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Proper Dental Hygiene Protects Your Mouth for Life

[ 0 ] February 16, 2016 |

Importance Of Dental HygieneYou can admit it. No one really looks forward to going to the dentist. We find reasons to postpose appointments, cancel at the last minute and generally allow ourselves to put off that regular check-up for another few months. After all, we don’t have a tooth ache or any other discomfort. If we are really being honest, the apprehension about going to the dentist is always worse than the actual cleaning and check-up. The real problems arise when we procrastinate too long and suddenly we have a serious issue.

Keeping your oral health in check can assist in maintaining your general health, and that all begins with proper dental hygiene. Proper dental hygiene protects your mouth for life. Here we will review the basics of daily dental hygiene, but also discuss why regular cleaning and check-ups are so important, and some serious consequences of ignoring both.

The Simple Basics of Proper Dental Hygiene

Just as we are careful to take preventative measures to protect the investment of our homes like termite control and regular maintenance, so it should be with our oral health. Taking specific steps can save a lot of pain, money and grief.

We all know we should brush and floss daily. In fact we should brush twice daily and thoroughly floss each night before bed. It is a routine we can sometimes think unimportant. We are tired, we can get complacent, and suddenly that becomes our routine.

Proper dental hygiene includes:

• At least 2-3 minutes of brushing twice a day
• Using a soft brush is recommended
• Making sure you reach specific areas of your mouth like in the very back and behind teeth
• Careful flossing to remove all food particles especially at night.
• Drinking a lot of water during the day to maintain moisture, eliminate acids, and protect oral tissue

It helps to chew sugar free gum occasionally and if possible try to reduce or eliminate smoking.
Careful brushing removes food particles and bacteria that can harden into plaque. Plaque build-up can cause gum disease and lead to loose teeth and even tooth loss. It affects both our gum tissue along with the bone supporting the tissue. This regimen of proper dental hygiene helps keep plaque in check.

The Importance of Regular Dental Check-ups

Having regular professional check-ups is the second rule of proper dental hygiene. There are multiple reasons to visit your dentist even if you are following the simple basics of proper dental hygiene. A professional examination of your mouth, teeth and gums can uncover many issues as well as provide additional instruction about your home routine.
This professional cleaning completes your dental hygiene regimen to keep your mouth free from plaque, bacteria and infections. Your dentist will recommend how often you should have these regular check-ups and cleanings based on the health of your mouth, teeth and gums.

Importance Of Regular Dental Check-ups

There may be certain areas of your mouth you are missing as you brush and floss. Your dental care professional will not only alert you to these areas, but instruct you how to reach them.

When all plaque is not routinely removed, it can harden into tartar. Only a professional cleaning can remove all traces of tartar.

Your dentist can uncover many oral issues not visible or felt by you and will help reduce the growth of inflammation causing bacteria.

There are additional issues like mouth sores and cancer which can be detected your by dentist so never put off your scheduled dental appointment.

Some Consequences of Poor Dental Hygiene

Unfortunately there are some serious consequences to poor dental health. Children through senior citizens are all susceptible, so teaching children about proper oral hygiene early will help them develop good habits.

Some serious issues resulting from poor dental hygiene include:

• Development of gingivitis which is an early stage of gum disease
• Serious infections like periodontitis cause inflammation around the tooth where the gums pull away from the teeth. If left untreated, this can cause a break-down of bone and tissue and even tooth loss.
• A dental abscess results from an infection. It can extend into the gums, cheek, throat, and under the tongue. It is extremely painful and if not treated properly can cause serious health issues and even death.
• Jaw bone loss can occur with ongoing periodontal disease and infection as it destroys the support for your teeth.
• There are connections between poor oral hygiene and heart disease, diabetes, and many other health concerns.

Proper dental hygiene takes discipline, a set routine and knowledge, but a consistent schedule will help protect your mouth for life.

Contact Dental Care Toronto if you or a member of your family needs support with proper dental hygiene. We are here to help.

