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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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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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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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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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Three Steps to a Healthy Tongue

Healthy Tongue

Your tongue is quite an interesting muscle. It’s flexible, allowing you to speak and create sounds. It co-ordinates with your teeth and jaws, enabling you to chew food. It also has sensors, sensitive to heat, pain, touch, and taste.

Here are three steps to help keep your tongue in tip-top shape:

Step 1 – Avoid Adding Bling
Since there are billions of bacteria in your mouth, a tongue piercing can be a breading ground for bacteria. Oral piercings can also damage tongue nerves, alter tastebuds, chip/break teeth, and cause receding gums.

Step 2 – Clean Your Tongue
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
Oral cancer doesn’t always have uncomfortable side effects, that’s why regular tongue exams are so important. To do this, stick out your tongue, 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 always a part of routine dental appointments. If it’s been a while since you’ve visited the dentist, book an appointment today.  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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Do You Have Sensitive Teeth?

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At some point, you may experience sensitivity to hot/cold food and drinks. This discomfort can range from mild to severe and it can affect your daily life and eating habits. Here are some ways to help you avoid sensitive teeth:

> Choose the Right Brush
Always use a soft bristled toothbrush. It can safely clean your teeth without causing additional gum recession.
> Brush Your Teeth Daily
Keeping your teeth and gums healthy helps reduce the risk of exposing the nerves in your mouth to irritations.
> Avoid Acidic Foods
Consuming foods/drinks that are highly acidic can dissolve tooth enamel, causing them to become more sensitive.
> Use Sensitivity Toothpaste
Regularly using toothpaste for sensitive teeth can help decrease discomfort.
> Protect Your Teeth
Clenching or grinding your teeth at night can wear away tooth enamel.  Protect your teeth at night, wear a custom night guard.

If you commonly experience tooth sensitivity, talk to your dentist.  We can recommend a solution, specifically catered to your needs, to help you eat/drink more comfortably.

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 affects your dental health and wellness.

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