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1/8/2018 12:00:46 PM

Your dental health is an important part of your overall wellness, and the New Year is a great time to create resolutions for improving your health. Many people have dental health resolutions that range from improving their toothbrushing habits to completing delayed dental treatment. Understanding the benefits of your particular resolutions can be motivating and rewarding. Whatever your goals might be, it is important to take small steps to achieve them. Consistency is key with any resolution that you make.

Improving Toothbrushing and Flossing Habits

Perhaps you would like to improve your oral health. Daily toothbrushing and flossing is a sure and simple way to improve your oral health. For successful bacterial plaque removal, it is important to brush at least twice a day using an appropriately sized, soft-bristle, manual or electric toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste. When you brush your teeth, gently position the toothbrush bristles at a 45-degree angle toward the gumline and move the toothbrush across the teeth to effectively remove bacterial plaque. It is also important to floss at least once per day to remove bacterial plaque and food that has accumulated throughout the day. Your toothbrush should be replaced every 3 to 4 months, as well as after you have a cold or flu or if the bristles are frayed. Daily toothbrushing and flossing help to prevent gingivitis (gum disease), tooth decay and halitosis (bad breath). The daily use of antimicrobial and fluoride mouthrinses also helps to improve your oral health.

Healthier Food and Beverage Choices

An important part of achieving your dental health resolutions is making healthier food and beverage choices, especially for snacks. Frequent consumption of food and beverages containing carbohydrates and acids contributes to tooth decay, so it is important to brush after snacking. Using a Xylitol-containing gum or lozenge after a meal will also help to neutralize acids and reduce cavity-causing bacteria and plaque buildup.

Improving Your Smile

There are several smile-improving techniques that you can use while you brush and floss. In recent years, tooth whitening has acquired enormous popularity. It enhances the appearance of teeth by removing deep (intrinsic) or surface (extrinsic) stains. There are a number of tooth whitening products that can be purchased over-the-counter (OTC) for at-home use, administered by a dentist at the dental office or dispensed by a dentist for at-home use. Tooth whitening products are typically categorized into two major groups: Whitening toothpastes (dentifrices) and peroxide-containing bleaching agents. The following are different types of tooth whitening methods:

  •  Whitening toothpaste.
  •  Professionally applied bleaching products.
  •  Peroxide-containing bleaching agents.
  •  Dentist-dispensed and OTC home-use products.

Braces

Your New Year’s resolution may be to finally correct an abnormal bite caused by an injury, thumb sucking, tooth crowding or crooked teeth. Correcting any of these problems with braces not only enhances the look of your smile but also, and most importantly, improves your oral health. There are several options for straightening your teeth. Which orthodontic method you choose depends upon your preference and the types of appliances offered by your dentist or orthodontist.

Restorative Dentistry

The New Year may be the right time to start or complete deferred restorative dental work, such as crowns, implants or fillings. Completing these types of procedures will help you to preserve the tooth structure and to maintain proper tooth alignment, which could ultimately improve your oral health.

Quit Using Tobacco Products

Quitting cigarette smoking and smokeless tobacco use is important for improving your oral and overall health. There is no better time than the present to make a resolution to stop tobacco use. Consider free online tools, smoking cessation groups, progress-tracking apps and support from friends and family to assist you with tobacco cessation.

Routine Dental Visits

A resolution to make routine visits to the dentist may help prevent oral disease or reveal an existing disease in its early stage. Dental visits should take place every 6 months to allow your dentist and dental hygienists to monitor the condition of your oral cavity and develop an appropriate treatment plan to meet your wants and needs. Your dentist can refer you to a specialist for a treatment that is beyond the scope of his practice.

If you’re concerned your dental health, Meadowvale Dental can help. We provide general family dentistry as well as cosmetic enhancements and restorative procedures. Contact us today at (905) 826-5900 and make an appointment.

