29
Jan

5 Dental Resolutions To Keep This Year

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Oral health is an important component of overall health, and resolving to take good care of your teeth and gums is a great way to create real improvement! Sometimes our dental health falls by the wayside, and we find ourselves not flossing as often as we know we should, or loading up on sugary treats (especially over the holidays)! Use the new year to reset and rejuvenate your oral health routine by following these dental resolutions! Practice Proper Flossing Technique Flossing can actually cause more harm than good if you’re using the wrong technique. Improper flossing can result in bits of food actually getting jammed farther into your gums. Ask your dentist to show you how to floss properly if you’re unsure, and make sure to take the time to floss the right way, every day. Replace Your Toothbrush Dental professionals recommend that you replace your toothbrush every three months.…

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6
Sep

The Top 3 Foods That Are Bad For Your Tooth Enamel

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Your tooth enamel is the most protective material in your whole body. It covers the entire outer layer of each tooth. It’s responsible for protecting your teeth from erosion and decay; for forming a barrier to protect the sensitive inner layers of your teeth from plaque and acids; and for protecting your teeth from heat and cold. Enamel is made of a mineralized substance. It contains no living cells, so unlike other parts of your body, it cannot regenerate. Because of this, and because of it’s protective properties, it’s very important to take good care of your dental enamel. Practicing good oral hygiene habits—brushing at least twice daily, flossing daily, visiting the dentist for regular cleanings and checkups—is a big part of protecting your tooth enamel. However, one of the main causes of enamel erosion is overdoing it with certain foods and drinks. Here’s a handy list of which foods…

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26
Jul

How To Control The Buildup Of Plaque

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Plaque, also known as tartar, is the buildup of bacteria, saliva and food protein in your mouth which then forms into a sticky substance that adheres to your teeth. This stuff coats your teeth, wedges itself under your gums, and ends up sticking to fillings and other dental work. It carries bacteria that can end up causing tooth decay and cavities. If you get to plaque early, however, you can prevent these problems from arising. Below are some of the ways that you can help control the buildup of plaque in your mouth. Brush Twice a Day Your first line of defence is brushing twice a day, for two minutes at a time. Brushing for thirty seconds at a time isn’t going to do much to control plaque and tartar, so the two minute rule is very important. You need to use a brush with soft-enough bristles that they are…

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19
Jul

What Does Your Tongue Say About Your Health?

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Many people don’t realize it, but your tongue says quite a lot about your health. Your tongue will often change in appearance in ways that are reflective of your health, and you can use these changes to make certain assumptions about your health. If you are looking at your tongue in the mirror and wondering what it means for the rest of your body, below are some things to keep in mind. Strawberry Red A tongue this colour could mean that you have a vitamin deficiency. You might be lacking iron or vitamin B12. Both of these are needed in order to mature papillae on the tongue, and if you don’t have enough in your system, you can lose your papillae, making your tongue appear overly smooth. Brown or Black Fuzz If you don’t have the best oral hygiene, you might find yourself with a tongue that looks like it…

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2
Jan

How To Maintain Healthy Teeth And Gums

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Oral health is a big part of overall health. Having healthy teeth and gums not only has positive effects on your physical health, but also on your self-confidence, and even the way others respond to you. As we age, health problems including oral health problems become more common. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as they say, so by starting early and building excellent oral hygiene habits, you can set yourself up for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Some find it difficult to follow a strict oral hygiene routine, especially if they aren’t used to having to. But, by being consistent and building healthy habits you can make a huge difference in your oral health, and avoid gum disease, tooth decay, tooth loss and other negative health impacts later on in life. Here are some ways you can stay on top of your oral…

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