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8/1/2018 11:30:34 AM

The quality of your breath is a social faux-pas that can ruin just about any good party. Rest assured, though, as quickly as bad breath can ruin a good night out, correcting it can be just as simple.

 

Aside from your regularly scheduled cleaning, which keeps tartar, gum disease, and bad breath in check, try a few of these measures to make sure you’re the center of conversation at the party, not your breath:

Replace your toothbrush at least every three months

If you’re not replacing your toothbrush every few months you’re robbing your oral care routine of the best tool in its arsenal.

An old toothbrush is an ineffective toothbrush, and it will hamper your efforts to remove plaque and food debris from your teeth. Both attract and generate bacteria that cause bad breath, so toss the old and bring in the new.

Floss

This one is simple, and everyone knows it’s important. Still, it’s the first thing we stop doing after a thorough cleaning at the dentist’s office. The only real way to stick with flossing is to make it easy.

Start by having your floss in plain sight, so each time you visit the bathroom, it will register in your mind that you’ve got to floss. Don’t place it in the cabinet – stick it right on the countertop. Believe it or not, our subconscious mind is phenomenal at convincing us when we need to create a good habit, or end a bad one.

Try a tongue scraper

There are many versions of scrapers on the market, and they’re super cheap. Find one you like and use it once a night.

Even after what you think is a thorough cleaning, you’ll be amazed how much debris a tongue scraper removes from your tongue. Less debris and bacteria means fresher breath. Try it!

Stay hydrated

Drinking water throughout the day promotes saliva production, and is your mouth’s natural defense against the germs that cause bad breath.

If you ignore the other tips here, drinking water will at least help a little bit. Besides, being well-hydrated does a world of good for your body.

Cover it up in a pinch

If your mom ever told you to eat the parsley on your plate when dining out, maybe she was actually trying to tell you your breath needed some freshening!

Parsley appears to have antibacterial and antifungal properties which can help keep your mouth clean. Yogurt and celery also work in a similar fashion, and sugar free gum with Xylitol can also help to promote salivation without adding sugar into the mix.

So, that’s it. A few simple things that can help you maintain fresh breath and remain welcome at every gathering you would like to attend.

 

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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7/16/2018 11:30:23 AM

Summer is the season of relaxation, excitement, and indulgence. With so much of joy, and enthusiasm we often ignore our dental health. Summer heat compels us to drink cold beverages, and eat ice creams, both of which are detrimental to our dental health.

The following dental tips will help you care for your dental health, without refraining from your favorite summer delicacies.

 

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  1. Stay Hydrated

Summer deprives our body of water, making us feel dehydrated time and again. You must stay hydrated by drinking a lot of water, and other fluids, such as, coconut water, and fresh juices.

However, avoid aerated and other sugar laden drinks as they harm your teeth. Staying hydrated keeps tooth decay at bay, and also protects your gum tissues, and skin.

 

  1. Don’t let your mouth go dry

Dehydration, or dry mouth can cause plague accumulation, tooth decay, and halitosis / bad breath. These can lead to dental cavities and gum diseases.

Thus, to avoid the same, you must keep sipping water to not let your mouth go dry.

 

  1. Brush twice a day

Summer and sweet tooth go hand-in-hand, but high volumes of sugars can cause cavities and commence the process of tooth decay. Avoiding ice creams and cold drinks in summer seems next to impossible, and thus, you must follow a strict oral care routine.

Make sure that you brush your teeth right after swimming, to avoid erosion and weakening of the teeth, due to high levels of chlorine in the pools.

Brushing twice a day, for two minutes, will help keep the dental problems at bay.

 

  1. Use mouth guards to prevent dental emergencies

Summer calls for a lot of sports activities, which may lead to sudden accidents. Though, we cannot stop the accidents, we can definitely prevent the damage. Whether it’s you or your kid, wearing a mouth guard during your sports activities can protect your teeth.

Wearing a mouth guard ensures that your teeth do not crack, chip or damage your lips, cheeks and gums in the event of an accident.

