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Oral Care for Seniors

OTTAWA AND KANATA, CANADA – Aging comes with certain complications, and aging individuals may need to make changes to their oral health routine. It’s never to late to practice good oral health techniques, and oral care shouldn’t stop if you lose your teeth.

Ottawa family dentistry providers Drs. David Bartos and Mark Northcott want seniors to take good care of their teeth, gums and dentures. Our Stittsville dentistry office provides oral care to children, adults and seniors. Whether you have your natural teeth or you wear dentures, there are preventive steps to take to keep your mouth healthy.

Keep Flossing, Brushing and Visiting Your Dentist
Maintain the oral health habits you’ve heard all your life – floss daily, brush twice daily and visit the dentist once every six months. Patients with missing teeth should still brush gums softly twice a day to prevent gum disease. Brushing your tongue and the roof of your mouth will help remove bacteria and keep your breath fresh. Review the Canadian Dental Association’s flossing and brushing tips to make sure you are cleaning your mouth correctly.

Make an appointment every six months to visit your dentist for a routine cleaning and exam, advises the Kanata dentistry pro. If you’re anxious about you dental cleaning or a certain procedure, visit a sedation dentist to calm your fears. Be sure to tell your dentist about new medications you are taking and about any changes to your health.

Denture Care
Dentures help patients with lost teeth eat and speak normally, said Orleans dentist. Your facial muscles cheeks may sag without teeth, and many patients find that dentures improve their appearance as well as their health. Dentures, like real teeth, can stain and build up plaque. Routine brushing should effectively remove plaque and thwart staining.

Brush and massage your gums gently before inserting your dentures in the morning to stimulate blood circulation. Use a soft-bristled brush so you don’t irritate your gums. If that’s too rough, use a clean washcloth over your finger and rub your gums. At night, fully submerge your dentures in warm water, a vinegar-water mix or a denture cleaner. Soaking dentures overnight will help breakdown plaque and keep them clean. Rinse and brush the dentures when you get them out of the water in the morning. If you notice cracks in your dentures, call your dentist to examine them.

Missing teeth can give you trouble chewing and speaking. Talk with your dentist about fitting your mouth for partial dentures, complete dentures, bridges, crowns, porcelain veneers or dental implants.

Advice For Caregivers
The Canadian Dental Association has listed lots of tips to help caregivers provide good oral care to seniors. Caregivers should remember to be respectful when cleaning someone else’s mouth. If the senior you care for doesn’t want your help maintaining good oral health, then respect his request.

Have your patient sit near the sink. You can stand behind your patient to mimic normal flossing and brushing. This will make brushing and flossing more comfortable for you and your patient. Tell your patient to communicate his or her needs to you. If you’re brushing or flossing too hard, your patient should tell you. Listen to your patient’s concerns. Your patient may complain of mouth irritation, which could be caused by an oral sore. Look in your patient’s mouth frequently and note any irregularities in the gums and mouth. If you spot a sore, monitor it for color and size changes. Make your patient’s dentist aware of persisting sores or other oral problems.

Oral health affects your entire body, and maintaining good oral health can help you live longer and improve your quality of life. Strong teeth will help you eat, speak and smile easily.

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The Signs, Symptoms and Risk Factors of Oral Cancer

OTTAWA, ONTARIO- According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, around 43,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year. Unfortunately, oral cancer is often discovered late in its development. Trillium dental, a family practice, is able to detect oral cancer during routine dental examinations.

Mouth cancer occurs when cells in the mouth or lips form mutations in the DNA, allowing cancer cells to grow, divide and possibly form a tumor. Mouth cancers usually begin to form in the flat, thin cells that line the lips and the inside of the mouth. However, cancer cells may also spread to other areas of the mouth, head, neck, or other parts of the body.

