Preventative

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The health of your gums, teeth and mouth are very important to your overall health. There is definitive research that shows the connection between poor oral health and systemic disease such as diabetes in people of all ages and respiratory diseases particularly among elderly people. New research is now pointing to possible connections between oral health and other systemic conditions such as heart disease and premature, low birth weight babies. Although researchers are still learning about the links between oral health and general health, oral disease itself can cause pain, tooth loss and bad breath.

3 Steps to Good Oral Health

As part of a healthy lifestyle and to help reduce the risk of oral disease, follow these 3 steps to good oral health.

See your dentist regularly

  • Regular checkups and professional cleanings are the best way to prevent problems or to stop small problems from getting worse.
  • Your dentist will look for signs of oral disease. Oral diseases often go unnoticed and may lead to or be a sign of serious health problems in other parts of the body.
  • Only your dentist has the training, skill and expertise to diagnose and treat oral health diseases and to meet all your oral health care needs.

Keep Your Mouth Clean

  • Using a soft-bristle toothbrush, brush your teeth and tongue at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to remove plaque and bacteria that cause cavities and periodontal disease (gum disease).
  • Floss every day. If you don’t floss, you are missing more than a third of your tooth surface.
  • Your dentist may also recommend that you use a fluoride or antimicrobial mouthrinse to help prevent cavities or gum disease.
  • When choosing oral care products, look for the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) Seal of Recognition. Oral care products that have earned the Seal of Recognition have been reviewed by the CDA and will effectively contribute to your oral health.

Eat, drink, but be wary

  • Healthy food is good for your general health and your oral health. The nutrients that come from healthy foods help you to fight cavities and gum disease.
  • Limit how much and how often you consume foods and beverages that contain sugar. Sugar is one of the main causes of dental problems.
  • Limit your consumption of foods and beverages that are high in acid. The acid may play a part in causing dental erosion.
  • Avoid excess sugar. It is one of the main causes of dental problems.

Dental Sealants

Sealants, which have been successfully used for over two decades, act as barriers by covering the pits and fissures (depressions and grooves) of teeth so that bacteria cannot multiply and cause decay. These thin plastic coatings, applied to the chewing surfaces of permanent back teeth (preferably just after they have erupted) can work wonders in preventing tooth decay. Generally children between the ages of five and fourteen are the most likely to benefit from sealants. After examining your child, the doctors can determine if he/she would benefit from sealants.

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How to Save a Knocked Out Tooth

  • It may be replanted only if it is a permanent tooth.
  • If the tooth is clean and it’s not too painful to do so, place the tooth back in the socket.
  • If not possible then place the tooth in a container of milk.
  • Go to the dentist or emergency clinic immediately.

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