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Teeth Grinding

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Could you be grinding your teeth at night? 

Studies show that nighttime grinding, also known as sleep bruxism, affects about 10% of the population. Sleep bruxism can lead to uncomfortable consequences, like serious muscle soreness and even headaches, in the days and weeks to follow. 

Many people are unaware that they are grinding their teeth in their sleep, rather a loved one will hear the grinding at night. Those more likely to develop sleep bruxism include people who are under stress, caffeine drinkers or heavy alcohol drinkers, or people with anxiety. Sleep bruxism is also often associated with snoring. 

 If left unaddressed, this grinding often leads to the necessity of extensive dental work in order to correct the teeth damages nighttime grinding causes. Even worse, for those whose grinding is associated with obstructive sleep apnea, sleep bruxism might indeed become a life threatening issue! 

If you or a loved one could be suffering from sleep bruxism, don’t hesitate to call Beausejour Dental Centre to learn about a corrective treatment plan, customized for you. 

For questions, or to schedule your next appointment with Beausejour Dental Centre, call 204.268.1782 today!

Things That Could Hurt Your Teeth

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Taking care of your teeth if one of the easiest and most aesthetically pleasing ways to live a healthy and happy life! Improving your oral health care is the first step towards improving your overall wellbeing, and it’s important to be aware of the little things you can avoid in your daily life to ensure your teeth are at their healthiest! 
 
Food and Drink
Food and drinks full of sugar create a bacteria breeding haven in your mouth! That bacteria can then cause cavities and tooth decay, often leading to gum disease. Acidic foods break down tooth enamel and often start to dissolve tooth structure, inevitably causing cavities. To make matters worse, dehydration and a dry mouth allows for bacteria to multiply even more quickly, and that bacteria can then prevent saliva from protecting your teeth from the acid in your mouth! 
 
Excessive Strain
Using your teeth as tools, biting your nails, chewing ice, or grinding your teeth, are all not only often painful, but also cause excessive wear and erosion on your teeth. This excessive strain can lead to unsightly chipping and cracked teeth, leaving your teeth exposed and sensitive. 
 
Neglect
Failure to brush and floss regularly, or a disregard for oral safety practices like wearing an athletic guard while playing sports, are both examples of neglect that can be dangerous for your oral health. While failure to brush and floss regularly can leave your mouth exposed to internal problems like oral disease, external dangers from unprotected athletic activity can result in traumatic injuries. 
 
Remember, upkeep of your oral health is one way you can strive to be your healthiest every day! 
 
If you have any questions about taking care of your teeth, or to schedule your next appointment with Beausejour Dental Centre, call 204.268.1782 today! 

Tobacco Use and Your Oral Health

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So, just how bad for your oral health is smoking and tobacco use? Let’s clear the air around this question that has been buzzing between dentists and patients for years.

Many people have been desensitized to the horrors associated with tobacco use; health risks like lung cancer and emphysema, as well as aesthetic deterioration including teeth yellowing and increased wrinkle development, are all consequences of tobacco use that smokers and non-smokers alike are likely either personally familiar with or consciously aware of. Perhaps not surprisingly, about 90 percent of individuals with some form of mouth cancer have used tobacco in their lifetime.Tobacco in any form presents dangers to the mouth and lips, and even smokeless tobacco, like chewing tobacco, puts users at serious risk for oral cancer and especially tooth and gum decay.

A less commonly known but equally frightening statistic published by the American Dental Association (ADA) explains that smokers are three to six times more likely to suffer from accelerated periodontitis, or gum disease, as compared to nonsmokers. Chronic periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that swiftly destroys all tissue anchoring teeth into the jaw bone. With enough deterioration over an extended time, this infection often builds from a mild swelling of the gums, to intense sensitivity and severe pain, and ultimately leads to tooth loss. A person might think that he or she can combat tooth loss while maintaining smoking habits, but studies show that tobacco users often endure implant failure and are often consequently left toothless.

Don’t let tobacco be the smoking gun on the detriment of your oral health! Call Beausejour Dental Centre today at 204.268.1782 to learn more about a healthy, tobacco- free lifestyle that will make everyone around you smile.

Could You Have Gum Disease?

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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 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 Beausejour Dental Centre 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.

