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Homemade mouthwashes

Thursday, July 29, 2010

If you tried the old-fashioned over-the-counter mouthwashes, you must be familiar with the burning sensation they provide. In this blog, I have 3 simple home-made mouthwash recipes that will leave your mouth feeling fresh for a long time. they also help eliminate bad breath as well as kill germs.

Recipe 1:
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
a drop of tea tree oil
a drop of peppermint oil

Recipe 2:
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup water
1 tsp of salt

Recipe 3:
1 Tbs water
1 Tbs 3% hydrogen peroxide

Just brush for two minutes, floss and rinse for 30 seconds with the mouthwash and spit, don't swallow! Let us know how you feel!

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5 things you can do to prevent bad breath

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Bad breath can be reduced or prevented if you:

1.Practice good oral hygiene. Brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to remove food debris and plaque. Brush your teeth after you eat (keep a toothbrush at work or school to brush after lunch). Don’t forget to brush your tongue, too. Replace your toothbrush every 2 to 3 months. Use floss or an interdental cleaner to remove food particles and plaque between your teeth once a day. Dentures should be removed at night and cleaned thoroughly before being placed in your mouth the next morning.
2.See your dentist regularly -- at least twice a year. He or she will conduct an oral examination and professional teeth cleaning and will be able detect and treat periodontal disease, dry mouth, or other problems that may be the cause of bad mouth odor.
3.Stop smoking and chewing tobacco-based products. Ask your dentist for tips on kicking the habit.
4.Drink lots of water. This will keep your mouth moist. Chewing gum (preferably sugarless) or sucking on candy (preferably sugarless) also stimulates the production of saliva, which helps wash away food particles and bacteria.
5.Keep a log of the foods you eat. If you think the foods that you eat may be causing your bad breath, record what you eat so that you can determine which foods may be contributing to the problem. Bring the log to your dentist to review. Also make a list of the medications you take. Some medications may play a role in creating mouth odors.

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Successful Presentations – Thanks to your teeth!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Successful Presentations – Thanks to your teeth!

Aria Dental Studio’s location in the heart of the downtown Vancouver business district naturally attracts many business professionals who are concerned about the image they portray to their colleagues and clients. They usually give presentations and attend social functions. Their number one wish is to have a healthy looking, well aligned and bright smile – after all they already know how to dress for success and what’s left visually is their SMILE.

Sometimes people think that it takes a lot of work to correct a smile but the simplest of changes can make a world of a difference. Ask us to simulate your perfect smile! It's complimentary.

Here are some of the most common chief complaints that bring people to Aria Dental Studio:

  • Misaligned teeth:
    “I feel like people are staring at my protruding fangs”
    “ I try to talk without opening my mouth up too much when I give presentations because I feel that people are staring at my crooked teeth – its true you only get one first impression”
  • Stained teeth
    “ I don’t usually smile, instead I smirk because of the permanent stain on my front teeth”
  • Uneven teeth:
    “I don’t like the look of my chipped front tooth”
  • Missing teeth:
    “I feel older now that I have a missing tooth”
  • Unhealthy looking smile / “Bad Breath”
    “My metallic fillings make my teeth look dirty”
    “ My gum recession is making my roots appear, it looks like yellow dirt at the edge of my teeth”
    “I am never sure if my breath smells bad or not, sometimes my girlfriend notices it”

The first step that we take is to do a comprehensive exam and smile analysis when patients come in for their exam and cleaning. We then do a smile simulation with the “wish list” in mind. Once the patient is happy with what they see, we can proceed with the treatment(s) as needed.

The methods we employ for smile corrections and achieving healthy looking, aligned and bright smiles can include the following:

  • Invisalign: has allowed us to render many beautifully aligned smiles for our patients having to do minimal preparation work on their teeth in a discreet and comfortable manner for the patient
  • Zoom Whitening: to remove any tough stains they have and change the smile from a yellow to a bright one
  • Porcelain Veneers: to cover any permanent stains not removable by Zoom Whitening
  • Composite White Fillings: to replace silver amalgams fillings
  • Dental Implants for any missing teeth
  • Gum plastic surgery: contouring and gum grafts to correct “gummy smiles” or incorporate more gums for people with gum recession

We hope that you found this blog helpful, please contact us if you have any of the above problems and would like more information. Our consultations are complimentary!