Monday, April 13, 2009

April is National Oral Health Month™

Most of us realize that diet and exercise play an important part in keeping us healthy. But did you know that a healthy mouth is also an important part of a healthy body?

5 Steps to Good Oral Health
As part of a healthy lifestyle and to help reduce the risk of oral disease, follow these 5 steps to good oral health.

1. See your dentist regularly
Regular checkups and professional cleanings are the best way to prevent problems or to stop small problems from getting worse.
Your dentist will look for signs of oral disease. Oral diseases often go unnoticed and may lead to or be a sign of serious health problems in other parts of the body.
Only your dentist has the training, skill and expertise to diagnose and treat oral health diseases and to meet all your oral health care needs.

2. Keep your mouth clean
Using a soft-bristle toothbrush, brush your teeth and tongue at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to remove plaque and bacteria that cause cavities and periodontal disease (gum disease).
Floss every day. If you don’t floss, you are missing more than a third of your tooth surface.
Your dentist may also recommend that you use a fluoride or antimicrobial mouthrinse to help prevent cavities or gum disease.
When choosing oral care products, look for the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) Seal of Recognition. Oral care products that have earned the Seal of Recognition have been reviewed by CDA and will effectively contribute to your oral health.

3. Eat, drink, but be wary
Healthy food is good for your general health and your oral health. The nutrients that come from healthy foods help you to fight cavities and gum disease.
Limit how much and how often you consume foods and beverages that contain sugar. Sugar is one of the main causes of dental problems.
Limit your consumption of foods and beverages that are high in acid. The acid may play a part in causing dental erosion.
Avoid excess sugar. It is one of the main causes of dental problems.

4. Check your mouth regularly
Look for warning signs of periodontal disease (gum disease). Gum disease is one of the main reasons why adults lose their teeth. The warning signs include:
Red, shiny, puffy, sore or sensitive gums
Bleeding when you brush or floss
Bad breath that won’t go away.
Loose or sensitive teeth.
Change in the colour of your gums
Receding gums
Look for warning signs of oral cancer. The 3 most common sites for oral cancer are the sides and bottom of your tongue and the floor of your mouth. The warning signs include:
Bleeding that you can’t explain
Open sores that don’t heal within 7 to 10 days
White or red patches
Numbness or tingling
Small lumps and thickening on the sides or bottom of your tongue, the floor or roof of your mouth, the inside of your cheeks or on your gums.
Tell your dentist if you have dry mouth, a sore mouth or burning mouth syndrome.
Report any of these warning signs to your dentist.

5. Avoid all tobacco products
Stained and missing teeth, infected gums and bad breath are just some of the ways smoking can affect your oral health. Besides ruining your smile, smoking can cause oral cancer, heart disease and a variety of other cancers, all of which can kill you.
All forms of tobacco are dangerous to your oral health and your overall health, not just cigarettes. Smokeless tobacco such as chewing tobacco, snuff and snus can cause mouth, tongue and lip cancer and can be more addictive than cigarettes.
If you use tobacco products, ask your dentist and your family doctor for advice on how to quit.
If you take care of your teeth and gums at home and visit your dentist regularly, your smile should last you a lifetime. Your oral health is good for life.

For more information, visit the Canadian Dental Association website:

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!

From all of us at Village Green Dental Care, have a Happy Easter!
Remember to brush your pearly whites after eating all the chocolate the Easter Bunny brings!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Welcome to our Blog!

We have recently revamped our website and we hope you like the new 'look'. Now, as we dive head first into the blogging world, we aim to achieve the following:

1. Express our thoughts and opinions.
2. Promote the products and services we offer.
3. Help other people! i.e. if we have mastered a certain procedure, we will share our story to help other dentists or a student still in dental school.
4. Connect with our patients and get their feedback on issues we can help them with, and by sharing stories, photos, videos and more.
5. Have fun! Share healthy recipes, travel tips, and more!

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