Oral Health Articles

Could you use a little “brushing up” on your oral health wisdom? Then you're in luck! Our Bowmanville dentists are happy to cover a variety of topics pertaining to dental health with monthly and insightful blog articles. Check back every month and you'll be well on your way to becoming a smile expert. And if you have any subjects you'd like us to talk about, feel free to let us know!

Chewing gum prevents cavities?

August 2018

Why You Should Be Cleaning Your Tongue Daily
Your tongue is like a carpet for bacteria…

Your tongue is an extremely porous muscle that acts very much like a sponge for bacteria. This is why, every day, you should be using a tongue scraper or toothbrush to remove the nasty collection of bacteria that’s keeping your mouth dirtier than it needs to be. There are a couple of noticeable benefits to this, as well. Continue reading


Chewing gum prevents cavities?

July 2018

Does Chewing Gum Help to Prevent Cavities?
We’ve got the low-down on the chew

If you’re someone who enjoys chewing gum regularly (we’re talking about sugar-free gum!), then we’ve got some good news for you and your smile. Keep reading to learn more! Continue reading


Three Oral Health Problems Related to Dry Mouth

June 2018

Is Drinking Alcohol Harmful to Your Smile?
Let’s talk about it.

If you’re one who enjoys sipping on an alcoholic beverage or two from time to time, then here’s what you should know about how drinking alcohol may be impacting your smile – from how it looks, to how healthy it is. Continue reading


Three Oral Health Problems Related to Dry Mouth

May 2018

Three Oral Health Problems Related to Dry Mouth
Do you suffer from a dry mouth?

Have you ever experienced a dry mouth? Also referred to as “xerostomia”; this condition can occur for a number of reasons and increase one’s risks for certain oral health issues. A healthy mouth is a moist mouth! Read on to find out more about dry mouth, and what you can do to prevent it. Continue reading


Do You Believe These Five Common Dental Myths?

April 2018

Do You Believe These Five Common Dental Myths?
It’s time to set things straight.

There’s quite the handful of dental fibs or myths floating around the globe! How many of these five common dental myths do you believe? (Perhaps the answer is none… in which case, kudos to you). This month, let’s test your “dental awareness”… you may be surprised at what you’ll learn! Continue reading


Why You Should Be Cleaning Your Tongue Daily

March 2018

Why You Should Be Cleaning Your Tongue Daily
Your tongue is like a carpet for bacteria…

Your tongue is an extremely porous muscle that acts very much like a sponge for bacteria. This is why, every day, you should be using a tongue scraper or toothbrush to remove the nasty collection of bacteria that’s keeping your mouth dirtier than it needs to be. There are a couple of noticeable benefits to this, as well. Continue reading


Do You Make These Popular Brushing Mistakes?

February 2018

Do You Make These Popular Brushing Mistakes?
Proper Teeth Brushing 101

How well do you brush your teeth? You might think your brushing technique is on point… when in reality, you may very well be doing some things incorrectly! Here are six common mistakes patients make with brushing their teeth. Continue reading


Seniors and Older Adults: Watch Out for Root Decay

January 2018

Seniors and Older Adults: Watch Out for Root Decay
Root Cavities Affect Senior Smiles More than Others

If there’s one oral health issue that seniors and older adults should watch out for, it would be root decay. But why is this age group statistically more susceptible to root decay? And are YOU at risk? Here’s what you need to know. Continue reading


You Should NEVER Skip Brushing Before Bed

December 2017

Why You Should NEVER Skip Brushing Before Bed
Are you guilty of this harmful habit?

While everyone should be brushing their teeth twice a day, one of those times should always be before a person goes to bed/ after their last meal. Do you brush your teeth every time before you go to sleep? We’ve got three important reasons as to why this is the most important time to brush. Continue reading


Four questions to ask your dentist

November 2017

Four Questions to Ask Your Dentist the Next Time You Visit
Get the most out of your check-up!

Has it been a while since you’ve last been to the dentist’s office? If you’re due for an appointment soon (or yesterday!), here are four questions you can ask the dentist so that you’re well informed about the state of your oral health. Continue reading


Oral Health Quiz

October 2017

How Does Smoking and Tobacco Affect Your Smile?
We’ve got even more reasons why you should quit.

Unfortunately, a smoking habit is one of the hardest ones to quit – and at the same time, it’s one of the worst habits for your general and oral health. Have you been trying to quit? Well, that’s a step in the right direction! This month, we’re going to talk about several ways that smoking/tobacco use compromises your oral health. Continue reading


Oral Health Quiz

August 2017

Do Your Gums Need a Deep Cleaning?
You may not even know it…

Gums that are suffering from severe periodontal disease require a deep cleaning treatment referred to as a “scaling and root planing” in order to prevent gum damage from continuing. Do you have gum disease? Roughly half of the population does! Surprising (and pretty unsettling), huh? Continue reading


Oral Health Quiz

July 2017

Assess Your Oral Health: QUIZ
Where do you rank on the smile-healthy scale?

How healthy is your smile? Better yet, how well do you think you’ve been looking after it? This oral health assessment quiz might be able to give you a general idea. Simply answer these 8 brief questions, and let’s see where you stand! Continue reading


Floss vs Interdental

June 2017

Dental floss vs. Interdental Brushes
Who Will Win the Battle?

Which cleaning tool is best to use when it comes to cleaning our gums… traditional dental floss, or an interdental brush? Today, we’re going to go over the unique pros and cons of each to see which one you should be using for your smile. Check it out! Continue reading


May 2017

Dental Plaque 101: What You Should Know
Why do we need to brush our teeth and floss so regularly?

You may have heard the word "plaque" from time to time when your dentist is speaking with you, or in that ever-famous and punny dental joke that I'm sure we've all heard. But do you know exactly what plaque is? Continue reading


April 2017

Why Have Regular Visits with Your Bowmanville Dentist?
Here Are Four Excellent Reasons Why!

It's very important to see your dentist and hygienist every 6 or so months. But why isn't it enough to just practice a diligent home care routine, and forget about the dental visits? We'll tell you why. Continue reading


March 2017

Teaching Kids the Importance of Oral Health
Creating Healthy Little Smiles

We can all use a friendly reminder from time to time about the importance of educating little ones about oral health from a young age. Continue reading


February 2017

Dental Implants For a Full and Functional Smile
Dental Implants Change Lives

No one should have to suffer from the effects of a missing tooth or teeth. Luckily, dental implants are a very practical and long-term solution! Continue reading