Improve your Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry

[ 0 ] October 17, 2015 |

 

More than ever before your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but a beautiful white and bright smile defines you.
In the midst of the selfie generation and social media of all kinds, we are constantly sending out photos of ourselves to friends and family. Maybe even more importantly, photos are used for professional purposes on other sites. They become like first impressions to a prospective employer similar to the handshake in an interview.
If you are not happy with the smile you see in your mirror, there are many ways to improve your smile with cosmetic dentistry. Let’s look at some of the best ways to achieve that spectacular smile.

Cosmetic Dental Procedures
Porcelain Veneers

You don’t have to live with broken, misaligned, or chipped teeth. Dark spots can be masked and no one will be able to see what is underneath. A porcelain veneer mimics perfectly shaped and natural teeth. A veneer is an ultra-thin sheet of porcelain bonded to your front teeth, and it can be the perfect solution when one or several teeth need repair.
Veneers are especially natural looking because porcelain reflects light the same as real teeth do, and your dentist can match the porcelain to the color of natural teeth. It can be a simple two-step process. First (after a minimal amount or no shaping of your teeth) an impression is made of your existing teeth to create the perfect veneer. Once the veneer is created, it is bonded to your teeth. It is a simple procedure but the results are spectacular.

Veneers can fix:
• Worn down teeth
• Chipped teeth
• Crooked or misaligned teeth
• Hide spaces between teeth
• Misshaped teeth
They do not stain, are strong and last a very long time. You walk out of the office with an instantly beautiful new smile.
Improve your smile with veneers and then get out the smartphone and take a new profile selfie.

Porcelain Inlays

If you are still living with those old silver fillings, now you can update your look with a porcelain inlay or onlay. That same natural look of porcelain can replace old fillings. When you smile and laugh out loud those silver fillings will be gone and your fillings will be camouflaged by the natural look of porcelain.

Bonding

Bonding can be utilized for many of the same issues as veneers. Resin is the material employed and it is less expensive than porcelain. They can stain over time or begin to look dull, but they are an appealing option for improving your smile, and are very conservative.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth WhiteningThere are countless products out in the marketplace to improve your smile and for brightening and whitening teeth. Toothpastes, rinses, over the counter whiteners, strips, all promise whiter and brighter teeth. A cosmetic dentist performing a cosmetic treatment is the most efficient, safest, and long lasting way to brighten your teeth.
Dental Care Group will professionally whiten your teeth for a natural and long lasting smile.
Specials are available right now.

Instead of Braces: Invisalign

If you are an adult who had braces as a child, but your teeth have shifted, this type of cosmetic dentistry might be right for you. If you never had braces, this is the perfect way to straighten your misaligned teeth with minimal discomfort, and no one will even notice.
Invisalign is a series of clear plastic shiny aligners. It is an effective treatment for adults who wish to straighten their teeth without noticeable metal braces. Some of the other advantages of Invisalign braces are:
• They are removable making them easier to clean than metal braces
• They are comfortable because they are smooth against your gums and cheeks
• You take them out when you are eating so they don’t trap food like metal braces and cause other issues
• Removing them allows you to eat foods like popcorn and certain kinds of candy, impossible with metal braces
There are some restrictions. While wearing the braces you cannot drink any liquids which contain sugar or acid, and you may only drink cool water. They must be worn for 22 hours a day.
Usually it will take approximated 18 months to complete the treatment with new aligners being swapped out as you progress.
Regardless whether your smile includes misaligned teeth, chipped or broken teeth, stained and yellowed teeth, it is always best to trust your smile to professionals like those at Dental Care Group.
Contact us today and find out which cosmetic dentistry treatment is best to improve your smile. Project the smile and confidence you have always wanted.

8 Worst Foods for Your Teeth

[ 0 ] September 13, 2015 |

 

Everything in moderation. Remember mom telling you that? Or how about, “If you keep eating all that candy, your teeth will fall out.” Mom might have exaggerated just a bit there, but put the two thoughts together and you might have a legitimate rule when it comes to healthy teeth and gums. We will list the worst foods for your teeth in no particular order, but keep track of how many of them you eat regularly.

Hard and Chewy Candy

Worst Foods For Your Teeth - CandyThis might actually be the worst of both worlds. Hard candy of course is full of sugar, but it also can create an issue if you bite down on it too hard or at the wrong angle. It can result in a chipped or broken tooth and an emergency trip to the dentist.

