Healthy Dental Tips Blog

Five Fascinating Facts About Fluoride

Posted by Therese Vannier, RDA/OMSA on Dec 12, 2014 1:34:00 PM

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Topics: Dental Hygiene, Dental Care Basics

Using Coconut Oil to Benefit Your Oral Hygiene

Posted by Svetlana Li on Feb 12, 2014 11:46:00 AM

If you watch health-related news, it seems that everyone has gone coconuts for coconuts! Coconut water is hailed as the ultimate hangover cure, coconut oil is recognized for its therapeutic properties when used for hair care. Even coconut milk is making its way into your favorite recipes.

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Topics: Dental Hygiene, Dental Tips

Save Your Smile, Stop Teeth Grinding!

Posted by Svetlana Li on Aug 2, 2013 4:40:00 PM

Has it ever happened to you? You discover that your jaw hurts, or aches, and you’re not sure why. With or without knowing it, most people clench their teeth every so often, and it usually isn’t an issue. But when it gets to the point where your jaw hurts, you may be clenching even more than you realize; and that can spell trouble for your mouth.  

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Topics: Safe Dentistry, Dental Hygiene, Pediatric Dentistry, Dental Care Basics, Dental Tips

How to Prevent Gum Disease

Posted by Svetlana Li on Jul 10, 2013 3:30:00 PM

You don't like what you see lately: after brushing your teeth, you notice that your gums are sore, swollen, or possibly even bleeding! You figure you have been brushing too hard, or maybe it was something you ate. But it could be something else - like gum disease. 

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Topics: Dental Hygiene, Gingivitis, Dental Care Basics, Dental Tips

Got Sensitive Teeth?

Posted by Svetlana Li on Jun 6, 2013 5:45:00 PM

Ouch! You were ready to enjoy the first bite of that sweet, delicious, ice-cold ice cream, but when you did, you suddenly remembered that your teeth were sensitive to the cold. In your case, you might be able to enjoy your dessert once it warms up, but for many people, they may have to avoid ice cream altogether. Whether it’s cold, hot, or other types of foods, having sensitive teeth can put a damper on eating, and could even be downright painful. You get sensitive teeth when the softer part of your tooth, called dentin, that lies under your enamel gradually yet eventually becomes exposed. The dentin contains nerve endings that will cause you to experience discomfort or pain when they come into contact with any food or drinks that are hot, cold, and in the case of ice cream and other desserts, sweet.

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Topics: Safe Dentistry, Dental Hygiene, Dental Care Basics

What Can Stain Your Teeth?

Posted by Svetlana Li on May 31, 2013 5:18:00 PM

It’s a typical reaction when you greet someone: you flash your pearly whites in a wonderful smile. But what happens when your pearly whites aren’t so white? It can happen to anyone, but maybe it has happened to you due to stains.

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Topics: Dental Hygiene, Brushing Teeth, Foods for Healthy Teeth, Dental Care Basics, Dental Tips

How Does Smoking Lead to Dental Problems?

Posted by Svetlana Li on Apr 15, 2013 12:26:00 PM

Smoking is one of the most hazardous things you can do to your smile. When you smoke cigarettes or tobacco from a pipe, you are not only causing your teeth to discolor, you are creating a variety of other risks, as well. The yellowing of the teeth is often the first sign of damage for smokers. This yellow color is embedded into the actual enamel of the teeth, so it's not something that can be removed with brushing. It can take several whitening treatments to get your teeth back to the normal shade, and many times the natural shade is unreachable, depending on the length of time you've been smoking.

Smoking can also lead to gum disease in the mouth. Gum disease is very serious because it may not even cause pain, however, it can cause you to lose your teeth due to an infection of the gums. When someone smokes they produce a plaque that contains high levels of bacteria, which is the leading cause of gum disease. Even people who do not smoke get gum disease; smoking puts you at an even higher risk for developing the disease. 

Many are aware that they are putting themselves at risk for lung and throat cancer when they smoke. What many do not know is that smoking is the leading cause of mouth cancer. Thousands of people die every year from mouth cancer that is caused from tobacco. Since tobacco also weakens the immune system, it can allow the cancer to flourish in the body.

If you are looking to prevent the bad effects of smoking, stopping is the first key to success. However, while you are in the process, see if your dentist recommends a special toothpaste for your teeth. There are toothpastes available that are more abrasive than normal toothpaste. Your dentist may also recommend a medicated mouth wash to help fight bacteria. 

If you continue to smoke, you are going to need to see the dentist more often than the average patient. This is so the dentist can regularly inspect the inside of your mouth to ensure there are not any smoking-related problems. It is important that you take the steps to keep your oral hygiene up to par if you are going to use tobacco. Letting it go without the proper care can be life threatening.

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Topics: Dental Hygiene, Oral Cancer, Dental Care Basics, Dental Tips

The Dirty Truth About Your Toothbrush

Posted by Svetlana Li on Mar 4, 2013 5:44:00 PM

After you have finished eating your breakfast, you walk into the bathroom, take your toothbrush and squeeze on a decent layer of bacteria for cleaning. Wait…bacteria? While you may not intentionally add bacteria, your toothbrush is still loaded with it. And that’s what you are using to “clean” your teeth.

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Topics: Dental Hygiene, Brushing Teeth, Dental Care Basics

Don't Let Your Breath Ruin Your Date!

Posted by Svetlana Li on Feb 14, 2013 10:55:00 AM

Bad breath is something that many people deal with, only because they don’t know how to properly take care of this problem and eliminate it from occurring in the future. There is nothing worse than talking to someone and noticing that they are backing away because your breath is less than pleasant. You can take a few steps that will help your bad breath clear up, but first you need to understand why it’s happening.

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Topics: Dental Hygiene

DON’T LET YOUR TEETH FALL OUT –The Disease You May Not Know About

Posted by Svetlana Li on Dec 20, 2012 4:12:00 PM

There’s constant talk and reports in the news about horrible diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease affecting people today, but there are many health issues that do not get addressed. One of those is gingivitis. As unglamorous as it sounds, it is still a health issue that can affect just about anyone.

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Topics: Dental Hygiene, Gingivitis, WaterLase