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What Causes Bad Breath and 5 Quick Fixes

What Causes Bad Breath and 5 Quick Fixes

What’s the most common reason for bad breath?

Bad dental care is a major factor.

The condition stems from having a concentration of bacteria-producing malodorous chemicals coming from the lack of oral hygiene. The source of the odor is often particles of food stuck in between the teeth and an accumulation of bacteria in the back of the throat.

Several other factors can also contribute to bad breath, also known as halitosis:

  • Certain foods, like garlic and onions, add to objectionable breath odor.
  • Dry mouth, which occurs when the flow of saliva decreases, can cause bad breath. Saliva is needed to cleanse the mouth and remove particles that may cause odor.
  • Tobacco products cause bad breath, too. If you use tobacco, ask your dentist for help kicking the habit.

Bad breath may also signal a medical disorder, such as a local infection in the respiratory tract, chronic sinusitis, postnasal drip, chronic bronchitis, diabetes, gastrointestinal disturbance, or a liver or kidney ailment. If your dentist determines that your mouth is healthy, you may be referred to your family doctor or a specialist to determine the cause of bad breath.

If bad breath is a chronic condition, ask your dentist for help in identifying the cause and developing a treatment plan to get rid of it.

The best way to prevent bad breath is simple: maintain good oral health. See your dentist regularly for a professional cleaning and checkup. If you think you have constant bad breath, keep track of the foods you eat and make a list of medications you take.

Brush twice a day to remove food debris and plaque. Brush your tongue, too. Once a day, use floss or an interdental cleaner to clean between teeth.

5 Quick Fixes For Constant Bad Breath

Worried your coworkers will notice your bad breath at your next meeting? In an interview, will your bad breath make a poor first impression on your potential new boss? Could your bad breath alter the course of your career? Here are five quick fixes for your constant bad breath.

1. Pop a Sugar-Free Mint

Sugar-free mints can be used to quickly freshen your breath before important business meetings. They don’t cure your bad breath, but they will mask the odor and make your breath temporarily smell minty fresh. Plus, since mints are compact, it’s easy to fit them in your pocket.

You can use mints frequently as long as you choose a sugar-free variety. Mints that contain sugar can contribute to tooth decay and other dental problems.

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2. Drink Water

Constant bad breath can be caused by dry mouth, which means that your mouth isn’t producing enough saliva. Your saliva washes away food particles that can make your breath smell, and without enough saliva, these particles will stay put and lead to bad breath.

Drinking water before a meeting or interview is a quick fix for this problem. For longer meetings, bring a water bottle with you so that can continue to sip water and keep your bad breath at bay.

3. Chew Sugar-Free Gum

Sugar-free gum is another easy, fast way to get rid of your bad breath. Chewing gum stimulates your salivary flow, and this can help to freshen your breath if the odor is caused by dry mouth. The scent of the gum will help to mask underlying odors, especially if you choose strong-smelling flavors like peppermint or cinnamon.

4. Use Breath Spray

Breath sprays are flavored products that can be sprayed into the mouth to quickly freshen breath. These sprays come in flavors like cinnamon and peppermint, and they’re a good choice for times when you’re in too much of a rush to chew gum or drink a glass of water. Choose a sugar-free breath spray to avoid putting yourself at risk of tooth decay.

5. Use Mouthwash

Mouthwash can help you quickly freshen your breath. This quick fix works by killing the microorganisms inside your mouth that contribute to bad breath. The minty aroma also helps to temporarily cover up any underlying odors, like tobacco.

It’s a good idea to keep a travel-sized bottle of mouthwash in your briefcase, purse or desk drawer to ensure that you’re ready for last-minute meetings at work. Simply swish your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash and enjoy fresher breath.

LONG-TERM RELIEF

Keep these five tips in mind to maintain your fresh breath all day long. Whether you’re shaking hands with a client or chatting with your coworkers around the office, be memorable for your talents and not for your bad breath. However, gums, mints and other quick fixes are just temporary solutions. If you suffer from constant bad breath, make sure to see your dentist to find out what’s causing the problem. Your bad breath could be caused by poor oral hygiene, gum disease, dry mouth or other issues that require attention. Once the cause has been identified, your dentist can offer treatments that will get rid of your bad breath for good.