Now on to the sugary part. Caramels, taffy, hard candies of all types not only have lots of sugar but many also contain citric acid. The bacteria in your mouth just love the sugar and citric acid creating cavities and loss of enamel. The chewy type sticks to your teeth longer making it even harder to remove.

If you must indulge, think back to what mom said about moderation, and then rinse with water and floss right away.

Soda and Sports Drinks

You may think that sports and energy drinks are a better choice than soda, but always check the label to note if sugar is the first ingredient listed. Many times we are fooled by what is promoted as healthy. Sports and energy drinks are a good example of something touted as healthy, but can contain copious amounts of sugar. The sugar in these drinks leads to plaque then to acid that attacks your enamel.

Carbonated soda, even diet drinks contain citric acid and phosphoric acid, which can harm teeth even more than the sugar. So back to the old moderation mantra. Another alternative is to only indulge while eating, or simply switch to plain old water.

Wine

Red wine is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to staining your teeth. Like tea, it contains tannins making your teeth sticky which promote stains. It is good practice to always have a glass of water by your side when you drink red wine, and you may have noticed those who sip their merlot through a straw.Worst Foods For Your Teeth - Wine

Sorry to tell those Pinot Grigio fans or Chardonnay drinkers, but even white wine can damage your teeth. It also contain acids which can encourage other foods to stain your teeth. No matter what kind of alcohol you drink, it will dry out your mouth leading to tooth decay and even oral infections.

Citrus Fruits and Juices

Yes, we know that we have always been told to drink orange juice for our Vitamin C. Again, too much of a good thing can be detrimental. The acid in oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruit erodes tooth enamel. Add the sugar, and you have a dangerous combination. Have your OJ with breakfast, and then clean your teeth.

Sticky Foods like Dried Fruits

Although we can think of dried fruits as a healthy snack, they stick to our teeth longer than other foods making them difficult to remove. Eat your trail mix, but keep water nearby and brush and floss as soon as possible.

Ice

This may sound crazy. We love our icy drinks, but many of us like to crunch and chew the ice. That is a real no-no. Yes, ice just contains healthy water, but we can damage teeth, break crowns, or dislodge old fillings. So cut that out!!!!

Processed Carbs

Worst Foods For Your Teeth - BreadWhite bread, pasta, crackers, are all bad for your teeth. Carbohydrates are nothing more than sugar so if you are a carb addict, this can truly harm you teeth by creating cavities.

Coffee and Tea

We all love our cup of Joe in the morning or our afternoon tea to give us a jolt. Unfortunately the caffeine dries out our mouth inviting bacteria, and stains our teeth. Think of those ugly stains on your mug.

Worst Foods For Your Teeth - Coffee & TeaOn top of that do you find yourself adding sugar, flavorings, or syrups? The stains on your teeth tend to be sticky thereby making bacteria more difficult to remove.

Black tea can stain your teeth even more than coffee and it contains high levels of tannin which promotes staining. Water and sugarless gum are good ways to finish off your daily intake of coffee and tea.

 

We hope you are not depressed now thinking about everything you shouldn’t eat or drink. The “moderation thing” is the answer along with: 1) lots of water, 2) brushing, and 3) flossing.

Contact Dental Care Toronto with questions or to book your next appointment.

Five Ways to Convince Your Little One a Trip to the Dentist is a Good Thing

[ 0 ] August 23, 2015 |

Parents with small children have many challenges, but convincing their youngsters that something is good for them is a really tall order. In most cases, parents need all the help they can get. Let’s take eating vegetables as an example. A parent has to be pretty ingenious to convince their child Convince Your Little Oneto eat their spinach or broccoli. How do you make them believe sharing their new toys with their little sister is the right thing to do? You get the idea. For those parents that could use a little help, we have some ways to convince your little one a trip to the dentist is a good thing.

Believe It Yourself

If there is one thing children can spot, it is insincerity. Unless you set a good example they will never learn to care of their teeth. If you don’t take the time every day to care for and maintain your own oral hygiene, you can’t expect your children to value its benefits.

