Archive for July 2019

Thumbsucking is a natural reflex for children. Sucking on objects such as pacifiers, fingers, and thumbs often make babies feel happy and secure. When the permanent teeth begin to come in, sucking can create problems with the alignment of the teeth and growth of the mouth. Pacifiers can have the same effect on the teeth as fingers, but are often an easier habit for children to break.
 
Intensity is the determining factor of whether or not sucking will cause dental problems. If children passively rest their thumb or pacifier in their mouth, they’re much less likely to experience problems when compared to children who vigorously suck on their thumbs. Overly aggressive sucking can even cause damage to primary (baby) teeth. 
 
Most children stop sucking their thumbs between the ages of two and four, or by the time their permanent teeth begin to come in. If your child doesn’t stop sucking their thumbs, you should attempt to praise them for not sucking. Sucking is often associated with insecurity, so it’s recommended to try to eliminate any anxiety by providing comfort to your child. 
 
If you notice a change in your child’s teeth, or are concerned about their sucking habits, you should consult your dentist. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us here at the Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475.

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.

Usually occurring during sleep, teeth grinding is typically caused by an abnormal bite, missing/crooked teeth, or stress. Grinding wears down, loosens, and can even fracture the teeth.
 
To prevent teeth grinding, your dentist will first try to identify its cause. An intraoral appliance may be used to help reduce the detrimental effects of the grinding. If it is stress that is causing you to grind your teeth, you should ask your doctor or dentist about ways to reduce it. If your grinding is caused by a sleeping disorder, seeking treatment for it should reduce grinding. Some other things you can consider to help reduce tooth grinding are:

  • Cutting back on drinks/foods that contain caffeine such as coffee and chocolate.

  • Trying not to chew on any non-food objects, including gum. Chewing on things allows your jaw to get used to it and makes it more likely that you will grind your teeth.

If you would like to talk about treating your teeth grinding or have any other questions, feel free to contact us here at the Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475.