Is periodontal/gum disease contagious?

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Research has shown that periodontal/gum disease is caused by the inflammatory reaction to bacteria under the gums, so periodontal disease technically may not be contagious. However, the bacteria that cause the inflammatory reaction can be spread through saliva. This means that if one of your family members has periodontal disease, it’s a good idea to avoid contact with their saliva by not sharing eating utensils or oral health equipment. If you notice that your spouse or a family member has the warning signs of a possible periodontal problem (bleeding, red and swollen gums, or bad breath) you may want to suggest that they see a dentist or periodontist for an exam. It may help to protect the oral health of everyone in the family. (APP)

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Frenectomy – Dental Procedure for Children

Labial Frenum, Dental Procedures, Top Dentist in Brampton, Brampton Kids Dentists, Gum Disease, Gum Specialists,The Labial Frenum is the attachment of the upper lip to the gums of the upper jaw. In children, when the frenum is too short it can cause a gap between the two top front teeth and limit mouth closure which leads to mouth breathing, slowing down the development of nose breathing. A short labial frenum can also cause the gums to recede.

To fix this problem a dentist or periodontist may suggest a frenectomy which is a simple procedure of cutting the frenum allowing better movement of the upper lip.

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Drinking lemon water has many health benefits.  It hydrates the body, detoxes the liver, cleanses the skin and improves overall health.  Many celebrities, like Beyoncé, Gwyneth Paltrow and even my favourite leadership coaches Deepak Chopra and Robin Sharma have talked about how drinking lemon water is part of their daily ritual. Jennifer Aniston apparently begins every morning “with a glass of freshly squeezed lemon juice to flush out her body.” I hope their dentists share with them the effects lemon water has on tooth enamel. Lemon water is acidic. It causes irreversible erosion of the enamel of teeth.  This can lead to translucent, sensitive teeth.

Here are some ways to minimize the acid erosion of lemon water on your teeth:

1. Drink lemon water through a straw, to minimize contact with teeth.

2. Rinse pure water after drinking lemon water.

3. Do not brush for 30 minutes after drinking lemon water.

4. Make fluoridated toothpaste part of your oral hygiene regimen

(Consider Toothpaste that is specially designed to protect against enamel erosion and reduces sensitivity)

5. Let us know if you already have enamel erosion.

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Drinks that damage your teeth – Brampton Dentists

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Although, in their natural form, coffee and tea can be a healthy beverage, caffeinated ones can cause dry mouth. Adding sugar to them can cause damage to your teeth. Coffee and tea also stain your teeth. Be sure to drink plenty of water after consumption and keep the sugar to a minimal.

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The acid in soda attacks the tooth enamel (the hard surface of the tooth) causing damage to your teeth. The caffeine in them causes dry mouth. A healthier choice is always water, but if you must drink soda be sure to drink plenty of water afterwards and be sure to wait a half hour to an hour before brushing your teeth.

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The sugar and acid in energy drinks is a perfect recipe for bacteria growth in the mouth which may cause tooth decay and dental erosion. When given the choice, water is best for hydration. If energy drinks must be consumed then it is essential to rinse with water afterwards to reduce the potential damage in may cause. Be sure to wait an hour before brushing after having an energy drink as acidic foods and drinks softens the tooth enamel.

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Alcohol consumption reduces saliva flow which may lead to tooth decay and/or gum disease. The reduction of saliva flow also cause dry mouth. Heavy alcohol use increases the risk of oral cancer. Limiting the consumption of alcohol would be wise.

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Tips on what to pack in your child’s lunch box – Healthy Snacks – Brampton Dentists

The foods our children eat at school for lunch and snacks should be providing them with energy and nutrients to help them be alert and get through the school day. It should also provide them with nutrients that help in the their development and growth.

Our child’s teeth, gums and body need a variety of vitamins and minerals to aid in growth and health.

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Here are some back to school lunchbox ideas provided by the Ontario Dental Association

Fruits and vegetables. Citrus fruits and kiwi fruit are good sources of vitamin C — important for healthy gums. Carrots and dried apricots contain vitamin A, a nutrient essential for building strong teeth.

Cheese, yogurt and milk all contain calcium.  Cheese also stimulates saliva production which helps clear away food particles from your teeth. Low-fat yogurt (with no added sugar), cheese slices on whole-wheat crackers and small containers of milk are great options.

Protein-rich foods like meat, poultry and fish are good sources of phosphorous, which is needed for tooth development.

Smart snacking. Growing children and teens often need more than three meals a day. Smart snacking will ensure they have the energy they need to take them through the school day. Whole grains (in snacks like crackers and granola bars) and nuts provide protein, as well as being rich in magnesium and phosphorous.

Cut the cola. Opt for water, milk or pure fruit juices instead of carbonated drinks. Soda, sports drinks and sweetened fruit juices often contribute to tooth decay because of high sugar and acid content.

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