Brushing at least twice a day, flossing at least once, and using some mouth wash or oral rinse is the example you should set. Let your children observe you faithfully doing your own routine to set them on the right path.

• Explain why you are doing certain things. You want to have a beautiful smile and not get any cavities. You want to be able to kiss and hug them and not have any nasty smells.

• Tell them that brushing twice a day removes the invisible bacteria called plaque from your teeth.

• Show them that brushing for at least two minutes is the best practice and exactly how you clean each area of your mouth.

• Let them watch you floss your teeth and explain that this gets rid of the rest of the germs and food in between your teeth and near your gums. They may not be ready to do this yet, but it shows them how much you care about your own teeth.

• Tell your child when you are going to the dentist so they see that it is a part of your routine.

Be Positive

Always concentrate on the positive rewards of visiting the dentist. Suggest that: “You will keep your beautiful smile, your teeth will stay clean and healthy and strong, so you can eat any food you want.”

Show them how clean your teeth are after you return from a dental check-up and cleaning. Explain how keeping your teeth clean and heathy as you Find The Right Dentistgrow up takes care and attention. Be positive about any visits and never make it sound like a punishment or a negative situation.

Find the Right Dentist

The Dentists here at 700 Coxwell Ave love to see kids. Children respond to a warm and welcoming atmosphere and are less anxious when the professionals are familiar with young children. We understand a child’s fear of the unknown and are trained to make the visit as pleasurable and fun as possible.

Practice at Home

Have them brush their teeth in front of a mirror. They can pretend to brush the teeth of their stuffed animals or another toy. Find a small mirror and show them how the dentist will look inside their mouth. Let them do it to you or their toys so this becomes kind of a game where they can “play dentist.” They win the game by going to the dentist regularly and having good check-ups
Take Children to the Dentist Early and Regularly

The more frequently we do things, the easier it gets. Make a point to bring your child to the dentist as soon as their first tooth comes in so they become familiar with the staff, what happens during the visit, and they will, in turn, become less anxious. The first visit is also a great opportunity for us to share some dental care tips with Mom and Dad.How many adults are afraid of the dentist because their parents did not insist they go to the dentist when they were young children?

When you bring your young child to see our professionals at Dental Care Group, you can be sure they will be treated as if they were our very own children.

Share with us one of your own tips to convincing your little one a trip to the dentist’s office is a good thing!

Everything You Need to Know About Veneers

[ 0 ] June 28, 2015 |

Everything You Need To Know About VeneersDental care has come a long way. Correcting your teeth’s discoloration or any undesirable defects has never been easier, or more stress-free. Sounds pretty unreal, right? You may have heard of veneers but are unsure about the specifics – allow us to make this your formal introduction.

What Exactly Are Veneers?

To start off with, some of you may be wondering just exactly what veneers are? They are ultra-thin shells of ceramic, porcelain, or a composite resin material which are bonded to your front teeth. They are individually crafted for each tooth and are made from advanced materials that attempt to closely mimic the natural enamel of teeth.

You may have met someone with a chipped tooth who had a “cap” put on.. This is the same thing.

The Benefits of Veneers

They require very little to no anesthesia to apply, and can last for many years, making them the most ideal way to fix many issues with your teeth. They help correct discolorations, brighten teeth, and improve your smile. Veneers can also mask damage resulting from injuries or accidents, and chipped, spaced or misaligned teeth.

How Long Does The Procedure Take?

The procedure is fairly simple, however multiple appointments may be necessary for diagnosis and treatment planning, preparation, and bonding. The teeth are lightly buffed to allow for the added thickness. Ceramic veneers will first require a mold to be taken, and then after they have been made (can take a few weeks), the dentist will carefully bond them to your teeth, individually.

How Long Does The Procedure TakeThe benefits of are many. If you have previously been embarrassed by your teeth and as a result, find yourself covering your mouth when you laugh, and refusing to smile in pictures, veneers can instantly instill confidence and improve your overall self-esteem.

Contact us for a consultation appointment!

