Archive for August 2019

When you think about it, getting an x-ray can sound scary; high frequency wavelengths getting blasted right through your body! As frightening as this may sound, dental radiographs are actually very safe if proper safety measures are taken. Here are some of the safety measures we take here at the Rideau Dental Centre to ensure the safety of our patients and staff.

  • Digital Radiography: Digital radiography requires 50-80% less radiation exposure for the patient when compared to old fashioned film systems. Other advantages to digital radiography include that no film, darkroom, or chemicals are needed, and no lead foil waste is generated. In addition to all of that, digital radiographs have a higher resolution than conventional radiographs, and the digital x-ray is displayed on a monitor immediately. 

  • Lead Apron and Thyroid Collar: When a patient receives an x-ray, they are provided with a lead apron and thyroid collar. Lead aprons help protect your chest area from the already fairly small amount of radiation emitted from a digital radiograph. A thyroid collar helps reduce the amount of radiation that reaches your thyroid gland, one of the most radiation-sensitive organs.

  • Lead Walls: The walls in our office that are near radiation producing equipment have lead inside them to prevent radiation from penetrating them, protecting other patients and staff from radiation exposure.

Along with the safety measures listed above, we also provide all of our staff with personal radiation monitors, and have an in-house radiation safety committee. Our goal here at the Rideau Dental Center is safety for all patients and staff, and we take as many measures as possible to ensure this. If you have any questions about dental radiography safety, feel free to contact us by calling 613-230-7475!

Why Do We Get Swollen Taste Buds?

August 15, 2019 | Posted Education

Taste buds are the reason that you can tell sweet from sour, and salty from bitter. Every person has around 10,000 taste buds in total, and they are housed inside of the tiny bumps on your tongue, called papillae. Normally, you shouldn’t be able to feel your taste buds. But sometimes, they can swell up. Swollen taste buds can be very painful, and make drinking and eating uncomfortable. Some of the conditions that can cause your taste buds to swell up are:

  • Acid Reflux - If acid makes it all the way into your mouth, it can burn the papillae on your tongue. 

  • Allergies - Certain foods or substances can cause reactions when they hit your tongue. 

  • Mouth Burns - Hot drinks and foods can burn taste buds, causing them to swell up.

  • Smoking - Cigarettes contain chemicals that can irritate the taste buds. 

  • Stress - Being under stress has been linked to a number of health issues, including swollen taste buds. 

  • Transient Lingual Papillitis - A common condition that causes inflamed taste buds. Only lasts for a short amount of time. 

  • Oral Cancer - Very rarely, swollen taste buds could be a sign of oral cancer. 

Usually, swollen taste buds will go away on their own after a few days. If you find yourself getting them frequently, make sure to practice proper oral hygiene, avoid spicy and acidic foods, and quit smoking. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us here at the Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475.