Complete Guide to Oral Health

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Springtime means the birds are singing and the bees are buzzing, and life often starts to get-up-and-go for many people! If you’re wondering how to keep up on your oral health this spring, Beausejour Dental Centre suggests these tips and tricks for optimum oral health: 
 
Brushing: Clean the entire surface of every tooth! Ensure you’re brushing for at least two minutes, and be mindful of the intensity with with you brush - don’t press too hard! Replace your toothbrush about every three months, and be sure to use a brush with soft bristles so that you don’t damage your gums. 
 
Staining Substances: Be wary of food and drink that can be damaging to your teeth! Enamel-destroying bacteria feeds on sugar, so limit consumption and brush teeth thoroughly afterwards. Acidic foods also contribute to the deterioration of enamel, and after enough breakdown, a lack of enamel will leave your teeth exposed and sensitive. Drinks like soda, coffee, and tea all lead to stains on your teeth and smoking contributes to some of the worst stains of all! 
 
Visit Beausejour Dental Centre regularly: The best way to ensure your oral health is in optimum condition is to visit Beausejour Dental Centre regularly for checkups and dental cleanings. Plaque on your teeth naturally builds up over time, even if you take great care of your mouth - without regular visits to Beausejour Dental Centre, that plaque can contribute to cavities and cause larger dental issues that are much more time consuming and costly to address! 
 
If you have any questions about how to maintain great oral health this spring, or to schedule your next appointment with Beausejour Dental Centre, call 204.268.1782  today! 

Common Bad Brushing Habits

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You’re brushing your teeth every night, and flossing at least semi-regularly, so there’s definitely no problem with your oral health care routine - right? The truth is, there are a few things you could be doing unknowingly that are contributing to dental damage that Beausejour Dental Centre won’t be happy to see. 
 
Maybe You’re Brushing too Hard
Brushing all the plaque and grime off your teeth and out of your mouth is important, but there is such a thing as scrubbing too vigorously. Be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush to eliminate the threat of tearing up your gums and enamel, and consider the muscles you’re using when you’re brushing your teeth to be sure you aren’t using too much force against your gums. 
 
Gums are meant to be stimulated by a toothbrush, so rather than grinding away with your big shoulder muscles and clasping your toothbrush with a closed-fist like a caveman, gently allow your finer-motor skills to clean your teeth, and avoid the repercussions of receding gums and enamel-less teeth later. 
 
Maybe You’re Brushing too Fast
Remember that slow and steady wins the race? The same can be said for the overall cleanliness of your teeth when you s l o w d o w n and take your time to brush in and around the gumline of every individual tooth. It’s important to pay attention to how each of your teeth feels around the gumline, so that you might thereby pay more attention to possible signs of early gum disease. 
 
By wiggling your toothbrush down into the gumline of every tooth, rather than rapidly scrubbing across multiple teeth at once, you are more likely to disrupt and remove built-up plaque formations that have settled into the smallest crevices of your teeth and gums. 
 
Maybe You’re Not Paying Attention to Your Brushing
One of the most important things you can do for your oral health is to pay attention! Brushing unconsciously could eventually lead to tooth or gum damage, and an awareness of the type of toothbrush, toothpaste, and brushing and flossing techniques you use could save you years of oral disease and dental damage! 
 
To learn more about taking care of your teeth and avoiding bad brushing habits in your future, call Beausejour Dental Centre at 204.268.1782 today!

Dental Check-Ups

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When most people look at their calendar for the year, they don’t often note how many times they’ll be visiting the dentist as a part of their regular check-up routine. The problem that occurs from this general pattern is that often, when people do visit their general dentist, it’s because they’ve already developed an oral health issue that very well could have been prevented in the first place. Irregularity of dental check-ups is one of the biggest sources of oral health problems that Beausejour Dental Centre runs in to with patients.

 

So… how often should you visit Beausejour Dental Centre?

    Adults and children alike should schedule dental check-ups on a regular basis. For those people with a preexisting oral health issue, or one that comes to light as a part of one of your dental check-ups, Beausejour Dental Centre might request to see you more frequently. For those who proceed with routine Beausejour Dental Centre will still probably hope you schedule an appointment at least twice a year. Regular visits to Beausejour Dental Centre are the best way to ensure your oral health is in top condition, so that your overall health and wellness are aiding you in being the best that you can be!


If nothing hurts, why do I need to go to Beausejour Dental Centre?