Creative Ways to Get Your Kid to Visit the Dentist

[ 0 ] May 7, 2015 |

The looming stress of an upcoming dental visit for your child might outweigh the anxiety experienced on the first day of school. The fear of white lab coats, cold metal instruments, and unfamiliar Kid's First Experiance At Dentistsurroundings can even make adults uncomfortable, let alone children. You may be running out of ideas and patience with your kicking and screaming child, so follow along for some creative ways to get your kid to visit the dentist.

Try coupling the dental visit with another fun activity that same day. Schedule a play date, ice cream parlor visit, or trip to the park so that your child can look forward to that fun activity while at the dentist. It may seem like a bribe, but let’s just say you’ll be hitting two birds with one stone – a successful dental visit and peace of mind for yourself!

Start a countdown for the dental appointment a few weeks in advance, with a treat to look forward to when the day arrives. Every day, you can have your child rip off the countdown number, making it more engaging and something fun. It will seem like an exciting impending event, about which your child will undoubtedly begin to get enthusiastic. The prize can be something small yet exciting, given after the appointment.

This may take more effort, but for exceptionally fearful children, planning a scavenger hunt around the dental theme could be a fun and engaging activity leading up to the visit. Every day the weekWelcome To The World Of Dentistry of the appointment, a riddle or clue can be given, and the child has to uncover the next clue – the riddles and clues can be educational, giving them some context into the world of dentistry. The final clue can be directing them to the dental office, so getting them there won’t be too difficult. Maybe speak with the hygienist or dentist and see if they could “extract” the last clue from your child’s mouth, the one leading them to the prize. It would make the whole experience much more fun and the sense of fear will be eliminated!

In a less deceptive manner, spending time educating them and explaining the entire dental visit process might ease their fears. Reading a children’s book on dental visits and letting them ask questions and addressing their fears will help them feel more comfortable and supported. The fear of the unknown is the biggest stressor for them, so letting them get familiarized and more aware of the process may help, and educating them on the importance of the visit and why they need it will help them understand and perhaps even make them excited.

Dress Your Child Up In Scrubs And A MaskChildren love to make believe and play. Why not turn their natural hobby into a mimic of the trip to the dentist. Using stuffed animals or even your own mouth should you be so brave, set up a mini dental office in your house. Show them what to expect, and speak in calm and friendly tones. Let them have a turn next and they can inspect and work on their stuffed animals’ mouths. Dress your child up in scrubs and a mask, letting them get a feel for what’s to come in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. They can even have some friends over so that everyone gets comfortable with the idea of the dentist.

There – now you should be well armed with creative ways to get your kid to visit the dentist. Contact us for an appointment or to set up that scavenger hunt 🙂

Seniors and Dental Care

[ 0 ] March 25, 2015 |

Brush Your Teeth Everyday To Keep Dentist AwayDental care is said to be the gateway to your overall bodily function and health. Maintaining good hygiene and practices when it comes to your teeth is imperative to staying happy and healthy. This requirement of course, knows no age, so your teeth should be a top priority in regular daily hygiene at all stages in life.
For your convenience, we’ve outlined some common misunderstandings and questions surrounding seniors and dental care below.

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Healthy Teeth 101

[ 0 ] February 5, 2015 |

Brush Like A Champ, Floss Like A Boss

New Year’s resolutions are in full force right now, with most of us making the extra effort to hit the gym and make healthier choices. While ensuring our physical health is in check, we must not forget about our pearly whites. Oral hygiene goes a long way in maintaining the overall health of your body, as many conditions and illnesses begin with poor oral care. We thought we’d help you brush up on your oral health procedures to start the year off fresh! Here are some reminders and tips about how you can keep your mouth clean and get your healthy teeth for 2015.

Brush and Floss:

This goes without saying, as most of us are pretty aware of the standard rules of brushing and flossing. However, it can slip by us on those nights we feel exhausted from a long day, or on a weekend when too much partying has us crashing at late hours. Surprisingly, gum disease and tooth decay still remain large problems, and three-fourths of teenagers have gums that bleed. Outside of remembering to brush and floss daily, remember to change your toothbrush every 3-4 months!