 

  1. Snack healthy

With the kids being home all the day, they would probably want to snack more often. Undoubtedly, the best summer snack is a fresh fruit. Apart from this you can stock your kitchen with protein rich food, along with nuts and cheese.

Keeping these instead of the unhealthier options will force your kids to snack healthy throughout the summer.

 

  1. Go for a dental check up

Summer is a perfect time for dental checkups. Getting your / your kid’s teeth cleaned, and oral health checked at the start of summer ensures that you / your kid have no dental problems all through summer.

After all, the last thing you would want is waste the perfect summer holidays for you / your kid due to dental problems.

Now that you’re summer ready, go make the most of this splendid season.

Take precautions, as we all know, ‘Prevention is better than cure.’

 

Contact us today at (905) 826-5900 and make an appointment.

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6/15/2018 11:30:42 AM

Dads & Superheroes: What do they have in common?

We love superheroes. They have special powers and exciting lives, and they’re always working to keep people safe.

Dads, you’re like superheroes to your kids. They look up to you and want to be just like you, and as a dad, you do everything you can to keep your loved ones healthy and safe.

For all of our superhero dads on Father’s Day (June 17th), we put together this list of fun ways to help your kids have healthy smiles:

 

Give your kids healthy foods and snacks. Raw vegetables and fruit will help clean your child’s teeth throughout the day. A well-balanced diet in what you eat and drink will help keep not just your kids’ teeth but their whole bodies healthy.

Show your kids that you have fun while taking care of your teeth. Your kids love to do what you do. Help them have fun brushing after meals, and check out this activity sheet about flossing every day.

Stay away from sticky, sugary sweets.Sticky, sweet, and chewy foods can stick to teeth, and can cause cavities. They’re also hard to wash away. If you give sugary sweets, give them right after a healthy meal.

Avoid too many juices or sodas. Give your kids water instead. Water doesn’t hurt teeth and help wash away food that might be stuck on their teeth.

Sing a fun song or make silly noises while youre brushing. You can play a song – and keep time while you and your kids brush.

Make visits to the dentist fun. You can turn it into a game by having a “pretend” visit with your kids at home. You can practice dental cleanings with their toys or dolls, read books about going to the dentist, or use a tooth brush to count teeth.

Happy Father’s Day to all of our Super Dads! Thank you for everything you do to help your families have happy, healthy smiles.

 

 

Contact us today at (905) 826-5900 and make an appointment.

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5/16/2018 7:24:17 PM

Teaching good oral health habits to children is a gift parents can give that will provide a lifetime of bright smiles. Sharing good attitudes on preventive dental care with your children will help keep teeth healthy and prevent costly dental procedures in the future. Young people benefit when their first impressions of daily cleanings and routine exams are positive and enjoyable.

The Canadian Dental Association recommends that children first see a dentist at age one. This is advantageous for several reasons. First, parents and children can begin a relationship of trust in their dentist. Dentists are allies to parents, and they partner with them to keep children’s mouth’s healthy. Anxiety can also be reduced when young patients do not perceive discomfort in their parents when they are at the dentist office together.

Early dental visits also give the dentist the chance to make sure there are no oral health issues that could cause developmental problems. Thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, and tongue and lip tie can all impact speech and permanent teeth. Identifying them early allows for preventive intervention that can help children develop normally.

The earliest visits also begin with education on how parents can keep the mouth clean. Even baby gums benefit from cleaning with a soft piece of gauze to protect erupting teeth. Baby bottle decay is a common problem that doctors can treat to ensure baby teeth remain healthy until permanent teeth emerge.

There are many ways parents can make dental care at home and at the dentist office more enjoyable. Reading picture books on dentistry can be fun, and singing songs or listening to music while brushing is helpful. There are many toothbrushes styled with cartoon characters or twinkling lights that make daily oral health care more interesting, and most dentists offer rewards or toys in their offices. Older children may find learning about the science of bacteria and its effect on teeth fascinating.

