When it comes to maintaining oral health, it’s always good practice to include flossing, rinsing with mouthwash, and brushing your teeth as part of your dental hygiene routine. Although the components in mouthwash and toothpaste claim to have many benefits, it’s more than just having fresh, minty breath and clean teeth. With proper procedures comes with healthy teeth for gum disease prevention and better nutrition. However, it’s also easy to neglect your oral health if you’re not always committed to attaining your healthy and pearly whites.

Oral Health Always Starts With You

It’s always important to take care of your teeth for many reasons and unfortunately, not many people truly understand the importance of maintaining optimum oral health. It’s not just having unsightly teeth stains; some of the common indicators of bad oral health include bad breath, bleeding gums, and toothache. Although poor dental health does lead to cavities, there’s more pressing consequences for negligent oral health such as:

● Risk of cardiovascular disease: The bacteria from inflamed gums and plaque can enter through the bloodstream which traverses to the arteries, causing atherosclerosis (where accumulated plaque hardens). It’s definitely concerning since the lack of blood flow can increase the likelihood of heart attacks and strokes.

● Dementia: Usually at an early stage of gum disease (aka gingivitis), the bacteria spreads through the nerves or enters through the bloodstream. The substances from the inflamed gums can actually kill brain cells, leading to memory loss.

● Diabetes: When you are at a later stage of gum disease (aka periodontitis) coupled with the inflamed gum tissue, it can make it more difficult to control your blood sugar which further worsens those with diabetes.

● Respiratory complications: Breathing and swallowing bacteria from inflamed gums has a potential risk of getting infections in your lungs.

● Risk of cancer: With poor oral health, it increases the risk of kidney cancer and pancreatic cancer.

Led by Dr. Arim Ratavosi and Dr. Ross McMartin, your local Toronto dentists are always here to lend a helping hand to ensure an unparalleled experience for our patients by performing x-rays and an extra/intra oral exam, where we check for any pathologies. After getting a better understanding of your current oral health and sharing our findings, we thoroughly discuss a suitable service that meets your dental needs. Depending on a type of service you choose, we provide readily available postoperative instructions when taking care of your pearly whites, having your fillings done, oral surgery, taking care of your night guard, and root canal treatment. We definitely understand that dentistry is expensive, which is why our team will work alongside with you regarding treatment plans and a budget that works best with you.

Located at the heart of Toronto, our committed team at Dentistry on Queen West goes above and beyond to for your 100% satisfaction. Feel free to book an appointment or contact us today. We cordially welcome you inside our practice and we want you to walk away with a great looking smile!


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