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Four Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Skip Your Dental Cleaning

OTTAWA, ONTARIO- You know it’s coming. Every six months, it’s time to visit the dentist for those pesky cleanings. If your smile is in generally good health, you may not see the necessity in these regular checkups. However, skipping the occasional dental cleaning can produce serious and unsightly consequences. Dentists in Kanata Dr. Bartos and Dr. Northcott at Trillium Dental explain why these simple cleanings are so vital to oral health and should not be skipped.

1. To keep your teeth. This claim may seem drastic, but your teeth face many threats to their stability on a daily basis. The advancement of gum disease and tooth decay can trigger tooth loss by eroding the enamel and weakening the bone that anchors the teeth. The best way to guard against tooth loss is by seeing a dental professional regularly for cleanings and treatment. Patients may believe they’re thoroughly cleaning teeth and gums, but they can only see what’s in the mirror. Dental hygienists possess the training, appropriate tools and viewpoints to remove all plaque that can cause conditions which result in tooth loss. Powerful topical fluoride treatments are also administered to fortify the enamel and protect teeth from decay or the need for removal. Professional dental care is the best way to sustain teeth and eliminate the need for dentures later in life.

2. To aid your overall health. Evidence is mounting that claims poor oral health can result in negative health effects elsewhere in the body, specifically the cardiovascular region. Multiple studies have uncovered links between gum disease and stroke, high cholesterol, heart disease and even early labor in expectant mothers. Periodontitis (gum disease) occurs when the health of the gums are neglected, most commonly by a lack of proper brushing. Bacteria spawned from accumulated plaque can enter the bloodstream through inflamed gums and promote disease. For this reason, having cemented plaque removed and gums examined by a professional is crucial. Orleans family dentistry practice Trillium Dental offers comprehensive periodontal care to ensure the health of patients’ smiles, and perhaps their hearts!

3. To keep fresh breath. Bad breath is…bad. Onions on a cheeseburger or garlic in pasta sauce aren’t the only ways to acquire unfavorable breath. In fact, most people have bad breath because of a buildup of bacteria in the mouth. Mouthwash is a solid defense against bad breath, but sometimes, professional help is needed. Every patient’s mouth is cleaned thoroughly at regular checkups using powerful products not available in stores to help guarantee a fresh feeling. Such treatments can remove plaque and germs wedged in hard to reach areas commonly missed by patients.

4. To detect dental cancer. Just as regular blood tests and screenings are required to check for cancers, dental checkups are needed to spot the oral variety. Despite common thought, smokers and tobacco users aren’t the only ones vulnerable to this dangerous and aggressive form of cancer. Oral cancers are often caused by the HPV virus, and can develop in the mouths of patients who refrain from behavioral risks. Unfortunately, oral cancer is often deadly because many patients don’t seek help until they notice obvious symptoms that generally surface in later stages. With that said, early detection is key to beating this disease. Visiting the dentist every 6 months for cleanings will allow Dr. Bartos or Dr. Northcott to spot any developing issues.

Even if your mouth is healthy, regular cleanings are necessary to achieve a radiant and healthy smile. Skipping the occasional appointment may seem harmless, but your mouth will likely suffer the consequences.

Have you forgotten to schedule a cleaning? Contact Trillium Dental to set up your appointment. Dr. Bartos and Dr. Northcott offer metal free dentistry and popular smile solutions like Invisalign, Porcelain Veneers and crowns to further help create the smile you’ve always wanted. Don’t neglect oral hugiene – stop by for a brief cleaning and enjoy the assurance of a healthy smile.

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New Research Reveals Gum Disease’s Destruction of the Jaw Bone

KANATA, ONTARIO- The established repercussions of gum disease are already gruesome, but things just got a bit nastier. According to a recent study, the bacterium found to induce gum disease is also capable of destroying the jaw bone. Interestingly, this bacterium wreaks its havoc not by damaging the jaw bone directly, but rather by enlisting a typically protective protein to do its dirty work.

The research conducted by the University of Michigan also revealed the specific bacterium responsible for gum disease. Dubbed NI1060, this bacterium turns the normally beneficial protein Nod1 traitorous, triggering destructive cells to deteriorate the jawbone. Once weakened, a damaged jaw can alter facial aesthetics and induce tooth loss, among other health conditions. Further studies are needed to explain the phenomenon, but one clear conclusion can be established- the effects of gum disease can prove devastating.

It’s not important for patients of Trillium Dental, a cosmetic dentistry in Stittsville, to be well versed in scientific jargon or current with medical advances, but this news means gum disease prevention should be made a priority. Along with jaw bone deterioration, infection, inflammation and bleeding, periodontitis (gum disease) may also cause more serious cardiovascular diseases, Alzheimer’s disease and even pancreatic cancer. Additionally, links to gum disease and early labor in pregnant woman have been uncovered.

