HEALTHY BODY AND TEETH – Nutrition Information *

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A healthy diet and nutritional counselling is becoming an increasingly important aspect of preventive dentistry and the general health.  It is very important to understand the quality, consistency, nutritional composition, and combinations in which foods are eaten for healthier teeth and body.
 
The new generation is clearly gearing towards a healthier diet to achieve a healthy physique and to maintain optimal levels of body’s performance. A diet consisting of antioxidants and other nutrients found in fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and some alternate foods such as soy foods, can help strengthen immunity and improve the body’s ability to combat bacteria. In other words, inflammation in the body can be avoided with more force when proper nutrients are absorbed through a complete diet. This can also help protect the teeth and gums. A healthy diet can also aid in the prevention of cavity-causing bacteria attacks. To make sure that your body obtains all the necessary nutrients and vitamins, it is best to follow Canada’s Food Guide.
 
Healthy Body, Dentists Brampton, Family, Dentist, Brampton, Best Dentist Brampton, Brampton Dental Offices,Calcium is an important component of a healthy diet and a mineral necessary for life.  It helps promote healthy strength of the bone and teeth.  Calcium-fortified drinks such as juices, milk and other dairy products are rich in calcium and vitamin D. Hard cheeses are also very good for the teeth as they help release a burst of calcium that mixes with plaque and sticks to the teeth, protecting them from the acid that causes decay.
 
Healthy Body, Dentists Brampton, Family, Dentist, Brampton, Best Dentist Brampton, Brampton Dental Offices,Crisp fruits and raw vegetables, like apples, carrots and celery, help clean plaque from teeth and freshen breath. Antioxidant vitamins, such as vitamin C, and other nutrients from fruits and vegetables help protect gums and other tissues from cell damage and bacterial infection. Folic acid is also important to have in a healthy diet. It helps promote a healthy mouth and supports cell growth throughout the entire body. Folic acid can be found mainly in dark green leafy vegetables. It is also very important to avoid or limit the foods that cause and promote cavities in the mouth.  Some of the cavity-causing organisms in the mouth feed on the sugar in foods such as soda, sugary drinks/candies and convert it to acid, which attacks tooth enamel and causes tooth decay.

An acidic environment in the mouth can also cause problems with the teeth. Acidic foods and drinks such as carbonated drinks, citrus fruit juices, wine, pickles and honey can cause tooth enamel to weaken, wear away and teeth to become sensitive, cracked and discolored. Foods that take a long time to chew or that you hold in your mouth (such as cough drops) can damage teeth as they hold sugar against teeth longer than other foods do. Be sure to avoid snacking on sugary, carbohydrate-rich or acidic foods throughout the day, these foods should be consumed during meal times in order to decrease the amount exposed to time the teeth. The mouth produces more saliva to help digest larger meals, which then washes away more food and helps neutralize harmful acids before they can attack the teeth.
 
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A healthier diet aids in achieving a healthy physique and maintaining optimal levels of body’s performance which is an important part of life. A diet that promotes good oral health is not just about the foods you eat or avoid, when and how you eat them is equally important.For more information on healthy living be sure to contact one of our dental professionals. 

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Proper care of your dentures

Denture Care, Clean Dentures, Denture Cleaning, Brampton, Dentists, Topp Dentists in Caledon, Peel Dentists, Dental Info,Bacteria stick to your teeth and also to full or partial dentures. If you wear dentures, remember to clean them on a daily basis with cleaners made specifically for dentures. Do not use toothpastes for natural teeth or household cleaners, which are too abrasive and can damage dentures that can be expensive to replace.

Take your dentures out of your mouth for at least four hours every 24 hours to keep the lining of your mouth healthy. It’s best to remove your full or partial dentures at night. Your dentist will provide you with instructions about how long your dentures should be worn each day. (ADA)

For more information be sure to speak to one of our dental professionals.

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Without an examination by your dentists early signs of oral cancer are difficult to detect.

Top Dentist in Brampton, Brampton Dental Offices, Dentists Brampton, Brampton Health, Dental info,What is Oral Cancer?

Oral cancer refers to all cancers of the oral cavity, which includes the following:

  • lips
  • tongue
  • teeth
  • gums (gingiva)
  • lining inside the lips and cheeks (labial mucosa and buccal mucosa)
  • floor of the mouth
  • roof of the mouth (palate)
  • the area behind the wisdom teeth

Most oral cancers are located on the sides of the tongue, floor of the mouth and lips.

Oral cancer starts in the cells of the mouth. Normally these cells are quite resistant to damage, but repeated injury from smoking, alcohol or even friction may cause sores or painful areas where cancer can start.

