Posts Tagged "oral health care"

Licorice and Cavities – What’s the Connection? Your Vancouver dentist knows!

Posted on Sep 20, 2012

A group of scientist recently discovered that licorice could help fight off the bacteria that causes cavities and tooth decay. Your team of dental experts at Downtown Dental, your Vancouver dentist, wish to weigh in on the facts and help you make the most informed decision possible with regards to your oral health.

First, the licorice discussed in the study isn’t the licorice candy you see sold in stores. In fact, we at Downtown Dental, your Vancouver dentist, do not really recommend ‘fake’ licorice as a treat. Licorice candy can adhere to your teeth and in fact cause tooth cavities and gum disease.

Real licorice, however, has been a staple in Chinese medicine for centuries. With the help of scientific inquire, we now know that dried licorice root includes licoricidin and licorisoflavan A. Licoricidin and licorisoflavan A. are effective in getting rid of the bacteria that’s usually responsible for gum disease and tooth decay – the origin of 80 % of all dental problems that our patients report. In fact, gum disease is the second most common problem in North America, 2nd just to the common cold. Licorice might be able to decrease your threat of gum disease and cavities if used in a total oral health care program that consists of brushing your teeth at least two times a day for a minimum of 3 minutes, flossing carefully prior to bed and visiting Downtown Dental, your Vancouver dentist, a minimum of two times a year for routine dental exams.

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Preventing Cavities: Super Snacks for Super Teeth

Posted on Aug 16, 2012

Preventing cavities is sometimes not an easy task. Do you find yourself prone to getting a lot of dental cavities even though you brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily and visit Downtown Dental, your Vancouver dentist, every six months for a regular checkup? The problem may actually be linked to your diet. Here are a few super snacks that can help keep your teeth and gums at their healthiest in the constant struggle of preventing cavities:

Fruits & Veggies:
Apples, celery and cucumbers are all excellent super snacks for your dental health. These super snacks are nutritious and will help keep clean the surfaces of your teeth and massage your gums, improving circulation.

Dairy products:
Milk, cheese and calcium help with preventing cavities. These super snacks are rich in calcium and help neutralize acids in the mouth, reducing the incidence of cavities and tooth decay.

Other Great Snacks:
Nuts are excellent super snacks for oral health because they provide calcium and phosphate – elements that help keep dental enamel strong.

Dental professionals recommend avoiding any sugary snacks because sugar feeds the bacteria in the mouth and causes cavities. If you have any questions about which snacks are appropriate and which aren’t, or if you would like to book an appointment at Downtown Dental, your Vancouver dentist,  to learn more about preventing cavities, please click here.

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Dental Secrets Straight from Your Dentist!

Posted on Jun 7, 2012

Your oral health is important and at our Downtown dental clinic, our team of dentists want to share with you the most important oral health secrets that will give you a healthy smile you’ll be proud to show off everywhere.

  • If your gums are bleeding, there’s a very high chance you have periodontal (gum) disease. Come for an appointment as soon as possible!
  • An oral health care checkup at Downtown Dental every 6 months applies only to healthy gums. If you don’t have healthy gums, you’ll want to schedule a checkup at least every 3 months.
  • Pay attention to your back teeth when brushing/flossing. We’ve found that patients at our Vancouver Downtown dental clinic focus too much on their visible front teeth.
  • Proper oral health care includes 10 minutes of careful brushing and flossing.
  • Mouthwash that contains alcohol can dry out your mouth and actually worsen your bad breath.

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Why Go to the Dentist? We’ve Got a Few Good Reasons!

Posted on May 31, 2012

Regular visits to your dentist at Downtown Dental are incredibly important for both your oral health and your general health. Why go to the dentist? Poor oral health has been link to poor general health, so come in for an appointment at Downtown Dental in Vancouver and get a great smile and something to smile about.

Still wondering “why go to the dentist”?

Prevention is key to most oral health care issues. You can avoid cavities, plaque building, gingivitis and a whole host of oral health care issues simply by practicing proper oral hygiene and booking your regular oral health checkup at Downtown Dental in Vancouver.

Invest in your oral health and come in for a regular checkup at Downtown Dental in Vancouver.

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