Stress and Your Teeth – Braganza Periodontics

Peterborough Periodontist, Dentists In peterborough, Dental health,Stress can make people neglect their oral-health routines. They may not brush or floss as often as they should or miss dental appointments. People under stress sometimes make poor lifestyle choices – smoking, consuming too much alcohol and eating more sugary foods – which can lead to serious issues including oral cancer, gum disease or tooth decay.

Stress is a contributing factor to other serious oral-health conditions, including:

  • Bruxism, or teeth grinding. People under stress may clench or grind their teeth, especially during sleep. Over a long period of time, bruxism can wear down tooth surfaces. Teeth can also become painful or loose from severe grinding or prone to fractures.
  • Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) affects the jaws joints and groups of muscles that let us chew, swallow, speak and yawn. Symptoms include tender or sore jaw muscles, headaches and problems opening or closing your mouth. Bruxism is a major cause of TMD – clenching your jaw muscles can cause them to ache.
  • Periodontal (gum) disease. Research has shown that stress affects our immune systems, increasing our susceptibility to infections, including the bacteria that cause gum disease.
  • Xerostomia, or dry mouth, can also be caused by medications to treat stress. Saliva is vital to keep your mouth moist, wash away food and neutralize the acids that are produced by plaque. Left untreated, dry mouth can damage your teeth.

It may be impossible to eliminate all stress from your life, but you can take simple steps to reduce its impact on your health.

  • Find relaxation techniques to help you cope with stress.
  • Brush at least twice a day and floss daily.
  • Schedule and keep regular appointments with your dentist. Ask your dentist about getting a custom-fitted night guard to protect your teeth while you sleep.
  • Eat a balanced diet, with plenty of fruits and vegetables.
  • Stay active. If you don’t have time to exercise, a 30-minute walk every day is a good start.
  • Get plenty of sleep.

Information as per the Ontario Dental Association

Dr. Annabel Braganza – Peterborough Periodontist, Gum and Dental Implant Specialist


Do You Use a Tongue Scraper?

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A tongue scraper is a tool used to help clean your tongue. Although there’s no strong evidence that tongue scrapers are any more effective than regular brushing of the teeth and tongue, it may help curb bad breath. Tongue scrapers come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and work by starting at the back of the tongue and pulling the scraper forward. This removes any excess plaque and odor causing bacteria.

Possible causes of bad breath include diet, dry mouth, gum disease, tobacco use or simply bad oral hygiene. Good oral hygiene and regular dentist visits are essential to a healthy mouth.

Other tips for avoiding bad breath include:

  • Brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day
  • Flossing once a day
  • Scheduling regular dental visits.

If you’re concerned about the cause of your bad breath, see your dentist.

Dr. Annabel Braganza – Peterborough Periodontist, Implant and Gum Specialist


Gum Disease and It’s Association With Other Disease

Research has shown that periodontal disease is associated with several other diseases. For a long time it was thought that bacteria was the factor that linked periodontal disease to other disease in the body; however, more recent research demonstrates that inflammation may be responsible for the association. Therefore, treating inflammation may not only help manage periodontal diseases but may also help with the management of other chronic inflammatory conditions. (AAP)

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If You Don’t Use It You Will Lose It! Dental Insurance

Peterborough periodontics, Dental Insurance, Dental Coverage, Best Periodontist in Toronto,Have you been putting off your periodontal treatment?

The end of the year is fast approaching and due to our busy lives, many of us have been putting off our periodontal treatment. Each year we receive an individual dollar amount maximum from our insurance company. If this amount is not used, by the end of the year, it does not roll over to the next and is unfortunately lost. Be sure to find out if you have any outstanding dental work so that you can get the best out of your dental coverage.

Remember: If you don’t use it by December 31st, you will lose it!

Braganza Periodontics – Peterborough Implant and Gum Specialist


Warning signs of gum disease

gum disease, symptoms of gum disease, dental health, teeth care, peterborough periodontists,Gum disease is often silent, meaning symptoms may not appear until an advanced stage of the disease.

However, warning signs of gum disease include the following:

  • Red, swollen or tender gums or other pain in your mouth
  • Bleeding while brushing, flossing, or eating hard food
  • Gums that are receding or pulling away from the teeth, causing the teeth to look longer than before
  • Loose or separating teeth
  • Pus between your gums and teeth
  • Sores in your mouth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • A change in the fit of partial dentures

Millions of people don’t know they have this serious infection that can lead to tooth loss if not treated.

Information as per the ADA

Braganza Periodontics – Peterborough Gum Specialist



PERIODONTITIS, Peterborough Periodontists, Gum Disease in Women, Dental Health, Kawarthas Periodontists,PUBERTY

During puberty, an increased level of sex hormones, such as progesterone and possibly estrogen, causes increased blood circulation to the gums. This may cause an increase in the gum’s sensitivity and lead to a greater reaction to any irritation, including food particles and plaque. During this time, the gums may become swollen, turn red and feel tender.


Occasionally, some women experience menstruation gingivitis. Women with this condition may experience bleeding gums, bright red and swollen gums and sores on the inside of the cheek. Menstruation gingivitis typically occurs right before a woman’s period and clears up once her period has started.


Some studies have suggested the possibility of an additional risk factor – periodontal disease. Pregnant women who have periodontal disease may be more likely to have a baby that is born too early and too small. However, more research is needed to confirm how periodontal disease may affect pregnancy outcomes.

