Archive for April 2016

We’ve all heard of gum disease, but what is it really and how can it be treated? There are actually two different types of gum disease, gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is the more mild version of gum disease, but if gone untreated, can develop into the more serious condition called periodontitis.
 
Gingivitis is typically caused due to poor dental care. Without frequent brushing and flossing, plaque can develop on your teeth, and over time it can turn into tartar. Both plaque and tartar will lead to gingivitis. Other common causes of gingivitis include tobacco use, overly aggressive brushing and flossing, and uncontrolled diabetes.
 
Common symptoms of gingivitis are:

  • Frequent mouth sores

  • Frequent gum bleeding

  • Swollen gums

  • Persistent bad breath

  • Pain when chewing

  • Gums appear more shiny than usual

 
If you are diagnosed with gingivitis or periodontal disease your dentist/hygienist will recommend a treatment plan specific to your needs, which will include a preventive regimen.
 
If you have any questions or would like to book a visit to your dentist, feel free to contact us here at the Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475!

What is a Healthy Diet?

April 11, 2016 | Posted Education

Your diet affects your entire immune system. Studies have shown that a healthy and nutritious diet can help lower the risk of oral related health issues such as periodontal disease and tooth decay.
 
But what is a healthy diet?
A healthy diet is based on the concepts of balance, variety, and moderation. To achieve balance in your diet, try eating appropriate amounts of food from each of the recommended categories in a food guide such as the Canada's Food Guide. Try to make sure you are eating a variety of different foods, as one food cannot meet all of your daily nutritional requirements, and this can also help keep meals more interesting! Finally, make sure you have appropriate serving sizes of your food and drink, as this can help you maintain a healthy weight and lower the risk of other health issues.
 
Certain foods and drinks such as soft drinks, citrus fruit, vinegar, and wine can cause acid erosion in your mouth, so you should try to control how often you eat them, and when you do, try to brush your teeth right after. Some foods that can help keep your teeth healthy are whole grain breads, cheese, lean meats, nuts, and yogurt.
 
If you have any questions regarding eating healthy and how what you eat affects your oral health, feel free to contact us here at the Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475!