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A Heart Felt Gift for this Valentine’s Day

Love is in the air.  For some Valentine’s day is a celebration of a new relationship, for others a celebration of a long term one and for some it’s a celebration of independence and loving one’s self.  Whatever Valentine’s Day symbolizes for you or for a significant other, finding the right gift can be a challenge.

Our Mississauga dental office can help you with this.  What better than to give the gift of a beautiful smile for a loved one or for yourself.  A beautiful smile may not necessarily mean a full mouth makeover.  These simple gift(s) may be enough to give you or your loved one that extra sparkle this Valentine’s day.

A Whiter Brighter Smile

Our office offers two types of whitening treatments; one that can be done in our office in as little as an hour or one that can be done in the comfort of your own home.  Our in-office treatment can be done in less than an hour and give you a difference of up to 8 shades whiter.  Minimal sensitivity is experienced with this treatment.  Click HERE  to find out more about our in-office whitening treatment.  Our office also offers Professional home whitening treatments that can be done over the course of two weeks.  Although slight sensitivity may be experienced with the home whitening kits, the shade of whitening can be controlled and treatment can be done in the comfort of your own home.  Call our office at 905-278-4297to consult with one of our specialists about which whitening treatment is right for you!  Deals and Special offers for this service are limited to our patients or patients to be only.

A Cleaner and Brighter Smile

Giving the gift of good oral health is something you or your loved ones will always be thankful for.  Our office offers Oral B’s Professional Care Electric Toothbrush to you at cost pricing so you and your loved ones can enjoy a cleaner and brighter smile.  We also offer Cario toothpaste which help to prevent cavities.  This toothpaste is a revolutionary toothpaste created by Oral Science.  It does not contain SLS and is Fluoride-Free.  Call us at 905-278-4297 to find out more about these superior homecare products or to purchase yours today.

A Little Sparkle in a Smile

Like the saying goes, diamonds are forever!  Have you ever thought about adding a little sparkle to your smile or gifting a loved one a little sparkle?  Our office now offers diamonds backed in 22K yellow gold or 18K white gold which can be placed non-invasively on the tooth surface.  We also offer other tooth jewel options.  Click HERE  to find out more about tooth jewellery.

Your oral health matters and as your Mississauga dentist our team dedicates our learning to making sure we can help you and your loved ones achieve optimal oral health.  To find out more about what we can do to help you with this contact our office today at 905-278-4297!

The Gift You DON’T Want

The Common Cold!

It’s the most, wonderful time, of the year! With the bright and shining lights of the Christmas trees, to the shiny wrapping paper that sits just below, the holidays can be such a beautiful time spent with family and close friends. But, being close can lead to other things that aren’t so joyous; that includes the common cold!From the constant unpredictability of the north, the weather can go from hot to cold in a matter of days. The shock in temperature can affect our bodies in different ways, but did you know; the common cold, didn’t actually get its name from the cold weather? Rather, the implications of indoor festivities that have us dwelling in the sneeze covered counters or handshakes from Aunt Mary or cousin George. The act of staying indoors, in close proximities to those infected due to the cold is likely the cause of the common cold and along with it, those unpleasant symptoms that keep us under those sheets. Not only can the common cold affect your mind and body, but it can also attribute to other oral symptoms that are just as unpleasant. Have you ever experienced tooth pain when you were sick? This is not uncommon as the largest sinus cavity in your face is located above your upper jaw. When you have a sinus infection, the buildup of fluids in that cavity can cause pressure on the roots of your teeth. Although this may be the case, it is always recommended to visit your dentist to confirm there isn’t an underlying issue causing the toothache.When your nose is all stuffy, it makes it extremely hard to breath, so you tend to breath through your mouth. This can cause dry mouth. Since your saliva has a key role in fighting tooth decay by washing bacteria that causes plaque, staying hydrated and drinking plenty of fluids is important when you are feeling under the weather.Another oral symptom that can be caused by the common cold is bad breath. When your body is producing excess mucus, the post nasal drip that seeps in the back of your mouth creates an environment that allows bacteria to grow and multiple, thus giving off an unpleasant odor. It is important to note that when you are sick, it is highly recommended to stay on top of your oral care and hygiene game. Although it may be tough to get out of bed, it is important to know that being sick can take a toll on your oral health so skipping hygiene appointments or dental visits to get some extra rest can cause more harm than good. This can be especially true if your oral health is already on a rocky road and the excess bacteria and lack of oral hygiene can make matter worse. So, as hard as it may seem to get out of bed during sick days, its best to remember the long term effects and how brushing at least twice a day can help minimize oral complications and improve your health overall.Contact your top choice Mississauga dental office today to keep your mouth in tip top shape for the holiday season at 905-278-4297

