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5 Reasons To Always Brush Your Tongue

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You may have your oral hygiene routine down pat—brushing at least twice daily, flossing daily, visiting the dentist for regular cleanings—but how often do you remember to brush your tongue? Brushing your tongue daily is an important part of good oral hygiene. You can buy a special device called a tongue scraper, which removes bacteria, fungi, food debris, and dead cells from the surface of your tongue. Here are some reasons to always brush your tongue! Fresher Breath Brushing your tongue removes bacteria, food debris, and fungi from the surface of your tongue, which are all things that can cause bad breath. Brushing the tongue can help give you much fresher breath and has long lasting effects. Dental Health A buildup of bacteria in the mouth leads to an accumulation of plaque. Plaque is responsible for all sorts of nasty dental problems, such as cavities, tooth decay, and even tooth…

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3 Ways Your Gum Health is Impacted

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Excellent oral health is a major part of overall health and happiness. Due to our modern diet, there are many things we consume and do that can be harmful to our gums and can lead to gingivitis and gum disease. Gum disease can become serious if left untreated. It can lead to long-term health complications like tooth loss. Oral care includes gum care, and it’s important that we take great care of our gums. Here are some factors that influence our gum health, for better or for worse: Diet A healthy diet low in sugar and starch is key to both oral health and overall health. Sugars cause more bacteria to build up in the mouth, which can lead to gingivitis and gum disease. In order to prevent bacteria build-up, it’s important to rinse your mouth with water or brush your teeth after consuming sugary, starchy, or acidic foods. Additionally,…

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The Relationship Between A Healthy Heart And A Healthy Mouth

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Our heart health is something we should always be thinking about with heart disease being the number one killer of men and women in North America. There are lots of things we can do to promote heart health and prevent heart disease, starting with our oral health. Studies show there is a link between gum disease and heart disease. There are, however, many similar risk factors for the two conditions, including smoking, diabetes, and a poor diet. Either way, taking care of your oral health is a great step towards taking care of your heart and overall health. Like anything, prevention is far better than treatment. Work on developing healthy habits and an excellent oral health routine. Some things you can work on to prevent disease, or manage it, include: Brush and floss regularly: Plaque and bacteria buildup in the mouth can lead to gum disease, and have other, negative…

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5 Signs You Might Have Sleep Apnea

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Sleep apnea affects millions of adults in Canada, yet most of these cases and other sleep disorders go undiagnosed. Many people don’t realise that untreated sleep apnea can lead to health problems and other severe consequences. Although the primary characteristic of sleep apnea is frequent pauses in breathing while asleep, there are actually three different types of sleep apnea: CSA or central sleep apnea: where the pauses are caused by failure of the brain to instruct the respiratory system to breath. OSA or obstructive sleep apnea: where the interruptions in breathing are due to a physical blockage in the airways, such as collapse of the throat and tongue tissues into the airway. Complex or mixed sleep apnea: the combined effects of CSA and OSA. About 85 percent of sleep apnea cases involve OSA, while CSA accounts for less than 1 percent. Regardless of the form, the poor breathing patterns—sometimes up…

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What Are Porcelain Veneers And How Do They Work?

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Porcelain veneers refer to thin slices of tooth-coloured material that are custom-made for bonding on the front of damaged or discoloured teeth to make them look healthy again. They are a popular cosmetic treatment to improve the colour, size, shape, or length of your teeth. They’re typically used to fix: Discoloured teeth: your dentist can recommend porcelain veneers to cover up teeth stains caused by medications such as tetracycline, or discolouration due to excess fluoride. They can also be used to conceal large resin fillings or root canal therapy. Worn down teeth: to improve their size and shape. Chipped or broken teeth: to improve your smile. Teeth with spaces between them: to eliminate gaps between teeth that may cause shifting. Minor cases of uneven, misaligned, or irregularly shaped teeth: to fix teeth with bulges or craters in them for a smile makeover What to Expect Porcelain veneer placement is usually…

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