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Tips to Preventing “Mask Mouth”

If you would have asked someone 6 months ago whether or not they’ve ever worn a face mask before most would tell you no. However, wearing a mask and/or face covering has become the “new normal” today as we begin to reopen stages of our society across the nation and plays a huge key in protecting our public. Wearing masks has been proven to protect droplet transmission from entering the air and significantly reducing the spread of the novel coronavirus. Although we understand that mask wearing can be an inconvenience for most, we must be prepared to sacrifice in order to get back to living a more normal life.

Most people will not experience any oral side effects wearing masks because they only wear them to pop into stores or to visit public places over short periods of time. However, it is possible that those who wear masks for prolonged periods of time notice some issues such as bad breath and dry mouth. As your Mississauga family dentist, we believe that it is important to educate and offer tips in order to prevent oral health issues linked to prolonged mask use.

A new colloquial phrase termed “mask mouth” has been linked to the prolonged use of masks. “Mask mouth" is an anecdotal condition in which a rise in cavities and gum disease is found due to prolonged mask use. Although it has yet to be scientifically concluded we could see the possible oral effects of prolonged mask use such as mouth breathing, dehydration and changes in oral care habits.

People may often begin to experience dry mouth, which in turn can lead to an increased risk of cavities. A potential cause of dry mouth with mask wear is mouth breathing in order to increase the supply of oxygen. We are designed to breath through our nasal passages in order to maintain a healthy configuration of our teeth and jaw. When we breath through our mouths, we are drying the mouth out. Saliva is crucial to the health of your mouth, as it acts as a cleansing system to fight bacteria, prevent acid from building up and repairing the teeth. With lack of saliva we are more prone to getting cavities. We may also realize that we might be drinking less water now that we are wearing masks due to having to slide the mask down in order to drink. This can in turn lead to dehydration which can also cause dry mouth. We also find that some people are changing their self care habits and neglecting care due to mask wear. It could be as simple as skipping brushing since others are not able to see your teeth or smell your breath with the new distancing rules. Over time these changes can impact your oral health.

So what can we do in order to avoid these oral health problems associated with mask wear? Firstly, you can consciously increase your daily water intake in order to keep the mouth hydrated to prevent dry mouth. Chewing sugar-free gum throughout the day will also promote salivary flow and freshen up your breath. Secondly, being more aware of breathing through your nose even when wearing a mask. If you are finding it hard to breath through your mask, you may want to consider using a different mask better suited to your face as there is an ample amount of mask varieties on the market today. And lastly, try to maintain good oral hygiene habits by brushing two to three times daily and flossing regularly. Brushing your tongue and using alcohol-free mouth rinses will also aid in preventing bad breath. Just because you are not showing your smile as much doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be taking care of it.

We at Credit River Dental Centre believe that it is important to stick together as a community in these hard times. We strongly advocate wearing masks in public to help the spread of coronavirus. Being healthcare providers who have spent a lot of time wearing masks we know that wearing masks can be done safely, if done wisely. Awareness is key to many of the issues being faced with prolonged mask use. As long as you continue to practice good oral hygiene, drink plenty of fluids and see your dentist regularly you will be less likely to experience the conditions of “mask mouth”.

6 Things to Consider During The COVID-19 Pandemic

We all know that dental concerns and dental emergencies do not stop because of the COVID-19 Pandemic. As your Mississauga dentist we will be providing FREE dental consultation through video conferencing or through telephone call to discuss your dental concerns. We can be reached at (416) 937-5177. If you’re experiencing any dental pain or discomfort our team is on standby to ensure we can treat you in the event of a dental emergency.

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During this time Social Distancing is a must.

If you or any of you family members are experience.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Runny Nose
  • Difficulty Breathing (More Severe Cases)

It has been recommended to self-isolate away from other family members to avoid cross-contamination.

Things to consider avoiding and what you can do during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  1. Make sure to do what you can to boost your immune system by
    • Having a cup of warm water and lemon daily.
    • Taking vitamin C tablets (make sure you take the right dosage for your age)
    • Eating fruits rich in vitamin C such as oranges, cantaloupe, grapefruit, kiwi fruit, mango, papaya, pineapple, berries, and watermelon.
    • Taking Immune Boosters such as Emergen-C and other immune boosting products (if you are taking tablets this may not be necessary or vice versa) – read product labels for any contra-indications.
    • Keeping hydrated by drinking water and following the 8 by 8 rule – eight glasses of eight ounces of fluid such as water daily.
    • Sleeping for at least 8 hours a day.
  2. Clean your hands. If hand sanitizer is not available, wash your hands frequently with hand soap.
  3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth as these are all portals of entry for the virus.
  4. Avoid high traffic areas which include grocery stores. Yes, we all need to provide food for our families so a trip to the grocery store is sometimes a must OR is it? If you must go to the grocery store minimize frequent visits by creating a list of your family’s needs so your visits are less frequent. It would be best to avoid the grocery store as much as possible so perhaps looking at other options such as online grocery shopping would be a better idea. Bigger stores such as Wal-Mart, Superstore, etc. offer home delivery as an option for a small fee or also offer mobile pick-up. There are also other private online grocery stores that special in home delivery that can be used. If online grocery shopping will not work for you, look at smaller, around the corner family like stores to do your shopping at. Call to see how busy they are before you head out.
  5. Make sure to also stock up on some essentials such as prescription medication, medication in the event that a family member becomes ill, and allergy medication if needed should be considered. Some pharmacies offer a delivery program as well or a mobile pick-up.
  6. Avoid unnecessary contact with elderly family members as they are the population most at risk. If you need to help a family member out with grocery shopping, picking up of medications, etc., leave them at the door for your family member to ensure their safety.

Reality is, is that we must assume everyone is a carrier since symptoms do not have to be present for the virus to be passed from one person to another. Therefore physical contact should be avoided if possible including handshakes and hugging.

Panic is the one thing that we must avoid during this time. Remember to enjoy the company of your family and the time you have to do things you may have put on the back burner like cleaning the house, finishing a project or just spending time together. This too will pass and when it does we look back and remember this time of social distancing when we have become the closest we have to one another.

As your Mississauga dentist we care about your health and hope that you take appropriate measures to survive this COVID-19 Pandemic.

You’re as Good as the Company You Keep!

My mother always told me, “Be careful of who you allow in, they should never give you reasons to let them out.” But, like any young teenager at the time, it was always who had the most friends, who was the most popular, who got to go to the nicest restaurants and fancy trips. We always craved quantity over quality, even if it wasn’t always good for us. Fast forward to 15 years later, I couldn’t agree with her more.

I’ve come to realize that having 500 friends couldn’t amount to the 5 close ones who I could run to anytime I needed to. I could go on dozens of trips, but only appreciate the memorable ones. I could visit multiple malls and still only go to my favourite store and always end up with a purchase. Even dating a number of people; yet only remembering the ones who I cared for the most. Life is so full of options and yet not all are always the best for us.

This also goes for the types of services that we obtain on a day to day basis. Whether it’s going for an oil change, buying a car, a house, the dry cleaners, and a family physician. With so many viable options, it’s hard to choose which may be the best. Nowadays, you hear about a good place that a friend or coworker raves about and you decide to give it a try because everyone is going there. Yet, when you do, it doesn’t seem to sway you, but it seems convenient enough, and you figure they must be doing it right if everyone else does. Sometimes we tend to forget that little gut feeling that even though it doesn’t feel right.

The dentistry world isn’t always one that gets looked as a pleasant place. It is this place where most people associate it with unpleasant experiences. Often times, when patients require dental work, they choose one that’s close and that’s cheap. Surely the service is all the same if the work is all the same right?

Well just like having 500 friends, not everyone is going to have your best interests at heart. Having to pay for a dental visit at a fraction of the cost but over 1000 times for the same issues versus a fairly priced one time visit or even regularly scheduled hygiene appointments seems like a given answer. Yet we don’t always trust in ourselves to believe in the right choice to begin with. Don’t be afraid to ask questions because a great dental office will always steer you in the right direction towards optimal oral health.

A great dental company will always make sure your teeth are at their best and make sure your smile is more than just for show. At Credit River Dental Centre, we are a small team that will always keep you in the company of up to date information, optimal oral health, and appreciation of progress towards dental health success! Give us a call at 905-278-4297 to see how a small group of individuals can stand out and bring you oral health success!

White Smile Checklist: 10 Ways to Keeping Your Pearly Whites Bright

Your smile is always one of the first things that catches people’s eye. Whiter teeth do not only improve your smile and appearance, but can also increase your confidence and self-esteem greatly – so it’s no wonder that teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetics dentistry options. However, over time, permanent teeth can lose their lustre as a result of diet, genetics and the natural aging process. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to keep your pearly whites nice and illuminated. As your Mississauga family dentist, we have compiled a list of ten different ways to help you in keeping your teeth nice and bright.

  1. Have professional hygiene therapy sessions to help clean and remove all of the superficial stains.
    The first step towards a whiter brighter smile is to make frequent visits to see your dental hygienist. During hygiene therapy sessions, plaque and calculus deposits are removed, which are what is creating the yellow or green coating on the surfaces of your teeth. Your hygienist will use specialized instruments adapted to clean the contours of your mouth and also polish your teeth in order to eliminate the extrinsic brown staining from your teeth.

  2. Use a soft toothbrush and replace it often.
    Using a soft toothbrush helps to preserve your tooth enamel. If you use a medium or hard-bristled toothbrush, you can potentially wear away the enamel, making it weaker and more susceptible to yellowing over time. It is also important to replace your toothbrush every three months, as toothbrushes can hoard bacteria – which in turn can break down tooth enamel and contribute to bad breath and tooth decay.

  3. Eat crunchy fruits and vegetables.
    Eating foods with lots of fibre such as celery, apples, and raw carrots help to essentially “scrub” your teeth from particles that can cause cavities and tooth decay. These foods are best consumed as the last part of your meal or snack if you are not able to brush your teeth after eating.

  4. Use mouthwash regularly.
    Using mouthwash daily helps to kill the odour and bacteria that can advance enamel and tooth decay. Make sure that you choose an alcohol-free mouthwash, as alcohol can dry out the inner tissues of your mouth, which can in turn increase the breeding of bacteria.

  5. Floss daily.
    I know we’ve heard it all before, however flossing is extremely important to your overall dental health and in maintaining your pearly whites. Your toothbrush is not able to reach every crevice and angle in your mouth and that is where flossing comes in to play. Flossing can get in between the teeth and dislodge the tiny particles that may eventually turn into major issues.

  6. Drink darker beverages through a straw.
    Coffee, soft drinks, and wine can all stain your teeth over time. The best way to maintain your smile and still be able to enjoy these beverages in moderation is to drink them through a straw. Drinking darker liquids through a straw helps the liquid to bypass your teeth so that you do not stain them.

  7. Moderate consumption of acidic foods.
    Eating foods with acid, such as orange, lemons, and pickles can wreak havoc on your enamel, making it easier for stains to get in and yellow your teeth. Drink water after consuming acidic foods to help rinse away as much acid as possible. Try to avoid brushing for at least 30 minutes after consuming anything acidic, as acid breaks down the enamel and brushing your teeth right away can actually cause more damage.

  8. Use professional whitening systems and products.
    Here, at Credit River Dental Centre, we offer whitening methods to best suit your needs in order to help you achieve your whitest smile. Our office provides two teeth whitening treatments - in office, which can be done in under an hour, or take-home treatments, in which custom whitening trays are created for you so you can whiten in the comfort of your own home, at your convenience.

  9. Eat foods with calcium.
    Eat foods with calcium to help keep your teeth strong. Cheese, dark leafy greens, milk, yogurt, broccoli, and almonds are all great choices to keep your calcium levels high for your optimal teeth health. Vitamin D is also beneficial with the absorption of calcium, therefore consuming both will give your body the tools to keep your teeth strong and resilient.

  10. See your dentist regularly.
    At Credit River Dental Centre, it is our main goal to help you to achieve your optimal oral health. Schedule regular dental appointments so that we can assess your teeth and formulate a plan for you to achieve all your oral health goals. Our office is committed to providing every patient with a bright and brilliant smile that can completely transform not only their appearance, but their confidence

A Heart Felt Gift for this Valentine’s Day

Love is in the air.  For some Valentine’s day is a celebration of a new relationship, for others a celebration of a long term one and for some it’s a celebration of independence and loving one’s self.  Whatever Valentine’s Day symbolizes for you or for a significant other, finding the right gift can be a challenge.