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Here is What to Eat for a Healthier Gum

Here is What to Eat for a Healthier Gum

Gums are the hero of the mouth. they keep your teeth secure, protect your oral bones, and battle against bacteria on a daily basis. Dr. Jaleel and the Fairlawn dental team often see patients with inflamed gums that are prone to bleed. Even though many pay attention to going to the gym, we can often forget to take care of our gums. An easy way to make sure your gums are getting the healthy support they need is through your diet. Continue reading to discover the best gum-loving foods that you can easily incorporate into your meals to give them an extra daily boost.

Onions

Onions have been proven to be a fantastic food for healthy gums because they neutralize oral bacteria. They have microbial properties that target the most common types of bacteria that cause gum disease and cavities. For great gums, try incorporating more onions into your meals as salad toppers, in sandwiches and burgers, in stir fries, and in soups, stews, and chilis.

Leafy greens

Vegetables like kale and spinach are filled to the brim with mouth-healthy vitamins and minerals. Specifically, they hold vitamin C, which boosts the production of red blood cells and reduces inflammation. Both these benefits battle against irritation and gum disease. Leafy greens require more chewing, thanks to their high fibre content, which is good for gums because the chewing action creates more saliva. This helps to flush out food particles, bacteria, and plaque that may be sticking to your teeth near the gum line. Revamp your diet with power-packed greens by creating salads with them, adding them as a cooked side dish to main meals, and putting them in soups and sandwiches.

Green tea

There is some research which shows that this antioxidant-rich tea can help stave off inflammation in the body. Green tea has specific antioxidants called catechins which help gums fight inflammation caused by the one of the types of oral bacteria responsible for gum disease. Try drinking a cup of green tea daily to give your gums a healthy boost.

Peppers and citrus fruits

Vitamin C is also high in vegetables like peppers of all colours and acidic fruits such as oranges, kiwis, pineapple, and strawberries. Add them into your diet to reap the benefits of this anti-inflammatory vitamin through smoothies, with yogurt, and in salads.

Shiitake mushrooms

Lentinan is an antibacterial compound found in shiitake mushrooms and it fights against plaque-building bacteria in the mouth. This type of bacteria breeds in hard to reach places in the mouth such as in between teeth and along the gum line, and can cause irritation and possibly lead to gingivitis and gum disease. You can incorporate shiitake mushrooms into your meals in a variety of different ways. Try sautéing them as a side to a main course or chopping them up and adding them to whatever vegetable dish you prepare.

Celery, carrots, and apples

Foods that are very crunchy are excellent at scraping away stuck on food and plaque. The hard bits of foods like celery, carrots, and apples get in between teeth and into tooth crevices and can help keep your mouth fresh between brushings. Crunchy fruits and vegetables also happen to be high in fibre, which, again, means they take longer to chew and generate more saliva. Saliva is great for flushing the mouth of bacteria near the gum line. Simply add these foods to your daily diet as snacks to help get rid of food particles between meals.

Milk, yogurt, and cheese

Dairy products are great for teeth because they are high in calcium, a mineral that helps to strengthen bone, but they are also great for your gums. This is because of a protein called casein that is found in most dairy products which helps to neutralize oral acids that are produced by bacteria in the mouth. These acids can be destructive to tooth enamel and gum tissue, leading to irritation or worse. Include a healthy amount of dairy in your diet by drinking a cup of milk daily or by eating snacks that include dairy such as cheese or yogurt.

Check out our other blog posts for additional advice!

You may be interested in this post: Food That Are Good/Bad For Your Teeth.

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Holiday Treats and their Alternatives

Holiday Treats and their Alternatives

Maintaining good oral care during the holidays can be tough with the bombardment of sugary sweets all season. Counting down to Christmas with an advent calendar is a fun activity for your kids, but if they are filled with chocolate and sweets, it won’t be so great for their teeth. Dr. Jaleel, your Ottawa-Nepean dentist has come up with these simple sugar-free ideas to fill your countdown instead.