Dentophobia : Ways to Overcome the Fear and Anxiety of Dentistry

Have you ever wanted to do something so badly, but you were too afraid to do it or afraid of something that would let you do it? Are you stressed or scared of just the thought, sight, touch or sound of something/someone? Phobias; we all have at least one. Even Superman had one; kryptonite.

I’ve always been a winter fan (I’m not crazy, I promise!), I was born and raised in friendly “Winterpeg”, Manitoba, the land of snow! I love to snowboard and ice skate even with a mild fear of heights and slipping. Yet every season, I’m on the top of that mountain and speed my way down without so much as a thought of just one wrong move, could send me tumbling down in pieces.

I do enjoy summer and the fun filled sun soaking activities associated with it, but there is one thing I’m absolutely terrified of; bees! As soon as I hear or see one, I’m probably the roadrunner’s best competition, I speed away! I can face being on top of a 3000+ foot high mountain, but a 3mm sized bee will have be running for my life.

Different phobias can affect people in many different ways. Some symptoms may be worse than others depending on the phobia itself or the situation in which it presents itself. For many, (I was once including in this group), dentistry is on top of the list. The thought of the drilling, suctioning sounds, needles and metal instruments in my mouth that I couldn’t see, only feel, it can be a scary thought. It can cause sweating, nervousness, agitation, and anxiety just to name a few. And though it may sound and seem scary, there are a few things that can help alleviate these symptoms.

Firstly, it is important to realize that being scared is okay. It does not make you any less of a person, nor does it exclude you from those who are not scared. It is important to note that for some people, this phobia stems from previous bad experiences, which then hinders any future treatments, But, if we had the mindset that just because something didn’t go the way it was planned the first time, that we should just then give up. We wouldn’t succeed in anything in life. Letting past bad experiences define your future direction only leads to circles; you’ll always end up back to where you started. Dentistry is an integral part of life that should be seen as support group; a group of professionals in oral care that are here to lead you to and maintain a healthy oral lifestyle. We are your number one fans that want you to succeed in oral hygiene!

“Dentistry is an integral part of life that should be seen as support group; a group of professionals in oral care that are here to lead you to and maintain a healthy oral lifestyle.”

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. For some, knowing step by step can help alleviate some of the stress of not knowing what’s going on. Express any concerns you may have openly and we will always try our best to explain in the best possible manner.

If your nerves seem to really get to you, you can make special requests to help make you feel more at ease.

Practicing positive self-encouragement can also be a big help! Telling yourself you are capable can help with your esteem. You are your number one fan! It is always good to be optimistic and remind yourself that you will be fine and that you can trust your dental family in providing you with the proper care and treatment.

We also offer televisions in our operatories so don’t be afraid to ask to put on your favourite show! You can also bring in a set of headphones and listen to music or your favourite podcasts. We can dim the lights and diffuse some essential oils to help too. Distractions can be a big help when you are feeling anxious!

As your top choice dental office, we want to reassure you that you are in great care! Our ultimate goal is optimal oral health and we are here to help you every step of the way. Let us know how to make each visit as comfortable as possible. It’s okay to feel scared, but rest assure, your Credit River Dental family has your back every step of the way!

