Archive for December 2017

Oral Hygiene While Travelling

December 18, 2017 | Posted Education

Anyone who has travelled before knows that it can be difficult to keep up a proper oral hygiene routine. If you’re on a long trip, taking good care of your teeth is extra important, since if you have a dental emergency you could end up in a third world dental office which will not have the same quality and safety regulations as one here in Canada.
 
First, you need to remember to bring proper dental hygiene tools, such as your toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss. Don’t worry though, if you forget any of these or need replacements during your travels, you should be able to purchase them in almost every country with no issues.
 
After brushing your teeth, make sure you give your toothbrush time to dry. If you put it in your bag immediately after brushing, it will be a prime breeding ground for bacteria. When brushing your teeth or even washing your toothbrush, make sure to use clean, safe water. If the tap water from the location you are visiting is not suitable for drinking, then it is not suitable for brushing your teeth. It’s also a good idea to watch what you’re eating while on the road, as often times it becomes much easier for us to indulge ourselves with sweets.
 
To reduce the risk of a dental emergency while on vacation, it’s always a good idea to have a thorough dental examination prior to your departure. If you’ve got any questions about oral health care while travelling, feel free to contact us here at the Rideau Dental Center by calling 613-230-7475.
 

The Four Types of Teeth

December 05, 2017 | Posted Education

Most people don’t think about their teeth very often, aside from when they brush and floss. But have you ever wondered what the different types of teeth in your mouth are, and what their function is? There are four main types of teeth, and each type has a different shape to help you chew and digest food. The different types are:

  • Incisors - The eight teeth in the front center of your mouth (four on top, and four on the bottom). These teeth are usually the first adult teeth that you got as a child, coming in between the ages of six and eight. Incisors let you bite into your food.

  • Canines - These are the next teeth that that develop in your mouth. You have four of them, and they’re your sharpest teeth. Canines let you tear apart tough food.

  • Premolars - You have eight of these in total, and use them for tearing and crushing food. Unlike the incisors, premolars have a flat biting surface.

  • Molars - The largest teeth in your mouth, molars have a similar function to premolars - to grind, tear, and crush food. Molars have large, flat biting surfaces making them perfect for the job. You have twelve in total, including the four wisdom teeth.

And that sums up the four basic types of teeth! You should make an effort to preserve all of your teeth by brushing and flossing, as they all are important regarding both function and aesthetics. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475.