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26 May 2016

Brushing: Once Is Good, But Twice Is Just As Nice


Repetition is a part of life. Repetition is a part of life. Repetition…ok, you get the point. They say practice makes perfect and the only way to achieve that elusive perfection is to repeat over and over whatever it is you are trying to perfect. The greatest athletes, entertainers and scientists never just stumbled upon their greatness; they worked on it for years. They wanted to make history and become legendary so they dedicated their lives to their craft.

When it comes to your teeth and overall oral hygiene, constant brushing won’t make you legendary, but at least you’ll be able to make things like plaque causing bacteria history! Brushing your teeth for at least 2 minutes is an important step toward healthier breath and fresher teeth. Using the right amount of pressure and the proper techniques will help you reach your dental goals quickly. You know how to reach them even faster than that? By brushing twice daily.

It may seem like a lot of brushing to do in one day, but when you think about it, it really isn’t. Consider the amount of things you put your mouth through on a daily basis: several hot and/or cold beverages, varying foods, talking and biting, etc. You give your mouth a lot of attention for everything else, it deserves the same attention for cleanliness as well.

A good brushing when you start your day as a preventative measure and another good brushing before you go to bed to clean off everything the day left behind, is the best way to keep your teeth and gums clean, create an inhospitable environment for plaque causing bacteria and promote the best overall oral health possible.

19 May 2016

Soda and Tooth Decay


Picture this: it’s an extremely hot Ottawa summer day. You’ve been walking in the Byward Market for a few blocks and your mouth has gotten really dry and you need something to quench your thirst. Lo and behold, you encounter a street vendor selling food and beverages. They open up a cooler to reveal a plethora of various soda options. You make your choice, pay and are soon quenched beyond belief…for about two minutes! Sugary beverages never really quench your thirst properly; they only make you thirstier for more sugary drinks.

Sweet beverages (soda in particular) when consumed in large quantities on a regular basis can also cause major issues with your teeth. The amount is not the only thing you should be aware of, but also how you consume these sweet beverages. For instance, if you drink a soda through a straw, every once in a while, the damage you do to your teeth will be minimal. However, if you open up a soda and slowly sip it (without a straw) for a long period of time, the carbonation will wear off and actually create an acidic effect that will do more harm to your teeth.

So, what is the solution? Firstly, make better beverage choices. When you think about the health of your mouth (and body as a whole) before you hastily make a food or beverage choice that may not be the best for you, you’ll be that much closer to having healthier and stronger teeth. Does this mean you should never drink soda or sweet beverages? That is a decision you have to make on your own! Water is always the best option, but always be realistic. Also, moderation is key when trying to balance any diet.

Sugary beverages aren’t going away anytime soon, but when you have the knowledge of their effects on your teeth, you can make better decisions moving forward. If you are concerned about how your beverage consumption is affecting your teeth, make sure to consult with an Ottawa dental professional.