All infections are cause for concern among pregnant women because they pose a risk to the health of the baby. The Academy recommends that women considering pregnancy have a periodontal evaluation.


Women who are menopausal or post-menopausal may experience changes in their mouths. They may notice discomfort in the mouth, including dry mouth, pain and burning sensations in the gum tissue and altered taste, especially salty, peppery or sour.

In addition, menopausal gingivostomatitis affects a small percentage of women. Gums that look dry or shiny, bleed easily and range from abnormally pale to deep red mark this condition. Most women find that estrogen supplements help to relieve these symptoms.

Information as per the AAP.

Braganza Periodontics – Peterborough Gum Specialist


How well you brush is more important than how often you brush.

Tooth Brushing, Dental Health, Peterborough Dentists, Kawarthas Periodontists, Gum Specialists, Dental Implant Dentist Peterborough,How well you brush your teeth is more important than how often you brush. Remember it’s the spots you miss where the problems start. Here’s five tips to improve your brushing:

  1. Take the time to carefully and gently clean each tooth, ideally twice a day. The average person brushes for less than 35 seconds. A good brushing takes at least two to three minutes. Quick Tip: Keep brushing for as long as a song.
  2. Be gentle, particularly when cleaning where the gums meet the teeth. Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle to the gumline, and gently work the bristles back and forth using short strokes. Don’t forget to brush your tongue, too.
  3. Use a soft toothbrush which is less likely to damage your teeth and gums. Choose a size and shape that enables you to easily reach every tooth.
  4. Be sure to change your toothbrush frequently. Every three months is recommended; more often if you’ve been ill. Quick Tip:  New season – New toothbrush.
  5. Remember to floss too, since no amount of careful brushing, can clean between your teeth!

Information as per the Ontario Dental Association.

Dr. Annabel Braganza

Peterborough Periodontics

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Information on FLUORIDE SUPPLEMENTS – Peterborough Periodontist *

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Fluoride supplements come in the form of chewable tablets, lozenges and drops. They are a way of getting fluoride intra-orally and are only recommended to individuals who are at high risk for dental caries. High risk individuals might be those who don’t brush with fluoridated toothpaste twice daily, live in a community with non-fluoridated drinking water, have a diet high in sugars and/or have a history of dental caries. It is risky to start taking fluoride supplements without knowing how much fluoride you are consuming from other sources. If too much fluoride is consumed it can lead to fluorosis, which is a permanent discolouration of the teeth when the teeth are developing. This is why it is not recommended for use before the eruption of the first permanent tooth in children. It is very important to consult with a dental professional to find out if fluoride supplements would be beneficial to you or your children’s oral health.

Dr. Annabel Braganza – Peterborough Periodontist, Implant and Gum Specialist


Tongue Piercings and Damage to Your Teeth *

Tongue Piercing, Damage to Teeth, Healthy teeth, Peterborough Periodontists, Kawarthats Dentists, Oral Health, Gum Disease, Cavities, Top Dentist in Peterborough,Risks associated with oral piercing:

  • Chipped Teeth
  • Cracked teeth that can not be fixed and need to be extracted
  • Drooling
  • Bad breath
  • Altered speech ie. lisping
  • Nerve damage
  • Loss of taste
  • Infection or the tissue around the piercing
  • Swallowing or chocking of all or parts of the piercing

ODHA Dental Hygiene Facts:

Ludwig’s angina is a life-threatening acute bacterial infection of the floor of the mouth caused when bacteria enter the bloodstream through the open wound (piercing site). This is a serious condition as the swelling from inflammation can block the air passage and prevent saliva from being swallowed.

Body piercers are not members of the medical profession: They do not review health history, prescribe antibiotics or provide post-op care.

Contaminated piercing equipment can lead to other infections such as blood borne hepatitis (B, C, D and G) as well as HIV and AIDS.

For more information visit ODHA Oral Piercing Dental Hygiene Facts.

Dr. Annabel Braganza – Peterborough Periodontist, Implant and Gum Specialist


SINUS LIFT – Peterborough Periodontics

For an implant to be successful there must be enough quality and quantity of bone where the implant is to be placed. The upper back jaw has traditionally been one of the most difficult areas to successfully place dental implants due to insufficient bone and the closeness to the sinus. If bone is lost in that area for reasons such as periodontal disease or tooth loss there might not be enough bone to place an implant. In such cases a sinus lift surgery may be necessary.

Sinus lift surgery can help correct this problem by raising the sinus floor and developing bone for the placement of dental implants. Several techniques can be used to raise the sinus and allow for new bone to form. In one common technique, an incision is made to expose the bone. Then a small circle is cut into the bone. This bony piece is lifted into the sinus cavity, much like a trap door, and the space underneath is filled with bone graft material. Your periodontist can explain your options for graft materials, which can regenerate lost bone and tissue.

Finally, the incision is closed and healing is allowed to take place. Depending on your individual needs, the bone usually will be allowed to develop for about four to 12 months before implants can be placed. After the implants are placed, an additional healing period is required. In some cases, the implant can be placed at the same time the sinus is augmented.

Undergoing sinus lift surgery has been shown to greatly increase your chances for successful implants that can last for years to come. Many patients experience minimal discomfort during this procedure. (Information as per AAP)

For more information on this and other procedures be sure to contact one of our periodontal professionals.

Peterborough Periodontics 705-741-1885