How to Prevent Gum Disease

Gum Disease

Gum disease is a common and serious oral health problem that affects millions of Canadians every year. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth decay, tooth loss, and even more severe health problems. Fortunately, there are steps we can all take to help prevent gum disease from developing. In this blog post, we’ll discuss how to prevent gum disease in Canada.

Brush Your Teeth Twice a Day

The most important step you can take to prevent gum disease is brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. While it may seem like a small task, regular brushing is essential for removing plaque and other bacteria from the teeth and gums.

Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste; if possible, use an electric toothbrush as they do an even better job of cleaning the teeth than manual brushes.

Floss at Least Once a Day

In addition to regular brushing, flossing helps remove plaque from areas where your toothbrush cannot reach, such as between the teeth or at the gum line.

Flossing should be done at least once per day for the best results; however, some people may need to floss more often depending on their oral health needs. To make flossing easier and more efficient, use either waxed dental floss or an interdental brush. 

Visit Your Dentist Regularly

Finally, visiting your dentist in Victoria, BC regularly is one of the best ways to maintain proper oral hygiene and keep your mouth healthy. Regular checkups allow your dentist to detect any signs of gum disease early on so they can be treated promptly before they become worse. It’s generally recommended that adults visit their dentist every six months; however, depending on your individual oral health needs you may need to visit more frequently (or less frequently).

Click the following link to read more about the BC dental association -> https://www.yourdentalhealth.ca/visiting-your-dentist/

To Wrap Things Up…

Gum disease is a common – but serious – oral health problem that affects millions of Canadians every year. The good news is that there are steps we can all take to help prevent it from developing in the first place.

By brushing our teeth twice daily for two minutes each time with fluoride toothpaste; flossing at least once per day; and visiting our dentist regularly for checkups and professional cleanings; we can all work together towards healthier mouths throughout Canada!

We would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

For more information, contact Pacifica Dental today!

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Thank you for taking the time to read our blog.

The Team at Pacifica Dental.

Dental sensitivity

Dental sensitivity

Tooth / dental sensitivity occurs when the underlying layer of your teeth – the dentin – becomes exposed. This leads to discomfort, often triggered by hot, cold, sweet or sour food and drinks, or by breathing in cold air. Pain can be sharp, sudden and shoot deep into tooth nerve endings. The team here at Pacifica Dental can help 😊

Numerous factors can cause tooth sensitivity, including:

  • aggressive brushing
  • gingival recession and tooth root exposure
  • gum disease
  • cavities
  • cracked teeth
  • acidic food and drink
  • gastric reflux
  • fractured prosthetics
  • teeth grinding
  • pulpitis
  • long-term use of some mouthwashes
  • tooth whitening products or toothpaste with baking soda and peroxide
  • xerostomia
  • chewing tobacco
  • bulimia

If you suffer from dental sensitivity, a thorough checkup with a dentist is a must. After looking at any indicators in your medical history, the doctor will consider the intensity of the pain, when discomfort occurs and any stimuli that contribute to the increase or decrease in pain intensity.

Treatment

In building a treatment plan, the dentist will first consider the various causes that may be triggering tooth sensitivity.

If, for example, aggressive or incorrect brushing is considered to be the cause, the dentist will likely recommend the use of a soft toothbrush and special toothpaste, as well as proper brushing techniques and regular professional hygiene appointments.

Forms of treatment will vary, from topical products to surgery, depending on the cause. Here ae a few options that may be recommended by your dentist:

Attention to diet

Patients with dental sensitivity are advised to pay special attention to their diet. According to specialists, carbonated beverages, citrus fruits, alcohol, and other highly acidic food and drink can dissolve small amounts of enamel over time. Using a straw and drinking water after consumption may help to balance the acid levels in your mouth. A checkup to ensure it is nothing more serious is advised.

Desensitizing toothpaste

Toothpaste specially designed to desensitize teeth can sometimes help relieve dental sensitivity. According to studies, these toothpastes contain potassium salts that have a positive effect on reducing tooth sensitivity. Brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush, using gentle stokes, twice daily.

Fluoride

The dentist may recommend an application of fluoride to strengthen tooth enamel and reduce pain. Fluoride treatment is often incorporated into hygiene appointments, which are recommended 3- 4 times a year to maintain good oral hygiene.

Laser treatment

Laser treatment is another option for patients with dental sensitivity. Low output power lasers produce an analgesic effect related to depressed nerve transmission, thereby reducing the pain. Ask your hygienist about laser treatment for you.

Surgical gum grafting

Receding gums results in the root surfaces of your teeth becoming exposed, leading to possible decay and sensitivity. A gum graft is designed to cover the exposed roots and thereby remove the chance of any sensitivity developing or worsening.

Root Canal

If there is severe pain, the dentist may recommend a root canal. This treatment addresses problems in the dental pulp deep in the core of the tooth. Some sensitivity needs to have this kind of significant treatment, once other options have proved ineffective.

