Tongue health Quick! Stick out your tongue and say...yuck? No one ever said tongues were pretty. And maybe that’s why they’re sometimes neglected when it comes to oral health. But your tongue is an important part of your mouth, and you should always include it in your hygiene routine. Here are four things you should know about keeping your tongue healthy: 1. Tongues … [Read more...] about 4 Things You Should Know About Tongue Health
Pssst: Is your mouth trying to tell you something? The state of your teeth, gums, tongue and breath can offer valuable insights into your dental, oral and overall health, says Don Friedlander, president of the Canadian Dental Association (CDA). Here are some health conditions your mouth may be trying to bring to your attention. … [Read more...] about 7 Things Your Mouth is Trying to Tell You
1. Brush your teeth regularly (and properly!) Though it may sound obvious, the best way to keep cavities at bay is to keep your teeth clean. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, ideally after every meal—and be thorough! Harry Höediono, president of the Ontario Dental Association, says that while most people spend about a minute brushing their teeth, the ideal should be three … [Read more...] about How to Prevent Cavities: 6 Simple Strategies Everyone Should Follow
Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, even stronger than bone. Yet Mary Cabeceiras, a registered dental hygienist, says she sees a lot of patients with enamel wear. Enamel forms the thin outer layer of your teeth, the pale yellow to grayish white crowns you see when you smile. Signs of weak enamel are a glassy appearance at the tips, broken corners or … [Read more...] about Tooth Enamel: Why You Should Care About Preventing Erosion
For children, trips to the dentist are scary, mostly because it’s unknown territory. They can still be scary for adults, only now it’s because we know what to expect—and how much it’s going to cost. So keeping our teeth clean and healthy is high on the priority list, which is why we’ve compiled this list of foods to avoid if you want to keep those dental visits to a … [Read more...] about 5 Foods That Will Destroy Your Teeth
Having a healthy, bright smile is a simple way to put your best face forward, but keeping teeth looking their best isn’t always easy. Many everyday foods and drinks can change the color of your teeth. Bleaching, either through at-home products or at the dentist's office, is the only way to truly whiten teeth, although a good professional cleaning can remove many stains. But you … [Read more...] about Eat for Whiter Teeth: 4 Everyday Foods That Whiten
Myth 1: All mouthwashes are made equal "The benefits from using a mouthwash depend largely on the type of product used," says Euan Swan, manager of dental programs at the Canadian Dental Association in Ottawa. Mouthwash can be classified as cosmetic or therapeutic. Rinsing with a cosmetic mouthwash will loosen bits of food from your teeth, lessen bacteria in your mouth, … [Read more...] about 6 Myths About Mouthwash
Dry mouth, sticky mouth, or xerostomia (now that’s a mouthful!): Whatever you call it, a lack of saliva or moisture in the mouth can be irritating and even embarrassing. Here are answers to your dry-mouth questions. Why is my mouth dry? Dry mouth happens when your saliva glands aren’t producing enough to make your mouth feel wet. This can be caused by medications (more than … [Read more...] about Why is My Mouth Always Dry? 9 Changes You Can Make to Feel Less Parched
Tooth sensitivity can be a pain in the—well, in the mouth. Cold or hot foods and drinks, sugary sweets, even a cold wind against your teeth can make your pearly whites start throbbing or stinging. In most cases, teeth are sensitive because their protective outer layers—enamel over the crown or cementum over the root—have worn away. That exposes your tooth’s dentin, which is … [Read more...] about 6 Ways to Reduce Tooth Sensitivity
Rinse it well first Before you put away your toothbrush, give it a good, thorough rinse with tap water. Make sure you don't leave any toothpaste or debris in the head of the brush. … [Read more...] about The Safe Way to Store Your Toothbrush
1. A cavity starts with a tiny hole A dental cavity begins with a miniscule hole in the enamel of your tooth. The hole gets there when bacteria in your mouth eat away at the enamel. Thanks to that itty-bitty hole, bacteria can then get into the center of the tooth—which is made of a somewhat softer material called dentin—and strip it of calcium. Over time, that turns the … [Read more...] about 6 Things Everyone Should Know About Cavities
1. Your brush looks like it's been through battle Check whether your brush looks worn. Toothbrushes generally last an average of three months. If your brush is looking sickly after six weeks, you could be applying too much pressure. And that can hurt your teeth. “Some patients say their teeth don’t feel clean unless they scrub hard,” says dentist Ron Smith, president of the … [Read more...] about 4 Signs You’re Brushing the Wrong Way
1. Skimping on oral hygiene Maintaining good oral health is essential in reducing bad breath. If you don’t brush and floss regularly, harmful bacteria can attack tooth enamel, which will lead to tooth decay. Make sure you replace your toothbrush every few months, since a number of microorganisms can live in your toothbrush and infect your mouth. Visit your dentist for … [Read more...] about 10 of the Biggest Causes of Bad Breath
1. Slow down By slowing down to enjoy our meals we don’t only improve our digestion, we also improve our oral health. “The mouth is a gateway to the body,” explains dentist Christine Botchway. She says that when we eat too quickly—wolfing down a meal while driving or standing by the fridge, for example—our food doesn’t have a chance to break down properly before continuing on … [Read more...] about 6 Eating Habits That Are Healthy For Your Teeth
1. A sore that isn’t healing If you notice a mouth sore, a lump, or a red or pale patch of skin on your tongue, cheek or gum, keep an eye on it for a couple of weeks. If it doesn’t go away, see your dentist ASAP. An earlier diagnosis of oral cancer means a much better chance of recovery. That’s why dental professionals should do a cancer screening at your regular visits, even … [Read more...] about 5 Mouth Signs and Symptoms You Should Never Ignore
Of course it’s unlikely your toddler needs a root canal or bridge work, but believe it or not, he still needs to see a dentist. Setting your child up with a dentist early sets the tone for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. At a first visit, the dentist will examine your child’s teeth, check for early signs of decay or gum disease, and talk about oral hygiene. Want the … [Read more...] about 7 Tips for Your Child’s First Dentist Visit
Since we use our toothbrushes to clean our teeth every day, most of us assume that they’re clean—but there are a lot of unpleasant things lurking deep down in between the bristles. A plethora of bacteria, germs, fungi and viruses can live quite happily in your toothbrush for months. In fact, scientists have found more than 10 million bacteria living in a single … [Read more...] about What’s Lurking in Your Toothbrush?
