Although you may not want to hear it, our mouths are flowing with bacteria and despite what you may think, the overall health of your mouth affects your overall health.
These bacteria cause oral diseases such as gingivitis (inflammation of your gum tissue) and periodontitis (inflammation and infection of the ligaments and bones that support your teeth). Research shows that an unhealthy mouth may also cause diseases such as: diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory problems.
Cavites and gum disease have been linked to poor sleeping habits, as well as beahvioural and developmental problems in children. Studies are examining the connection between pre-term, low birth babies and their mother’s oral health.
Practice good oral hygiene by brushing at least twice a day, floss daily, eat healthy and be sure to have regular check-ups with your dentist. If you notice any problems with your gums or teeth, be sure to contact your dentist right away, because a healthy mouth is an investment to your overall health.
Visit Health Canada for more information.
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:
- fear the dentist
- 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.
School starts today! We hope you all enjoyed your summer and got caught up with some rest and relaxation.
When packing up your child’s lunch, try to think of healthy “teeth friendly” snacks and avoid cariogenic (producing/promoting the development of tooth decay) foods.
Foods that are less cariogenic include: vegetable, fruits, dairy products and grain products. Some examples are: slice of cheese, glass of milk, baby carrots, sliced apples. These snacks should be chose over foods high in sugar such as candy, cookies, fruit drinks and soft drinks!
Come to our office and experience the leading newest form of oral cancer detection. This tool uses a blue spectrum light and causes the mouth to fluoresce when something abnormal is detected.
A recent study at the University of Washington has provided insights into VELscope’s potential. A number of mucosal abnormalitlies were detected when using the VELscope during a routine exam. These abnormalities included:
- Viral, fungal and bacterial infections
- Inflammation from a variety of causes
- Squamous papillomas (benign tumors, common in HPV patients)
- Salivary gland tumours
In Canada, oral cancer is the 13th most common cancer. Oral cancer can be successfully treated if it is caught at an early stage.
Book your appointment for a full exam today! Be in the know!