Dental Health

Caring for your teeth is as important as any other part of your body. The absence of good dental hygiene care can lead not only to reduced dental health but also to a significant reduction in overall health. One of the most common dental problems is gum disease (Periodontal disease). 75% of Canadians have some form of gum disease…..whether it be mild or severe, most of us have it. It is a silent disease.

Some of the Warning Signs are:

  • Red, swollen or tender gums,
  • Bleeding when eating or brushing,
  • Receding Gums,
  • Loose teeth,
  • Persistent bad breath, or
  • A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite….this is because gum disease may cause you to lose the support around your teeth which for the most part is made up of bone.

It’s not just poor oral health that can lead to gum disease, but tobacco, stress, poor diet and genetics. Therefore, you should maintain a good dental regime that includes brushing and flossing daily, and getting your teeth assessed and cleaned by a professional dental hygienist at least twice per year.

Your teeth speak to you every day about your health! Practicing preventive care can help you maintain your quality of life. Some of the diseases and conditions that may be linked to poor oral health and periodontal disease are:

  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Respiratory Disease

Senior Health

Why is dental hygiene important for someone living in residential care?

Preventive care is clearly a good strategy for averting serious oral health problems. Many patients, especially the elderly, may not be aware of the problems in their mouths. Gum disease, tooth decay and abscesses often exist undetected and can lower total body resistance to disease. Regular examination by professionals like independent registered dental hygienists trained in oral health care will help detect problems as early as possible. This is especially important for people with dementia who can’t always let us know when there is a problem.

Twice daily brushing and flossing along with regular cleanings by a Registered Dental Hygienist are the most important things you can do for your dental health and your wonderful smile.


Ottawa and the Surrounding Areas
Phone: 613-323-6487


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