Archive for July 2018

A Guide to Your Teeth

 

General Dentistry Beausejour Manitoba

 
Dental terminology seems to be in a world of its own; do you ever feel confused when you’re in the dentist’s chair? You can hear them talking, but you aren’t quite sure what they’re saying, and maybe even when the professionals start talking to you directly, you only half understand what’s about to take place in your mouth. Here’s a quick guide to helping you understand all that dental lingo, so you can feel more informed next time you’re at Beausejour Dental Centre: 
 
Numbering your Teeth
 
Adults have 32 permanent teeth, and those teeth are numbered in a clockwise fashion from the dentist’s perspective. Teeth 1-16 are the top half of your mouth, while 17-32 are the lower half (including your wisdom teeth!) This means that your wisdom teeth are numbers 1, 16, 17, and 32. Your front, most visible teeth are 6-11 on the top, and 22-27 on the bottom. Your “eye” teeth, or canines, (the sharp, vampire-like teeth!) are numbers 6, 11, 22, and 27.
 
Quadrants
 
In addition to each tooth having a specific number, dentists also split your mouth into four quadrants - the upper portion of your mouth contains the first two, and the lower half has quadrants three and four. Again, dentists look at the quadrants in a clockwise fashion from their perspective, so your top right is quadrant one, top left is two, bottom left three, and finally your bottom right is quadrant four. 
 
Numbering your Gums 
 
Dentists measure the distance between the pocket of your gum and its tooth in millimeters, and the smaller the distance, the better; numbers around one, two, and three indicate healthy gums - this probably means that you brush and floss regularly, and are taking great care of your teeth and gums with your oral health routine. Larger numbers are indications of oral issues like plaque and tartar buildup that could be contributing to early gum disease; numbers greater than five are a serious issue, and your dentist will most likely recommend a deep cleaning to hopefully help you avoid bone loss or periodontal disease. 
 
Remember, the best way to take care of your teeth and gums is to brush and floss every day, and to schedule regular appointments with Beausejour Dental Centre. If you have any questions about your oral health, or to schedule your next appointment with Beausejour Dental Centre, call 204.268.1782, today!

Summer Survival Guide

Preventative Dentistry Beausejour Manitoba

 
Summertime, and the living’s easy! Just make sure that easy living doesn’t compromise your dental health. Here are a few things to keep in mind when keeping yourself happy and healthy this summer season: 
 
Chlorinated pool water is acidic, and believe it or not, can actually damage your teeth! It’s hard to imagine not swallowing a little pool water when you’re splashing around and having fun, but take the time to rinse your mouth out with plain, filtered water afterwards. Not only will it help neutralize some of that lingering acid, but will also help keep you hydrated!
 
Also consider some of the dental injuries that could result from some careless slip-ups and fall-downs around the pool this summer. Remember, walk, don’t run, on slippery pool perimeters, and remind everyone to be attentive to their surroundings when they’re playing in and around the pool.
 
Snacks and summer munchies will keep you fueled for all your summer fun! It’s important to be mindful of the kinds of food you’re consuming, as well as remembering you good oral cleaning habits in between those snack breaks. Sugarless gum is a great way to neutralize acid in the mouth that’s caused from frequent snacking, and brushing and flossing regularly are the best way to ensure you stay cavity-free all summer!
 
Regular dental check-ups are the only way to ensure your mouth is in its best shape, and to be sure there are no cavities or other dangers lurking in the deepest corners of those bright smiles. Don’t skip summer dental check-ups because of summer vacation plans or other activities - you deserve the best dental care that Beausejour Manitoba has to offer, so be sure to schedule your summer dental appointments with Beausejour Dental Centre. 
 
If you have any questions about summer care for your teeth, or to schedule your next appointment with Beausejour Dental Centre, call 204.268.1782  today!