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GERD and Its Effect on Oral Health

GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease is a common condition that can be uncomfortable at best and which is frequently extremely painful. Most people have experienced at least an occasional episode of GERD, perhaps after eating specific foods or when they have overindulged too much. What Is GERD and Why Does It Occur? The painful burning sensation of GERD is caused when strong stomach acid flows backwards, up the esophagus and into the mouth. Usually, there is a muscle at the bottom of the throat which acts as a one-way valve, preventing stomach contents and acid from moving back up to the mouth. When the muscle isn’t working correctly, stomach acids can pass back up into the esophagus, causing that characteristic burning feeling in your throat or chest. When this occurs twice a week or more, it is usually diagnosed as GERD. Others may have this condition but don’t necessarily experience…

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Jan 18, 2019 by
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New Year’s Resolution for a Healthy Smile

New Year’s resolutions are popular, but many will fall by the wayside in a matter of just a few weeks, so this year, why not resolve to keep your teeth healthy? Improving your dental health is frequently very straightforward, and it is a resolution that is easy to stick to. Best of all, having good dental health is beneficial in so many ways. When you have a healthy smile, it can significantly boost your self-esteem and self-confidence, and it protects your overall health too. Having great dental health can also reduce your dental bills in the longer-term, and you have a far better chance of holding onto your natural teeth for life. These simple strategies will help you enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile in the coming year. Eat Your Fruits and Veggies A good diet is essential for healthy teeth and gums, and poor nutrition can negatively affect your immune…

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Dec 28, 2018 by
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What to Do If You Have Bad Breath?

Many people feel self-conscious about their breath, and there are lots of little signs that can indicate bad breath (halitosis), for example, noticing that people’s take a step back when you begin to talk, or they’ll turn their cheek when you kiss goodbye. It can be tricky to tell if you have halitosis, but you could try licking the inside of your wrist and smelling it. If it smells nasty, there’s a good chance your breath smells too. Otherwise, ask a trusted friend or relative to tell you the truth. Once you know, you can sort out this problem. Why Do People Get Bad Breath? Strong foods like onions and garlic can cause temporary halitosis, and although unpleasant and embarrassing, there’s nothing to worry about. You simply must wait for the foods to be eliminated from your body. Persistent halitosis is an entirely different matter and is usually caused by…

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Dec 21, 2018 by
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Dental Health Tips for the Holiday Season

With December well underway, many people have lots of festivities to attend, while others may be planning a trip away for the holidays. It is a busy time of year, and then, of course, there are all those delicious seasonal foods and drinks to enjoy. These can all take a toll on your teeth, but our simple dental tips will help you to enjoy the holidays without compromising your dental health. Stick to Your Regular Oral Hygiene Routine We know it’s often a frantic time of year, but even the busiest elves can spare a few minutes to brush and floss after a late night. Just think about how much nicer it is to wake up with a clean mouth than to discover last night’s spinach dip is still adorning your not-so-pearly whites. Fill Up on Healthy Foods Before Splurging on Seasonal Goodies Many festive events offer a chance to…

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Dec 7, 2018 by
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The Truth Behind Common Dental Myths

There are a lot of myths and misconceptions as to what’s required to keep your teeth and gums healthy. You only need to spend a few minutes each day taking care of your dental health but listening to some of these common myths could cause irreversible damage. We’ve looked at some of the more common myths. Myth 1: Brushing Harder Will Get Your Teeth Cleaner The truth is that brushing your teeth too hard or using a hard-bristled toothbrush could wear away your tooth enamel and even your gums, harming your teeth and certainly not helping get them any cleaner. You don’t need to brush your teeth hard to get them thoroughly clean as it is more a matter of technique. Instead, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and ask your Bowmanville dentist if you need help in perfecting your daily dental routine. Myth 2: You Don’t Need to Floss Every Day…

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Nov 9, 2018 by
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