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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!

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! 

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!

 

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!

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!