Thursday, February 26, 2015

20 Things That Can Ruin Your Smile (Part 4)


smile-coffeeHot drinks

brush-teeth-smileYour hot-drink habit may be one reason your teeth look a little dingy.

"Black tea and coffee contain stain-promoting tannins that lodge into the pits and grooves of the tooth enamel, producing a rough, stained surface, which is sticky and can retain decay-producing bacteria," says Halpern.

Consume such beverages in moderation, drink more water every day, and add milk to your coffee or tea to help neutralize the acids, says Perle.


As you age, you're more susceptible to decay near old fillings or root surfaces unprotected by receding gums. But there's no reason you can't keep your teeth. Oral disease—not aging per se—is the danger.

Bumping up your fluoride protection is key. And if you have arthritis, there are dental products that can make brushing and flossing less painful.

"Seniors who brush regularly with fluoride toothpaste or use fluoride rinses or gels regularly have fewer cavities," adds Meinecke.

Birth control pills

Because oral contraceptives mimic pregnancy, they can also lead to gum inflammation and infections, including gingivitis.

Additionally, some studies have shown that women who use birth control pills may have more trouble healing after tooth extractions and are twice as likely to develop painful dry sockets where the tooth used to be.

If you use birth control pills, it's not a bad idea to discuss their effect with your dentist before major procedures.


Not flossing

Although many of us are much more diligent about brushing than flossing, they are equally important.

"Flossing every day is one of the best things you can do to take care of your teeth. It's the single most important factor in preventing periodontal disease, which affects more than 50% of adults," says Meinecke.

Flossing helps remove plaque and debris that sticks to teeth and gums, and gives you a brighter smile by polishing the tooth's surface; it even helps control bad breath.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

20 Things That Can Ruin Your Smile (Part 3)


Contrary to what mom said, sugar won't directly rot your teeth—but the acid produced when you eat sugar and carbohydrates can.

"Naturally occurring bacteria in the mouth devour sugar, creating acids that attack tooth enamel, which can lead to decay and a host of other problems, including gingivitis and cavities," says Halpern.

The worst thing you can do is leave sugar lingering on your teeth and gums. Eating any amount of candy and brushing and flossing immediately is actually less damaging than not brushing after eating one piece before bedtime, says Halpern.

If you can't brush after a snack attack, eat cheese or yogurt, or chew sugarless gum to boost saliva flow and neutralize acids.


The hormonal surge that occurs during puberty can cause more than acne—it can also result in swollen gums that are more sensitive to plaque. This can lead to gum infections, gingivitis, and mouth sores, say Halpern.

"But typically the gums only respond in such a manner if hygiene care is poor," he adds. Make sure your teen brushes and flosses daily, and sees a dentist regularly.


Dry mouth

poor-diet-smileA dry mouth isn't just unpleasant, it's bad for your teeth. Saliva washes away cavity-causing bacteria and neutralizes harmful acids.

"Without saliva, you would lose your teeth much faster—it helps prevent tooth decay and other oral health problems," says Meinecke.

Drink lots of water, chew sugarless gum, use a fluoride toothpaste or rinse, and consider over-the-counter artificial saliva substitutes. See your doctor if it's a frequent problem.


Restrictive diets and poor eating habits can deprive you of the vitamins and nutrients necessary for a beautiful smile.

It's especially important to get enough folate, B vitamins, protein, calcium, and vitamin C—all of which are considered essential for healthy teeth and gums.

"Poor nutrition can affect your entire immune system, increasing your susceptibility to many disorders and infections, including periodontal disease," says Halpern.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

20 Things That Can Ruin Your Smile (Part 2)


Wine drinkers beware: Regular wine consumption can harm tooth enamel.

According to Halpern, wine's acidity can dissolve the tooth structure, and both red and white wine can increase dental staining. Still, you don't have to give up your regular glass of vino to save your smile.

"Enamel erosion develops when wine drinkers swish the wine, keeping it in constant contact with the enamel, so instead, take small sips and rinse with water when you're done drinking," advises Perle.


smile-pregnancyIt's especially important to take care of your teeth and gums when you're expecting, since studies show a link between untreated gum disease and pre-term and low-birth-weight babies.

"Changes in hormone levels during pregnancy, particularly surges in estrogen and progesterone, can cause inflammation of the gums, which can lead to gingivitis (red, swollen, tender gums that are more likely to bleed) and put you at risk for infection," says Academy of General Dentistry spokesperson, Gigi Meinecke, DDS, FAGD.

If you have morning sickness, rinse your mouth with water or rub your teeth with a paste of baking soda and water to neutralize the acid caused by vomiting, since it can lead to tooth decay.

diet-pills-smileDiet pills

Even though they may seem like a quick way to trim your waist, diet pills can also be a fast track to gum disease and tooth decay.

"Like many over-the-counter and prescription medications, diet pills decrease salivary flow, which causes dry mouth and puts you at risk for gum disease, tooth decay, cavities, and discomfort," says Halpern.

Bottom line: A balanced diet and exercise are the safest way to lose weight and protect your smile.

Teeth grinding

teeth-grindTeeth grinding, or bruxism, can affect your jaw, cause pain, and even change the appearance of your face.

"People who have otherwise healthy teeth and gums can clench so often and so hard that over time, they wear away their tooth's enamel, causing chipping and sensitivity," says Halpern.

Stress and anger can increase nighttime teeth grinding. "Finding ways to alleviate these feelings can help, but it's also important to see your dentist, who can recommend solutions like a custom night guard," advises Perle.

Monday, February 23, 2015

20 Things That Can Ruin Your Smile (Part 1)

Your smile is one of your best assets. Here's how to keep it sparkling.

Healthy teeth, healthy smile?

Your smile is one of your best assets, so, of course, you want to keep it sparkling.

But even if you brush, use white strips, and visit your dentist twice a year, it may not be enough.

Here are some factors that can wreak havoc on your teeth and gums, and put a serious damper on your smile. 

Sports drinks

smile-juiceIn the last decade, sports beverages have become increasingly popular, but they aren't great for your teeth.

"Scientific research has found that the pH levels in many sports drinks could lead to tooth erosion due to their high concentration of acidic components, which could wear away at the tooth's enamel," says David F. Halpern, DMD, FAGD, president of the Academy of General Dentistry.