Our Mississauga dental office can help you with this.  What better than to give the gift of a beautiful smile for a loved one or for yourself.  A beautiful smile may not necessarily mean a full mouth makeover.  These simple gift(s) may be enough to give you or your loved one that extra sparkle this Valentine’s day.

A Whiter Brighter Smile

Our office offers two types of whitening treatments; one that can be done in our office in as little as an hour or one that can be done in the comfort of your own home.  Our in-office treatment can be done in less than an hour and give you a difference of up to 8 shades whiter.  Minimal sensitivity is experienced with this treatment.  Click HERE  to find out more about our in-office whitening treatment.  Our office also offers Professional home whitening treatments that can be done over the course of two weeks.  Although slight sensitivity may be experienced with the home whitening kits, the shade of whitening can be controlled and treatment can be done in the comfort of your own home.  Call our office at 905-278-4297to consult with one of our specialists about which whitening treatment is right for you!  Deals and Special offers for this service are limited to our patients or patients to be only.

A Cleaner and Brighter Smile

Giving the gift of good oral health is something you or your loved ones will always be thankful for.  Our office offers Oral B’s Professional Care Electric Toothbrush to you at cost pricing so you and your loved ones can enjoy a cleaner and brighter smile.  We also offer Cario toothpaste which help to prevent cavities.  This toothpaste is a revolutionary toothpaste created by Oral Science.  It does not contain SLS and is Fluoride-Free.  Call us at 905-278-4297 to find out more about these superior homecare products or to purchase yours today.

A Little Sparkle in a Smile

Like the saying goes, diamonds are forever!  Have you ever thought about adding a little sparkle to your smile or gifting a loved one a little sparkle?  Our office now offers diamonds backed in 22K yellow gold or 18K white gold which can be placed non-invasively on the tooth surface.  We also offer other tooth jewel options.  Click HERE  to find out more about tooth jewellery.

Your oral health matters and as your Mississauga dentist our team dedicates our learning to making sure we can help you and your loved ones achieve optimal oral health.  To find out more about what we can do to help you with this contact our office today at 905-278-4297!

The Gift You DON’T Want

The Common Cold!

It’s the most, wonderful time, of the year! With the bright and shining lights of the Christmas trees, to the shiny wrapping paper that sits just below, the holidays can be such a beautiful time spent with family and close friends. But, being close can lead to other things that aren’t so joyous; that includes the common cold!From the constant unpredictability of the north, the weather can go from hot to cold in a matter of days. The shock in temperature can affect our bodies in different ways, but did you know; the common cold, didn’t actually get its name from the cold weather? Rather, the implications of indoor festivities that have us dwelling in the sneeze covered counters or handshakes from Aunt Mary or cousin George. The act of staying indoors, in close proximities to those infected due to the cold is likely the cause of the common cold and along with it, those unpleasant symptoms that keep us under those sheets. Not only can the common cold affect your mind and body, but it can also attribute to other oral symptoms that are just as unpleasant. Have you ever experienced tooth pain when you were sick? This is not uncommon as the largest sinus cavity in your face is located above your upper jaw. When you have a sinus infection, the buildup of fluids in that cavity can cause pressure on the roots of your teeth. Although this may be the case, it is always recommended to visit your dentist to confirm there isn’t an underlying issue causing the toothache.When your nose is all stuffy, it makes it extremely hard to breath, so you tend to breath through your mouth. This can cause dry mouth. Since your saliva has a key role in fighting tooth decay by washing bacteria that causes plaque, staying hydrated and drinking plenty of fluids is important when you are feeling under the weather.Another oral symptom that can be caused by the common cold is bad breath. When your body is producing excess mucus, the post nasal drip that seeps in the back of your mouth creates an environment that allows bacteria to grow and multiple, thus giving off an unpleasant odor. It is important to note that when you are sick, it is highly recommended to stay on top of your oral care and hygiene game. Although it may be tough to get out of bed, it is important to know that being sick can take a toll on your oral health so skipping hygiene appointments or dental visits to get some extra rest can cause more harm than good. This can be especially true if your oral health is already on a rocky road and the excess bacteria and lack of oral hygiene can make matter worse. So, as hard as it may seem to get out of bed during sick days, its best to remember the long term effects and how brushing at least twice a day can help minimize oral complications and improve your health overall.Contact your top choice Mississauga dental office today to keep your mouth in tip top shape for the holiday season at 905-278-4297