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Source:  https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/life-stages/adult-oral-care/a-new-years-you-dental-health-resolutions-0114



12/13/2017 8:00:52 AM

Missing teeth is a fact of life for many Americans. More than half will lose a tooth due to accidents or decay by the time they are 50, according to a Huffington Post Article. Dental implants are a great solution for people who are missing one tooth or many, as they permanently these teeth, restoring function and beauty to your smile. In fact, dental implants can replace dentures to make your smile healthy and whole again.

Benefits of Dental Implants

There are many solutions to replacing missing teeth — dentures, crowns, and bridges can all get the job done. The biggest benefit of dental implants is how long they last. With proper care, dental implants can last more than 25 years, potentially outlasting other options. Here are some other benefits of dental implants.

Dental implants supply strength to the underlying bone – If your jawbone is no longer supporting the framework of teeth, it will begin to deteriorate. Decreased bone mass can lead to sunken cheeks that make you look older than you actually are. Because implants are attached to the jawbone, they help stimulate continued bone strength.

Implants help maintain your natural smile –Dental implants look and act just like your natural teeth. When implants are combined with custom restorations, they are nearly indistinguishable from your real teeth.

Dental implants are fixed in place – While dentures have a tendency to move around when you talk or eat, this will never happen with dental implants. They are made from titanium, a material that bonds to bone through natural processes, producing a reliable and fixed foundation.

You can eat what you like – Oftentimes patients with dentures and bridges have to give up some of their favorite foods because there is a danger of them getting stuck between their gums and teeth. With dental implants, there are very few dietary restrictions, and you can brush and floss as you would with normal teeth.

Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

While dental implants will work for most people, candidacy is dependent on a patient’s oral health and the quality of the bones and gums that will support the implants.

Periodontal disease – If you have signs of gum disease, you should have it treated before receiving dental implants.

Weak or deteriorating jawbone – Because the jawbone supports the dental framework, it’s important that it is strong and healthy. Some patients need bone grafts to strengthen thinner bone areas before receiving implants.

Thinking About Implants? Call Meadowvale Dental Centre

If you are considering restoring your smile with dental implants, we’d love to work with you. Contact Meadowvale Dental Center at (905) 826-5900 to schedule an implant consultation. We will work with you to develop a treatment plan based on your individual needs. Our goal is to help all of our patients achieve healthy, vibrant smiles that will last a lifetime.



12/4/2017 1:00:22 PM


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With Holidays just around the corner, everyone is ready and geared up for the festivities to get underway. Mince pies, champagne, selection boxes and umpteen bags of sweets will no doubt make their way into our festive diets. It’s a thoroughly enjoyable time of year, but spare a thought for your teeth.

Constant snacking, drinking and eating of sugary foods and drinks over Christmas can make the holiday period a miserable time for teeth. The indulgences and tempting treats on Christmas Day and Boxing Day in particular means that teeth are going to be in harm’s way for over the 48 hours over the festive period.

Some traditional Christmas foods like Cranberries, the perfect accompaniment for your Turkey, are scientifically proven to be beneficial to overall health, and scientists have also shown they may have the capacity to help prevent both gum disease and tooth decay. However, moderation is important as cranberries are acidic and it is a good idea not to have them too often.

That means it is important to be extra vigilant with your oral health over the Christmas period. Remember, teeth are under attack for up to one hour after eating or drinking, and if you think about how much is consumed, and how often, particularly over Christmas and Boxing Day, your teeth don’t really get the chance to recover.

So please forgive the Foundation Grinch, but to make sure your teeth don’t suffer the festive blues, here are five ways to look after them this Christmas and New Year.

1.Beware of the mince pies, Christmas cake and pudding

Mince pies, Christmas cake and Christmas pudding may satisfy millions of people after a traditional Christmas dinner, but one thing they do not satisfy is your teeth. They are all laden with dried fruit, which is high in sugar. These kinds of foods stick to teeth and can cause the most damage, particularly if we’re gorging on them throughout Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

2.Don’t ditch the routine

The worst thing you can do is wrap up your oral hygiene routine on Christmas Eve for a few days. Teeth take a bit of a hammering, what with all of the chocolates, sugary foods and drinks and the alcohol consumed over the festive period. Christmas morning might be an exciting time for children, but if you’re a parent make them wait a little longer – it’s only two minutes after all! If a post-Christmas snooze on the sofa is more your thing, then do remember to brush your teeth before you head to bed.