Additionally, these drinks are often high in sugars that act as "food" for acid-producing bacteria, which then sneak into the cracks and crevices in your teeth, causing cavities and tooth decay. 

water-smile-Bottled water

Tap water often contains fluoride—about 60% of people in the U.S. have fluoride in their water supply.

However, most bottled waters contain less fluoride than recommended for good oral health (it will be listed as an ingredient on the label if it is an additive).

"Fluoride makes the entire tooth structure more resistant to decay and promotes remineralization, which aids in repairing early decay before damage is even visible," explains Academy of General Dentistry spokesperson, Charles H. Perle, DMD, FAGD. "Studies have confirmed [that] the most effective source of fluoride is water fluoridation."


Diabetes reduces the body's resistance to infection, so you're at a risk for gum disease. Brushing, flossing, and monitoring your blood sugar can help.

"Diabetes is directly related to periodontal disease, so seeing the dentist and having your triglycerides and cholesterol levels checked on a regular basis is also crucial," stresses Perle.

Perle also points out that research has shown that diabetics can reduce the amount of insulin they need to take by maintaining good gum health.


Smoking turns your teeth yellow, but it can be much more damaging than that.

"Using any form of tobacco can harm your teeth and gums in a number of ways," says Halpern.

"It can cause throat, lung, and mouth cancer, and even death. Additionally, the tar from tobacco forms a sticky film on teeth, which harbors bacteria that promote acid production and create irritating toxins, both of which cause gum inflammation, tooth decay, and loss."

Friday, February 20, 2015

Study Models and Wax Ups

Quite often, a patient will have dental problems that require a more detailed analysis in order to determine possible solutions. Teeth can be directly examined, but because of the limitations imposed by the tongue, lips, cheeks, and the small angle of sight from the front of the mouth, the ability to provide an appropriate treatment plan can be compromised. As more teeth are missing and more teeth shift from where they belong, especially in cases where the problem has been in existence for many years, more options for treatment become possible. This can be the case for extensive dental treatment or for only a few teeth that need restoration. 

Plaster Study Model
Study Models:
We will need to make study models (impressions) of the teeth, and we will also make a registration of how the teeth meet, in order to help plan treatment. We will be able to see things on the models that we cannot see clinically. We can also work with the models of your teeth between appointments. And that's a definite convenience for you! The models will show us many factors, especially in tooth movement, such as whether teeth have moved, how far they have moved, how they may have affected other teeth, as well as other considerations. If you are planning on fixed bridges or crowns or removable bridges (partials) to replace the missing teeth, the design must be exact from the moment treatment starts for the best result.

Wax Ups
The diagnostic wax up gives us a record of what you want so we can begin the process with your ultimate results already known. We use a diagnostic "wax up" to help us (and you) visualize possible changes to the shape and alignment of your teeth. The wax up shows teeth and gum tissue, usually in white plaster with white wax added. The original study models provide a three-dimensional look at the "before" condition of your teeth, and the wax up will give a three-dimensional "after" picture of what your teeth, replacements of missing teeth, etc. will look like when the treatment is completed. The wax up is often used where there are moderate to significant cosmetic changes to be considered. In conjunction with the wax up, it is possible to have the before picture converted to a digital image and then computer modified to show an "after" image. The digitized picture will have your lips, cheeks, gum tissue, and face visible and in proper color.

Diagnostic Wax Up
The wax up is valuable for you too. You will be able to judge the proposed changes and approve them. If you don't like them, it is relatively simple to have the wax up changed for a different look. The model shows your new smile in its natural color and translucency. We can also see how your new smile will improve any bite problems you may have. With the diagnostic model you are empowered to preview, give suggestions, make changes, and approve your personal “Smile Plan” before any procedures are begun. Not only can you see the excellent quality of the esthetic changes in your new smile, the model also assures you that your restorative work will function well when chewing or talking.Once the wax up is approved by both you and us, it will be used as the foundation for the anticipated treatment. The better a treatment is planned, the better the chance of a successful result.

There is an additional cost for either the study models or the diagnostic wax up. Fees for the study models are fixed. Fees for the diagnostic wax up depend on the number of teeth that are being modified. For an extensive "makeover" a fee of several hundred dollars is possible.

If you have any questions about the need for or use of diagnostic study models or a wax up, please feel free to ask us. 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Five Daily Tips for Perfect Oral Health

You only have one set of adult teeth so it’s important to care for them on a daily basis. If you find the normal habit of brushing too boring, mix things up by trying out these new tips. Take a few minutes each day to make dental care a fun way to take care of yourself.

Perfect Oral Health
Floss, Floss, And Floss Some More!
This is a tip you may have heard regularly from the hygienist, dentist, or doctor, but outside of their offices you may struggle to put it to practice. To find out the reason behind the reluctance to floss, make the decision to floss easier:
  • Buy silk floss – it’s softer on your gums and makes the activity more enjoyable
  • Put floss near your computer or TV at home so you can clean your teeth during commercials or productivity breaks
  • Floss gently so your gums don’t bleed
Brush with Some Help
Brushing too vigorously can actually damage your enamel and irritate your gums. You can brush in gently, short strokes or let a professional do the job. There are dentist recommended electric toothbrushes that will handle the details and even alert you when you’re applying too much pressure. Consult your dentist to see which toothbrush they recommend for your teeth.

Indulge in Brand Name Products
Walking through the oral health care aisle, you’ll see any number of brightly coloured products, each with their own features and benefits. Shake things up and try something new as an incentive to continue brushing and flossing:
  • Products containing fluoride will strengthen your teeth
  • Anti-bacterial products remove germs that damage your teeth and gums
  • Specially shaped tooth brushes can reach areas that are difficult to get to
Treat Your Gums to a Massage
Massages can be therapeutic for the muscles, and the same can be said about the tissue lining your teeth. Massaging gums increases blood flow to the area, which is great for tissue health and fighting infections. Do so gently and with clean fingers. For a special treat, invest in a soft rubber tipped massaging tool.

Keep your Things Clean
Germs are bad for your teeth and breath, so the last thing you should be doing is reintroducing them back into your mouth. Wash brushes and cups regularly with hot soap and water. This is important for gums that are in bad shape as they split easily.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

9 Things To Consider Before Treatment Begins

As you consider having extensive dental treatment, it may be beneficial for you to review the following points: 

1. Time Commitment. Because of the nature of dental appointments, it may be necessary for you to take some time off work. A few longer appointments are generally more efficient and less inconvenient than many short appointments. This will minimize your time in the office. Usually, the best time to have a long appointment is in the morning. Once the treatment has begun, it needs to be completed in a timely fashion. If treatment is delayed or missed, it could change the proposed treatment plan. This could adversely affect the total cost to you.

