Archive for February 2018

Dental Phobias Resolved 

General Dentistry Beausejour Manitoba

 
Fear of the dentist is not uncommon, but Beausejour Dental Centre wants to make sure you’re well prepared and care free coming in to your next appointment. Dental phobia and avoidance of the dentist can lead to serious oral health problems like gum disease, that can ultimately result in tooth loss, or even more seriously, stroke or heart disease. Thankfully, Beausejour Dental Centre Dentist's are trained to accommodate fearful patients, and everyone at Beausejour Dental Centre will work to ensure your anxiety is relieved throughout your appointment. Here are a few tips and tricks you can try to help ease yourself through your trip to the dentist:
 
For your first appointment, bring along a friend or family member who you trust, and who has no fear of the dentist. Being in the dentist’s chair alongside someone familiar might help to ease your anxiety.
 
Distract yourself! You can listen to music or podcasts during your appointment, and bring your own reading material for your waiting time. Many people have fears of specific sounds they associate with pain, so if you feel as though you need to drown those sounds out to relax, please do! We encourage you to take whatever means necessary to maximize your comfort during your appointment. 
 
Try some relaxation techniques. Deep breaths and light meditation can be very powerful in calming nerves. If you’re able to slow your heart rate and relax your muscles, you may feel more relaxed overall during your appointment. 
 
Ask Questions! Don’t feel as though you have to go into your procedure in the dark. At Beausejour Dental Centre’s office, we encourage you to share your thoughts and feelings so that you can be well informed while your oral health care is in our hands. 
 
For more questions about relieving dental anxiety, or to schedule your next appointment with Beausejour Dental Centre, call 204.268.1782 today!

What Your Teeth Say About Your Overall Health

General Health and Wellness Beausejour Manitoba


Taking care of your teeth does more for you than just keep your smile shining; oral health can help you prevent medical diseases far beyond tooth decay, and the condition of your teeth is often a telling sign of certain medical problems arising in other parts of your body.

Anxiety or Sleep Disorders

Do you find yourself waking up with a sore jaw? Are you perhaps grinding your teeth throughout the day? These could be signs of a sleep disorder as teeth grinding is statistically more frequently found in those who also suffer from sleep apnea. People who suffer from severe anxiety might take to teeth grinding as a subconscious way to cope with stress- a very dangerous habit to develop!

Eating Disorders or Poor Diet

Enamel erosion is often easy for a dentist to spot, and enamel erosion from purging caused by certain eating disorders like bulimia or anorexia may cause the dentist to begin to ask questions of the patient's health and well being.

Much like oral problems caused by eating disorders, a poor diet can lead to discolored, defenseless, and cavity-filled teeth. Dark liquids like coffee, tea, or sodas can easily stain teeth, and the sugars in food and drinks can cause cavities. Those patients who suffer from alcohol abuse are also likely to be noticed by a dentist, as most dentists can still smell the alcohol on a patient’s breath, even hours after consumption.

Heart Disease

Some people may have heart disease or diabetes and be completely unaware! One possible sign to look for is gum problems. Although the connection between gum disease and heart health is not totally clear, professionals do know that those with gum disease are more likely to suffer from diabetes, and those with diabetes are more likely to suffer from gum disease. Brushing and flossing regularly are two ways you can avoid gum disease and keep your oral health in top shape!

If something doesn’t feel quite right in your body, it’s always a good idea to clear up any concerns with a medical or dental doctor. For more information about oral health care in relationship to your overall health and wellbeing, or to schedule your next appointment, call Beausejour Dental at 204.268.1782 today.

Give Your Valentine a Healthy Smile
and some Clean Kisses to Love this February!

Eye-dry kisses, soft, shy kisses, “Oh hi!” kisses, bye-bye kisses: whatever the occasion, nobody wants to be turned down as they offer a juicy kiss this Valentine’s day! Make sure this doesn’t happen to you by keeping your oral health in top shape, even in the face of some holiday sweet-tooth satisfaction.

Don’t Let Your Kisses be Sour- Just Sweet!

Most candies are packed with sugars that can quickly destroy your teeth! The worst offenders of this nasty attack are sour candies, full of citric acids that rapidly destroy your tooth enamel. It’s best to avoid sour candies, from gummies that stick in your teeth easily to hard sour candies that release acid into your mouth continuously for an extended period of time, don’t let your kisses be sour for your Valentine this year!

Crack Down on Sweets that are Tough on Your Teeth

Did you know that Americans consume around 58 million pounds of chocolate between February 1st and February 14th?! That’s a lot of cavities waiting to happen. Consider giving your sweetheart something sweet from the heart this year, instead of giving into the sugar- craze the grocery stores might lead you to “buy” in to.

 

Remember that You’re Someone Special Too

Loving yourself on Valentine’s Day and every other day of the year means taking great care of yourself each and every day- and that includes your oral health! By brushing at least twice a day, and remembering to floss daily, you can keep your oral health in loveable condition for yourself and for others! Don’t forget that the healthier you eat by remembering your fruits, veggies, lean proteins, and complex carbohydrates, the sweeter your kisses will be! Nutrition affects your body’s overall function as well as your oral health, and the best way you can spoil yourself is to maintain daily healthy habits.

You can love your healthy teeth, and your Valentine can love your sweet kisses this February 14th!

We would LOVE to see you soon! Call 204.268.1782 today to schedule your next appointment with Beausejour Dental Centre

Could You Have Gum Disease?

Oral Hygiene Beausejour Manitoba

Bad breath, aching jaw, painful chewing, and swollen gums -- sound familiar? It might surprise you to learn that hundreds of people suffer from gum disease, or periodontal disease, and if these painful symptoms remind you of your daily life, you may be one of those hundred.
 
Addressing and correcting your gum disease before it becomes detrimental to the overall health and wellness of your mouth is crucial. Our mouths are full of bacteria that cause plaque on teeth, and if left to develop, this plaque can quickly cause inflammation of the gums, called gingivitis. Gingivitis has mild symptoms, and can often be treated through regular brushing and flossing.
 
If left untreated, the swelling and redness of gingivitis worsens, causing the gums to pull away from the teeth, and this is known as periodontitis. As the gums pull away from the teeth, the pockets created often fill with bacteria; the body’s natural response is to fight off this bacteria, and consequently creates a situation in which the body begins breaking down bone and tissues surrounding the area. The destruction in and around the tooth can become so detrimental that the tooth must be extracted.
 
Although most people don’t show signs of gum disease until their 30s or 40s, some lifestyle risk factors can increase gum sensitivity and therefore increase the chances of early or accelerated gum disease.
 
These factors include:
                                                Smoking
                                                Hormonal changes in women
                                                Diabetes
                                                Medications
                                                Genetic Susceptibility
 
It’s important to visit your Beausejour Dental Centre regularly for oral exams and cleanings, but when should you consider an immediate appointment to address the possibility of gum disease?
 
Common symptoms of gum disease include:
Unwavering bad breath
Red or swollen, tender or bleeding gums
Painful chewing
Loose or sensitive teeth
Receding gums or teeth that appear longer
 
These symptoms could be signs of a serious problem and should be evaluated by a your Beausejour Dental Centre  Dentist as soon as they are discovered.
 
Don’t become another victim of periodontitis! For more information about periodontitis prevention and treatment, call 204.268.1782 to schedule an appointment with Beausejour Dental Centre Today!