Archive for April 2014

Acid reflux is a common condition where the acid from the stomach flows upward into the oesophagus and the mouth. Severe cases are referred to as GERD.  Stomach acids irritate and inflame the tissues of the oesophagus, while in the mouth there is an increase in enamel erosion.
Cavities in teeth start at a pH level of 5.5, but stomach acid is very low at 2.0. Constant exposure to these acids dissolve the enamel aggressively while the person is often unaware of the damage occurring.  Teeth will be prone to chipping, increased wear, decay, and sensitivity.  Signs and symptoms include:
· Heartburn
· Difficulty swallowing
· Sore throat
· Sinus infections
· Burning mouth
· Coughing and chest pain especially while lying down
Life style can play a major role.  Use of alcohol, cigarettes, diet, medications and poor posture can all aggravate acid reflux.  Dental care professionals can help identify acid reflux and help minimize tooth erosion.  Tips to manage acid erosion:
·Avoid food that triggers heartburn
·Loose weight
·Avoid alcohol and cigarettes
·Avoid eating 3 hours before bedtime
·Elevate the head of the bed
·Maintain good posture
·Brush twice a day with a soft toothbrush and use toothpaste with low abrasiveness
·Do not brush immediately after an acid episode.  Wait until the natural flow of saliva neutralizes the acid (about 60 min). Rinse with water or let a sugar free antacid dissolve in your mouth. 
·Avoid mint-flavoured products since they relax the valve at the base of the oesophagus, which will release more acid from the stomach. 
Call us at Rideau Dental Centre 613-230-7475 to make an appointment.

Have You Heard of Xylitol?

April 14, 2014 | Posted Education

What is Xylitol?  Xylitol is a natural sugar alcohol that is found in corn and birch trees.  It can be used as a sweetener in foods along with other sugar alcohols such as mannitol and sorbitol.  Substituting sugar for xylitol can help fight cavities!!
Cavity causing bacteria live in our mouth.  They feed on sugars from our diet to grow and multiply.  Brushing and flossing helps reduce bacteria by decreasing the amount of sugar or plaque sticking to the teeth. The bacteria eat sugar only to produce a waste product that is very acidic.  This acid eats a hole in the tooth and a cavity develops.
Xylitol inhibits bacteria from growing essentially by starving them.  Bacteria cannot digest xylitol. Overtime fewer decay-causing bacteria thrive in the mouth and the level of acid attacking the tooth is lowered.  Studies have shown that cavity causing bacteria is passed from parents to newborn children.  Mothers using xylitol significantly reduce the frequency of cavities for children.
Xylitol is found in gum and mints.  They must be used 3-5 times a day after meals for a total intake of 5 grams.  The gum should be chewed for 5 minutes and allowed to dissolve in the mouth. 
Talk to us at the Rideau Dental Centre about Xylitol.  Call us 613-230-7475.  We’ll answer your questions.

Oral health is not limited to your teeth. Sores may appear in or around the mouth. These can be very painful. Usually sores disappear on their own within a week or two. They can have different appearances: red, white, ulcerated, raised, blistered. They also have different causes, including:
• Bacterial, fungal or viral infection.
• An irritant such as a broken tooth or loose orthodontic wire or improperly
  fitting denture.
• A symptom of a disease or disorder.
 If a mouth sore doesn't go away on its own within a week or so, it should always   be checked by your dentist. Your dentist can recognize the source of the problem and rule out anything more serious. Call us at Rideau Dental Centre to make an appointment 613-230-7475.