10 “Who Knew” Dental Facts

1)      Flossing can increase your life expectancy. True or False?

True.  By flossing daily, you can gain an additional 6 years! How? Poor oral hygiene may lead to inflammatory gum diseases and heart disease. By flossing, we rid our mouths of these disease-causing bacteria.


2)      What percentage of adults are afraid of the dentist?

More than 80% of adults experience some degree of dental fear. And more than half say this fear may keep them from seeing the dentist


3)      Chewing gum is bad for your teeth. True or false?

False. Most dentists give gum the thumbs up-as long as it’s sugarless. Chewing gum stimulates saliva flow, which helps protect your teeth against decay-causing bacteria.


4)      Toothpaste has an expiry date. True or false?

True. Any toothpaste containing fluoride must carry an expiration date and typically it’s two years after the manufacturer date. After this date, fluoride in the toothpaste loses its ability to brush away bacteria in the mouth and protect against cavities.


5)      What is the hardest substance in the human body?

Enamel, the outer protective layer of your teeth is the hardest substance in the human body.


6)      It’s OK to keep your toothbrush near the toilet as long as it doesn’t fall in. True or False?

False.  A spray of bacteria from flushing the toilet can travel up to a distance of SIX FEET!


7)      Your teeth are one-of-a-kind just like your fingerprints. True or False?

True.  Tooth prints are unique to each individual, and nobody has an identical set, not even identical twins.


8)      If you are right-handed, the right side of your mouth will be the dominant chewing side. True or False?

False.  Chewing side preference has not been found to be related to an individual’s dominant hand side.


9)       It’s OK to throw dental floss in the toilet. True or False?

False. You should not throw your floss in the toilet. Dental floss is non-biodegradable and when flushed, it wraps around small clogs and tangles them into bigger ones.


10)   How often should you replace your toothbrush?

You should replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months, if it starts to show signs of wear or if you have been ill.

Oral Piercings… How Safe Are They?

While one may consider oral piercings a way of self expression, they must also consider the possible complications and problems that may arise.

When it comes to oral piercings, more dental professionals would not recommend it. Like any injury, one may expect pain, swelling, infections and scar tissue formation, these are only primary problems. With oral piercings, secondary infections may arise and they can be very serious.

If you, or your child are considering an oral piercing, please read below and consider every possibility before making your decision.

What exactly is an oral piercing?

An oral piercing is a piercing anywhere in, or around the mouth. They usually consist of a stainless steel, gold, titanium, plastic or nickel rings or barbells.

What problems can an oral piercing cause?

Problems depend on the area of the piercing. In most cases, tongue, lip, or below the tongue piercings can cause chipping of the teeth, it is recommended that you use plastic jewelry as this may be less damaging.

Tongue piercings, or piercings below the tongue are most prone to serious infections because both these areas have high blood supply. Infections of these areas can be very dangerous because if swelling occurs, one may chance an obstructed airway, which may be life threatening.

Nerve or muscle damage is another problem that can arise. While not usually serious or permanent, it may be unnerving to the individual.

Labret piercings constantly rub against the opposing gum tissue which causes receding gums and root exposure. The root surfaces of our teeth are more susceptible to decay.

Other complications include: bad breath, drooling, and problems with chewing and swallowing.

What are the best precautionary measures?

–          Make sure that your tattoo/piercing parlor is clean and sterile

–          Ensure the practitioner performing the service is experienced and practices using proper infection control.

–          Disinfect your oral jewelry properly and brush it like you brush your teeth.

–          If close to the teeth, use plastic at the ends of your jewelry to prevent tooth chipping.

–          Seek immediate attention from your family doctor or dentist if you experience anything out of the ordinary (swelling, pain, excessive bleeding, or infection)

–          See your dentist for regular check-ups so that they can monitor the piercing and any potential damage to the teeth and gums.

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Dental Costs

It seems that more often than not people wait for pain before seeking treatment from a dental professional.

This is usually the case when people are:

 a) fear the dentist  or   b) lack of funds.

Did you know that a root canal with crown work costs about the same as having five cavities filled?

The filling work is also far less invasive than root canal treatment or extraction.  Make sure to visit your dentist regularly to maintain a healthy mouth and avoid unexpected dental costs, you won’t be sorry.