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Your mouth is full of bacteria although most of them harmless it is important to establish good oral hygiene habits to protect your health and wellness. Normally the body's natural defenses and good oral health care can keep these bacteria under control. However, without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can reach levels that might lead to oral infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease.
In addition, certain medications — such as decongestants, antihistamines, painkillers and diuretics — can reduce saliva flow. Saliva washes away food and neutralizes acids produced by the bacteria in your mouth, effectively helping to protect you from microbial invasion or overgrowth that might lead to disease.
Remember to brush gently with a soft toothbrush or a soft electric toothbrush. Using force on your gums can cause pain, bleeding and may lead to recession. If your gums start to recede there are treatment options to help but preventing it is the best option by far! Receding gums can cause sensitivity and discomfort.
If you have sensitive teeth avoid using abrasive toothpaste and don't continue with teeth whitening products without further consulting your dental care provider. You may want to switch to a sensitive toothpaste and ensure that any mouthwash you are using is not exacerbating the problem.
Foods to avoid may include those that cause sudden increases or decreases in temperature. Avoid ice cream and hot beverages for example.
Foods high in acid can also be problematic: tomatoes, oranges, lemons and most carbonated pop. It may not be surprising to know that wine and pickled foods are acidic but so are some yogurts and sour cream. Keep track of what foods bother you and please don't hesitate to contact us for additional assistance.
Smilebrite Family Dental
Dr. Neil Zastre Inc.
110 - 11971 Third Avenue
(entrance on Chatham Street)
Richmond, BC V7E 3J9