2. Dentistry is both an art and a science. In complicated and technically difficult cases, and because of our high standards, it may prove necessary to redo a portion or go back and retake impressions or remake crowns, etc.

3. Make certain you are aware of what treatment is required and the goals of the treatment. If you do not understand why we have made a particular recommendation or treatment sequence, or the length of treatment required, please ask us for clarification before treatment begins. It is possible that previously undetected dental problems will be discovered once tooth preparation has begun. When this occurs after the treatment plan has been developed, you will be immediately informed.

4. You should be comfortable with all financial arrangements before any treatment is begun. Pre-estimates sent to insurance carriers can help approximate your out-of-pocket costs. Establish your dental budget. This will determine how much and how quickly treatment can proceed. Understand that you, and not your insurance carrier, are ultimately responsible for the total cost of treatment. If you would like to have more treatment than you can easily afford at one time, the dental procedures can be done in phases over months or years. This will also allow you to use your insurance benefits to the maximum permitted. Payment is expected as work is completed.

5. Thorough oral self-care is very important, both at the beginning of treatment and afterward. The better your oral health is, the easier the restoration process will be. You may be asked to use an antimicrobial prescription mouth rinse from 2 weeks before we begin treatment until after all restorative treatment is completed. Please follow these instructions.

6. While dental restorations function well for years of service, nothing lasts forever - not us, not dental restorations. We use the best available dental materials and techniques, but the reality is that some restorations simply last longer than others. With today's longer life span, the restoration might even wear out! The better you maintain your dental restorations, the longer they will last. Just as with anything else, proper maintenance is required.

7. Before beginning treatment, understand clearly what will be required of you for daily oral self-care, your periodic professional dental hygiene recare appointments, and the limitations of the restorations and dental prostheses you will receive. This means that you must brush and floss your teeth as instructed every day. When extensive dentistry is completed, a 3- to 4-month interval for periodic dental hygiene recare appointments is strongly advised.

8. Dental restorations are subject to the same physical abuse as natural teeth. Whatever oral habits will break a natural, undrilled, undamaged tooth - such as chewing ice, biting fingernails, hard objects, etc. - will probably be able to break a restoration as well. Expansion and contraction for hot liquids and cold foods can cause damage, as can the wet, dark, bacteria-filled oral environment of the oval cavity.

9. If you have ever considered whitening your teeth, the time to do it is before dental restorations are placed in teeth that are visible when you talk or smile. If you are interested in tooth whitening, ask us now!

Monday, February 16, 2015

A Healthy Diet for Healthy Teeth

A lot of people assume that a good toothbrush, floss, and annual dental visits are the key to healthy and clean teeth. These things are without a doubt important, but there’s more to maintaining oral hygiene.

Milk For Healthy Teeth

One of the most often overlooked steps to enviable pearly whites is your diet.

Everything you put into your mouth affects your teeth. Some food and drinks have extremely damaging effects, while others can help to strengthen and whiten your teeth.

Lucky for you, we’re here to educate you on which ones you should start including in your diet!
  1. Sugar Substitutes
Sugar is one of the worst-offenders when it comes to attacking oral health. If you can’t resist your sweet tooth, you should consider substituting sugar with sugar-free substitutes. They taste similar, but don’t work the same way sugar does to feed the bacteria in your mouth.
Some of the most common substitute ones include:
  • Aspartame
  • Mannitol
  • Acesulfame Potassium
  • Neotame
  • Sucralose
Another popular natural sweetener to hit the mainstream lately is Stevia, which comes in both a liquid and powder form making it an easy substitute to add to drinks and food.
  1. Sugar-Free Gum
Gum with a high sugar content is awful for your teeth, but the sugar-free variety can actually improve dental health!

The act of chewing in itself helps to loosen food particles that are stuck in teeth, and also promotes the production of saliva which balances the mouth’s acidity. Instead of exposing your teeth to sugar contact for long periods of time, chew a sugar-free, whitening gum instead. Your dentist can recommend trusted brands for you to switch to!
  1. Dairy and Dairy-substitutes
Everybody knows milk is good for the bones, but not everyone is aware that it’s just as good for the teeth! The high calcium content of milk helps to prevent periodontal (gum) disease, and also strengthens the jaw.
  1. Wild Salmon (or other Vitamin D rich food)
Wild salmon is very high in Vitamin D, and Vitamin D is a close friend of calcium. The more Vitamin D you consume, the easier it is for your body to absorb the calcium you need to keep your gums healthy and your jaw strong, much like milk does.
  1. Fruits and Veggies
Fruits and veggies are high in many nutrients—especially Vitamin C. Vitamin C helps to maintain and strengthen the connective tissue that keeps your teeth in place. It also reduces inflammation, which can slow the progress of gingivitis and other gum diseases.

Be sure to stop keep these suggestions in mind next time you’re at the grocery store!

Friday, February 13, 2015

February: National Children’s Dental Health Month 

At Omni Dental, February means 2 things: Valentine’s Day and National Children’s Dental Health Month!

Did you know that reports show that American students miss nearly 51 million hours of school every year due to oral health problems? And that students who have experienced recent oral health pain are 4x more likely to have lower grade point averages than their counterparts who have not? To help keep kids happy and healthy, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month each February to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. At Omni Dental we strive to help our patients develop good habits at an early age and remind them to schedule regular dental visits in order to get a head-start on a lifetime of healthy smiles.

To get us in the spirit of National Children’s Dental Health Month, we’ve put together a list of fun tooth facts for a healthy mouth:
  1. Did you know that the average person produces a quart of saliva daily? That’s 10,000 gallons of spit over a lifetime! We love saliva because it helps wash food off teeth, neutralizes acids in the mouth, fights germs and helps prevent bad breath.
  2. On a daily basis, our mouths welcome over 100,000,000 micro-creatures!
  3. Tooth enamel is the hardest part of our body but in order to take proper care of them, we need to remember to brush, floss & regularly visit the dentist.
  4. 50% of people say that a smile is the first thing they notice about someone – makes you want to brush your teeth, right?!
  5. Did you know that dolphins only use their teeth to grasp? They can’t chew because dolphin jaws to not have muscles like ours do!
  6. Dental floss was first manufactured in 1882 – talk about standing the test of time!
  7. If you brush your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes each time, you will brush your teeth for about 24 hours each year!
  8. Did you know that just like fingerprints, everyone’s tongue print is different?
  9. In China, they celebrate national “Love Your Teeth Day” each year on the 20th of September
  10. The world’s oldest recipe for toothpaste is from Egypt in 400 AD!
Even though we think EVERY month should be Children’s Dental Health Month, we can’t wait to celebrate in February!

