Archive for May 2015

Sometimes we take our teeth for granted, imagine what it would be like to suddenly lose your two front teeth. Eating, drinking, and talking would all be affected. If you want to protect your mouth, a mouth guard should be an essential piece of your athletic gear.
 
There are three different types of mouthguards that are available:

  • Stock - these mouthguards come pre-formed and fitted, are typically inexpensive, and can usually be bought at your local sporting goods store. The downside to stock mouthguards is that they are often a bad fit and can make breathing more difficult.

  • Boil and Bite - these mouthguards are also often sold at sporting goods stores, they’re often a better fit than stock mouth guards. To use them, they should be softened in boiled water, then inserted into the mouth so they can adapt to the shape of the mouth.

  • Custom fitted - these mouthguards are custom made at a dental office. They are designed specifically for your mouth and are the best of the three different types of mouthguards.

 
Custom fitted mouthguards can also be very important for people who have fixed bridge work or wear braces. Mouthguards can provide a soft barrier between the brackets and your teeth, limiting the risk of injuries.
 
If you’re interested in a custom fitted mouthguard, contact us at Rideau Dental Center by calling 613-230-7475.

Does it matter what kind of toothpaste you use? Are all toothpastes equal? How do I choose the right toothpaste?
 
One of the main reasons we use toothpaste is it acts as an abrasive that helps remove food and plaque from our teeth. However, toothpaste also provides our teeth with active ingredients such as fluoride.
 
It’s important that your toothpaste contains fluoride. Fluoride has a clear effect on oral health, it makes teeth more resistant to decay. You should also remember not to swallow toothpaste, as it can be toxic if swallowed in large amounts.
 
Most toothpastes will also contain a detergent. Detergents can be found in many other products such as shampoo, where they act as foaming agents. In toothpaste, a detergent acts the same way. The foaming properties of the detergent help distribute the toothpaste around the mouth.
 
There is a myriad of dental toothpastes available including those that claim: plaque control, tartar control, whitening, gingivitis controlling, desensitizing , just to name a few. Some of these claims have merit, but you should ask us at the Rideau Dental Center for a toothpaste that suits your needs. There are specialized toothpastes for specific needs, which your hygienist may recommend for you. Call us at 613-230-7475.