3.Say cheese!

Cheese is great for teeth. It helps to return the mouth to its natural acid balance and help reduce the chances of developing tooth decay. That’s why cheeseboards after the main meal are a great idea. Even a little piece of cheese can have the same effect. The same can be said for sugar-free chewing gum (although it may not be great table etiquette!).

4.Use the bottle opener

We can all confess to attempting to open a bottle of beer with our teeth at some point in our lives. Although you can’t legislate for genuine accidents, please remember your teeth aren’t tools. If your party trick is to open a bottle of beer with your teeth, or if you’re always biting open the crisp packet, you’re actually doing your teeth more harm than good.
If you somehow lose a tooth, the important thing to remember is not to panic. Get to the emergency dentist as soon as possible, as with the right care, the tooth could be successfully put back into the socket. Ideally you should try and put it back in straight away, without handling the root.
The best chance of having your tooth successfully put back in is to keep the tooth in the cheek. If this isn’t possible, keep it in some milk until you receive the necessary emergency dental work. The sooner you can do this the better.

5.Moderation

Moderation is definitely the most important thing to remember. In order to ensure you fully enjoy this time of year without having to compromise on what you eat and drink, bear in mind it is not how much sugary food and drink you have, it is how often you have them that causes a perilous situation for oral health. It’s ok to say no to that extra sweet as the tin comes round, or have a glass of milk instead of one last glass of fizz.

 

 

If you’re concerned your dental health, Meadowvale Dental can help. We provide general family dentistry as well as cosmetic enhancements and restorative procedures. Contact us today at (905) 826-5900 and make an appointment.

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11/1/2017 12:00:17 PM

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Did you know that you could actually save hundreds of dollars by using your dental benefits before the end of the year?

 

While some dental insurance plans run on a fiscal year, most run on a calendar year. If your dental insurance plan is on a calendar year, these 5 reasons will show you why you should make a dental appointment now.

 

1. Yearly Maximum

The yearly maximum is the most money that the dental insurance plan will pay for your dental work within one full year. This amount varies by insurance company, but the average is around $1,000 per year, per person. The yearly maximum usually renews every year (on January 1 if your plan is on a calendar year). If you have unused benefits, these will not rollover.

2. Deductible

The deductible is the amount of money that you must pay to your dentist out of pocket before your insurance company will pay for any services. This fee varies from one plan to another and could be higher if you choose an out-of-network dentist. However, the average deductible for a dental insurance plan is usually around $50 per year. Your deductible also starts again when your plan rolls over.

3. Premiums

If you are paying your dental insurance premiums every month, you should be using your benefits. Even if you don’t need any dental treatment, you should always have your regular dental cleanings to help prevent and detect any early signs of cavities, gum disease, oral cancer and other dental problems.

4. Fee Increases

Another reason to use your benefits before the end of the year are possible fee increases. Some dentists raise their rates at the beginning of the year due to the increased cost of living, materials and equipment. A fee increase can also make your copay higher.

5. Dental Problems Can Worsen

By delaying dental treatment, you are risking more extensive and expensive treatment down the road. What may be a simple cavity now, could turn into a root canal later. Call your dentist and schedule an appointment to use those benefits.

 

 

If you’re concerned your dental health, Meadowvale Dental can help. We provide general family dentistry as well as cosmetic enhancements and restorative procedures. Contact us today at (905) 826-5900 and make an appointment.

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10/2/2017 8:00:39 AM

Bad breath: We’ve all dealt with it. You’ve been around people who have it and, like it or not, you have had it yourself. It can be embarrassing and uncomfortable, but how do you know if you have it? There is actually a simple test you can do to see if you have bad breath.

