Root Canal Aftercare

 

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    A root canal procedure repairs a tooth that has been infected or severely damaged, usually due to a deep crack or cavity. The procedure itself involved removing the affected area, cleaning the tooth, and refilling the space. Afterwards, it’s important to take care of the area with specific routines and solutions to minimize your discomfort. Here are some of those care options:

 

    First and foremost- make sure you are maintaining your good oral care routines at home, including brushing a flossing twice a day, as well as attending your regular check-ups with Beausejour Dental Centre to keep your oral health in top shape, and to be proactive and preventative with your oral care.

 

    After some root canal procedures, you may need to take anti-inflammatory medicine, or your doctor might prescribe you something to take to minimize your pain. Ice packs or cold compresses can significantly reduce pain and swelling after a root canal treatment, and you can repeat these compresses in an on-for-five, off-for-fifteen routine until you feel relief.

 

    Chewing might be painful, or could irritate your teeth and gums after treatment, so Beausejour Dental Centre often recommends a soft food or liquid diet until your mouth starts to heal. Smoothies, yogurt, and soup are all good solutions to help you get nutrients and prevent additional pain from eating. Gargling with salt water can also help soothe irritated teeth and gums, and can help minimize the risk of infection as the water gently cleans the affected area. Similarly, rinsing with a hydrogen peroxide and warm water solution will help disinfect your mouth.

 

    Sleeping with an elevated pillow can help reduce possible bleeding, and will help ease gum nerve pain as the blood is directed to flow in one direction.

 

    You will likely have a few follow-up appointment with Beausejour Dental Centre after your root canal procedure as to ensure all is healing normally and that there are no complications with your post-treatment care. Caring for your oral health after a root canal can be complicated and frustrating, so don’t hesitate to reach out to Beausejour Dental Centre of you have any questions or concerns following your procedure.

 

For more information about root canal aftercare, or to schedule your next appointment with Beausejour Dental Centre, call 204.268.1782 today!

 

Dental Emergencies: What to Do

 

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Dental emergencies can be scary, especially if you feel underprepared for how to respond in the situation. Ignoring dental emergencies can lead to painful and costly issues in the future, so being prepared to handle issues that arise upfront can be the best solution to save you time, money, and pain!

 

Toothache

 

Having a toothache is absolutely no fun; it usually occurs when a cavity is close to and irritates a nerve, and often requires a dental crown or sometimes a root canal. To take the edge off of some of your immediate pain, consider taking a pain reliever, or applying a cold compress to the area.

 

Knocked-Out Teeth

 

If you knock out a tooth, save it! Speed matters if you’re trying to save your lost tooth - quickly reinsert (without forcing!) the tooth into its socket, or save the tooth in a cup of milk. Get to  Beausejour Dental Centre immediately for best odds of saving your tooth.

 

Broken Teeth

 

If you break a tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water to wash away any smaller fragments that could be lingering. If you’re bleeding, hold a piece of gauze on the area until bleeding stops. You can use a cold compress to relieve some of the pain and swelling, and you should come in to Beausejour Dental Centre as soon as possible.

 

If you have a dental emergency, it’s best to get in to see Beausejour Dental Centre immediately. If you have any questions, or to schedule your next appointment call  204.268.1782!

 

How to Tell if You Have Dental Cavities

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Wondering if you could have a cavity? If you’ve never had a cavity before, or if it’s been awhile since you have, it can be difficult to know for sure. The best way to ensure your mouth is in top shape is to schedule regular check-ups with Beausejour Dental Centre. In the meantime, here’s a few ways to help you determine if you could have a cavity:

Tooth decay or cavities can appear in a number of forms; it can look like light discoloration on the teeth, or darker spots and holes on the surface of teeth. To save your natural tooth, you will most likely need a filling. 

If your dental cavity has gone deep enough into your tooth to touch your root, you will likely feel sensitivity to certain food and drinks. Many people explain feeling sensitivities especially when crunching into tart foods like apples, or tasting temperature-extreme foods like hot pasta or cold smoothies. You might eventually feel pain when you eat or drink, so it’s important to have your sensitivities addressed when you first notice them. 

Remember to make an appointment with Beausejour Dental Centre as soon as you notice a cavity developing, and the best way to maintain your oral health is to brush and floss your teeth every day, and schedule regular check-ups with Beausejour Dental Centre. 