Dentophobia : Ways to Overcome the Fear and Anxiety of Dentistry

Have you ever wanted to do something so badly, but you were too afraid to do it or afraid of something that would let you do it? Are you stressed or scared of just the thought, sight, touch or sound of something/someone? Phobias; we all have at least one. Even Superman had one; kryptonite.

I’ve always been a winter fan (I’m not crazy, I promise!), I was born and raised in friendly “Winterpeg”, Manitoba, the land of snow! I love to snowboard and ice skate even with a mild fear of heights and slipping. Yet every season, I’m on the top of that mountain and speed my way down without so much as a thought of just one wrong move, could send me tumbling down in pieces.

I do enjoy summer and the fun filled sun soaking activities associated with it, but there is one thing I’m absolutely terrified of; bees! As soon as I hear or see one, I’m probably the roadrunner’s best competition, I speed away! I can face being on top of a 3000+ foot high mountain, but a 3mm sized bee will have be running for my life.

Different phobias can affect people in many different ways. Some symptoms may be worse than others depending on the phobia itself or the situation in which it presents itself. For many, (I was once including in this group), dentistry is on top of the list. The thought of the drilling, suctioning sounds, needles and metal instruments in my mouth that I couldn’t see, only feel, it can be a scary thought. It can cause sweating, nervousness, agitation, and anxiety just to name a few. And though it may sound and seem scary, there are a few things that can help alleviate these symptoms.

Firstly, it is important to realize that being scared is okay. It does not make you any less of a person, nor does it exclude you from those who are not scared. It is important to note that for some people, this phobia stems from previous bad experiences, which then hinders any future treatments, But, if we had the mindset that just because something didn’t go the way it was planned the first time, that we should just then give up. We wouldn’t succeed in anything in life. Letting past bad experiences define your future direction only leads to circles; you’ll always end up back to where you started. Dentistry is an integral part of life that should be seen as support group; a group of professionals in oral care that are here to lead you to and maintain a healthy oral lifestyle. We are your number one fans that want you to succeed in oral hygiene!

“Dentistry is an integral part of life that should be seen as support group; a group of professionals in oral care that are here to lead you to and maintain a healthy oral lifestyle.”

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. For some, knowing step by step can help alleviate some of the stress of not knowing what’s going on. Express any concerns you may have openly and we will always try our best to explain in the best possible manner.

If your nerves seem to really get to you, you can make special requests to help make you feel more at ease.

Practicing positive self-encouragement can also be a big help! Telling yourself you are capable can help with your esteem. You are your number one fan! It is always good to be optimistic and remind yourself that you will be fine and that you can trust your dental family in providing you with the proper care and treatment.

We also offer televisions in our operatories so don’t be afraid to ask to put on your favourite show! You can also bring in a set of headphones and listen to music or your favourite podcasts. We can dim the lights and diffuse some essential oils to help too. Distractions can be a big help when you are feeling anxious!

As your top choice dental office, we want to reassure you that you are in great care! Our ultimate goal is optimal oral health and we are here to help you every step of the way. Let us know how to make each visit as comfortable as possible. It’s okay to feel scared, but rest assure, your Credit River Dental family has your back every step of the way!

Battle of the Flossers: Traditional String vs. Water Flossing

Flossing is an integral component to any great oral hygiene routine. If you are brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day, you are on the right track to maintaining healthy gums, stronger teeth, and a brighter smile! It is recommended that we floss at least once a day because it is able to clean 40% of tooth surfaces that our toothbrushes alone are not able to reach. As important as flossing is, only 31% of people are actually flossing every day. We all know we should be doing it, however what exactly is stopping us from reaching for our floss? Some people may have a hard time getting floss in between tight spaces or underneath dental work; some people have limited hand dexterity and are not able to get the floss all the way to their back molars; and others just find it way too time consuming and would rather just head straight to bed. If you have a hard time reaching for your traditional string floss, than water flossers may be a great aid to consider adding in to your oral hygiene regime. As we breakdown the battle between traditional string floss and water flossers, we hope that you will be able answer any questions that you may have had and also encourage you to ask which aid is more suitable for your needs at your next dental visit! As your Mississauga family dentist, we make it our duty to help you in every step of the way in order to achieve your optimal oral health.

