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Dental Hygiene Products

Last week our focus was on toothbrushes, and this week we wanted to expand things a little bit wider. There are many different products on the market to help keep the mouth clean, and cavity free; from toothpaste, to mouthwash and floss, knowing which ones to get and how to use them can be confusing. The following are some considerations to make when choosing specific dental hygiene products: Toothpaste Always look for toothpastes with fluoride as an ingredient, since fluoride helps to strengthen the outer tooth enamel of teeth (unless you are allergic, or your dentist recommends otherwise). If you are allergic to fluoride, or have another medical reason not to use fluoride, then you should choose toothpaste without fluoride. Make sure to speak with your dentist before … Continue Reading

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Choosing The Right Toothbrush

Oral care is very important to help stay healthy and avoid unwanted cavities and germs in our mouth. So how do you know which toothbrush is the right one for you, your teeth, and your gums? From soft, medium, to hard and from so many different shapes and sizes, choosing the right toothbrush for your oral care can be puzzling at times. Here are a few things to look for when choosing the right toothbrush for you: * Most dental professionals agree that using a soft toothbrush is the best and safest brush to use for removing plaque and debris from your teeth, gums, tongue, and mouth. * Choosing a brush with a small head is also preferable among most dental professionals, since they are able to access … Continue Reading

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Identifying Mouth Pain

No one likes pain, especially when it comes to the mouth. Teeth and gums are key elements of this part of the body and being able to identify pain in this area can help with remedying the issue or at the very least learning how to minimize the amount of pain being felt. Not all pain is created equal; the better one can understand what the pain is, the faster and more effectively it can be taken care of. The following are some of the different types of pain which gums and teeth can experience: “Achy tooth pain A throbbing or achy tooth pain may be nothing if it only last a day or two, but pain that lasts for more than a week may be a sign … Continue Reading

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Benefits of Dental X-Rays

Maintaining your teeth, gums and overall oral health requires consistency; regular brushing, flossing and rinsing at home is important and visiting your dental professional for regular check ups and cleanings is also important..but, when was the last time your mouth got x-rayed? Here are some of the benefits of getting your mouth x-rayed while at the dentist: • show different areas of decay that may not be easily visible in an oral exam • reveal bone loss that usually comes along with gum diseases • identify decay that may be occurring below an existing filling • assist in the preparation of braces, tooth implants, dentures and other dental procedures • reveal an infection at the root of a tooth or between gums • reveal developmental abnormalities, such as … Continue Reading

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Patient Education

Knowledge is power! The more someone knows about a given topic, the more likely they are to make better decisions regarding said topic. Maintaining the integrity of teeth and gums is no different. ‘The link between oral infections and other diseases in the body is becoming well documented and accepted within the health care community. It underscores the importance of good oral hygiene and the role dental hygienists play in preventing oral disease.’ (source: odha.on.ca) Here at Aylmer Dentistry your Aylmer dental professional, we believe in empowering our clients by offering as much information as possible. Our patient education resource offers information on a range of our products, services and different procedures. To learn more request a consultation today!

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Back to School Dental Checklist

Hard to believe, but it’s almost that time of year again already. It seems like the summer just flew by, and soon school will be back in session! However, before that occurs, it’s important that certain things are done first..purchase school supplies, get new weather approproate clothing and ensure your dental health is where it should be. Here are some important tips from a dental pro to keep in mind: ‘Oral hygiene Don’t forget to include toothbrushes and toothpaste to your “back-to-school” supply list. I always recommend a soft bristle brush, and these should be replaced every 3-4 months. Brush at least twice a day for a minimum of two minutes each time and floss daily. Doc’s tip: After brushing, spit but do not rinse. This allows the … Continue Reading

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Potential Effects of Mouth Inflammation

Maintaining the best health is something that everyone should do; whether that means eating a more balanced diet, exercising and being mindful of things you do (and don’t do) or all of the above, this is how one will be able to live a better life. When it comes to dental health in particular, be mindful of your teeth and gums, and anything that may seem out of the ordinary. If inflammation is every noticed, make sure to visit your dental professional as soon as possible. “Women with gum disease are 14% more likely to develop cancer than those with healthy teeth and gums, according to a study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. The link appears to be strongest for esophageal cancer, but associations were also … Continue Reading

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How Saliva Saves

Mouth maintenance aka dental hygiene is very important; regular brushing, flossing, rinsing and visiting your dental professional for check ups and cleanings is crucial. The cleaner you keep your mouth, the more saliva will be produced which is also a great way to help keep your teeth and gums clean. “Saliva found to have properties that help speed up the healing process,” reports the Mail Online. Researchers in Chile investigated how human saliva may help wounds to heal more efficiently. They used lab-grown skin cells and fertilised chicken eggs to see how a protein found in saliva, histatin-1, affects the way cells grow, spread and create new blood vessels. They found it encouraged cells to spread and move in a way that promoted the formation of blood vessels … Continue Reading

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Sensitive Teeth

Your teeth are very important; they are the front line (literally) when it comes to food and beverage consumption. Since all teeth are not created equal, the amount of sensitivity a person can experience with their teeth can vary, but a recent discovery may change things moving forward for everyone. ‘According to a report in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interface, researchers in China may have discovered a better way to take the sting out of sensitive teeth using an extract from green tea — and it may prevent cavities to boot.“Sensitivity occurs when the teeth enamel gets thinner, exposing the underlying surface, the dentin,” Wenyuan Shi, professor and chair of oral biology at UCLA School of Dentistry, who was not involved in the study, tells Yahoo Beauty. Dentin contains … Continue Reading

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Oral Hygiene

If it seems like every blog post is about oral hygiene and it’s importance, you are right! Staying on top of your dental health is key; not only can it have an affect on your overall health, but it can also affect confidence levels and how you interact with others. Not to mention, one of the perils of ignoring dental health for too long is costly repair work, and putting your mouth in harm’s way. “Jay, a 21-year-old man from the U.K was a guest in a recent episode of Embarrassing Bodies for his killing not-so-white smile. He has abstained from brushing his teeth for the majority of his life. He ate everything wrong, from fizzy drinks to chocolates. And the daring fellow didn’t bother to floss or … Continue Reading

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