If you suspect a cavity forming in your mouth, or to schedule your next appointment with Beausejour Dental Centre, call 204.268.1782 today!

Porcelain Veneers: FAQ

 

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Would you believe that veneers have been around since the 1920s?! They debuted in Hollywood, no surprise, but porcelain veneers have come a long way from the red carpet and are surprisingly more common and more natural looking today than you might suspect. 
 
Between the 1920s and the 1950s regular people outside of Hollywood started getting veneers to help improve the look of their smile. The veneers we think of today came about sometime around the 1980s, as veneers became more affordable and easier to place with bonding agents that allowed dentists to make them more permanent and even more attractive.
 
Today’s options for dental veneers include traditional and no-preparation veneers. If you select the traditional route, Beausejour Dental Centre will shave off enamel from the tooth or teeth receiving the veneer, then take an impression of your slightly shaved tooth so the veneer can be crafted to fit your tooth exactly. Though it will take around three weeks for your veneer to be ready once Beausejour Dental Centre sends out the impression, there are temporary veneer options you can wear in the meantime, so you don’t have to worry about an unsightly, “shaved” smile while you wait for your custom veneer. No-prep veneers are fitted directly over your existing smile, and do not require any shaving of your natural teeth. 
 
Today’s veneers can last anywhere between 10 and 30 years, and can be the solution to the smile you’ve always dreamed of. The Beausejour Dental Centre takes time and care to craft a smile that will match the shape and style of your natural teeth to give you a smile that looks almost perfect and totally real. 
 
For more information about porcelain veneers, or to schedule your next appointment with Beausejour Dental Centre call 204.268.1782 today!

A Guide to Your Teeth

 

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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

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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!

TMD Problems and How to Prevent Them

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Problems with your temporomandibular joint can be painful and can interfere with basic functions of your jaw like chewing and talking. In order to recognize and prevent TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder) remember to look out for and be cautious towards these things: 
 
Excessive tooth grinding increases stress to the joint.
 
General stress often leads individuals to clench their jaw more frequently. 
 
Women, and especially those adults between ages 20 and 40 are more likely to develop TMD.
 
General aching or tired facial muscles are a common symptoms of TMD.
 
Grating or popping sounds when you chew or close your mouth could be signs of TMD.
 
You can try to prevent TMD by reducing risk factors like wearing a mouthguard if you know you grind your teeth at night, or reducing stress and relaxing to avoid unnecessarily clenching your jaw throughout the day and in your sleep. 
 
The best way to ensure that your oral health is in top condition is to maintain a regular check-up schedule with your Beausejour Dental Centre. To schedule your appointment call 204.268.1782 today!

The Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth

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    So exactly how important is replacing a missing tooth? Those who aren’t missing any of their natural teeth might not understand the sense of identity surrounding your smile, or understand the emotional stress that can come with being uncomfortable with your natural smile. For those who do have missing teeth, you might feel a sense of insecurity upon first impressions or after some goodbyes - you recognize how uncomfortable it can be to doubt your appearance.

 

    Dental implants are an easy solution to keeping your smile in healthy and happy condition, so you won’t be able to help but to show it off to everyone you meet. Beyond replacing missing teeth for the benefits of the aesthetics, replacing missing teeth is also important to keep the balance and structure of your natural teeth in order. As soon as a tooth is lost, natural teeth may begin to shift; this can lead to complicated and expensive dental problems in the future

 

    It’s also much more comfortable to live life with a full set of teeth! Many people with missing teeth suffer after giving up some of their favorite foods, because they can’t bare the discomfort of food touching their exposed dental root. You don’t have to live like this! By replacing missing teeth with dental implants, you are then free to live the life you’ve always loved.

 

    Don’t be held back by missing teeth! Dental implants for replacing missing teeth are a safe and effective way to carry out life with the smile you deserve, and the quality of life worth living.

 

For more information about dental implants, or to schedule your appointment with Beausejour Dental Centre, call 204.268.1782 today!

 

Understanding Dental Fear

Dental fear is another common fear shared by many individuals. Despite the importance of dental care, there are quite many who despise the idea of going to the dentist for a visit. For some people, the pain associated with any type of dental problems is tied up with the fear of that dreaded visit to the dentist. Statistics reveal that dentists are the most feared out of any type of doctors.

It is no surprise as to why dental fear is so prevalent given the different situational causes to it.