 For Valentine’s Day, Omni Dental Offices offers a Zoom Teeth Whitening Special rate of just $200, in just 60 minutes you can lighten your teeth by up to 12 shades with the latest ZOOM laser teeth whitening treatment. Call us today, offices are booking up fast!

Schedule your visit for a check-up or to complete any needed work today. 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Are there Side Effects to Dental Sealants?

A dental sealant is the plastic coating put over the chewing areas of molars to help prevent tooth decay.

Dental Sealants Side Effects

Children and teens are the biggest candidates for sealants, as they hold the biggest risk for tooth decay in these areas where sealants are used. The sealant acts as a barrier after it’s applied to the grooves and fissures of the molars. It then protects those small creases from food, acids and plaque that cause issues leading to cavities.

The Canadian Dental Association (CDA) have reiterated their approval of sealants as recently as November of 2012. Since it was first approved by the CDA and the American Dental Association, they have been widely used to help prevent tooth decay.

Sealants haven’t shown many side effects associated with it. Right after the sealant is applied, the child might notice a bitter taste. They may also experience some mild pain from the etching of the teeth.

Some children might even have an allergic reaction to the materials used to create the sealant, but this isn’t typical and very unlikely.

Side effects aren’t really a concern for dental sealants. More than anything, sealants have been proven to be an extremely useful tool in oral health. It prevents serious problems that could cause severe health issues if not cared for in time.

How Sealants are Applied

Before the sealant is applied, the surface area must be prepared so that the adhesive will create a stronger bond. This is done by scratching the surface of the molars to make creases and a coarseness that the sealant will easily bond to.
Finally the sealant is put on the molar over the etching. Dentists may recommend having the sealants replaced over time and regular visits to check the sealants should be made.

How to Care for Sealants

Sealants prevent tooth decay for long lengths of time, averaging around 15 years. As long as the bond is solid and the sealant was adhered right, then the longevity of the sealant should persist.

There are ways to help prevent the breakdown of the sealant as well. By maintaining care for them, you could help the durability of the sealant.

To take extra precaution, sticky and hard foods should be avoided. After the sealant is applied is when it is the most sensitive to damage. Normal every day tooth care such as flossing and brushing is also necessary.

By taking the proper precautions, you can avoid any harm to the sealant and it will help keep your teeth protected from decay!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Staying Well: How to Keep Your Mouth Healthy

Have you checked off the following from your list of things to-do?

1. Go get a comprehensive dental exam with x-rays
2. Finish any treatments recommended by your dentist
3. Get cleanings every 6 months (or at intervals suggested by your dentist).

If you have completed all dental treatment necessary up to this point, congratulations! But now what do you do? Here are some tips to help you maintain a healthy set of teeth! 

If you follow the listed suggestions, you will have the best chance of maintaining optimum oral health for the longest time. If you are unsure about any aspect of what you should be doing, please contact Omni Dental Group for further instruction.
  • Brush, floss, and use recommended dental cleaning aids correctly, at least once each day. Use a fluoride-containing mouthrinse (not a prescription medication) at least once each day.
  • Each time you come in to have your teeth cleaned and examined, make your next hygiene recare appointment before you leave the office. This way you will stay in the "system" and not get lost. But please try to remember when you are due for an appointment.

  • If you have followed our advice, we have used the best and most appropriate procedures and materials for you. You should receive years of successful service from them. Natural teeth and restorative materials are subjected to great stress on a daily basis. Please do not put things in your mouth that do not belong there. This will tremendously shorten the effective life span of your teeth and restorations.
  • Smoking and drinking coffee, tea, and cola beverages will have a tendency to stain or darken your teeth over time. This can be reversed with your regular recare dental hygiene and, if necessary, noninvasive tooth whitening procedures.
  • If you have had a protective mouthguard made (to protect your new restorations or reduce the effects of a bruxing/grinding habit), please wear it as instructed.
Like any piece of machinery, service on a routine basis is necessary if the machine (or your teeth and restorations) are to last you the longest possible time. Teeth and restorations can break from excessive force or trauma. If you take care of your car, it will last longer than if you never change the oil, fluids, etc., and will cost you must less to keep in operation. Your teeth and gums need regular are too. No individual treatment you received cost as much as your car, but with adequate care, you will probably still have your restorations long after the car is history.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Foods to Avoid While Whitening Teeth

Whitening teeth is a great way to brighten up your smile, and with a few simple tricks, you can help your pearly whites stay that way.

Whitening Teeth

Follow your Regular Diet after Whitening with a Few Exceptions

Your teeth are still your teeth following the treatment, except that their pores (dentinal tubules) are more open than before. Within 36 to 48 hours, the pores will return to their regular size. You can still eat as your normally would, except that it helps to avoid darker coloured drinks and juices, which includes coffee, tea, and sodas. If you would like to enjoy your favourite meals as usual, use a straw to sip from your cup while avoiding your teeth. It also helps to rinse your mouth with water afterwards to help prevent staining.

Foods that Pass the T-shirt Test

If you’re unsure about the effect that the food you’re about to eat or order will have on your newly whitened teeth, consider doing the following: When you rub the food onto a white T-shirt, will it leave a stain behind? If the answer is yes, it’s a good idea to push it aside on your plate or order something else entirely. The test is simple and an easy rule of thumb to remember, especially since you don’t have to actually perform it to guess the outcome!

Food Substitutes for your Teeth and your Health

Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cherries, blackberries, and others leave behind a colourful juice and pulp. Replace these fruits with apples, pears and guavas as the flesh of these fruits are light coloured enough to be eaten without a trace left on your teeth. Furthermore, they activate your salivary glands to reduce the bacterial count and fight tooth decay.

Balsamic vinegar and tomato sauce are staple ingredients in an Italian kitchen, but they should be consumed in moderation. Consider using a pesto sauce or mushroom/cream based sauce instead of tomato sauce.

