Your Oral Health

It may seem like common sense but maintaining good oral health will also improve your overall health. If you think about it your mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body, what you put into your mouth will affect you. Poor oral health can affect your appearance and self-esteem. It has also been linked to sleeping problems and behavioral and development problems in children. Poor oral health can affect your ability to chew and digest food. Your oral health is important in all stages of life, especially since older adults and seniors are keeping their teeth longer than before.

Maintaining good oral health includes keeping your teeth free of cavities and preventing gum disease. Gum disease affects the bone and supporting teeth. If left untreated gum disease can lead to tooth loss and increased risks of more serious diseases such as respiratory disease. There is also a link between diabetes and gum disease. People living with diabetes are more susceptible to gum disease and it can put them at greater risk of diabetic complications.

To maintain good oral health, you should take the following steps:

  1. Brush and floss your teeth daily.
  2. Visit your dental professional regularly
  3. Eat a healthy diet
  4. Do not smoke

Wisdom Tooth Removal

Your wisdom tooth is the third molar in your jaw and it is the last to erupt. It usually appears between the ages of 16 and 25. Most adult have four wisdom teeth, but it is possible to have less or more. Wisdom teeth are generally extracted to correct a current problem or to prevent a future problem. When the wisdom teeth starts to erupt a number of complications may occur:

  1. Your wisdom tooth may be partial exposed through your gums. The opening around the exposed tooth allows food and germs to get trapped and this causes bacteria to grow underneath the gums. This result in swelling, pain, and jaw stiffness. These are signs of a bacterial infection.
  2. Your wisdom tooth may be impacted, and unable to break through your gums. This happens when your jaw does not have enough room for them.
  3. More serious problems can develop from impacted teeth which is that tumors or cysts can form around the area resulting in the destruction of the jaw bone.
  4. One or more of your wisdom teeth may come in at an awkward angle or grow sideways.

The idea of getting your wisdom teeth removed is a scary thought but your doctor is trained, licensed, and experienced in providing anesthesia to make the procedure more comfortable. In younger adults (late teens and early 20s), the wisdom tooth has not fully developed and the jaw bone is less dense therefore early removal is recommended. So remember, the easier it is to remove the tooth, the easier your recovery is likely to be. Your jaw will thank you later.

 

“White as snow” – Spa Dent

celebrities_smile_desktop_hd-wallpaperWho wouldn’t want the celebrity smile? The sparkling, straight, and white teeth that lights up the room. The confidence and the boost of self-esteem it can empower you. The magnetic attraction that a smile catalyzes between a man and a woman. All this with just a smile.

At our office we provide several options to help you achieve that smile. Today I will be talking about our bleaching product Spa-dent. It only takes 20 Minutes. It uses a PH neutral formula and will not harm your enamel. Natural tooth friendly ingredients including Calcium, Xylitol, Vitamin K and Aloe heal oral tissue and re-mineralize teeth. Imagine your smile 2-8 shades whiter in 2×20 minute sessions.

Spa Dent’s gel formulation uses dual arch mouth trays filled with an exact amount of whitening gel. Then the Spa Dent blue and red LED light activates the gel, providing powerful whitening with cellular stimulation.

If you are interested to read more about this product the website is: Spa-dent – How it works.

 

Pregnancy and Swollen Gums – How to Prevent Pregnancy Gingivitis

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“I’m pregnant!” Those astounding, beautiful words that are not only an amazing discovery, but a catalyst for an avalanche of things to come. You and your other half will start on a long journey together, and have many ups and downs. One of those downs that you DON’T want to have to worry about during your pregnancy is gingivitis.

Because of the many hormonal changes in your body, your gums may be more sensitive, irritable and swollen. Prevention is key!

HOW TO PREVENT PREGNANCY GINGIVITIS

1. Regular dental check-ups.

2. Brush 2x daily, Morning and before you go to bed.

3. Floss daily.

4. Practice good nutrition.

5. Drink lots of water.

These very simple and easy methods ensure that you can leave gingivitis behind, and have one less thing to worry about during your pregnancy.

Baby Center’s expert advice: Bleeding Gums during Pregnancy. “Get regular preventive dental care. Your dentist or periodontist can remove plaque and tartar that brushing can’t get to. If you haven’t seen your dentist recently, schedule a visit now for a thorough cleaning and checkup. Be sure to let her know that you’re pregnant and how far along you are. She’ll probably want to see you once more during your pregnancy, too – or even more often if you already have gum disease, since pregnancy will likely make the problem worse.”

Call us to book your appointment at (604) 559-9955

Hope you have found this helpful!