Battle of the Flossers: Traditional String vs. Water Flossing

Flossing is an integral component to any great oral hygiene routine. If you are brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day, you are on the right track to maintaining healthy gums, stronger teeth, and a brighter smile! It is recommended that we floss at least once a day because it is able to clean 40% of tooth surfaces that our toothbrushes alone are not able to reach. As important as flossing is, only 31% of people are actually flossing every day. We all know we should be doing it, however what exactly is stopping us from reaching for our floss? Some people may have a hard time getting floss in between tight spaces or underneath dental work; some people have limited hand dexterity and are not able to get the floss all the way to their back molars; and others just find it way too time consuming and would rather just head straight to bed. If you have a hard time reaching for your traditional string floss, than water flossers may be a great aid to consider adding in to your oral hygiene regime. As we breakdown the battle between traditional string floss and water flossers, we hope that you will be able answer any questions that you may have had and also encourage you to ask which aid is more suitable for your needs at your next dental visit! As your Mississauga family dentist, we make it our duty to help you in every step of the way in order to achieve your optimal oral health.

The Tried-and-True: Traditional String Floss

Dental floss is a soft thread or string of silk or similar material used to clean your teeth. When it comes to regular string floss, you do have a few different options to choose from. For example, there’s waxed floss, which has a light coating of wax that makes it more durable, and there’s unwaxed floss that makes it easy to clean tight spaces between teeth. There is dental tape, which is flatter and broader to provide comfort to those who have more space in between their teeth, and there’s polytetrafluorethylene (PTFE) floss, which is less prone to shredding and can easily slide between tighter spaces.

Pros of Flossing:

  • Flossing is a very efficient way to remove excess food and debris from your teeth
  • Floss is inexpensive, convenient, and easily accessible
  • It is quick and easy – you can do it almost anywhere
  • Reduces the risk of gingivitis and gum disease

Cons of Flossing:

  • It is difficult for floss to reach some areas of the mouth
  • It can cause minor bleeding if it isn’t done properly
  • Some people have a hard time getting the hang of it

Technology Takeover: Water Flossers

A water flosser is a specialized device that shoots a thin stream of water. When aimed between your teeth or at the gum line, it uses the pressure of the water to massage the gums and push the food away from the teeth. Clinical studies show that using a water flosser results in a penetration of 50% of the depth of the pocket, about two times as far as can be reached with dental floss.

Pros of Water Flossers:

  • Easy to use, especially for those with braces or other types of dental work (such as bridges, implants and fixed retainers)
  • Great choice for those with arthritis or limited dexterity
  • The massaging action can improve gum health and reach areas where traditional floss can’t

Cons of Water Flossers:

  • More expensive
  • Takes up storage space on your bathroom counter and requires electricity and water
  • Difficult to use outside your home

And The Winner Is…

Actually, we recommend a combination of both! Water flossers are extremely effective, however they are still not a complete replacement for traditional floss. Although it is definitely better than not flossing at all, flossing is definitely still important because it removes bacteria colonies from teeth and gums, whereas water flossers simply rinse these areas. Ideally, people should be using both by starting off with string floss to help loosen up the plaque and food particles, and then following up with the water flosser to help flush them all away.

Which Is Best for You?

We hope this guide has given you some insight on the advantages and disadvantages of the types of flossing tools available. If you still have any questions, please give us a call or visit our office at Credit River Dental Centre and we will help you in assessing the best way and most effective way to care for your teeth and gums at home!

The Benefit of Plant-Based Foods to your Oral Health!

It’s very hard these days not to notice that more and more of your favorite restaurants are offering plant-based options. Pizza, burgers, even taco establishments are all getting in on the plant based craze. Hollywood is getting in on the action with a soon to be released movie produced by some of the biggest names in a film about former lifelong meat eaters, moving towards plant based diets and finding huge improvements in their physical health.

