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How to Properly Care for Your Toothbrush

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Your toothbrush is your most important dental tool. If you care for it the right way, it will provide proper care in return. The good news is it doesn’t require any special treatment. But, there are safe ways to clean and store it.

Here are some toothbrush care tips.

1. Rinse it well after use

After brushing your teeth, rinse your toothbrush thoroughly with tap water. Be sure there’s no toothpaste or food debris left behind.

2. Store it upright

Let remaining water drain after every use by storing your brush upright.

3. Expose it to air

Avoid placing your toothbrush inside a drawer, cabinet, or any closed container. A wet toothbrush can attract and hold bacteria. When you travel keep your toothbrush in its own case to prevent it from getting contaminated. But take it out to air dry once you’ve reached your destination.

4. Keep brushes separate

Make sure toothbrushes don’t touch to avoid transfer of bacteria.

5. Use your own brush

Sharing is caring, but never with a toothbrush. Don’t borrow someone else’s brush as this can compromise both your oral health and overall health. Sharing toothbrushes increases the risk for bacterial infections.

6. Avoid contact with cleaning materials

Store your toothbrush away from cleaning materials. Some cleaning agents may be toxic and you don’t want them to come in contact with your brush.

7. Store it away from the toilet

Prevent your toothbrush from getting knocked into the toilet or sink. Keep it away from these areas. Germs can travel through the air. Even if your toothbrush is not located right beside your toilet or sink, there are still chances of spreading infection.

8. Get a new one every three months

A toothbrush in new condition will always do a better job than one that’s rough and frayed. Replace it after three to four months or sooner if the bristles are frayed. Buy a toothbrush for everyone at home at the same time so you can replace them at once.

9. Consider a replacement if your immune system has weakened

It’s not necessary to switch to a new brush after getting colds as our immune system will be working to keep our body protected. However, it may be beneficial to replace brushes more often if it is your immune system that’s compromised.

10. Choose your case carefully

At home, you may want to invest in a toothbrush holder with several compartments. When you’re on the go, cover your brush or store it in a plastic case. Even better if you’ll find a case that is not airtight and allows circulation.

Here are some additional tips for electric toothbrushes.

1. Replace the brush head. Replace the brush head as soon as you notice the bristles getting frayed or after three months, whichever comes first.

2. Use up its battery. Rather than charging your electric toothbrush between use, let the battery run empty before charging it. This will help increase battery efficiency.

3. Keep it covered when you travel. As you do with a manual toothbrush, be sure your electric toothbrush is properly covered to avoid it from getting damaged or contaminated.

4. Store it out in the open when at home. When you’re at home, leave it out rather than enclosing it in a case.

5. Be cautious when buying sanitizers. Investing in toothbrush sanitizers isn’t necessary but if you want to give it a try, read the labels carefully. Look for a seal from respected organizations and don’t be fooled by products that over promise.

6. Never put your toothbrush in the dishwasher. Simply rinsing your toothbrush after use and letting it air dry completely is enough. Don’t put your electric toothbrush in the dishwasher or microwave as it’ll only get damaged.

These care tips will keep your toothbrush in great condition. If you need suggestions when choosing a toothpaste for your family, check out this post.

And if you have questions about your oral health, contact our team at (519) 742-8303. We’re always happy to share more dental care tips.

How to Properly Care for Your Toothbrush2018-12-21T10:57:15+00:00

Oral Hygiene for Seniors

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It’s good that dentures and implants exist, but it’s possible to delay your need for them. Don’t stop visiting the dentist. Your dental team wants to help you enjoy healthy teeth and gums through your golden years.

You also lower your risk of oral health problems when your mouth is in good condition, so here are some hygiene tips to help you achieve that.

1. Eat right

Proper nutrition is crucial for your oral health. A healthy diet helps prevent cavities and keep your teeth and gums strong. Steer clear of acidic food and beverages and limit your intake of sugary treats.

2. Brush gently and properly

You may need a fluoridated toothpaste. Talk to your dentist about which product they recommend. Brush in a small circular motion, covering all areas of your teeth. Remember to brush your tongue too! You may find an electric toothbrush works better than a manual and may be easier to hold.

3. Clean your dentures

Clean your partial or full dentures every day. Like natural teeth, tartar can stick to dentures. You can use a denture brush and soap, or you can also use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Be careful with cleansers that can scratch, discolour, and weaken your dentures. You can also soak your dentures overnight in warm water. Regularly check your dentures for cracks or damages. Take it back to your dentist for any necessary repairs.

4. Care for your implants

If you have implants, be sure to care for them the way you would your natural teeth. Brush and floss them gently. If you’re interested in this tooth replacement option, we can provide you with further information.

5. Come in for an oral cancer screening

Schedule regular checkups with your dentist. Talk to them about performing an oral cancer screening. At home, do a self-check of your mouth, looking for sores, patches, swelling, or anything unusual.

6. Look after your gums

Gum disease is challenging to detect as it’s often painless. One common cause of gum disease is poor oral hygiene. Don’t get lax with oral care. You’re never too old to maintain healthy gums. See your dentist if you notice any swelling, bleeding, or redness around your gums.

7. Report tooth sensitivity

Brushing hard won’t guarantee a better clean. If anything, this may only lead to receding gum lines. Be gentle when brushing your teeth to avoid scraping away your enamel. If you’re already experiencing sensitivity, let your dentist know and ask if they can recommend specific products you can try.

8. Talk to your dentist about dry mouth

If you’re experiencing dry mouth due to medications you’re taking, talk to your dentist about it. They can recommend ways to effectively deal with a dry mouth. You need to stay hydrated and keep saliva flowing to combat bacterial growth. Drinking more water and cutting back on acidic beverages will help.

