Nepean Dentistry Provider Discusses Tooth Healthy Options For Valentine’s Day
NEPEAN AND OTTAWA, ONTARIO – Lovers will exchange candies, love notes and flowers on Feb. 14. While flattering, these sugary treats can be detrimental to tooth health. The Nepean dentistry team at Trillium Dental reminds patients to take charge of their oral health on Valentine’s Day and everyday.
Excess Sugar Causes Tooth Decay
Bacteria are found naturally in the mouth, and when they bond with sugars the reaction yields acids. The acids make holes in the outer layer of the tooth and seep through to the dentin. Dentists call these holes cavities. Cavities and tooth decay can cause patients pain, and critically decayed teeth may require removal. Missing teeth can cause unbalanced bites and cause patients embarrassment. Implant dentistry can restore extracted teeth, but it’s best for patients to practice good oral care to keep teeth strong.
Sweetness Without The Sweet Tooth
On Valentine’s Day patients can brainstorm other gifts for their sweethearts that don’t leave sugar lingering behind. Hard candy can harm braces and may even chip teeth, and chewy candy leaves sugar looming on the teeth. Lovers may choose healthier treats like caramel dipped apples. The texture of apples and pears serve as cleaning tools, and eating these foods actually removes debris from the teeth. Chewing sugar-free gum is another tooth-friendly option for Valentine’s Day. Gum encourages saliva production, and saliva breaks down food particles and sugars in the mouth.
Parents may even compose a cute “Tooth Love” kit to take to their children’s classroom. Kids get plenty of candy at school during holiday parties, and encouraging tooth health isn’t a bad idea. Use dental floss, sugar free chewing gum, cool toothbrushes, cute stickers, tooth brushing charts and a handout on good oral hygiene.
Some patients may even give their lovers the gift of an improved smile for Valentine’s Day. Cosmetic dental services such as Kanata teeth whitening and Invisalign treatment help patients smile their brightest.
Tender Loving Oral Care
The best Valentine’s Day gift patients can give themselves is a commitment to superb oral care. Teeth and gums are instrumental to everyday life; teeth help patients eat and speak daily, and gums hold teeth firmly into place. Patients should demonstrate their appreciation daily by following simple oral care guidelines.
Patients should floss at least once a day to remove lingering food particles from between the teeth. Tender or bleeding gums during flossing may be a signal of periodontal disease. There is still time to reverse the first stage of periodontal disease, called gingivitis, when a patient is diagnosed. Gingivitis can be eliminated with proper dental cleanings and at-home care.
Patients should also brush their teeth two times a day for at least two minutes per session to reduce the risks of periodontal disease and decay. The best brushing technique is to make tiny circles at an angle to the gums. The tongue also harbors bacteria, so patients should give it a good brushing as well.
Routine dental visits are another important aspect of good oral health. Healthy patients should receive dental cleanings and exams at least twice a year, and some patients may need more frequent care. Oral health is tightly linked to total body health. Patients should practice good oral hygiene habits and eat balanced diets to enjoy the healthiest teeth and gums possible.