Spring is here, and that means spring cleaning! And while you’re at it, why not spring clean your teeth? It’s a great time re-vamp your oral hygiene routine and keep that smile healthy for the upcoming warm months. Here are a few things you can do:
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You may have great teeth, and the perfect daily dental health routine – brushing twice per day, flossing daily, maybe even using mouthwash to rinse. But there could still be some bad habits or behaviours that can negatively affect your oral health, and you may not even realize it!
Using Teeth As a Tool – When items come in hard to open packages, it can seem like a good idea to use the strength of your teeth open them. In fact, this is a good way easily to chip or break a tooth. And when there is any type of opening, tooth decay can take over.
Biting Nails – Nail biting is a bad habit on its own, but it’s also terrible for your mouth. Teeth can very easily be chipped, cracked, or ground down due to nail biting. It has also been found that people who habitually bite their nails (or other items, such as pencils) may be at an increased risk for bruxism, also know as teeth grinding.
Mouth Piercings – Certain oral piercings can make big trouble within the mouth. Lip, tongue, and labret rings can cause wear to the gums and teeth, as well as potential infection, bleeding, and swelling. We would never tell you not to get a piercing – but know the risks before you commit.
Over-Whitening – While everyone would love to have pearly white teeth, there is such a thing as over-whitening – especially when it isn’t done in a professional office. Over-bleaching your teeth may cause tooth pitting or nerve damage, so it’s important to always have teeth whitened professionally. At Southeast Dental in Markham, we offer safe, effective, in-office whitening. To book an appointment to have your teeth safely whitened, give us a call at 905-471-2002, or easily book online.
While your daily dental hygiene and specific toothpaste used help to keep your teeth strong and healthy, did you know what the foods you eat have a big impact as well? We’ve posted about the foods that can help clean teeth between brushing (and the worst ones), but this time we’re looking at foods that help teeth from the inside out.
From a very young age, we’re taught to take good care of our teeth in order to prevent cavities from forming – kids will often brush their teeth furiously to avoid hearing the dentist say that scary word at their next cleaning. But most children, and even adults, don’t know exactly what a cavity is, what really causes it, or how to properly prevent it. So let’s get started on a cavity education: