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Battle of the Sexes – Dental Health

Battle of the Sexes - Dental Health

We recommend that everyone brushes and flosses their teeth daily and visits the dentist regularly. But when it comes to dental health, who takes better care of their teeth, men or women?

One of these groups is more likely to have healthier gums, less plaque and tartar build-up, and lower incidents of gum disease. They are twice as likely to schedule regular dental appointments, they have a more positive attitude about visiting the dentist, and they are more likely to follow through with dentist recommended treatments.  

You may be wondering, who are these dental health superstars? According to recent studies, the fairer sex wins this round. 

Does this mean that females are less likely to have gum disease, cavities, tooth loss, and bad breath? Sorry guys, the answer is yes.

Did you know?

  • 44 percent of women, and only 33 percent of men, are aware that gum disease is linked to a person’s overall health.
  • Women are 26 percent more likely than men to floss their teeth daily.
  • 74 percent of women would be embarrassed by a missing tooth (a possible consequence of gum disease), and only 57 percent of men feel the same.
  • Women are twice more likely than men to notice missing teeth on another person. 

The good news – these results have nothing to do with genetics or gender.  It is purely based on the fact that women take better care of their oral health and see their dentist more regularly. So how about it guys? Start taking better care of your teeth and gums, and be sure to give us a call.

If you have any questions about your dental 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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Cheese and Your Teeth

cheese and your teeth

You may say, “Cheese!” when smiling for a picture. But did you know cheese and dairy products are also good for your teeth?

Milk, cheese, yogurt, and other dairy products can actually lower your chances of getting gum disease (periodontal disease). Gum disease can affect your gums and jaws. Advanced stages of gum disease can result in bone and tooth loss. Gum disease has also been linked with diabetes, heart attack, osteoporosis, as well as other conditions.

Cheese is one of the healthiest snacks for your teeth. In addition to providing calcium, cheese helps fight cavities. There are even some types of cheese, including cheddar, monterey jack, mozzarella, and swiss, that can decrease the plaque in your mouth and strengthen your tooth’s enamel.

Eating dairy is not only healthy for building strong bones, it is essential for maintaining a healthy, strong mouth. Next time you’re reaching for a quick snack, try some cheese or a glass of milk. Consuming diary products and a healthy diet are only part of maintaining a lifetime of healthy teeth. Remember to brush and floss your teeth daily and visit your dentist regularly.

If you have any questions about your oral health and the benefits of dairy products, 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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What is the Best Mouthwash?

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Mouthwash can help your breath smell fresher, reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth, and prevent cavities and gum disease. But not all mouthwashes are created equal.

One ingredient that you’ll want to look for is fluoride. Fluoride is a naturally occurring chemical compound that is used in many dental care products as a way of preventing tooth decay and dental cavities. Most kinds of toothpaste contain fluoride, and many dental visits will include a fluoride treatment.

If you are prone to cavities, fluoride mouth rinses can protect your teeth. The fluoride coats your teeth and protects it from bacterial plaque. Adding a fluoride mouth rinse to daily brushing and flossing can help protect your teeth from cavities.

Mouthwashes can also be used to help treat gum disease. If you have gum disease, your dentist may recommend a mouthwash with chlorhexidine. Chlorhexidine is antibacterial, meaning it can help control and kill the bacteria in your mouth that causes gum disease.

Chlorhexidine mouthwashes are a wonderful short-term solution to help your mouth recover from gum disease treatment. Once your gums are healthy again, daily brushing and flossing with regular dental visits should help prevent any future gum disease problems.

If you have any questions or concerns about mouthwash or bad breath, 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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Troublesome Wisdom Teeth

Troublesome Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars, at the very back of your mouth. Appearing in your late teens or early twenties, these teeth are often misaligned, meaning that they are coming in at odd angles. If this happens, they can interfere with the rest of your teeth, which is why they often need to be removed.

Why Are Wisdom Teeth Troublemakers?

Having wisdom teeth removed is often a rite of passage, something most people have to go through during the high school or early adulthood years.  If wisdom teeth come in too close to your other teeth, they can crowd your teeth, causing damage and increasing the risk of tooth decay. Poorly positioned wisdom teeth can also trap plaque and debris, resulting in cavities and infection.

Another complication that is often seen with wisdom teeth is impaction.  An impacted tooth is one that is permanently stuck within the jawbone or under the gum line. Impacted Wisdom teeth can lead to infection, tooth decay, and gum disease

What Can Be Done About Wisdom Teeth?

Your dentist will monitor the growth and progress of your wisdom teeth.  X-rays help determine the position of these teeth showing if they will be crooked, impacted, or will cause other problems.  If necessary, these teeth should be removed.

If you have any questions about wisdom teeth, please 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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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

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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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Do You Have a Healthy Tongue?

Do You Have a Healthy Tongue?

When it comes to oral health, we often discuss your teeth and gums. Today we are going to talk about your tongue. Your tongue is quite an interesting muscle. It’s flexible, allowing you to create sounds and speak. It co-ordinates with your teeth and jaws, so you can chew food. It also has sensors, sensitive to heat, pain, tactile, and taste.

When it comes to taste, your tongue senses bitter, salty, sweet, and sour foods. As you age, the taste buds on the sides and roof of your mouth disappear. When people say tastes change, it’s because there are less taste buds in your mouth, so foods that were once too flavourful are now delicious.

To keep your tongue in tip-top shape. Here are three steps to tongue health:

Step 1: Avoid Tongue Bling

Save the jewellery for other parts of your body. A tongue piercing will likely get infected and reinfected. Since there are billions of bacteria in your mouth, a tongue piercing is a breading ground for bacteria. The piercing can also damage tongue nerves, alter taste buds, chip/break teeth, and cause receding gums.

Step 2: Brush Your Tongue

Your tongue is an important part of your mouth. Make gently brushing your tongue a part of your daily brushing and flossing routine. A clean tongue keeps your breath fresher and your mouth healthier.

Step 3: Self Tongue Exam

Since oral cancer doesn’t always have uncomfortable side effects, detection often occurs by recognizing the symptoms and having regular dental appointments. To do a self tongue exam, stick your tongue out, examine the top, bottom, and sides in a mirror. If there are any cuts, red, or white patches that don’t go away in a couple weeks, contact your dentist. Inspecting your tongue and checking for signs of oral cancer are a huge part of routine dental appointments.

If it’s been a while since you’ve visited the dentist, book an appointment today.  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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Tooth Enamel and Tooth Decay

Woman smile - no tooth decay on her tooth enamelWhile tooth enamel is the body’s hardest substance, it’s not invincible. Certain foods/drinks, medications, acid reflux, and even oral bacteria can cause tooth decay and the overall thinning of the tooth’s surface.

Here are some simple ways to protect your teeth:

> Avoid carbonated beverages, over time they can eat away at your teeth.

> Don’t sip drinks through a straw. When you do, it increases the liquid’s exposure to your teeth and the potential damage to your teeth.

> Drink water after finishing an acidic drink, such as juice, wine, or carbonated beverages.  Washing away the acid with water, helps to keep your teeth healthy and strong.

> After drinking anything other than water, wait an hour before brushing your teeth. This gives your tooth’s enamel the time to remineralize.

> Choose a soft bristled toothbrush, it removes plaque without damaging your tooth enamel.

If you have any questions about your teeth or your oral 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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