Signs and Sypmtoms

Oftentimes people mistake the symptoms of oral cancer for another ailment. It is important to analyze these precursors and be certain of all conditions. Signs and symptoms of mouth cancer may include:

  • A sore that doesn’t heal
  • A lump or thickening of the skin or lining of the mouth
  • A white or reddish patch on the inside of the mouth
  • Loose teeth
  • Poorly fitting dentures
  • Tongue pain
  • Jaw pain or stiffness
  • Difficult or painful chewing
  • Difficult or painful swallowing
  • A sore throat
  • The feeling like something is caught in the throat

Increased Risk

People who smoke and drink alcohol are more at risk of developing oral cancers. Approximately 70% of patients with oral cancer are heavy drinkers. Factors that can increase your risk of mouth cancer include:

  • Tobacco use, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco, and snuff
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Excessive sun exposure to your lips
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Exposure to radiation
  • Mouthwash
  • Low intake of fruits and vegetables with beta-carotene
  • Low intake of Vitamin C and fiber

Testing and Diagnosis

Tests and procedures used to diagnose mouth cancer can be done to detect early symptoms. Our dentists will examine your lips and mouth to look for abnormalities, sores and white patches. If any abnormalities are found, a sample of cells is cut or scraped off for laboratory testing in a biopsy. The cells are analyzed for cancer or precancerous variations, indicating a risk of future cancer.

If mouth cancer is diagnosed, doctors then determine the stage of the cancer. They can do this by using a lighted scope to inspect the throat and look for signs that the cancer has spread beyond the mouth in an endoscopy. Depending on the condition, doctors may also take X-rays, an MRI, CT scans, or a PET scan.

Perform a Self-Exam Monthly

To be precautious perform an oral cancer self-exam using a mirror and a light.

  • Remove any dentures
  • Look and feel inside the lips and the front of gums
  • Tilt head back to inspect and feel the roof of your mouth
  • Pull the cheek out to see its inside surface as well as the back of the gums
  • Pull out your tongue and look at all of its surfaces
  • Feel for lumps or enlarged lymph nodes on both sides of the neck

Perform self-examinations and inspect the mouth for the following:

  • Red and/or white patches
  • A sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily
  • An abnormal lump or thickening of the tissues of the mouth
  • Chronic sore throat or hoarseness
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • A mass or lump in the neck

If you exhibit the signs or symptoms, contact Trillium Dental today to get screened and referred to a specialist. Treatment for mouth cancer depends on the cancer location and stage, as well as the overall health and personal preferences of the individual.

Treatment for Oral Cancer

Radiation therapy uses powerful rays to kill cancer cells. External beam radiation therapy is delivered from a machine outside of the body. Brachytherapy uses radioactive seeds and wires, which are placed near the cancer. Radiation therapy may be the only treatment used in cases of early-stage mouth cancer. Radiation therapy can also be used after surgery or combined with chemotherapy. Radiation therapy may help relieve the symptoms brought on by the cancer, such as pain.

Side effects of radiation therapy to your mouth may include dry mouth, tooth decay, mouth sores, bleeding gums, jaw stiffness, fatigue and red skin reactions.

Chemotherapy is a treatment that uses chemicals to kill cancer cells. Chemotherapy may increase the effectiveness of radiation therapy, so the two are often combined.

Side effects of chemotherapy depend on which drugs you receive. Common side effects include nausea, vomiting and hair loss.

If a tumor is present, doctors may perform surgery to remove it. The surgeon cuts away the tumor and some of the healthy adjoining tissue. Smaller cancers may be removed through a more minor surgery. Removing a large tumor may require removing a section of the jawbone or a portion of the tongue. If cancer spreads to the lymph nodes in the neck, then the surgeon may perform a neck dissection, removing the cancerous lymph nodes and related tissue in the neck.

As always, surgery carries a risk of bleeding and infection. Surgery for mouth cancer can also affect a person’s appearance and their ability to speak, eat and swallow. There are specialists to help people with these changes.

Targeted drugs treat mouth cancer by altering specific aspects of cancer cells that fuel their growth. Targeted drugs can be used in combination with chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Cetuximab is a targeted therapy used for treating certain head and neck cancers. Other targeted drugs are being studied in clinical trials.

Regular check-ups and awareness help reduce the risk oral cancer. Oral cancer is the largest group of cancers that fall into the head and neck cancer category. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, this is the fifth year in a row that there has been an increase in the rate of oral cancers. Schedule your screening today.

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5 Ways To Prepare For Your Next Dental Appointment

OTTAWA, ONTARIO- At Trillium Dental, we strive to make routine dental appointments as simple and convenient as possible. Our staff is friendly and our offices are designed with your comfort in mind. With this said, there are five easy things you can do to ensure your visit with us is as smooth and relaxing as possible.

