1. Food to Avoid or Love for the Period to New Year’s

    27th October 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    smile beauty healthDo not avoid the platter of cheese at your next dinner setting. Cheese is quite good for your teeth since it contains casein that protects teeth from cavities.

    Key takeaways:

    • Spinach, kale and other green vegetables are good for healthy teeth. They require more chewing which  helps to release more saliva that washes the teeth.
    • Avoid too much citrus foods such as oranges, lemons, and lime that are highly acidic and cause erosion of tooth enamel. Citrus fruits can be enjoyed with large meals to limit damage to the teeth.
    • Candy should be avoided due to the high sugar content that fuels bacterial activity in the mouth.

    In general, you don’t need to deprive yourself of your favorite fall and winter treats to maintain a healthy mouth — just be sensible. “You can eat anything in moderation,” says Dr. Messina. “And make sure you brush twice a day, floss once a day, and see your dentist regularly.”

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  2. Stress May Affect Your Oral Health

    26th October 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    smile beauty teethDid you know that stress may cause problems in your mouth? Stress is linked to a number of conditions that affect the gums, teeth and mouth.

    Key takeaways:

    • Foul mood caused by stress may cause people to skip routine oral healthcare tasks such as brushing and flossing. Stress also causes poor eating habits that lead to poor oral health.
    • Stress causes cold sores and mouth ulcers since it leads to compromised immunity.
    • Teeth grinding is linked with stress and will cause damage to teeth.

    Stress can lead to depression, and depressed patients, according to research, have twice the risk of an unfavorable outcome from gum disease treatment compared to those who are not depressed.

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  3. Oral Health Facts for a Less Scary Halloween

    24th October 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    smile beauty teethHalloween is certainly filled with chocolates, sweets and other snacks. Sugar intake for children should be limited to 33g per day.

    Key takeaways:

    • Have alkaline foods such as milk and cheese on Halloween night to help neutralize the buildup of acid in the mouth.
    • Parents should stop their children from eating sweets and chocolates at least one hour before bedtime on Halloween.
    • Children should be supervised when brushing their teeth before they finally retire for bed on Halloween.

    It is not the amount of sweets consumed that cause tooth decay – it is how often they are eaten. Sugar causes the bacteria in plaque to produce acids. It is these acids which attack children’s tooth enamel and cause tooth decay.

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  4. Is it time for a smile makeover with dental veneers?

    21st October 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    smile, beauty,teeth,If you’ve put up with bad teeth for awhile, it’s time to see your dentist. Dental veneers might be the perfect solution it your teeth have a few flaws – a crooked or chipped tooth, or discoloured, or maybe upper teeth that are a bit too long.

    • Veneers are ultra-thin, custom-made shells shaped like your teeth. We create them from porcelain or a resin composite.
    • These very thin shells will be bonded to the front of your teeth.
    • Veneers can change the colour, shape, and size of a tooth – improving appearance greatly.

    With veneers, you can get a quick smile makeover that lasts a long time. Patients walk away smiling at the difference. Everyone loves having a better-looking smile. Especially if you’ve put up with bad teeth for awhile. Right?



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