Smile Tip 1
8 THINGS TO DO FOR YOU
For your very best smile, for a lifetime!
Be aware and share your concerns with us.
Vegetarian? Diabetic? Your oral health is linked to your overall health, medications, stage of life and diet- talk to us.
• Eat a balanced diet
• To ensure an adequate supply of minerals and vitamins. Limit sugary snacks that feed bacteria
• Keep alcohol consumption to a minimal level
• Particularly when combined with tobacco- and don’t smoke
• Brush twice a day and floss once a day
• To remove bacterial plaque that can cause decay, order, and gum disease.
• Stick with your daily home care routines
• Always brush 2 times per day and floss once per day skipping is a no-no
• Stop using tobacco products.
• Smoking and smokeless tobacco increase your risk of oral cancer, gum disease, and tooth decay.
• Examine your mouth
• For changes and alert us about any concerns
• Visit our office regularly.
Only a professional cleaning can remove tartar that will lead to gum disease-and worse, lost teeth. Plus we check for oral cancer.
Smile Tip 2
A NEGLECTED MOUTH CAN DAMAGE YOUR HEALTH
Your mouth really is a window on your general health. In fact, it has been estimated that more than 120 diseases can be identified by dentists. But there’s more- your oral health can also adversely affect your overall health.
Gum disease has been linked to systemic illnesses that cross generations and gender. These include Alzheimer’s, pneumonia, and prostate cancer, stroke, heart disease, diabetes and breast cancer.
If you experience gum disease you are 11 times more likely to develop breast cancer, which affects women and men.
Gum disease can arrive without symptoms, at any age and will affect virtually everyone during their lifetime.
You make be at greater risk of gum disease if it runs in your family, you have an existing immune disease, if you take certain medications, or you are under stress.
Don’t take health risks when gum disease is preventable, treatable, and sometimes reversible. We have a cleaning appointment available for you- CALL TODAY!
Smile Tip 3
DIABETES AND GUM DISEASE
Nearly 37 million North Americans are living with diabetes, and gum disease is a major risk factor and complications of diabetes. Studies show that the relationship is two-way. Periodontal disease can affect insulin sensitivity and lead to unhealthy blood sugar levels. If you monitor and manage your oral health, as people with uncontrolled blood sugar are more prone to tooth and gum problems.
Since gum disease is often painless, you may not even know you have it until it becomes serious. Watch for the following:
1. Swollen or tender gums, or bleeding when you brush
2. Chronic bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
3. Loose teeth or teeth that are drifting apart.
Taking control of your oral health can help control or prevent diabetes. Brush and floss daily, and book appointments with us today to protect your health and the health of your family.
Smile Tip 4
75% OF ADULTS HAVE GUM DISEASE
Don’t be so sure you’re healthy
More than 75% of adults (ages 21+) have some form of gum disease yet only 51% floss every day. In addition to regular visits to the dentist, the beauty and longevity of your smile depend upon good daily hygiene. The encouraging news is that gum disease can almost always be prevented! Here’s what you can do.
Brush Right: Brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes twice daily. Think of your mouth as having four quadrants and brush each one for 30 seconds, divided equally between the inside, outside, and chewing surfaces.
Floss Daily: If you don’t floss, you’re missing 35% of your tooth surfaces. It’s essential to floss every day to clean where your brush just can’t reach.
Visit Us Regularly:Check-ups and cleanings are a critical part of oral health care. Keeping a regular schedule will also help us catch problems early before they develop into larger ones.
Gum disease has been linked to over 200 illnesses, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Please call us and book your next professional dental cleaning.
Smile Tip 5
5 TECHNIQUES TO GET YOU HERE AND KEEP YOUR SMILING!
Fear of the dentist’s chair prevents millions of people from caring properly for their teeth. But studies have linked poor oral health to over 200 illnesses, including heart disease, stroke, some cancers, and diabetes.
Try these 5 techniques to conquer your fear:
1. Enlist a friend. Bring someone with you to help you relax and stay calm.
2. Tap into the power of music-with headphones, listen to your favorite soothing music.
3.Try breathing exercises- Take a deep breath through your nose, hold it, and let it out slowly through your mouth. Repeat until you feel your heartbeat slow to a natural rhythm.
4. Use visualization- Visualize your favorite peaceful place to quell anxious racing thoughts.
5. Tell us- We’re specially trained to work with the fearful patient to help reduce- and even eliminate- anxiety!
In addition to brushing and flossing at home, regular dental recall visits are essential to keeping your teeth and gums healthy and pain-free. They also allow us to treat problems before they become more serious- so you spend less time in the dental chair.
Don’t let dental anxiety put your overall health at risk. Contact us today!!
Smile Tip 6
NO MORE SILVER SMILES
Upgrade to white fillings!
If dark silver-coloured fillings show when you laugh or smile, you may not feel as confident as you could. Three-quarters of us believe that an unattractive smile can hinder our career success, and a lack of confidence only compounds the problem.
Don’t let unattractive fillings get in the way of your success. Modern white restorations are attractive, strong, and effective. Consider giving your smile an instant boost by replacing the old filling with white ones