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How To Know If You Have Gum Disease

Sep 15, 2011   //   by Grandview Corners   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on How To Know If You Have Gum Disease

Do your gums often get red, swollen, and tender or do they bleed easily? Have your gums pulled away from your teeth at all? Are your teeth loose or separating? Do you suffer from chronic bad breath (halitosis) or a bad taste in your mouth? Have you experienced any changes in your bite?

If your answer was yes to any of these questions you may have gum disease, also known as periodontal disease.

Gum disease is essentially an infection of the teeth’s supporting tissues. Gum disease targets the area just below the gum line, where it can break down the attachment between the tooth and its supporting tissues. As the tissues are damaged, pockets are created where bacteria can thrive and impact your oral health.

Did you know it’s possible to have gum disease without any symptoms or warning signs? Gum disease has two main stages known as gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is the less severe and reversible form of gum disease, which affects the gums only. If Gingivitis is neither identified nor reversed it will likely lead to periodontitis, a more severe form of gum disease which in turn affects your overall health.

The dental experts at Grandview Corners Dental assess the health of your teeth and gums at every appointment, checking for the signs of gum disease and performing professional cleaning to ensure that pockets of bacteria and plaque don’t build up in your mouth.   Your hygiene professional will provide personalized guidance on how often you should visit to prevent gum disease or what is required to get rid of active infection.   They will also instruct you on how best to care for your teeth between visits.

Contact Grandview Corners Dental & Wellness to book your preventative dentistry appointment today, and we will work with you to ensure that your smile is healthy and your energy levels high to support your active lifestyle.

5 Summer Snack Tips To Protect Your Child’s Teeth

Aug 18, 2011   //   by Grandview Corners   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on 5 Summer Snack Tips To Protect Your Child’s Teeth

Summer days means lazy afternoons by the pool and busy evenings at sporting events, concerts or on the road traveling with the family. Concession stands and snack bars tempt us with a variety of sweets and sugar-filled soda and juices, so parents must create strategies that will protect your children’s dental health and counteract tooth decay!

Here are five easy-to-follow summer tips that will help protect your child’s teeth from decay:

Nothing beats H20. Bacteria are attracted to sugar and together they create an acid, which causes tooth decay and deterioration.  Water rinses your mouth of bacteria and acid in addition to increasing the formation of your saliva.

Be sure to read all labeling on food and beverages you are choosing for your family at the supermarket. Consider your family’s usual selection of beverages… Are they full of sugar? Stay away from beverages loaded with sugar and acid.

A straw can save your child’s smile. If your kids are going to drink a sugary beverage, using a straw can keep sugar away from their teeth. It’s best to drink sugary beverages with a meal rather than permitting kids to sip on them throughout the day.  Acid penetrates tooth enamel – so follow up sugary beverages with water to rinse your mouth until brushing time!

Consider the length of your snack sessions. We all want to have a treat now and again – the key is moderation. If your children are sucking away on sour candy keys or chewing Swedish berries throughout the day, acid is given the opportunity to erode their teeth. Snacks that can be eaten in one session, like popcorn or baked chips are a better alternative – teeth are exposed to food for a shorter time, and these snacks encourage saliva production to rinse away the food particles.

Protect your kid’s teeth with protein! Dietary Protein works remarkably well as a guard against acid, so feeding your kids nuts, cheese, and cold cut sandwiches is an excellent alternative to the unhealthy fast food choices your kids may make on their own. The same is true for fruits and vegetables that have high water content.  Apples, pears, and celery are excellent choices to help rinse bacteria from your mouth.

In addition to the above tips it’s important to maintain oral health habits like daily brushing and flossing throughout your summer vacation.  It’s easy to get off track when away from home or when your children are off their usual schedule.

Summer is also a great time to bring your children to Grandview Corners Dental & Wellness Centre.  It won’t be long before back to school season begins, so take advantage of your child’s free time to book a routine dental checkup and examination.

Call us today to book a summer appointment for your kids – you’ll be glad you did!

Oral Health Month: When Was Your Last Oral Cancer Screening?

Apr 27, 2011   //   by Grandview Corners   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on Oral Health Month: When Was Your Last Oral Cancer Screening?

Oral Health month is quickly coming to an end. Your health partners at Grandview Corners Dental want to equip you with the oral health education that will keep you smiling for years to come.  

Healthy teeth and gums are a vital part of a healthy body, and maintaining a healthy body is essential to attaining the enhanced lifestyle you and your family deserve. We all know optimal health is what keeps you feeling vital and vibrant, allowing you to participate in the sports, hobbies, and social activities you can’t live without.

At Grandview Corners Dental we are invested in your long-term wellness and thus, we offer preventative oral cancer exams, as well as periodontal treatments and solutions which enable you and your family to live your lives to the fullest.  

It is often said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and in the case of oral cancer, this is especially true. Recent studies have shown that your dentist is often the first to detect early signs of oral cancer and other serious diseases.

Because oral cancer is on the rise, we offer oral cancer screenings as a part of your routine hygiene appointments. In the following public service announcement, famous actress and mother of Gwyneth Paltrow, Blythe Danner, speaks out about oral cancer.

Blythe Danner created this public service announcement to help share what her family has learned about the importance of taking every possible step to prevent oral cancer in its earliest stages.

Preventing oral cancer can be as simple as asking your dental expert for an oral cancer screening at your next appointment. It’s always worthwhile to take steps to protect your greatest asset – your family’s health. Contact us to book your oral cancer screening today!

Enjoy the Holidays With These Dental Tips

Dec 22, 2010   //   by Grandview Corners   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on Enjoy the Holidays With These Dental Tips

The winter holidays are swiftly approaching and we at Grandview Corners Dental  want to help you look and feel your best this season! The following tips will help keep your smile healthy and beautiful throughout the holidays:

1. Do you want to make a statement about how happy and beautiful your life has been in 2010? There is no better way to make a lasting impression that exudes confidence, joy and success than a gorgeous smile. Come in for you’re  cleaning  or book a appointment for  whitening  and dazzle your friends and family with a healthy stunning smile just in time for seasonal visiting!

2. Carbonated beverages are consumed more frequently during the holidays. Pop is loaded with sugar and acid, which can cause cavities and wear down the natural enamel protecting your teeth. We recommend that you use a straw to drink soda and to reduce contact with your teeth.  Rinse your mouth with water after drinking pop, especially before brushing your teeth. Water will help neutralize the acidity as toothpaste combined with pop can do even more damage to your tooth enamel.

3. Candy canes are everywhere this time of year.   Your health partners at Grandview Corners Dental want to encourage you to limit your hard candy consumption this holiday season.   Hard candy can damage teeth when chewed and has a tendency to get lodged between your teeth, causing bacteria to collect near the gum line.   So if you are eating a lot of hard candy this holiday – please remember the health of your teeth and gums by brushing and flossing daily!

4. With all your party hopping and trips to see family out of town, remember to bring dental floss and your toothbrush.   Sneak away to the bathroom after your feast to brush and floss away the bacteria that can cause gum disease.

5. Keep our emergency  contact information  handy in case of a dental disaster! There is nothing worse than a cracked, chipped or broken tooth haunting all your family photos throughout the holiday.   Check out our holiday hours, and get in to see us right away – we promise to correct the problem, relieve the pain and restore your smile to ensure your holiday is all that it should be!

Happy Holidays from your health professionals at Grandview Corners Dental!

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