Holiday Activity Fun

Fill your child’s countdown with special moments that they will cherish all year round. For each day of the month come up with a fun holiday activity that you can do together as a family. Some ideas include: watching a holiday movie, going ice skating, building a snowman and looking at Christmas lights. Write down the activity on a slip of paper and tuck one note into each day of your advent calendar.

A Puzzling Treat

Give your child a fun challenge with a customized puzzle. Draw a picture or write a special message on a blank puzzle. Break the pieces apart and place one puzzle piece in each day of your advent calendar. Every day your child can add the pieces together until they have a completed puzzle revealing a special holiday message or fun activity to do together.

Sugar-Free Trinkets

Find some simple trinkets to fill each day on your calendar instead of candy. The dollar store is a great place to find fun items without spending a lot. Some ideas include a box of crayons, hair clips, small cars and bouncing balls. Be sure to include a new toothbrush on one day to encourage good oral care during the holidays.

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Story-A-Day

Nothing beats the gift of a good story, except maybe several good stories. Pick out a holiday-themed book for every day of your countdown. Wrap each book individually and number the packages for each day of the month. Have your child open a new book each night at bedtime and read it together.

Celebrating the holidays can still be joyous even without loads of candy and sweet treats. Get creative and come up with your own sugar-free countdown treats.

But if you want to indulge your children with some treats, here is what you can do:

Holiday Treats

When the holiday season comes around, there’s no need for kids with braces to miss out on the traditional treats. Some candies can damage braces, but there are plenty of safe and tasty snacks to satisfy young taste buds without interfering with orthodontia. In fact, when preparing fun holiday treats with your child, you can include numerous healthy options that build strong teeth at the same time.

Treats to Avoid

Candy canes are an extremely popular treat during the holidays. Used as Christmas tree ornaments, stocking stuffers or stirrers in a cup of hot chocolate on a snowy day, candy canes seem like they’re everywhere. Unfortunately, since candy canes are 100 percent sugar, they should be near the top of any list of the worst candy for teeth around the holidays. Dr. Jaleel also advises that children should avoid caramel, licorice, lollipops, bubblegum, popcorn, taffy, jelly beans and hard pretzels. Hard candies have their own way of damaging teeth. Although chewy candy nests on teeth, hard candy dissolves in your mouth over a slow period, allowing the bacteria access to more sugar. Another concern with hard candies is for those who can’t resist biting them: doing so can result in chipped or broken teeth.

Awesome Alternatives

One way to minimize your mouth’s exposure to holiday candies is by eating healthy snacks. Fresh fruits, such as strawberries and melons, are nutritious, healthy alternatives to candy or sugary desserts. Low-fat yogurt or cottage cheese, unbuttered popcorn and baked tortilla chips are excellent alternatives to fatty snacks and appetizers, along with raw veggies like carrots and celery.

Making it through the holidays without eating any type of sugary candy or treats at all is probably not a realistic expectation. The keys to maintaining proper oral health are consumption in moderation and regular brushing with a toothpaste to help strengthen enamel, reduce plaque and fight cavities.

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Dental Tips for a Healthy Halloween

Dental Tips for a Healthy Halloween

Whether you have little ghost and goblins around the house or not, the lure of Halloween candy and treats will be all around this month. If you do have young ones, there are a few tips we can offer before their inevitable increase of candy consumption.

Halloween Tips:

  • For Safety: Inspect any candy received during trick or treating adventures.
  • For Health: Limit the amount of sweets they consume. Ensure they eat a large, healthy meal before they venture out (if they are not hungry, they will be less likely to sneak too many treats during their journey).
  • For their teeth: Speak to us about dental sealants to offer increased protection for their teeth.
  • Ensure they eat any treat during a short period of time (to reduce the exposure to their teeth). Encourage them to rinse with water immediately after they consume any sugary or starchy treat. Limit sticky and hard candies, especially for those with braces. Ensure they brush and floss at least twice daily.
  • For you: Wait until a day or two before Halloween to purchase any candy. If it’s not in the house you won’t eat it.
  • Stay away from the candies you bought for Trick or Treaters. If you need a treat, reward yourself with something responsible and more health conscious (a piece of imported dark chocolate often hits the spot).

