Oral health is important for patients of all ages, but there are many problems that become more pressing in older patients. Seniors are more likely to experience trouble with lost teeth, denture care, discoloration, and periodontal disease. Understanding the hazards that are unique to seniors will help you get a better idea of how to address and prevent these issues.
Gum disease is not at all uncommon. In fact, 70 per cent of Canadians will develop gum disease during their lifetime. While gum disease is more prevalent in older Canadians, this isn’t simply an unavoidable part of aging. There are many things that you can do to prevent and treat gum disease. Understanding gum disease and taking the proper precautions now will go a long way toward protecting your health. Updated for 2019, read this newly updated and expanded blog to learn more.
Diabetes is a condition that impacts your body’s ability to control blood glucose levels. If you have Type I diabetes, your body doesn’t produce enough insulin, which transports sugar from your blood to the body’s cells. If you have Type II diabetes, your body doesn’t respond to insulin as it should. In both cases, you’re more likely to have problems with your oral health.
It’s time to reconsider the old stereotype of a trip to the dentist involving drills, multiple visits, pain, and discomfort. All of these things are no longer required to get the dental care you need to stay healthy, eliminate pain, and have a great smile. Take a look at how far dental technologies have come in recent decades.
A periodontist is one of the least understood types of dentists. This professional deals in gum diseases, working to give patients healthier mouths. Whenever you feel like your gums are sensitive or you notice bleeding, you need a periodontist. Otherwise, you risk gum disease or the pain experienced with every bite, and other extreme mouth conditions. Here’s our guide on periodontists, what they do, and why patients sometimes need one.
Dental scaling is routinely performed to help patients with gum disease and excessive plaque buildup. While a standard cleaning will address the surface of the tooth, scaling goes much deeper. If your dentist suggests dental scaling and root planing for your teeth, it’s helpful to know what this means so you can prepare for what’s ahead.
You have likely heard time and again that smoking and chewing tobacco products can have a serious impact on your oral health. But what does smoking actually do to your mouth and why is it such an issue? Read on to discover the real reasons why smoking is one of the most destructive habits when it comes to your oral health and the serious health risks that come with it.
Spitting a bit of blood in the sink after brushing and flossing may not seem like a big deal, and in fact you may not even notice it anymore. But the truth is that bleeding gums are never something to ignore. More often than not, bleeding gums are an early sign of gum disease which should be addressed immediately.
There are a few different things that can cause an onset of bleeding gums, read on to find out what they are and what you can do about them to get your oral health back on track.
Gingivitis is commonly caused by plaque build-up on your teeth. The bacteria in the plaque can invade your gums, and if it isn’t treated, can cause permanent damage to the root of your teeth.
According to a recent study published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology, the bacteria that can cause gum disease can thrive in your gums by manipulating your immune system to let it stay and grow. The research focused on how gingivitis develops into a disease and how it resists your body’s natural defenses.
Have you ever wondered why your gums bleed when you brush or floss? Or why they periodically swell up or become extra sensitive?
If you’ve experienced any of these signs, you may have gingivitis. But don’t worry, you’re not alone. According to the Canadian Dental Hygienist Association, as many as 50% of Canadians have gingivitis and most of them don’t even know it.