Thoroughly brush your teeth and floss.
We are staffed with a skilled team of trained dental hygienists who use professional tools to remove stubborn plaque and tarter. However, a smile that’s freshly cleaned by you streamlines your appointment by reducing the hygiene portion of the visit. When there’s less food debris for hygienists to remove, they can quickly address issues you cannot, like stubborn plaque and tartar buildup and administering professional-strength fluoride treatments.

Of course, we encourage you to implement a diligent dental hygiene routine long before your appointment with us!

Have payment information prepared.
Our Ottawa area dentists want you to focus on your dental health during your visit, not stressing about insurance policies or what payment methods we accept. We encourage patients to get acquainted with our guidelines prior to their appointment. To learn more about our financial policies, visit our patient information page.

Arrive early.  
While we prefer our patients to keep things on schedule by arriving on time, our reason for this tip isn’t to avoid tardiness. Patients who are scurrying to make their appointment are often frustrated, frazzled and anxious. Arriving a few minutes early will help you relax and give you plenty of time to carefully complete important paperwork, if necessary. It’s our goal to maintain a calm and anxiety-free office environment for everyone to enjoy.

Explain dental problems.
Being open with our dentists about dental problems will help us better determine an optimal diagnosis and treatment. If there are any new developments in your teeth, gums or jaw since your last visit, it’s important to let us know. If alerted to a problem, your dentist will be able to resolve it before it becomes more problematic and requires further treatment.

It’s also beneficial to be honest about your overall health when filling out our medical history form at your first appointment. General and dental health are closely linked. Providing important details about your history will give us added insight about your dental health.

Be honest about anxieties.
At Trillium Dental, we desire for you to feel comfortable in the dentist’s chair. That’s why we incorporate advanced dental technologies and personalized treatments into daily practice. If you feel anxious about a treatment, let our dentists and hygienists know. We will consider your fears when determining the best course of treatment.

Industry advances have made dentistry more comfortable than ever before. There’s nothing to be scared of. However, we offer multiple sedation options for the comfort of our patients.

Trillium Dental is a provider of comprehensive general and cosmetic dentistry services in the Ottawa area, including Invisalign, teeth whitening and dental implants. We look forward to seeing you at your next appointment!

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Spring Cleaning For Your Smile

KANATA, ONTARIO- Spring and its traditional cleaning rituals are just around the corner. When sprucing up your garage and kitchen, don’t forget about your teeth and gums! Attending routine dental appointments is the best way to ensure your smile is as fresh as the spring air. Here’s some important information regarding routine visits at Trillium Dental.

What can I expect at a routine dental appointment?

A regular visit with us at Trillium Dental is enjoyable and personalized to satisfy your unique dental health needs. These appointments are recommended two to four times each year and focus on achieving good oral hygiene and detecting developing problems. From the moment you enter our doors, our goal is to make your experience as beneficial as possible. We are staffed with a team of elite dentists in the Kanata area to provide you with unsurpassed care.

Your appointment will begin with our experienced team of dental hygienists. We’re equipped with the tools and expertise to thoroughly clean teeth above and below the gum line and in areas where you may not be able to. Plaque and tartar buildup often occurs in these tricky corners, but stubborn bacteria-harboring substances are removed by our skilled hygienists. A thorough cleaning will also remove some extrinsic stains, leaving you with a more brilliant and healthy smile. Our hygienists will instruct you on proper oral hygiene techniques. Good oral hygiene is vital to enjoying a lifetime of strong dental health.

An example of our modern approach to general dentistry, our Kanata and Ottawa area offices use DIAGNOdent laser technology to painlessly identify minuscule, developing areas of tooth decay not easily visible to the naked eye. Such early detection allows for extraordinarily quick and minimally invasive restorative treatment.

We may apply a professional strength fluoride treatment at your appointment. Although fluoride can be found in many over-the-counter oral care products, professional doses are highly concentrated and offer the best defense against tooth decay, sensitivity issues and enamel erosion. We use a pleasant tasting fluoride varnish that sets quickly for your convenience. Because fluoride levels vary with each patient, our team will determine if a professional treatment is needed at each appointment.