Wash your hands well, then put your finger in your mouth, way in the back. Scrape a little saliva from the back of your tongue, and then dab it on the back of your hand. Wait for one minute, then hold your hand to your nose and sniff. Is it fresh as a daisy? Or do you need to keep reading and learn how to freshen your breath?

How Bad Breath Starts

There are several ways that bad breath starts. Knowing the causes of bad breath is a solid start toward the cure.

  • The bacteria in your mouth: Bacteria is always in your mouth. It covers your gums, hides between your teeth, and hangs out on your tongue. As it multiplies, it produces toxins that cause the foul odor in your mouth.
  • Your bad habits: If you smoke cigarettes, a pipe, or cigars, or chew tobacco, you are not only harming your mouth and body, you are creating some really smelly breath.
  • Your tonsils: If you still have your tonsils, they can be the cause of bad breath. They are pitted, so smelly substances can collect in the pits and lead to bad breath.
  • Stomach issues: A stomach virus, ulcer, GERD, and other stomach issues could be the cause of your bad breath. A low-carb diet can put your body into a state of ketosis, which causes very bad breath.
  • The foods you eat: Garlic, onion, and other pungent foods will linger with you … on your breath.

Tips for Busting Bad Breath

Achieving fresh breath isn’t difficult, but it does require a little work. Try these tips for fresher breath and a healthier mouth.

  • Brush your teeth after every meal. You can also pick up a tongue scraper to use a couple of times a day to remove any lingering bacteria on your tongue.
  • Floss once a day to remove food particles between your teeth as well as plaque. Your mouth will thank you.
  • Gargle with special mouthwash to banish bad breath. The oxygen in it will kill the bacteria in your mouth that is causing your bad breath, and leave you fresh as a daisy!
  • Drink water to avoid dry mouth, which is a common cause of bad breath.
  • Ease your tummy troubles with antacids and other remedies. Ginger tea is a great tummy tamer.
  • Chew gum that contains xylitol. Saliva keeps your mouth moist, and chewing gum makes you salivate. Bye bye, bad breath!
  • Eat yogurt. It contains “good” bacteria that helps balance your gut and gives you a healthier mouth.
  • Soothe your sinuses. Sinus infections can cause you to have bad breath. Actually, it is the post-nasal drip that causes the foul odor. Cure the infection and your breath will improve.
  • Avoid all tobacco products (cigarettes, pipes, cigars, chewing tobacco, and snuff).
  • Eat a healthy diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains.

And don’t forget! Get regular dental checkups at Meadowvale Dental .

If you’re concerned your dental health, Meadowvale Dental can help. We provide general family dentistry as well as cosmetic enhancements and restorative procedures. Contact us today at (905) 826-5900 and make an appointment.

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9/4/2017 8:00:47 AM

An important, but sometimes neglected, part of back to school preparations is a small refresher of the importance of oral hygiene and its effect on overall well-being. When left untreated, dental issues can have a serious impact on your child’s ability to focus and perform to the best of their ability.

Whether your child is elementary or university aged, we’ve got a few tips for how they can cultivate an A+ smile!

Below are four key components to maintaining oral health throughout the hectic school year:

  1. Regular dental examinations: Dental examinations at regular intervals are crucial to diagnosing and treating dental issues. Dentists are able to see the oral health issues that we can’t, and they can take precautions to prevent minor problems from developing into major ones. A deep cleaning at the beginning of the year will also help your child start the school year off on the right foot!
  2. Regular brushing and flossing: We all know the importance of brushing after each meal and flossing at least twice a day. With the hustle and bustle during the academic year, these things are sometimes neglected. When purchasing back to school supplies, picking up a small travel dental kit will both facilitate and encourage regular brushing. But remember, brushes should be changed every three months or immediately after an illness.
  3. Healthy lunches free from excess sugar: Healthy meals and snacks are a key part of promoting the health of teeth and gums. Foods rich in calcium are important to the development of teeth and bones, especially if your children are young and their smiles are just developing. Sugary snacks, although a big hit with kids, can encourage the production of harmful bacteria and cause tooth decay. Try to limit the consumption of sweet snacks by replacing them with tasty and healthy alternatives (like the ones in our newsletter!).
  4. Mouth guard, if participating in organized sports: Whenever there is a possibility of contact either with other competitors or any immovable objects, we highly recommend the use of a mouth guard to ensure that your child’s smile is protected. Although there are many over the counter options available, for the highest level of protection we recommend a custom-fitted mouth guard that is made specifically for your child’s smile.