The best defense against periodontal issues is through simple dental care. Destructive bacteria are spawned from accumulated plaque, so thorough brushing and flossing and the consistent use of antibacterial mouth rinse is key to keeping gums healthy and sparkling. Regular professional cleanings are also vital to remove cemented plaque in hard to reach areas of the mouth.

To help shield patient’s smiles from gum disease, Orleans dentists Dr. Bartos and Dr. Northcott offer detailed cleanings such as teeth whitening and advanced periodontal services. Laser treatments are sometimes used to rid the gums of deeply set bacteria, among other cutting edge treatments. Trillium Dental offers oral and IV sedation to ensure a more pleasant experience when treating gum conditions. Contact Trillium Dental today to learn more about prevention and treatment of periodontitis.

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Oral Cancer Screenings Go a Long Way for National Oral Health Month

KANATA AND OTTAWA, ONTARIO-April is National Oral Health Month in Canada and Dr. David Bartos, Dr. Mark Northcott and the Trillium Dental team stress the importance of regular screenings in honor of it.

Our dentists provide oral cancer screenings during each regular office visit to ensure your mouth is safe from quiet killers. The American Dental Association suggests two visits to your dentist per year, and these regular checkups are frequent enough to catch potential problems at an early stage.

While many of our patients enjoy teeth whitening, regular teeth cleanings and Invisalign from our Ottawa cosmetic dentists, our greatest concern is making sure that your mouth is healthy and strong. We inspect your teeth, gums and jaw carefully, and we take the time to discuss your oral health plan with you. Our goal is to provide long-term dental health to our patients. Our doctors excel in cosmetic dentistry, restorative, sedation and family dentistry.

More than 36,500 patients are diagnosed with oral cancer annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “The five-year survival rate for these cancers is only about 50 percent,” the CDC says, and the earlier the cancer is detected, the higher the survival rate. In Canada, around 3,200 new oral cancer cases spring up, and more than 1,000 sufferers die of oral cancer every year.

U.S. residents can sift through events for April and beyond, including awareness walks, educational seminars, and oral cancer screenings. The Oral Cancer Foundation’s calendar lists events across the country, and you can even add your own event to the list. Americans recognize April as Oral Cancer Awareness Month.

If you’re concerned that you could have early signs of oral cancer, call our friendly Trillium Dental staff to set up an appointment today. Here, our oral cancer screenings aren’t limited to just one month.

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Gum Disease and Your Overall Health: Part 2

Effective Options for Treating Gum Disease

In our last post we talked about how gum disease can affect more than just your smile. It can also put you at greater risk for a wide range of health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and preterm and low birth deliveries.

But with regular dental visits to Trillium Dental and a commitment to brushing and flossing, you can help protect your smile and the rest of your body from gum disease and the threat it poses.

If you already have gum disease, though, simply spending more time at the bathroom sink may not be enough. That’s why Trillium Dental offers a range of services to help patients restore and revitalize their smiles.

Our periodontal services include:

  • Root planing
  • Gingival grafts
  • Gingivectomies
  • Crown lengthening

And because many of these treatments utilize our soft-tissue laser, they can be done with greater precision and comfort for our patients than ever before, leaving behind a healthier smile and helping to improve your body’s overall health.

You can find out more about any one of our periodontal services such as dental implants and teeth whitening by visiting our website or by scheduling a consultation visit with one of our doctors.

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Gum Disease and Your Overall Health: Part 1

You already know that brushing and flossing is important for your smile. But did you also know that what happens to your smile can have a significant impact on the rest of your body as well?

Recent studies have shown that many serious health problems can be tied to gum disease. Among the biggest are:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Preterm and low birth deliveries
  • Alzheimer’s Disease

While the specific relationship between gum disease and each of these health problems isn’t entirely understood yet, doctors and scientists do understand the basic relationship. And it all goes back to how gum disease changes your smile.

How Gum Disease Can Affect Your Health

Gum disease is caused by bacteria and plaque, which create pockets between your teeth and gums. These pockets act like doorways, letting bacteria and plaque into your bloodstream, and from there into other parts of your body.

At this point, you could almost think of your bloodstream as something like a mass transit system for trouble. This is particularly the case when it comes to heart disease. Just as bacteria and plaque create pockets in your gums by irritating your soft tissue, so they can also irritate your arterial wall, stimulating the production of protective plaque.

As this plaque builds up, it starts to act like a dam for blood flow. If enough of it accumulates, you just might find yourself on a collision course with a myocardial infarction—better known as a heart attack.

The relationship between gum disease and other health problems like diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and preterm birth may be more mysterious, but mounting evidence suggest that a relationship does indeed exists.

Trillium Dental can help, though, and in our next post, we’ll talk about what exactly we’re doing to revitalize smiles and protect our patients’ overall health.

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