Free dental clinic in Regina for two days

The Dental Association Foundation will be offering a free dental clinic giving dental care to approximately 2,000 people on both Friday, November 3, 2017, and Saturday, November 4, 2017. Doors will open both days at 5:30 a.m. and the last patient will be taken at mid-afternoon on both days.

Brush TeethThe clinic will be set up at a Regina Dental Clinic. Both English and French-speaking dentists will be available to perform dental care services.

For the fourth year in a row, the Dental Association will be offering this free dental clinic. The first-come, first-serve clinic, which offers everything from dental care to oral health guidance, is 100 percent free and open to everyone, no ID or proof of immigration status required, and there is free parking for those who wish to take advantage of the services.

Dental care services offered at the clinic range from dental cleanings, extractions, root canals, and dentures. Participants will also receive information on follow-up care and prevention resources.

Last year, the project served nearly 4,500 people, 52 percent of whom were renters, and 38 percent of whom were unemployed. 18 percent of people who received care at the clinic said it had been more than five years since they had seen a dentist or never had seen a dentist at all. Many of the people who participated in last year’s clinic said they came because they had tried to get treatment at community health centers elsewhere, but had been deterred by the costs involved. Lots of patients we treated hadn’t seen a dentist for several years and came to us with pain, infections and other urgent oral health problems.

We encourage anyone who hasn’t seen a dentist in the last 6 months to come to the free clinic. People kind of put it on the back burner but, really, if your mouth is not healthy, your body is not healthy. According to the 2016-20 oral health plan, in adults ages 55-64, about 43 percent have lost six or more teeth from dental decay or gum disease. In 2012, 22 percent of adults had not visited a dentist in more than five years and 40 percent of adults had some type of dental coverage, according to the report.

For more information please call the dental association.

 

Simple steps for healthy teeth

Simple steps for healthy teeth

Poor oral health can have negative impacts on our lives. Toothaches, mouth infections or missing teeth not only rule our day-to-day ability to eat and talk but can also have intense emotional effects. Dental researchers have even found that bacterial accumulation in our mouth can transfuse into our bloodstream which may further cause heart problems.

Nevertheless, taking good care of your teeth can give you a good smile. Here is a combined summary of reports of several dental associations on how one can maintain healthy teeth and reduce the risk of oral diseases:

Brush your teeth

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This is pretty obvious. Generally people have the habit to brush their teeth after they wake up and before they sleep but there still are many individuals who skip this must-to-do task which then results into poor oral health. It is extremely important to brush your teeth twice a day using a soft bristled toothbrush. Use toothpastes containing fluoride. Do not forget to clean your tongue. You can even get electric toothbrushes to get best results. Make sure to change your brush every three to four months.

Flossing is also as important as brushing your teeth. Make sure you take out time for it.

Get the right diet

Healthy diet is crucially important for a good oral health. Nutrients like calcium, Vitamin C and Vitamin D are really important for your mouth. Eat the right food and drink the right beverages to ensure oral health. You can go for items like milk, yogurt, spinach, carrots, citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruits, apples and watermelons.

Sticky food are not good for your teeth. Avoid items like soda and candies that are significantly high in sugar. Even if you eat something like this, rinse your mouth properly so that sugar doesn’t stick to your teeth causing damage.

See your dentist routinely

Dentists are the right people who will give you correct advices. Each person has a different oral structure. One advice may suit you but not necessarily another one. Make sure you see your dentist on frequent basis and get the right treatments. It will let you to avoid problems and catch potential ones sooner. You can also invest in dental insurance to make your visits more affordable.

Follow the natural process

Our body is designed in a manner to protect itself. There are several natural mechanisms that can protect our oral health. Make sure you don’t make alterations to it. Saliva is naturally designed to eliminate bacteria and keep your mouth clean. Always remain hydrated so that more saliva is generated and consume healthy snacks like fruits and vegetables. You should also wait for about 40 minutes after eating to brush your teeth. This gives your mouth more time to produce saliva and carry with the cleaning process automatically.

