Archive for September 2015

Preventing Dental Emergencies

September 29, 2015 | Posted Education

 
Taking steps to prevent dental emergencies can sometimes be just as important as visiting your dentist. If you are not being careful, it can be very easy to damage your teeth. Here are some things that you should do to help minimize your risk of a dental emergency.

  • Don’t chew hard objects. Chewing objects such as hard candy, ice or popcorn kernels is one of the most common causes of chipped teeth.

  • Always wear a mouthguard when recommended. Mouthguards are a great piece of equipment to have when playing sports and they can reduce the risk of damage to your teeth, gums and lips.

  • Your teeth aren’t scissors. Don’t try to cut tape, threads or even open bottles with your teeth. By doing this, you are putting your teeth at risk of being damaged.

 
Try to be careful with your teeth! You only get one set (well two if you are still a child), so it’s best not to damage them! If you’ve got any questions about preventing damage to your teeth or repairing it, contact us at Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475.

Should You Use Mouthwash

September 22, 2015 | Posted Education

Brushing and flossing your teeth is the best way to keep your oral health in a good state. However, using mouthwash can aid in improving it even more! Here are some benefits to using mouthwash:

  • If you’re using an antibacterial mouthwash, it helps kill bacteria in your mouth, which means that first, it freshens your breath, and second, it can help fight gum disease.

  • Some mouthwashes can also reduce the buildup of plaque. It’s important to remember that this does not mean it can remove plaque that already exists on your teeth, so you should make sure to brush and floss regularly to prevent its buildup!

  • Mouthwash can also prevent cavities, due to the fact that some mouthwashes contain fluoride.

 
When using mouthwash, make sure that you use the correct amount, and also that you swish it in your mouth for the right amount of time. If you’ve got any questions, contact us at the Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475!

Many people find oral piercings cool and attractive, but it’s important to consider the health issues that are associated with oral piercings. Oral piercings to areas such as the tongue, lips,  cheeks or uvula can interfere with speech, chewing, or swallowing. Some other things that these piercings can cause include:

  • Infection - Your mouth is a great breeding ground for bacteria, this bacteria mixed with the wound created by the piercing is the perfect way for one to get an infection.

  • Damage to teeth - Oral piercings often cause scratched or cracked teeth. They can also cause damage to fillings.

  • Nerve damage - Sometimes, the nerves in the location of a piercing may be temporarily or permanently damaged after receiving the piercing.

  • Excessive saliva production - Oral piercings also often cause an increase in saliva production, which can lead to difficulties in daily oral activities.

  • Hypersensitivity to metals - It is possible for an allergic reaction to occur at the site of the piercing.

 
Before you make the decision to get an oral piercing, be certain to consider all of these possible negative effects on your oral health!
If you’ve got any other questions, feel free to contact us at Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475!