- Avoiding alcohol. Studies show that grinding intensifies after alcohol consumption.
- Cutting back on foods containing caffeine (especially close to bed-time).
- Relaxing your jaw muscles at night by holding a warm washcloth against your jaw muscles.
- Train yourself not to clench. If you notice your doing it throughout the day, work towards breaking that habit.
- Lastly, don’t chew pencils, pens or anything that isn’t food. These activities promote clenching which can lead to grinding.
Monday, 10 August 2015
Thursday, 25 June 2015
- A mouth sore that does not heal
- A white and/or red patch of tissue inside your mouth
- Difficulty swallowing
- A lump or mass in your mouth or neck
- Hoarseness that lasts for a long period
- Pain or numbness in your oral/facial region
- Pain in the ear of long duration
- A change in your voice
- Unexplained bleeding in your mouth
- Loose or painful teeth
- A denture that no longer fits well.
- Pain or difficulty moving your tongue and/or jaw
How to Reduce Your Risk?
- Recognize if you have lifestyle factors that may increase your risk (tobacco, alcohol, sun or unsafe sex)
- Practice good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing regularly)
- Request a comprehensive oral cancer screening from your Dentist at least once/year (Note: At Great Lakes Dental, Dr. Jennifer Thomm performs a comprehensive oral cancer screening at every appointment)
- Conduct a self-exam (using a mouth mirror, available at most pharmacies) at least 3-4 times/year
- Increase your consumption of healthy fruits and vegetables
- Get regular exercise
Tuesday, 12 May 2015
- Spaces or gaps between your teeth
- Yellow or stained teeth
- Crooked or broken teeth
- Gummy smiles
- Small/short or Long/Large teeth
- Crowded or rotated teeth
- Stained or silver fillings
The goal is to enhance your appearance & confidence by providing you with a more natural & attractive smile. The process begins with a one-on-one consultation with Dr Jennifer Thomm. We’ll discuss your individual goals and expectations & Dr Thomm will gather your diagnostic data (using intra-oral imaging, x-rays, panorex scans & clinical examinations). An individual treatment plan is then created & may include some of the following routine procedures:
Thursday, 2 April 2015
- Pop (even diet) contains acid that weakens your enamel.
- Dark foods like coffee, tea, red wine, soy sauce & cranberries get absorbed into your enamel, and cause stains.
- Carbohydrates such as rice, potatoes & pasta are metabolized into sugars (from the pre-digestive enzymes in your saliva), that produces teeth-eroding acid.
- Fruits (or worse yet….dried fruit) has a ton of natural sugar & enamel-eroding acid. Dried fruits are packed with non-soluble cellulose fiber, which effectively binds sugars onto your teeth as strongly as the stickiest taffies.
- Juice & Sports Drinks are packed with sugar & acid.
- Foods high in PUFAs (polyunsaturated fatty acids), such as Fish, Nuts & Flaxseed. These foods are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, which helps prevent inflammation and protects against gum disease (the #1 cause of tooth loss).
- Foods that increase saliva production, such as sugar-free gum. Saliva is nature’s way of washing away sugar, acid & bacteria left in your mouth; saliva also coats teeth in bone-strengthening calcium & phosphate. A good choice is sugarless mint-flavored gum sweetened with xylitol (an alcohol that reduces bacteria).
- Water, just like saliva helps wash away sugar, acid & bacteria. It also contains fluoride, a mineral that helps protect against tooth erosion. Fluoride occurs naturally in water (including some bottled water) and tap water in #Sarnia is fortified with it.
- Dairy such as milk & cheese are for most people, their primary dietary source of calcium (which is essential for the development and maintenance of healthy teeth). Calcium is the primary ingredient in the mineral known as hydroxyapatite, which strengthens tooth enamel as well as bones (although teeth aren’t bones, they do share similar properties). Dairy products (especially cheese) also contain Casein, a type of protein that plays an important role in stabilizing and repairing enamel.
- High-fiber foods like spinach, beans, carrots & brussel sprouts promote good digestion, but they also help your teeth, mostly because they require a lot of chewing. Eating spinach is like putting your teeth through a car wash. All the chewing generates plenty of saliva and the food itself actually scrubs your teeth as it’s mashed up into little pieces.
- Strawberries contain malic acid, which also happens to be a natural enamel whitener. Try this easy at-home whitening treatment: Crush strawberry into a pulp, mix with baking soda, spread on your teeth using a soft toothbrush….Wait 5 minutes, rinse off and voila: A whiter smile. (Be sure to floss, since the tiny strawberry seeds can easily get trapped between your teeth).
Monday, 9 March 2015
- Prolonged exposure of the baby’s teeth to beverages that contain sugar (such as fruit juice, chocolate milk or soft drinks).
- The transfer of cavity-causing bacteria from the mother/father (or primary caregiver) to the infant. The most common example is a parent cleaning a baby’s feeding spoon or pacifier by putting it in their mouth and then transferring it back to the child.
- The child is not receiving an adequate amount of fluoride.
- Place only formula, milk or breastmilk in bottles. Avoid filling the bottle with other liquids such as juice, chocolate milk or soft drinks.
- Avoid putting an infant to bed with a bottle or using the bottle as a pacifier to settle a fussy baby.
- Do not to share saliva with a baby through common use of feeding spoons or by cleaning the child’s pacifier in your own mouth.
- Encourage your child to start drinking with a cup by his/her first birthday.
- For children 3 & under, brush their teeth gently with a child-size toothbrush and a grain-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.
- For children 3-6, use a child-size toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.
- Supervise your child’s brushing until he/she can be trusted not to swallow the toothpaste (usually not until he/she is at least 6 years old).
- Encourage healthy eating habits.
Friday, 20 February 2015
Monday, 26 January 2015
X-Rays are an important component of your overall oral health. To take advantage of this latest technology, contact our office to schedule your appointment today with Dr.Jennifer Thomm at Great Lakes Dental.
Saturday, 10 January 2015
For more tips on how to prevent cavities, please contact our office to schedule your appointment with Dr.Jennifer Thomm at Great Lakes Dental.