Archive for February 2016

Dental Radiography Safety

February 29, 2016 | Posted Education

In our last blog post, we talked about the different types of dental x-rays (also known as dental radiographs), and how each type is used differently so that your dentist can get all of the diagnostic information they require to do their job. When you think about it, getting an x-ray can sound scary at first; high frequency wavelengths get blasted right through your body! But don’t worry, dental radiographs are actually very safe if proper safety measures are taken. Here are some of the measures we take here at the Rideau Dental Center to ensure the safety of our patients and staff.

  • Digital Radiography: Digital radiography requires 50-80% less radiation exposure for the patient when compared to old fashioned film systems. Other advantages to digital radiography include that no film, darkroom, or chemicals are needed, and no lead foil waste is generated. In addition to all of that, digital radiographs have a higher resolution than conventional radiographs, and the digital x-ray is displayed on a monitor immediately.

  • Lead Apron and Thyroid Collar: When a patient receives an x-ray, they are provided with a lead apron and thyroid collar. Lead aprons help protect your chest area from the already fairly small amount of radiation emitted from a digital radiograph. A thyroid collar helps reduce the amount of radiation that reaches your thyroid gland, one of the most radiation-sensitive organs.

  • Lead Walls: The walls in our office that are near radiation producing equipment have lead inside them to prevent radiation from penetrating them, protecting other patients and staff from radiation exposure.

 
Along with the safety measures listed above, we also provide all of our staff with personal radiation monitors, and have an in-house radiation safety committee. Our goal here at the Rideau Dental Center is safety for all patients and staff, and we take as many measures as possible to ensure this. If you have any questions about dental radiography safety, feel free to contact us by calling 613-230-7475!

The Different Types of Dental X-Rays

February 16, 2016 | Posted Education

If you’ve visited the dentist before, you probably know a bit about dental x-rays (also known as radiographs). Dentists use x-rays as a tool to help them diagnose potential oral health problems. X-rays are a type of light wavelength that passes through soft tissue such as your cheeks and gums, but gets absorbed by dense tissue such as your teeth and bones, allowing them to be visible on an x-ray image.
 
There are two main categories of dental x-rays, intraoral and extraoral. Intraoral x-rays are a type of x-ray that is taken inside the mouth, whereas an extraoral x-ray is taken outside the mouth. Intraoral x-rays are the most common type, as they give a high level of detail of the teeth and bone in the mouth. They allow dentists to find cavities, see the status of developing teeth, look at tooth roots, and more.
 
The most common types of intraoral x-rays are:

  • Periapical - This type of x-ray provides a view of the entire tooth, from the crown all the way to the bone that supports the tooth.

  • Bite-Wing - Shows details of both upper and lower teeth in a specific area of the mouth. This type of x-ray can show your dentist how your teeth touch one another.

  • Occlusal - These x-rays are larger and show full tooth development and position.

 
Extraoral x-rays are less common, the most popular one being a panoramic x-ray. A panoramic x-ray shows a full view of the jaw, teeth, and even sinuses.
 
If you have questions about the different types of dental x-rays, or are interested in getting one for yourself, contact us here at the Rideau Dental Center by calling 613-230-7475!

What Causes Bad Breath

February 01, 2016 | Posted Education

Bad breath has a number of different causes. Often, simple changes can be made to eliminate things that contribute to your bad breath. Some common causes of bad breath include:

  • Diet - Certain foods with strong odors can result in bad breath lingering long after you eat them. This is because as they are digested and absorbed into your bloodstream, they eventually are carried to your lungs and their odor is given off in your breath. Foods that can cause this include garlic and onions.

  • Not brushing/flossing - If you don’t brush and floss your teeth, food particles can remain in your mouth. This can produce bacterial growth between teeth, and on your tongue and gums.

  • Smoking/chewing tobacco - Can bring about bad breath, stain your teeth, and even reduce your ability to taste foods.

  • Gum disease - Persistent bad breath can be a warning sign of gum disease.

 
There are a number of other diseases/illnesses that can cause bad breath, such as pneumonia, bronchitis, diabetes, chronic acid reflux, and postnasal drip. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us here at Rideau Dental Center by calling 613-230-7475!