Popsicles and dark juices, such as grape, pomegranate, and cranberry flavours taste great and are sometimes fortified with vitamins for better health. It’s best to avoid these items as they’re dark coloured and sugary. For a healthy snack, vegetables containing high water content are effective at flushing the bacteria from your mouth.

For red wine drinkers, you can pair your meals with white wines which are better suited to certain meats and dishes anyway.


Monday, February 9, 2015

5 Tips to Get Kids Excited about Dental Hygiene

It can be a very big challenge to get your little ones to care about dental hygiene, but it’s extremely important they learn the necessity of taking care of their teeth at a young age!

Dental Hygiene

If good dental habits aren’t developed early, your children could experience major issues when they’re older.
If you find that you’re getting into a fight with your son or daughter every day and night when it’s time to bring out the toothbrush, we’re here to save you some hassle with these five tips to get your children excited about dental hygiene!
  1. Tell a Story
  2. Words like “germs” and “plaque” don’t tend to resonate well with children. Instead of giving them the scientific explanation of why they should brush their teeth, think of an exciting story or cautionary tale to tell them.
    “Once upon a time their was a tooth fairy who was building a castle with the whitest teeth she could find. In fact, she’d pay children almost twice as much for clean teeth!” Creating an allure of fantasy and excitement will make them more inclined to want to be involved.
  3. Go Toothbrush Shopping
  4. Let your kids pick their own toothbrush (and even toothpaste!). Most kids are a lot more excited to grab their toothbrush every day if it’s their favourite colour or features a cartoon character they love.
    What’s more, tooth paste comes in all kinds of fun flavors, so they won’t be able to use taste as an excuse not to brush their teeth.
  5. Show and Tell
  6. Most dentists and pharmacies sell dissolving agents that kids can swish around in their mouth to reveal all the plaque that’s still stuck on teeth. Sometimes seeing the build-up of plaque firsthand is all it takes to get excited about cleaning their teeth! Plus it makes it that much more satisfying when they can clearly see the before and after of their efforts.
  7. Turn it into a Competition
  8. Most kids are very competitive. Spur your child’s excitement by having them race against the clock! Set a timer or a minute-hour glass and bet your child that they won’t be able to brush their teeth for a whole minute. Nothing works better than a little reverse psychology!
  9. Compliment them
  10. The best positive reinforcement is free—and very easy to give.
    Be sure to compliment your child on their dazzling smile and mouth full of pearly whites regularly! Most kids love nothing more than a pat on the back.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Healthy Teeth — Your Action Plan

**Brush twice a day, floss often, use mouthwash…and eat? The secret to healthy teeth for life might be in the refrigerator, not the toothpaste aisle. Certain foods can help prevent cavities and tooth decay, keep plaque (sticky bacteria that can cover the teeth and gums) at bay, and even freshen breath. Read on to learn how to impress the dentist by incorporating tooth-friendly foods into every meal.**
Score Essential Minerals
Without enamel, biting into a crunchy apple would be downright painful. The hard, durable white covering protects the delicate nerves, connective tissues, and blood vessels that make up the inner layers of each tooth. Keeping enamel strong is an ongoing process, especially because acids and sugars found in foods can wear down the minerals that form enamel.
Snacking on foods rich in calcium and phosphorus can protect tooth enamel and even help replace minerals in teeth (a process called remineralization) after acids wear down enamel. Grab one of these options to keep chompers healthy and strong.

  • Low-fat cheese, milk, and yogurt (avoid varieties with lots of added sugar) are classic calcium-rich choices. Cheese is especially beneficial because it contains casein, a protein that can shore up enamel .
  • Meat, fish, and tofu are loaded with phosphorus, another important mineral that may protect tooth enamel . Homemade broth made from meat bones is a particular good source of this essential mineral.
  • Looking for vegetarian-friendly sources for these minerals? Broccoli, bok choy, and other dark, leafy veggies (for example kale, spinach, mustard or collard greens) are excellent animal-free ways to get plenty of vitamins and minerals, though their connection to tooth health is less clear..
Eat Plenty of Water
Just like those hammies, teeth require a little work every now and then to stay sharp (literally). Crunchy, firm foods that contain lots of water (and require lots of chewing) are good for oral health because they stimulate the flow of saliva . Drool is important for oral health — saliva contains enzymes that buffer the acids present in food and clean bits of food out of nooks and crannies. Plus, raw fruits and veggies gently scrub tooth surfaces, which can brighten those pearly whites.

  • Apples and carrots can scrub away plaque and freshen breath (so hit up the produce stand before heading to a hot date).
  • Unlike many fruits, raw pears are good at neutralizing acids.
  • Celery is almost always a good dietary choice. Full of water and fibrous strands, this raw veggie is basically nature’s floss.
Don’t Forget the Vitamin
Think of calcium and vitamin D as the Batman and Robin of bone health. The body requires a dose of vitamin D to absorb calcium, which in turn strengthens bones and teeth . Without this essential vitamin, loading up on extra calcium is an exercise in futility.
  • Score a DRI of this important vitamin by catching some rays . Just 10 minutes outside any time of year (sans SPF) produces enough vitamin D for a whole day — after that point, lather up with sunscreen to prevent skin damage or a painful burn.
  • Fortified milk, egg yolks, mushrooms, and fatty fish are also excellent sources of vitamin D.
    Limit Acids
    Just like acid-wash jeans, acidic foods aren’t exactly a good choice. Strong acids (aka foods with a low pH rating) are the number-one cause of enamel erosion and tooth decay . Keep teeth strong by limiting extremely acidic foods. Pro tip: If a food or drink easily stains the teeth (we’re looking at you, red wine), it’s usually fairly acidic.