The exams and cleanings of older children are very similar to adult dental visits. Sometimes dentists treat children’s teeth with sealants, which is a clear varnish that protects the deep grooves and ridges in teeth from decay. Extensive decay may require a pulpotomy, where the pulp is removed, and a protective cap is placed over the tooth.

As permanent teeth erupt, the dentist will also be checking to see if young patients need orthodontic treatment. Early orthodontic treatment can help teeth that struggle to descend, and expand palates to make room for permanent teeth.

To give you children a great start in the early care of their teeth, call Meadowvale Dental today and schedule a comprehensive exam for you and your whole family.



5/16/2018 7:21:29 PM

Bacteria are the culprit behind two of the biggest threats to people’s health: tooth decay and gum disease. Both conditions can lead to tooth loss, so it is very important to routinely care for your teeth with good daily oral healthcare and regular visits to the dentist. When harmful bacteria cause advanced tooth decay and gum disease, dentists may need to save the tooth with root canal therapy or gum surgery. Both treatments can save teeth that might otherwise be lost forever.

Saving Teeth with Root Canal Therapy

Minor tooth decay is easily treated with fillings, but if the decay permeates the enamel and dentin and infects the inner chamber, or pulp, of a tooth, usually the only way to save the tooth is with root canal therapy. The pulp contains many nerves and when bacteria are present, it sends painful signals to the brain. People experience this as a toothache.

Toothaches need immediate attention because if the infection grows, it can create abscesses that endanger other teeth. Bacteria can also circulate into the bloodstream and cause infections to other vital organs in the body.

Many imagine root canal therapy to be painful, but many people sleep through the treatment, and it is intended to eliminate pain, not cause it. The dentist accesses the pulp through a small opening in the top of the crown, and using small dental files, he or she removes the infected inner chamber. The tooth is then filled with a preserving substance, and a natural and beautiful crown is placed over the tooth. Porcelain crowns are durable, and they protect the tooth. Crowns also allow individuals to continuing using the tooth, biting and chewing normally.

Keeping Gums Bacteria Free with Professional Dental Care

We all have bacteria on our teeth and in our gums. Occasionally, we may experience bleeding or swelling in gums that goes away after a thorough brushing or a professional cleaning. Early stages of gum disease, known as gingivitis, are reversible.

Bacteria pool into a substance called plaque which is dangerous because its stickiness allows the bacteria to remain in the gums. The body tries to fight bacterial infections by sending extra blood and widening blood vessel. The result is inflammation that causes red, swollen and bleeding gums.

Plaque left on teeth calcifies into a hard substance called tartar, which builds up on teeth and can only be removed with professional tools. Removal of tartar is call tooth scaling, and this process is very important. Untreated, tartar creates an obstruction that a toothbrush and floss cannot pass through. Tartar also provides shelter to bacteria.

If tartar is not removed, then deep pockets of bacteria form in the gums that damage tooth roots and cause bone loss. The result is periodontitis, an advanced form of gum disease, where loose teeth and potential tooth loss are a serious threat.

Dentists scale off tartar, and perform a procedure called root planing, which meticulously cleans the tooth root and smooths it, so the gums can reattach and securely anchor the tooth. If gum disease is very advanced then there are several surgical procedures the dentist may need to perform to remove bacteria and restore health.

If you are facing serious dental issues like toothaches or gum disease call Meadowvale Dental today. We can work together to keep your mouth healthy and beautiful.



5/12/2018 12:00:27 PM

7 Dental Health Tips For Travel

With warm weather around the corner travel plans fly into motion!

It can be easy to neglect your oral hygiene habits when travelling; after all, you’re away from home and out of your normal routine. With a little advance planning, you can avoid taking a vacation from your dental health during your holiday travels!

1. Schedule your cleaning and checkup with your Dentist at Meadowvale Dental prior to planned travel to ensure any problems are identified and treated before you leave. Call us at (905) 826-5900 to book your appointment!

 

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2. Remember to pack your toothbrush, floss, and mouthwash. 

If you wear a night guard, pack that too!