Cause of Dental Fear

The fear of dentists vary in their intensity such that some people are afraid of undergoing intricate dental procedures while others dislike the idea of seeing the dentist at all. Due to the importance of dental care as part of taking care of your body, it is also important to assess your level of fear so you can undertake the necessary steps to overcome it.

If you examine the causes for dental fear, these are quite familiar. Therefore, you need to be able to identify them before you can think of ways to eliminate them.

Previous terrible experience with a dentist.

Fear of being embarrassed or ridiculed for your dental condition. This is quite problematic since your own fear is also the reason for your dental neglect in the first place.
Fear of certain dental procedures, specially intricate ones that you might perceive as painful.
Others own scary or terrible experiences with the dentist that impact your own perception about dentists and having a dental check-up on a whole.
Fear of the anesthesia shots and needles registered by the dentist before proceeding to any dental procedure.

Behavioral Techniques To Overcome Dental Fear

As with any other types of fear, dental fear mostly takes place in the mind. Therefore, you can try to combat it with a few psychological methods that will enable you to confront this fear. By following them, you are not entirely guaranteed of being able to let go of that fear altogether. However, it can help you understand that this type of fear can be illogical and enable you to appreciate the importance of having frequent dental care.

The Comfort Zone

This is an important concept associated with psychological fears involved with your dental fear. Undergoing dental procedures can be scary, but you can get over that by re-learning the emotional responses solicited by the experience. This is most common among children. For example, you can try doing basic check up wherein the doctor examines the teeth using a mouth mirror. If a child shows no signs of fear from that, then you can proceed to a more elaborate test. Taking this step by step process and moving in slowly will enable the child or individual to remain in their comfort zone. This is a more useful approach among adults given that they can voice out their experience so that you remain as relaxed about the entire dental visit.

Knowing You’re In Control

This one is related to the idea of the “comfort zone”, which is basically about letting your dentist know whether or not you are comfortable about the dental proceedings. It is important that you learn how to effectively communicate with your dentist so they remain aware about your state throughout the entire procedure. If at some point you become quite anxious about the situation, then it is best to send out warning signals so your dentist know when to stop or proceed.

Also, you need to keep it in mind that dental procedures are not going to hurt. That is what the numbing agent is for, which is also another reason why you should not fear those shots administered before any procedure. Once you have motivated yourself enough to dismiss all these thoughts of fear and anxiety, then you’d be able to come out of the procedure with a healthier dental condition.


For more information on dental fears, contact Beausejour Dental 204.268.1782 today!

 

Go Green!

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Here are some things we can all do to maintain a healthy and sustainable dental practices at home!. Won’t you join us and make these easy measures an everyday habit?   








Green Your Mealtime
Add some kale or spinach to a smoothie, or smash some avocados on top of your toast for naturally green foods that promote optimal dental health. Schedule an oral exam with Beausejour Dental Centre to ensure your teeth and mouth are well-maintained! 

 

Go Green With Your Oral Health Care
Help motivate your whole family to “Go Green” with their oral health care! Switch to biodegradable dental floss, and look for toothpaste brands that are natural and non-damaging to the environment. Wooden toothbrushes with natural bristles are also a great way to lessen your carbon footprint and “Go Green”!

 

Avoid Dental Emergencies
Beausejour Dental Centre understands that accidents happen, but wants to make sure that everyone is on their best behavior! If you do by chance find yourself in a dental emergency, call Beausejour Dental Centre to schedule an early appointment so that your smile can be restored and you can be back in action. 



To learn more about Going Green, and to schedule your next oral wellness exam with Beausejour Dental Centre, call 204.268.1782 today!

Time to Fill You In on Fluoride (It’s Not Just For Kids!)


Many people are familiar with the health benefits of adding fluoride to drinking water for the strengthening and protection of children’s teeth, but did you know that those same restorative properties of fluoride hold true for adult exposure as well? Researchers are excited to have found increasing evidence suggesting fluoridated tap water not only prevents pediatric cavities, but also prevents tooth decay in adults.

Although the understanding for years has been such that fluoride worked by strengthening teeth while they were still developing, new professional discoveries show that topical fluoride treatments, such as those through toothpaste, mouth rinses, and specialized fluoride treatments, helps to fight oral decay for people of all ages.  

If your gums have started to recede from your teeth, you wear braces, have chronic dry mouth, or have had radiation to your head or neck that could have damaged your salivary glands, a fluoride treatment could be a quick and painless first step solution to a better tomorrow!

