Oral Care Plays a Part in Cancer Treatment

Nov 14, 2018
Did you know that your dentist is responsible for more than making sure your teeth are healthy? During your regular checkups your dentist also checks for overall oral health and looks for early signs of oral cancer. Cancer, the dreaded “C” word. To many people the word may bring to mind thoughts of lung cancer or breast cancer because people are often not aware of oral cancer. In fact it is estimated that 4700 Canadians will be diagnosed with oral cavity cancer in 2017. As with all cancers, early detection of oral cancer is key to successful diagnosis and treatment. Something else to be aware of is that poor oral health has also been found to affect a patient’s responseMore

Flossing – Why You Can’t Fool Your Dentist!

Mar 07, 2018
Here’s a little secret, if you don’t floss regularly and think you can pull a fast one on your dentist by flossing and brushing the morning of your checkup, it won’t work! Dentists can tell when you’ve been flossing and when you haven’t and the way they can tell that you’re not flossing is if your gums bleed during your cleaning and dental exam. If you don’t floss regularly, no amount of last minute flossing will do the trick and, as far as your dentist or hygienist is concerned, the jig is up! Gingivitis is the main cause of bleeding gums although there are other, less common conditions that can cause it. Gingivitis (inflamed gums) result from the buildup ofMore

Sugar & Spice is Not Always Nice!

Jan 22, 2018
Sugar tastes wonderful and since there is usually a holiday or birthday just around the corner you might want to learn a few tips on how to indulge while still taking care of your teeth. Ignorance is bliss, as are homemade butter tarts, but before you pop that piece of birthday cake or Black Magic truffle into your mouth you might want to arm yourself with a little “tooth friendly” information. Exactly how does sugar damage your teeth? Sugar mounts a two-pronged attack on your teeth. First the bacteria in your mouth use the sugar in food and beverages to produce acid, dissolving the enamel on your teeth. Every time you eat something with sugar in it the resulting acidMore

Toothbrush 101

Dec 04, 2017
Most of us have been using a toothbrush since we were old enough to hold onto one and you may be asking yourself what you could possibly find out about it that you don’t already know? You may be surprised. For instance, did you know that you should rinse your toothbrush BEFORE and after brushing? Airborne bacteria and other particles like dust can settle on your toothbrush between brushings. Get in the habit of rinsing your brush under hot water while briskly rubbing the bristles back and forth both before and after brushing. It is also important to air dry your toothbrush between brushings because most of the bacteria that cause gum disease are anaerobic, meaning they die when exposedMore

Are Dental Implants Right for You?

Oct 23, 2017
If you have lost one or more teeth and are looking at options to regain your smile you might want to consider dental implants as your long term smile solution. A dental implant is a high-tech solution that can help to preserve your natural jaw bone while restoring your natural looking smile. Did you know that when you lose a tooth the resulting lack of stimulation in the socket causes loss of your alveolar bone (the bone that contains your tooth sockets). After alveolar bone is lost, the bone beneath it, basal bone — the jawbone proper — also begins to resorb (melt away). The long term result can be a change in the shape of your jawline and yourMore

Teeth Whitening 101 – Know the Basics

Jun 09, 2017
“And I have the sunset and the Tuscan wine and the white teeth of the women in Rome. I am a traveler in Romance.” W. Somerset Maugham SMILE! You’re making a first impression! A “First Impression” study done in 2015 showed that 20.63% of people first notice a person’s smile when meeting for the first time. (Eyes were next at 15.63%) Since your smile is one of the first things that others notice about you it becomes a vital part of that important first impression. Your teeth don’t have to be perfect, perhaps a nod to your individuality, but these days there is no reason why they can’t be white. FYI - here are some things you should know aboutMore

Your Middle Aged Mouth Still Needs a Dentist!

Apr 30, 2017
If you’ve been kind to your teeth over the years, have seen your dentist regularly, had the recommended work done and taken good care of your gums you might feel that now you can sit back and rest on your laurels during your middle age because your teeth are “done”. Not so fast Grasshopper, this situation requires more information. Like your hair and your waistline, your “middle aged mouth” is not a static thing. Even though your teeth are naturally tough and strong, unless you eat only soft, bland food and avoid all stress your teeth will still tend to wear, rot, crack and move like the San Andreas Fault line even when you’re middle aged. Biting down on anMore

Hey! That Didn’t Hurt at All!

Mar 20, 2017
5 Great Tips to Make Teeth Cleaning More Comfortable. It’s human nature, if something hurts you avoid it. But having your teeth cleaned regularly isn’t really optional if you want to maintain good dental health and great looking teeth. Why not be proactive and work towards eliminating the discomfort you may feel during a teeth cleaning. Is it possible to have a comfortable, stress free appointment with your dental hygienist? Yes it sure is! Babin Dentistry in Victoria hopes these tips help you get there: FYI - Regular teeth cleaning results in LESS sensitive teeth because you have less plaque buildup at and below the gum line so skipping your appointment can end up making your gums more sensitive toMore

Canker Sores 101

Feb 25, 2017
Canker sores are a fact of life for many people. Nobody wants to talk about them but knowledge is power so here’s the skinny on canker sores. Canker sores are small, shallow ulcers that form inside your mouth (different from cold sores which appear outside the mouth, on the lips). They usually have a white or gray base with a red border. Canker sores can make eating and talking uncomfortable. The cause of canker sores is unknown and women are more likely than men to have canker sores that recur. Fortunately canker sores, unlike cold sores, are not contagious. Different people may have different triggers that are thought to cause canker sores. Here are some things that may put youMore

Nature Can Nurture Your Dental Health!

Dec 14, 2016
Nature has nurtured us for thousands of years so it makes sense that she has some natural answers to our modern dental health problems. Natural remedies are valuable additions to a regular regime of brushing, flossing and dental checkups. Ongoing scientific studies look at which natural ingredients work best to help prevent cavities and gum disease. These are easy things that you can do every day that will have your dentist and hygienist smiling at your next appointment. Fluoride is familiar to most people but did you know that Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in all water sources including oceans? Research has shown that fluoride reduces cavities and helps repair early stages of tooth decay. Most people getMore