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Oral Health – Spring Edition

It’s that long-awaited time of year when the snow begins to melt and Calgarians can start to enjoy warm weather again! It’s also the time of year that we get the itch to do some spring cleaning – removing the tell-tale signs of months cooped up indoors and preparing to welcome some warmer days in to our homes.

Talking about getting an itch for cleaning – that itch might not just refer to cobwebs and dust bunnies. It’s a common sensation experienced by patients in need of a dental cleaning. Itchy teeth and gums are usually an indication of a high level of bacteria present in the mouth. Dental plaque is made up of a mass of bacteria that thrives on food remnants that remain stuck between teeth, under gums and on other surfaces of the mouth. If plaque is not adequately removed with effective daily brushing and flossing, it results in a high level of bacteria, which irritates gum tissue and often results in an itchy feeling.

The general dentists at Apple Dental in SW Calgary encourage patients to pay attention to the subtle signs and symptoms that the mouth reveals when it’s time (or overdue) for a cleaning. Inflamed, bleeding gums, bad breath, and an itchy feeling in the mouth are all red flags – indicators that oral tissues are inflamed and that the bacteria that is always present in the mouth have reached an unhealthy level. If gums bleed during normal brushing and flossing, it’s time to contact your dentist for a professional cleaning, since a regular toothbrush is not up to the challenge of removing the increasing amount of plaque under gums and between teeth.

Apple Dental professionals Dr. Shairoz Meghji and Dr. Hayder explain that regular dental cleanings remove plaque (soft deposit of bacteria), which is an irritant to oral tissues, and bacteria in order to reduce the risk of developing dental decay (aka: cavities). The bacteria that live in plaque release acids when feeding on food debris, and the acids are what erode tooth enamel causing a soft, sticky patch to form, which if left undiagnosed will develop into a cavity.

If you’re in the mood for some spring cleaning, don’t forget to include your oral health. Having good oral health benefits your body in a variety of ways and will allow you to enjoy the warmer weather this spring. Need to book a dental appointment? Contact our team at Apple Dental Group at 403-778-7485 and book your dental cleaning today!