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11 Feb 2016

Sleeping and Dental Health

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Sleeping is a necessary part of life; we constantly push our bodies to do more and more everyday, so ensuring you get the right amount of sleep each night is essential. The recommended amount of sleep can vary from person to person, but when you are able to get at least 7 hours per night your following day should be pretty good. However, that assumes that you were able to sleep soundly and deeply for those 7 hours.

How do you sleep each night? It can be a hard thing to determine unless you have someone record how you’re sleeping each night so you can analyze it. The benefits of a good night sleep go beyond just feeling energized and refreshed for the next day, but it can have a profound effect on your dental health as well. “A new study has suggested that sleeping with the mouth open can be as damaging to teeth as sipping a fizzy drink before bed. New Zealand’s scientists say breathing through the mouth removes the protective effect of saliva, which has a natural ability to kill the bacteria in the mouth that produce acid.As acid levels rise through the night, tooth erosion and decay can begin. Tooth decay in mouth sleepers is often worse at the back, because the back of the mouth tends to get drier than the front. Medics say patients with asthma are more likely to breathe through the mouth at night.”

How we breathe when we’re sleeping isn’t really up to us since we are essentially unconscious and the body is working on autopilot to maintain breathing during slumber. If you happen to be fighting a cold/have allergies that would stuff up your nose before bed, you will breathe through your mouth while you sleep. Those who are prone to snoring or have sleep apnea or other breathing issues are also more susceptible to the removal of saliva during sleep since they will be breathing through their mouth. If you believe that this may be an issue for you or someone you know, the first thing to do would be to visit a sleep specialist to have your sleep patterns recorded and analyzed. Once you’ve done that, pay your Ottawa dentist a visit to ensure your mouth is in the best shape possible.

4 Feb 2016

Dental Health for Everyone

If it seems that the idea of proper and regular dental maintenance is something we stress heavily, you are indeed correct! At the risk of sounding redundant, our mission is to ensure that everyone knows the value of regular brushing, flossing, rinsing and how practicing the proper techniques when doing so. Making sure to regularly visit your Ottawa dentist for check ups and cleanings is also very important and to the benefit of the individual. Creating awareness is where we start, but actions help make things happen.

Unfortunately there are particular groups that are sometimes at a disadvantage when it comes to receiving the best dental care. Fortunately however, there are programs in place that are taking action to make those problems a thing of the past. “The oral health program started in 2013 in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada, Health Canada and the Government of Nunavut. It offers free exams and fluoride treatment for any children in the territory up to eight years old. ‘We’re not trying to do anything heroic. We’re not trying to do anything aesthetic. Our aim is to make sure kids aren’t in pain and that they have no active infection in their mouths. It’s not a lofty goal but if we could accomplish that for every child age zero to eight in Nunavut that would be a huge step forward,’ Kelly said. Kids leave with a package of toothpaste and a toothbrush for them and one for their parents.

The Government of Nunavut recently spent around $22,000 purchasing 43,000 toothbrushes in part for the program, the vast majority for infants and young children.”

This is a great example of being proactive and making things better for people. Here’s to hoping that all major dental issues soon become a thing of the past for everyone!