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Aiming for a Cavity Free-Future!

TODAY IS WORLD CAVITY-FREE FUTURE DAY!

All around the world, the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future (ACFF) has come together and recognized that cavities are a worldwide issue that can be prevented through a collaboration of various professionals which will in turn improve the quality of life for those who can remain cavity free.

As dental professionals, our team at Credit River Dental Centre strives towards this goal as we continue to work with our patients in helping them achieve and maintain optimal oral health.

No matter what your age is, it is important in assessing your risks whether it be diet, age, ability, independence, medical and medication concerns, we will work with you and your other health professionals collaboratively in order to ensure that we maintain not only your oral health but your overall health.

Think you are at Risk? Take this Early Cavity Risk Assessment provided by the ACFF and know your risk!
http://family.allianceforacavityfreefuture.org/en/us/risk-assessment

Top 3 things to do to scare away those Sugar Bugs!!

With Halloween fast approaching and the excitement of tasting delicious candy fills the air, one may tend to forget that behind the scenes of sweet sugary snacks is the potential for dental decay - CAVITIES! Here are 3 ways to ensure you and your little monster's oral health is being protected while enjoying the best Halloween has to offer!

  1. Try to eat your treat with a meal. While eating, your saliva production increases which helps flush out acid caused by sugary bacteria.
  2. Avoid biting down on hard candies - this will avoid any chipped teeth!
  3. Brush your teeth after every meal.

By doing these three easy 3 steps will help limit damage to your teeth, and that's something worth smiling about!

Have a happy and safe Halloween!


Good bye, Summer… Hello, Autumn

Autumn is here!!

It's no wonder autumn is the favourite season for many. The morning air is crisp but not cold, it's getting dark earlier but not before dinner, and comfy sweaters and scarves can come out of the closet but there's no need for winter jackets... just yet!

Thanksgiving (October 9th) and Halloween (October 31st) are just around the corner. Halloween falls on a Tuesday, so ghosts and goblins will be out early and all through the night. Be careful as you drive through your neighbourhood. As always, with Thanksgiving and Halloween kicking off the holiday season, remember not to overindulge too early and avoid binging too much.

What’s even scarier than Halloween is the approaching cold and flu season. October is Influenza Immunization Awareness Month. The flu is highly contagious and the severity of its effects can differ vastly between individuals. Whether you choose to get vaccinated or not, you can help prevent the spread of the flu by:

  • avoiding people who are sick
  • properly covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • washing your hands frequently
  • not touching your face
  • Most importantly - staying home when you are sick!

Taking care of your body is very important but please remember that taking the time to care for your teeth and mouth will also benefit your overall health and be well worth the effort.

We give thanks as well this month. We are thankful for you and your family for trusting us with your oral health.

The entire staff at Credit River Dental Centre wish you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving!!

Morning Breath or Something More Serious?

There you are, it's Saturday morning and you have the whole day ahead of you. You roll over and look at your better half and decide to give them a good morning kiss. But wait!!! What's been brewing in your mouth overnight?


Here's a question - if we floss and brush before we go to bed and settle down to sleep with a fresh mouth every night, why is it that just mere hours later, we wake up with dreaded "morning breath"?


The simple answer is that during the day, saliva works as your body's own natural mouthwash, washing away bacteria and particles that cause bad breath. While we sleep, saliva production decreases and our mouths dry out, providing the perfect environment for odour-causing bacteria.


Bad breath (or "halitosis", as it's officially known) can come from a number of different sources, such as a dry mouth, decomposition of food particles in and around your teeth, and foods (such as garlic and cabbage) that contain certain sulphur compounds. Halitosis can also reflect medical conditions, such as chronic infections in the lungs to kidney and liver failure. Dieting and fasting can slow down the stimulation of saliva flow and result in "offensive" breath. Talking for long periods of time will dry out your mouth with the same result.


Most everyday bad breath, however, can be controlled by following some simple steps:

1. Floss - flossing removes food particles from between the teeth eliminating an element of 'bad breath'

2. Brush your teeth after every meal – brushing will clean the surface of your teeth and gums eliminating bad breath causing bacteria and prolonging the life of your teeth. It was good advice when you were a kid and its good advice today

3. Scrub your tongue – many new tooth brushes come with a tongue scrubbing side. More than half of the bacteria that cause bad breath can be found on your tongue

4. Keep your mouth moist – avoid sugary beverages, but be sure to drink a lot of water. Aside from being good for hydration, the water acts to flush your mouth of the bacteria that cause bad breath

5. Visit your dentist regularly - aside from keeping your teeth in top shape, your dentist can look for signs of periodontal disease and other treatable causes of halitosis.