The Tried-and-True: Traditional String Floss

Dental floss is a soft thread or string of silk or similar material used to clean your teeth. When it comes to regular string floss, you do have a few different options to choose from. For example, there’s waxed floss, which has a light coating of wax that makes it more durable, and there’s unwaxed floss that makes it easy to clean tight spaces between teeth. There is dental tape, which is flatter and broader to provide comfort to those who have more space in between their teeth, and there’s polytetrafluorethylene (PTFE) floss, which is less prone to shredding and can easily slide between tighter spaces.

Pros of Flossing:

  • Flossing is a very efficient way to remove excess food and debris from your teeth
  • Floss is inexpensive, convenient, and easily accessible
  • It is quick and easy – you can do it almost anywhere
  • Reduces the risk of gingivitis and gum disease

Cons of Flossing:

  • It is difficult for floss to reach some areas of the mouth
  • It can cause minor bleeding if it isn’t done properly
  • Some people have a hard time getting the hang of it

Technology Takeover: Water Flossers

A water flosser is a specialized device that shoots a thin stream of water. When aimed between your teeth or at the gum line, it uses the pressure of the water to massage the gums and push the food away from the teeth. Clinical studies show that using a water flosser results in a penetration of 50% of the depth of the pocket, about two times as far as can be reached with dental floss.

Pros of Water Flossers:

  • Easy to use, especially for those with braces or other types of dental work (such as bridges, implants and fixed retainers)
  • Great choice for those with arthritis or limited dexterity
  • The massaging action can improve gum health and reach areas where traditional floss can’t

Cons of Water Flossers:

  • More expensive
  • Takes up storage space on your bathroom counter and requires electricity and water
  • Difficult to use outside your home

And The Winner Is…

Actually, we recommend a combination of both! Water flossers are extremely effective, however they are still not a complete replacement for traditional floss. Although it is definitely better than not flossing at all, flossing is definitely still important because it removes bacteria colonies from teeth and gums, whereas water flossers simply rinse these areas. Ideally, people should be using both by starting off with string floss to help loosen up the plaque and food particles, and then following up with the water flosser to help flush them all away.

Which Is Best for You?

We hope this guide has given you some insight on the advantages and disadvantages of the types of flossing tools available. If you still have any questions, please give us a call or visit our office at Credit River Dental Centre and we will help you in assessing the best way and most effective way to care for your teeth and gums at home!

The Benefit of Plant-Based Foods to your Oral Health!

It’s very hard these days not to notice that more and more of your favorite restaurants are offering plant-based options. Pizza, burgers, even taco establishments are all getting in on the plant based craze. Hollywood is getting in on the action with a soon to be released movie produced by some of the biggest names in a film about former lifelong meat eaters, moving towards plant based diets and finding huge improvements in their physical health.

But what about your oral health? What kind of impact does a vegetarian diet have on your oral health? In addition to brushing and flossing, food plays a very key role in keeping your teeth strong and healthy. We often think about the negative impact certain foods can have but there are a number of foods that can improve our oral health.

From an oral health standpoint, foods can have not only an effect on the teeth but also the oral soft tissues including protection against oral cancer. According to the latest review in the journal of the American Dental Association, “Evidence supports a recommendation of a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables as part of a whole-foods, plant-based diet.” The foods found most protective include raw and green/leafy vegetables, tomatoes, citrus, and carrots.

While most people are aware that excess sugars can contribute to tooth decay, we also know that there are certain plant-based foods which can actually not only clean the surface of your teeth, but reduce bacteria as well. The following are just some of the foods that can improve your oral health.

Cucumber
Cucumbers contain dietary fiber which helps to clean teeth and gums. The natural water content found in cucumbers help to enhance the production of saliva.

