- Clean between brackets! It’s important to clean between your braces brackets, especially underneath the wires, with a wire brush. You can pick up a small wire brush from your dentist. This helps get off any plaque which might be on your teeth, and it also helps to avoid future cavities and toothaches.
- Pick the right foods! Hard foods such as apples, carrots, candies, nuts, and chips can break your brace brackets. They can also be incredibly hard to remove from your braces if they get stuck! It’s best to avoid most hard and chewy foods entirely, as they can be incredibly painful and difficult to deal with. If you break a bracket, it’s important to see your dentist as soon as possible so that it can be fixed. Also, after getting your braces tightened, it’s best to eat only soft food for a few days. This is important, as your teeth are extra sensitive after tightenings and might hurt a little bit too. Opt for foods that require little to no chewing, such as applesauce or soup.
- Be extra careful brushing your teeth! Braces require a little extra maintenance when brushing. Before you start, you’ll need to take off elastics. After that, it’s important to brush for at least two minutes. You should be making round movements with your toothbrush over each individual brace, to get out any leftover food and to ensure your breath smells alright! Be sure to get underneath the wires too.
- Use mouthwash! This is important whether you have braces or not, but mouthwash can be really helpful in two ways. First, it makes your breath smell minty and fresh after a long day of eating many different meals and snacks. Second, it removes any other tiny bits of food which might still be in your mouth. Listerine is an excellent mouthwash to start with, and it comes with many different flavours to choose from as well.
- Floss! We all know that flossing helps clean your teeth, but with braces it’s even more important to remove those food pieces which might be stuck. Carefully thread the floss underneath and around your braces, and you’re good to go!
Hockey fans! Going back to school is just around the corner so that means it is time for hockey season! Every season there is a rush to get new equipment and now more than ever mouthguards for hockey are very important.
Not just because they protect against broken and chipped teeth but they are also a major contributor to the prevention of concussions.
It’s a beautiful summer day, the sun is shining, the sky is blue and the temperature is hot. You may find yourself enjoying it by relaxing at the cottage, at a BBQ or maybe you are on the patio of your favourite restaurant.
Wherever you may find yourself chances are at some point you will be enjoying a cool liquid refreshment, but did you know by choosing some of the most popular summer beverages you could be causing your teeth serious decay?
Bell’s Palsy was first described in 1821, and the pathogenesis remains unclear. About 25 percent of cases are related to trauma, surgery, local infection, tumour and stroke. The remainder are now considered viral and associated with ischemia and compression of the facial nerve in the area of the temporal bone.
Each year, your insurance company gives you a limited amount of funds to use at your dentist. If you don't use them every year, you forfeit those funds. Now that the beginning of the year has come, it's important for you to start using them now.
Oh, the future of glorious. At one time the only remedy for cold sores and cankers were topical treatments and oral medications. Today, dentists make use of dental lasers to provide patients with pain relief and healing from cold sores and cankers.
Invisalign, the clear, removable teeth straightening device can correct a wide range of dental problems. In the recent past, teeth could only be fixed with unsightly, and sometimes painful, braces that needed to worn for years at a time. Teenagers lamented. Today, Invisalign can correct dental problems without the same amount of pain and discomfort - social or otherwise.
Personal hygiene is an important complement to interpersonal skills. Sharing space with coworkers, friends, clients, and partners can leave us feeling insecure about personal odours. To check whether you are affected by halitosis, or bad breath, you can lick a clean area of your hand or palm and check its odour.
Tooth decay affects children and adults alike, and although children lose their baby teeth, their mouths will have new teeth along old ones. It is important to prevent tooth decay from the start. Furthermore, a child should learn dental health care habits early for a lifetime of good oral health.
Dry mouth is when salivary glands don’t produce a normal amount of saliva to lubricate the tissues of your mouth. When the mouth is too dry, teeth are more susceptible to decay, lips are more likely to dry, and sores or ulcers can develop in the mouth. There are many causes contributing to dry mouth, many of which are connected to side effects of medication.
Gums are the tissue lining the roots of your teeth and surrounding bone. When healthy, it’s a barrier from bacteria attacking your teeth. The bone and root are firmly attached to each other. The gums can withdraw over time exposing your teeth to bacterial buildup. Because the gums withdraw gradually, it is difficult to spot. Receding gums can compromise dental hygiene, so it’s important to spot recession early on. Your dentist will have recommendations to address the problem, and some are discussed below.
Maintaining good oral health is as simple as brushing and flossing two to three times a day and scheduling regular cleanings with a dentist. There are, however, a few misconceptions about oral health that have cropped up over the years that might be leading you or your loved ones astray.
Flossing is an extremely vital step in maintaining good oral health. Not only is it important to breakout the floss every day, it is equally as important to use the right flossing techniques to achieve plaque removal. If you are struggling with flossing, check out the five flossing tips below to help guide you in the right direction.
Some foods, even seemingly healthy foods, can have a negative impact on the overall health of your teeth. Cavities and the erosion of tooth enamel can be avoided with the appropriate dental care, but even those who brush and floss twice a day can leave themselves open to tooth decay by indulging in certain foods.
Part of maintaining good oral health is ensuring your brushing technique is effective. Brushing is the last line of defense against harmful bacterial growth and tooth decay. To ensure your teeth are getting the most out of this daily cleansing ritual, here are a few quick tips for brushing your teeth.
Good news for health care patients everywhere, more and more physicians are joining natural practitioners such as Chiropractors and Naturopaths in assessing and treating the body with a holistic approach. This entails understanding that the body is not merely the sum of its parts, rather an integrative organism that thrives as a whole or fails as a whole meaning a deficiency somewhere can wreak havoc in multiple regions of the body.
It is safe to say that taking good care of your teeth will ensure a brighter smile and can also help you to avoid costly visits to the dentist. But did you know that poor dental habits will not only lead to cavities, gingivitis and gum problems like periodontal disease but will also have a negative effect on the health of your body as a whole? In fact the mouth can be seen as a gateway to the body. Redness, inflammation, bacterial build-up, infection and more can raise red flags beyond missing a flossing here and there!