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Oral health during pregnancy

May 15, 2018
blog- Oral health during pregnancy

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During pregnancy overall health including your oral health is important. Between decorating the nursery and visiting your OB-GYN, also visit your dentist for a checkup!

It’s important to maintain a good home care routine.

  • Brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day
  • Floss at least everyday
  • Rinse after snacks and meals
  • Visit the dentist every 6 months, maybe more frequently during pregnancy
  • Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet
  • Teeth Whitening While Pregnant, because use of tooth whitening products that contain or generate hydrogen peroxide results in release of in- organic mercury from dental amalgams, these products should be avoided during pregnancy by patients who have amalgam restorations.

Citation: Al-Salehi SK. Effects of bleaching on mercury ion release from dental amalgam. J Dent Res 2009;88(3):239-43.

During pregnancy you may experience morning sickness. The stomach acid can coat the teeth when you vomit, which can cause dental erosion and increase the risk of tooth decay.

  • If you vomit, rinse your mouth with a teaspoon of baking soda in a cup of water to stop acid from attacking your teeth.
  • In some instances, morning sickness and vomiting/reflux may contribute to the onset of perimyolysis, an erosion of the lingual surfaces of the teeth caused by exposure to gastric acids.
  • A pregnant adolescent experiencing morning sickness or gastroesophageal reflux should be instructed to rinse with a cup of water containing a teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate and to avoid tooth brushing for about one hour after vomiting to minimize dental erosion caused by stomach acid exposure.
  • Women should be advised about the high sugar content and risk for caries associated with long term frequent use of over the counter antacids.

Is it Safe to Visit the Dentist While Pregnant?

Yes, absolutely! Let your dentist know that you’re expecting as soon as possible. Tell them how far along you are and about any medications you are taking when you arrive at your appointment. Getting regular dental checkups during pregnancy is safe and important for both you and your baby.

Can you get dental work done while pregnant?

Dental work while pregnant, such as cavity fillings and root canals, should be treated as soon as possible to reduce the risk of infection. Numbing medications your dentist may use during the procedure are also completely safe you and your unborn baby.

Preventive, diagnostic, and restorative dental treatment is safe throughout pregnancy and is effective in improving and maintaining oral health.

Oral health care, including having dental radiographs taken and being given local anesthesia, is safe at any point during pregnancy. Further, the American Dental Association and the American Congress (formerly “College”) of Obstetricians and Gynecologists agree that emergency treatments, such as extractions, root canals or restorations can be safely performed during pregnancy and that delaying treatment may result in more complex problems.

Oral Hygiene Routine

With proper hygiene at home and professional help from your dentist, your teeth should remain healthy throughout your pregnancy.

Content reference are from various sources. Oral Health Topics Pregnancy – American Dental Association, Oral Health Care During Pregnancy: A National Consensus Statement, American Academy Of Pediatric Dentistr, Keeping your mouth healthy during pregnancy – American Dental Association, CDC Pregnant & Radiation fact sheet, 

Sports and Oral Health

April 30, 2018
blog- Sports and Oral Health

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A solid workout is one of the more valuable contributions just about anyone can make for health. Your weight, your mood, your entire quality of life is improved with physical exercise.

Sugary energy bars and drinks, consumed steadily over the course of a long work-out and the stage is set for tooth decay. Sugar converts to glucose which speedily fuels muscles with extra energy during races and training.

Saliva is one of the mouth’s strongest natural defenses against tooth decay and gum disease. Lower saliva rates after workout, decrease the mouth’s ability to fight acid-forming bacteria, and keep itself clean. Teeth are now left defenseless to the effects of the acid produced by sugar-fueled bacteria.

Few tips that can really change the equation:

  • Stay hydrated and  consider increasing your salt intake, which enables your body to retain water.
  • Choose your energy bars and drinks carefully.
  • Rinse your mouth with water if you must quick-fuel with sugary bars and drinks.
  • Ask our staff about sealants and fluoride treatments. Let us know that you are an endurance athlete and we can discuss ways to help you prevent tooth decay from getting started.
  • Brush and floss at least twice a day.  If your mouth is feeling especially rank after exercise, brush and floss then, too.

However, oral diseases are preventable by simple interventions with good evidence of efficacy.


5 Dental Care Tips to Keep your Mouth Healthy If You’re Over 60

April 10, 2018
blog- 5 Dental Care Tips to Keep your Mouth Healthy If You’re Over 60

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1. Brush your teeth often

When you are in 60’s your teeth and gums inevitably have more wear and tear on them than when you were younger.