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3. Use a protective cover for your toothbrush that has holes for ventilation.

4. If traveling by air, keep your toothbrush and floss handy in your personal item for easy access during the flight.

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5. During long flights, drink plenty of water, avoid sticky snacks, and chew sugar-free gum.

6. When you arrive at your destination, take your toothbrush out of its cover – a wet toothbrush can breed bacteria. Allow your toothbrush to dry thoroughly before covering it again.

7. If the water isn’t safe to drink where you’re vacationing, it’s not safe for brushing either! Use bottled water instead.

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Emergencies happen! Here are a few preventive tips to help avoid a dental disaster:

• Avoid chewing ice, hard candies, or other foods 
that could chip or crack your teeth.

• Pack an over-the-counter pain medicine, such as ibuprofen, 
in case of a toothache.

• Double-check your dental insurance to be aware of what’s covered 
while travelling in other provinces or countries.

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When travelling abroad, it’s especially important to find a trusted professional if you need emergency dental care. Many countries have dental associations that can refer you to a dentist locally, if needed. If you have a travel insurance policy, contact the insurance company to find a qualified dentist near you.

If you experience severe tooth pain or trauma while travelling, feel free to call our office at (905) 826-5900 to discuss your symptoms. We can help you determine if it’s urgent to see a dentist right away or if you can wait until you return home to seek treatment.

Have Safe Travels!



4/2/2018 12:00:36 PM

Everyone knows the pain and discomfort toothaches can cause, but did you know toothaches are often a warning sign of a more serious oral issue? In many cases, tooth pain can simply be a result of a cavity. Though cavities should be addressed promptly, that could be the least of your problems when a toothache arises. There are numerous causes of tooth pain, and many require immediate attention to prevent the problem from worsening.

If you’ve been experiencing dental pain, you should contact Meadowvale Dental, we know the importance of addressing toothaches as they arise. The dentists here at Meadowvale Dental care about their patients, and oral health is their first concern. Take a moment to learn more about tooth pain, what causes it, and how you can prevent it. We’re happy to fill you in!

Potential Causes of Toothaches

There’s a variety of potential causes of tooth pain, and some are much more serious than the next. It’s always important to consult with a dentist when tooth pain presents itself, as some causes could require immediate attention. Take a look at some common causes:

  • Chipped or cracked tooth
  • Tooth decay
  • Infected root of tooth (abscessed tooth)
  • Grinding teeth (bruxism)
  • Infected gums
  • Damaged filling

Common Symptoms to Look For

Though toothaches are often easily noticed, as they are painful and discomforting, many patients ignore the pain, thinking it could be temporary. However, any tooth pain should be concerning. If ignored, the cause of pain can worsen and require more invasive treatments to solve the problem. Below is a list of symptoms you should look for:

  • Constant throbbing pain
  • Tooth pain from applied pressure
  • Swollen and painful gums
  • Foul taste in mouth
  • Headache

Toothaches can sometimes lead to tooth loss, not to mention costly treatments for other severe cases. Of course, there are plenty of ways you can help prevent toothaches from occurring.

How Tooth Pain Can Be Prevented

Most often, toothaches are caused by decay, which means they can usually be prevented. To prevent tooth pain, you should maintain a thorough oral hygiene routine, consisting of brushing twice a day (and even between meals) as well as flossing each day. To further protect your teeth, you can use fluoride toothpaste and, of course, Meadowvale Dental can help.

 

Contact us today at (905) 826-5900 and make an appointment.

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

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3/5/2018 1:00:45 PM

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So a dentist or someone else said that you need a nightguard. Or you think you might be grind-ing or clenching your teeth while you sleep, and you’ve wondered if wearing a nightguard could help you.

Understandably, many people are skeptical about night guards. You might be thinking: do I really need a night guard?

And maybe you do, or maybe you don’t. As dental professionals, we’re here to tell you every-thing you need to know about nightguards to help you decide if one is right for you.

Of course, we do recommend you come in and see us and get an in-person opinion. But first, let’s talk about nightguards—what they are and what purpose they serve.

