April is Oral Health Month, a good time of year to take stock of your oral care routine and understand how proper oral health can have an impact on your overall well-being. This April, consider the preventive steps you can take to make sure your mouth and the rest of your body are healthy throughout the year.
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.
Like other parts of your body, your mouth naturally changes as you age. However, some changes to your gums, tongue, and throat may point to a problem. Be alert to the following mouth changes that could require a dentist visit.
Feeling nauseated is never a pleasant experience, but it’s unavoidable in some cases. A stomach bug, eating something that doesn’t agree with you, or another type of virus can all cause nausea. During and after the unpleasant experience, it’s important to know how nausea can impact your oral health, as well as how to take care of your mouth when you’re ill.
Smiling is often thought of as the result of a positive outlook or happy situation. While you are certainly more likely to smile when things are looking up, the power of your pearly whites can work in both directions. Sometimes, smiling will give you a boost of chemicals that can help produce positive emotions even when you’re not initially feeling them. A forced smile may seem counter-intuitive when you’re facing an unpleasant situation, but this could be just what you need to get through the hard times.
The Canadian Dental Association encourages us to floss every day for a clean and healthy mouth. However, many Canadians are still confused about this oral health practice. Read on to learn the facts about flossing and the truth behind some common flossing myths.
Cold and flu season presents a wide range of challenges. You may face long, sleepless nights with a cough and challenging workdays with a stuffy head and running nose. There are a number of remedies you can try for these illnesses, but these aren’t without hazards of their own. Some of the solutions that are meant to improve your health could end up damaging your teeth. Learn what to watch for and how you can combat these hazards, so you can maintain dental health even as you’re fighting off that pesky bug.
Are you afraid of the dentist? If so, you’re not alone. According to Stats Canada, around 40 percent of the population has a strong fear of the dentist. While very few people look forward to taking a seat in the dentist’s chair, some have a fear so paralyzing that it prevents them from getting the dental care they need. Without proper preventative cleanings, they eventually develop serious issues that lead to pain or lost teeth. Fortunately, you have several options available for dealing with a fear of the dentist so you can get the necessary care your mouth needs.
Wisdom teeth are the molars in the far back of your mouth and usually emerge in late teens or early twenties. In the past, they were useful for our more basic diet of meat and hard foods, but now they serve little purpose. Wisdom tooth removal may seem daunting but it is a common procedure.