Working as a team with the experts here at Pacifica Dental, we will identify the cause of your dental sensitivity and recommend the treatment method that most suits your needs. If you want to really enjoy an ice cream or a hot tea, schedule an appointment @PacificaDental.

Custom timing for dental check-ups at Pacifica Dental

Custom timing for dental check-ups at Pacifica Dental

There are two main scenarios for going to the dentist: when you want to or when you need to. The second option is less desirable, because, most times, it involves dental pain or discomfort. The ideal option is to have dental check-ups regularly, according to a custom plan built together with your doctor, depending on your needs. At Pacifica Dental, we create such plans for our patients.

Some people think that, in order to have healthy teeth, going to the dentist once a year will suffice. In our opinion, this is not usually enough for most people. As you well know, every person is unique, with specific body types, habits, and health conditions. These factors influence our oral health, which in turn impacts our general health.

For example, permanent teeth are very vulnerable to cavities as soon as they come in, so in children aged six to eight, dental check-ups are recommended at shorter intervals. In adolescence, the teeth are less vulnerable until the wisdom teeth appear, on average around twenty years old. As people age, the rate of dental decay, tooth loss, mouth infections, and gum disease increases. It is also common to find that our teeth will start to move. Our oral health, and hence our general health, varies at different stages of life.

We are aware that smoking is a habit that can lead to various health problems. Not only does it increase the likelihood of bad breath, canker sores and even cancer, but it also strengthens the bacteria in the mouth, making them more resistant. The mouth is already one of the dirtiest parts of the body, and cigarette smoke will encourage the growth of bacteria, which in turn can lead to cavities and gum disease. Smokers are recommended to visit the dentist more often than non-smokers.

Stomach conditions, such as acid reflux, can often have a negative impact on our oral health. If the acidity reaches our mouth, it results in not only bad breath but can also cause cavities at the base of the gums. These cavities can be easily treated if they are found at an early stage. If not discovered right away, they can reach the tooth root or even expand to neighboring teeth, possibly becoming painful and making the treatment process a bit more complicated.

Other factors, such as frequently drinking coffee, red wine or eating sweets, will influence how often your dentist recommends you schedule a visit. To maintain excellent oral hygiene, it is often suggested that patients have professional cleanings 3-4 times a year and follow a personalized hygiene plan.

In conclusion, exactly how long you wait between visits with your dentist depends on the assessment you and your doctor will make. Schedule an appointment with Pacifica Dental and start taking better care of your oral health!

Your General Dentists and Periodontist In Victoria, BC Want To Keep You Free Of Gum Disease!

Your General Dentists and Periodontist In Victoria, BC Want To Keep You Free Of Gum Disease!

You may have periodontal disease and not even know it.

We’re not trying to scare you, but… nearly half of adults have it. And may don’t know it. Also known as gum disease and “the silent killer,” it can lead to serious health conditions if allowed to progress.

That’s why you can trust us – your dental health professionals at Pacifica Dental – to spot the signs, diagnose the level of disease, and recommend the right treatment to protect your smile and overall health. If necessary for your individual needs, we work closely with a periodontist in Victoria, BC who will visit you at Pacifica Dental to treat your gum disease. It saves you travelling to an unfamiliar team when you can receive all your treatments in our beautifully appointed office. You can read more about Dr. Fatemeh Karimi, a Certified Specialist in Periodontics, on our About Us page.

What causes gum disease? After devoting many years to research, scientists and dental professionals have found that different forms of oral bacteria are to blame, including Streptococcus mutans. Gum disease develops when this bacteria accumulates. You know it as plaque, the clear and sticky film that you see and feel when it builds up on and between your teeth and gums.

When you develop gum disease, you probably won’t exhibit any symptoms at first. However, as gum disease worsens over time, you will experience swollen, tender and/or bleeding gums. An unpleasant taste in your mouth is also likely. As the disease progresses, other symptoms can include receding gums, loose teeth, and mouth sores.

How serious can gum disease be? An infection can do a lot more damage than just cause inflamed gums, it can destroy the structures that support your teeth – tendons, ligaments, and bone. Ultimately, tooth loss will occur. Scientific research also supports a strong link between gum disease and other serious systemic medical conditions like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, oral cancer, some cancers, and even Alzheimer’s.

It’s possible to prevent – and even reverse – gum disease, but we have to do it hand-in-hand. At Pacifica Dental, we encourage an easy 3-step preventive measure: brush at least twice a day, floss every day, and come see us, your dentists in Victoria, BC for your regular teeth cleaning and checkups!

If you’re showing signs of gum disease, give us a call right away. We will complete a thorough exam of your teeth and gums, plaque level, bone structure, and check for risk factors. If there’s anything you should be doing differently to keep your smile healthy, we’ll let you know exactly what that is.

Then you can smile with confidence, knowing that you’ve taken all the right steps to preserve your smile and stay healthy and beautiful. Call us today!

Yours in excellent dental health,
Drs. Cristina and Bogdan Coca, dentists in Victoria, BC