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Need to Know: Mouthwash

September 30, 2020

Mouthwash can support your dental health, but it should not replace good habits like brushing teeth twice a day, flossing and having regular check-ups with your dentist. Most store-bought mouthwashes are marketed to keep breath fresh but persistent bad breath could signify dental issues like gum disease. 

While mouthwash can help treat gum disease, mouthwash alone will not remove the plaque that can lead to gum disease in the first place.

Key takeaways:

– A dentist may recommend or prescribe mouthwash to help treat gum disease or oral thrush.

– Children under six should not use mouthwash.

– To help strengthen teeth, some children may be prescribed a fluoride rinse if their drinking water lacks fluoride.

If you are wondering whether mouthwash can help support your dental health, ask your dentist for more information about store-bought or prescription mouthwash. Your teeth, smile and dental health are unique, but your dentist can discuss the best way to maintain healthy teeth and gums.

“Aim for two checkups and cleanings a year with your dentist to remove plaque you can’t reach from your smile and to ensure you’re free of tooth decay and gum disease!”

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Complications From a Baby Tooth Extraction

September 29, 2020

A child’s baby teeth are important in ensuring their adult teeth come through in the correct position. Occasionally a baby tooth may need to be extracted before it falls out. Although complications from this are rare, you should quickly consult a dentist if your child is experiencing problems.

Key takeaways:

–   Dry socket can be painful and happens in the days immediately following an extraction. This can occur when the blood clot which forms over the extraction area is dislodged, but it is treatable by their dentist.

–   Pain, swelling on the side of the extraction or bad breath could be a sign of an infection. Although rare, any parent who suspects their child has an infection should contact their dentist as soon as possible.

–   Nerve damage from a tooth extraction is possible, but it is usually a temporary issue. Any subsequent numbness should go away as the mouth heals following an extraction, but you should still consult with their dentist.

“Signs of an emergency or a potential complication following a baby tooth extraction could include pain or swelling that gets worse in the days following the procedure, a fever, or chills.”

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How Poor Dental Health Affects Your Heart Health

September 24, 2020

Dental health is linked to heart health. Plaque builds up in your mouth and as it hardens, it forms tartar and gums can become inflamed. This inflammation has been linked to inflammation in the arteries too. 

The best way to prevent this is to maintain healthy teeth and gums through proper oral hygiene and regular check-ups with your dentist.

Key takeaways:

– Gum disease can increase the risk of heart disease.

– Smoking and poor diet also increase the risk of gum disease and poor general health.

– Gum disease is preventable and reversible.

Brushing teeth twice a day and flossing regularly will help remove plaque. If you are unsure about how to clean your teeth correctly, your dentist can provide advice on brushing techniques. 

If you are unable to brush your teeth after eating and drinking sugary or acidic items, try drinking a glass of water to rinse the mouth. This helps prevent the bad bacteria from developing. Regular dental examinations enable your dentist to monitor your oral health too.

“By keeping up with proper oral hygiene and visiting your dentist, you can minimize bad bacteria and plaque, therefore leading to a healthy mouth and heart!”

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How Does Vegetables Prevent Cavities?

September 21, 2020

When tooth decay is left unchecked, cavities begin to form in your teeth. They begin as small holes but gradually develop into big openings that cause pain. Fortunately, there are several ways of preventing cavities — and eating vegetables is one of them.

Key takeaway:

Leafy vegetables are full of minerals and vitamins which help in maintaining good oral health. They are high in calcium, folic acid and Vitamin B which helps in building the tooth enamel and preventing gum disease. Some great examples of leafy vegetables include spinach, kale, collard and beet greens.

Vitamin D is known to strengthen teeth and bones, reduce inflammation and support the immune system. It also promotes calcium absorption in the body which helps in keeping teeth strong and healthy. Vitamin D can be found in several varieties of mushrooms such as portobello and maitake.

Root vegetables such as carrots are a great source of Vitamin A and fibre which increases saliva production the mouth. Squash seeds such as pumpkin and winter squash are also high in minerals and vitamins that help in preventing cavities.

Watch your diet, brush your teeth and visit your dentist regularly for a healthy smile.


All-on-Four Dental Implants as an Alternative to Dentures

September 18, 2020

All-on-four dental implants are an alternative to dentures when replacing missing teeth. If you are missing your natural teeth consult with your dentist to see whether you could be a candidate for all-on-four dental implants.

Key takeaways:

–  Your dentures will be permanently attached to four dental implants for strength and comfort, providing you with a natural-looking smile. 

 – Being more secure than traditional dentures, this means you can enjoy eating all your favourite foods.

–  All-on-four dentures are fixed to the jawbone, stimulating the bone and helping prevent the bone loss which can cause the face to appear sunken. 

“You can replace both your upper and lower rows of teeth with all-on-four dental implants. All-on-four dental implants have an excellent success rate of 99.8%, meaning the chances that you would experience complications or that your body would reject the implants are very low.”

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