Mouthwash:

It's Time To Smile AgainIn addition to flossing and brushing, mouthwash can go a long way to prevent problems. In between meals, when brushing isn’t always an option or isn’t convenient (too much brushing isn’t good for you either), swishing some antibacterial mouthwash around can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. If rinsing with mouthwash isn’t something that’s manageable at work, chewing some sugar-free gum is a great way to get your saliva flowing, which naturally washes bacteria away, before it hardens and becomes tartar or plaque. Outside of the great benefits to your teeth and gums, you’ll stay minty-fresh all day!

Avoid Smoking:

Smoking or chewing tobacco is extremely harmful to your health and for your teeth. Tobacco stains your teeth, leaving them looking dirty and unhealthy. It also significantly raises your risk of oral cancer and gum disease. Additionally, smokers tend to have dry mouth and bad breath, which is uncomfortable for the people you interact with, and for yourself. Consider quitting if you are smoking or chewing tobacco, as it will greatly improve your oral and overall health.

You Are What You Eat:

Best Foods For Healthy TeethEating healthy truly is great for your overall health. While it may be a good way to trim down on excessive fat and keep your digestive system happy, eating right ensures good oral health as well. Whole foods such as grains, nuts, fruits and vegetables, dairy products and fish, will keep your system working smoothly, as well as reducing inflammation that can lead to gum disease. Eating fruits, especially apples and berries, are fantastic natural breath fresheners. They help eliminate odors from smelly foods, as well as initiate saliva production, to ensure your teeth and gums stay fresh and bacteria-free.

Many of these may seem like no-brainers when it comes to your mouth, however it’s easy to forget or become lazy in establishing a routine. Ensuring you are keeping on top of all aspects of your oral health will yield the best results. Contact us to book an appointment, for more information, or for any questions.

Food & Drink for Your Teeth

[ 0 ] January 2, 2015 |

Effect Of Food And Drink On Your Teeth

 

Since the holiday season usually means shameless indulgence in delicious baked goods and alcoholic beverages, most of us have gotten used to eating and drinking things that are on the unhealthy side. While the famous saying “a moment on the lips, forever on the hips” rings true, we should also consider “a moment on your lips, forever on your teeth”. Holiday weight gain is a true fear for many of us, however we don’t always think about how what we’re consuming affects our oral health.

Even just a glass of wine a day has been shown to have deteriorating affects on your teeth and gums. Alcohol is notorious for drying out your mouth, which leaves you with rancid breath. With a dry mouth comes a reduced flow of saliva – something that is essential in fighting off bacteria. With the reduction of salvia, a dry mouth is prone to plaque build-up, eventually leading to tooth decay. Additionally, alcohol can suck the calcium from your teeth, as substances that have high acidic properties soften and wear away the enamel, leaving you with weak and sensitive teeth.
To take preventive measures, and to still allow yourself to keep a bit of holiday spirit going, here are some ways you can keep your pearly whites in tact:

Flat is Fun:

While popping some bubbly to celebrate the holidays is almost a right of passage, opting for a flat beverage will have your teeth thanking you. Bubbly drinks are full of carbon dioxide, which is very acidic. Staying away from anything carbonated will help in ensuring your teeth stay strong. White wine is much more acidic than red, so opt for a nice Cab Sav and keep warm as well! For those who drink hard liquors, diluting your drink with water and ice is the best practice to reduce concentrated acidity levels. And lastly, good news for beer drinkers! Beer is actually quite good for your teeth, and has calcium properties in it, allowing teeth to harden. For anyone who is going to be drinking though, ensure you rinse some water around in your mouth every once in a while, as it helps dilute and reduce the acidic build-up.

Cut Out the Sugar:

Many of us mix our drinks with a sugary drink such as colas, lemon/limes, and tonic water. Or, we opt for drinks with high sugar content such as sherry and liqueurs. Both of these practices are harmful for our teeth as the sugar feeds the bacteria in our teeth, speeding up the process of tooth decay. Along with the sugar, we are still getting that acidity from the alcohol. To dodge this1, we can choose a creamier drink like Bailey’s that isn’t as acidic, or a non-sparkling cocktail. Mixing with just water or coconut water is helpful as sugar contents are low or non-existent. Ensuring we stay away from coolers that have very high sugar content, and using a straw, are great ways to keep our teeth where we want them.