If you’re concerned your dental health, Meadowvale Dental can help. We provide general family dentistry as well as cosmetic enhancements and restorative procedures. Contact us today at (905) 826-5900 and make an appointment.

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8/7/2017 12:00:28 PM

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Why you may need a Dental Crown

Dental crowns are a very common treatment, and crowns are used to address several oral health issues. Our team of dentists and any of our three locations can help you figure out the best treatment options to suit your needs, and we can make the process of getting a dental crown easy!

Why get a Dental Crown?

Dental crowns, in many cases, are the best way to prolong the life of a damaged tooth. Here’s some of the reasons that your dentist may recommend a crown:

Broken tooth: If you have broken a tooth from an injury, that tooth may need to be protected with a crown. This depends on the severity of the break, and your dentist can help you make the right choice for your needs.
Severe cavity: In some cases, a cavity may be still be used as the treatment to remove decay from your tooth, but if the opening from the decay is too large, your dentist may place a crown to ensure that the tooth is stable enough to be used like normal.
Root canals: In the case of severe tooth decay, a dental crown is often the last step. Similar to just a severe cavity, your tooth needs stability and protection after your nerves and the decay have been removed.
Bridges: If you are getting a dental bridge to replace a missing tooth, dental crowns may be used to hold the bridge in place. Dental crowns are often placed on each surrounding tooth to hold the bridge over the missing tooth space.

Dental crowns can be made from several materials, including full metal, Zirconia, porcelain and metal together, or full porcelain. Porcelain is one of the most popular choices today as it is one of the strongest and most durable options, and because it looks very much like a natural tooth!

If you have any questions, or if you think you might need dental crowns, don’t hesitate to contact our office today for more information. We look forward to helping you get the smile you’ve always wanted!

If you’re concerned your dental health, Meadowvale Dental can help. We provide general family dentistry as well as cosmetic enhancements and restorative procedures. Contact us today at (905) 826-5900 and make an appointment.

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7/12/2017 8:00:02 AM

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A great outdoor meal with family or friends is always a welcome way to celebrate the beginning of summer, but did you know that some of your favorite seasonal foods may be hurting your smile? Here are a few popular picnic foods that are good for your teeth to help you plan for your next picnic.

Things to include on your picnic shopping list:

  • Watermelon is not just a healthy summer side dish; it can also trigger the natural cleansing mechanisms in your mouth. Since it’s 93% water, your saliva glands will be stimulated and able to clean more proficiently. Other fruits that are high in Vitamin C, such as berries, oranges and kiwi, are great options as well.
  • Cheese is low in sugar and acid, but has a surplus of calcium to help strengthen teeth. It’s a feel-good food that makes everyone a little happier to “say cheese.”
  • Celery and other raw vegetables high in Vitamin A are fibrous and are good for your teeth. But not many veggies go the extra mile like celery to break down into smaller strands that help keep your mouth clean.
  • Yogurt is a popular refrigerator item for many people, but some neglect it. This summer, it’s time to refresh this simple treat. It may require you to bring a picnic cooler, but it’s worth it for the calcium and phosphates that will help to “remineralize” your teeth.
  • Water is necessary to hydrate on a hot summer day, but tap water and bottled water that contain fluoride will make your dentist happy as well because fluoride helps to neutralize the acids that tear away your tooth’s enamel. In addition to strengthening your teeth, water will rinse any residue away. If you don’t want to splurge on bottled water, the tap water containing fluoride will do the trick! The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research states that 67% of the United States population consuming tap water is drinking water with fluoride levels that are good for your teeth.

