The effectiveness of flossing recently became the subject of controversy based on findings published by the Associated Press. Essentially, the AP announced that there hadn’t been enough reliable research conducted on the benefits of flossing and the overall effects it has on oral health. Their conclusion? Maybe we don’t need to floss after all.
Throughout my years of practice in New Westminster, I’ve had patients repeatedly ask me why their teeth hurt when having coffee, ice cream, frozen yogurt or other similar food and beverage items. Sometimes, they even cringe when simply brushing their teeth.
In many cases, it can be attributed to tooth sensitivity.
Raising children can be very expensive, especially in the Greater Vancouver region we reside in. After all, we are situated in one of the best provinces in the country. On average, it is believed that close to a quarter million dollars have to be spent on each child raised by the time they turn 18.
We are two weeks into the New Year! What are your New Year resolutions? Have you made your oral health one of your priorities?
We have put together a brief strategy guide on how to fortify and strengthen your teeth. Here are 6 simple tactics you can apply today for better oral and dental health in 2016:
Chew sugar-free gum
When you chew gum,
These are two lesions that can occur in and around the mouth, and are often confused with one another. Here is what you need to know about them:
These appear as red, fluid-filled sores, most often occurring outside the mouth, (around your lips). The sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus,
Many things can change with our health as we enter the golden years of our lives. We can expect the same to happen with our oral health as well. Below is a small list of things we (or our parents, or our grandparents) should be aware of as we age.
Dry Mouth (xerostomia)
From my experience with senior dentistry,
Sports drinks and their sugar content
For those of us that play competitive sports, or who have children who do the same, think twice before you decide how you keep yourselves hydrated. A lot of sports drinks on the market have extremely high sugar content, rivaling that of soda pop. Most of us are already aware that pop should be consumed in moderation,
Artificial sweeteners – good or bad news for our sweet tooth?
Artificial sweeteners do not activate the food reward pathways the same way that natural sweeteners do. Foods or drinks sweetened with artificial sweeteners may contribute fewer calories to our diet (*ahem* Coke Zero), but they may result in overeating as a result.