What are nightguards?

Image result for night guardA nightguard is a device placed in the mouth on top of the teeth to help with grinding and clenching. Grinding implies the moving of the jaw back and forth, while clenching is biting down with pressure for an extended period of time. The guard acts as a protective layer between your top and bottom teeth.

These devices are also called occlusal guards, occlusal splints, or bite splints. Usually, the guard is made of plastic and is placed over some or all of the upper or lower teeth. In most cas-es, guards cover only your upper teeth. But sometimes, if you wear braces or have another den-tal appliance, a dentist can make a guard for your lower teeth, as well.

They re-establish your natural space and protect your teeth from grinding or clenching together, which can cause you to chip and crack your teeth and strain your jaw muscles.

Nightguards don’t stop you from clenching or grinding, but they serve as a cushion so that your teeth wear down the guard rather than your teeth. They also give your jaw a rest while you sleep. Plus, they can help you and your sleep partner sleep better, too.

Why do people wear nightguards?

Image result for night guardPeople wear nightguards because they grind their teeth or clench their jaws at night. The act of grinding and clenching is known in the medical world as bruxism.

Bruxism often occurs when you’re sleeping or under stress. This is a very common behavior, so don’t feel like you’re the only one with this problem.

On the other hand, you might not know if you grind your teeth. Many people don’t. Maybe the person you sleep with will inform you of your loud grinding because it wakes them up. Your den-tist is the only person who can confirm whether you have bruxism.

When you grind your teeth, your teeth lose their protective outer layer, the enamel. And when your enamel is gone, it cannot be replaced, which can lead to a lot of oral damage, like cavities.

When wearing a nightguard, you’ll be able to breathe easily and speak as normal.

They should keep your teeth in place and should feel comfortable. While you technically could wear your nightguard while eating and drinking, it’s best not to if you want to keep it clean. And it’s meant to be worn at night while you sleep.

Is wearing a nightguard the only option?

Nightguards are one of the most common treatments for bruxism, but they aren’t the only op-tion.

Here are some things you can do to prevent or lessen your teeth grinding or clenching:

  • Limit your drinking of caffeine and alcohol.
  • Stop smoking, especially right before sleeping.
  • Use relaxation techniques before you go to bed, such as listening to gentle music, medi-tating, or doing yoga.

Do nightguards hurt?

Image result for night guardWhen you first get your nightguard, it will take some getting used to. You’ll probably need to wear it for about a week until it begins to feel normal. Some people even take months to get used to their new appliance, but this is normal.

Before sleeping in one, you may want to try wearing it for a few hours to get used to the feel.

You may have heard people complain that their mouth guard causes them pain. In most cases, they don’t have a custom-fitted one or the dentist did not fit them properly.

Why don’t many people want to wear nightguards?

There are many reasons why people are hesitant to wear a nightguard. Maybe someone doesn’t think his or her situation is serious.

Say your dentist tells you that you need a nightguard to protect the teeth. You check out your teeth, but you feel like the wear and tear is natural. So you ask yourself: Why should I waste money when everything is fine?

Well, ask yourself this: Do you really know what natural wear and tear looks like? Don’t you think a dentist, who went through years of training, has a better idea than you?

And another thing, you might think the cost of getting a nightguard made by your dentist is expensive. But when you consider the damage you could be doing to your teeth, the cost is minimal. Other dental procedures caused by wearing down your teeth, such as crowns, veneers, bridges, implants, extractions, and root canals will be much more expensive and painful.

You might even lose some of your teeth! Not to mention, most insurances cover the cost be-cause the appliances are really important to many people.

Now if you have jaw pain or headaches in the morning, or if your teeth clearly show some wear, you might be convinced. But maybe you have a high pain tolerance and can’t really tell you’re in pain. A dentist can look for the signs and ask the right questions to help you figure out if you grind your teeth or clench your jaws at night.

How will a nightguard help you?