To learn more about how a fluoride treatment can help protect your teeth, or to schedule an appointment with Beausejour Dental Centre, call 204.268.1782 today!!

 

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.

Spring- Start Your Summer Smile!

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The flowers are blooming and the birds are singing again! That means it’s time to start thinking about a happy and healthy body and mind for this rapidly- approaching summer season, and the best place to start with any self-improvement project is with your teeth! Your smile the the first thing to introduce you, and the last thing to leave an impression. Vacation season is almost upon us, so don’t let a dull smile make you self-conscious and ruin what could be a lifetime of happy memories to look back on in the years to come. Professional teeth whitening in our Beausejour Manitoba office is one of the best ways Beausejour Dental Centre can prep you for a summer-ready smile this spring!

Your smile will be front and center all summer long, so to ensure a season full of picture-perfect memories to look back on, talk to Beausejour Dental Centre about coming in for professional teeth whitening sessions this spring! Spending about 45 minutes in our Beausejour Manitoba office this spring will leave you with months of a bright and white smile that you can strut with confidence throughout the warm spring and summer months! Beausejour Dental Centre will take care to monitor your teeth and gums throughout your entire whitening experience to ensure the safety and quality of your treatment. Our in-office treatment uses concentrated whitening solutions that produce dramatic results you can be excited about, and after years of experience and hundreds of happy patients, Beausejour Dental Centre knows how to create a smile-whitening regime that will be personal and satisfying of all your aesthetic smile desires.  

Having a healthy and beautiful smile starts at home. Don’t forget to brush and floss your teeth every day, so that your mouth is healthy and primed well before your professional treatment session with Beausejour Dental Centre. When you’re ready to spring into a happier life and a healthier smile, call 204.268.1782 to schedule your oral consultation and whitening treatment plan in our Beausejour Manitoba office!

    For more information about professional whitening services or to address any further questions you may have about how Beausejour Dental Centre can help you have a healthier life and a happier smile, call 204.268.1782 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! 

Tooth Sensitivity Facts!

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    Tooth sensitivity is uncomfortable and unnecessary! Extreme sensitivity is a result of exposed nerve endings when the protective coating that insulates these nerves is eroded away. If you’ve been living with tooth sensitivity, consider these suggestions for reducing pain or decreasing the likeliness of nerve exposure:

 

Use a soft toothbrush

    Some people believe that brushing harder means keeping teeth cleaner, but you might actually be doing more harm than good! Sensitivity occurs due to erosion of the protective layers on your teeth, so by brushing too hard or with a hard-bristled toothbrush, you’re actually promoting that sensitivity! Brushing with a soft-bristled brush in small, circular motions, will allow you to remove plaque without damaging your teeth.

 

Brush with specially designed toothpaste

    There are toothpastes designed specifically to desensitize teeth and gums, and they really work! In contrast, whitening toothpastes often erode tooth enamel and lead to increased sensitivity as they wear down the natural structure of your teeth.

 

Keep your routine

    Slacking off on brushing and flossing is no way to keep your teeth and gums in top shape! Skipping a brushing session allows for harmful bacteria and acids to build up on your teeth, and can lead to early tooth decay that causes sensitivity.

 

Avoid acidic foods

    Sodas, energy drinks, and other acidic foods chemically erode tooth enamel and can cause sensitivity as nerve endings become exposed. Eating sugar-free gum shortly after acidic foods can help stimulate saliva to neutralize acid production in your mouth.

 

If you have questions about how to help your tooth sensitivity, or to schedule your next appointment with Beausejour Manitoba dentist at Beausejour Dental Centre call 204.268.1782 today!

 

 

The History of The Tooth Fairy

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You’ve heard of Christmas spirit, and maybe even the luck of the Irish, but have you heard about the history of the Tooth Fairy? 

Legend has it, the tooth fairy character developed after early European traditions of burying lost teeth in the hopes it would bring good luck that permanent teeth would grow. After the sixth tooth was lost, a coin was left for that person. Vikings sometimes brought their children’s teeth into battle as luck charms, and in America, the tooth fairy is often depicted as a delicate, winged creature - but the Tooth fairy’s character varies across cultures. Many European countries show the fairy as an animal, like a mouse or a bear, and in some countries, even as a dragon!

The legend of the Tooth fairy has been spreading since 1927 when a play, “The Tooth fairy,” came out. In 1947, the first book with that title was published, and today, children across the world recognize the Tooth fairy as frequently as they do the Easter bunny or Santa Clause. 