9. Avoid smoking

Smoking can make you more susceptible to oral diseases. Quitting smoking is a tough goal, but it’s worth all the hard work.

With age comes wisdom, so certainly you know our team will help you maintain healthy teeth and gums. Take note of these oral hygiene tips for seniors and for more information, contact us at Kitchener Dentist.

Oral Hygiene for Seniors2018-12-21T10:58:07+00:00

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

Eat Your Way to a Healthy Smile: Best Foods for Your Teeth

You take great care of your teeth by brushing, flossing, and seeing your dentist as scheduled. But are you doing everything you can? Just like carrots are good for our eyes and water for our skin, specific foods deliver healthy benefits to our mouths. If you’re already being diligent with your oral hygiene routine, then you’ll also want to take great care about what food you put in your mouth. Let’s explore the best foods for maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

Calcium and Phosphorus Sources

Our teeth are composed of minerals. These minerals are lost and replenished during the remineralization process which naturally occurs in our teeth. However, when the acidity level is high, minerals are lost and not naturally replenished. This can cause the teeth’s outermost layer, the enamel, to corrode. Calcium is crucial as it helps keep the bones healthy and strong. It works better, though, when combined with phosphorus. They help replenish lost minerals on the teeth. Here are food choices that are great sources of calcium.
  • Cheese. Hard cheese, like cheddar, is a good source of calcium for your teeth. Cheese helps increase salivary flow and decrease the acidity level in the mouth.
  • Yogurt. It’s no surprise that yogurt is gaining in popularity. It’s a healthy snack rich in calcium. It also helps fight gum disease.
  • Tofu. Vegetarians can always choose tofu for a tooth-friendly meal. Tofu is rich in phosphorus which protects tooth enamel.
  • Almonds. Nuts, such as almonds, are packed with both calcium and phosphorus. They aid in cavity-fighting.
  • Seafood. Fatty fish like salmon are filled with phosphorus, vital for strengthening tooth enamel.

Crunchy, Water-Rich Food

kitchener-warerloo dentistCrunchy foods promote salivary flow. They also serve as natural teeth cleaners, removing food residue on the tooth surface. They’re easily portable to snack on daily at school, work, or play. Introduce these healthy foods to kids when they’re young. Sweets are fine when enjoyed sparingly.
  • Apples. They’re high in water content, plus they’re tasty too.
  • Carrots. Since raw carrots are hard and require a lot of chewing, they help stimulate saliva production in the mouth. Their texture also helps with gentle scrubbing of the tooth surfaces.
  • Celery. This raw vegetable is not just good for the body, it’s great for our teeth too. Consider it a natural dental floss, thanks to its fibre-rich strands.

Vitamin D Sources

Vitamin D is good for your overall health as it helps with optimum calcium absorption.
  • Sunlight. While it does not qualify as food, sunlight is known as the best natural source of Vitamin D. So when the sun is out, make sure to get your healthy dose of Vitamin D.
  • Egg yolks. If you mostly opt for egg whites, having the egg yolks occasionally are worth a try. They’re rich in vitamin D which is recognized for reducing the risk of developing tooth decay or dental caries.
As you plan your meals, don’t forget to incorporate the best foods that will benefit your body and oral health.
Eat Your Way to a Healthy Smile: Best Foods for Your Teeth2018-12-13T18:37:27+00:00

How to Choose the Right Toothpaste Type for Your Family

Brushing with the right toothpaste is key to maintaining a bright, healthy smile. One type of toothpaste may be more effective for you than another. This guide will help you select the best one to meet your specific needs.

The first toothpaste was invented by Ancient Egyptians in 5000 BC, even before toothbrushes were invented. It’s believed that these toothpastes were in powder form and mixed with water when used. These days, toothpastes can be found in various formulations. Choosing the right one can be confusing.

The best person to talk to regarding the right toothpaste for your needs is your dentist. However, it pays to know more about the various types of toothpaste. That’s what we’re talking about in this post.

Let’s begin.

Whitening Toothpastes

right toothpasteYou’ll find these toothpaste types promoted for making smiles shine brighter.

Whitening toothpastes usually contain baking soda or hydrogen peroxide that help lighten tooth colour. You should note that if your goal is to make your teeth several shades lighter, these toothpastes can only do so much.

Yellowing of teeth is inevitable. As we age, our tooth enamel gets thinner and we see more of the darker layer beneath it called the dentin. This makes the tooth appear less white.

Whitening treatments available in the dental office will be more effective in removing or lightening stains. Treatment results can vary in the areas you’ve received prior dental work.

Desensitizing Toothpaste

If you have sensitive teeth, then you may want to use desensitizing toothpastes.

This type of paste is specially made to provide relief against hypersensitivity. It contains ingredients such as potassium nitrate or strontium chloride which block pain signals to the nerve of the tooth. It would be best, though, to consult your dentist first about the cause of the tooth sensitivity.

Tartar Control Toothpaste

Your dentist may recommend that you use tartar control toothpaste if you are prone to tartar buildup.

Anti-plaque toothpaste helps prevent tartar buildup that can result in gum disease. Plaque is the sticky film that hardens on teeth and turns into tartar and can only be removed at the dental office.

Toothpaste for Kids

To make brushing more fun for kids, use flavoured toothpastes specially formulated for them. If your little ones are still unable to spit, opt for toothpastes that are safe to swallow.

Make sure that you apply the toothpaste on their brush. Grain size would be enough for them. For kids aged three and older a pea-sized amount of toothpaste should be enough.

Brushing can only be as effective as the right choice of toothpaste for our specific needs. So for the sake of your and your family’s oral health, don’t choose your toothpaste based solely on packaging and price.

How to Choose the Right Toothpaste Type for Your Family2018-12-13T18:38:44+00:00
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