You were trail-running and didn’t see that root—now you’re splayed on the ground. Worse yet, your lip’s bleeding… and so is the spot where one of your front teeth used to sit. Now what? Hopefully this never happens to you. But chances are, a dental emergency of one type or another will affect you—or your kids—at least once. It could be that knock to the mouth. Or a suddenly … [Read more...] about 7 Common Tooth Emergencies and How to Deal With Them
If some or all of your permanent teeth have fallen out or been removed, you may be using dentures: complete dentures if you’re missing all of your natural teeth or partial dentures if you’re missing just one tooth or a few teeth. Both types need special care. Here are seven golden rules for looking after your dentures. 1. Give them a break. Take your dentures out before … [Read more...] about 7 Rules for Denture Care
1. If your toothbrush has blood on it… It’s trying to tell you: You might have gingivitis! “The warning signs of gingivitis are puffy gums, traces of blood on your toothbrush, or a change in the color of your gums,” says Don Friedlander, president of the Canadian Dental Association (CDA), noting the symptoms often come without pain. Untreated gingivitis (gum … [Read more...] about 5 Things Your Toothbrush Wants You to Know
Do you really need dental X-rays? Yes and no. At times, they can provide your dentist with invaluable information that will help the health and treatment of your teeth. But that doesn’t mean every person needs a complete X-ray series every time they visit the dentist. Read on to find out how often you should be having X-rays of your mouth and teeth. Why X-rays? X-rays, also … [Read more...] about Dental X-Rays: Why Do I Need Them?
What is mouth breathing? Though mouth breathing happens for different reasons in adults and children, the culprit is usually a nasal obstruction. When we breathe normally through the nose, the air we take in is warmed and moistened before it gets to our lungs. If a person has difficulty breathing through the nose, however, he or she is forced to take in cold, dry air through … [Read more...] about What to Know if You’re a Mouth Breather
So-called “oil pulling” is making a comeback. According to ancient holistic Ayurveda practice, swishing around an oil such as olive or coconut and then spitting it out is purported to cure some 30 ailments, from headaches to hypertension to diabetes. One claim is that it can improve oral health by controlling plaque. We asked Euan Swan, manager of dental programs at the … [Read more...] about What Is Oil Pulling (and Should You Do It)?
A toothbrush, floss, and a tongue scraper are the three dental products every adult should have, says Natalie Archer, a dentist who runs two Toronto clinics and was a past vice-president of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario. “I wouldn’t spend my money on something like a water flosser,” she says. While the idea of dragging a tool shaped like a shoehorn across your … [Read more...] about Do You Need a Tongue Scraper?
I'm in a reclining position while infrared heating pads comfort and warm my jaws, and nimble fingers massage my feet. I have declined a paraffin-wax hand treatment, but I will take the fresh carrot juice when we’re done. I’m in a serene, almost dream-like state—until I hear: “It looks like you may have a cavity.” Oh, right. I’m not at a spa. I’m at the dentist’s office for a … [Read more...] about How to Get Over Your Fear of the Dentist
"You need to get a gum graft," my dentist told me.This was not surprising news since I have been well aware of how much my lower gums have receded, particularly on my incisors. It has left my teeth incredibly sensitive and me rather self-conscious. We all want healthy teeth that last us a lifetime. There is nothing appealing about the thought of chompers in a glass with your … [Read more...] about 5 Oral Health Problems, Solved
Cavities often cause tooth pain, and you get cavities from bacteria in the mouth that are thriving on sugary and starchy foods that cling to teeth and gums. The bacteria produce acids that damage your teeth, and when the damage reaches a nerve, misery sets in. But there can be other causes as well—a filling that’s come loose, a cracked tooth, an abscess (a pocket of infection … [Read more...] about Natural Home Remedies for a Toothache to Nip Pain In the Bud