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Stopping Tooth Decay, Promoting Healthy Smiles in Merritt

Preventative dentistry is often called “the best kind of oral health care;” whenever an issue can be prevented, it is often less costly and discomforting for the patient. Preventative dentistry isn’t just about a regular checkup; it’s practising a healthy diet and dental hygiene at home and work.


When Should I Brush and Floss?

For most patients, we recommend brushing after a meal and before bedtime. You should floss at least twice a day to remove bacteria under the teeth and gums that are difficult to reach with a toothbrush. If you’re ever uncertain about your technique, your dentist or hygienist would be glad to help fill in the details.


Does Sugar Cause Cavities?

It’s actually not sugar that causes cavities or tooth decay. But, the tooth decay-causing bacteria in the mouth feed off of sugars and carbohydrates, which in turn create plaque and possibly tooth decay.


Why is Preventative Dentistry Important?

The latest scientific findings show that what goes on in the mouth can lead to health problems in the whole body. Most dental diseases can be prevented, making preventative dentistry essential to every health-minded individual. When dental diseases are left untreated they can lead to health problems such as:

  • Bone and Nerve Damage
  • Tooth Loss
  • Spread of Infection
  • ...and other illnesses

Healthy Gums, Healthy Heart?

Currently, there appears to be a consensus between periodontists and cardiologists that there is a connection between gum disease and clogged arteries in the heart. But, so far, no researcher has found a causal link or what exactly the connection between the two really means. For the time being, it’s best to maintain your oral health and eat a balanced, nutritious diet, such as that found in Canada’s Food Guide.


Don’t Wait for an Ache!

Schedule a checkup and hygienic cleaning at least once a year. Based on your needs, your dentist may recommend an alternative checkup frequency.

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