How Flossing Can Save Your Money… 

How Flossing Can Save Your Money…

It’s a known fact that about 35% of the tooth surface is missed being cleaned if you’re not flossing. As a direct result of that, you have a better chance of developing cavities.

Cavities, left untreated, can become even more dangerous to your mouth. They can eventually need more work done on them, such as a root canals, replacement crowns or worse, pulled!

Obviously, these extra trips to the dental office and the additional work that will need done takes money out of your pocket.

It just makes sense that if there is a way to prevent these higher costs from needing done, why would you not do it?

A report published in 2005, by the Children’s Dental Health Project (CDHP) showed that children who had their first dental checkup before the age of one, that by their fifth birthday, some of them had dental care costs 40% lower than their peers! It also showed that in areas where the emergency room is used instead of regular dentist visits; some dental care costs could be as much as ten times higher!

So how can you save money by flossing? Simple – teach your kids to brush and floss regularly and properly.  You can prevent substantial dental issues from arising in the future. In fact, a toothbrush and some dental floss are probably the cheapest tools you’ll find to preventing your kids from repeat emergency dental procedures in the future!

This is also great advice for the adults in your family too!

In addition to this topic, we’re pleased to offer a FREE report that provides information vital to forming good dental habits. Why not get your copy now? Getting Started with Your Child’s Oral Health, A Parent’s Guide, is just a click away. And it’s absolutely FREE.

 

Also, for further information, make an appointment, or have a question answered, you’re more than welcome to call us at West Airdrie Dental at 587 317 7713 or click here to visit our website.

What’s the Big Deal About Flossing? 

If you’re like most dental patients, you might think brushing by itself does a good job when trying to ward off cavities. Certainly, brushing twice a day is extremely important when it comes to good oral hygiene. But, the problem is, you’re not reaching the cavity causing bacteria if all you do is brush. The fact is, you miss cleaning 35% of your tooth surfaces if you aren’t flossing.

Sure, you know a toothbrush gently removes the plaque from your teeth through the use of toothpaste and fluoride. But the toothbrush bristles can’t reach where most of the plaque likes to hide.  – in between your teeth and under the gums! This is exactly why flossing is such a big deal.

Dental Floss IS a Big Deal!

Flossing is necessary to maintain a healthy smile
Flossing is necessary to maintain a healthy smile

If you’re flossing properly then you’re reaching those tight cracks and spaces in between your teeth and under your gums. These are the areas your toothbrush can’t reach. Plus, with less between your teeth, the fluoride in your toothpaste can reach in there and do more to protect what was previously blocked by plaque.

If you’re not sure how to floss properly, any dental hygienist or dentist should be able to give you instructions on the proper way to floss. If they can’t…you should find a new dentist!

 

It just can’t be stressed enough how important flossing is to the overall health of your mouth.

 

In addition to this topic, we’re pleased to offer a FREE report that provides information vital to forming good dental habits. Why not get your copy now? THE SMART CONSUMER’S GUIDE TO: How to Make Sure You Choose the Right Dentist, is just a click away. And it’s absolutely FREE.

 

Also, for further information, make an appointment, or have a question answered, you’re more than welcome to call us at West Airdrie Dental at 587 317 7713 or click here to visit our website.

Your Mouth and Mountain Dew? Why This is a Problem…

Our friends to the south, way, across the border, south in the far most Southern region of the United States are surrounded by the Appalachian Mountains and have a long proud history. In fact, that’s where a lot of the bootlegged liquor came from during Prohibition. And it’s also home to the beginnings of NASCAR racing.

 

During that time of prohibition, many who made this moonshine home-brewed alcohol referred to is as “mountain dew” after that particular mountainous region.  A couple of brothers, Barney and Ally Hartman of Hartman Beverage first bottled a beverage called Mountain Dew and received a copyright for that name in 1948. After a sequence of events, it was eventually purchased by the PepsiCo Company in 1964.

 

Any sugary drink can lead to rotting teeth if not taken care of.
Any sugary drink can lead to rotting teeth if not taken care of.

If you’re not familiar or don’t live in that part of the United States; you may not realize how prevalent the beverage is in their everyday lives and culture. Some drink it instead of water. Daily.  The constant drinking of the sugary beverage has led to an outbreak of truly rotten teeth and the term “Mountain Dew Mouth”.

 

Some politicians have tried various methods to get people in that region of the US to drink more water and less Mountain Dew.

 

Over the years, drinking soda (or pop as it’s known in some places) has become increasingly popular. And “Mountain Dew Mouth” can be attributed to any soda. The high sugar content will take its toll is consumed on a regular basis.

