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Watch Out for These Daily Habits that Harm Your Teeth

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How many of these seemingly ordinary things are you doing routinely and without much thought? Try to be mindful of these habits as they can damage your teeth. They may be hard to avoid; however, kicking these habits will benefit both your oral and overall health.

1. Nail biting

Biting your nails when you’re tense, anxious, or bored can result in tooth chipping and jaw issues. Fingernails are also home to a variety of bacteria. To prevent you from biting your nails, keep a stress ball handy to keep your hands busy. If you experience chronic stress, seek the help of a professional.

2. Chewing ice

Yes it’s sugar- and calorie-free. But this habit can still cause damage if the hard ice chips or cracks a tooth leading to tooth sensitivity and an unexpected visit to the dentist for repair. Trade the ice for tooth-friendly alternatives like carrots and apples.

3. Drinking fruit juice

Pure, unsweetened fruit juices may be natural and nutritious, but they contain large amounts of naturally occurring sugar. If you can’t go a day without fruit juice, add water to it to help reduce its sugar content.

4. Drinking coffee

If you drink coffee all day long, eliminating it from your routine will be tough. Coffee, however, causes bad breath. And if you drink it black, you’re susceptible to tooth discoloration. Try to reduce your coffee intake or drink water after each cup. If you’d like to whiten your teeth, book a consultation with your dentist.

5. Drinking pop and sports drinks

They may taste refreshing especially when they’re cold and you’re thirsty, but they do your mouth no good. These beverages are high in sugar which will corrode your tooth enamel. The best way to quench your thirst is with a cool drink of water.

6. Teeth grinding and clenching

Grinding and clenching are damaging to your teeth and jaw. This may be happening in your sleep and you’re unaware of it. You’ll either find out from loved ones who notice or else from your dentist who will see the signs of wear at your next exam. Investing in a nighttime mouthguard may be your best solution to this nocturnal habit.

7. Playing sports with no mouthguard

Participating in sports is awesome for your overall health but can be an oral health risk. You may be faced with a damaging hit from a ball, hockey puck, someone’s elbow, or a face plant. Protect your teeth with a custom sports mouthguard. Unlike those you can buy off the grocery or pharmacy shelf, your dentist can make a mouthguard fitted to your teeth.

8. Using teeth to open packets or bottles

Don’t think of your teeth as a convenient stand-in for scissors or a bottle opener. Only animals without opposable thumbs do that! Seriously, using your teeth to rip, twist, and open any kind of packaging can loosen or fracture your teeth or previous dental work.

9. Snacking throughout the day

Noshing on starchy food like potato chips and sipping sugary beverages all day can lead to dental cavities. Occasional treats like these aren’t bad, but be wary of how much you’re consuming. Also, make it a habit to drink water afterward to help wash away the debris and prevent acids from forming that lead to decay.

10. Chewing on pens

Do you catch yourself doing this sometimes? Perhaps it helps you focus, but it’s a habit that’s non-hygienic and bad for your teeth. A better alternative could be using a fidget toy to help you relax and stay focused.

If you have questions about your oral health, please feel free to contact our team at de Man & Höediono Dentistry. We’re always happy to help you keep your smile healthy and beautiful.

Watch Out for These Daily Habits that Harm Your Teeth2018-12-21T10:56:48+00:00

Get Rid of the Pain: How to Ease Sensitive Teeth

Anyone can experience tooth sensitivity, and there’s no telltale signs when it’s coming. However, it’s most prevalent among those aged 20 to 40.
The condition occurs when the tooth’s protective layer, the enamel, wears away. This exposes the dentin beneath the enamel, leading to sensitivity when eating or drinking things that are hot, cold, sweet, or acidic.

