As the summer temperature rises it is important to remember as we sweat, breath and rid of waste our bodies lose fluids. If we lose more fluids than we take in we become dehydrated and the need to drink lots of water for hydration, especially when exercising and in warmer weather, becomes imperative. Staying hydrated is especially important for kids and seniors.
The importance of drinking lots of water and staying hydrated:
Control of body temperature
Movement of nutrients and waste throughout the body
Control of blood pressure
Protection and cushion of cells, muscles, joints and organs
Lowering the chances of dehydration and heat strokes
The amount of water we drink depends on our body, weight, gender and age however, we should always drink more water when doing physical activities and in hot weather.
Dr. Elizabeth Dimovski & Associates – We Protect Your Smile!
With so many types, brands and flavours of toothpaste, it can sometimes be overwhelming choosing the right one for you and your family. Truth is, you can’t really go wrong with any toothpaste as long as it carries the Canadian Dental Association Seal. Simple way to choose: The one you like enough to use every single day!
With this being said, different toothpastes offer different benefits in addition to cleaning your teeth. Some of which are: Tartar Control, Whitening, Sensitivity, Cavity Protection and Gum Protection.
For more information you can always contact one of our friendly dental professionals.
Since dried fruits are sticky they tend to stick to the teeth and stay on them longer than other foods. If you must eat dried fruits be sure to rinse your mouth out with water. Wait a half hour to an hour before brushing your teeth.
Although potato chips are a quick and easy snack they are full of starch. As they get stuck in between the teeth they can cause plaque build-up. It is very important to pay extra attention when flossing after eating them.
Not only are hard candy full of sugar that can harm your teeth they can also brake or chip them. Always choose a healthier alternative such as a gum that carries the CDA Seal of Approval.
Citric fruits contain acid that can erode the tooth enamel making teeth more susceptible to decay and the acid can also irritate mouth sores. Before dropping a squeeze of lemon or lime into your water think of the damage it may cause to your teeth. When consuming acidic foods or drinks be sure to drink lots of water.
Flossing removes plaque and bacteria that you cannot reach with your toothbrush. If you don’t floss, you are missing more than one-third of your tooth surface. Plaque is the main cause of gum disease. It is an invisible bacterial film that develops on your teeth every day.
Within 24 to 36 hours, plaque hardens into tartar (also called calculus), which can only be removed by professional cleaning. Floss at least once a day, and plaque never gets the chance to harden into tartar. Getting into the habit of daily flossing is easier when you floss while doing something else like watching TV or listening to music, for example.
How to floss your teeth
Take a length of floss equal to the distance from your hand to your shoulder. Wrap it around your index and middle fingers, leaving about two inches between your hands.
Slide the floss between your teeth and wrap it into a “C” shape around the base of the tooth and gently under the gumline. Wipe the tooth from base to tip two or three times.
Be sure to floss both sides of every tooth. Don’t forget the backs of your last molars. Go to a new section of the floss as it wears and picks up particles.