After your teeth are brushed, flossed and beautified, your dentist will evaluate every area of the mouth while taking into account your unique health issues and risk factors. There is a protocol we follow to ensure every patient’s smile is free of dangerous conditions, however. At each appointment, our dentists check for:

  • Oral cancer
  • Tooth decay and root decay
  • TMJ and bite problems
  • Gum disease and irritation
  • Tooth surface damage

If you have dentures or have undergone procedures such as dental implants, we’ll also check on the condition, comfort and fit of these appliances.

On occasion, your dentist may deem it necessary to take X-ray images of your smile. These images offer exceptional clarity about the condition of oral structures not visible to the eye, which is vital to maintaining excellent dental health. X-ray images are the ideal diagnostic tool. We use the latest in digital radiography to reduce radiation exposure and determine an optimal course of treatment.

What if it’s my first time?

No matter if it’s your initial routine appointment with us or your first professional cleaning ever, care from a dentist is always beneficial. Our friendly staff in each of our eight Ottawa area locations aims to make your experience with us as convenient and simple as possible. That’s why we provide important information regarding your first appointment on our website.

We require all patients to complete an medical history form that can be emailed to us prior to their initial visit. Oral health and dental health are closely linked, so the existence of certain medical conditions will affect our treatment approach. For example, patients with diabetes are at an increased risk for gum disease.  Once we are informed of your medical history, we will keep the information in mind for all future visits. At Trillium Dental, our methods are personalized to you.

Check out the “Patient Information” page of our website to learn more about our payment and insurance policies.

Here’s a quick tip: arrive at your appointment with a freshly-brushed teeth. Good oral hygiene is always important, but visiting us with a clean smile reduces hygienic work on our end and allows for your dentist to better spot developing problems.

Why are routine dental appointments so important?

Now you know what to expect at your routine dental appointment, but here’s why it’s important: regular professional care is essential to achieving truly healthy teeth and gums. Only professionally trained dentists and hygienists possess the insight, expertise and tools to detect developing dental health issues before they manifest in your smile. That’s why routine exams are often referred to as “preventive care”- they prevent dental conditions from developing or worsening.

Your wallet, not just your dental health, enjoys the advantages of early detection through regular preventive care. When tooth decay or gum disease strikes and progresses, it may require extensive treatment to remedy. In severe cases, tooth loss, tooth abscess and further infection can occur. Such situations call for restorative dentistry solutions like bridges or implants to repair. Do your smile and your bank account a favor- don’t skip routine dental appointments.

The wellbeing of your gums is just as significant as your teeth. In fact, the condition of gums is a window into your general health. There’s a growing body of evidence to suggest that gum disease is strongly linked to conditions like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, low birth weight and Alzheimer’s disease. The American Heart Association even found that one professional cleaning can lower the risk of heart attack by 24 percent!

The mouth is an ideal environment for bacteria growth and a gateway to the bloodstream. It is widely believed that inflamed and bleeding gums transfer oral bacteria to other areas of the body, contributing to or exacerbating existing conditions. A healthy smile supports a healthy body. The best way to prevent gum disease, tooth decay and other issues is through good dental hygiene, which can’t truly be achieved without the help of a dentist. At each routine appointment, our dentists and hygienists remove bacteria-harboring plaque and tartar to provide a healthy and clean oral environment.

At Trillium Dental, we encourage you to commit to your dental health not just in spring, but all year round. Adequate hygiene routines, smart food choices and regular visits with us will ensure your teeth and gums stay in prime health.

Do you have additional questions regarding what a routine dental appointment entails? Contact us. Our friendly staff is eager to address any concerns and make you feel at ease. For comprehensive preventive, restorative and cosmetic dentistry, trust Trillium Dental.

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“Combat Gum” To Battle Cavities in Soldiers

NEPEAN, ONTARIO- There’s a new weapon in the battle against tooth decay- and it’s minty fresh. The United States Army has unveiled its newest creation: “combat gum.”

After seven years of development, the Army is confident its specially formulated, anti-cavity gum will improve the dental health of soldiers stationed in regions where running water is scarce. Such environments make implementing a proper oral hygiene routine a challenge.

The United States spends more than $100 billion on dental services each year. That’s according to the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research, which recognized the need for an on-the-go way to keep troops’ teeth and gums healthy. They hope their peppermint-flavored gum, designed to be chewed 20 minutes after meals, will save millions in military dental care expenses and boost the overall health of servicemen and women.

The military says dental emergencies are to blame for more than 10 percent of disease-related soldier evacuations.