  • It’s no surprise that limes, lemons, oranges, and grapefruits are loaded with acids (anyone who’s ever squeezed lemon in a paper cut by accident knows this well). They’re named citrus fruits after citric acid, after all Quantitative assessment of citric acid in lemon juice, lime juice, and commercially-available fruit juice products. Penniston KL, Nakada SY, Holmes RP, Assimos DG. Department of Surgery, Division of Urology, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, Wisconsin, USA. Journal of Endourology. 2008 March;22(3):567-70.. Love a glass of Florida’s Best in the morning? Minimize acid exposure by drinking juice in one sitting (aka not sipping for hours) and then avoiding other acidic foods and drinks for several hours.
  • Sorry, coffee addicts. Not so surprisingly, that morning cup (or three) of Joe puts oral health at risk. The tannic acids in coffee wear down enamel and can even stain teeth brown The effect of at-home bleaching and toothbrushing on removal of coffee and cigarette stains and color stability of enamel. Bazzi JZ, Bindo MJ, Rached RN, Mazur RF, Vieira S, de Souza EM. Pontifical Catholic University of Parana, Curitiba, Parana, Brazil. Journal of the American Dental Association. 2012 May; 143(5):e1-7..
  • They might make taste buds happy all summer long, but tomatoes are less beneficial to the teeth. Both raw and in sauce form, tomatoes are pretty acidic.
  • What happens when you mix veggies and vinegar? If you guessed a tooth’s worst nightmare, you’d be right. Pickles are tasty on a sandwich, but the combination of super-acidic vinegar and sugar is a recipe for enamel erosion.
  • Studies show a glass of red wine every once in a while can be good for the heart and cholesterol levels. Unfortunately, anyone who’s ever experienced “wine teeth” knows that the purplish beverage can stain teeth quite easily. The acids in red and white wine wear down the surface of teeth, which is why stains are so common. 
  • We already know that soda is bad for happiness and health. The combination of sugar, acids, and carbonation is a death sentence for teeth. Countless studies have linked soda consumption (both regular and diet) with tooth erosion and decay, so stay away from the sweet, bubbly stuff Dental erosion and severe tooth decay related to soft drinks: a case report and literature review.
Avoid Sugar
Remember how Mom cautioned against a sugar binge on Halloween? The line was always “you’ll rot your teeth if you eat that!” Turns out, mother knows best — chowing down on tons of sugar is indeed bad for tooth health. The sweet stuff can cause cavities and get stuck in crevices (becoming tasty fodder for bacteria). The following sweets and treats are particularly dangerous:

  • Pass up those after-dinner hard candies for healthier pearly whites. Lollipops, mints, and any other sugary treat that lingers in the mouth for a long time (even cough drops) expose teeth to sugar and acids for a long period of time. They’re much worse than a sugary treat that’s quickly chewed and swallowed (especially if they’re sour or tart flavored)
  • Though yummy in granola or energy bars, dried fruit is a perfect storm of sticky, chewy, and tooth-achingly sweet. The gooey bits are practically made for getting stuck between teeth, and most dried fruits (even those without added sugars) are off-the-charts sweet. 
  • While whether or not artificial sweeteners are safe is still up for debate, dentists are firmly in the “pro” camp. Some fake sweeteners, like Xylitol, can actually prevent cavities . So when an urge to snack on sweet stuff hits, grab a stick of sugar-free gum instead of a lollipop .

Eat Smart — the takeaway

Avoiding dentures by age 40 doesn’t mean swearing off all dark liquids, sweets, and citrus fruits. Keeping teeth healthy (and making the dentist happy) is all about using techniques that limit damage to teeth. Here are a few easy tips:
  • It’s best to eat acidic or sugary foods or drinks as part of a meal rather than on their own. For example, when part of a well-balanced lunch, the meat, cheese, bread, and other veggies are able to balance out the acids present in a tomato. Also, in a larger meal the mouth produces more saliva, which also buffers acids that can wear down teeth.
  • Limit snacking, especially on acidic or high-sugar foods. Eating often creates a constant state of acid in the mouth.
  • Don’t swish acidic drinks or hold them in your mouth — this exposes the teeth to acids for longer than necessary. Better yet, use a straw when drinking coffee, wine, or soda to protect enamel. The bartender or barista will most likely make fun of you, but we’ll see who’s laughing at your next dentist appointment.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

To have stronger and healthier teeth, you might want to start eating like a caveman.  

 dental care prehistoric humans

In pop culture, we are lead to believe that prehistoric humans were less intelligent, dirty and unequipped to take care of their health. However, according to archeologists, this couldn't be further from the truth, especially when it comes to removing dental plaque and preventing other oral health problems.

Prehistoric oral health care

Recent research conducted by an international team of archeologists that was published in the journal PLOS One shows that prehistoric individuals understood how important plants were to their overall health even before agriculture systems had been developed. The site that the researchers chose was located in Al Khiday, Sudan, a region on the White Nile in central Sudan that is known for being one of the world's oldest prehistoric areas for human life, dating back at least 7,000 years.

The scientists led their examination by extracting chemical compounds from calcified dental plaque in age-old skeletons - which might lead to you to believe that the researchers encountered a bout of prehistoric bad breath. However, what they discovered was that these individuals ate purple nut sedge. This weed was used for medicinal and aromatic purposes and was also an excellent source of carbohydrates, according to the University of York. This evidence demonstrates that the widely held belief that prehistoric people relied on meats and protein as their main sources of food might have been turned on its head. The consumption of purple nut sedge shows that even the earliest humans had a keen understanding of how plants benefited their well-being, including their teeth.

"We also discovered that these people ate several other plants and we found traces of smoke, evidence for cooking, and for chewing plant fibers to prepare raw materials," lead author Karen Hardy, a Catalan Institute for Research and Advanced Studies research professor at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and an honorary research associate at the University of York, explained. "These small biographical details add to the growing evidence that prehistoric people had a detailed understanding of plants long before the development of agriculture."

Eat like a caveman

Many other scientists agree with Hardy, according to Smithsonian Magazine. Even though our modern capabilities and multimillion dollar dental industry have allowed us to enjoy straighter and whiter teeth compared to our prehistoric counterparts, data shows that they probably had healthier teeth than we do, and it all has to do with our modern diet.

As humans transitioned from hunting and gathering to farming, the bacterial structure of the mouth changed as well. As a result, certain types of "friendly" microbes in the mouth were overpowered by disease-causing bacteria. Fast-forward to the addition of processed foods from flours and sugars starting during the Industrial Revolution and you have a recipe for dental disaster tied directly to the growth of anaerobic bacteria.

What's the takeaway from this research? Cutting out processed carbs isn't just good for your waistline - it can help you develop stronger and healthier teeth. In addition, adding fresh vegetables and fruits to your diet can provide essential nutrients and contribute even more to your smile.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

How to Screen for Throat Cancer

Every year, over 40 000 people are diagnosed with Oral Cancer in North America.

Screening For Throat Cancer

Not many more than half of those people will survive longer than five years after being diagnosed.

