How to Maintain Your Oral Health If You Vape

How to Maintain Your Oral Health If You Vape

Oral Health and Vaping - Dentist Airdrie AB

Smoking is not only detrimental to your body and organs, but it can also cause wreak havoc on your teeth. Regardless of whether you smoke or vape, whether it’s nicotine or cannabis, make sure you protect your oral health.

Let’s take a look at how vaping is bad for your teeth, and how you can improve your oral health.

Tips on Improving Your Oral Health If You Vape

Traditionally, it is understood that smoking leads to health issues like emphysema, lung cancer, and even heart disease. Not many people associate smoking or vaping with oral health issues as well.

Your cells are stressed each time you smoke or vape, and this causes them to soften or deteriorate. Chemicals, such as nicotine, are damaging to your teeth and gums. It also increases the possibility of developing oral cancer.

Signs Your Oral Health is Deteriorating

An early symptom will be reduced blood flow to your mouth, but this can be difficult to detect. 

Other more noticeable symptoms might be observed over time and may include:

  • Shaky teeth
  • Bleeding gums
  • Foul mouth odor

 If you notice any of these signs …It’s time to take action!

Improve Your Oral Health and Stop Vaping

Dental patients who stop vaping begin to see noticeable changes in their overall oral health. If your cells are not as stressed , your teeth and gums can improve. 

A good first step is to stop vaping, or significantly reduce the amount. This is especially important if you are experiencing symptoms of dental deterioration.

Practice Good Dental Hygiene

If you are now or have in the past smoked or vaped, it is especially important you don’t skip any part of a good dental regimen, including:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day
  • Rinse your mouth after vaping or eating acidic foods (using a mouthwash that contains fluoride as an ingredient is very helpful)
  • Floss regularly
  • Drink lots of water
  • Finally, increase your visits to your Airdrie dentist office – make an appointment today

These are simple but effective steps to help you maintain & improve your oral health if you vape.

Contact Our Airdrie Dentist Office Today

Knowing and understanding why vaping is bad for your teeth is vital to keeping them healthy.

Improving your dental health is our biggest concern. Our dentists here in Airdrie Alberta are here to help. Visit our website, call or email us today. We are here to put You First!

Is Oil Pulling Good for You? Your Airdrie Dentist Explains

Is Oil Pulling Good for You? Your Airdrie Dentist Explains

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You may have heard about the latest trend in DIY dental hygiene, something called oil pulling. It may be new to you, but it’s actually a very old folk remedy that involves swishing edible oil in your mouth. Adherents claim that oil pulling whitens teeth, promotes good dental hygiene, and even improves one’s overall health.

Is oil pulling good for you? Your Airdrie dentist has the real story.

What is Oil Pulling?

Oil pulling is a simple process that involves swishing your mouth with a tablespoon of organic oil for five to twenty minutes a day. Followers of this technique suggest using coconut, sesame, sunflower, or other edible oils. You should perform this routine every morning before breakfast, on an empty stomach. At the end of the process, the oil thins and becomes a milky white. You can then spit it out of your mouth and rinse with warm saline water. Normal brushing is then encouraged.

Benefits of Oil Pulling

The oil pulling technique is a holistic approach that originated in ancient India more than 3,000 years ago as part of a healing practice. It’s still practiced throughout India and southern Asia.  

The herbal oil used in oil pulling is believed to pull toxins from the mouth, thus the name. Proponents claim that oil pulling not only detoxes and cleans the mouth, but also reduces plaque, cures bad breath, whitens teeth, and reduces inflammation that can lead to gum disease and other undesirable conditions.

Not surprisingly, oil pulling is popular among supporters of natural remedies and alternative medicine. Moreover, while definitive statistics are hard to come by, there have been some studies that appear to confirm these health benefits.

Critics of oil pulling claim that similar benefits can come from swishing with mouthwash or even plain water for the same length of time. The point is to increase saliva to dilute the concentration of plaque so that it doesn’t stick to your teeth.

