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Healthier Teeth Through A Better Diet

August 3rd, 2017

 teeth health smile dentistEating the right foods can go a long way promoting dental health.

Key takeaways:

– Nutritious and non-sugary food and drinks strengthen dental tissue from within and keep gums free of bacteria.
– Fruit and vegetables like apples, kiwis, pears, spinach and carrots support oral health due to their high nutrient content.
– Whole grains, cereals, and pulses (beans and lentils) provide the vitamins and calcium needed for strong teeth.
A balanced diet along with regular visits to the dentist and good oral hygiene can help keep your teeth healthier for longer.
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No more opioids!

July 31st, 2017

smile health teeth dentistMost people have wisdom teeth removed when they are under the age of 25 years and leave surgery with an opioid prescription. Dentists are now replacing opioids with ibuprofen (NSAIDs) and acetaminophen, which are just as effective as painkillers.

Key takeaways:

– Receiving an opioid prescription in high school is linked with a greater risk of ‘lifetime illicit use’ of opioids

– 80% of heroin users started with prescription opioids

– Speak to your dentist if you are concerned about opioid use

They’re getting their first taste of the drug from a doctor or dentist, and that increases the likelihood they would use it recreationally.”

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What to do when you notice bleeding after or during brushing

July 27th, 2017

teeth health smile dentistNext time you notice bleeding during or after brushing or flossing your teeth, visit your dentist. Although a little bleeding when flossing is normal, persistent bleeding is unusual and requires treatment.

Key takeaways:

– Bleeding gums is usually a symptom of the first stage of gum disease and it comes with inflamed gums, pain and sensitivity.

– Built-up plaque causes redness and swelling of the gums, which causes bleeding and tooth loss if left untreated.

– Bleeding teeth require assessment by the dentist.

Brush and floss regularly to prevent gum diseases and bleeding.

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The surprising benefits of mucus

July 24th, 2017

teeth health smile dentist badbreathA recent study conducted in Canada showed that human mucus can prevent harmful bacteria from adhering to and damaging the tooth’s surface.

Key takeaways

– Mucus is found on linings of the body such as the mouth, cervix, lungs and intestines
– Researchers have suggested that a synthetic mucus could be developed that could potentially provide an effective preventative measure against infection
– Always consult your dentist if you’re worried about your teeth

Researchers said the artificial mucus could one day be added to toothpaste or chewing gum to help fight against bacteria in the mouth.”

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Has GERD (acid reflux) eroded your smile? Cosmetic dentistry can help

July 20th, 2017

teeth health smile dentistIf you have tooth enamel damage due to acid reflux disease (also known as GERD), cosmetic dentistry can help.

Key takeaways:

– Acid reflux means that the corrosive acid from your stomach enters the mouth, eroding tooth enamel

– There are many options available to treat existing GERD damage including dental bonding, dental crowns and porcelain veneers

– You can prevent further damage to your teeth by effectively managing acid reflux with dietary and medication changes as advised by your doctor

“Schedule an appointment with your local dentist today to get your gorgeous smile back after enamel erosion!”

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Bruxism: A Grinding Problem

July 18th, 2017

teeth health smile dentistMore commonly known as teeth grinding, bruxism needs to be properly treated when it occurs. Early indicators of bruxism are headaches or a sore jaw in the morning caused by grinding the teeth while asleep. Known causes of bruxism include tobacco, caffeine and alcohol as well as stress, fatigue and sleep disorders but a dentist should be consulted to find the proper cure.

A dentist will likely recommend a custom-fitted night guard, or splint, which will:

– Protect the teeth

– Support the jaw joint

– Aid in chewing

As stated in a recent article “many times people have no idea they grind their teeth” and more information can be found at

Spotlight on dental fluorosis

July 13th, 2017

teeth health smile dentistDental fluorosis is the appearance of white or brown marks on children’s permanent teeth.

– Caused by a lack of minerals in tooth enamel, sometimes due to excessive consumption of fluoride (found in drinking water, mouthwash and toothpaste)

– Severe stains can be disguised by professional tooth whitening

– See your dentist about managing your child’s fluoride consumption or they are self-conscious about their smile

Having dental fluorosis can be a nuisance to your child’s physical appearance, but there aren’t any lasting effects of this condition on oral health

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The Relationship Between Gum Disease and Cirrhosis

July 10th, 2017

teeth health smile dentistGum disease can impact a smile, damage teeth and lead to frequent trips to the dentist. It is now interesting to observe that incidences of cirrhosis of the liver may also be linked to this oral condition. Some interesting observations include:

– Over 35 per cent of adults have some form of gum disease.

– Between 10 and 15 per cent have more severe cases of periodontitis.

– Periodontitis can negatively impact the outcome of a liver transplant.


“In Europe, cirrhosis is responsible for 1-2% of all deaths and is the leading cause of liver transplantation.”

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Everyday Habits Which May Cause Damage To Your Teeth

July 6th, 2017

teeth health dentist smileA thorough oral hygiene routine, along with regular check-ups with your dentist, is the best way to preserve a sparkling smile. However, certain everyday habits can be more damaging to your teeth than you might think. Bacteria in your mouth feeds on sugar and produces acid as a result. This then causes damage to the enamel coating on the teeth.

Saliva helps the teeth by washing away excess sugar and acid. Therefore, anything which dries the mouth out can also be a potential risk.

– Food and drinks high in sugar allow bacteria to multiply.

– Snoring, medications and even exercise, can increase the risk of tooth decay, as they cause the mouth to dry out.

– Biting down on very hard foods and tongue piercings can damage the enamel coating on teeth.

It all comes down to managing bacteria.

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What are White Patches?

July 3rd, 2017

teeth health smile dentistOne less reason to smile about a check-up at your dentist could be the discovery of leukoplakia. Before you start to worry unnecessarily, leukoplakia is not as bad as it sounds and, in most cases, the condition is harmless and will disappear of its own accord. Leukoplakia is not a disease but a medical condition that can affect anybody, at any time and for unknown reasons. The condition is characterised by thick, white plaque-like patches that usually appear on the:

– Tongue

– Gums

– Lining of the cheeks

Leukoplakia can also appear under the tongue but in very rare cases can also affect other parts of the body including the genitals. Should this be the case then a visit to the doctor will be required as leukoplakia can be an early warning sign of cancer. However, such cases are extremely rare and leukoplakia is usually nothing more than an inconvenience.

A recent article by Jennifer Huizen goes into some detail as to the causes, diagnosis and treatments of the condition. As Ms. Huizen points out “many cases of white patches in the mouth go away on their own” and taking proper care of your teeth and gums is the best way to avoid the condition.

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