Is Marijuana Bad for my Teeth?

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With Marijuana now legalized in Alberta, we as Dentists are likely to see more patients being open about their usage of Marijuana. By being more open and accepted, we are able to offer more personalized recommendations. There has been an explosion in Marijuana Retailers in Grande Prairie as of my writing this (June 2020), so being a Dentist in Grande Prairie, I decided to write a blog post about its effects on the mouth.

So, what is the difference between the two? Typically, Dental Veneers and Dental Implants are used for different reasons. This all depends on how much damage a patient has to their teeth.

Cavities

Marijuana itself will not cause cavities, however, the colloquial ‘cotton mouth’ or the feeling of extreme dryness (xerostomia) when partaking in Marijuana will certainly contribute to cavities… and therefore more fillings. Our mouth needs to neutralize any acids and our saliva is one of the ways we can neutralize it. By having a decreased saliva flow for an extended amount of time, that will heavily increase the risk of cavities. Combine that with the feeling of hunger that comes after smoking Marijuana (“Munchies”) and you have a mouth that is less prepared to protect itself against cavities. The increased appetite can lead to eating highly sugary foods, which in turn can cause cavities.

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Gum Health

There are scattered reports of increased gum size with marijuana usage. Rates of gum disease (gingivitis) are reported to be higher in youths that smoke marijuana as compared to youths that do not. There are many factors that are involved here, so marijuana usage itself may not be the direct reason that gum disease could be higher.

One of our greatest concerns as dental health professionals is oral cancer, which we screen for during all of our exams. Marijuana that is smoked releases many aromatic hydrocarbons, benzopyrene, and nitrosamines. These are known carcinogens and they are released in higher numbers in marijuana smoke compared to tobacco smoke. My recommendation would be to not smoke marijuana, instead partake in other methods.

What can be done asides from not using Marijuana?

Since Marijuana has been legalized in Canada, we have been flooded with questions about its usage and benefits or affects to health. Now that it is legal, we can expect to see some high-quality studies released sometime in the future. While we are waiting on studies to be completed that look specifically at all these factors, there are some good recommendations that can be given.

If you have further questions about Marijuana and its effects on oral health, come talk to me, Dr. Beeson, your Dentist in Grande Prairie!

Dr. B

4 Things You Need to Know About Your Dentures

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Dentures shouldn’t have to feel loose. Did you know that having dentures doesn’t mean the end to your food enjoyments? If you have a poorly fitting denture it won’t sit well, and it won’t allow you to chew well. There are things that can be done to fix this. Sometimes it can be a very simple adjustment that allows the denture to sit properly. Other times it may be worthwhile to consider dental implants which will allow the dentures to attach on to something!

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Two

People with dentures should still have a checkup done! We have all heard the joke ‘I’ll just drop them off and pick them up later!’ but in actuality if you have dentures there are dental/medical conditions that can easily be prevented by coming in for an annual checkup. This includes an oral cancer screening, denture check, denture fit check, and soft tissue examination. Some dentures fitting poorly for a long time will cause severe harm to the gums.

Three

New dentures can be 3D printed! Dental technology has advanced far in the past few years. Goodbye goopy impressions!

Four

Your poorly fitting denture could be causing your tissues problems, or could be from something that has changed in your mouth and makes your denture fit poorly.

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How Often Should I Brush My Teeth?

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How Often Should I Brush My Teeth?

You should brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. This will help prevent the plaque from building up so much, as well it will give your mouth a much-needed dosing of fluoride. I recommend that all of my patients use a fluoridated toothpaste as it is the single most helpful thing they can do to help decrease their cavity risk.

As well as brushing twice a day for two minutes, brushing should be the last thing you do during the day as well as the first thing you do in the morning. You can also be harmful to your teeth by brushing too often, too hard, or too close to when meals are eaten!

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Best Home Remedies To Get Instant Relief From Sensitive Teeth!

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Do you ever feel tingling pain inside your teeth while consuming your cold or hot stuff? If yes, then this blog is for you! The majority of the times, this toothache feels like the nerves inside your teeth are affecting. In some cases, the effect of extreme pain gets transferred to the heads through nerves. Sensitivity in the teeth is extremely irritating and frustrating, and it’s a sign that you have to begin paying more attention to oral hygiene. This pain is usually called toothache, as it has come through a result of tooth sensitivity. It happens while your tooth is exposed to beverages and foods with low or high temperatures.

Effective Home Remedies to Soothe Your Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity can be incredibly annoying and painful. Here is a list of natural ingredients that you can use to soothe your sensitivity toothache instantly.

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Onions

Onions are anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial. It can kill oral pathogens and treat toothache. Just take a piece of onion and chew it for a couple of minutes, or you can also place it on the affected part of your mouth then leave it for a few minutes. Try this trick at least twice a day in order to get the best results.

Vitamins

In order to treat tooth sensitivity, you needed vitamin E and vitamin B. If you aren’t getting enough vitamins, you might require to take supplements. These two vitamins assist you in combating the tenderness of the affected part to promote healthy teeth and gums. Ingesting foods like almonds, kale, meat, turnip, spinach, eggs, poultry, and dairy would supply both the two vitamins.

Tea Tree Oil

The tea tree also has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. You can make this one as your ideal in order to enhance oral health. Take six drops of tea tree oil and mix it into one tablespoon of coconut oil. Then stir it well and apply on the affected area of your mouth. Leave it for five to ten minutes then rinse your mouth with distilled water. Avoid to swallow the mixture and try this at least twice a day.

Fluoride Mouthwash

Fluoride assists you in strengthening the enamel of your teeth. It helps to minimize tooth pain to a great extent. All you require is half a glass of fluoride mouthwash. Take a sip and swish the mouth with it for a couple of minutes. Then spit it out. You have to do this twice a day. Early morning and night are the best time to do this. By following these tips, you get instant relief from the annoying and irritating toothache!

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If you have any additional questions, or are looking to schedule an appointment with Dr. Beeson, our dentist in Grande Prairie, AB, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly staff today! We also offer emergency dental treatments as well.

What Causes Sensitive Teeth?

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Do you feel stitches when you eat or drink certain foods or drinks? Is it a daily problem or perhaps just an occasional nuisance? You may have dentin hypersensitivity, another way to call sensitive teeth. Dental sensitivity is a common problem that can develop over time as a result of gum retraction or enamel wear. In this post, you’ll get information regarding cause and symptoms tooth sensitivity.

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

Hypersensitivity of dentin, or dental sensitivity, is a common dental problem. It is a condition that can develop over time as a result of common problems, such as gum retraction or enamel wear. Most cases occur between 20 and 50 years. Dental sensitivity may appear when the softer internal part of the teeth, called dentin, is exposed. Dentin is found under enamel and gums.

Thousands of microscopic channels run through the dentin to the center of the tooth. Once the dentin becomes exposed, triggers like cold soda can irritate the nerves present inside the tooth, which can cause brief and acute pain in the tooth, also known as sensitivity.

Only a dentist can confirm that you have dentin hypersensitivity. If you suffer from dental problems, always consult your dentist. If you suffer from dentine hypersensitivity, you can help minimize dentin exposure, take care of your sensitive teeth, and relieve painful symptoms by making some simple changes to your daily oral health routine and eating habits.

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What Are the Symptoms of Sensitive Teeth?

Majority of the people with sensitive teeth may experience discomfort and pain while ingesting any cold or hot food or drink. Many people feel this pain at the roots of their affected teeth. In this section, we will describe some of the symptoms of sensitivity and other common causes of dental pain. The common triggers include:

  • Cold air
  • Sugary beverages & food
  • Acidic beverages & food
  • Hot beverages and foods
  • Cold beverages & foods
  • Alcohol-based mouthwashes
  • Flossing & brushing
  • Cold water during daily dental cleanings

All these symptoms may range from less to mild, from mild to intense.

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If you have any additional questions, or are looking to schedule an appointment with Dr. Beeson, our dentist in Grande Prairie, AB, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly staff today! We also offer emergency dental treatments as well.