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Keeping Your Mouth Healthy in Bowmanville

DO’s: Schedule regular dental check-ups and preventive care. Eat a healthy diet and limit sugary food and drinks. Talk with your dental professional about any changes in your mouth such as appearance, colour, taste, lumps or chipping of teeth. Discuss any symptoms such as pain, bleeding, infection, or sore jaws Talk with your dental care professional about any general health concerns or medications you are taking. If you are a past or current tobacco user tell your dental professional. If you have an eating disorder contact a health professional who can work with you to manage the cause. See a health care professional if stress, anxiety or depression is affecting your life. Find healthy ways to relieve stress such as exercise and talking with supportive friends and family. DON’TS: Smoke or use any form of tobacco. Forget to brush and floss especially before bedtime. Ignore changes in your mouth like…

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Jan 20, 2015 by
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Health Conditions and Womens Oral Health Bowmanville

Eatings Disorders: Eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are very serious health issues for women. Eating disorders may lead to nutritional deficiencies that affect the health and appearance of the mouth. Some symptoms may include; pale tissues, a burning mouth and cracks at the corners of the mouth. If binging involves sugary food and sweetened drinks cavities may increase. Self induced vomiting can cause damage to the teeth. Acid from the stomach softens teeth and can erode the enamel. This usually happens on the inside of the front teeth. This can cause pain and breaking of the teeth. Women who binge and vomit frequently often have a dry mouth and swollen glands around their face. The palate and throat may become red if vomiting is forced. If you have an eating disorder and vomit: Use a baking soda rinse before tooth brushing to neutralize the acid that damages…

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Jan 16, 2015 by
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Lifestyle Choices, Women’s Health Bowmanville

Oral Piercing: Oral piercing has become a popular form of self-expression. Piercing the tongue, lips and cheeks can be painful and cause serious and possibly fatal infections. If possible discuss piercing with a dental care professional before you make the final decision. Be aware of all the dental and health risks. If you decide to go ahead with piercing then use a studio that is inspected by your local health department. If you call Durham Health Connection line a public health inspector will provide a list of inspected establishments in your area. Only use plastic balls so you don’t chip your teeth. Learn how to keep the piercing clean to lower your risk of infection. Try not to “play” with the stud. Risks of Oral Piercing Include: Contracting blood borne diseases such as hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS Serious infection of the piercing site Choking on the jewellery Allergic reactions to…

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Jan 12, 2015 by
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Women’s health Bowmanville, the hormone link

Hormones in women change a lot during life: Puberty Monthly periods Pregnancy Using birth control pills/patches/injections Menopause Inflammation of the gums, known as gingivitis, is related to changes in hormone levels. Gingivitis occurs as the increase in certain hormones causes a more severe reaction to germs(bacterial plaque) . Some germs increase in the mouth, or change in type when hormones increase. Puberty: The surge in hormones may cause sensitive or swollen gums. Gums may look puffy; like a balloon. This occurs in areas of the mouth where food, plaque and tarter(calculus) are present. Menstruation: The monthly roller coaster of hormones also affects your mouth. Some women complain of swollen and bleeding gums just prior to their period. Cold sores (herpes labialis) and canker sores (aphthous ulcers) occur in some women more frequently during their monthly period. Some women have food cravings related to changes in their hormones. If you crave…

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Jan 8, 2015 by
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Tips for a great smile

Good oral hygiene is essential during the different stages of a women’s life. Brush your teeth at least twice a day to remove plaque. Make sure you brush before going to sleep. Use a soft bristle toothbrush or powered toothbrush. Use a few gentle strokes to clean your tongue. Floss once a day to clean between teeth and under gums. If your gums bleed when brushing or flossing do not stop. This is a sign that you need to actually brush and massage along the gum line more. Avoid or limit sugary foods and drinks to reduce the risk of tooth decay, poor nutrition and other health problems. Chew sugarless gum if you chew gum. Visit your dental care professional for regular preventive care.

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Jan 5, 2015 by
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