oral health

Mouthwash is used to help rinse away bacteria or food particles after you brush and floss each day. Using mouthwash is an additional way to help protect your teeth and gums. Knowing the differences between mouthwashes can help you choose the right one to incorporate into your oral hygiene routine.

What Are The Different Types of Mouthwashes Available?

Mouthwash With Fluoride

Fluoride mouthwash contain sodium fluoride, and this helps to protect your teeth from decay and cavities. Fluoride is also found in toothpaste and is added to our tap water. Only using the required amount each day is important because too much fluoride can be harmful to your health. Reading the labels can help to ensure you are only using the appropriate amount that is recommended daily.

Antiseptic Mouthwash

Antiseptic mouthwash is the most common mouthwash used by most patients. This type of mouthwash contains alcohol and can help to stop bacteria in its tracks. Using an antiseptic mouthwash can help fight bad breath, and prevent infections. Patients must be careful using this type of mouthwash. Overuse can lead to stains or discoloration on your teeth. Following the recommended daily guidelines is important to keep your teeth and mouth healthy.

Cosmetic Mouthwash

This type of mouthwash is used to only freshen your breath. Cosmetic mouthwash does not do anything to help with your oral health. Using this type of mouthwash can help rinse food particles away, and is a temporary solution for bad breath.

Natural Mouthwash

Natural mouthwash is a common type of mouthwash that helps keep bacteria away and freshens your breath, but contains only natural ingredients. Natural mouthwash brands do not contain alcohol, and the ingredients are safer compared to other types of mouthwashes available.

During your routine cleaning it is important to discuss what products you are using at home including your mouthwash. Our team is available to access your dental health, and recommend the best mouthwash for you to use at home.

Interested in Finding Out More?

During your routine cleaning it is important to discuss what products you are using at home including your mouthwash. Our team is available to access your dental health, and recommend the best mouthwash for you to use at home.

If you are interested in finding out more about what mouthwash may be best for you, or to schedule your next exam, contact our office and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

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Taking care of your oral and overall health must be a priority. Knowing when you need to call your dentist is important. Practicing good oral hygiene habits help to prevent tooth decay, cavities, and many other issues. Cavities are one of the most common issues patients face, and about 30 percent of Americans have untreated dental cavities. Leaving a cavity untreated can destroy your teeth leading to tooth loss, infection, and other more serious conditions.
It is helpful for patients to understand what a cavity is, and also know what symptoms to look out for if you think you may have a cavity.

What is a Cavity?

A cavity is when bacteria or food build up and form plaque on your teeth. The bacteria eat away at the enamel on your teeth and cause decay. Good oral hygiene habits are so important, and brushing and flossing can help you get rid of the plaque build up to prevent cavities from developing. Once the cavity is formed there is a small hole in your tooth, and if left untreated the cavity can destroy your tooth or develop an infection.

What Are the Signs of a Cavity?

There are signs you can look out for that may indicate you have a cavity. If you experience any of these signs we encourage you to contact our office, and our staff will get you in as soon as possible. Our team always works to keep our patient’s teeth and mouth healthy and pain free.

• Sensitivity to hot and cold that lingers and does not go away
• Sensitivity to sweet foods or drinks
• A toothache that is on or around one or more teeth
• Pain when you bite down or pain during eating
• Discoloration, white spots, or staining on a tooth
• A small hole or mark on your tooth

Need to Contact Our Office?

Knowing these signs can help you decide if you need to contact a dentist. We always tell patients to never hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. We are here to help, and a cavity should never be left untreated.
If you think you may have a cavity and need to schedule an appointment, contact our office and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you!

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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!

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