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5 Tips to Better Dental Health


Oral Malodour

Scared of bad breath? 50 percent of North Americans report worrying about their bad breath at one point, but what is the source? Oral malodour can occur through the accumulation of degrading gram negative bacteria. This can be a result of food impaction, tongue coat, and throat infection. Avoid all of this with proper oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing after each meal will ensure minimized food impaction across the mouth while removing excess digestive aids which can lead to bad breath. Regular use of daily mouthwash will take you the extra mile towards having fresh breath and a healthy smile.

General Health and Dental Health

The New Year comes with new beginnings and fresh starts for many. Whether you’ve signed up with a gym membership, or made a lifestyle choice towards healthy eating, we all know it is anything but easy or cheap to do so. The oral health benefits that an active lifestyle and clean diet can give your teeth are not always advertised. Your mouth is a major site where foreign bacteria can accumulate, causing potential oral health risks. A healthy diet is the best way to maintain optimal oral health while reducing susceptibility to decay and gum disease. Sugar is the main cause of premature tooth decay and gum disease, but it can be avoided easily. Try sugar free snacks, fresh fruit juices, mixed nuts, vegetables, as well as sugarless coffee and tea. Remember to give your pearly whites a good brush after any sugary snack! If you’re not able to brush, a quick rinse with water or snacking on a fibrous fruit/vegetable will help reduce the negative effects of sugar on your teeth.

Flossing & Brushing

Are you brushing and flossing efficiently, maybe not at all or to simply say you did? Many people use improper techniques in their oral health routine that actually causes more harm than good. Excessive force and aggressive movements with your brush and floss can cause gum recession and premature breakdown of enamel. Brushing and flossing daily with proper technique allows you to remove plaque and bacteria that build up on your teeth while maintaining and promoting healthy gums. Without removal, plaque hardens into tartar and calculus which can only be removed by trained dental professionals. Check with your dental professional to get the tips and tricks on how to improve your oral health techniques and help you spend less time in the dental office.

Warning Signs

Your body knows best when something is wrong, and you can bet it will be sending you a message. Look out for these warning signals about your oral health: are brushing and flossing not removing your bad breath? Smoking, drinking, medicine, and gum disease can cause constant bad breath despite your efforts to remove it. Are you having issues with dry mouth? Menopause and medication are often the cause. Dry mouth can cause rapid growth of oral health issues. Are you experiencing unexplained bleeding, open sores, discoloration, or numbness in your mouth? These are all potential signs of oral cancer. Please visit your dental professional if any of these warning signs are noticed.

Are You Aware of Acid Wear?

Having a highly acidic diet can cause a serious threat to your enamel. As little as four acidic encounters with your teeth per day can cause serious erosion. Acidic foods are everywhere around us, whether we realize it or not. Some of the healthiest fruit, fruit juices, salad dressings, and even lemon water are an acidic danger for your teeth. Keep an eye on your teeth and look for the common signs of enamel erosion such as transparent edges, a yellow coloration, or a matte finish. Talk to your dental professional about the right options to keep your teeth protected without compromising the foods you love.

How well do you know your teeth?

The teeth are one of the most important parts of the body as they are responsible for breaking down food allowing for optimal absorption and minimal waste.

Dr. Grazyna Wolf
Dr. Grazyna Wolf
Originally from Poland, Dr. Grazyna Wolf received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree there in 1987. She continued her studies and graduated from the University of Toronto in 1995. Dr. Wolf has established practices in Mississauga and Milton, where she works with her husband Wally. Wally is an administrative manager. Dr. Wolf enjoys many aspects of dentistry, and has a particular passion for cosmetic and prosthodontic dentistry. A member of the Ontario Dental Association, the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario, and the International Association of Orthodontics, Dr. Wolf keeps her skills and knowledge up to date through course work and as a member of several dental specialty study groups, including the Crown and Bridge Study Club and the Periodontal Associates Study Club. A mother of two children, Heather and Patrick, she enjoys spending time with them, traveling, listening to music, and also taking part in outdoor activities such as hiking and walking.

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