But what about your oral health? What kind of impact does a vegetarian diet have on your oral health? In addition to brushing and flossing, food plays a very key role in keeping your teeth strong and healthy. We often think about the negative impact certain foods can have but there are a number of foods that can improve our oral health.

From an oral health standpoint, foods can have not only an effect on the teeth but also the oral soft tissues including protection against oral cancer. According to the latest review in the journal of the American Dental Association, “Evidence supports a recommendation of a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables as part of a whole-foods, plant-based diet.” The foods found most protective include raw and green/leafy vegetables, tomatoes, citrus, and carrots.

While most people are aware that excess sugars can contribute to tooth decay, we also know that there are certain plant-based foods which can actually not only clean the surface of your teeth, but reduce bacteria as well. The following are just some of the foods that can improve your oral health.

Cucumber
Cucumbers contain dietary fiber which helps to clean teeth and gums. The natural water content found in cucumbers help to enhance the production of saliva.

Parsley
Although parsley has traditionally been used as a garnish, you may want to consider consuming it along with the rest of your meal as parsley is antimicrobial and contains a chemical called eugenol, which not only improves breath odor but also has antiseptic qualities.

Strawberries
Strawberries contain a chemical called malic acid which actually has subtle whitening properties to help break down stains and brighten your smile! Because of the natural sugars and tiny seeds which may get stuck in your teeth, it’s a good idea to give your teeth a quick rinse with water after eating them

Shitake Mushrooms
Shitake mushrooms contain a chemical called lentinan, which helps to not only limit bacterial growth inside the mouth but also prevent gingivitis.

Onions
People often associate onions with being the cause of bad breath, but onions actually help prevent tooth decay. Their natural sulfur chemicals, which give onions their distinctive smell also help fight cavities!

Carrots
Carrots contain keratin which reinforces strength and helps prevent tooth decay. Carrots are also high in fiber and help with saliva production, both of which contribute to a healthier mouth.

In one of the biggest studies to date, consuming citrus fruits more than twice a day, however, was associated with dental erosion 37 times higher compared to those who consumed citrus fruits less often. Consuming apple cider vinegar or sports drinks once a week or more and soft drinks daily will also increase your risk of erosion. The odds of erosion for these habits were ten, four, and four times greater, respectively, than in those who did not engage in that habit.

In order to enjoy the benefits of healthy foods like citrus while at the same time minimizing the risks of dental erosion, the most important thing to remember is not to brush right after we eat sour fruit. We should always wait at least 30 minutes. Acid softens our enamel and if we brush right after consuming these acidic foods we can actually inadvertently damage our teeth in the process.

Self Care = Self Happiness

I woke up today with one of the biggest realizations I’ve had in a long time. It was something deep down I already knew, but seemed to ignore and never put much thought into.

“Self care is a reflection of self happiness”.

We live on a planet that houses over seven billion people, surely there were multiple reasons at least one person could make you happy right? Surely all the money in the world could do the trick right? Maybe that last chocolate glazed donut could? But then I realized it was a domino effect. Happiness itself could never be pure and really grow unless it started with the right foundation. That foundation started with ME.

In a world that’s become so fast paced that you feel you’ll miss if you blink, we seemingly forget to take the time to even breathe. The newest piece of technology, the newest social media platform, new food, new shoes, new shows, and the list is endless. Yet as much as we drown in the now and new, how effective is it all in making us happy? It’s all short term, maybe. But, when was the last time we invested in something that was for long term happiness? Through all the stages of progression, there is one thing that is constant, you. Do you wake up with a smile? Do you think about how great the day is going to be before it even begins? Do you look in the mirror and see what you want to see? Do you hop off the treadmill of life and stop to take the time and realize its okay to take a breather?

It is so easy to forget the small things that matter the most and in the long run. For example, how important is brushing for at least 2 minutes twice a day? A day that is equates to 1,440 minutes, surely a mere 4 minutes can be spared! With something that takes so little time, we sometimes forget to prioritize and yet, we drive 15 km over the speed limit to save an extra 2 minutes just to get to work, to that party, or to that meeting. We rush and rush in order to keep up with life’s pace. There’s a saying that “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and over again but expecting different results.” And yet we always leave the same time, knowing we’ll have to rush in order to save those 2 min on the road.

This concept can apply to oral health in two ways; if you constantly neglect your oral health, it’s never going to give you the same results. It will progressively get worse. On the upside, if you consistently take the time to cater to your oral health, the results won’t stay the same; it will constantly get better and stay healthier.

And though it may be easy to just start brushing because you read a blog that emphasizes its importance, smiling into the mirror with those pearly whites because you’ve taken the time to take care of them and that feeling of confidence, is something no words on paper or on the internet can ever express. That self care will reflect in the way you express your happiness.

So, in a world that is forever moving and changing, don’t be afraid to step back, breath, smile a healthy smile and realize that you don’t have to keep up with life. Life is what you make of it and in order to have a happy life, you need to be a happy you first!

A healthy smile is a great attribute to a happy life! At Credit River Dental, we would love to reflect our happiness in making your smile happier! Call us today at 905-278-4297!

Finding the Right Dental Family

As your top choice Mississauga dental office, we know how important it is to not only find a great dentist, but a dental team that makes you feel at home. Dental visits can create a lot of anxiety, fear, and stress amongst some patients, but we at Credit River Dental make sure that you feel comfortable and at ease!

Have you ever walked into your favourite retail store and saw a fabulous jacket on the mannequin that you just had to have? You walk up to it and see if the rack is there, but it’s not. You look around and see if there’s anyone to help. There’s no one in sight. You walk to one of the registers and see a sales associate restocking. You politely ask for some help, only to be turned away with a response of, “sorry, I don’t work in this department!” You decide to search yourself and finally find it. You head back to another register to cash out. The cashier beams a smile and asks if anyone helped you. You tell her no and she simply nods and continues to render the bill. You walk out happy with your new purchase, but a tiny part of you was disappointed in the lack of customer service. How could such a great store have such lousy workers?

In an ever changing economical world, goods and services are bountiful. You walk along a busy city street; there are at least five coffee shops, three dental offices, 2 nail salons and seven different places to eat. Our society has been spoiled with countless ways to indulge, but what separates one from the other? In a world of franchise companies, what keeps “mom and pop” businesses in the race?

Amazing Customer Service Does!

Searching for the best has never been easier with technology literally at our fingertips. We then look at the reviews to relate to firsthand experiences from customers or patients and we realize that they are all based on one thing, customer service. How well do they treat their customers/patients? Were they friendly, passionate and helpful? Character can make or break! It doesn’t matter how great you are at the service you provide, if the way it is served is unpleasant, that speaks more of the work than the work itself!

Dentistry has always been deemed the least favourite visits in the healthcare field. Although this may be the case, making sure that patients are as comfortable and happy with their visits is something a great dental team will always strive for. When looking for the right dental office, you want more than just a great dentist. You want a team that can answer your questions, help accommodate if the case may arise, but most importantly, makes you feel like you are family! Find a team that reflects the work of a great dentist. A great dental family not only helps you with great oral health, but provides comfort and ease in and out of the chair!

At Credit River Dental Centre, we know the importance of a great smile. We understand that dental visits can be a little stressful and nerving, but rest assured that will do our best to help you feel at ease. If you ever have questions or are feeling a little nervous, it would be our pleasure to sit with you to answer and help reassure you! Enjoy a coffee or a snack from our patient snack bar. We offer televisions in the operatory rooms so that you can watch in comfort during your treatment. We are also available after hours for emergencies if you need help. Dr. Lee ensures your greatest smile in the chair, and his dental team makes sure to help continue that smile off the chair! Call us at 905-278-4297 to book your appointment today!

“There are no traffic jams along the extra mile” - Roger Staubach

Want Whiter Teeth Without Bleaching?

