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Bad Habits & Dental Health

We are all creatures of habit and routine, but in being mindful of how these particular habits can affect us, it becomes easier to make choices aimed at improving the quality of life. When it comes to dental health, there may be things that you are doing every day that could be negatively impacting your teeth and gums. Here are a few important things to keep in mind: ‘ If we don’t breathe correctly we could be susceptible to tooth grinding and sleep apnea The mouth is the start of the respiratory system, therefore the shape of your upper and lower jaw, the position of the tongue and way the muscles around the lips and cheeks work affects the quality of your breathing and sleeping. For optimal health and … Continue Reading

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Sedation & Optimized Dental Comfort

At Aylmer Dentistry we aim to provide our patients with the most comfortable environment possible before and during the examination process. However, it is during the exam where comfort and relaxation are the most important and we are proud to be able to offer different sedation options for patients who need it. ‘Often the dental office is a source of anxiety for our patients … even under the best of circumstances. When confronted with the need for a surgical procedure, the level of anxiety may increase substantially, to a point where the patient may neglect to undergo treatment and ultimately compromise their oral health. Conscious sedation dentistry is a most welcome option for patients in this situation visiting our Gatineau clinic. Conscious sedation is a technique to diminish … Continue Reading

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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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The Link Between Halitosis & Heart Disease

Halitosis, or ‘bad breath’ as it is more commonly referred, is something that affects everyone from time to time. Whether it’s from eating a certain item of food (ex: onions, etc.), lack of dental hygiene/maintenance or the result of an underlying health issue, getting to the bottom of it’s cause is important in order to remedy it. The idea of halitosis being connected to a more serious issue is a scary thought, but a reality that everyone should be aware of. “Bleeding gums and bad breath could be early indicators (of heart and circulatory disease). The link between oral health and overall body health is well documented and backed by robust scientific evidence. Despite this, only one in six people realizes that people with gum disease may have an … Continue Reading

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The Meaning of Dental Hygiene

It seems easy enough and pretty self explanatory: two simple words that when placed together, describe exactly what they’re supposed to. Dental hygiene is something that is said and practiced frequently, but what does it really mean? When an online community of different dental professionals from around the world explained what dental hygiene means to them, it’s rather interesting: ‘ “23 years of educating patients. I love informing them. I love when they are really moved by what I am thing them. I truly love when they let me know I was right about daily home care, because they took my advice a day their oral hygiene is improved.” — Tracey Mannino “Hygiene is a way to pass on a little piece of myself to every patient I … Continue Reading

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Brushing & Flossing Tips

Oral Health

When it comes to most things there are usually two different ways to proceed: a complex way with many steps or a simplified method that can usually achieve the same results. Advancements in technology have helped certain processes improve, however it’s always good to have a solid understanding of how things work; if the power ever goes out, can you go back to the basics? Chargeable toothbrushes and water piks for flossing are wonderful, but being able to effectively use a standard brush and floss is important. Here are some tips to help keep your mouth healthy and clean: Top tips for brushing correctly: • “Clean daily between the teeth to below the gum line before brushing your teeth. For small spaces between teeth use dental floss and … Continue Reading

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