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Chewing Gum: Good or Bad?

July 31, 2017
Some people consider chewing gum to be indulging in a treat or part of normal life. Is it bad for your teeth or good? It really depends on the type of gum! To understand this better, you’ll need to know how the gum is sweetened. Gum either has regular table sugar, artificial sweeteners or sugar alcohols. When chewing gum there are two stages. The first is about ten minutes, where the sugar released from the gum into your mouth. The bacteria in your mouth feed off of this released sugar. The second phase that follows is the saliva production. After the sugar has been swallowed the saliva in your mouth helps to remineralize your tooth enamel. When chew gum with artificial sugars, there is no release of sugar in your mouth. You only produce saliva which actually helps to protect your teeth! Chewing gum with sugar alcohols usually contains xylitol. This alcohol contains cavity fighting power! This is one of the best gums to chew as it doesn’t contain actual sugar and helps prevent cavities. Now you have a better understanding of what gum to choose if you want a healthier choice! Happy Chewing! 
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July 17, 2017
Smoking has it’s consequences. When you think of the problems it causes, a few things come to mind. Some people may automatically think of lung based diseases such as lung cancer and chronic bronchitis. The truth is that smoking cigarettes affects more than just your lungs – they affect every organ in your body! The damage they can do to your oral health is really no surprise. Smoking cigarettes can cause problems such as oral cancer, periodontal (gum disease), bad breath and stained teeth. These problems are just to name a few! The nicotine in cigarettes makes it addictive, so it can be a challenge to kick the bad habit! Quitting smoking, makes a drastic difference to your oral health! Don’t hesitate to speak with us at Maple Family Dentistry about your oral health and any concerns with smoking. 
– Dr. Raymond Zhu
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June 26, 2017
If you maintain daily oral hygiene habits, you can keep the teeth you have for a life! However, as your body ages and under goes different physical changes, your oral health can also be affected.  You may be at risk for certain dental problems. 
Tooth or Root Decay
Seniors can sometimes suffer from dry mouth due to medication side effects. This can be a result from cancer treatment or cardiovascular medications. No matter the cause, saliva is an essential to neutralize the bacteria and acids in your mouth. With dry mouth, you have less saliva and it can expose your teeth to more damage over time.
Gum Disease
Gum disease affects 25% of adults from the ages of 65 to 74 years old, according to the Academy of General Dentistry. If this is left untreated it can lead to gingivitis or serious periodontitis. 
To stay on top of your oral health and avoid problems, continue regular check ups with
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June 12, 2017

TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder), happens when the hinge connecting the upper and lower jaw isn’t working as it should. This is one of the most important, yet complex joints of our body! It’s role is to move our lower jaw backwards and side to side. If you have TMJD, you may experience he sensation of your jaw popping or “getting stuck”. The exact cause of this disorder is often difficult to determine. Symptoms of TMJD include:

  • Headaches, pain and pressure behind the eyes
  • Clicking or popping sounds when you open/close your mouth
  • Pain when opening your mouth, chewing etc.
  • Tenderness of jaw muscles
  • Swelling of the face

While there is no specific single cure for TMJD, you can consult with your dentist for different treatments that can dramatically reduce your symptoms. Contact us at Maple Family Dentistry today to find out more! – Dr. Raymond Zhu

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May 29, 2017

When it comes to oral hygiene it is always best to start early! Teaching your children good dental habits from a young age will help them keep up the routine throughout their life. As an adult, bad breath is usually a result of coffee or smoking tobacco. Since children are not subjected to these factors, where does the bad breath come from? Here are a few surprising causes of bad breath in children: Foreign Objects – Kids are curious creatures, sometimes this can be a good enough reason to trap foreign objects up their nose. These object can get lodged in the nasal passage and cause a nasty smell. Swollen Tonsils – Healthy tonsils are pink and spot free. Take a look at your child’s tonsils. If they are inflamed, red, and have a few spots, they most likely are infected and are causing a bad smell. Dry Mouth – Kids are usually running around and don’t have much time to stay hydrated. Not getting enough water will produce less saliva for washing away bad odours. Tooth Decay – This is usually the worst cause of bad breath since no amount of brushing can get rid of an oral infection odour. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that your child’s bad breath is from skipping bed time brushing! To book an appointment and get to the bottom of your child’s bad breath contact Maple Family Dentistry! – Dr. Raymon

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May 8, 2017

Naturally, parents tend to worry about every mysterious freckle and strange cough that finds it’s way to their infant. Teething is a naturally painful process for both parents and babies. Before jumping to conclusions as to which unique illness your child diagnosis fits, take a look at the list below of signs your baby is teething ● Irritability: according to surveys this is the most common symptom while teething ● Disrupted sleeping habits is another very common symptom. ● Not wanting to eat solid foods. ● Biting and sucking on strange objects; prepare for objects around the house to be smothered in drool! ● Rubbing their gums and ears. ● A mild fever has been found to sometimes occur during teething. If your child has a really high fever, chances are that something else is causing it. ● A rash on their face – teething is linked to a rash specifically on the face, other rashes around the body are unrelated. If you are still unsure if your child is teething, consult your dentist. To book an appointment, contact us at the Maple Family Dentistry! – Dr. Raymond Zhu

