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The History of Toothpaste – the Good, the Bad, and the Stinky!

When you wander into the toothpaste aisle at your local drug store today, you are probably bombarded with many different brands of toothpaste that are making numerous different claims about the results you will see if you use them. Some of the different brands claim that they can whiten your teeth, freshen your breath, destroy plaque, protect your gums, and nurture sensitive teeth. Toothpaste has not always been so useful and pleasant to use. Over the course of history, many different methods to keep teeth clean have been tried, and, since history always repeats itself, some are making comebacks. Luckily, though, many of these ancient techniques are staying just where they should – in the history of toothpaste.

Eliminating Bad Breath

Bad breath is basically caused by anaerobic sulfur-producing bacteria. These bacteria are nothing to worry about as they occur naturally. These bacteria are supposed to be there because they assist humans in digestion by breaking down proteins. Sometimes however these bacteria consume too much and cause bad breath.

Chewing mint leaves is a great and easy way to help cure bad breath. Watch the video below to see more.

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Dental Floss, A Gum Saving Tool

There are two main types of dental floss available. There is thin nylon filaments which are considered regular floss and then there is plastic ribbon or taped floss. Tape floss can be gentler on the gums. Both types are used to remove food and dental plaque from your teeth. This is achieved by putting the floss between your teeth and scraping it back and forth along the gums and teeth.

PREGNANCY AND YOUR TEETH

You have a lot to think about during pregnancy but staying on top of your dental needs is critical since pregnancy can take a toll on your teeth and gums. Make sure to tell Dr. Bachus or anyone in the team   that you are pregnant and about any changes you have noticed because if your mouth is healthy, it’s a good bet your baby’s mouth will be healthy too. Call anytime with questions. 905.731.4611

BUSY LIFE

We all know life can be busy, but don’t neglect your oral health. Your dental care is just as important now as it was when you were a kid. Untreated dental disease can lead to serious health problems such as infection, damage to the surrounding  bone or nerve and tooth loss. Brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily,  use any of the dental aids that we have recommended specifically for you, AND  visit us on your regularly scheduled recare maintenance appointment. This simple routine can help you remain a healthy mouth  for life.  Call us anytime. We love to hear from you. 905.731.4611

Fresh Breath / Bad Breath

Bad breath also known as Halitosis, is a very common problem affecting many people and is often caused by improper oral hygiene. Halitosis can also be caused by smoking, certain  foods, some medications, gastric problems, respiratory infections, dry mouth,  periodontal (gum) disease, tooth decay, and loosely fitting dentures and crowns.  

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