Here at Acadia Dental at The Centre Mall, we want our patients to have healthy teeth and gums for life. You already know the importance of brushing, flossing and avoiding sugary foods and beverages for optimal oral hygiene, but you can also improve your oral health by eating the right types of foods. Here are some of the main ways that your diet impacts your oral health.Read more
Have you been told by a dental professional or a loved one that you need a night guard? If so, then you might be wondering… do you need a night guard? And why are people saying that you need one?
Well, to answer that question we first have to explain exactly what a night guard is.Read more
Very few things are more attractive than a sparkling, white smile. Beautiful teeth can brighten up a face and make someone noticeable from across a room. However, not all of us were born with sparkling, white chompers. This doesn’t mean that everyone can’t have pearly whites. There are a number of ways that a person can improve the colour of their teeth. This can help the person feel attractive and confident wherever they go.
Get Them Bleached
One of the most common techniques that people will use to whiten their teeth is bleach. Although many people are familiar with bleaching their clothes or their carpet, teeth can be bleached as well. However, this is not the same bleach that a person would find in their laundry room. This type of bleach changes the natural colour of the teeth by removing surface and in-depth stains or altering the more yellow dentin layer of the tooth under the enamel layer that on some people can be quite translucent. For a person to get their teeth bleached, it is recommended that they go to a dentist or some form of oral expert.
Use a Whitening Toothpaste or Strips
Another common tool that people will often use is tooth whitening products. These products include tools like whitening toothpaste and whitening strips. Although these may take a little bit longer than bleaching, they are still quite effective. These products are also more affordable than teeth bleaching, making them a better option for people on a budget.
Avoid Food That Can Stain Your Teeth
Good food and drinks are some of life’s greatest pleasures. However, many of our favourite foods and drinks can have a serious effect on the colour of our teeth. Sugary sweets, coffee, and even wine can all turn pearly whites into yellow chompers. This doesn’t mean that people have to cut them out completely; they should just eat and drink them in moderation.
There are a number of ways that a person can get their teeth whitened. A few examples are getting their teeth bleached, using a whitening toothpaste or strips and avoiding food that can stain teeth. However, these are not the only ways that a person can whiten their teeth. Don’t forget to do some research on all of the teeth whitening options that a person can utilize.
For more information about the different ways, you can whiten your teeth, be sure to contact the dental experts at Acadia Dental at the Centre Mall.
For a while, people may have felt that getting older was naturally correlated with losing their teeth, but as the aging population grows, we are realizing that this is no longer the case. In fact, there’s a greater likelihood than ever for people to keep their natural teeth for the rest of their lives. However, what this doesn’t mean is that this happens automatically. Not only do people want to keep up good oral habits for their lives, but they may also need to adjust them as they age.
Why is this the case? There are several different reasons, but here’s a brief list of some of the biggest issues seniors deal with that may impact their oral health:
- Certain prescription medications or over the counter medications. In some cases, these medications may have side effects or interactions that can impact your teeth and oral health. Make sure that you speak to your doctor about this.
- Comorbid conditions. These include diabetes, hypertension, and other diseases that may impact older people. In fact, oral health changes may be a precursor of these conditions.
- Physical impairments. This may sound odd at first, but in some cases, seniors may have limitations to their range of motion that make brushing difficult, or have trouble shopping themselves for tooth-friendly foods.
- Grinding or clenching. Habits like these can lead to tooth structure being worn away over time. It may be a good idea to use some sort of night guard.
In addition, there are specific conditions like dry mouth, but gum disease is probably the biggest source of tooth loss in older adults. This is because not only are older adults likely to have receding gums, which open up a new surface for decay, but things like old fillings that need to be replaced or dentures that don’t fit will actually aggravate these conditions. Any sort of dental restoration like a filling or crown should be looked at least every eight years to check for a replacement. The longer you wait, the bigger the risk of decay spreading.
Understand that it’s important to keep your oral health in proper order, but your needs may evolve as you get older. The good news is your best tactic to keep healthy doesn’t really change—getting regular dental checkups. Make sure that you reach out to the dentists at Acadia Dental to get the care you need.