Take any leftover candies to your office in the morning so they are not around your home to tempt you.

What Treats to Avoid:

It is almost impossible to completely avoid candy at Halloween. From school parties and trick-or-treating to gifts from relatives and candy exchanges among friends, Halloween activities revolve around sweet treats. So why not help your kids snack on candies that impact oral health the least?

Hard Candy
You might think sticky, gooey candies would harm teeth the most, but they do not. Lollipops and hard candies lingering in your child’s mouth subject the teeth to the most dental damage. Unless you choose sugar-free hard candies, you are putting your child’s teeth at risk for prolonged acid attacks, which can lead to tooth decay.

If gourmet lollipops top the list of favorites at Halloween, try to take sips of water as you suck on the candy. Then follow up with a thorough tooth and tongue brushing, and rinse with a child-safe mouthwash to whisk away any lingering sugars.

Sticky Treats
From gummy worms to caramels, sticky candies are plentiful during Halloween. These soft candies tend to stick to the teeth and linger long after the treat has been enjoyed. To reduce dental damage, enjoy one piece at a time, and make sure your child chews it fully. It is a good idea to incorporate these treats into mealtime so that hard foods, such as carrot sticks or almonds, can help to dislodge the sticky treats from crevices in the teeth.

Chewing Gum
Surprisingly, one of the safest Halloween treats to enjoy is gum. Although it lingers in the mouth, gum stimulates extra saliva production, which naturally rinses the mouth and keeps plaque-causing bacteria at bay.

To keep your little one’s oral health on track, choose sugar-free, all-natural gum sweetened with fruit juices approved by the ADA. Always monitor your children when they chew gum to reduce risk of choking.

Your little ones can still enjoy sweet treats on Halloween, but take note of what these sugary snacks do to their oral health. Try to combine the sweets with food or water, follow up with a tooth brushing and choose sugar-free varieties as much as possible.

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All the Juicy Details: How Safe is Juicing?

All the Juicy Details: How Safe is Juicing?

Is juicing as good for you as its fans claim? It’s no secret that consuming fresh fruits and vegetables is part of a healthy, balanced diet. Yet many of us often find it challenging to get our daily intake. Juicing, the process of extracting the juice from fruits and vegetables, has become popular because it makes consuming multiple fruits and vegetables ultra-convenient. Some juicing proponents claim the liquid form allows the body to more readily absorb the antioxidants and nutrients. And juicing has gained a reputation for being a cure-all for what ails you, with juice cleanses, home juicers and juice bars popping up all over. But just how healthy is drinking juice made from fresh fruits and vegetables? And what about lemon water? Dr. Jaleel, your Ottawa dentist is here to set things straight.

Juicing and Oral Health

Consuming fresh juice with an at-home juicer or purchasing cold-pressed juices to drink on the go can really benefit people who normally struggle to eat vegetables and fruit. However, the ideal way to benefit from their nutrients is by eating them, not drinking them. Juicing in moderation is fine, but if juice is consumed in place of a meal, and this is happening more than two or three times a week, there may be some unwanted health implications. Why? When we drink juice, even juice made from fresh, healthy ingredients, we’re essentially consuming liquid sugar, which is quickly ingested by the body. Liquid travels and is absorbed by the digestive tract much faster than nutrients from solid foods. This means a faster uptake of sugar into the blood stream, and that is usually not a good thing as it leads to more insulin production.

Frequently replacing meals with juice can also be damaging to your oral health. Consuming juice creates a very acidic oral environment, and if it is the only nutrient at a meal, it takes a long time for the saliva to return to neutral pH. When the pH of saliva drops below 5.5, enamel begins to erode or dissolve away, making it more susceptible to damage from eating hard or abrasive foods or from simply brushing your teeth.

