Archive for November 2019

Your diet affects your entire immune system. Studies have shown that a healthy and nutritious diet can help lower the risk of oral related health issues such as periodontal disease and tooth decay. But what is a healthy diet?
 
A healthy diet is based on the concepts of balance, variety, and moderation. To achieve balance in your diet, try eating appropriate amounts of food from each of the recommended categories in a food guide such as Canada's Food Guide. Try to make sure you are eating a variety of different foods, as one food cannot meet all of your daily nutritional requirements, and this can also help keep meals more interesting! Finally, make sure you have appropriate serving sizes of your food and drink, as this can help you maintain a healthy weight and lower the risk of other health issues.
 
Certain foods and drinks such as soft drinks, citrus fruit, vinegar, and wine can cause acid erosion in your mouth, so you should try to limit how often you eat them, and when you do, try to brush your teeth right after. Some foods that can help keep your teeth healthy are whole-grain bread, cheese, lean meats, nuts, and yogurt.
 
If you have any questions about eating healthy and how what you eat affects your oral health, feel free to contact us here at the Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475!
 
 

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 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.