Why A Dental Visit Should Be On Your Back To School To Do List

August 20, 2016

It might seem like school just let out for the summer, and it’s already time to go back. It’s amazing how fast the summer flies by! At Strathcona Dental Clinic, we know as your kids head back to school this fall, you’re probably busy buying new shoes, backpacks and school supplies. But in addition to back to school shopping, it’s important to schedule a dental checkup for your kids. A dental checkup before your children go back to school is a great idea for several reasons.

The start of the school year is often hectic. Your kids may be busy with classes, homework and sports practice, and you’re busy supervising everything. It’s best to get a checkup out of the way before your days are packed full of carpool, PTA meetings and other school activities. Plus, it’s nice to start the school year knowing your child’s mouth is healthy and cavity free.

Remember, good oral health is important for your children’s overall well-being. Toothaches and cavities are not a great way to start the school year. Dental problems can prevent your kids from concentrating and focusing on their schoolwork. Dental emergencies can even lead to missed classes.

A dental checkup before school starts can spot signs of trouble early and treat any problems, which prevents your kids from missing classes in the future. Back to school checkups also provide reinforcement for your children to practice good oral hygiene. For example, make sure your kids get up early enough to brush thoroughly before they head off to school.

The start of the school year may also mean after school activities and sports, such as football and lacrosse. Dr. Abdul Wehbe and Dr. Barry Bergh are happy to provide a custom fitted mouth guard, to protect your child’s teeth from sports injuries.

Lastly, to keep your kid’s teeth healthy, pack their lunchbox with dental friendly foods, such as fresh fruit, yogurt and milk. Limit sticky, sugary foods, especially since your children may not brush their teeth at school after they eat.   

At our dental office in Edmonton, we believe good dental health starts young. Whether your kids are heading off to kindergarten or their senior year, a dental visit helps them start the year right. Please call our office at (780) 433-1154 or visit our website at http://www.strathconadental.ca/ to schedule a dental visit.

Treating Dry Mouth And Keeping Your Mouth Healthy

August 9, 2016

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Treating Dry Mouth and Keeping Your Mouth Healthy

Strathcona Dental Clinic – Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Treating Dry Mouth That dry, sticky feeling in the mouth affects everyone occasionally. But for some people, dry mouth is a chronic issue that can range from annoying to impacting a person’s dental health. The good news is at Strathcona Dental Clinic, we offer solutions to restore moisture to your mouth and help you maintain good oral health.

What Causes Dry Mouth?

The medical or technical term for dry mouth is xerostomia, and it occurs when the salivary glands do not produce an adequate flow of saliva. Symptoms include thick saliva, dryness in the throat and mouth and possibly taste changes.

It’s helpful to understand that dry mouth itself is not a disease. Instead, it is usually a side effect of medication or a symptom of a medical condition. For example, some antidepressants and antihistamines can cause oral dryness. Medical conditions, such as diabetes and Parkinson’s disease, can also cause dry mouth. Smoking and stress may also be a culprit.

Having a chronically dry mouth can lead to bad breath and also tooth decay. That’s because saliva serves a few important functions in your mouth. A moist mouth makes chewing and swallowing more comfortable. But that’s not all. Saliva also helps wash food particles away from your teeth and contains minerals that protect the teeth. When there is a lack of saliva, it puts you at a higher risk for plaque formation and developing gum disease.

It’s easy to see that treating dry mouth is important to maintain healthy teeth and gums. At our dental clinic in Edmonton, we can help. Dr. Abdul Wehbe and Dr. Barry Bergh will review your dental and health history to determine the cause of your dry mouth. Based on the cause, we’ll provide recommendations to treat the condition. Our comprehensive approach may include everything from at-home strategies to products that treat dry mouth. As always, treatment plans will be customized to meet individual patient needs.  

For example, eliminating certain foods that may contribute to dry mouth and sucking on sugarless candy or chewing gum to increase saliva flow may be suggested. Products including dry mouth gel and antibacterial mouth rinses may also be treatment options.  In some cases, in-office fluoride treatments and more frequent cleanings may also be recommended.  

For dry mouth treatment or any dental needs, please call our Edmonton dental office at (780) 433-1154. You can also visit our website at http://www.strathconadental.ca/