 

Periodontal Disease and Heart Health

Periodontitis is a disease caused by microorganism that adhere to the tooth surface. These little microorganism start to inflame the tissues that surround and support your teeth. This will eventually lead to bone loss and the subsequent loss of your teeth. Periodontitis is diagnosed by evaluating a patient’s x-ray and using an instrument called a probe during the clinical examination to inspect the soft gum tissue around the teeth.

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There are a lot of studies that suggest oral health and gum disease are related to serious conditions like heart disease. Scientist believe that the inflammation cause by the bacteria is linked with the development or progression of  cardiovascular disease in some patients. Bleeding gums are a possible sign of periodontal disease, the open wounds allow bacteria to enter your bloodstream. One of the causes of heart disease is the build up of plaque in your blood stream, researcher have found Periodontal bacteria in those plaque. This has lead many researchers to believe that there is a significant connection with periodontal disease and heart disease.

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Without regular visits to the dentist, periodontitis in its early stage has very few symptoms. Patients tend to seek dental treatment when the disease has significantly progressed. Daily oral hygiene routines help to prevent periodontal disease. Brushing properly on a regular basis (at least twice a day), flossing daily,  and regular dental check ups and teeth cleaning will help patients to overcome periodontitis.

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warm towel to massage babys gums

After nine long months, and just a little bit of labor (just a little) your baby is born! And did you know your baby’s teeth start to grow when they are in their mother’s tummy ? Yes, although you don’t see it right away, it is there. It is just hiding underneath ALL that GUM! As parents we’d want to make sure when our baby’s teeth start to come up, they brush. But as a warm-up to get your child used to brushing his/her teeth, you can use a warm towel and gently massage your baby’s gums. That way your baby will get used to having something in their mouth, and when you attempt to teach them to brush their teeth the tickling sensation will not be a big surprised to them. Or you can purchase the infant brush, it is really easy to use and looks like this: Infant toothbrushes Siimply put it on your finger and massage away!

Below are some fun songs to sing-a-long whether you are massaging your infants gums, or just teaching your baby to brush:

Brushing

(to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”)

Here’s my toothpaste
Here’s my brush
I won’t hurry, I won’t rush.
Working hard to keep teeth clean
Front and back and in between
When I brush for quite a while
I will have a happy smile.

The Toothbrush Song

(to the tune of “Row,Row, Row Your Boat”)

Brush, brush, brush your teeth
Brush them everyday.
We put toothpaste on our brush
To help stop tooth decay.

Floss, floss, floss your teeth.
Floss them every day!
Using the string to clean between
Keeps the plaque away!

Clean, clean, clean your teeth.
Clean them every day!
Your teeth will sparkle for years to come
In the most beautiful way!

Brush, brush, brush your teeth.
Brush them every day!
Happy, healthy teeth you’ll have
If it’s done this way.

Brushing my Teeth

Up and down and round and round
I brush my teeth to keep them sound;
To keep them sound and clean and white
I brush them morning, noon and night.

We hope both you and your baby have fun while brushing! Smile and be proud of your pearly whites!

BABY BOTTLE TOOTH DECAY

Congratulations on your new bundle of joy, the ups and downs of your pregnancy has all been worth it and now you have a little one to share your life with. As parents you are expected to know how to care for your baby – but babies don’t come with an instruction manual. And even if this isn’t your first child, you may be trying to handle a larger family.There are many help books and how to website out there for new parents but as dental professionals we want to focus on the oral health of your child. You may or may not be aware but children can develop early childhood cavities, it is also known as baby bottle tooth decay. Cavities are holes that develop in the teeth once they begin to decay. Infants and toddlers suffer from tooth decay when bacteria that feeds on the sugar from juice and milk turn into acids and the acids decay the teeth. This often occurs when babies or toddlers are regularly put to sleep with a bottle of milk or juice, and it can also happen to young children who use feeding cups filled with drinks that are high in sugar.

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Just remember, that if you are breast feeding or bottle feeding:
• Do not put an infant to bed with a bottle or allow them to use it during their sleep or nap time
• Use cooled, boiled water if a child needs a bottle for comfort or extra fluid before bed
• Introduce your baby to a feeding cup between 6 and 8 months of age
• Do not fill a bottle or a feeding cup with fruit juice, sweetened milk, and soft drink as these are common contributing factor to early childhood tooth decay

Infants should start seeing their family dentist as soon as their first baby teeth start to come in at around 6 months.With regular visits to the dentist, proper oral hygiene, and new drinking habits it is possible to prevent early childhood tooth decay.