Many believe that the Tooth fairy caught on with so many families, because the idea helped ease children’s fears about losing teeth. Children might find a sense of comfort in knowing that losing their teeth is common, and even rewarded, as a “right of passage,” into becoming a big kid! In this respect, losing teeth becomes exciting rather than scary for children. 

Do you remember any Tooth fairy traditions from your childhood? Even if you don’t you can start new traditions with your little ones, and remind them that the Fairy loves clean teeth!

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!

Tinnitus and Your TMJ

TMJ Symptoms Beausejour Manitoba

 

There are many symptoms associated with TMJ, but tinnitus, or the clicking, ringing, or buzzing sounds many TMJ sufferers hear, is often one of the worst symptoms. Tinnitus is common, affecting on average 25% of those who suffer from TMJ. Some variations of tinnitus may sound like a “buzzing” or “hissing”rather than a ringing noise, but no matter the pitch or ____ you hear, the TMJ Specialists at Beausejour Dental Centre do NOT want you to suffer any longer!

 

Studies show that those who suffer from tinnitus have an increased likeliness to develop hearing loss in later years; furthermore, those with TMJ issues are also almost 3 times as likely to develop tinnitus as one of their symptoms. TMJ is often the underlying cause to many jaw and head ailments, and by addressing your TMJ before it gets the best of you, you can save yourself years of pain and strife!

 

Get ahead of your TMJ and say goodbye to tinnitus today by calling your Beausejour Manitoba TMJ Specialists at Beausejour Dental Centre at 204.268.1782!

 
 

Dental Check-Ups

General Dentistry Beausejour Manitoba

 

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

General Dentistry Beausejour Manitoba

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!

 

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!
 

Dental Implant FAQs
Dental Implants Beausejour Manitoba
 
Interested in implants? For years, dental implants have swept the nation as one of the most popular ways to cosmetically improve smiles, and Beausejour Dental Centre is ready to help you bridge the gap your mouth has been suffering!
 
As far as tooth-replacement systems go, dental implants have been regarded as the best option for replacing missing teeth, as they function the most similarly to natural teeth, and with proper care, can last a lifetime. The replacements have two parts- a part that functions as the anchoring root, as well as the cosmetic “tooth” that appears above the gumline. The “root” in this system, is the dental implant, and the “tooth” is called the crown.
 
Together, this root and tooth system, in combination with the practiced and skilled implant procedure perfected by the dentists at Beausejour Dental Centre, your smile imperfections can become a thing of history, and your smile secrets can be tucked away behind your new, improved, and beautiful smile! 
 
You may be wondering what sets the implant system above and beyond other measures of tooth replacement; here’s the key: the titanium of which the implant is made has special properties that allow it to fuse with your natural jaw bone, creating lifetime functionality base for your new tooth.
 
If you’re ready to make the move to implants, or for more information about this life-changing process, call 204.268.1782 to schedule an appointment with your Beausejour Dental Centre!
 

Preventative Dentistry Beausejour Manitoba


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!

New Year’s Pledge to Our Patients

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The American Dental Association, or ADA, has a code of Ethics and Professional Conduct that each and every dentist agrees to abide by. While each dentist may each have his or her own style or professional opinions, the ADA code ensures that dentists act in such a way as to uphold their ethical obligations to society.
 
At  Beausejour Dental we live by the values set forth by the ADA, and we want to take thats promise to society one step further by reevaluating our pledge to clients, and highlighting the key pillars we strive to exemplify in this new year.
 
We pledge to dedicate myself completely to having the knowledge and performance skill to execute the highest standard of oral and total health care.
 
It is our responsibility to stay current and ever-practicing of the highest concerns for safety and well-being of oral care for all who come to us. We will ensure that our patients are comfortable and relaxed during their entire visit.
 
Beausejour Dental is honored to enlighten patients on their own oral health, and we take pride in helping my patients become the best versions of themselves without discrepancy or judgement.
 
We pledge to live by these values every day, both in and outside of the office, and we pledge to give my all to our patients, peers, and community through all that I do.
 
From all of us at Beausejour Dental, happy new year! We’re excited to demonstrate our core values in 2018, and we can’t wait to serve you!
 

Tips for Healthy Teeth

General Dentistry Beausejour, MB
 
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! 

