We have all heard of a child experiencing dental anxiety. Whether it be a frightened toddler begging not to be taken to the dentist, or an older child who’s deathly afraid to sit in the dental chair, the fear that arises in children when faced with a dental check up is very real.Read more
What is a root canal?
The root canal refers to the cavity in the center of the tooth, beneath the translucent protective layer of enamel and the hard white layer of dentin. The root canal naturally contains soft tissue called pulp which is made up of nerves, blood vessels and connective tissues. Like any soft tissue in the body, the root canal is susceptible to infection which can jeopardize the integrity and health of the tooth and the entire mouth. By understanding the causes, treatment, and prevention of root canals, you can maintain the integrity of your smile. Read more
What is the relationship between Diet and Oral Health?
You probably already know that eating a healthy, balanced diet is one of the most foundational things you can do to support your overall wellness, but did you know that your food choices can also affect the health of your teeth and gums? Of course, regular dental check ups, flossing and brushing your teeth regularly are all important to maintain great oral health, but it’s also important to consider that anything you eat or drink has a direct effect on your oral health. A poor diet can lead to oral health problems such as tooth decay and gum disease.
Here are a few tips for eating your way to a healthy mouth:Read more
One of commonly asked oral hygiene questions is whether or not chewing gum is good for your teeth. We have all seen countless commercials advertising chewing gum as a means to strengthen, whiten, and improve your teeth and gums. Unfortunately, this isn’t always true. Chewing gum can be healthy for your teeth, however, some types of gum are actually very bad for your tooth enamel. It all boils down to what the gum ingredients are. While sugar-free gum is usually better for your teeth than chewing gum that contains sugar, this distinction isn’t always the only important factor.Read more
Sensitive teeth respond to normal stimuli with brief instances of pain or tingling sensations. When your teeth are sensitive, you may feel a twinge of discomfort when you eat something hot or cold. You may also feel pain if you bite down on food or your teeth are hit by air. With severe sensitivity, you may even feel uncomfortable sensations when you brush your teeth. Fortunately, you often do not have to live with sensitivity since there are many things that Saskatoon dentists can do to alleviate the discomfort.Read more
The age-old debate is coming to the surface again because many electric toothbrushes on the markets today do much more than vibrate. But, are electric toothbrushes better for the whole family or a question of personal preference? Let’s consider the merits of the issue, below.Read more
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
“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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