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The Best Time to Floss Your Teeth

Best Time to Floss Your Teeth

At Centre Dentaire Lasalle, we encourage all of our patients to practice good home oral care, including daily brushing and flossing, between regular dental appointments. Flossing helps remove food debris and plaque from the areas that your toothbrush can’t reach.

When food and plaque is not properly removed, the space between your teeth becomes a breeding ground for bacteria. This bacteria can cause tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease (periodontal disease). Recent studies also suggest that flossing can help prevent heart attacks and stroke.

Should You Floss Before or After Brushing Your Teeth?

Our dental team always recommends flossing before brushing. Flossing first allows your brush to remove the food and plaque that was dislodged from between your teeth.

When flossing, gently insert the dental floss between your teeth and move it up and down between the gums and teeth. Floss the sides of all of your teeth, even if there isn’t another tooth next to it. Remember not to skip the teeth that look or feel clean.

If it’s been a while since you’ve flossed your teeth, it may feel a little uncomfortable at first. Think of flossing your teeth like giving your gums a good workout. Whenever you start a new routine, your muscles (gums) may hurt a bit afterwards. But in no time, your gums will be stronger, leaving you with a healthier mouth and body, too.

Do you have any questions about flossing your teeth? If so, 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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What is the Best Toothpaste?

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With the dozens of toothpastes available, we are regularly asked, “Which one is the best?” From being advertised as tartar controlling, whitening, anti-cavity, breath-freshening, and with fluoride, it can be a little overwhelming to find the right one.

We are here to help you decode the toothpaste aisle. Here are some guidelines for choosing (and using) toothpaste:

> Ignore brand names
There is no best toothpaste brand. Most contain ingredients recommended by the Canadian Dental Association. If you have a favourite brand, use it. It is important to find one that has a flavour and consistency that you enjoy.

> Use fluoride toothpaste
With the many different toothpaste packages proclaiming tartar control, anti-cavity, and sparkling mint crystals, the one thing you should definitely look for is fluoride. Fluoride is one of the most important elements in preventing tooth decay. Brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day will help maintain your oral health.

> Brush longer
For best results, brush your teeth for about two minutes. This will help you get the full benefit of your toothpaste’s fluoride and bacteria-scrubbing foam.

> Less is more
TV commercials often show a long, looping strand of toothpaste being squeezed onto a brush. You actually don’t need that much – a pea-sized amount of toothpaste is more than enough.

> Floss
We know that this has nothing to do with toothpaste, but flossing is very important. It doesn’t matter how carefully you weigh your options in the toothpaste aisle if you fail to floss. Flossing is one of the best things you can do for the health of your teeth and gums – so keep it up.

If you feel that your toothpaste is not doing a good enough job or if you have any special concerns such as sensitive teeth, receding gums, or discoloured teeth, talk to your dentist. We are always here to help. 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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What are Receding Gums?

What are receding gums

Receding gums are one of the most common dental problems – especially after the age of 40. So if your dentist says that you have receding gums, you are not alone.

Receding gums, similar to a receding hairline, happen when the gums slip backwards, away from their healthy position. This is a problem because the nerves of your teeth are exposed, which can lead to pain and infection.

Common Causes of Receding Gums
> Overly aggressive brushing: When you brush too hard, it pushes the gums away from the teeth. Try to lighten up. Use a soft bristled toothbrush or an electric one that can provide a steady, gentle brushing motion.

> Not enough brushing and flossing: At the other end of the dental care spectrum, if you don’t brush and floss enough, bacteria can build up between your teeth, which can lead to cavities, gums disease, receding gums, and other dental problems. Remember to always brush twice and floss once a day.

> Gum disease: Receding gums can be a sign of more serious problems, like gingivitis or other diseases of the gums. It’s important to see your dentist regularly. At these appointments, our dental team will screen for oral health problems and help correct them before they become more serious and painful.

> Orthodontics: Braces and other orthodontic work can contribute to receding gums, especially for older adults. It is especially important to take care of your oral health when you are undergoing orthodontics.

> Oral piercing: Lip or tongue piercings can cause your gums to recede. The repetitive movement of the piercing against your gums can slowly push them away from their healthy position.

If any of these causes sound familiar, contact our dental office. We can help you before you experience any more oral discomfort. 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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Protect Your Child From Cavities

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Children’s teeth are softer and more prone to cavities and decay than adult teeth. Here are some simple steps to help your child maintain a healthy smile:

Step 1: Establish a daily toothbrushing routine
Start brushing your child’s teeth once the first tooth erupts. When your child is able to brush his/her own teeth, monitor this routine to ensure that it is done correctly.

Step 2: Make flossing a daily habit
Once the teeth are touching, begin flossing daily. Regular flossing can make a big difference in cavity prevention. Like brushing, flossing is another oral health activity that should be monitored when your child can do it on his/her own.

Step 3: Have sealants applied to your child’s teeth
Dental sealants are plastic coatings that are added to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth.  Sealants help protect your child’s teeth from decay and cavities.

Step 4: Maintain regular dental appointments
We understand that people are busy, but it is important to prioritize regular dental appointments. Your dentist can screen for potential problems, manage existing ones, and help your family maintain a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

Step 5: Fix crooked teeth
Crooked or misaligned teeth are more prone to gum disease (periodontal disease) or premature wearing of the teeth.  Straight teeth are healthier, easier to clean, and can prevent greater problems down the road.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s teeth, 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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