Following the above advice can help you maintain a good oral health. Though this is not an exhaustive list. There are many other ways as well like chewing gums and avoiding harmful products like tobacco.

When to see a dentist?

Child DentistryTooth pain? No.

Sensitive teeth? No.

Bleeding gums? No.

Need a dental visit? Yes.

Right now you’re not having any teeth or gum problems, which is great. We don’t want to dampen your spirits, but we’d like to remind you that you still need regular check-ups, just to make sure that everything in your mouth stays as trouble-free as it is right now.

Your body generally tells you when something is not right, but that’s not always the case with your oral health. Problems start small and can remain symptom-free for a long time. Often, by the time you notice something is wrong, a preventable problem has developed into one that requires treatment. Our job is to look for those early warning signs of trouble and nip them in the bud, but we can only do that if you come in for your regular check-ups with the dentist and hygienist.

Why you should come in

  • Dental problems can be painful – why subject yourself to discomfort that can be avoided?
  • Dental treatment can be costly – by treating problems early on you could avoid more extensive treatment in the future and save for a holiday.
  • Gum disease affects 3 out of every 4 adults over the age of 35 in the UK. If diagnosed in its early stages it is often reversible.
  • Oral cancer is on the rise and is far more treatable if caught early (early detection results in a survival outcome of 90%, but delayed diagnosis means survival rates plummet to as little as 50%).

DentistryWhat to expect from your dentist

Your dentist should be checking your teeth and gums thoroughly for any signs of tooth decay or gum disease that can hopefully be reversed before causing any damage.

They should be taking the time to get to know you and discuss any lifestyle changes we believe might be of benefit to your dental and general health. This might include oral hygiene tips, dietary advice or helping you to stop smoking. We can also discuss how to minimise the risk of accidental damage if you have a dangerous job or engage in contact sports, for example.

Future regular visits are tailored to suit your individual level of oral health. You won’t be advised to come in more often than we really feel you need to. When doing this, we take your past dental and general health history into account. If we find anything that requires further treatment, we can take care of that in-house, as we offer advanced dental treatments such as orthodontics, periodontics, and endodontics.

Oral hygienists give your teeth and gums a professional clean and polish using the latest Airflow equipment, to painlessly remove built-up plaque, tartar and surface stains, sending you on your way with a brighter smile!

So if your teeth are feeling great, then now is the perfect time to book your next dental or hygiene visit, to make sure you keep them that way!

5 Secrets Your Dentist Won’t Tell You

1.Please brush your teeth BEFORE coming to your appointment

For the love of God, please do NOT eat right before you come in for a cleaning without brushing first! We are human beings and do NOT enjoy picking food out of your teeth. It’s just gross and this is not a car wash!

2. Please Swallow Your Spit During The Cleaning

Your saliva doesn’t become toxic when we are in there. It’s ok to swallow your own spit. It’s super annoying and takes a lot of time out of your appointment if we have to suction your mouth every two seconds.

3. Quit saying you hate visiting your Dentist

Please don’t tell us you hate us. Imagine hearing multiple times during your workday how much you are hated. Expressing anxiety is different — part of my job is to alleviate the pain, fear, and concerns of my patients. But hate? I know of no other profession in which it is acceptable to tell a doctor how much you hate them.

I’m simply doing my job the best that I can and unfortunately when the appointment begins with an insult, it greatly decreases my ability to perform at the highest level. It’s a real downer.

4. We didn’t make you bleed, you not flossing regularly did

We didn’t make you bleed. You not flossing and developing gingivitis from poor home care is what made you bleed. Floss daily and I guarantee your next cleaning will be a lot easier.

5.Not flossing is like wiping your buttcheeks and not the crack.

We see soo many patients that could have avoided cavities, gingivitis, or periodontal disease if they just would’ve picked up some floss more than the day before their next dental appointment or come to the dentist regularly. We’re less likely to have to place fillings, major restorative work, or do deep cleanings with gum therapy, if patients would come in as recommended and take proper care of their teeth.