    Believe it or not, pain is one of the last conditions to surface around oral health issues. Tooth pain is often a serious side effect of cavities that have already become deep enough to disturb gum tissue, meaning treatment might very well be a root canal, or even tooth removal to ultimately destroy the infection. Thankfully, by attending regular dental appointments with Beausejour Dental Centre, you can ensure that your oral health is not in jeopardy in the face of cavities.


The truth is, there are few things more important than your health and wellness, and one of the best ways to make sure you’re in top shape, is to start with your mouth! Regular dental check-ups are a vital step in keeping your healthiest self, so don’t hesitate to schedule your next dental check-up with Beausejour Dental Centre today!

 

For more information about regular dental check-ups, or to schedule your next appointment with Beausejour Dental Centre, call 204.268.1782 today!

 

Toothbrush Storage

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You have a shoe bin, and a sock drawer, a shelf for all the cookbooks, and a basket for the laundry, but have you ever thought about how you store your toothbrush?

 

Believe it or not, toothbrushes can easily become home to millions of microorganisms that cause oral infections and disease! Avoid dental disaster by following these easy solutions to keeping a clean toothbrush for all members of your family:

 

Air It Out

Damp, dark places are breeding ground havens for bacteria, so consider the counter or medicine cabinet as a better place to let toothbrushes dry before next use.

 

    Put Some Thought into Placement

Toothbrushes left on the counter should be well away from the toilet. Every time the toilet flushes, germs inevitably fly through the air, and a toothbrush in the “splash zone” is a dangerous place to be. Similarly, a toothbrush too close to the sink risks catching splashes from dirty soap and water anytime someone uses the sink.

 

    Change is a Good Thing!

You should change toothbrushes approximately every three months, but should be keen to signs of wearing even before the three month mark. Frayed or pushed down bristles are a sign it’s time to splurge for a new toothbrush!

 

For more information about proper toothbrush care and storage, or to schedule your next appointment with Beausejour Dental Centre call 204.268.1782 today!

 

What Your Teeth Say About Your Overall Health

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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.

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So what’s the real 4-1-1 on flossing? Flossing is important not only to help remove food that may be stuck between teeth, but also to help scrape and remove plaque that is otherwise left-over after cleaning. Flossing is important when remembering your oral health routine as it can help prevent gum disease and tooth decay that brushing alone might not clear. By being proactive with your flossing, you can avoid being one of the 27% of Americans who lies to their dentists about how often they floss - a lie dentists can easily spot as soon as you open your mouth!

Here are a few tips the ADA recommends about flossing:

Use about 18 inches of floss so that you can use new sections of floss as you move around your mouth.

Wrap the floss around your middle and index fingers, and glide the floss gently in between teeth, forming a ‘C’ shape firmly around each tooth. Use a gentle push-pull motion between teeth to remove any food or plaque stuck between teeth.

Repeat this process around each tooth, and use new sections of floss as you go.

Whatever your technique, remembering to floss every day is one of the best ways you can take care of your mouth! For more tips on flossing, contact Beausejour Dental 204.268.1782 today!

Tips for Healthy Teeth

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Maintaining a strict dental hygiene routine is one of the best ways that you can keep a healthy and happy smile for yourself and for the world. However, have you ever wondered about the little things you do everyday that could be hurting your teeth? More than just brushing and flossing regularly, consider these tricks and tips for keeping your smile safe.
 
Change your toothbrush regularly, and make sure you’re brushing with a soft-bristled, multi-tufted brush as to avoid rough abrasion on teeth and gums.
 
Watch what you’re crunching! Chomping on fingernails, ice cubes, or using your teeth as tools to open plastic bags or bottle caps strains your teeth much outside the realms of what they are designed to withstand! Forcing so much pressure on your teeth can easily and immediately cause cracks or fractures.
 
Refrain from constant acid consumption through sugary drinks like sodas, sports’ drinks, or coffee. Monitor your regular sugar intake through candies and carbohydrates as these too lead to immediate and intense acid production in the mouth - inevitably breaking down tooth enamel and lead to gum erosion, leaving your mouth defenseless against lurking bacteria.
 
For the best defense against tooth decay, wait about 30 minutes after eating or drinking to brush your teeth. While you’re eating and drinking, acid is created as a part of your body’s natural process to break down food. Immediately brushing after food consumption can allow that acid to break down tooth enamel, rather than scrubbing your enamel clean. 
 
To learn more about maintaining healthy teeth and gums, or to schedule your next appointment at Beausejour Dental Centre call (204) 268 1782 today!