Things to skip on your shopping list:

  • Dried fruit can be a healthy snack, but when it comes to your teeth, try to avoid stickier selections. Dried, sticky fruits can get stuck to teeth, increasing the potential risk for decay.
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly can fill everyone’s occasional craving, especially when packing for a day in the sun, but it’s a cavity culprit because you’re mixing sticky peanut butter with sugary jelly. The sticky sugars also glue together two slices of starch-filled bread, which famously gets trapped in the nooks and crannies of your pearly whites when eaten.
  • Soda – both the diet and regular kinds – wears away the enamel of your teeth and makes your teeth more susceptible to cavities and tooth decay. Skip the soda and stick to an ice cold glass of water.
  • Barbecue sauce is a sticky and sugary concoction that can cause problems if it is exposed to the surface of your teeth for an extended period. Make sure to rinse your mouth thoroughly to wipe away any residue.
  • Popcorn pieces between teeth could cause an internal temper tantrum for any mouth cavity. When you pack popcorn snacks, be sure to brush and floss, even when you don’t immediately realize that chunks may be stuck between your teeth.

With proper care and intake in moderation, there is no need to worry. You don’t need to skip the above items every time you enjoy a picnic. When deciding to eat these items, try to keep oral health in the back of your mind.  Rinse your mouth immediately following consumption to clear the residue, and brush and floss as soon as possible.
Enjoy the summer! Let’s keep the corners of your mouth confidently pointed upward all summer long.

If you’re concerned your dental health, Meadowvale Dental can help. We provide general family dentistry as well as cosmetic enhancements and restorative procedures. Contact us today at (905) 826-5900 and make an appointment.

Visit http://www.meadowvaledental.com for more information

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RESOURCES:
http://www.tomsriverdentalcare.com/summer-foods-can-harm-your-teeth/
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/17/foods-teeth_n_1282404.html
http://www.mountainsidedentistry.com/best-summer-time-foods-for-your-teeth/



6/14/2017 5:09:54 PM

Dental fear is the fear of dentistry and of receiving dental care.   If that’s you, we’ve got some top tips to get you back in the dentist’s chair

Does the thought of going to the dentist give you anxiety? We want all our patients to feel as relaxed as possible. That’s why we’ve put together 10 tips and facts to take the fear out of your visit.

  1. You’re not alone!

Did you know one in four people have a fear of the dentist? Often, our fears are much scarier than the reality. We want to fix your pain, not cause it, which is why we invest in the best technology for a more pleasant patient experience. You can rest assured that you’ll feel much better after you leave than before you came in.

  1. Improving your smile, not ruining it

Unlike the gung-ho dentists of the past, we specialize in minimally invasive dentistry to ensure we don’t do more work than is necessary so you shouldn’t suffer from persistent problems. Remember that dental procedures have greatly improved in the past few years. Modern dentistry offers new methods and treatment options to make you feel comfortable.

  1. Talk it through with us

Your dentist can explain the entire procedure to you beforehand, as well as walk you through step-by-step while the procedure is being performed. You always have the right to fully understand the work being done on your teeth. Letting us know you have dental anxieties means we can make your visit as comfortable as possible and even talk through anesthesia options with you.

  1. First times aren’t so bad

Unless you’re in a lot of pain and need emergency treatment, your first visit will simply be a check-up of your teeth, gums and jaws. If you do need a little work, we’ll discuss it with you, answer all your questions and invite you back another day.

  1. Come for a clean

Visit the dentist regularly to prevent problems. For fearful patients, just going for a check up can be nerve-wracking, but the more you go to the dentist for routine cleanings, the more likely you are to avoid larger problems that result in extensive procedures. Why not book a cleaning with one of our friendly hygienists first?

  1. Stress relief

Breathe deeply and try to relax. Some dentists recommend practicing relaxation techniques before and during the appointment. Other dentists find that listening to music, or scheduling an appointment first thing in the morning, before the stresses of the day add up, also help patients to relax. Taking a few minutes to do this before your appointment can help balance your mind and settle your nerves.

  1. Go early

Book an early morning appointment so you have less time to get worked up during the day.

