaque produces toxins (poisons) that can irritate the gums, causing gingivitis.

At this early stage, damage can be reversed, since the bone and the tissues that hold the teeth in place have not yet been affected. Signs of this early stage include some bleeding during brushing and flossing.

Stage Two: Periodontitis
The supporting bone and the fibers that hold your teeth in place are now irreversibly damaged. Gums may begin to form pockets below the gumline, trapping food and plaque. Proper dental treatment and improved home care can often help prevent further damage.

Stage Three: Advanced Periodontitis
In the final stage of gum disease, the bone and fibers supporting your teeth are destroyed, causing your teeth to shift or loosen. This may affect your bite and, if aggressive treatment can’t save them, teeth may need to be removed.

Signs That You May Have Gum Disease
The early stages of gum disease are not always easy to self detect. That’s why regular periodontal examinations with your hygienist and dentist are so important. Symptoms often remain unnoticed until the disease is advanced. They can include persistent bad breath, red/swollen gums, tender/bleeding gums, painful chewing, loose teeth, sensitive teeth.

If you are concerned that you may have gum disease, we can recommend a solution, specifically designed for your needs. You can contact our office at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website. Also be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.

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Halloween Candy – The Best (and Worst) For Your Teeth

Halloween candy

Halloween means costumes, decorations, trick-or-treating, and lots of candy.  While enjoying some sugary snacks can be fun, overdoing it can damage your teeth. You may be wondering, are there any good Halloween sweets?

The Good Halloween Snacks
Sugar-free Candy: Sugar-free lollipops and hard candies can stimulate saliva, preventing dry mouth.  Saliva neutralizes the acid in your mouth, preventing tooth decay and the risk of cavities.
Dark Chocolate: While chocolate is loaded with sugar, recent studies suggest that the antioxidants found in dark chocolate are good for your heart and can even lower your blood pressure. So enjoy some dark chocolate, but only in moderation.

The Bad Halloween Snacks
Sugary Sweets: Candies such as cookies, cakes, and candy corn are all high in sugar, which can lead to tooth decay.
Sticky Snacks: Gummy candies and taffy can be a serious source of tooth decay.  These chewy snacks can get stuck in your teeth and may be difficult to remove.
Sour Candies: Sour snacks are highly acidic and can break down tooth enamel quickly.  Avoid brushing your teeth for at least 30 minutes after consuming acidic foods and drinks, otherwise you will be spreading the harmful acid throughout your mouth.

This Halloween, enjoy all the fun and sweets, but remember not to keep sugary treats around the house for too long.  These tempting snacks can lead to an increased risk of cavities.

Wondering what to do with your extra candy? Why not spread the holiday cheer and donate them to local shelters, nursing homes, food banks, and soup kitchens. In moderation, we can all enjoy this fun holiday.

If you have any questions or concerns about Halloween candy, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can reach us at at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website. Also be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.

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Can Brushing Too Hard Damage Your Teeth?

can brushing too hard damage your teeth

When we say “brush your teeth,” we really mean “brush your teeth and gums.” One of the most common causes of gum problems is a lack of flossing. Over time, gum neglect can lead to bleeding gums and sometimes more severe problems, like gingivitis and gum disease.

There are some people who pay too much attention to their gums. They brush them so hard that they start to recede up and away from their teeth. Receding gums leave sensitive parts of the tooth exposed, which can lead to discomfort and infection.

When it comes to brushing your teeth, softer is better. The plaque and bacteria in your mouth can be more effectively removed with a softer, gentler scrub. If you are brushing too hard, we have some tips to help you clean more carefully.

Lighten up: Make a point of brushing more gently. Ask a family member to watch you brush and remind you when you are brushing too hard.

Find a new angle: Make sure your toothbrush bristles are contacting your gums at a 45-degree angle. This can reduce the force of your brush against your gums.

Use an electric toothbrush: If you can train yourself to brush softly, invest in a quality battery-powered toothbrush. These power toothbrushes give your teeth and gums a steady, consistent and gentle scrubbing.

Try a soothing toothpaste: If you have a serious case of receding gums, your dentist can prescribe a special desensitizing toothpaste that can reduce discomfort and promote healthier gums.

If your gums are straining from the pressure of excessive brushing, there is a solution. We can help repair your gums and prevent the situation from getting worse. You can reach us at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website. Also be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.

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Stress and Your Teeth

Stress and Your Teeth

We all feel a little stressed sometimes. But did you know that excess stress can affect your teeth and gums? From mouth sores to tooth grinding or even gum disease, stress can cause some serious oral health problems.

Mouth Sores
When you already have an underlying condition, stress can cause blisters to form in your mouth. This type of blister is called a cold sore.