In some cases, the taste of cool food like ice cream or a hot drink like coffee may make your teeth feel painful on occasion. Even air with certain temperatures may give a similar feeling. In other situations, the act of brushing or flossing may feel painful, even though it’s designed to help you. What you may be dealing with is the struggle of sensitive teeth, and while this can arise from several different issues, there are also several things you can do to stop the problem.
Most of the time, sensitive teeth stem from issues with the enamel, the outer layer of your teeth that are designed to protect them. Some people are just naturally born with less enamel, but in other cases, you may unwittingly end up wearing down your enamel. This can be caused by brushing your teeth too hard, grinding your teeth at night, or eating too many acidic foods and beverages.
There are other situations that may lead to your teeth being sensitive though, even if your enamel is fine. For example, receding gums can leave parts of your teeth exposed that do not have enamel. Acid reflux can wear down enamel over time, and there’s also the possibility of temporary sensitivity after procedures like getting fillings or having your teeth bleached. In other cases, sensitivity is a symptom of a greater problem, like a tooth that is cracked or damaged or dealing with heavy decay.
In some cases, basic dental procedures will be enough to alleviate the cause of your sensitivity. For example, fixing a cavity or getting a filling may remove/protect the exposed surface of a tooth that may be causing sensitivity when it comes into contact with hot or cold food/drinks/air. In other cases, you may need to do something more, especially if there’s no obvious cause for your dental care. For example, a dentist can use fluoride gel to strengthen your tooth enamel and reduce the amount of pain. Certain toothpastes, both over-the-counter as well as other brands, can help as well.
If you find yourself dealing with sensitive teeth, there is the possibility of this just being a minor issue that will go away with time. However, it could also be an indicator of a bigger issue with your oral health, something that you should have attended to. Make sure that you reach out to the dentists at Acadia Dental to get the care you need.
“Your gums are bleeding because you don’t floss.” If you’re anything like the 32% of Americans that never flosses, you’ve probably heard this line from your dentist more times than you can count.
You may go home with the intention of flossing, but after a day or two, it falls by the wayside. But oral health is important for everyone to practice.
You should brush and floss daily to maintain those pearly whites. Neglecting your oral health can cause some serious side effects that nobody wants to deal with.
Do you want to know more? Keep reading to learn why you should brush and floss.
You’ll Lessen Your Risk for Cavities
Perhaps the most obvious benefit of good oral hygiene is to have healthy teeth. If you’ve ever felt the sharp pain that accompanies cavities, you’ll know that they’re not fun.
A cavity is caused when plaque builds up on your teeth and wears down the enamel. If left untreated, it continues to wear down your tooth dentin. The best way to prevent cavities is to brush and floss every day to remove the plaque on and in-between your teeth before it can attack.
You’re Breath Will Smell Better
Has your partner ever dodged a kiss? Do your coworkers rush conversations with you? This may be because you have bad breath.
It’s an awkward and embarrassing problem, but it’s not something you have to live with. Plaque is full of bacteria. If you aren’t brushing and flossing this plaque away, that bacteria can set up camp and cause bad breath.
Your Gums Will Be Healthier
Do your gums feel tender to the touch? Are they red and inflamed? It sounds like you may be in the early stages of gingivitis.
When plaque and tartar accumulate on your gumline, the bacteria present in it can irritate your gums. If left untreated it can turn into periodontitis, which can lead to tooth loss. It doesn’t matter if you floss before or after brushing, but you should do both to make sure your teeth and gums are squeaky clean.
You’ll Be Healthier Overall
Have you ever had a friend or colleague that left a toothache untreated? People tend to have the misconception that problems in the mouth aren’t as important as problems in other areas of the body.
But the truth is that oral health affects your overall health. Untreated tooth abscesses can lead to a bacterial infection that can spread to your jaw, neck, or brain and become life-threatening. Gum disease has been linked to an increased risk of heart attack, diabetes, and stroke.
By just taking a few minutes to brush and floss every day, you can prevent these risks and have a healthier body. Regular deep cleanings by your dentist are also necessary to remove hard tartar that brushing and flossing can’t get.
Why You Should Brush and Floss
If you’ve been neglecting your oral hygiene, it may seem hard to start up a good habit. However, taking care of your teeth and gums is a vital part of caring for your health. Just follow our guide to learn why you should brush and floss every day.
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