 

If you’re “addicted to soda” or maybe just have a smile you aren’t happy with; the good news is there are ways to reverse the effects of previous bad oral hygiene habits. It is possible to restore your teeth from “Mountain Dew Mouth.”

 

In addition to this topic, we’re pleased to offer a FREE report that provides information vital to forming good dental habits. Why not get your copy now? Getting Started With Your Child’s Oral Health, A Parent’s Guide, is just a click away. And it’s absolutely FREE.

 

Also, for further information, make an appointment, or have a question answered, you’re more than welcome to call us at West Airdrie Dental at 587 317 7713 or click here to visit our website.

Where You Keep Your Toothbrush Matters…Or Does It?

Recently, a story about toothbrushes and toilets have been making the rounds on the internet.  Maybe you’ve heard about it.

The theory is, when the toilet seat is opened, even if the commode is several feet away, airborne germs from a toilet flush will infect your toothbrush with fecal bacteria. It sounds pretty scary, not to mention gross! As a result, you, along with many other people, are now making sure to close the cover of the toilet before flushing.

Unfortunately, while this may have some credibility, it’s not the main problem when taking good care of your toothbrush.

The real source of troublesome germs is the brush itself.

Studies have found that your toilet is one of the cleaner parts of your house. However, the job of your toothbrush is to remove bacteria from your teeth. Much of that bacteria ends up coating your brush.

Now if you have a strong immune system you should be fine. And quite honestly, keeping your toothbrush away from the toilet is not an effective way to keep it hygienic and free from bacteria. Although it can’t hurt…

Bacteria thrives on moisture. If you happen to use a brush that comes with

two toothbrushes in toilet - but germs from the toilet are not the worst issue for bacterial growth
germs from the toilet are not the worst issue

one of those clear guards that snaps on over the bristles, don’t put it on after you brush and floss. If you want to see the ugly details of what can happen…go ahead and snap that guard on after each time you brush.

What the bacteria on your toothbrush really need in order to thrive is moisture. After about a week, you’ll begin to see black forming around the base of the bristles. This is bacteria. It would be safe to say, you probably don’t want THAT in your mouth!

So…what’s the best thing to do?  if you really want to avoid germs on your toothbrush, the best thing you can do is keep it dry. 

That’s it. Once you’re done brushing (and flossing) make sure you shake the excess water from the bristles…pat it even with a clean cloth and place it where it can continue to dry until the next time you need it.

If you’re curious about other ways to have a healthy mouth, that’s where West Airdrie is an expert! Click here or call 587 317 7713

and let’s talk about what’s on your mind. We’re always happy to help!

Gummy Candy and West Airdrie Dental Clinic

Yes, it’s probably common knowledge that ingesting sugar can result in cavities. Some foods are obviously worth than others in that respect. The higher sugar content is one obvious reason, but gooey, chewy candy is the worst culprit! Candy that sticks to the teeth can get stuck between the crevices of a tooth, and saliva can’t wash it away. Some sugary treats to avoid include:

  • Gummy candies (gummy bears, gummy worms, etc.),
  • Caramels,
  • Raisins and other dried fruits, and
  • Jelly beans.

Most of these candies can be found in sugar-free varieties. Choose these instead for healthier teeth. At a minimum, good tooth brushing and flossing after consuming these goodies can help, too. Here are a few foods like instead of gummies and other chewy candy:

Yogurt: Makes a great snack or even at breakfast! Kids who eat at least 4 servings of dairy a week are less likely to get cavities, according to the Journal of Oral Dentistry. Just make sure you look for the yogurt varieties that are low in sugar!

Nuts: Any food that requires a lot of chewing are typically good for your children’s teeth. Nuts typically have a lot of healthy nutrients in them and are also low in sugar. Avoid any of the candied varieties, of course.

Fresh Fruit: Did you know that chewing raw foods massages your gums and promotes cleaner, healthier teeth? Fruit is a naturally sweet option and it shouldn’t be difficult to get kids to eat them. Choose fresh fruit over canned whenever possible as the canned varieties tend to add sugar or syrup.

Raw Vegetables: An even better option than fresh fruit because you get the crunch of the raw food minus the sugar that most fruits have! There isn’t a veggie out there that we wouldn’t recommend for your kiddo!

Whole Grains: Who doesn’t love a good whole grain cereal at breakfast? High in nutrients, fiber, and vitamins that growing kids need, plus they’re usually lower in sugar to boot.

If your little one start complaining that it hurts to chew, talk, or drink/eat, let us know! Click here or give us a call at 587-317-7713 (New Patients) or 403-980-0404 (Existing Patients) today!