A Bite  Of Wisdom

October 8, 2018

It’s that time of year again! Ghost, zombies, candy, and cavities! All kids want to get loads of Halloween candy when they trick-or-treat. But as a parent, you know that eating too much candy is not good for your child.

Halloween is actually a good time to teach your kids good oral health practices without depriving them of their treasured Halloween goodies.

To prevent cavities and gingivitis, reinforce proper brushing and flossing habits while making sure they have proper brushing and flossing techniques. This will prevent cavities and remove oral bacteria that love to feed on sugar. Allow your kids to enjoy their treats in moderation by setting a Halloween treat time. Taking your kids' candy away can lead them to try to sneak candy or eat too much at once.

There are also a good, bad, and worse Halloween treats. Here is a guide to help you sort through the trick-or-treat loot:

Chocolate

Chocolate is one the most popular kind of candy handed at to trick-or-treaters. Fortunately, they are al...

September 12, 2018

Toothache is the worst. It will make anyone feel miserable. Anyone experiencing this pain want to find out the root cause.

Below are 10 common reasons for your discomfort:

10. Orthodontic Alignment

This only applies to those with braces, retainers, and other dental alignment systems. Don’t worry, pain or discomfort after a recent visit to the orthodontist is normal. Each adjustment is a step towards straight teeth, but sometimes the movement of teeth can be painful. To ease the pain, you can use an oral anesthetic, take over-the-counter pain relief medicine, use an icepack, or eat soft foods.

9. Misaligned Teeth or Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Aches and pains can come from misaligned teeth or impacted wisdom teeth. This is because they can press against other teeth, even push them out of line. These issues should be brought to the attention of your dentist. Impacted wisdom teeth will need to be surgically removed because they don’t have enough room to fully erupt. For misaligned teeth, an orthodon...

August 6, 2018

Your oral health is very important. Teeth help us chew and digest food, help us talk, and also give our face shape. Taking good care of your mouth can help prevent future problems.

Here are 6 simple you can start today to make a positive difference to your smile:

1. Floss

Many people brush regularly but neglect flossing. Treat flossing as important as brushing. Floss at least once a day. This helps remove plaque and food where a toothbrush can’t reach. It doesn’t matter when you floss, just make sure you do it.

2. Regular dental cleanings

It is important to see your dentist at least twice a year for teeth cleanings. At minimum, you should see your dentist twice a year or once every 6 months. Even the most dutiful brushers and flossers need regular teeth cleanings and checkups.

3. Brush twice a day

Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Brushing your teeth helps remove food and plaque from your teeth and in between your teeth and gums.The way your brush is equally important as the daily freque...

June 11, 2018

Dental implants are metal posts (shaped similar to a screw) that are surgically implanted directly into the jawbone, serving as artificial tooth root providing a long-tern base for secure, stable and comfortable tooth replacement. Implants integrate with the bone of the jaw forming a strong, durable, long term anchor for new teeth as well as keep the bone itself from deteriorating. Because it integrates with your jawbone, dental implants are the only dental restoration option that preserves natural bone and helps stimulate bone growth.  It also ensures there is no slippage or other uncomfortable movement that can sometimes happen with dentures.

Types of Dental Implants:

  • Endosteal (in the bone): The most commonly used type of implant. These are surgically implanted into the jawbone. The implant and bone bond together after two to six months to form an anchor for an artificial tooth.

  • Subperiosteal (on the bone): This type is more for patients who are unable to wear dentu...

March 27, 2018

The mouth is a gateway to your entire body. Everything that’s in your mouth, from the food you eat and the bacteria that forms, will end up in your body. It is well documented that there is a correlation between periodontal (gum) disease and heart disease. Scientist believe that inflammation caused by periodontal disease may be responsible for the link between periodontal disease and heart disease. 

Periodontal disease is caused by poor oral hygiene. Brushing twice a day and flossing daily removes plaque, a thick film of bacteria that form on teeth. If you skip brushing and flossing, bacteria will irritate and inflame the gums which can form the earliest from of gum disease called gingivitis. Untreated gingivitis can turn into periodontal disease. Gums will start to pull back from the root of the tooth which created pockets and will gradually widen. More bacteria will settle in these pockets causing infection and more inflammation. Untreated periodontal disease can destroy the bond and...

September 21, 2017

Shelves are stocked with every kind of toothpaste you can imagine and

then some. Not only are their multiple brands, each brand has toothpaste that claim to solve a different oral problem you may not have even know you had.

Children’s Toothpaste

It’s never too early to get your children in the habit of maintaining their oral health. As soon as teeth breaking through the gum line, it’s time to start brushing them, even when they’re only baby teeth. Most children’s toothpaste available on the market today are designed for children that are 2 years and over. Getting them a toothpaste they like (for example, if it has their favorite animated character on the packaging) will increase the likelihood they’ll use it without resistance.

Fluoride toothpaste is highly recommended for everyone, even children.   But until the child becomes a perfect spitter, a fluoride-free toothpaste is recommended. Ingesting high-concentrated fluoride toothpaste can cause a spike of it in the child's body. As spitti...

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