 

What Causes Enamel to Wear Away

kitchener-waterloo dentist Aggressive brushing. When you brush too hard, the enamel may erode.
Acid attacks. Sugary foods are favourite targets of harmful bacteria. These bacteria turn into acids that beat the tooth enamel down. The enamel, as a result, gets thinner until the dentin is exposed.
Receding gums. Tartar buildup may cause the gums to recede, creating an opportunity for the root surface to lose its protective layer and for pockets to form around the tooth. Bacteria may thrive in these areas as it’s harder to access and clean. All of this leads to sensitivity.
Tooth whitening treatments. Both in-office and at-home whitening treatments may cause temporary sensitivity afterwards. If you’re already experiencing tooth sensitivity and are scheduled for a whitening treatment, ask your dentist what you can expect after.
Tooth grinding. Clenching the teeth also wears enamel away. You may not realize that you grind your teeth while you sleep, but your dentist can detect the signs of nighttime grinding by checking your mouth. Your dentist can make a customized mouth guard for you to wear at night to protect from future enamel wear from grinding.
With heightened sensitivity, you may experience sharp bursts of pain in your teeth. This can cause mild to severe discomfort that can last for hours. Thankfully, there are ways you can relieve sensitivity.

 

How to Reduce Tooth Sensitivity

  • Avoid triggers such as extremely hot or cold food and drinks.
  • Use fluoride toothpaste brands that help relieve tooth sensitivity.
  • Practice excellent oral hygiene. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, in the morning and before going to bed at night.
  • Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush and replace it every three to four months. Move the brush in small, circular motions instead of back and forth in a straight direction. This will also help ensure you’re covering all areas, especially where the teeth and gum line meet.
  • Wait at least an hour before brushing your teeth after every meal.
Finally, always keep up with your dental visits. If you feel tooth sensitivity is getting worse, let your dentist know. He or she will be able to recommend treatments for the sensitivity, such as fluoride gels or varnishes.
Get Rid of the Pain: How to Ease Sensitive Teeth2018-12-13T18:32:52+00:00

Dr. Höediono welcomes Mr. Ron Gagnon, Grand River Hospital’s new CEO

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Dr. Höediono has been on the Grand River Hospital Board of Directors for five years and assumes his role of Vice-Chair of the Board and Chair of the Quality and Patient Safety Committee.

Dr. Höediono & Mr Ron Gagnon

Dr. Höediono welcomes Mr. Ron Gagnon, Grand River Hospital’s new CEO.

Dr. Höediono welcomes Mr. Ron Gagnon, Grand River Hospital’s new CEO2018-12-13T18:33:29+00:00

Welcome Our New Associate, Dr. Kelsey Motomura

We are pleased to announce the addition of our new associate, Dr. Kelsey Motomura to our practice. Dr. Motomura is currently seeing patients during our regular office hours.

Dr. Kelsey Motomura was born and raised in Cambridge. She studied Bio-Medical Science at the University of Guelph and was then accepted to the Doctor of Dental Surgery program at the University of Toronto.

During her four years in dental school, Dr. Motomura served as Class Vice-President. She was actively involved in the Peer Mentorship and Restorative Mentorship programs, as well as the Dental Students Society. Dr. Motomura graduated on the Dean’s List. She was the recipient of the J.G. Bourassa Cup from the Faculty of Dentistry for her academic standing and extra-curricular involvement. She also received the Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award from the University of Toronto in her graduating year.

Dr. Motomura has participated in Dental and Medical Outreach opportunities both globally and locally. She has volunteered on missions to Guatemala and Honduras, as well as with Health Mission Outreach in Brampton.

Outside of work, Dr. Motomura enjoys spending time with her friends and family, traveling, hiking, baking and playing board games.

Dr. Kelsey Motomura is excited to join Dr. de Man & Dr. Höediono’s practice! She is a friendly compassionate dentist who is committed to providing quality comprehensive dental care for her patients. She especially enjoys working with children.

Please feel free to contact us and make an appointment to meet Dr. Kelsey Motomura. We are very excited to have her!

Welcome Our New Associate, Dr. Kelsey Motomura2018-12-13T18:35:07+00:00