Here are 5 makeup tips that can make your teeth look whiter

  1. Lipstick ShadeWith lipsticks, the key is to look for those with bluer undertones as opposed to yellow. Slightly purple tones will help teeth appear somewhat whiter than those that lean yellow or orange. How does it work? If we look at the colour wheel, blue and orange/yellow sit across from each other, so blue tones tend to cancel out orange or yellow tones when placed side by side together, and vice versa. Therefore, lipsticks with a blue base will help cancel out any orange or yellow tones on your teeth.Red lipstick usually lean one of blue, pink, or orange. Blue tones will provide the greatest whitening effect, pink tones will be relatively neutral, and orange tones will provide a slightly yellowing effect. Unfortunately, darker shades in general will make teeth appear slightly yellower.
  2. BronzerAs far as having an influence on the appearance of your teeth, your bronzer can either lead to your ultimate downfall or make you a star. Avoid going too orange but rather use a subtle taupe-toned bronzer in order to lift your teeth an entire shade brighter.
  3. Eye MakeupSimilar to the way your teeth will look whiter if you use a lipstick with cool or blue undertones, wearing cooler eyeshadows will help to deflect any yellow tones. Wear purple, blue and silver eyeshadows through the winter months in orderto brighten your smile, whereas in the spring try green and turquoise lids.
  4. Contour the curves of your mouthYour lips can appear fuller by accentuating the shape of your mouth and, combine that with a berry-toned lipstick in order to kick up the shine in your teeth. Trace around the edge of your lip line with a highlighting pencil while putting some extra emphasis on the curve of your cupid’s bow.
  5. Lip GlossSimilar in the way cooler hues in lipsticks can help to enhance the appearance of your pearly whites, the flecks of shimmer or glitter in your lip gloss follow a similar colour rule. Toss away any glosses that contain gold or bronze-toned glitter, and choose one with a silver shimmer instead in order to offer a sparkly smile.And of course if you would like to whiten your teeth the more traditional way then please do not hesitate to contact us at the Credit River Dental Centre in beautiful Port Credit, Mississauga.

www.creditriverdental.com905.278.4297dentistry@creditriverdental.com

Conquering Canker Sores

If you’ve ever had a canker sore, you would understand how irritating these little spots in your mouth can get. Here at Credit River Dental Centre, we often have patients ask us what they can do to prevent and treat their canker sores. As your Mississauga family dentist, we’ve put together some basic information and tips in order to help you overcome the discomfort that canker sores cause.

What exactly are canker sores?

Canker sores are small ulcers that develop inside the tissues of your mouth. Canker sores are typically white or gray and oval-shaped ulcers, with a red-edged border. They are commonly located on the soft tissues and at the base of the gums. Although canker sores are benign and are not contagious, they can be quite painful and awfully annoying. These ulcers can be quite sensitive and can make it difficult to do daily tasks such as eating, drinking and talking.

What causes canker sores?

  1. Injury/Stress
    • One of the most common causes of canker sores is injury. Brushing too hard, biting your gums, harsh mouthwashes or eating something hard are some things that may cause these tiny ulcerations to appear. Certain people are also more sensitive with toothpastes that contain sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), which can also lead to the development of these sores.
  2. Acidic Foods
    • Highly acidic foods, such as fruit, can irritate the tissues or worsen the condition of canker sores.
  3. Vitamin Deficiency
    • Children are more susceptible to getting canker sores because their bodies are consistently growing and demand for more vitamins. Doctors suspect that a vitamin B-12 deficiency can contribute to the cause of canker sores.
  4. Weak Immune System/Chronic Illness
    • Individuals with weakened immune systems are more susceptible to getting canker sores. A weaker immune system cannot repair ulcers as quickly as a healthy immune system. Individuals with Celiac disease or Crohn’s disease are also more prone to getting canker sores.