Despite decades of research, these numbers have scarcely improved over the years. Fortunately, like most types of cancer, the earlier you realize there’s a problem, the better your chances are of getting successful treatment and surviving.

The death rate associated with this cancer is only as high as it is because it is typically discovered very late in its development after it’s no longer possible to treat.

This is why it’s of utmost importance that you perform oral cancer screening regularly.

Not sure where to get started? Omni is here to help.
Understand Your Risk
      If you already know you’re more susceptible to oral cancer, you can screen yourself more often. 
    Historically, more men are diagnosed than women. Other major risks include a history of using cigarettes or smokeless tobacco products (including nicotine gum), age (most people are around 40 years-old when they’re diagnosed), or a previous diagnosis of HPV.

Go to the Dentist Regularly
    Most dentists will screen for different types of oral and throat cancers as a part of their routine check-up process. If you think you’re a high risk, let your dentist know so they can give you an even thorough inspection.
    To be safe, try to schedule a thorough dental examination at least once a year. This way any suspicious issues won’t have time to develop past the point of no return.

Self Inspection
    It can be hard to examine the inside of your own mouth, but it’s important that you at least make yourself aware of potential warning signs.
Use a flashlight and a small mirror to check yourself for suspicious signs of oral cancer. Some of these signs include but are not limited to:
  • Ulcers or open wounds in the mouth that won’t heal, even if they aren’t painful. These are the most common indicators of oral cancer.
  • White and/or red patches. These are called leukoplakia and erythroplakia, and are a sign of a fungal infection. Even though they aren’t cancer, they can quickly evolve into it if left untreated.
  • Difficulty swallowing. A sore throat can easily be dismissed as a cold or flu symptom, but this isn’t always the case. If you’re experiencing a chronic or recurring sore throat that doesn’t come along with any other symptoms and won’t respond to antibiotics, it could be a sign of throat cancer.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

What to do in a Dental Emergency
Children find a way to get their mouth and teeth injured despite our best preventative measures as parents. It's part of growing up.

There are all kinds of dental related injuries. You can always call the dentist if you are worried, but most dental "emergencies" are not really emergencies. There are some things that are serious and need attention right away, but with most things, you can call the dentist tomorrow. Here is a guide to common concerns:

Do We Go to the ER?

Your child just fell riding his bicycle. There is lost of blood. His mouth is a mess. Who do you call? What do you do? Some oralfacial injuries are serious and some are nothing to worry about. How do you tell? Well, here are some guidelines. 

If there is lots of blood, don't panic. Any injury to the mouth bleeds a lot. Check out the situation; hold a cloth (if you can) with pressure to slow the bleeding. Most bleeding stops within 10-15 minutes whether you do anything or not. Once your heart stops racing so much and the child is not in such a state, look and see what the problem is. First, look and see is if there are facial cuts or lacerations, fear of a broken jaw, possible head trauma causing loss of consciousness (concussion), multiple knocked out and displaces teeth (and oral surgeon may need to see you at the hospital), or if you just are not too sure, then you need to go to the ER. They can stitch up any facial lacerations and take major X-Rays to check any other medical repercussions of the incident.

Now, if you don't have those bad things, you still might have a scary mess to deal with. I there is a broken tooth, the ER is not likely to be able to do much. If you go to the ER, you are likely to sit there for two hours and then they will call your dentist anyways. You can call your dentist first and he may be able to save you the trip to the ER.

Call the Dentist ASAP

If a permanent tooth is knocked out, you really need to follow these instructions carefully because you want to save the tooth. First, find the tooth. Do not scrub it clean, just put it in a moist environment like milk. CALL THE DENTIST RIGHT AWAY. He may direct you to rinse the tooth and put it back in right away. Most people don't like the idea of doing that, so your dentist can replant the tooth. It's fairly easy to do. The problem is that even thought it is back in, you probably need a splint to keep the tooth in position while it heals. It is best to get the tooth back in as soon as possible. If you can't get it back in, keep it moist in milk or water. The dentist can put it back in if it is possible to do so. After several days the tooth will need a root canal to remove the now dead inside part of the tooth. There is one exception in that if the tooth is very new and has not developed a full root, it might heal on its own.

If it is a baby tooth that was knocked out, just leave it out and place it under the child's pillow for the tooth fairy. It is not worth the risk to the developing permanent tooth to replant it. If you don't like the look of a space there, we might be able to make a little fixed appliance with a fake tooth, mainly or aesthetic purposes.

The ER sometimes can put a knocked out tooth back in as well, but you may still need a dentist to splint the tooth.

Other Dental Emergencies

Swollen face- Call your dentist. This may be a dental abscess that has spread into the facial tissues causing swelling. Usually, this is managed by antibiotics and removal or treatment of the offending tooth. Don't Wait to get this examined.

Broken or Chipped Tooth- Probably one of the most common concerns. This is quite common, especially in older children.

Baby Teeth- The little chips I often see in baby teeth are usually not much to worry about and can be smoothed out or left alone. Larger fractures might need a white filling to restore the lost tooth structure. If the fracture is severe, the tooth may need to be removed.

Permanent tooth fracture- I know it is quite distressing if a permanent tooth is fractured. Most of the time we can place a filling and the tooth looks good. Even if it is a larger fracture, we like to place a filling at first. It may need a crown later as the child gets older, but the fillings usually do quite well and look aesthetically pleasing. Just remember that if there is a filling there, it might get knocked off with a smaller blow than before. If the fracture is into the pulp (nerve) getting it looked at is more time sensitive. There is a greater chance that the tooth may need a root canal the larger the pulp exposure and the longer it is exposed. The younger the tooth, the more likely you may see a better recovery. Most fractures can wait until the next day to be seen and diagnosed by your dentist.

Tooth Knocked Loose- Sometimes the gums bleed more often, the tooth seems loose, but is is the same position as before. Usually needs no treatment whether it is a baby tooth or a permanent tooth. Sometimes, if it is quite loose, we might place a splint to hold it in place while it heals. This splint looks kind of like braces that are worn for a few weeks. The outcome is usually good. Sometimes a baby tooth will turn dark.

