Oral health is important throughout one’s life … maybe even more so during pregnancy. At Maple Mews Dental , we encourage good oral health and we reinforce good oral hygiene habits, healthy eating habits and regular dental visits for all of our patients . Your body experiences many changes during pregnancy and your mouth is no exception. For the benefit of both you and your growing baby, you will need to pay particular attention to your oral health .
During pregnancy we recommend a periodontal evaluation, continuing regular dental visits, and in some cases, more frequent dental visits with the dental hygienist. Research suggests that good oral hygiene is also good for your baby; an association does exist between preterm, low-birth-weight babies and mothers with gingivitis. Due to hormonal changes during pregnancy, the risk for gingivitis and periodontal disease ( Gum disease) can increase.
The Maple Mews Dental team encourages the following during pregnancy:
• Brush 3 times daily with a soft toothbrush for 2-3 minutes each time
• Floss Daily
• Eat healthy
• Visit your dentist/ dental hygienist every 3-6 months
• DO NOT skip dental visits
Many ask ..Can I have dental treatment during pregnancy? YES! Although we will avoid xrays and elective dental procedures during pregnancy, all other routine dental treatment can be completed. For the comfort and safety of you and your baby, we, at Maple Mews Dental, recommend dental treatment ( dental fillings ) be completed in the 2nd trimester.
As you are planning a family , remember to visit your dental office before you get pregnant for a full examination .. this is a perfect time to complete dental treatment and address any dental concerns that you or the dentist may have, prior to pregnancy.
Maple Mews Dental Team
Periodontal conditions can have many causes: don’t forget to consider poor nutrition! Inadequate Vitamin C can lead to bleeding gums and can develop into gingivitis if left untreated. Vitamin C also helps the body perform maintenance and repair on bones, teeth and cartilage. Signs of Vitamin C deficiency can appear within one month of little to no Vitamin C intake. There is risk of developing periodontal disease, gingivitis and /or bone loss with low levels of Vitamin C. Symptoms begin with inflammation of the gum around the tooth. The gum will pull away from the tooth, forming a pocket that can become infected. Plaque will spread and grow in the area, causing a release of toxins that can break down the connective tissue holding your teeth in place.
Vitamin C will also inhibit the formation of plaque and tartar. In fact, it is referred to as the invisible toothbrush, so even if you are a tooth brushing fanatic, you may not get your teeth as clean and healthy as possible without adequate amounts of Vitamin C. People who grind or clench their teeth will notice more sensitivity and gum problems because of their increased need for Vitamin C. Also, it has been found that people who consume less that the daily allowance of Vitamin C are 1 ½ times more likely to develop severe gingivitis that those who consume 3x the amount. Vitamin C is water-soluble, which means that the body doesn’t store it long-term and you need to consume it daily. The Institute of Medicine recommends 90 milligrams per day for men older than 18 years and 74 milligrams per day for women older than 18 years. However, there is no recommended dosage to treat gum disease. Since Vitamin C is one of best natural defuses against bacteria, it is essential for healthy gum s and teeth. Let’s not forget that the mouth is the gateway to the body not only for food, but also for unwanted bacteria!
Shared by Lori , R.D.H at Maple Mews Dental
Everyone gets stressed once in a while, and we all know that it can affect your overall health but did you know that stress can also directly affect your oral health?
Stress has been found to contribute to grinding your teeth, gum disease, canker sores and dry mouth. Stress may also impact your oral health routine and your diet which can then increase your risk of tooth decay. Grinding your teeth can cause damage to your enamel which can result in increased sensitivity and overall appearance of the teeth. If you experience headaches or jaw pains when you wake up in the morning, you may be grinding your teeth at night. Your dentist may recommend a night guard to be worn while you sleep to protect the teeth.
Stress can also lower your immune system and increase your risk for infections in the mouth such as gum disease and canker sores. The most common signs of gum disease are bleeding in the mouth when brushing and flossing. Treatment for gum disease varies depending on the severity; our dental hygienists, at Maple Mews Dental, will conduct a thorough exam known as a Periodontal Exam to find out the stage of your gum disease. Another oral health infection that can result from stress is canker sores. These are white ulcer like spots found on the soft tissue of the mouth and can be painful. Canker sores can be treated with topical creams or simply a salt water rinse daily and usually go away with in 1-2 weeks.
Dry mouth is another oral condition that is a side effect from stress and also a side effect from the medications used to treat stress and depression. The mouth’s first line of defence against bacteria is saliva, and without it there is an increased risk of tooth decay, gum disease and infection. In order to create a better oral environment when you have dry mouth you can use some products designed to help increase salivary flow such as Xylitol mints and gums or Biotene products.
Lastly when you are under a lot of stress or going through a very stressful time, your general health can be affected. You may miss brushing or flossing your teeth during the day or you may start eating more unhealthy snacks which will contribute to tooth decay. Although your dentist cannot eliminate your stress, our team at Maple Mews Dental, can help you treat the conditions resulting from stress. Talk to your any one of our dental professionals at Maple Mews Dental, if you experience any of the signs or symptoms listed above.
Shared by Stephanie, R.D.H at Maple Mews Dental
Our lives are busy and we live with more demands that ever before! Many lead lives that are very stressful everyday! We have stress in our personal lives, in our marriages and families, financial stress, stress in our jobs, and even driving on our busy streets! Stress affects our general and oral health. In 2017 Make Your Oral Health a Priority!