So, what makes this gum so special? Combat gum contains an anti-microbial peptide that battles plaque, cavities and gum disease. Chewing gum also stimulates saliva production, which is essential to fighting dry mouth, rinsing away plaque and mineralizing the tooth’s protective enamel layer.

Clinical trials for combat gum start this month. If successful, the gum will be given to soldiers who are considered “high risk,” meaning they have three or more cavities or decaying teeth. Developers of combat gum hope it will, eventually, be available for over the counter purchase at a rate of $2 a piece.

Meanwhile, you don’t have to be in the U.S. Army to partake in the dental health benefits of gum. Keeping a few sticks of gum on hand is a great way to freshen up your breath and dental health after meals. Chewing any sort of gum produces saliva, but make sure you choose a sugar-free variety. Bathing teeth in sugar will increase your risk of decay.

Combat gum, or any gum, is not a replacement for proper brushing and flossing. Nothing beats an adequate oral hygiene routine. Stick with your toothbrush and save the gum for those on-the-go moments. Be sure to implement regular professional dental care, too.

When was the last time you had your teeth professionally cleaned and examined? If it’s been more than six months, contact us at Trillium Dental. Our Nepean area dentists provide helpful dental hygiene tips and care to ensure you leave with a truly healthy smile.

Trillium Dental is a trusted provider of comprehensive dental solutions, like Invisalign, restorations, dental implants and cosmetic dentistry in the Nepean area. Contact our friendly staff  to learn more.

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The Importance of Dental Care: Another Study Finds Dementia/Oral Health Link

OTTAWA, ONTARIO- Need more inspiration to brush and floss regularly? How about this – researchers at the University of Lancashire in the UK have unearthed convincing evidence linking poor oral health to Alzheimer’s disease. The latest study exploring the dramatic health ramifications of dental hygiene adds to a growing body of research suggesting the significance of adequate tooth care.

While examining brain samples from patients who suffered from dementia, researchers stumbled across the bacterium Porphyromonas gingivalis. This unpleasant bacterium is typically associated with periodontitis and cavities. Brain samples from healthy patients did not show signs of P. gingivalis. When entered into the bloodstream, the bacterium can potentially reach the brain on a frequent basis, inducing common dementia symptoms like confusion and memory loss.

Lengthy titles aside, what do these findings mean for the average dental patient? P. gingivalis can be found in the mouths of patients with gum disease and tooth decay and enters into the bloodstream through daily chewing and eating. However, this research is not suggesting that every kid with a cavity is destined to develop dementia. The study simply implies that the bacteria spawned from years of poor oral health can potentially trigger serious general health issues down the line, including Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Now is the time to take a step toward achieving good dental hygiene. The general and cosmetic dentists at Nepean family dentistry Trillium Dental rely on years of extensive training, experience and advanced technology to give patients a dazzling, healthy smile. Adequate at-home dental care is an important part of oral hygiene, but receiving professional preventative care every three to six months is vital to stop the spread of harmful plaque and bacteria. To learn more about how to schedule regular cleanings, cavity removal, periodontal care and teeth whitening in Ottawa or Trillium’s other nearby locations, give us a call today or visit our website.

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Kanata Family Dentistry Dissects Diet Soda Scare

KANATA, ONTARIO- Shocking reports contending diet soda’s effect on teeth mirrors that of crack cocaine and methamphetamine have littered news outlets as of late – but is this assertion true? While the beverage certainly isn’t “good” for teeth, the foundation of the claims has been common knowledge for years. All acidic drinks have the potential to severely damage teeth.

The study published in the journal General Dentistry stated diet soda erodes the teeth in a similar manner as meth or cocaine. Questioning the legitimacy of the claim, some groups fired back by criticizing the study’s subjects. The research centered around three participants- a cocaine user, a meth user and a woman who consumed two liters of diet soda each day. While the woman’s teeth closely resembled the drug abusers’, the study admitted she already had poor oral hygiene and had not received professional dental care in more than 20 years.

No matter what side of the argument you’re on, we can draw two conclusions from the diet soda debacle. Acidic beverages have the potential to wrea
k havoc on the enamel and induce erosion, and regular dental care is key to achieving acceptable oral hygiene.

