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As you may be aware, April is Oral Health month. This is a time to reflect on your dental hygiene habits and assess where you can make changes. At Whistler Dental, we can help you with this. Here are the top 5 steps to keeping your mouth healthy.

Keep Your Mouth Clean

If you think simply brushing your teeth twice a day means that you are keeping your teeth clean, then think again. Make sure you use fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristle toothbrush when cleaning, to help prevent cavities. By limiting your sugar intake and swapping those sweet treats for healthy snacks, your chances of building up plaque will decrease. You should also wait 20-30 minutes after eating before brushing your teeth. Acidic food weakens enamel so brushing too soon afterwards can cause damage in its weakened state.

Check Your Mouth Regularly

You may think your dentist is the only person who can check for gum disease but guess again. Some warning signs are easy to spot and you can see these yourself. If you have bad breath that won’t go away, red, shiny, sore or sensitive gums or bleeding when you brush or floss, it’s time to book yourself a checkup.

Eat Well

As well as being good for your body, good nutrition is great for your teeth. Build health teeth and gums by simply maintaining a healthy diet. If you want to snack, try swapping those candies for mouth-healthy substitutes like cheese, nuts, vegetables and non-acidic fruits.

Don’t Smoke Tobacco

Smoking tobacco not only stains your teeth but causes a whole load of other oral health problems. Smoking causes a lack of oxygen in your bloodstream leading to gum infections not being able to heal. It may not surprise you that gum disease is far more prevalent in smokers than non-smokers. In addition to this, tobacco smoke can cause cancers, heart disease and other problems.

See Your Dentist Regularly

You may be shocked to hear that as many as 48% of Canadians who haven’t seen a dentist in the last year have gum disease. Regular dental visits are the only way to guarantee your teeth are healthy and problem free. You should book a check-up every 6 months, but if you have any worrying symptoms, book in sooner.

Oral health is not something you should take lightly. Make sure you are staying on top of your dental hygiene and book an appointment with Whistler Dental today.

You would never expect it looking up at the beautiful peaks hovering above town, that a disease so common during WWI, and so rare to most dentists, is a weekly occurrence in Whistler.

ANUG

Acute Necrotising Ulcerative Gingivitis (ANUG) or more commonly known as Trench Mouth, is an aggressive infection of the gums that millions of young soldiers suffered from during the Great War.

Poor diets, severe psychological stress, smoking habits, little sleep, and lack of routine oral care took its toll on the soldiers’ bodies and their mouths showed it.

Irreversible Damage

Fast forward one hundred years and we are seeing this archaic infection once again in Whistler. With Trench Mouth, the gums start to ulcerate, bleed, and erode away- painfully, and often aggressively. It can look like someone has taken a hole puncher to the gums, leaving a white rim around the edges. This infection can have a very sudden onset, and if left untreated, can lead to severe and irreversible damage to the gums as well as the supporting bone around your teeth.

Most dentists might see one, maybe two cases of Trench Mouth over their entire career. Yet at Whistler Dental, we see this on a shockingly regular occurrence – as often as several times a week!

Causes

While Whistler can be a mecca for the Party Monster, people who often partake must be extra aware of their health and body. The consequences of ignoring the signs can be catastrophic and in some cases, irreparable. Contributing factors to Trench Mouth include: emotional stress, taking illicit drugs, inadequate sleep, smoking, excessive consumption of alcohol, and poor nutrition.

Book A Check-Up

April is Oral Health Month, so if it’s been more than a year since you’ve seen a dentist, do yourself a favour, invest in your health, and book in for a check-up and clean.

If you also feel your gums are getting sore, ulcerative or bleed, please don’t put it off – teeth and gums don’t heal themselves – we are here to help! Book an appointment online or call (604) 932-3677