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Teenagers & Dental Health

Teenagers have more on their minds than ensuring that they stay on top of their dental health – so how do you keep your teens cavity-free? Here are a few ways that parents can help them keep tooth decay at bay.

Keep Soda Out of the House:

Soft drinks are a major culprit when it comes to cavities in teens. By keeping these drinks out of the house, or at the very least buying them less, you can encourage your kids to cut down on the sugary liquids and try drinking more water.

Stock up on Veggies:

We know – most teenagers refuse to eat their vegetables. That’s likely the case in your house, but showing them tastier ways to eat their veggies might be helpful. There are many delicious and healthy dips that can make vegetables much more palatable to teens, and even apples and cheese are good for their teeth. Healthy snacks can go a long way!

Make Meals A Priority:

Teens are busy. Between school, sports, and other extra-curricular activities, having sit-down meals can take a backseat to everything else. From a young age, it’s always a good idea to instill the importance of regular meals to your children. Otherwise, they’re more inclined to eat unhealthy, high-sugar snacks to replace proper meals – and these can wreak havoc on their mouth health.

Book Regular Cleanings: 

Of course, regular cleanings are one of the most important parts of a healthy dental care routine. To keep your teenager on the right track, give us a call at Southeast Dental in Markham to book their next appointment – or, use our handy online form to schedule a visit with our friendly and professional dental team

 

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Starting Early – Great Dental Habits for Kids

Staying healthy can be easy – and that includes oral health- it just takes the right habits and an ability to stick to them. That’s why we recommend starting proper dental hygiene early, so it becomes a lifelong practice. Here are a few tips to get your kids’ dental health on the right track from a young age.

Teach them the right way to brush:

Show them how you brush your teeth, demonstrating how you hold the toothbrush, and the angles needed to reach every surface. Teaching them to be gentler is important, as their young teeth and gums will be more sensitive and require a soft touch.

Flossing daily:

While flossing doesn’t need to be taught right away (it can be difficult for young children), it’s a good idea to get them into the habit whenever they’re old enough to handle it. For a step-by-step guide to flossing, follow these instructions from our blog.

Keep them away from sugar:

Did you know that it can take up to 30 minutes for a child’s saliva to neutralize the acidity from sugar’s bacteria? Try to limit their sugar intake, and help keep cavities at bay.

Regular dental visits:

Not only will regular dental visits help to keep you child’s teeth their healthiest, but at Southeast Dental in Markham, we can also show your kids how to properly care for their teeth. To book their next cleaning, call 905-471-2002 or use our online form. 

Make it fun!

Who says that teeth cleaning has to be a chore? Try letting them pick out a fun new toothbrush, or a flavour of toothpaste they’ll enjoy. And if you make tooth brushing a game, they’ll be more likely to look forward to brushing each day.

For more tips and information on oral health for the whole family, catch up on the Southeast Dental Blog!

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The Causes of Bleeding Gums, and How To Prevent It

It’s fairly common to experience bleeding gums every once in awhile, especially while flossing. If this has happened to you, you may be wondering what may be causing it – and how to prevent and treat it.

Here we’ve listed some of the common reasons for bleeding gums, and what to do about them.

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Pregnancy and Your Oral Health

When you’re pregnant, there are a lot of items on your health checklist to keep an eye on, all to ensure a healthy baby, healthy mom, and healthy delivery. But there’s one thing that is often overlooked during those important nine months – and that’s your dental health.

Did you know that pregnancy affects dental health quite a bit? It’s true. So to help out any expectant mothers out there, we’ve compiled a list of tips to ensure your oral health is at its best.

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Healthy Snacks for Kids’ Dental Health

Most kids don’t love their daily dental health routines – brushing and flossing their teeth is more like a chore than something beneficial for them. Luckily there are some ways that they’ll enjoy making their teeth healthier. Through healthy (yet tasty!) snacks, they can strengthen and clean their teeth… without even knowing they’re doing it.

Fruits:

Crunchy fruits like apples, pears, and even some strawberries are abrasive, and help to clean your teeth while you chew. Of all the crunchy fruits, apples are the best choice due to the vitamins and minerals they provide, and also because they stimulate the gums, increase saliva and fight plaque. An apple a day just might keep the cavities away!

Vegetables:

Just like the crunchy fruits, vegetable like carrots and celery are abrasive and help to clean teeth and gums. Another dental health bonus? They crate even more saliva due to extra chewing, and that helps to neutralize the acids in your mouth caused by bacteria.

Cheeses:

You may not think of cheese as being a great snack for teeth, but it is full of tooth-friendly vitamins, like calcium and phosphate. These not only help keep enamel strong, they also assist in the production of saliva, to kill cavity-causing bacteria.

Proteins:

Lean proteins contain a mineral called phosphorous, which balances the pH levels in the mouth, helps strengthen tooth enamel, and prevent bad bacteria from growing in the mouth. Chicken, eggs, and lean beef are all great options!

Even if your child is a picky eater, there are many different snacks to choose from on this list and many different ways to prepare them to make them more fun. If you have any questions about what foods would most benefit your child’s specific needs, our team at Southeast Dental in Markham would be happy to discuss options with you. Give us a call at 905-471-2002 or book an appointment online.

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Chipped Tooth? Here Are Your Options

Though teeth are surprisingly strong, damage can still easily happen in the form of cracks, breaks, and chips. These can occur due to a sports injury, biting on particularly hard items, and weak teeth.

So what do you do when you have a chipped tooth? First, reach out to us at Southeast Dental – either make an appointment or, in an emergency, get in touch with our Markham clinic right away. We’ll help you decide which of the options below are the best for you.

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Tips to Deal with Dental Anxiety

It can be completely natural to get anxiety before a dental appointment, for children and adults alike. Whether it’s a fear of learning you’ll require a dental procedure, or just a general fear of the offices and tools themselves, it’s very common and happens to many people.

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What Causes Bad Breath?

Everyone has experienced it – breath that makes you want to keep your mouth covered and avoid talking to other people. It’s very common, and there are many ways to deal with it, whether it’s an occasional issue or a serious problem. But have you ever wondered what actually causes the bad breath you hope to avoid? These are some of the usual causes of the bad breath that everyone experiences.

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Halloween & Kids’ Dental Health

With Halloween just around the corner, kids are already getting excited to go Trick or Treating: the costumes, the celebration, and, of course, all the candy. To make sure that your kids get to enjoy Halloween without negatively affecting their dental health, here are a few tips to make the holiday a great one:

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