There are also some notable adverse effects of oil pulling. Many people who practice oil pulling complain of dry mouth, increased thirst, sore mouth muscles, and a loss of taste sensation. For these reasons – and the lack of definitive research on the subject – the American Dental Association does not recommend oil pulling as a regular practice. The Canadian Dental Association does not have an official position on the practice.

Oil Pulling Shouldn’t Replace Regular Cleanings and Checkups

Even if oil pulling has some beneficial effects, it should not replace traditional dental hygiene. The ADA recommends brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste for a full two minutes twice a day, as well as flossing. You need to use some amount of pressure to fully remove plaque from your teeth, which you get from brushing and flossing.

Also, you need to maintain a routine of dental checkups. You should see your Airdrie dentist, Dr. Jennifer Buchanan, twice a year to examine and clean your teeth. That’s the key to good dental hygiene and a whiter smile!

Talk to Your Airdrie Dentist About Oil Pulling

If you have questions about oil pulling or other dental hygiene matters, call or visit the expert staff at You First Dental. We’ll help you decide if oil pulling is right for you.

Comfortable, Relaxing Dental Experience – It’s possible when you find the right dentist!

Relaxed, comfortable visits

It’s possible with the awesome You First Dental team!

Do you feel apprehensive when it’s time to go to your dentist? Discover how our Airdrie dental office strives to make you feel right at home.

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How our Airdrie dental office is truly on your side

When choosing the right dental office for you and your family, it’s important that they pay strong attention to your needs, address your concerns, and answer all of your questions.

Staying calm at the dental office can be lessened when you have a team willing to work with your unique needs. The right dental team will offer helpful tips, treat you with compassion, and can offer sedation options.

 We offer safe  sleep options.

Nap through your appointments with inhaled minimal sedation

Our goal is to give you a reason to smile. Think of us as your fun extended family.

Take advantage of in-office financing (no deposit necessary).

 We equip our patients with the knowledge they need to perform informed oral-care at home. 

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Come in for a Meet and Greet at our Airdrie dentist office!

Before committing to any appointments, we welcome you to come by our practice in Airdrie for a meet and greet. We will give you a tour of our family friendly clinic. To make sure you get the You First Dental experience, we will introduce you to our caring and fun team.

During our meet and greet, you’ll have the opportunity

  • to learn about the advancing dental technology we use
  • ask us about billing, insurance, or fees
  • ask questions about our financing options
  • get to know Dr. Buchanan, Dr. Gushue, and the team.

No diagnosis or treatments will take place but feel free to ask us general questions. Looking forward to meeting you!

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Find Cure to Sleep Apnea – Airdrie Dentist Sleep Apnea Services

GREAT news – you can treat sleep apnea without the CPAP!

Ditching the CPAP with no alternative is dangerous for your overall health. But for mild to moderate sleep apnea sufferers, there’s a dental and natural solution.

Request a consultation with Dr. Jennifer Buchanan today. A Sleep Test administered by YouFirst Dental and a sleep physician can identify if there’s a comfortable and effective solution for you. 

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Why it’s important to treat sleep apnea

Below are some complications that can arise when you leave sleep apnea untreated.

  • Higher possibility of an accident while operating a vehicle
  • Increased risk of a heart attack
  • Increased risk of getting a stroke
  • Poor vision
  • Low energy
  • Weight gain
  • Developing diabetes
  • Experiencing irregular heartbeats

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Treating the Root Cause with the MicroO2™

While there are many contributing factors that lead to obstructive sleep apnea, all lead to issues with your airway.

MicroO2™ is a highly customized for you and will be made to your physiologic bite. The splint is placed over the teeth while you sleep.

This customization allows for normal mouth opening and closing, avoidance of jaw issues, and ultimately comfort.

Take care of yourself – Everyone is important.

If you’re looking for a comfortable and effective remedy to sleep apnea, talk to us! You deserve a treatment that works.

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The Headaches – Bite Connection and What You Can Do to Find Relief

The Headaches – Bite Connection and What You Can Do to Find Relief

blog header for the headaches and bite link blogYou’ve got a headache…yet again. The pain radiates through your head and down your neck. It sends shooting pains into your face. Is it a tension headache? Could it be a migraine? Is it TMJ disorder, also known as TMD?

