Dental Hygiene

Developing Good Oral Hygiene Habits Should Start in Infancy, Here’s Why!

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Even though our little tot’s teeth are impermanent, they still need to be diligently cleaned. Encouraging good oral hygiene habits early has a long lasting positive effect on your child’s teeth and prevents future complications caused by cavities and premature tooth decay. Preventing cavities in kid’s teeth is an important part of a pediatric dentist’s job and we’re here to tell you why.

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Why Healthy Gums are Vital to Oral Health

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When it comes to your oral health, taking care of your gums is just as important as tending to your teeth. Many Saskatoon patients seeking oral health services forget to consider the health of their gums. Although easily overlooked, the gums play an important role in the protection of the teeth and underlying bones. It’s true, healthy gums are a vital component of oral health. 

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Do you have bad breath? What you need to know about Halitosis

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Bad breath is a common condition for people of any age. It can be embarrassing, but it is preventable and treatable. Most bad breath starts in the mouth as a result of dry mouth, insufficient oral care, diet or lifestyle. Chronic malodor – also called halitosis is bad breath that doesn’t go away and may indicate a more serious problem. Here’s what the team of Saskatoon dentists at Acadia Dental Clinic think everybody should know about bad breath and halitosis. 

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May Your Smile Be Merry and Bright: Oral Health Tips for the Holidays

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Another busy holiday season is upon us, and with it comes many opportunities to indulge in festive food, drink, and other holiday habits that are detrimental to our oral health. Of course, we want you to enjoy all that the holiday has to offer without having to worry about jeopardizing your oral health. The team of dentists at Acadia Dental Clinic in Saskatoon want to prepare you for a season of joy and bright smiles with our tips and easy tricks to support your oral health through the holidays.

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A healthy mouth eats well

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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. 

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Is chewing gum good or bad for your teeth? Xylitol alternatives.

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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

What is the relationship between Diet and Oral Health?

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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

What’s Causing My Sensitive Teeth?

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Have you felt that sharp pain in your teeth from taking a sip of a cold drink? Tooth sensitivity is a very common occurrence, but it could indicate a more serious dental health issue. Want to know more? Keep reading––we will tell you about what causes tooth sensitivity and how you can combat it.

What makes my teeth feel sensitive? 

Sensitivity is caused by erosion of or damage to your enamel. Enamel is the protective outer layer of our teeth that protects our soft dentin and pulp layers. It is one of the hardest tissues produced by the human body, but it is still susceptible to erosion. Unlike other tissue in our bodies, like bones, enamel cannot repair itself; once it is damaged, only your dentist can help prevent further damage to both the enamel and interior of the tooth. Erosion of enamel can lead to sensitivity and further develop into cavities if left untreated. 

Common ways that your tooth enamel is damaged:

1. Diet

What you eat can impact your oral health. Foods and beverages that are high in sugar and acidity can damage your enamel over time––this includes coffee, wine, candy, and even fresh fruit! There is a close relationship between diet and oral health, and taking care of what you eat can help keep your mouth healthy. Our tips for minimizing damage to enamel?

  1. Brush and floss your teeth a minimum of twice daily 
  2. Drink lots of water before and after consuming acidic or sugary foods

Wait and drink water before brushing your teeth after an acidic or sugary meal


2. Direct trauma to the teeth

While this is most common in sports, especially contact sports like hockey and football, direct trauma to the teeth can happen to anyone. If you play sports, we recommend wearing a mouth guard, which is custom-made to protect your teeth. Dental trauma should be taken seriously to avoid even more costly interventions in the future.  If you experience damage to your teeth, call us right away to find out what to do next. Types of dental trauma can include:

  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Dislodged teeth 
  • Trauma to the gums 
  • Chipped or broken filling

3. Bruxism

Grinding and clenching your jaw, especially in your sleep, is a common cause of enamel damage. If you experience dull headaches, sore jaw, and poor sleep habits, you might be suffering from bruxism without being aware. Only your dentist can see the telltale symptoms of bruxism and recommend an appropriate treatment. Common causes of bruxism can include:

  • Stress
  • Medication 
  • Health conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease 
  • Drug use 


Saskatoon, sensitive teeth can be mediated with good oral care habits.
 

If you suffer from sensitive teeth, schedule an appointment––regular dental visits are the best method for prevention and care. Visiting your dentist twice annually can help alleviate the pain of sensitive teeth and prevent further damage. Regular cleanings and fluoride treatments can bolster the strength of your enamel and help maintain your oral health. Schedule your appointment today and take control of your sensitive teeth. 

Awesome Dental Tips That Moms Need to Know

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There are so many reasons as to why you should keep your family’s teeth and gums as healthy as possible:

 

*Maintaining their sparkling smiles.

*Avoiding toothaches and discomfort.

*Being able to chew for good nutrition.

*Avoiding gum disease and other serious problems.

 

Don’t worry! The great news is that there are simple ways on how you can keep your family’s (and even your own) teeth and gums strong and healthy from childhood to old age! Here they are:

 

#01. It’s never too early to start. One in four young children can develop signs of tooth decay way before they even start school. By the time your kid reaches the ages of 12 to 15, you can expect that half of the children his or her age have cavities. Dental care should actually begin as soon as your child’s first tooth appears – usually around six months after birth. When dealing with babies, their teeth can be wiped clean with a damp cloth or a very soft brush. When your child turns two years old, then you can let him or her have a turn brushing for themselves; just be sure to still follow up and supervise them.

 

#02. Seal off any trouble. Permanent molars come in when your child turns six years old. Thin protective coatings may be applied to the chewing surfaces of your child’s back teeth to prevent tooth decay in the pits and fissures. Sealants are known for reducing caries significantly. For more questions about this dental tip, do not hesitate to set up an appointment with one of our dentists today!

 

#03. Use the right amount of fluoride. Fluoride is known for strengthening enamel, making it less likely to decay. Some people even drink fluoridated water. There are also kinds of toothpaste and mouthwash that contain fluoride. Just be careful, though – you do not want to use too much fluoride! It should be used sparingly in young children – not more than a pea-sized dab on their toothbrushes. Too much fluoride can cause white spots on the teeth – you do not want that either. It is a rare occurrence though that we actually see this. As such, this can be an important additive to tooth care to prevent the other end of the spectrum of soft spots or decay which we see routinely. Happy medium!

 

#04. Brush teeth twice a day and floss daily. Tooth decay and gum disease continue to be big problems and not just for older people! Three-quarters of teenagers, according to a study, have gums that bleed.

 

#05. Block blows to the teeth. Sports and other recreational activities are great for building healthy bodies, but they can also pose a great threat to the teeth. Most school teams require kids nowadays to wear mouth guards. However, unsupervised recreational activities such as rollerblading and skateboarding can still result in injuries. Have one of our dentists create a custom-fitted mouth guard for your kids.

 

These are just some of the great dental tips that moms should know! For more expert dental advice, do not hesitate to give us a call today and set up an appointment with one of our trusted dentists!

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