If your concerns go beyond morning breath please ask us for more information. We'd be happy to give you some "fresh" oral hygiene tips.

Brushing: Your Best Defense Against Plaque

“Brush your teeth… round and round” we all remember the song. It’s amazing, though, how many people still use improper brushing techniques. Brushing your teeth properly with a good tooth brush is your best line of defense against cavity-causing plaque between dental visits.

Improper brushing can be just as, if not more, harmful than plaque itself. Brushing too hard or using an improper tooth brush can erode enamel on the sides and tops of your teeth as well as damage your gums. Don’t be discouraged though, proper brushing technique is easy and rewarding.

It is recommended that you brush your teeth after every meal, and especially before your go to sleep, as bacteria will remain unchallenged for an extended period while you sleep.

Techniques

How long you spend brushing your teeth is as important an aspect as how often you brush your teeth. Often people “rush the brush”, spending under 30 seconds brushing, followed up by a quick mouthwash rinse. Brushing your teeth should be a part of your morning ritual and your bedtime wind-down.

Brushing should take no less that two minutes if done properly, followed by a flossing regimen, then at least one minute with a mouthwash if you choose to use one. These five minutes can be very relaxing and will leave your gums and mouth feeling invigorated and clean.

Brushing your teeth is not like sanding wood, you need to be gentle. Using a soft bristled brush, in a small circular motion, ensure you clean all surfaces of your teeth including behind the hard to reach back molars. Don’t forget to gently brush your gums in the direction of your tooth (upwards for lower teeth, downwards for upper teeth).

Your tongue and roof of your mouth need to be brushed gently. Some tooth brushes come with a tongue scrubbing surface: as long as you’re gentle, your brush should do the trick. This will help control the majority of the bacteria that cause bad breath.

Your Toothbrush

Your toothbrush is your toothbrush – don’t share it. If you use an electric toothbrush get separate brushing heads for each user.

Unless your dentist suggests otherwise, choose a brush with soft bristles. There are many shaped toothbrush heads and bodies: select one that fits your mouth and is easy to handle, ensuring you can reach behind your back molars.

A toothbrush should be changed about every three months, and whenever you see that the bristles are starting to fray and bend. We also recommend replacing your toothbrush after you have a cold or other virus.

Taking the time to care for your teeth and mouth will benefit your overall health and be well worth the effort. If you would like a demonstration of proper brushing techniques, please ask us during your next visit.

Make Sure your Kids have their Routine Dental Appointment before Back to School

We often get caught up in preparing our children’s accessories such as their backpack, pencils, binders, lunchbags, etc.. But we sometimes forget some simple things to get done before school starts. Firstly, what’s the best accessory your children can wear on the first day of school when new people will be met and hopefully friendships will be formed? Their SMILE!

In preparation for the start of the school year it's important to be ready for the year to come.  Aside from trying to figure out lunches, schedules for extra-curricular activities and school drop off and pick-up, it is also important to get a few things done before the madness of the start of school begins.

As a parent, preparedness is so important in order for things to run smoothly so why not get certain things done before school starts.

Number 1 - Did you get a chance to bring your child to see the dentist over the summer or maybe you're wondering when the last time was that you brought them in.  Children should be seen at least every 6 months to ensure that good habits are instilled and also cavity is caught early on if present.  Since a child's first set of teeth are not meant to last a lifetime, the rate at which a cavity grows is much faster than that in an adult.  Their enamel is much softer making their teeth more prone to large decay once a cavity has started to develop.  This is why regular check-ups and hygiene appointments are important.  So make sure you book your little one soon to ensure they start off the school year with a clean bill of oral health.

Number 2 - Along with that beautiful smile, it's important to get that new do.  Bringing your child to the hairdresser right before school starts will give you the opportunity to wait until the hustle and bustle is over with before they have to go again.  

Number 3 - Are you up to date with your child's doctor's appointments.  Keeping up to date with their paediatrician or medical doctor is important and so is maintaining the required vaccinations.  Your doctor can also inform you of any current medical concerns prior to the start of the year so that you will be informed if there are any outbreaks or medical issues in your vicinity.

Getting all of this out of the way before the start of the school year will ensure a smoother transition into the new school year and will hopefully give you are a parent some time to relax.

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