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Watch Out for These Daily Bad Habits that Harm Your Teeth

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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 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 the 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

Crunchy 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 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.

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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

You’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.

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SAMS Friendly Swim Club at Forest Heights

Dr. Hoediono swims at 5:00 am with SAMS Friendly Swim Club at Forest Heights. Today we celebrate the birthday of the club’s founder Mr. Steve Quanz who is also a patient. Members tease Steve about his age by wearing a a moustache and diapers. But Steve can out swim us all!
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Providing you only the best care in our Kitchener dental office

The family pride and tradition in providing the best care for our patients is our top priority at Kitchener dental office.

Continuing Dental Education to Serve YOU Better

Drs. Caley Höediono, Tim Shigapov, and Mike Schenkel strive to bring the most up to date skills and technology to de Man and Höediono dentistry.

Everyone in our team continues to improve our knowledge and skills in dentistry so we can serve your needs better.

Dentistry is fast evolving and we want to make sure you also get access to the latest innovations. We’ve made our Kitchener dental office state of the art so you can receive dental services you need efficiently.

Surf the Internet while waiting for your turn at the dental chair. Let the kids use our educational computer games. Our goal is for you to enjoy positive dental experience with your every visit.

Enjoy Flexible Practice Hours

Our Kitchener dental office is open Saturdays and our hours include early morning and late evenings. If you want to arrange an appointment with a specific Kitchener dentist, please let us know. We’ll be more than happy to assist you.

Also, should you need special office times or need to arrange special transportation or access services, please call our office manager, Monica. You can reach us at (519) 742‑8303.

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Gum Disease Linked to Worsening Cognitive Decline in Alzheimer’s Patients

We found an article that we would like to share with our patients because we think many of you would be interested in the information.

A new study jointly led by the University of Southampton and King’s College London, 2016 has found a link between gum disease and greater rates of cognitive decline in people with early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

The team of researchers enrolled 59 participants with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease to their study, and 52 of these participants were followed for an average of 6 months.

At the beginning and end of the follow-up period, a dental hygienist assessed the dental health of the subjects, and the researchers took blood samples from the participants and assessed them for inflammatory markers. Subjects also underwent cognitive tests at study baseline and after 6 months.

Compared with participants who did not have gum disease at study baseline, those who did were found to have a six-fold increase in the rate of cognitive decline during the 6-month follow-up period.

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Doctors’ Notes: Your mouth is a gold mine of information about overall health

Don’t skip your dental checkups: oral irritants such as canker sores can be symptoms of wider medical issues.

 Article from the Toronto Star

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