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Healthy Mouth, Healthy You

Healthy Mouth, Healthy You

The title of this month’s blog post is true – and it is continuously being proven by scientific evidence. Good oral health can improve your overall health, reduce the risk of serious disease, and may even help you keep your memory in your golden years.

Six Ways Oral Health Boosts Overall Health

  1. Lower Risk of Heart Disease: The bacteria found in gum disease and heart disease are similar. Long-term gum disease has been associated with the development of heart disease, blocked blood vessels, and stroke.
  2. Increase Confidence and Self-Esteem: A mouth filled with decayed teeth and gum disease can be visually unappealing and it can be associated with bad breath. On the other hand, having a healthy mouth can help you look and feel younger, eat properly, sleep better, and feel happier.
  3. Preserve Memory: Recent studies show that adults with gingivitis (swollen, bleeding gums) have worse memory skills, including verbal recall and subtractions, than those with healthier mouths. If you have gingivitis, visit the dentist today. The damage in your mouth can be reversed.
  4. Reduce Risk of Infection and Inflammation: There is a connection between poor oral health and rheumatoid arthritis. Studies suggest that the infection and inflammation in other parts of the body can come from the mouth. The destruction of the connective tissue in gum disease and arthritis are similar.
  5. Healthy, Full-Term Pregnancy: With all of the hormone changes during pregnancy, there is an increased risk of gum disease and gum inflammation. Having gum disease at this time can increase the chances of preterm, low-birth-weight babies. During pregnancy, it is important to eat healthy, visit your dentist regularly, and brush/floss daily.
  6. Keep Blood Sugar Stable: Gum disease and uncontrolled diabetes are invariably linked. Having diabetes makes it harder to fight off infection, and if you have diabetes, you are more likely to develop gum disease. With all of the bacteria in your mouth, it can be increasingly difficult to control blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, visit your dentist regularly, it may help control your blood sugar levels.

Don’t neglect your oral health. Remove the plaque and bacteria from your mouth before it can negatively affect your overall health. This including brushing and flossing daily and visit your dentist/hygienist regularly.

If you have any questions or concerns about your oral health, 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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The ABCs of Dental Care – Part 3

ABCs of Dental Care - Part 3

We understand that dental terminology can sound foreign and confusing. That’s why we devoted the last three blog posts to explaining some common dental terms. To read the first part, click here, and to read the second, click here. Last but not least, here is the final installment of our dental terms list:

Root canal therapy may be needed when a tooth cannot be filled or restored in another way because the tooth’s decay has reached the nerve. The pulp (inside of the tooth) is then treated to prevent further decay and save the tooth.

Sealants are plastic, tooth-coloured coatings that can be added to the chewing surfaces of your back teeth. This preventative treatment is used to protect teeth from cavities.

Temporary Dentures can completely or partially replace missing teeth. They are placed immediately after teeth are removed and, like the name suggests, are meant to be temporary. Eventually, they will need to be replaced by permanent dentures or a fixed bridge.

Unerupted teeth remain below the gum’s surface. They are either impacted (covered by only the gum) or embedded (covered by the gum and bone).

Veneers are thin layers of tooth-like material, applied to the front of a tooth’s surface using strong adhesive cement. They can be used to change the shape, position, and colour of your teeth, to create a natural, beautiful smile.

Wear on teeth has three major causes – abrasion (from a foreign body, such as a toothbrush), attrition (caused by clenching/grinding the teeth), or erosion (due to acid dissolving the outer surface of the tooth). Each of these situations can cause tooth sensitivity.

X-rays are used to determine if there is any decay or infection in your mouth. Common dental x-rays include bitewings (showing upper and lower teeth) and periapical (showing the whole tooth – crown to root).

Your oral health is so important to us. Since your mouth is the gateway to your entire body, we want to remind you to maintain regular dental appointments. If it’s been a while since you’ve visited the dentist, now is the time to book an appointment. We are here to help you care for your oral and overall health.

If you have any questions about any of the dental terms above or about anything that we didn’t mention, please 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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The ABCs of Dental Care – Part 2

The ABCs of Dental Care - Part 2

We want you to feel 100% comfortable at the dentist office. That’s why we are explaining some common dental terms. Last month we introduced the first eight terms – click here to read them. Today, we are here to follow up with some more explanations. .

Implants can be used to replace missing teeth. They are fixed under the gum line, into the underlying bone. If well maintained, dental implants can last for many years – often the rest of your life. Implants can also be used to improve the fit and comfort of removable dentures.

Jaw joints allow your mouth to open and close. When these joints, muscles, and teeth are not properly aligned, painful conditions such as TMJ disorders can develop. Dental appliances can be made to stabilize your bite and help determine if further dental treatments may be needed to keep you comfortable and pain free.

Leukoplakia are white patches that can develop on the tongue, mouth, or inside cheek. These patches can sometimes be precancerous. During regular dental exams, your dentist/hygienist will screen for oral cancer. Early detection boosts the survival rates of oral cancer, so keep those regular dental appointments.

Malocclusion occurs when the chewing or biting surfaces of your upper and lower teeth are not properly aligned. It can cause difficulties chewing food, problems biting your cheek, and even facial pain. Orthodontics, such as Invisalign, can be used to properly align your teeth.

Night guards are a type of mouthguard used to treat bruxism (teeth grinding) and clenching while you sleep. Many individuals are unaware that they grind or clench at night. Symptoms can include headaches, stress, anxiety, ear aches, and jaw joint pain.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a serious condition where people stop breathing for short periods while sleeping, causing them to wake-up briefly gasping for breath. This can have serious health consequences. Dental appliances can be used to help people sleep better and feel more energized throughout the day.