One of the leading cause of temporomandibular joint disorder is malocclusion or a “bad bite.”

What’s interesting is that a lot of people with a misaligned bite may not even be thinking of making this connection with their teeth and headaches.

What is the link between a headache and a malocclusion? And how can a dentist like Dr. Jennifer Buchanan in Airdrie help you reduce the likelihood of experiencing TMJ headaches?

The Link Between a Headache and a Misaligned Bite: Understanding the Root Cause of Your Pain

One of the most common causes of debilitating headaches and migraines is TMD.

There is a strong link between patients with chronic headaches and TMJ disorder.

The muscles, tendons, and nerves of the head and neck are intricately connected. The nerve that supplies nutrients to the jaw joints and facial muscles also branches off to various teeth.

A misalignment in our teeth that’ causing the teeth to not mesh properly puts pressure in the jaw joints and facial muscles. This is why patients with TMJ disorder not only have headaches but also jaw pain and neck pain.

If you have a headache on one side of your head, it may very likely be related to your jaw joint.

Jaw clenching and bruxism (grinding of the teeth) are also symptoms of a misaligned bite. All of these things aggravate the nerves and strain the muscles, leading to a headache.

TMJ Disorder – Why It Should Be Addressed ASAP by a Dentist with a Physiologic Approach

TMJ disorder is not something that should be taken lightly. It can have a huge impact on your life if left untreated. Some people’s symptoms get so bad that they’re unable to eat or speak properly due to the pain.

Airdrie dentist, Dr. Jennifer Buchanan, can provide you with a comprehensive TMJ treatment plan. Once we identify it is TMJ disorder causing your headaches and jaw pain. We will devise a number of treatment options which may be able to deal with the issue.

Our tools can also assist in identifying how misaligned your jaw joints are.

Physiologic Approach to Treating TMJ Headaches

We start by using a gentle muscle stimulator that massages the muscle surrounding the jaw and helps it to relax.

We may suggest that you use a TMJ splint for your treatment, which is designed to fit over your teeth. They help to prevent your lower and upper teeth from coming together. This helps to take any pressure off the jaw muscles and joints so these parts of your face can heal more quickly.

Dr. Buchanan may also design a custom-fitted orthotic device that fits inside your mouth which helps to maintain your jaw in just the right position.

This can gradually help to reduce any tension in your jaw muscle and associated jaw pain.

Orthodontic Treatment Can Often Fix Misalignment

Besides trauma, TMJ disorder can be caused by malocclusion or a misaligned bite. The teeth can shift over time, particularly if you have any missing teeth. The other teeth will shift to fill in those spaces. Other causes include crooked and/or crowded teeth.

In addition to the teeth being out of alignment, the jaw can be, as well. Some people have narrower jaws that don’t allow for proper function of the jaw or the teeth.

Other types of occlusion include:

  • Overbite
  • Overjet
  • Underjet
  • Crossbite

All of these occlusion issues can be treated with orthodontics. Spending some time in braces will put the teeth and jaw into proper alignment, allowing for better function, which leads to less tooth and jaw pain.

You First Dental – Providing a Unique Treatment Plan for Your Unique Needs

Why should you see the dental team at You First Dental if you’ve been experiencing painful headaches and jaw pain? It’s because this team will treat you as an individual and put you first.

TMJ Treatment - Airdrie AB

TMJ Treatment – Airdrie AB

Each person has unique needs. While everyone has the same basic physical makeup, people still have very diverse needs and experiences. What works for one person may not work for the next.

The team at You First Dental doesn’t believe in a cookie cutter approach to dentistry. When you seek TMJ treatment from this Airdrie dentist office, you’ll get a solution that works specifically for you. That is the only way to get lasting pain relief from horrible headache and other TMJ disorder symptoms.

Do you ever experience painful TMJ symptoms? Like debilitating headaches? Contact You First Dental to schedule an examination. We’ll find the best solution that will benefit your overall health and wellbeing.

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