Food for Thought:

Many of us are unaware, however foods such as celery and cheese are called detergent foods. This means they scrub the surface of your teeth while you are eating them, helping neutralize and remove any build-up that has occurred from drinking. In between glasses of wine, pop a few pieces of cheese from that cheese board, and enjoy both the taste and the effects on your teeth!

We hope you were able to keep the tooth fairy away this holiday season. Remember to keep a keen eye out for your oral health! Book an appointment with us, or contact us to inquire about our dental services.

3 Dental Health Tips: It all starts with prevention!

[ 0 ] December 8, 2014 |

dentist-child-careIf you’ve ever heard your grandmother say, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!” she is absolutely right. While it may not seem like it’s worth the effort to spend time on prevention—I’m an optimist! you might say—nothing quite drives the point home like getting yourself into trouble and knowing full well you had the power to stop it.

All of this is especially true when it comes to your oral health. Putting in the effort to keep your teeth clean and gums healthy is essential if you want to avoid serious health problems and costly treatments down the road. But don’t take it from us—take it from the 96% percent of Canadian adults that have a history of (preventable) cavities.

We figured if an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, then you might as well have three. The following are 3 tips to help you with what should be anyone’s first step towards oral health: prevention!

Brush and Floss—the Right Way

If you brush twice a day you’re good right? Wrong! It’s not that simple (we wish it was). First of all, you should be flossing as well. Not only does flossing remove decay-inducing food trapped between teeth, it removes bacteria before it has the chance to turn into plaque. Don’t be a part of the 72% of Canadians that don’t floss regularly (we’re willing to bet it’s higher than this because who hasn’t fibbed about their flossing habits before?).

Second of all, while you may be hitting your brushing totals, not all brushing is created equal. In fact, some brushing is downright harmful. To get the job done right, use short, gentle strokes and don’t forget to clean that gumline and those harder-to-reach back molars. A proper brushing session should last 2-3 minutes. This not only ensures that you’re cleaning your mouth thoroughly, but also that you’re not rushing through it and causing damage. The number-one cause of receding gums is vigorous brushing—so take it easy!

Eat Well and Properly Hydrate

While proper oral hygiene practices like those above do a great job of mitigating food-triggered tooth decay, a healthy diet definitely plays a role in the prevention of oral health problems. The usual suspects like sugary sodas and candy are of course things you’ll want to avoid, but keep in mind that most carbohydrates (like the ones found in rice, pasta, and bread) are known to produce acids in the mouth that erode tooth enamel.

While we hope you make solid food choices in your diet, there’s no need to just think of solids when it comes to dietary related oral hygiene. In addition to the other wealth of health benefits as a result of proper hydration, drinking plenty of water has many positive implications on the health of your mouth. Keeping your mouth moist helps your saliva to protect oral tissues and neutralize damaging acids in their tracks.

Get Expert Guidance

Despite everyone’s best efforts, sometimes we fall off track without even realizing it. Perhaps we’ve been missing a spot or two in the back of our mouth, we’re in need of a hygiene boost, or we have our own special oral health needs.
Seeking the advice of a dental professional is a wise move in your problem prevention toolbox. Oral hygiene instruction, regular cleanings that go beyond what a brush can do at home, polishing, fluoride treatments, and gum care are a few of the valuable things that only a dental professional can provide.

Depending on your needs, a dental expert can also recommend the use of sports and mouth guards to protect your teeth from physical wear and tear. If you participate in contact sports, a dentist can fit you with a sports guard to provide protection while you play. A mouth guard can be custom fitted by your dentist to prevent teeth grinding that occurs while many people sleep.

Being in pain, feeling unwell, and forking out cash for unexpected medical bills are all very unpleasant things. So prevent them! If you follow the above tips you’ll be well on your way to some pretty uneventful oral health—and trust us, that’s a good thing.

For more information on oral health and to seek professional dental care, book an appointment with us today. At Dental Care Toronto we pride ourselves on providing quality service to our patients, with a friendly and welcoming staff that is there to answer all of your questions. We look forward to helping you with all of your dental needs!