Periodontal disease (gum disease) occurs when plaque (a sticky, colourless film) is not properly removed though daily brushing and flossing. This bacteria can cause gums to inflame and can also destroy the fibres and bone that hold the tooth in place.

Quadrant is one of the four divided parts of the mouth. There are two in the upper part of your mouth, left and right, and two in the lower.

If you have any questions about any of the dental terms above or about anything that we didn’t mention, please 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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The ABCs of Dental Care – Part 1

ABCs of dental care

While at the dentist office, you may hear a word or phrase that’s unfamiliar to you. We want you to feel completely at ease in our office. That’s why we are devoting the next three blog posts to explaining some common dental terms. Here are the first few.

Abrasions occur when a tooth shows signs of abnormal wear. This usually appears along the tooth’s gum line and is often caused by a hard-bristled toothbrush, or overaggressive brushing. Grinding can also cause similar wear.

Bonding is a tooth-coloured material that can be used to change a tooth’s shape and/or colour. It also refers to the way fillings, orthodontic appliances, and fixed dentures attach to the tooth.

Canines are teeth that can be distinctively longer, pointier, or more fang-like than our other teeth. These teeth are also called cuspids.

Dentin is a hard layer of the tooth, just below the outer enamel. It is softer than the enamel, darker in colour, and contains the tooth’s nerves. If the enamel wears away and the dentin is exposed, it can cause tooth sensitivity.

Enamel is the hardest part of the human body. It is the outer, white layer of the tooth.

Fracture is a broad term used to describe a broken tooth. The break can be slight, requiring minor treatment, or the break can be more severe and the tooth will need to be replaced.

Gingivitis occurs when the gums are inflamed – red, swollen, and bleed easily. Proper home care and regular dental appointments can reverse gingivitis. But if it is not dealt with, gingivitis can lead to more serious, painful, and irreversible gum problems.

Halitosis is the clinical name for bad breath. There are a number of causes, including cavities, gum disease, oral bacterial, and oral cancer. Regular dental appointments and daily brushing and flossing can greatly reduce the signs of bad breath.

If you have any questions about any of the dental terms above or about anything that we didn’t mention, please 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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Does My Breath Smell?

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If you’ve ever wondered “Does my breath smell?” you are not alone. Bad breath (clinically known as halitosis) is very common. It is the third most common reason people seek dental assistance.

There are many causes of bad breath, here is our top ten most common reasons:

#1 Leftover Food Particles: For most, bad breath is caused by food particles being trapped in the mouth. If not properly removed, by brushing and flossing, these food particles become a breeding ground for bad breath causing bacteria.

#2 Certain Foods: Foods, such as garlic and onions, can affect your breath. These foods are absorbed into the bloodstream and the lungs, causing a foul smell when you breath and speak. Fortunately, this type of bad breath is only temporary.

#3 Poor Oral Health: Oral hygiene is key to fresh breath. Brushing and flossing daily as well as regular visits to the dentist/hygienist help keep your mouth healthy and your breath fresh.

#4 Gum Disease: Gum disease (periodontal disease) is caused by plaque, a sticky, colourless film that constantly forms on your teeth. If plaque is not removed properly with daily brushing and flossing, it can build up, infecting your teeth, gums, and eventually the bone. The bacteria associated with gum disease leaves you with foul smelling breath.

#5 Tobacco/Alcohol Consumption: Tobacco can cause your breath, skin, and clothing to smell. While alcohol can cause digestive problems and/or dry out your mouth, both of which can cause bad breath.

#6 Dentures: Food particles that are not properly brushed or cleaned away can cause your dentures and mouth to smell.

#7 Dry Mouth: When your mouth is dry, the saliva is not able to clean your mouth and control the bad breath causing bacteria.

#8 Medications: Bad breath, dry mouth, and taste disorders are all common side effects to many of today’s medications.

#9 Obesity: Studies show that the more overweight you are, the more likely your breath will smell.

#10 Mouth Breathing: Breathing through your mouth, instead of your nose, can cause bad breath. Mouth breathing can dry out your mouth, leaving it susceptible to bad breath causing bacteria.

We’re here to help keep your breath fresh. At regular dentist appointments, we screen for faulty restorations, overhanding fillings, and faulty crowns, all of which can trap food in the mouth and cause bad breath. Also remember to brush, floss, and rinse your mouth after every meal.

If you decide to use mouthwash, look for one that is alcohol free. If your mouthwash is made with alcohol, it will only temporarily freshen your breath because alcohol actually dehydrates your mouth.

If you have any questions or concerns about your breath or dental health, please 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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Green Tea and Your Teeth

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The weather is getting colder and now is the perfect time to warm up with a cup of tea. Tea is not only good for your body, drinking green tea daily can actually improve your oral health.

Studies have shown that substances in green tea help to kill and even inhibit the growth of bacteria. This helps to reduce your chances of tooth decay, gum disease, and even bad breath.

In green tea, the substance is called catechins, an antimicrobial molecule that is particularly beneficial when enjoyed without a sweetener. Adding sugar to your green tea may prevent it from protecting your teeth since sugar creates a breeding ground for bacteria.

Drinking one cup of green tea daily is a simple way to keep your teeth healthy and strong. Have a non-sweetened cup today. Your mouth will thank you.

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