Archive for July 2017

Do You Really Need To Floss?

July 31, 2017 | Posted Education

Flossing should be an essential part of everyone's oral hygiene routine. Floss helps clean out food and plaque from places where your toothbrush can't reach. This helps prevent gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath. You should attempt to floss at least once per day. When flossing, be gentle to avoid damaging your gums.
 
There are a few different tools you can use to clean between your teeth, the most common being waxed or unwaxed dental floss, which both work well. If the spaces between your teeth are small, it may be easier to use waxed floss. Floss holders also exist for those who who have trouble handling a long thread of floss.
 
If you are unsure of how to properly floss your teeth, ask your dentist during your next visit. Proper flossing technique is critical. One of our dental hygiene team members at Rideau Dental Centre will review this with you during your next visit. If you have any other questions, feel free to contact us by calling 613-230-7475.
 
 

Tobacco Use and Oral Health

July 17, 2017 | Posted Education

Most people know about the impact that tobacco has on their overall health, but people often don't consider its effect on oral health. The following are some of the possible oral health problems that smoking or chewing tobacco can cause.

  • Tooth discolouration

  • Persistent bad breath

  • Gum disease

  • Mouth sores

  • Cavities

  • Sinusitis

  • Different sense of taste and smell

  • Oral cancer

 
Smoking interferes with the normal function of gum tissue cells, which makes one more susceptible to gum (periodontal) disease. This interference also impairs the flow of blood in the gums, which causes wounds to take longer to heal.
 
We at the Rideau Dental Centre are always available to diagnose the above oral effects and assist you in a smoking cessation plan. Take a look at the Canadian Cancer Society's website smokershelpline.ca for some great resources.
 
When you visit our office we always complete a thorough oral examination. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us by calling 613-230-7475.

Mouthwash, while not an alternative to brushing and flossing, can be a good addition to your normal oral hygiene routine. Here are a few of the benefits that mouthwash can bring:

  • Many mouthwashes can help prevent the buildup of plaque. However, this does not mean that they can remove pre-existing plaque from the teeth, so remember to keep brushing and flossing!

  • Certain mouthwashes contain fluoride, which can help prevent cavities.

  • Antibacterial mouthwash kills bacteria in the mouth, which freshens your breath, and helps fight gum disease.

 
If you are noticing that you need to frequently use mouthwash to mask bad breath, it may be a sign that you have an underlying oral health problem. Speak to your dentist about this. Mouthwash, like salt water, can also help soothe canker sores, as it kills bacteria that can irritate the sore.
 
While there are many benefits to adding mouthwash to your daily routine, remember that it should be an addition to your normal oral hygiene routine, and not a replacement of it. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us here at the Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475. Happy 150th Canada! Wishing everybody a great weekend.