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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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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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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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How to Protect Your Teeth

Achieving and maintaining the integrity of your teeth and gums is important, and is a topic that we frequently discuss due to our passion for dental health. Since humans are creatures of habit, it’s important to establish routines that promote healthy practices, and it all starts with being educated the right way from the beginning. Here are some elements to be mindful of in order to facilitate your healthiest smile possible: “Doing it wrong Back and forth, left to right: it’s how we were all taught to brush our teeth. In fact, the correct way to clean is to work from the gum downward. Place the head of the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle at the gum-line and using circular up-and-down motions, gently stroke the teeth rather … 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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What Your Tongue Says About Your Health

The tongue is an important part of the mouth (both taste and proper speech are made possible because of it). The way in which the tongue appears can also say a lot about oral and overall health, simply based on things like shade, spots, etc. The following are things to consider about the tongue, so you know when yours is healthy: “If it’s Strawberry Red It could mean: You have a vitamin deficiency. A glossy, bright red tongue may be a sign your body is lacking iron or B12. In severe cases, this “balding” can cause pain when eating hot liquids or spicy food. Vegetarians are especially prone to low levels of B12, which is found in certain meats. If you see Brown/Black Fuzz It could mean: You … Continue Reading

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3 Ways To Prevent Gum Disease

A healthy mouth is key to promoting a healthier body (activity surrounding what you eat and the way which you maintain your teeth all occur in the mouth). It’s important however to give your gums the proper cleaning and protecting they deserve as well. Here are some important tips to help prevent the effects of gum disease in your mouth: “Eat more vitamin C rich foods & maintain an overall healthier diet   Gum diseases are caused due to various reasons, among which vitamin C deficiency plays a major role. It is said to have healing properties that can help prevent your gums from bleeding, swelling, receding, etc. Consuming foods that are enriched with Vitamin C also help treat existing gum diseases. A balanced diet that is rich in vitamins … Continue Reading

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How Sugar Can Be Detrimental to Your Teeth

Everything in moderation is the best way to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle. However, whenever the holidays come around sometimes people tend to over indulge in items that may not be the best for them. Chocolate bunnies and foil wrapped eggs are quite common around Easter and if enjoyed moderately won’t cause any real harm. When you have a better understanding of how sugar can affect your teeth and overall oral health, it may cause you to make different dietary choices. Here are some of the ways in which sugar can be detrimental to your mouth: “Sugar Attracts Bad Bacteria and Lowers Your Mouth’s PH Sugar is like a magnet for bad bacteria. The two destructive bacteria found in the mouth are Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus sorbrinus. Both of them … Continue Reading

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Keeping Your Mouth Healthy

April is ‘National Oral Health Month’! Taking proper care of your teeth is something that should be done all year through but sometimes people may lack the guidance and proper technique to ensure that they are on the right oral health path. Here are some tips which will help to keep your mouth looking and feeling healthy: “Floss Flossing fosters healthier teeth and gums. But like brushing, there’s a right and wrong way because flaws in your flossing can cause friction and damage the gum line. Wrap about a foot of floss around your index fingers, keeping about two inches between your fingers to work with. Unroll a fresh section of floss for each tooth, and keep the floss tight against the tooth to break up plaque while … Continue Reading

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