Tooth Knocked Out of Position- This is a much more serious occurrence. Usually, repositioning the tooth is desirable, preferably the day of the accident. Sometimes front baby teeth get knocked backwards so much they interfere with biting properly. Repositioning is important here and is usually treated the same day with finger pressure. Sometimes, with a permanent tooth, you can not easily reposition the tooth with finger pressure. Short term orthodontic repositioning is best for these cases. Sometimes a tooth (usually a baby tooth) is pushed up into the gum. This called an intruded tooth. If the baby tooth is intruded, less than 50% of the crown length (the part you normally can see), then it will very likely re-erupt back into position without any problems.This takes a few months. If it is pushed up where you can not see it, then it may or not not re-erupt and may need some additional treatment, even if it does. If it does not come back down, it may need to be removed. Sometimes there is such damage that it is best to remove the tooth and not wait for re-erruption if you think it may be harmful to the permanent tooth. The act of knocking the tooth up there may damage the developing permanent tooth bud. You never really know until the new tooth comes in what actually happened. Usually nothing happens, but the worst you may expect is some kind of blemish or spot (fixable) on the permanent tooth.

Other Bumps and Traumas

The mouth has a really good supply of blood and therefore bleeds tremendously when it sustains a trauma. The good news is that good blood supply usually means rapid healing. Sometimes stitches are needed and most of the time they are not. It depends on the severity and location. A "busted lip" will swell quite substantially, but will usually heal on it's own.

* If a young child has hit his mouth, and there is a substantial amount of blood, especially on his upper teeth/lip area look and see if it might just be a torn maxillary frenum. That is the little piece of tissue that connects the upper lip to the gum between the two front teeth. If it was tight and gets hit and stretched too much it will tear. It bleeds a lot at first, but will likely surpass after 20 minutes or so. Usually no stitches are necessary. In fact there may be no treatment needed at all. This is a very common injury in preschoolers.

Bottom line on all injuries is to see your dentist to get information that is specific for your child.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Tips for oral hygiene

Stay healthy with good oral health

A better, more confident you begins every morning and ends every evening if you stick with a consistent oral hygiene routine. This, in addition to regular dentist office visits, helps develop not only strong teeth and gums, but also overall good health. You'll feel good, look great, avoid unnecessary bills, and experience an improvement in many of your day-to-day social interactions. It's easy once you understand the basic routines required to maintain good dental hygiene. Get started with some basic dental education and a thorough awareness of the steps that should and should not be taken toward great, long-term oral health.

Proper oral hygiene is important in helping you stay healthy if you have risk factors such as diabetes and heart problems.

Oral hygiene benefits

Daily cleaning of your teeth, gums, and tongue, combined with annual check-ups helps ward off harmful bacteria and microbes that may cause tooth decay, bleeding gums, and oral infections. Proper oral hygiene is also important in helping you stay healthy, especially if you have risk factors such as diabetes and heart problems. Plus, oral hygiene elevates your sense of self-esteem. This is especially true for teenagers and adults who frequently interact with others at work or in social situations. Maintaining proper oral hygiene ensures that you won’t experience embarrassing conditions, such as plaque, tartar, and bad breath. It also lowers the need to treat dental problems that could otherwise be inexpensively prevented. For example, according to Kaiser Health News reports, dental costs make up approximately 20 percent of a child’s total health care expenses, and the costs are escalating rapidly.

Oral hygiene for kids

Enforcing good oral hygiene habits early in a child’s life is essential for his overall well-being. According to a 2007 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of cavities in children between the ages of two and five has escalated by 15 percent. Proper oral hygiene habits must start as early as the child begins to bottle feed. This is when babies are prone to tooth decay if they are given a bottle filled with sugary liquids, like milk or juice, when put to bed. While baby teeth should be cleaned using a washcloth, young babies should eventually have their teeth and tongues brushed using soft brushes. It is important for parents to teach children the proper way to brush their teeth with fluoride toothpaste, to take them for regular dental check-ups, and to serve foods that will help strengthen teeth. These include milk, cheese, and vegetables.

Oral hygiene for adults

Many adults experience significant dental problems that could be prevented through basic oral hygiene practices, like regular dentist appointments. For example, in 2009 alone, CDC data indicated that only 62 percent of adults surveyed had visited the dentist. To maintain optimal oral health, adults should brush their teeth at least twice a day, preferably after each meal and before going to bed. Flossing is also an essential part of an adult’s daily oral hygiene regimen. Regular brushing and flossing can prevent unpleasant conditions, such as plaque and bad odor. However, over-brushing or flossing may result in mouth bruises and bleeding, which can lead to infections. Adults should visit their dentist regularly for routine check-ups and before using over-the-counter medication.

Oral hygiene facts

Poor oral hygiene can increase your chances of developing heart disease. Professional teeth cleanings will reduce the bacteria that cause inflammation and eventually lead to heart disease (Veterans General Hospital in Taipei).
According to the American Dental Hygienists Association:
  • A major cause of tooth loss in children is cavities; while periodontal (gum) disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.
  • Eating healthy snacks such as celery, carrots, or apples help clear away food loosely trapped in-between teeth.
  • The leading oral health problem for infants is baby bottle tooth decay, which can be caused when babies are given a bottle filled with sugary liquids, like milk or juice, when put to bed.

Oral hygiene statistics

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
  • Roughly 78 percent of Americans have had at least one cavity by age 17.
  • 80 percent of the U.S. population has some form of periodontal (gum) disease.
  • In 2007, Americans made about 500 million visits to dentists and spent an estimated $98.6 billion on dental services.
  • Between 2005-2008, 16 percent of children ages 6-19 and 23 percent of adults 20-64 had untreated cavities.
  • Dental fluorosis (overexposure to fluoride) is higher in adolescents than in adults and highest among those aged 12–15.
  • Most adults show signs of periodontal or gingival diseases. Severe periodontal disease affects approximately 14 percent of adults aged 45-54.
  • 23 percent of 65-74 year olds have severe periodontal disease
  • Men are more likely than women to have more severe dental diseases.
  • Oral cancer occurs twice as frequently in men as women.
  • Three out of four patients don’t change their toothbrush as often as is recommended. Toothbrushes should be changed every two to three months and after illnesses.
Oral hygiene greatly affects overall long-term health, and promotes a more confident you. When it comes to dental care, prevention through daily cleaning and regular visits to the dentist’s office is better not only for your health, but for your budget. That's why it's important for parents to play a key role in reinforcing smart oral hygiene habits. Kids are likely to follow in the footsteps of those who set positive examples and will carry those healthy habits through their own adult lives. Remember, whatever your age, it’s never too late to take a serious stand in keeping your teeth healthy and your smile confident.