How to get rid of them

Thankfully, canker sores do go away on their own within one or two weeks. The best thing you can do is to keep your mouth healthy. This means keeping up with your oral care regime, including brushing twice and flossing daily. It may be tempting to avoid brushing in the area due to discomfort, however it is important to remove the plaque, bacteria, and food debris in order to aid healing. You should also avoid eating highly acidic and/or spicy foods, as they can cause irritate the tissues.

Over the counter mouthwashes and ointments are also available in order to soothe the area. Gingigel by Oral Science is a product that we highly recommend for those with canker sores or gum inflammation. It relieves pain and contains hyaluronic acid – a natural substance found in the connective tissues of the body. Hyaluronic acid helps to stimulate the production of new healthy tissue and promote tissue regeneration, allowing the sore to heal at a faster rate.

If you are noticing large sores, have sores that do not go away after three weeks, or are experiencing severe pain associated with your mouth, we encourage you to visit us at Credit River Dental Centre to have us examine the lesion to ensure that it is indeed a canker sore.

New Year, New Oral Health Goals

The New Year is a great time for people to take charge and think about creating goals on how to improve their overall health. We all strive to see a better version of ourselves as each year begins - whether it be through making healthier diet choices, getting more exercise, or by practicing overall healthier habits. As we are a few weeks into the New Year, we may want to also consider creating oral health goals as a part of contributing to our overall health as well. As your Mississauga Dentist, we have formulated five goals to help you to achieve a healthier smile for this New Year!

  1. Develop the habit of flossing
    We understand that flossing can seem tedious and a bit time consuming, however it plays an essential role in keeping our gums healthy. Did you know that you miss 35% of tooth surfaces in your mouth when you don’t floss? Unfortunately, tooth brushing alone cannot get into those hard to reach surfaces, which is why brushing and flossing come hand in hand. Having bacteria and food debris left over can cause build up in between your teeth and can lead to further negative effects on your mouth such as getting cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease.
  2. Invest on your toothbrush
    It is very easy to lose track of how long we’ve had our toothbrush or toothbrush heads on for. Overtime, the bristles of our toothbrush wear down, causing them to be less effective and actually can cause more damage to our teeth and gums. It is important that we replace our toothbrush or toothbrush heads every three months.
    Another thing to also consider is investing on an electric toothbrush, which is the most effective tool for plaque removal. Electric toothbrushes have multiple benefits in comparison to manual toothbrushes. For more information on the benefits of electric toothbrushes, you can check out of one of our previous blog posts, “Give the Gift of Oral Health
  3. Visit you dentist regularly
    At Credit River Dental Centre, our main goal is to guide and help you in achieving your optimal oral health. More frequent dental appointments allow the dentist and hygienist to monitor the health of your mouth to help keep you on track. Regular dental hygiene visits are highly recommended in order to help you prevent gum disease and reduce the risk for tooth decay.
  4. Quit smoking
    This is a great goal that will not only impact your oral health, but will also help to improve your overall health. Smoking affects your dental health in many ways; it can put you at a greater risk for developing gum disease, tooth decay and oral cancer. Smoking can also cause our teeth to develop more tartar buildup, discoloration and staining. Fortunately, there are many aids that are out there in order to help you to break this habit such as the patch, medication, online resources and support groups.
  5. Eating healthier
    Eating well is on most people’s New Years Resolutions list, however may not be on there specifically just to improve their oral health. Fruits and vegetables are actually great for your teeth. Crisp and crunchy fruits in vegetables help to naturally remove the plaque off your teeth. Other fruits such as oranges and bananas contain supportive vitamins and antioxidants to help prevent gum disease. It is also important for us to try and avoid foods that are high in sugar or are acidic since they can cause damage to our teeth and can result in cavities. This does not mean eating sweets should be completely avoided, however we must always make sure we are eating them in moderation and making sure that we are rinsing our mouths with water after and brushing every night to ensure the sugars don’t stay on our teeth.
    Improving your oral health and overall health go hand in hand. We, at Credit River Dental Centre, wish that you all have an amazing New Year and hope that these goals can help give you some inspiration and motivation for the New Year.