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Lemon Water and Oral Health

Many people drink lemon water (warm water with the juice of a fresh lemon squeezed into it) first thing in the morning, a habit, like juicing, that claims to do everything from clear your skin to boost your immune system to help you lose weight. If squeezing a fresh lemon into a glass of water is perceived to be a cure for so many things, and it’s less time-consuming and more affordable than juicing, no wonder people are doing it. However, any health benefits are purely anecdotal, and few, if any, recent scientific studies suggest that drinking lemon water is as beneficial as the claims.There hasn’t been any clinical studies that show drinking lemon water helps with weight management, boosts your metabolism or your immune system or improves your overall health. What studies do show is that drinking water can increase your feeling of satiety, which may help with weight management, but no studies show that the addition of lemon juice has any impact.

As with juicing, drinking lemon water is all about moderation, and it’s important to seek the advice of health professionals. Lemon juice is acidic and contains sugar, so it makes the mouth acidic, lowering the pH level in the mouth and softening enamel, making teeth more susceptible to damage. If you choose to drink lemon water, Dr. Jaleel recommends using a straw to reduce your teeth’s exposure to the acid; rinsing your mouth with plain water afterward to remove any lingering acid; and refraining from brushing your teeth right away. Tooth-brushing should be avoided for at least one hour after consuming lemon water. This will allow the tooth surface to reharden and be able to resist the abrasion or wear from the toothbrush.

 

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Rethink Your Drink: 5 Drinks You Should Avoid

Rethink Your Drink: 5 Drinks You Should Avoid

Every day, more people quit smoking, join a gym or start eating healthier. And although it’s important to be conscious of the type of food you consume, you shouldn’t overlook the beverages you drink as well. Not only are some loaded with hidden calories, but they do a number on your oral health. What is the worst drink for your teeth, though? There’s isn’t one that tops the list. Here are five beverages to avoid and why.

1. Soda

There used to be an commercial jingle that told you to “have a” certain soda “and a smile.” Unfortunately, showing your teeth is the last thing you’d want to do having had enough of it. The acids and sugar byproducts in soda heighten your risk of cavities by softening the teeth’s protective enamel.

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What Do Sugary Drinks Do to Teeth?

It’s widely known that regular consumption of sugary beverages is not good for you, but even the occasional indulgence can have negative effects on your oral health. When you have one of these drinks, the sugar latches on to your teeth. Bacteria that are normally found inside your mouth eat away at the sugar these drinks leave behind. However, as the bacteria consumes the sugar, it begins to produce acid. Eventually, the acid begins to eat away some of the enamel on your teeth. This makes the teeth thinner and weaker. As the enamel weakens, the likelihood of developing cavities becomes greater. Sugary drinks are known as one of the most common dietary causes of tooth decay.

2. Coffee

A morning cup of coffee is a daily routine for millions of people. However, coffee’s natural brown color can turn your teeth an ugly yellow by revealing the dentin beneath your enamel. Sugar is a popular additive to coffee, too, and can increase one’s risk of cavities in the same way as soda.

3. Tea

Not a fan of coffee? A soothing cup of tea gets you going each morning, and its antioxidants can do wonders for your body’s defense against oral cancer. Choose your flavor wisely, though; black tea and darker blends can stain your teeth in a similar manner as coffee.

4. Alcohol

Whether you prefer a nice glass of wine, cracking open a six-pack or your favorite liquor on the rocks, the strength of most alcoholic drinks can wear down enamel, as well. Its sugar content can also contribute to periodontal disease, whereas red wines – despite their antioxidants – leave particularly heavy stains over time.

5. Sports Drinks

After a challenging workout, some people like to replenish their electrolyte stores with a thirst-quenching sport drink. However, the high acid content in these drinks can damage tooth enamel even more than soda.

Not all drinks are bad for you, of course. You need certain liquids to maintain saliva flow and your teeth’s overall strength. Here are some you should never forget:

What to Drink?

Plain old tap water may lack taste, but it also has no sugar or artificial sweeteners that lead to tooth decay. Most towns and cities add fluoride to their water supply, not to mention it’s refreshing on a hot day or after a sweat-soaked workout.

