Archive for October 2017

Why You Should Clean Your Tongue

October 23, 2017 | Posted Education

We hear everywhere about the importance of brushing and flossing your teeth, but what about your tongue? Taking proper care of your tongue is an important part of a good oral hygiene routine. Your tongue is a perfect place for bacteria to thrive, and if not properly cleaned, it can cause bad breath.
 
Cleaning your tongue is very simple! Every time you brush your teeth, remember to clean your tongue as well. To clean your tongue, you can either use a tongue scraper or just brush it with a toothbrush. If using a toothbrush, gently move it around the tongue and then rinse with water. Some brushes have added tongue cleaners to the back sides of the head, so if yours has you, feel free to use that instead. Tongue scrapers can be an even better tool to clean the tongue. To use one, swipe it along the tongue and rinse after each swipe. Always be gentle when cleaning your tongue. If it starts to feel sore or begins bleeding, you are using too much force.
 
Try to clean your tongue at least two times per day, once in the morning and once in the evening, however cleaning it more often won’t hurt. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475.
 

Oral Care For Teenagers

October 10, 2017 | Posted Education

Today, the most common chronic disease in people from ages six to nineteen is tooth decay. By making a few minor changes in your daily routine, you can drastically reduce the risk of tooth decay and ensure that you have a healthy smile for years to come. Here are a few things you can do:

  • Avoid drinking soda - Soft drinks are acidic and contain large amounts of sugar, which allows them to erode tooth enamel and cause cavities. If you aren’t quite ready to cut soda out of your diet completely, consider drinking it with a straw to minimize the contact that the liquid has with your teeth. Also, rinse your mouth with water when you are finished drinking.

  • Play it safe - Sports involving physical contact are one of the leading causes of oral injuries in teenagers, but many of these injuries can be easily prevented with the use of a mouthguard.

  • Avoid oral piercings - Oral piercings often fracture tooth enamel, which can lead to requiring a filling or even root canal. Oral piercings also often cause infections, causing swelling and breathing difficulties.

Like adults, teenagers should visit their dentist every six months. Regular visits help ensure that any problems are caught early on. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us here at the Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475.