Cold sores are small fluid-filled blisters that can appear in and around the mouth. These contagious sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus. If you have a cold sore, talk to your dentist. It’s important to start treatment as soon as the sore starts to form.

Teeth Grinding
When you’re stressed, you may clench or grind your teeth. If you already clench or grind your teeth, stress can make this habit worse. Protect your teeth from breaks or chips, talk to your dentist about custom night guards. Night guards can help reduce the amount of strain on your teeth and protect them from damage.

Gum Disease
Did you know that stress can increase the amount of plaque in your mouth? It can also increase the risks for bleeding gums, gingivitis and gum disease. If you can’t minimize the stress in your life, try to eat a balanced diet and visit your dentist regularly. A healthy lifestyle, including daily brushing and flossing, can help reduce the risks of stress on your teeth.

If you experience a lot of stress, talk to your dentist. We can recommend a solution, specifically designed for your needs. You can contact us at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website. Also be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.

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Sensitive Teeth – Hot (And Cold) Tooth Talk

Sensitive Teeth

Do you have sensitive teeth? Do you wish you could eat and drink more comfortably? Whether you are sensitive to hot or cold, most people experience tooth sensitivity at some point. This discomfort can range from mild to severe and it can affect your daily life and eating habits.

Why are my teeth sensitive?
Teeth can be sensitive for many reasons. It can be caused by tooth decay or fracture. Other times, the gums that protect the roots of your teeth can recede, exposing the roots.

How can you treat sensitive teeth?
Depending on the cause of the sensitivity, treatment can be as simple as switching toothpaste. A toothpaste specifically designed for sensitive teeth can provide relief and long-lasting protection for sensitive teeth. In other cases, a root canal or gum grafting may be needed to give you the comfort you needed.

If you have sensitive teeth, talk to your dentist. We can recommend a solution, specifically designed for your needs. You can contact our office at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website. Also be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.

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Top Ten Toothbrushing Mistakes

Top ten toothburhsing mistakes

You have the best intentions to brush your teeth, but if you’re not doing it the right way, you’re not getting the full benefit. Avoid our top ten toothbrushing mistakes to keep your smile healthy and clean.

Mistake #1 – Using the Wrong Toothbrush
Find a toothbrush that fits, literally. Look for a brush that is comfortable to hold in your hand and fits comfortably in your mouth. Both manual and electric toothbrushes can give you a good clean, as long as you are using them correctly.

Mistake #2 – Using a Hard-Bristled Toothbrush
When bristles are too hard, they can aggravate your gums. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, which can effectively remove plaque without damaging your teeth.

Mistake #3 – Not Bushing Often Enough
It is important to remember to brush your teeth twice a day. With too much time between brushing, plaque bacteria can build up and increase your risk of gum inflammation, cavities, and other dental problems.

Mistake #4 – Brushing Too Hard
Brushing too vigorously can erode tooth enamel and cause gums to recede. Instead, use short, gentle strokes to clean your teeth.

Mistake #5 – Brushing at the Wrong Angle
Place your brush towards the gum line at a 45-degree angle, using short, vertical strokes.

Mistake #6 – Not Bushing Long Enough
Two minutes might feel like a long time, but it is what’s needed to give your mouth the cleaning it deserves. If two minutes feels too long, divide your mouth into four parts and clean each part for 30 seconds.

Mistake #7 – Missing the Inner Tooth Surfaces
It’s common for people to miss the inner surface of their teeth, the surface the tongue touches. Try to remember to clean all of your tooth’s surfaces – inner, outer, and chewing.

Mistake #8 – Using a Damp Toothbrush
If your toothbrush stays moist between brushings, it may become a breeding ground for bacteria. Keep your toothbrush upright, allowing it to dry between brushings.

Mistake #9 – Using an Old Toothbrush
Your toothbrush lifecycle is about three months, or less if you’ve been sick. If you want a reminder of when to change your toothbrush, do it at the beginning of each calendar season.

Mistake #10 – Not Flossing Afterwards
Clean all of your tooth’s surfaces, including the 30% your brush can’t reach. Make sure to floss your teeth at least one a day, after you finish brushing.

Along with brushing and flossing, it’s also important to schedule regular hygiene appointments, where your dentist/hygienist will monitor your oral health and screen for any dental problems that your can’t see.  You can contact us at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website. Also be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.

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Do You Have Jaw Pain or Headaches?

Jaw Pain or Headaches

If you experience jaw pain, headaches, or have difficulty opening your mouth, you may have a TMJ disorder. Our dental team can determine if your bite may be a factor and help you feel comfortable again.

Temporomandibular joints (TMJ), are the joints that attach your jaws to your skull. These joints allow us to open and close our mouth, swallow, chew, and speak. When these joints, muscles, and teeth are not properly aligned, painful conditions such as TMJ disorders can develop.