Holiday Time Teeth Whitening
Teeth Whitening Beausejour, MB

Have you been dreaming of a white holiday? Chances are, your teeth have been too! The holidays can easily creep up on your budget, making it hard to imagine indulging yourself on such a simple confidence booster this holiday season, but at the end of the day, it’s hard to put a price on the long-lasting benefits and cherished memories that a holiday teeth-whitening session with our Beausejour Dental Centre Dentists will inevitably help to create.

What better way to dive into the holiday season and the new year than with a smile the whole family will be excited about?! A holiday teeth-whitening session with the Dentists from Beausejour Dental Centre is a great way to get your smile ready for al the holiday photos and family gatherings you’re already so excited about. It can be unnerving and embarrassing to go into the holiday season with unsightly stains on your otherwise attractive and memorable smile, but with a quick, 45 - minute whitening session, your smile can leave a lasting impression for all the right reasons this season!

A shining white smile is something you can take with you long after the jingle bells fall quiet. To schedule your holiday teeth-whitening session with Beausejour Dental Centre call 204.268.1782 today!

Dental Implant FAQs

Dental Implants Beausejour Manitoba

 
Interested in implants? For years, dental implants have swept the nation as one of the most popular ways to cosmetically improve smiles, and your Beausejour Dental Dentists are ready to help you bridge the gap your mouth has been suffering!
 
As far as tooth-replacement systems go, dental implants have been regarded as the best option for replacing missing teeth, as they function the most similarly to natural teeth, and with proper care, can last a lifetime. The replacements have two parts- a part that functions as the anchoring root, as well as the cosmetic “tooth” that appears above the gumline. The “root” in this system, is the dental implant, and the “tooth” is called the crown.
 
Together, this root and tooth system, in combination with the practiced and skilled implant procedure perfected the Dentists at Beausejour Dental, your smile imperfections can become a thing of history, and your smile secrets can be tucked away behind your new, improved, and beautiful smile! 
 
You may be wondering what sets the implant system above and beyond other measures of tooth replacement; here’s the key: the titanium of which the implant is made has special properties that allow it to fuse with your natural jaw bone, creating lifetime functionality base for your new tooth.
 
If you’re ready to make the move to implants, or for more information about this life-changing process, call 204.268.1782to schedule an appointment with Beausejour Dental.
 

Traveling with TMJ

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Traveling with TMJ

TMJ Beausejour, MB

 
What’s the best way to take a relaxing vacation if you’re plagued by TMJ? It’s simple-- RELAX! Many people feel anxious over the thought of lugging their TMJ with them this holiday season, but the complexities surrounding TMJ that seem to be looming over travel time can easily be left at home! 

First of all, relax!

Stress can cause all-over tension for your body, and especially for your jaw and shoulders that may be afflicted by your TMJ. If you set your mind to “going with the flow” this vacation, you’ll be less- likely to over exert yourself worrying about plans, or sticking to schedules when you can be relaxing and enjoying yourself instead. Listen to what your body is telling you about your needs, and take care of yourself to avoid unnecessary stress or exhaustion.

Don’t forget your pillow!

Or your earplugs, for that matter. Your pillow will give your head and your neck some extra support on long road-trips or flights, and the relief from resting your head can help you to combat TMJ symptoms often before they even arise! Bringing or purchasing ear plugs for a flight can not only help you get a more sound sleep, but can also help to stabilize air pressure and stop your ears to “clog,” often reducing any ear or TMJ pain you might otherwise feel.

Keep yourself moving!

By keeping yourself as active as you can, you’ll avoid getting tense and tired muscles, and by making frequent car stops, or by moving around the airplane cabin often, you’ll give yourself to opportunity to stretch and relieve your neck, back, and shoulder muscles that can otherwise become very stiff during travel. Airplane and car seats don’t usually have the kind of support your body needs for long periods of rest, so TMJ symptoms can often worsen after hours and hours of unsupported down-time for your body. If you do find that your body is getting sore during travel time, consider taking some OTC pain relief to alleviate your discomfort.
 
If you find that you’re suffering from TMJ symptoms like jaw and shoulder pain, trouble sleeping, or constant migraines, talk to your TMJ specialist at Beausejour Dental Centre today to start living a more comfortable life tomorrow! Call 204-268-1782 to schedule an appointment with Beausejour Dental Centre before your next vacation and learn more about the best ways to manage your TMJ symptoms while you’re on-the-go!
 

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