Symptoms

Oral cancer symptoms include:

  • a sore on the lip or in the mouth that does not heal
  • a lump on the lip or in the mouth or throat
  • a white or red patch on the gums, tongue or lining of the mouth
  • unusual bleeding, pain or numbness in the mouth
  • a sore throat that does not go away, or a feeling that something is caught in the throat
  • difficulty or pain with chewing or swallowing
  • swelling of the jaw that causes dentures to fit poorly or become uncomfortable
  • a change in the voice and/or pain in the ear


Your Dental Exam

Your dentist does more than protect and care for your teeth, gums and smile — your dentist can also help keep you healthy.As oral health experts, dentists are in a unique position to help in the early detection of many medical conditions, including cancer.Dentists are trained in medicine so they recognize the relationships between oral and overall health.
Most people see their dentist regularly, so your dentist is often the first health-care professional to have an opportunity to detect the many health conditions that affect your mouth. Many patients are not aware of the extent that a dental exam can play in disease prevention.Through the dental exam, your dentist can see if there are any abnormalities or changes in your mouth that might be indications of health problems, such as oral cancer or diabetes. At each visit, your dentist will conduct a medical history review and ask you about your current health.It’s important to answer these questions carefully. What you say can help your dentist alert you to potential health concerns that may require further investigation, diagnosis or treatment by a physician.

Without an examination by a dentist, most early signs of oral cancer are difficult to detect. If you notice a mouth sore or anything out of the ordinary that does not go away or heal after a couple of weeks, discuss it with your dentist.

Risk Factors

  • Smoking and chewing tobaccoparticularly if combined with heavy alcohol consumption
  • Heavy alcohol consumptionparticularly if combined with smoking
  • Excessive sun exposure particularly to the lip
  • Age people over the age of 40 have a higher risk of developing oral cancer
  • Gender men are more susceptible than women to developing oral cancer. In the past, men had a 6:1 ratio of incidence of oral cancer compared to women. However; this ratio is narrowing and is now closer to a 2:1 ratio
  • HPV more research is emerging that connects human papillomavirus infection — especially HPV-16 — with oral cancers
  • A diet low in fruits and vegetables fruit and vegetables have a protective factor that is believed to reduce the risk for oral cancers

Prevention

  • See a dental professional for a regular dental exam
  • Quitting (or reducing) your tobacco and alcohol use lowers your risk of developing oral cancer
  • When you are outside and exposed to the sun, use lip balm with UV protection and wear a hat
  • Eat a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables
  • Brush and floss your teeth daily

The mouth has long been recognized as a mirror reflecting the health of the body. With regular visits to your dentist and good oral health routines, you will have lots to smile about.

Links

References

  1. Canadian Cancer Statistics 2013. Toronto: Canadian Cancer Society.

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Do you have Bad Breath?

What you eat affects your breath. If you don’t brush and floss daily, particles of food can remain in the mouth, collecting bacteria, which can cause bad breath.

Breath mints and chewing gum are great temporary solutions to bad breath, but they can’t help you if your bad breath problem stems from something beyond the garlic and onions you had for lunch. Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth can also be one of the warning signs of gum disease; which is caused by plaque.

Your first line of defence against bad breath should be to make sure you brush two times a day for two minutes and floss once a day. You should also brush your tongue since most of the bacteria in the mouth that are responsible for bad breath hang out on the back of the tongue. If you still find your breath is offensive, talk to your dentist or physician. Your dentist can work with you to develop a treatment plan that minimizes odor. This might include scraping the plaque off your tongue or using a special antibacterial mouth-rinse.

If you already practice good oral hygiene and still don’t know what’s causing your bad breath, make an appointment to see your dentist. Regular checkups allow your dentist to detect any problems such as gum disease or dry mouth. Bad breath may be the sign of a medical disorder. Some diseases have symptoms related to bad breath. Sinus or lung infections, bronchitis, diabetes, and some liver or kidney diseases may be associated with bad breath. If your dentist determines that your mouth is healthy, you may be referred to your primary care physician.

Maintaining good oral hygiene, eliminating gum disease and scheduling regular professional cleanings are essential to reducing bad breath. Brush twice a day and clean between your teeth daily with floss. Brush your tongue, too. If you wear dentures, be sure to remove them at night and clean them thoroughly before replacing them the next morning.

For more information be sure to schedule an appointment with one of our dental professionals.

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Invisalign – A clear way to a healthier, straighter smile!

Invisalign is the virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth without the restrictions that come with metal braces. Rather than wires and brackets, Invisalign® uses a series of clear, removable aligners that have been custom-made for your teeth. You simply wear them over your teeth and change them out for a new set of aligners every two weeks. Little by little, your teeth gradually shift into place, achieving that confident smile.

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