There are several links between stress and oral health including:
- Worn, cracked or broken teeth caused by Clenching or Grinding
- Poor Oral Hygiene –when stressed and busy, brushing and flossing is often skipped and good nutrition often is not a priority
- Periodontal Disease – can be caused by Poor Oral Hygiene or a compromised immune system due to stress
- Jaw Pain – from grinding / clenching at night ,often caused by worry or stress
- Dry Mouth – stress can lead to dry mouth – which can lead to dental problems
- Missing Appointments – Stress and leading a busy life can lead to “no time” for regular dental visits or missed appointments
Our team at Maple Mews Dental , will work closely with you to develop a plan to take care of and address your oral health problems including those that have developed or stemmed from stress. Depending on your situation and needs, we may recommend a nightguard if grinding or clenching , http://maplemewsdental.ca/patient-education/oral-health-problems/teeth-grinding-bruxism/, recommend rinses or other remedies for dry mouth, will make recommendations to treat periodontal disease and will discuss diet and home care for your gums and teeth.
Want to eliminate stress from affecting your Oral Health? The Maple Mews Dental Team encourages regular dental visits , brushing for 2 minutes 2-3 times daily and daily flossing !
At Maple Mews Dental we believe that Good Oral Health absolutely contributes to Good Overall Health!
Dr Beata Rzepka , Dr Tracy Parker and Dr Matthew Chan, along with our entire team, are committed to partnering with each and every patient at Maple Mews Dental! We WANT to help you reach your Oral Health Goals!
Our dentists take time to focus on the entire mouth and they provide services including cosmetic dental treatment, restoring your teeth , fixing and repairing broken and fractured teeth, and replacing teeth. Our hygienists work closely with the dentist to take care of your overall oral health.
Dental problems can be silent or painful, both concerns that need treatment. Gum disease is known to be a leading cause of tooth loss. ( http://maplemewsdental.ca/services/non-surgical-gum-therapy) Our dental hygienists not only remove the plaque and calculus from your teeth …they do much , much more! We have a fabulous dental hygiene team with over 50 years of combined experience ! (http://maplemewsdental.ca/about-us/our-team) Our dental hygienists will thoroughly assess your dental needs as an individual and customize a plan for you. A thorough assessment includes a review of the medications that you take , as many medications affect your oral health . Many cause dry mouth which can lead to different dental concerns including decay and periodontal disease. Your habits are also assessed; do you chew gum , drink lots of coffee or tea, drink energy drinks , smoke , or are you extremely stressed? All of these can affect your oral health! Are you brushing, and flossing ? And if you are , are you doing it correctly? It is important to us to introduce you to dental tools that will help you and to teach you to use them properly !
We want to work with you , your oral health is important to us ! We want to see the success you have in restoring your smile ! We want to see you SMILE! (http://maplemewsdental.ca)
When we have discomfort or pain in our body, usually we visit the physician. This could mean a trip to our regular physician, the walk-in clinic or hospital emergency. So why do we ignore a toothache, pain, bleeding gums or irritation in our mouth! It’s like we forget often that our mouth is part of our body!
Swelling in the mouth, face or neck may be caused by an infection of your gums or teeth and should be addressed immediately. Excessive swelling could even be dangerous if it was to spread your throat and affect swallowing and breathing.
Fractured or broken teeth, should be repaired . Don’t leave it until you have pain … if left untreated , treatment is often more extensive and more expensive!
Do you have bleeding gums and think … oh it’s nothing ! You are wrong …your gums should not bleed when you are taking good care of your oral health! http://maplemewsdental.ca/services/non-surgical-gum-therapy/ Bleeding is an indication that something is wrong and a visit to the dentist is definitely a must!
Did you know that oral cancer is common and that each and every year thousands of people are diagnosed and lose lives due to Oral Cancer. The dentists and dental hygienists screen regularly for Oral Cancer …. Just one more reason that regularly dental care is important!
Dental problems can affect our quality of life and can lead to and affect other health problems including diabetes and heart conditions. Many oral health concerns can lead the loss of teeth, which can affect the way we eat and speak. Regular dental examinations can help treat dental concerns when they are small and prevent them from getting worse.
In 2017 be committed to your Oral Health ….Let our team at Maple Mews Dental Help you! All of you is important … Take Care of your Entire Body From your Smile to your Toes!
With back to school just around the corner … it is time to pack school lunches! Most of us dread the lunch packing and what to pack for our beloved picky eaters! During school, when children cannot brush, it is even more important to monitor sugar content, thus what we are packing for lunches and snacks. Taking extra time to prepare good healthy snacks for the body and teeth is essential.
If sweet, sticky snacks must be packed in the lunch box, sugarless gum or cheese eaten afterward is recommended. This will help to dislodge sticky food from the teeth and will increase the saliva flow, diluting and neutralizing the sugar-acid, which is what causes cavities. We highly recommend skipping the juice box and use reusable water bottles instead. Water is the best liquid of all!
Our team at Maple Mews Dental,http://maplemewsdental.ca has some great “Good Snack” recommendations for lunches and a reminder of the Bad Snacks … or sticky, sugary snacks that can lead to cavities. Packing healthy lunches along with good oral care and regular dental visits will keep your child’s smile happy and healthy! Our team at Maple Mews Dental would be happy to schedule a dental visit for your child . http://maplemewsdental.ca .
- CHEESE AND CHEESE STICKS
- FRESH FRUIT
- UNSWEETENED APPLESAUCE
- PEANUT BUTTER
- BREAD STICKS
- RICE CAKES
- SUGARLESS GUM
- MILK & WATER
- RAISINS OR ANY DRIED FRUIT
- FRUIT ROLL UPS
- CHOCOLATE BARS
- GRANOLA BARS
- SUGAR COATED CEREALS
- GUMMIE CANDY