  1. Agree on a Signal

If you’re concerned about pain, devise a signal with your dentist so they know when to stop. Then they can give you a break if you need one and address any worries.

  1. Invite a friend

Does your fear make you feel alone or trapped? Bringing a friend or family member can give you the emotional support you need.

  1. Get support

    When your fear of the dentist interferes with your life or stems from a generalized anxiety or medical disorder, speak to your GP. They can signpost you to counselling or other support services to help you tackle those stresses.

 

If you’re concerned your dental health, Meadowvale Dental can help. We provide general family dentistry as well as cosmetic enhancements and restorative procedures. Contact us today at (905) 826-5900 and make an appointment.

Visit http://www.meadowvaledental.com for more information

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5/8/2017 3:04:21 PM

Ever wonder why your breath smells after a night of sleep? Learn the common causes of halitosis and how you can best combat that sour morning mouth.

Does this sound familiar? You wake up in the morning and quickly cover your mouth with your hand so your partner doesn’t get a whiff of your bad breath. Morning breath, halitosis — whatever you call it, it can be unpleasant and it probably isn’t the way you want to greet your partner, or the day.

“Everyone has morning breath to some degree,” says Sally J. Cram, DDS, a periodontist in the Washington, D.C., area and a consumer adviser for the American Dental Association. Here’s the simple reason why: When you sleep, your mouth dries out. When your mouth dries out, odor-producing bacteria proliferate. “When you sleep, your normal flow of saliva decreases,” Dr. Cram explains. “That’s why your breath can be worse in the morning.”

If you snore or breathe through your mouth at night, you’re more likely to have bad breath in the morning than those who don’t, she adds. In both situations, your mouth is even more prone to drying out, setting the stage for bacteria to grow.

Other Causes of Bad Breath

Some medications can cause your mouth to become dry overnight, worsening your halitosis. That’s why older people, who are often on many medications, frequently find their breath more unpleasant in the morning.

Smokers also may find they have bad morning breath. Smoking not only causes your saliva — your natural mouth rinse — to dry up but also can raise the temperature of your mouth, making it a breeding ground for that dreaded bacteria that causes bad breath. Add this to your list of reasons to quit smoking.

Allergies, too, can lead to bad breath. The mucus that drips down the back of your throat becomes a food source for bacteria. Should your postnasal drip become infected, it can put more odor-causing bacteria in your mouth.

How to Treat Bad Breath

If you’re one of the 65 percent of Americans with halitosis, there’s good news: Bad breath is treatable.

Brush. Odor-causing bacteria accumulate between your teeth and on your tongue, so practicing good dental hygiene will do a lot to improve your morning breath.

When you brush, be sure to do so for at least two minutes, not the 35 or 40 seconds that many people do.

After you brush, go directly to bed! “Don’t eat or drink anything so you’re not leaving food in your mouth,” Cram says.

Also, when you brush your teeth, brush your tongue too. Another favorite repository for odor-causing bacteria is the back of your tongue. You’ll notice your breath is fresher in the morning if you brush your tongue before you go to bed.

“Eighty-five percent of bad breath comes from the tongue,” says New York dentist Irwin Smigel, DDS, the president and founder of the American Society for Dental Aesthetics. “It really helps tremendously to use a tongue cleanser before you go to sleep, or anytime during the day.”

Floss. Brushing alone won’t remove the food particles that can become stuck between your teeth and gums. “Flossing is as important as brushing,” says Kimberly Harms, DDS, a dentist in Farmington, Minn., and a spokeswoman for the American Dental Association.

Rinse. Mouthwash will get rid of the odor but only temporarily. Cram suggests that when you are buying mouthwash to kill the germs that can cause bad breath, you look for one that has a seal of approval from the American Dental Association.

A quick swish won’t do it. If the directions say rinse for 30 seconds, then rinse for 30 seconds. “The mouth rinse has to be in there long enough to kill the bacteria,” Dr. Harms advises. “Rinse for five to ten seconds, you’re not getting the full effect. The trick is you have to follow directions.”

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