Parsley
Although parsley has traditionally been used as a garnish, you may want to consider consuming it along with the rest of your meal as parsley is antimicrobial and contains a chemical called eugenol, which not only improves breath odor but also has antiseptic qualities.

Strawberries
Strawberries contain a chemical called malic acid which actually has subtle whitening properties to help break down stains and brighten your smile! Because of the natural sugars and tiny seeds which may get stuck in your teeth, it’s a good idea to give your teeth a quick rinse with water after eating them

Shitake Mushrooms
Shitake mushrooms contain a chemical called lentinan, which helps to not only limit bacterial growth inside the mouth but also prevent gingivitis.

Onions
People often associate onions with being the cause of bad breath, but onions actually help prevent tooth decay. Their natural sulfur chemicals, which give onions their distinctive smell also help fight cavities!

Carrots
Carrots contain keratin which reinforces strength and helps prevent tooth decay. Carrots are also high in fiber and help with saliva production, both of which contribute to a healthier mouth.

In one of the biggest studies to date, consuming citrus fruits more than twice a day, however, was associated with dental erosion 37 times higher compared to those who consumed citrus fruits less often. Consuming apple cider vinegar or sports drinks once a week or more and soft drinks daily will also increase your risk of erosion. The odds of erosion for these habits were ten, four, and four times greater, respectively, than in those who did not engage in that habit.

In order to enjoy the benefits of healthy foods like citrus while at the same time minimizing the risks of dental erosion, the most important thing to remember is not to brush right after we eat sour fruit. We should always wait at least 30 minutes. Acid softens our enamel and if we brush right after consuming these acidic foods we can actually inadvertently damage our teeth in the process.

Self Care = Self Happiness

I woke up today with one of the biggest realizations I’ve had in a long time. It was something deep down I already knew, but seemed to ignore and never put much thought into.

“Self care is a reflection of self happiness”.

We live on a planet that houses over seven billion people, surely there were multiple reasons at least one person could make you happy right? Surely all the money in the world could do the trick right? Maybe that last chocolate glazed donut could? But then I realized it was a domino effect. Happiness itself could never be pure and really grow unless it started with the right foundation. That foundation started with ME.

In a world that’s become so fast paced that you feel you’ll miss if you blink, we seemingly forget to take the time to even breathe. The newest piece of technology, the newest social media platform, new food, new shoes, new shows, and the list is endless. Yet as much as we drown in the now and new, how effective is it all in making us happy? It’s all short term, maybe. But, when was the last time we invested in something that was for long term happiness? Through all the stages of progression, there is one thing that is constant, you. Do you wake up with a smile? Do you think about how great the day is going to be before it even begins? Do you look in the mirror and see what you want to see? Do you hop off the treadmill of life and stop to take the time and realize its okay to take a breather?

It is so easy to forget the small things that matter the most and in the long run. For example, how important is brushing for at least 2 minutes twice a day? A day that is equates to 1,440 minutes, surely a mere 4 minutes can be spared! With something that takes so little time, we sometimes forget to prioritize and yet, we drive 15 km over the speed limit to save an extra 2 minutes just to get to work, to that party, or to that meeting. We rush and rush in order to keep up with life’s pace. There’s a saying that “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and over again but expecting different results.” And yet we always leave the same time, knowing we’ll have to rush in order to save those 2 min on the road.

This concept can apply to oral health in two ways; if you constantly neglect your oral health, it’s never going to give you the same results. It will progressively get worse. On the upside, if you consistently take the time to cater to your oral health, the results won’t stay the same; it will constantly get better and stay healthier.

And though it may be easy to just start brushing because you read a blog that emphasizes its importance, smiling into the mirror with those pearly whites because you’ve taken the time to take care of them and that feeling of confidence, is something no words on paper or on the internet can ever express. That self care will reflect in the way you express your happiness.

So, in a world that is forever moving and changing, don’t be afraid to step back, breath, smile a healthy smile and realize that you don’t have to keep up with life. Life is what you make of it and in order to have a happy life, you need to be a happy you first!

A healthy smile is a great attribute to a happy life! At Credit River Dental, we would love to reflect our happiness in making your smile happier! Call us today at 905-278-4297!

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