Archive for September 2013

Life is Stressful

September 17, 2013 | Posted Education

Our North American lifestyle is busy.  We often put off taking care of ourselves to care for our families and our career.  It is easy to make excuses why we have no time to go to our dental appointments.  This has to stop.
 
Our bodies are just like the car we drive.  It needs a regular check up and maintenance.  Our oral health is linked to our general overall health in many ways.  Poor oral health can contribute to diabetes, respiratory and cardiac diseases, and women delivering pre-term low birth weight babies.
 
Routine exams help diagnose problems when they are smaller and simpler to fix.  Routine dental hygiene treatment helps maintain healthy gums and a strong foundation to support the tooth.  Prevention is the key.
 
It is important to have a long-term plan for your oral health care.  Insurance doesn’t cover everything and has annual limits.   When insurance hasn’t been used for the year, the unused amount cannot be accumulated.  It is lost. 
 
Try to plan to budget annual maintenance for your mouth to prevent exceeding your annual limit and maximize your dental benefits.  Our team at the Rideau Dental Centre is happy to assist you with your insurance claims.  Call us at 613-230-7475.

Back to School

September 03, 2013 | Posted Education

Sending the kids back to school is always a busy time for every family. Getting clothes, books and packing lunches and snacks.  Kids are at school all day and sometimes longer with after school activities.  That is a long time without brushing their teeth!
 
Cavities causing bacteria and kids have one very big thing in common.  SUGAR!  They love sugar. Bacteria feed on sugar to produce acid.  That acid creates a hole in the tooth that is called a cavity.  It isn’t realistic to eliminate sugar completely from our children’s diet but there are ways to reduce the risk.
 
Reducing the frequency and duration teeth are exposed to the acid attack is essential.  The acid attacks the tooth while the sugar is in the mouth plus 20 minutes.  So if your child sucks on a candy for 5 minutes, the acid attack lasts 25 minutes.  If they have 5 candies throughout the day, multiply that by 5.
 
-Pack healthy snacks full of nutrients instead of empty calories (fruits and veggies versus candy).
-Avoid pop or sugary drinks that are consumed over a long period of time.
-Avoid sticky sugary foods.
-Avoid candies or gum that have sugar.
 
At the Rideau Dental Centre we’d be happy to answer any of your questions. Call us at 613-230-7475.