TMJ disorders can be triggered by an accident, teeth clenching/grinding, or arthritis. Symptoms include facial or back pain, migraines, sensitive/sore teeth, limited jaw movement, or popping jaw joints.

Dental appliances can be made to stabilize your bite and help determine what, if any, further dental treatments may be needed to keep you comfortable and pain free.

If you have any questions or concerns about your jaw pain or headaches, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can reach us at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website. Also be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.

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Not Flossing Your Teeth, What’s Your Excuse?

Not Flossing Your Teeth, What’s Your Excuse?

Flossing your teeth is an important part of your home oral care routine. Daily flossing helps you clean the areas of your mouth that your toothbrushes can miss, removing food particles, plaque and bacteria. If you’re not flossing your teeth, what’s your excuse?

My gums bleed or hurt when I floss.
Bleeding gums are a sign of gingivitis. Flossing your teeth can help gingivitis from developing into periodontal disease (a later stage of gum disease).

I have arthritis or It hurts my fingers.
If holding the floss between your fingers is difficult or uncomfortable, try using electric or manual flossing aids.

I’m too busy.
A healthy dental care routine (including regular visits to your dentist/hygienist) should not be time consuming. Your home care routine alone should not take more than ten minutes a day.  Investing a few minutes today can help you avoid the hours (and cost) of extensive restorative treatments down the road.

We understand that flossing can sometimes be a daunting task. It can feel uncomfortable and you might not know how to do it correctly. In fact, approximately 55 percent of people who floss their teeth, are not doing it correctly.

How Do I Floss?

  • Wrap the floss around your middle fingers, leaving about two inches between your fingers.
  • Using your index finger, slide the floss gently between your teeth.
  • Wrap the floss around the base of your tooth, just under your gumline.  Rub up and down, three to six times, flossing both sides of your tooth.
  • Repeat between each tooth and remember to floss the back of your molars.

It’s time to stop making excuses. Focus on the health benefits of regular home oral care, including brushing and flossing, and schedule a dental appointment with your dentist/hygienist today.   

If you have any questions or concerns about flossing your teeth or your oral health, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can contact us at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website. Also be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.

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Five Steps to Spring Cleaning Your Teeth

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It’s not just for your home, spring cleaning is also important for your teeth.  Spring is the perfect time to tackle any oral hygiene problems and schedule your six-month appointment with your dentist.

The dust and cobwebs that can build up around your home might be easy to find, but the plaque in your mouth might not.  Let your dentist/hygienist give you the clean, healthy mouth you deserve.

Consistent oral hygiene is vital, especially considering the recent links between oral health and your overall health.  The bacteria associated with gum disease has been linked with heart disease, blood clots, stroke, Alzheimer’s, breast cancer, and diabetes.

Steps to Spring Clean Your Teeth

Step 1: Visit Your Dentist – This will ensure that any signs of gum disease are spotted and treated as soon as possible.

Step 2: Replace Your Toothbrush – Every three to four months, your toothbrush should be replaced. Once the bristles are worn, your toothbrush is no longer working effectively.

Step 3: Eat Fresh Fruit and Vegetables – They are good for you and the chewing action stimulates saliva, reducing the build-up of bacteria.

Step 4: Brush Your Teeth Twice a Day for Two Minutes –  Brushing and flossing your teeth before you are too tired at night helps ensure that you are doing it correctly, making it also feel like less of a chore.

Step 5: Floss Your Teeth Daily –  Floss reaches the areas of your mouth that your toothbrushes can miss, removing food particles, plaque and bacteria.

If you’d like to book an appointment or if you have any questions or concerns about your oral health, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can contact us at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website. Also be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.

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National Children’s Dental Health Month

National Children’s Dental Health Month

In honour of February being National Children’s Dental Health Month, our entire team at the Centre Dentaire Lasalle want to remind you that it is so important to take care of your children’s oral health.  A beautiful, healthy smile is not only attractive, it is an important part of maintaining a healthy body.

Four Steps to a Healthy Mouth

Step 1: Proper Home Care – Remember to help your children brush their teeth twice a day and don’t forget to floss.

Step 2: Eat a Balanced Diet  Healthy food is important for everyone’s teeth, especially kids. Regularly eating fruits and veggies make your children’s teeth less susceptible to cavities and tooth decay.

Step 3: Visit the Dentist Regularly – Don’t wait until something hurts. Regular dental appointments help you and your family maintain a healthy mouth, letting you live a healthier life.

Step 4: Apply Dental Sealants –  Children commonly get cavities on the chewing surface of their teeth. Dental sealants help protect your child’s teeth. By applying a thin plastic film to the chewing surface of the tooth, food and bacteria cannot reach the narrow grooves in the tooth and form into cavities.

If you have any questions or concerns about you or you child’s oral health, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can contact us at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website. Also be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.

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