Be aware of your oral health, and take the necessary steps to keep your teeth and gums clean. At our Advanced Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, we recommend that you brush your teeth twice a day.

Brush gently and thoroughly, brushing too hard or using a toothpaste that is too abrasive can actually wear down your teeth enamel, which isn’t good.

2. Keep your removable dentures clean

Many seniors are opting to replace their removable dentures with a fixed denture or dental implants (more on that below). However, if you currently wear a removable denture, it’s important to clean it daily, since any bacteria or debris on your denture will likely come into contact with your gums, which could increase your chances of getting gum disease.

Even if you already have gum disease, you still want to care for your dentures appropriately, as gum disease can quickly accelerate into a more advanced stage called periodontal disease, which can, in turn, lead to a wide variety of health issues.

3. Avoid dry mouth, stay hydrated

Staying hydrated is not only important for your overall health, it’s important for your dental health as well.

Moistening your food also helps to avoid dry mouth. Moisten all dry foods with broth, sauces, milk or melted butter. Since your salivary glands aren’t producing enough saliva, this will make it easier to chew and swallow.

4. Floss every day

Make flossing a habit, yet many people don’t do it. Most estimates show as adults who floss daily between 30-50%. Flossing removes small food particles, debris, and bacteria from between your teeth which would, in turn, make your mouth clean.

If you’re over the age 60, and you’ve never made flossing part of your daily oral hygiene routine, get started now.

5. Missing one or more teeth, Get your dental implants now

Many seniors are missing one or more teeth as a result of neglect or poor dental hygiene, and some cases, it can simply be attributed to wear and tear over the years, as well as genetics.

Dental implants are an ideal solution for many people over the age of 60, if you would like to learn more, Visit our page Dental Enquiry

7 Myths about Orthodontic Treatment

March 19, 2018
blog- 7 Myths about Orthodontic Treatment

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Myth #1. Anyone who provides braces or aligners is an orthodontist.

False. While some general dentists or online companies offer braces or aligners, only an orthodontist who has taken the additional years of advanced training at an accredited residency can call themselves an orthodontic specialist or be a member of the AAO. It’s not worth the risk of permanent damage to your face and smile to allow anyone who isn’t an orthodontist to attempt to move your teeth. By selecting an AAO orthodontist, you are choosing a specialist who possesses the skills and experience to give you your best smile. Look for the AAO logo at your orthodontist’s office, or locate an AAO orthodontist using ‘Find an Orthodontist’ at

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Gum Diseases

December 15, 2017
blog- Gum Diseases

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What is a Gum Disease?

Gum disease, or periodontal disease is a chronic inflammation and infection of the gums and surrounding tissue. It is the major cause of about 70 percent of adult tooth loss, affecting three out of four persons at some point in their life. Periodontal diseases include gingivitis and periodontitis.

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How do I know when I have a cavity?

February 17, 2016
blog- How do I know when I have a cavity?

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Dr. Bowman and our team at Gentle Caring Dentistry frequently field questions about cavities and what causes them. Patients will typically ask, “I brush twice a day and floss regularly, as well as rinse with hydrogen peroxide, so a cavity is unlikely, right?”

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Valentine’s Day History

February 10, 2016
blog- Valentine’s Day History

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Valentine’s Day is best known as a celebration of love in all its forms. Pink hearts, red roses, and cute greeting cards adorn every surface you see. What many people don’t realize is that the modern Valentine’s Day celebration arose from a religious holiday.

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Which whitening is right for you?

February 3, 2016
blog- Which whitening is right for you?

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Many of our patients at Gentle Caring Dentistry have been asking us about brightening their teeth lately, and today we thought we would discuss the options available to you to put the sparkle back in your smile!

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What should I use to clean my baby’s teeth?

January 27, 2016
blog- What should I use to clean my baby’s teeth?

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You might think babies don’t need to brush their teeth, especially when they don’t have any. But by starting good habits like brushing when your child is young, you can lay the foundation for them to continue those good habits into adulthood.

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I haven’t been to the dentist in years; what should I expect?

January 20, 2016
blog- I haven’t been to the dentist in years; what should I expect?

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Time flies when we are not at the dentist! Before you know it, years may have gone by. Let’s take a moment to explain what takes place when a patient comes back to receive care after an extended period of time.

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