Over the past few years new research, combined with new technologies have lead to an increasing awareness of what information can be determined through oral health.

One of the latest findings is in saliva,and how it may relate to heart disease. Reasearch from the Institute of Health and Biomedical Inovation (IHBI) have discovered a possible link from a simple saliva test, and a protien called Galectin - 3, found in saliva, that may be an indicator of future heart disease. Studies will be conducted with the Royal Women's Brisbane Hospital in Australia in the near future

It goes without saying the enormous impact heart disease has on the individual, their familes and the health care system.  And, if a simple saliva test can give us the early warnings to take necessary actions, this would have sigificant benifits for all stakeholders.  Of course this is not yet available to Dentists and Hygienists, but rather an indication of where trends are heading.

This is just the latest to validate regular oral health care, and continued care from your dental providers.

Should you have any questions about any trends you may hear about, or to dispell any rumours about any oral health questions, please, simple ask your dental team.

The Southend Dental Team

Originally posted on APRIL 17, 2014

Recent studies in Dentistry have identified a few possible reasons why people may get a canker sore. Although these are not “definitive” reasons, they are rather suggestions that we may look to see if they happen to reflect any patterns in our lives.

Canker sores generally affect kids in the age range from 10 – 20 years of age. However, complex canker sore can be found at any age. It should be noted that complex canker sores are quite rare.

The following are the most common causes of canker sores.

Originally posted on DECEMBER 5, 2013

Some of our Dental Team members have come across an interesting website that we have attached for your interest. This website is linked to the AAOSH or the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health. It is a series of topics that relate to issues many patients may have, or have heard about.

Once you have found a topic that interests you, click on the “Start Assessment”, answer a few questions and see the results.

Originally posted on OCTOBER 4, 2011

Happy fall,

As we move well into fall and winter kids begin to play sports and other activities. As we have stressed in the past, the need for a mouth guard is paramount! We see it all too often where older kids have lost permanent teeth due to a sporting injury that could easily have been prevented. And, it is usually the front tooth. The procedure to regain that smile can often be lengthy, involving root canals, crowns, implants and other procedures. These mouth guards can be made right in our office, often with same day results, thus preventing very involved procedures.

Originally posted on APRIL 15, 2011

The Ontario Dental Association (ODA) has choosen three themes this month to help educate the public about dental health. These are; chidren, elderly patients, and oral cancer. As we pride ourseleves on being well versed on how to achieve optimum oral health for all patients, here are just a few simple ideas you can use to improve your, and your family’s oral well being. For your children’s school lunches, pack crunchy vegetables (carrots) and fruit (apples) or a piece of cheese. If children eat these after their lunch they act as nature’s natural tooth brush. Also, ask them to rinse out their mouth with water after they have eaten, as this will also help prevent cavities. Actually, patients of all ages can benifit from this simple tip.

Originally posted on MAY 19, 2010

Kid’s Mouth Guards

Summer is right around the corner! School’s not even out yet, but kids are already getting outside to play and make the most of these warm summer months.

If you’re a parent, you’re probably anxiously monitoring all the activities of your youngster as they indulge in all sorts of fun, summer activities. Cuts and scrapes are almost status quo for kids, but are you sure you’re doing everything possible to protect your kids from incurring much more serious injuries?