Milk, too, does a body good. It’s also low in sugar and high in calcium, protein and phosphorus – all of which are helpful to building bone in your jaw. Another option if you’re craving something sweet to drink is juice. Although actual fruit is ideal, juices that are sourced 100-percent from fruit juice aren’t bad alternatives, either. Simply consume them in moderation.

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How to Prevent Cavities while Enjoying Holiday Sweets

How to Prevent Cavities while Enjoying Holiday Sweets

When the holiday season comes around, there seems to be no shortage of candy and dessert around the house. Although it may be overwhelming and impossible to avoid all of these treats, there are plenty of safe and tasty snacks to satisfy young taste buds without interfering with your oral health. In fact, when preparing fun holiday treats with your child, you can include numerous healthy options that build strong teeth at the same time. Dr. Jaleel, your dentist in Ottawa is here to provide you with some tips and advice.

Treats to Avoid

When supermarket shelves are full of brightly packaged treats for the holidays, it’s hard not to fill your cart. But for the sake of your child’s braces, you still need to scoot past the hard, chewy and sticky foods. Children with braces should avoid caramel, licorice, lollipops, bubblegum, popcorn, taffy, jelly beans and hard pretzels. How come? Biting hard foods can bend or even break your child’s metal brackets.

Stick to Your Favorites

It’s hard to get away from sweet treats during the month of December. There’s the candy dish at the office, Aunt Mary’s triple-chocolate brownies, sugary hot beverages, tray upon tray of homemade cookies and even people handing out candy canes while you’re out running errands. Be picky when offered a goodie. Skip the items that are available throughout the year, such as store-bought cookies and M&Ms, and go for more special yummies guilt-free. Your teeth — and waistline — will thank you.

Brush Often

Clean your teeth after every sugary treat; perhaps consider a new toothbrush. This will help keep your mouth cleaner by reducing plaque buildup. Make it a household rule that candy, cookies, hot cocoa and other delicious foods are allowed only on condition that teeth be brushed immediately after the treats are eaten. Then make sure that everyone sticks to the rule, including Mom and Dad! This one step will go a long way toward teaching the whole family how to prevent cavities while keeping the season sweet.

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Carry Oral Hygiene Tools with You

Lots of sweets are eaten outside of the home while shopping, visiting or attending parties. Pick up extra toothbrushes and small tubes of toothpaste for everyone in the family to carry with them. Trial sizes of mouthwash and dental floss complete the portable dental care package.

Chew Sugar-Free Gum

Chewing gum produces saliva. This helps to wash away bacteria. It’s also easier to resist treats when you have a piece of gum in your mouth. There is a wide range of sugar-free flavors on the market, including mint chocolate chip, cinnamon roll and apple pie à la mode.

Make Less Sticky Choices

Problems occur when the sugary coating remains on the teeth. Plaque loves the acids in sugar and other carbs. Choosing goodies that don’t leave a sticky coating, especially when you are not able to brush right away, reduces the risk of tooth damage. Enjoy a fresh fruit salad instead of a muffin for breakfast or pound cake instead of chocolate fudge for dessert.

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Smart Snacks for Hungry Kids

Smart Snacks for Hungry Kids

Years ago, letting children eat between meals was frowned upon, but now we’ve learned that kids need to snack. Children should eat every three to four hours to get the energy and nutrients they require. And it’s important they eat right. Snacks should not be high in salt, fat, sugar and caffeine; they should be nutrient-dense and contain at least two different food groups. This may sound easy enough, but Dr. Jaleel knows how difficult it is for parents to prepare healthy food for their children to enjoy. Maybe your kid is a picky eater, maybe you’re too busy to prepare difficult snacks. Either way, your Ottawa dentist has some advice for you.

The best snacks are foods that aren’t sticky and that clear quickly from the mouth. Here is what your kids could eat. Change it up to provide variety so your kids never get bored. Put these into their lunch boxes for them to periodically snack on:

  • Whole-grain sandwiches with savoury filling, such as ham, turkey, or chicken
  • Bread sticks
  • Yogurt
  • Cheese
  • Fruits such as apples, oranges, bananas
  • Raw vegetables such as celery and carrots. For something extra special, pair them with hummus

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Some food that deserves a permanent time-out are:

  • Cereal and marshmallow squares
  • Candy apples
  • Soft drinks
  • fruit rollups
  • Chocolate, especially if they contain caramel
  • doughnuts and other pastries

Brushing on the go

Even if you send your kids to school with a lunch box brimming with tooth-friendly snacks, they’ll still need to clean their teeth after eating. One tip is to tell your child to rinse his or her mouth vigorously a couple of times, preferably with community-fluoridated water from the tap at school.

