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Foods & Drinks That Help Prevent Cavities

Stop tooth decay early: 6 Surprising foods and drinks that help to prevent cavities

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With the beginning of long afternoons in the sun, it may be difficult to resist savouring the sweet taste of ice cold slushies, freezies and ice cream. Limiting the amount of sugary sweets we consume will prevent cavities. Overindulgence in sweets and carbohydrates combined with a lack of dental hygiene will lead to decay. Sugar acts as a food reservoir for naturally occurring bacteria in your mouth. The bacteria consume the sugar and change it into acid. This combination of acid and bacteria sits on your teeth as plaque leading to holes in your teeth. According to the Canadian Dental Association, the average number of decayed, missing or filled teeth per child is 2.5 teeth. Dental sick days have lead to 2.26 million school-days (for children) and 4.15 million working-days (for adults) missed annually. With this in mind, you can use the following foods to prevent cavities: 1.Cheese Dairy products…

Why Minor Tooth Crowding Can Lead To Gingivitis

Why Minor Tooth Crowding Can Lead to Gingivitis: A case for Invisalign and Braces

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Picture this. You are an excellent dental patient. You brush regularly, you try to floss, you attend your hygiene appointments on schedule, yet still, your dentist and hygienist present you with the dreaded news, “You have gingivitis, your gums are bleeding”. Why is that? Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums surrounding your teeth. It can lead to bleeding gums, sensitivity and plaque accumulation. This is a reversible condition. If this inflammation and breakdown continues, then your oral condition could progress to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a deeper breakdown of connective tissue and bone underneath the gums. It can progress to those “black triangles” you see in the mirror and loose teeth. Once you get to this stage, it is irreversible. Research has shown that even minor crowding is more likely to collect plaque and develop gingivitis. If your teeth are slightly misaligned outside the arch, they are more…