The acidic properties in drinks like soda, wine, lemonade and fruit juices slowly wear away at the enamel, leaving teeth susceptible to staining, erosion and the bacteria harbored in plaque. Good oral hygiene habits like adequate brushing, flossing and preventative dentistry visits can arm teeth against the damaging effects of acidity. After the consumption of such beverages, drinking plenty of water to rinse away lingering acids and sugars is highly encouraged.

Diet soda can undoubtedly harm teeth, but the damages similar to meth will likely only occur if the consumption is excessive and oral hygiene is neglected. Practicing good judgment while consuming acidic food and drink along with scheduling regular professional cleanings will ultimately determine the health of someone’s smile.

Kanata family dentistry Trillium Dental provides extensive teeth cleanings and fluoride treatments to help diet soda lovers, wine connoisseurs and avid juicers enjoy their favorite beverages in moderation while maintaining a healthy smile. If your teeth have already suffered from erosion and decay, Dr. Bartos (a Stittsville dentist) and Dr. Northcott provide cosmetic solutions such as dental veneers and implants, among others. To learn more, schedule a consultation at Trillium Dental today.

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Research Shows Possible Link to Cardiovascular Health And…Mouthwash?

KANATA, ONTARIO- Once simply known as a provider of tingly fresh breathe with a bacteria-killing bonus, mouthwash is now being associated with cardiovascular health benefits. Research conducted by the Biomedical Development Corporation wasn’t purposed to hunt for a mouthwash-heart health connection, but findings implied that those who use an oral mouth rinse once every day experienced lower levels of “LDL,” or bad, cholesterol.
The study suggested that mouthwash containing the active ingredient iodine might help to cleanse the arteries. Iodine’s positive effects on health have long sparked curiosity in the medical community, with evidence showing that the naturally-occurring chemical can remedy thyroid issues and bolster the immune system.

So, what do these findings mean to the average dental patient? Ongoing trials are necessary to solidify the claims made in the study, but the discovery reinforces the argument that oral health and cardiovascular health are strongly intertwined. In short, ridding the mouth of harmful bacteria through mouth-washing, brushing and flossing is key to enjoying good overall health.

There’s ample evidence to suggest that poor oral hygiene can induce Endocarditis, an infection of the heart’s inner lining triggered by a bacteria buildup manifested in another part of the body, like the mouth. Excessive plaque and periodontal disease is also believed to be a factor in cardiovascular disease, due to the infection and inflammation oral maladies can generate.

Consequences of bad dental health don’t end at the heart. Links to various illnesses and inadequate oral hygiene exist, such as diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. Periodontal disease and jaw bone loss is widely considered a major risk factor for these health issues.

Knowing well that a healthy smile can indicate a healthy body, Kanata general and cosmetic dentists Drs. David Bartos and Mark Northcott at Trillium Dental are dedicated to administering outstanding teeth cleaning and comprehensive oral care to their patients in the greater Ottawa area. Ottawa dental implant providers also provide viable smile solutions such as porcelain veneers, invisible retainers and sedation options. To discover more about Ottawa dentistry and how to better your oral and general health, consult with the professionals at Trillium Dental.

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Seven Simple Ways to Whiten Teeth at Home

KANATA, ONTARIO- Among the most desired facial aesthetics is a dazzling white smile, but obtaining a glowing grin is trickier than some may think. As coffee guzzlers know well, the regular consumption of almost every dark colored beverage and select foods can easily stain teeth. Aging also plays a factor, as the protective layers of the enamel wear away with time. The most effective way to oust noticeable staining is to undergo professional whitening treatments, but surprisingly simple methods exist to maintain a pearly smile in between in-office touch ups. Even better, many of these whitening tips include indulging in your favorite snacks.

When life gives you lemons, make lemon mouthwash. As many blondes know, the supposed brightening powers of lemons are legitimate. This juicy remedy for lightening hair also works for whitening teeth! Harnessing the natural acidic bleaching power of lemons is an excellent way to improve a yellowing smile. Mix lemon juice with water and rinse, but don’t do this more than twice a week. Too much acidity can harm teeth and gums.

Apples & Carrots
As far-fetched as it may seem, the saliva producing agents in apples and carrots help to wash away bacteria and plaque that stain teeth and negatively impact oral hygiene. Because these foods are loaded with nutrients, they also give teeth and gums a healthy dose of fortifying vitamin C.

