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If you don’t use it, you will lose it! DENTAL INSURANCE
Have you been putting off your dental treatment?
The end of the year is fast approaching and due to circumstances, many of us have been putting off our dental cleanings, fillings, crowns, bridges, or even getting that impression done for a night guard. Each year we receive an individual dollar amount maximum from our insurance company. If this amount is not used, by the end of the year, it does not roll over to the next and is unfortunately lost. Be sure to check with your dental office to find out if you have any outstanding dental work so that you can get the best out of your dental coverage.
Remember: If you don’t use it, you will lose it!
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Proper Care of Your Toothbrush Brampton Dentists
- Do not share your toothbrush or use someone else’s
- After brushing, rinse your toothbrush thoroughly with tap water and allow to air-dry
- Store standing upright. If it is near other toothbrushes, do not let the heads touch
- Do not store in closed containers
- Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or when the bristles look worn and bent
- It is also important to change toothbrushes after you’ve had a cold, the flu, a mouth infection or a sore throat. That’s because germs can hide in the toothbrush bristles and lead to reinfection.
- Be sure to use toothbrushes that carry the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) Seal of Recognition
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The importance of regular dental cleanings
Dental cleaning\scaling is when the dental hygienist or dentist uses specialized instruments (hand and /or ultrasonic) to remove plaque (soft, sticky, bacteria infested film) and tartar\calculus (grey, yellow, brown, black) hard deposits from your teeth without harming them. A few minutes after brushing a thin layer of saliva, proteins, and bacteria (called pellicle) is formed on the teeth which acts as a base for bacterial attachment and growth. Eventually with the accumulation of various species of bacteria and sugars from the foods we eat we get a white\yellowish substance called plaque along our gums and teeth. If the plaque is not removed it will attract minerals from the saliva and harden turning into calculus/tartar. If calculus/tartar is left on the teeth it will provide a situation for bacteria to thrive next to the gums which is detrimental for the health of the gums and can lead to gum disease(gingivitis) which leads to periodontal disease which leads to tooth loss. The purpose of the cleaning is to leave the teeth clean and smooth so bacteria is unable to stick to them, reverse gum disease and prevent the progression to periodontal disease.
Polishing is done after scaling to remove any leftover plaque from the teeth and gums and to remove extrinsic stain. It is done using a slow speed hand-piece with a soft rubber cup at the end and a special gritty toothpaste-like material.
Fluoride helps to strengthen the teeth from the acids from bacteria in dental tartar and plaque that can weakened them, it also possesses antibacterial qualities.
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Do You Use a Tongue Scraper?
A tongue scraper is a tool used to help clean your tongue. Although there’s no strong evidence that tongue scrapers are any more effective than regular brushing of the teeth and tongue, it may help curb bad breath. Tongue scrapers come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and work by starting at the back of the tongue and pulling the scraper forward. This removes any excess plaque and odor causing bacteria.
Possible causes of bad breath include diet, dry mouth, gum disease, tobacco use or simply bad oral hygiene. Good oral hygiene and regular dentist visits are essential to a healthy mouth.
Other tips for avoiding bad breath include:
- Brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day
- Flossing once a day
- Scheduling regular dental visits.
If you’re concerned about the cause of your bad breath, see your dentist.
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