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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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Smoking and Your Teeth

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It is no surprise that smoking is bad for your health (and the health of those around you). Smoking can negatively impact your oral health in many ways. Here are some ways that smoking affects your teeth:

> Staining: Over time, tobacco can seep into the pores of your tooth enamel and darken the colour of your teeth. Regular dental cleanings and professional whitening can help with the discolouration, but it is possible that neither approach will completely remove the deep stains.

> Oral Cancer: Approximately 90% of those with oral cancer have used tobacco. If you are a tobacco consumer, regular dental appointments can play a vital role in early oral cancer detection. Our dental team does routine oral cancer screenings at every dental cleaning appointment.

> Gum Disease: Smoking damages the mouth and gums, increasing your likelihood of experiencing gum disease. If you smoke, proper brushing and flossing is vital to help maintain the health of your teeth and gums.

> Sensitive Teeth: There is more bacteria in your mouth when you smoke, causing plaque to develop more easily. This can lead to inflamed gums and sensitive teeth.

> Bad Breath: Mouth washes and oral sprays cannot fully remove the lingering odour of smoking.

> Lower Immunity: Smoking lowers your body’s ability to fight infection. If you get gingivitis or gum disease, it will be harder for your body to recover. Also, if you require oral surgery, it will take longer for your mouth to heal. Smoking after surgery may even cause infection.

Your body can recover from the negative affects of smoking. When you quit smoking, your chances of oral health problems greatly decrease. Recent studies found that after eleven years, a former smokers’ likelihood of experiencing gum disease is similar to those who have never smoked.

Even cutting down the amount of smoking can significantly improve your oral health. Another study found that when people reduced their smoking habit by half, they also halved their likelihood of experiencing gum disease.

We understand that quitting smoking can be difficult. If you are an occasional, frequent, or former smoker, we can help improve your oral health. Regular visits to the dentist as well as daily brushing and flossing can give you a healthier, more beautiful smile.

If you have any questions about your oral health and the affects of smoking on your 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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Fluoride and Toothpaste

Man using fluoride toothpaste

Recently one of our patients’ asked, “Should I switch to a natural toothpaste?” Just because something, like toothpaste, has the word “natural” in it, doesn’t make it better. In fact, in some cases, it can be harmful to your oral and overall health.

While all toothpastes will assist your toothbrush in cleaning your mouth, some of them do a much better job than others. There are many different toothpastes on the market. Some are advertised as natural, breath-freshening, anti-cavity, or whitening.

The most important guideline when looking for a toothpaste is to find one that contains fluoride. Fluoride is one of the most important elements in maintaining a healthy mouth. It helps prevent cavities, gum disease, and tooth decay. In fact, regularly drinking fluoridated water and using toothpaste with fluoride helps protect your teeth from cavities and lowers your long-term dental care costs.

Most toothpastes contain fluoride, but many of the “natural” ones do not. If you are using toothpaste without fluoride, you may increase your chances of developing cavities and other dental health concerns. Protect your oral health. When you find a toothpaste that you enjoy, ensure that it has fluoride.

If you have any questions about toothpaste, fluoride, 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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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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Beautiful Teeth and Healthy Gums

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Are you thinking about whitening, straightening, or improving the appearance of your teeth? It’s important to make sure your gums are in great shape first.

You may think that your gums are healthy, but most people will at some point have a level of gum disease, even if they are not aware of it.

If you experience any of the following, you are more susceptible to gum disease:
> Hormonal changes (e.g. menopause)
> Diabetes
> Smoking
> Poor oral hygiene
> Genetic susceptibility
> Medications resulting in dry mouth

Gum disease usually develops slowly and without pain, so you may not notice anything until it is serious and you are in danger of losing teeth.

Some signs of gum disease include:
> Sensitive teeth when you chew
> Red, swollen or tender gums
> Bleeding gums
> Persistent bad breath
> Teeth appearing “longer”
> Loose teeth

If you experience any of the above signs, contact our office. In many cases, our dental team can reverse the signs of gum disease, especially if caught early.

If you have any questions about the health of your teeth and gums, 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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Who Has a Healthier Smile?

Men vs. Women - Dental Health

In our dental health version of battle of the sexes, who do you think has a healthier smile – men or women? One of these groups has less plaque and tartar build-up, healthier gums, and lower incidents of gum disease. They are twice as likely to schedule regular dental appointments and are more likely to follow through with dentist recommended treatments.

Who are these dental health superstars? Women.

According to the Journal of Periodontology:
> Women are 26 percent more likely to floss their teeth daily.
> 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 twice as likely to notice missing teeth on another person.
> 74 percent of women would be embarrassed by a missing tooth (a possible consequence of gum disease), and only 57 percent of men would feel the same.

Fortunately, these result 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 frequently.

If you want to start taking better care of your teeth and gums, contact our office 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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Protect Your Child From Cavities

children's cavities

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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