Just as many fruits and vegetables benefit the overall health of the smile, dairy products such as milk, cheese and yogurt provide a similar effect. The lactic acid and calcium found in dairy strengthens the enamel, which shields against staining and the accumulation of decay inducing bacteria.

Strawberries are full of malic acid, the same ingredient included in many over the counter whitening toothpastes and strips. Additionally, the fiber-rich fruit can do double-time as a delicious snack and natural mouth cleanser. Try mashing the fruit and leaving it on teeth for about a minute.

Hydrogen Peroxide
The oxidizing components of this antiseptic can brighten teeth with just a few swishes a month. Proven to be a major defense on the war against yellowing, hydrogen peroxide prevents the development of stain and bad breathe spawning bacteria. When safely using as a mouth wash, mix equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water. For optimal results, let the tingling action after spitting continue for roughly one minute, then rinse with water.

Baking Soda
Well-established as a reliable form of at-home whitening for years, the use of this acid- neutralizing household item is a fantastic way to gently scrub stains and cemented plaque from the enamel. Baking soda’s abrasive properties are perfect to mix with toothpaste every morning for a fresh, clean start.

Commercial Whiteners
Lastly, commercial whitening products such as toothpastes and strips also do a commendable job of removing stains. While techniques administered by dentists such as Zoom! achieve the best results, over the counter products can afford buyers with a mild teeth whitening experience or touch-up. For example, many commercial strips lighten up to three shades, but a handful of professional methods leave patient’s teeth up to 10 shades lighter

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The Top 10 Reasons to Treat Gum Disease

STITTSVILLE AND OTTAWA, ONTARIO – The Stittsville dentistry team at Trillium Dental knows how important it is to treat signs of gum disease early. Gum disease is detrimental to your tooth and gum health, and it can cost you permanent teeth if left untreated. At every regular teeth cleaning, our Stittsville and Ottawa dental teams screen patients for gum disease. In its early stages, it can be eradicated.

Here are the top 10 reasons to treat gum disease:

1. To Avoid Tooth Loss
Gum disease is the main cause of adult tooth loss. Tooth loss is harmful to your bite, your bone health and your self-esteem. If you treat gum disease early enough, you can thwart tooth loss and protect your smile.

2. To Avoid Gum Recession
Gum disease often causes your gums to pull away from your teeth. The recession forms pockets where bacteria gathers and grows. Treat gum disease and keep your gums healthy, strong and prominent.

3. To Reduce Hospital Visits
Gum disease, especially in advanced stages, can cause severe pain, which may lead you to visit the emergency room more often. Studies show that treating gum disease lowers your ER visits and medical costs.

4. To Reduce Heart Disease Risk
Gum disease has been linked to respiratory disease, diabetes and even some types of cancer. It has also been heavily linked to heart disease. Untreated gum disease can heighten your risk of heart attack, stroke and high blood pressure.

5. To Avoid Bone Deterioration
Severe gum disease causes tooth loss, and tooth loss causes the jawbone to deteriorate. The bone will weaken when the tooth it supports is lost. The deterioration can spread out and weaken other parts of your jaw.

6. To Preserve Your Bite
Losing one or more teeth to gum disease can be avoided. When you lose a tooth, your bite changes. Your teeth may fit together differently, and you may have trouble chewing food. You could even experience migraines or TMJ problems from a destabilized bite.

7. To Keep Your Gums Healthy
Your gums are the foundation of your smile. Healthy teeth come from healthy gums, and strong gums will hold your teeth firmly in place. Healthy gums don’t bleed, don’t recede and don’t cause you pain.

8. To Control the Infection
Gum disease is simply an infection. Bacteria and plaque have caused gum recession and maybe even tooth loss. The infection, if left untreated, could even spread to your bloodstream. You should treat gum disease to control and remove the infection from your body.

9. To Avoid Loosened Teeth
Before a tooth is lost completely, it will grow loose. A loose permanent tooth will feel much like a loose baby tooth, except this is a tooth you’re supposed to keep forever. Treating gum disease will strengthen your gums and strengthen their bonds with your teeth.

10. To Reduce Associated Pain and Discomfort
Gum disease often causes bleeding, tender gums. You may not brush and floss regularly because of the pain, or you may avoid eating when the pain is intense. Treating gum disease will reduce your pain and restore your gums to their previous good health.


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