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12 Nov 2015

Teeth Staining Items You May be Unaware Of



Eating food is a necessity of life. To survive and thrive, we must eat food and the nutrients from what has been eaten will be used to sustain our bodies. When eating is done hastily, a mess and staining can sometimes occur on clothing. When that happens, there are ways to remedy the stain before it sets and causes a more permanent problem.


Unless we happen to face certain dietary restrictions due to an allergy or otherwise, it’s rare that we would think of certain foods causing an issue while we are eating; our teeth getting stained during the eating/drinking process is usually not even an after thought for most people. There might be heightened awareness for those who are avid coffee/wine drinkers as those are items known to cause teeth staining, but most tend to just continue eating and drinking with wild abandon. The foods that stain (coffee, wine, beets, etc.) are pretty well known, but what about the foods that stain that aren’t as obvious? Here are a few items that can stain your teeth, but wouldn’t immediately come to mind in that regard:


Berries – Certain berries have a very strong pigment that can quickly stain your teeth.


Medications – There are certain medications (such as antihystamines) that are known to actually cause your teeth to yellow.


Mouthwashes – Certain mouthwashes can actually cause your teeth to brown, because of the chemicals in them and how they react with food that may be left on your teeth.


Making sure to do your due diligence before you make any purchase of medication or mouthwash is very important. Also, make sure to consult with your Ottawa dental professional on the best techniques and practices to eliminate the effects of staining.

5 Nov 2015

Making Dental Decay History


Ottawa is a wonderful place to live. It is a family friendly, safe city, which also happens to be the capital of the country. With a newly sworn in Prime Minister, the opportunities seem to be endless for what a citizen in this city can accomplish. However, there is an alarming statistic that needs to be dealt with.


The importance of maintaining good dental health through regular brushing and visits to the dentist isn’t lost on most people; they know what to do, but sometimes don’t always do it. When you don’t maintain good dental hygiene practices, or let an issue persist for too long, it can sometimes cause more serious issues. ‘More people are heading to Ottawa emergency rooms with toothaches, according to a new city report. Last year, there were 1,740 visits to the ER for “ambulatory care sensitive dental conditions” such as dental cavities, eroded teeth and gingivitis – problems that could have been mended at a clinic. That’s 600 more hospital visits compared to 10 years ago’.


Dental decay is a problem that can be remedied, but more importantly it can be prevented. Getting in and staying in the habit of regular brushing, flossing, rinsing and seeing your dentist on a regular basis is the best way to promote healthy teeth and gums. Consult with your local Ottawa dental professional on the best techniques to prevent dental decay.