The Facts on Fluoride

 

  • Stops or even reverses decay process (keeps the enamel stay strong by preventing loss of minerals) and reduces sensitivity
  • Can find in drinking water from community water supply, toothpaste, mouthwash, tablets, drops
  • Dentist’s provide rinses, varnishes, gels
  • No scientific evidence that fluoridated water has causes disease or illness
  • Fluoridated toothpaste alone is not enough, that’s why we need other sources
  • Fluoride + children: children under age of 3, guardians should consult dentist prior to using fluoridated toothpaste (over use of fluoride during tooth development can lead to fluorosis)
  • Fluorosis are very faint white spots that appear on the tooth (does not affect the function or health of the tooth, only appearance)
  • Areas of fluorosis are actually more cavity resistant

Fluoride Varnishes

  • Applied only by professionals
  • Agents painted on teeth after cleaning
  • Hardens on tooth and stays on for 4-6 hours then brushed off, releasing fluoride gradually over months
  • Great for children due to less gagging and less swallowed

Fact: healthy gums do NOT bleed

Stress induced oral health conditions

Here are some conditions that can be caused by stress: 

Cold sores and Canker sores

Mostly caused by stress. If the lesion doesn’t heal within a 2-week period, it can be a sign of oral cancer. Call us for an oral cancer screening!

TMD Temporal Mandibular disorder

Most often, TMD is known as clenching or grinding(bruxism). It is usually a subconscious habit occurring during sleep. It results in jaw joint irritation, tooth sensitivity, cracked/bent teeth, wearing teeth, headaches, facial muscle pain, and neck pain. Call us for a consultation for a night guard or other treatment interventions of the worn dentition!

Increased cortisol levels 

This is caused by stress which induces the bodies inflammatory process. Increased inflammation leads to increased gingivitis. Regular/routinely cleanings are important to help reduce infection/inflammation. Book your cleaning appointment today!

Happy Victoria Day!

Wishing all our wonderful Patients a Happy and Safe Victoria Day Long Weekend!

Daily habits that are good for your health but bad for your mouth!

 

We all try to brush our teeth twice a day, and eat healthy foods as often as possible, but somethings that we think are actually good for our health, are not the greatest for our teeth. Here are some examples:

Brushing before you eat

When you eat acidic foods, such as oranges and apples, they tend to soften your enamel. When your enamel is soft and you use something abrasive on them, it will remove some of that enamel and leave your teeth feeling very sensitive. That is why it is recommended to brush your teeth before you eat something acidic, so that your enamel is still strong and won’t be removed.

Chewing on ice

A lot of people like chewing on ice as it is low in calories, and on a hot day, it can cool you off. However, it does have its downsides. Ice is very hard and can cause damage to your teeth, like cracks and chips. It can also cause jaw issues if chewed on for a long period of time. So always be cautious!

Sipping your wine

Some wines tend to have their health benefits, for example red wine. It can help with lowering your cholesterol and heart disease, but it is also acidic. Sipping your wine means more exposure to acid little by little, and this can ruin the enamel on your teeth. Try to mix some water with your wine, one sip of wine, on sip of water, to relieve the amount of acid exposure on your pearly whites.

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month!

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Acid Erosion Chart

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Why it’s important to see the dentist twice a year

About 50 year’s ago, the standards for dental care were not the greatest. People would go to the dentist only when there was an emergency, and the preventive care given wasn’t as good as it is today.

The standards for dental care have definitely improved since then. Even if you have the best dental routine at home, it is still important to come every 6 months to see your dentist. Problems usually don’t occur until they are in the more advanced stages. This is why it is important to see your dentist regularly so problems such as cavities and gum disease can be detected before they reach those later stages.

On average, seeing the dentist twice a year is the common routine, however, if you are at high risk of getting cavities or gum disease, it is better to come every 3-4 months. Some examples of high risk cases include:

  • Smokers
  • Diabetics
  • People with gum disease
  • People who are prone to getting cavities

Always make sure to ask your dentist what they recommend your regular check-ups should be, as it isn’t the same for everyone.

Healthy Teeth On Thanksgiving Day!

Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays of the year! But its also really important to keep your teeth nice and healthy throughout the holiday season. Whether you are at home, or at a loved one’s home, here are a few dental tips to keep your teeth nice and white during the holidays!

 

Drink lots of water throughout the day!

The worst thing we can do during the holidays is eat food all day and not drink any water. Its important to drink water between meals because your saliva does not have enough time to clean your teeth, therefore, drinking water will help wash away all the food that is caught between your teeth.

 

Brush, Floss, and Rinse!

Whether you are at home, or at family’s house, it is always important to bring your tooth brush and floss with you. Since you may be eating a few times during the day, it is important to brush at least 3 times on thanksgiving to get rid of any food particles that may build up throughout the day!

 

Staining food!

Some of our favorite foods during thanksgiving can be the worst for our teeth! Cranberries can usually stain your white teeth. Sticky foods, such as pecan pies, can leave food particles in your mouth that will munch away at your teeth all day. So it is important to be mindful of the food you eat around this time of year!

We want to wish all of our amazing patients a Happy Thanksgiving, and we hope these few tips will help keep your teeth nice and healthy this holiday season!