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April 24, 2017

What you do in your teenage years, affects your dental health as an adult! Teenagers are busy running around with school, jobs, sports and social activities. When you throw in eating a lot of junk food and you’ll likely end up with some dental trouble. The best way for teens to enjoy a nice smile is to pay attention to good oral habits. By making oral hygiene part of a simple daily routine, you can help your teen stay on top of their dental health on top of all other activities. Here are a few tips to help your child get through the teen years: 1. Encourage brushing and flossing Most of us brush but flossing is swept under the rug especially with teenagers. Flossing daily can help reduce bad oral hygiene that may lead to stains, bad breath, missing teeth and many other dental problems. 2. Set a good example. Being a teenager is a very impressionable age, and watching someone you look up to take great care of their teeth reflects on their habits. 3. Keep soft toothbrushes and other products handy Make sure to keep flavoured floss or plastic flossers with good- tasting toothpaste out in the bathroom. You can keep them in the kitchen for quick use when your teen is in a hurry! 4. No Junk Food Keep lots of fruits and vegetables in the house for snacking. 5. Educate your children about the dangers of smoking Some teens are presented with social pressures to start smoking or to get

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March 27, 2017

At Maple Family Dentistry, we know how troubling toothaches can be! Whether the pain be fleeting, intermittent or barely there, the problem should be addressed by a dental professional! Here are some common causes for toothaches: An abscessed tooth – this can be the most severe pain! It can be accompanied by a fever or swelling of the face or mouth. You may also experience heat or cold sensitivity. The pain would disappear if the abscess ruptures. However, it still requires treatment to prevent the infection from spreading. The solution for this problem is usually a root canal. This requires the tooth to be flushed out and resealed. A cavity – some can cause discomfort! When the decay erodes a major part of enamel, you will be able to feel the internal layers which can cause pain. The treatment required involves removing the cavity and sealing the tooth with a dental filling. Thinned enamel – this can occur from aggressive brushing. Your teeth might react sensitively to hot or cold as a result. To minimize or diminish pain, a fluoride treatment can be administered. In more serious cases a protective coating can be used on the surface of the teeth. A cracked tooth – a damaged tooth can be very painful! A restorative procedure such as a crown can usually be used. Your dentist will find the best solution that works for your case. Toothaches should never be ignored! Consult Maple F

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March 20, 2017

It seems as though everyone gets their wisdom teeth removed. Have you ever wondered why we have them in the first place? Why we should remove them before they completely grow in? There is a theory that a long time ago, people used to lose their teeth at an earlier age due to poor oral hygiene habits and malnourishment. Their wisdom teeth would grow in later and they would be happy to receive a new set of teeth! These days, wisdom teeth have become unnecessary. Here are some reasons why we remove wisdom teeth today: Limited space in the jaw for the wisdom teeth to come in. This can be very painful experience as their is not enough space to support the new teeth! Not enough space in your mouth. With all of your teeth already in place, it can feel like a full house! When adding in a new set of teeth, it can lead to overcrowding. There is a higher potential of damage to adjacent teeth when the wisdom teeth come in. Wisdom teeth can come in at interfering angles which can cause damage to your surrounding teeth. Wisdom teeth are hard to keep clean. They are very far back into your mouth, which means they are difficult to reach when brushing or flossing! This may make you more prone to develop cavities or gum disease. If you still have your wisdom teeth, let’s plan ahead! Make an appointment at Maple Family Dentistry so we can monitor them. If you are having any pain, see us as soon

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March 13, 2017

When you think of good oral health habits, you probably think of brushing and flossing. Perhaps you also think of avoiding sugar? However, have you thought of the role your entire diet plays? Think of the foods you eat as the source of nutrients to keep your enhance your oral health and keep your teeth (which are bones) strong! Proteins found in foods such as cheese, yogurt or almonds help to strengthen and build tooth enamel. This helps to fight off tooth decay. In addition, yogurt specifically has probiotic benefits whee the bacteria can help fight against bad bacteria that causes cavities. Leafy greens (spinach and kale in particular) are another great source of nutrients. Not only are they high in calcium, but they also have folic acid which helps in treating gum disease. Of course you have heard the saying “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away”. Apples are full of fibre and water. When you eat an apple, your mouth produces extra saliva which can help rinse away bacteria and other food particles. Make sure to pack one for after your lunch! It’s tough to always make healthy decisions. Indulging once in a while is not so bad. Just keep in mind the overall effect. Various other foods will also help keep up good oral health. For more tips, speak to your dentist at Maple Family Dentistry. You can find more helpful tips

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