Regularly wearing a nightguard can help you:

  • Get a good night’s sleep.
  • Get rid of morning headaches.
  • Stop your jaw aches.
  • Stop yourself from damaging your teeth, dentures, restorations, crowns, and jaw, and from causing dental problems.

Will a nightguard prevent or help with TMJ?

Image result for night guardYes, a properly fitted nightguard can help prevent and lessen the symptoms of TMJ (temporo-mandibular joint disorder). This means that your jaw tension, pain, headaches, and other symp-toms can improve. However, a poorly fabricated nightguard can make this serious problem even worse.

So as you think about cost, doesn’t it make sense to get the help of an experienced professional?

At our office, our dentists have studied treatments for TMJ disease, so they are more than quali-fied to help you with teeth grinding or clenching.

Some other important facts to consider:

Bruxism is a leading cause of root canals — an expensive procedure.

The rate of wear of enamel is eight micrometers per year in normal times.

It is possible for teeth grinders to experience two millimeters of enamel erosion by their mid-twenties.

Jaw clenching can be as much as 40 minutes of massive force per hour while sleeping. And the sum of all eating clenches in a day is little more than 20 minutes.

Why getting a custom-fit nightguard is important

Image result for night guard impressionYes, you can find cheaper options than the ones you’ll find at a dentist office. However, there are reasons custom-fit nightguards are better for most people and why they are worth the extra money.

For one, you want to make sure your jaw is properly aligned with the right guard, or you can create new problems for your mouth.

Two, a properly fitted mouthguard won’t fall out or fit poorly. It also won’t push on your gums or feel uncomfortable, and it will last much longer — for up to 10 years.

When you come to our office and you have bruxism, we will create a mold of your teeth and give you a guard created just for your mouth. You’ll get the most comfort and protection possible.

Meadowvale Dental offers gentle dentistry for a comfortable, safe experience

So if you don’t want worn down, cracked teeth that may turn yellow or fall out (or need to be extracted), getting a nightguard is the way to go.

 

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

or connect with us on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/MeadowvaleDental/



2/5/2018 1:00:05 PM

Love is in the air, and you are looking forward to spending some quality time with your sweetheart, as well as indulging on  some Valentine treats? Your local dentists in Okotoks would like to remind you of some Valentine’s Day Dental Tips to keep your teeth shining.

BAD BREATH

  • While bad breath can be a common symptom of a great meal, it’s probably not that appealing to the person you’re sharing it with. Keep some floss in your pocket so that you can quickly get rid of food particles and pesky bacteria in the bathroom; then, pop in a mint to give your smile a fresh, appealing feel. If your bad breath persists even after the minty scent has worn off, though, that means it’s time for a checkup with your local dentist.

INDULGE SAFELY

  • Cross your fingers for chocolate on the big day! Solid chocolate (the ones without chewy or sugary center) don’t tend to stick to the teeth like more chewy treats too, making them better for your oral health. In fact, dark chocolate is an even better option, as it contains less sugar than milk chocolate!
  • Hard candies, especially suckers, are popular on Valentine’s Day but basically give teeth a real thorough sugar bath.
  • Although candies that are sticky, sweet and sour may hold a special place in our hearts, we must remember how dangerous they can be to our teeth and even braces too. These hard or gummy candies tend to be acidic to your teeth, causing the enamel that protects them to be worn down.  Instead, why not give your loved one flowers, a card, or even a romantic dinner at home?
  • When it comes to chocolate, choose a high quality brand that is preferably 50% or more cocoa as it is more pure and free of additives that can hurt your teeth.
  • We definitely recommend much softer treats such as peanut butter cups or other melt-in-your-mouth doughs.

LOVE YOUR TEETH TOO

  • After you indulge, make sure to show your teeth some tender loving care. Brush and floss between the teeth, around the brackets, and at the gum line.
  • Don’t forget that your tongue carries bacteria too and needs to be brushed from the back to the front just as often!
  • Replenish your teeth with high alkaline foods such as vegetables that will keep them strong.
  • Be sure to drink water and practice a good, thorough hygiene routine afterwards!
  • Check in regularly with your dentist.



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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