A word about vitamin D

Sunlight provides vitamin D, but our northern climate means that we may not get enough of it during the winter. Being in Ottawa, we are all to familiar with the lack of sunlight. The best food source is fortified milk, but other foods (margarine, eggs, chicken livers and oily fish) contain small amounts. Most pediatric multivitamins contain sufficient vitamin D for your child’s needs, but always check with your pediatrician.

Kids and calcium

A well-balanced diet rich in calcium and vitamin D is critical for healthy bones and teeth. Your first choice should be milk and milk products fortified with vitamin D. These don’t have to be the lower-fat kind, unless your child is close to the end of linear growth. Kids need the extra fat for energy and development. If your kid is lactose-intolerant, some great substitutes are: swiss, gouda or cheddar cheese, soy beverages, yogurt, canned sardines or salmon with bones.

 

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Seal The Deal on Your Child’s Oral Health with Dental Sealants

Seal The Deal on Your Child’s Oral Health with Dental Sealants

Having ended 2013 with the passing of Halloween and Christmas, ringing in 2014 with the continuation of (edible) holiday delights, and Easter right around the corner, children’s teeth witness a lot of sugary goodness passing through year-round. While their spry metabolisms and healthy, energetic bodies have no time processing these delicious treats, children’s teeth are unfortunately the most prone to cavities compared to their older counterparts.

Kids have sweet teeth that need protecting!

Kids have sweet teeth that need protecting!

Think of it this way: to a child’s imagination, your teeth are the caped-crusaders, saving the day and allowing them to eat their yummy food.  Gingivitis and plaque are the villains. Just like any saga goes – it’s a constant battle between good and evil!

Beginning at the ripe age of just 6 months, and continuing into toddlerhood, children develop their first set of pearly whites. Right off the bat, the difficulty is not only keeping them white, but also more importantly, keeping them cavity-free.

Just when the “terrible twos” pass and all that teething is beginning to pay off, children start to loose those baby teeth. Between the ages of 6 and 12 children – with the financial encouragement of the tooth fairy – replace those baby teeth with permanent teeth that will be with them for the rest of their adult life.

These two periods – each time your child has sprouted a new, complete set of teeth – illustrate the perfect opportunity to use dental sealants on the pits and fissures of your children’s teeth.

The crevices on the molar's surface help break down food, but are also vulnerable for food particles to get stuck in and decay.

The crevices on the molar’s surface help break down food, but are also vulnerable to food particles to get stuck in and decay.

The tops of teeth aren’t flat. Teeth tops are actually grooved like hills and valleys (pits and fissures) to facilitate the crushing and deterioration of food so to be suitable to swallow. Being the omnivores we are, some teeth are best suited for tearing off food, while others are ideal for chewing and grinding. These grinding teeth are the best candidates for dental sealants, as they have the most irregularities in surface texture. By filling the crevices with sealants, this prevents the evil plaque and gingivitis from giving your children cavities.

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The procedure is short, simple and non-invasive. After teeth are cleansed, an adhesive and the sealant itself are painted on the teeth. A light may be used to help harden the sealant, but overall it only takes about a minute for the sealant to form a protective shield. Sealants are virtually invisible, and are unnoticeable when a child talks or smiles. A couple minutes in your Ottawa dentist chair with a sealant application could protect your child’s teeth for as long as 5-10 years!

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Dr. Jaleel is warm and friendly and invites your kids to get a great start to oral health and valuable habits. Dr. Jaleel wants your child to know that dentist trips can be fun and are beneficial to their well-being. Instilling healthy habits young will secure a lifetime of prosperity. Bring your family to your Ottawa dentist to seal the deal on their oral health.

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