Archive for June 2015

Aside from good oral care, eating healthy is one of the best ways that you can prevent cavities and protect your oral health. Any food with a low PH level (acidic), is bad for your teeth. When consumed, these foods can leave acids in your mouth that will take minerals away from, and soften the surface, of your teeth.This can make your teeth much more susceptible to damages.
 
Some of the most common foods/drinks that can contribute to acid erosion are:

  • Soft drinks

  • Citrus fruit/drinks

  • Vinegar

  • Wine

 
Try to avoid snacking between meals. Snacking results in an acid attack by the bacteria in your mouth. The more snacking, the greater the chance of cavity formation. Brushing and flossing your teeth after every meal and snack will help reduce the risk of damage to your teeth.
 
Finally, some good foods that will help you keep your teeth healthy are:

  • Whole grain breads

  • Cheese

  • Lean meats

  • Nuts

  • Yogurt

 
If you’re curious as to how your diet could be affecting your oral health, contact us at Rideau Dental Center by calling 613-230-7475, and we will be happy to assist you!

In Ontario, over 13,000 deaths are caused by smoking each year. Cigarette, pipe, and cigar smoke damages living tissue wherever it travels, including the mouth, tongue and throat.  Smoking has a serious effect on oral health, and it can often be noticeable to others.
 
Depending on how long one has smoked for, they can expect to develop any of the following:

  • Discoloured teeth

  • Persistent bad breath (Halitosis)

  • Gum disease (Gingivitis, periodontal disease)

  • Oral cancers

  • Mouth sores

  • Cavities

  • Increase in tartar build up

  • Sinusitis

  • Altered sense of taste and smell

 
At Rideau Dental Center, our dental team is always available to diagnose the oral effects and support you in a smoking cessation program. The Canadian Cancer Society has a great website called smokershelpline.ca. You can register online, or call 1 877 513-5333 for support.
 
Your routine visits to our office always consist of a thorough oral examination. Do not hesitate to discuss any issues you may have regarding your oral health. Give us a call at 613-230-7475.