Dr. Vasant Ramlaggan
DDS, HBSc Dentist, Midtown Dental
Don’t delay booking your next dental check-up to help keep your whole body healthy.
We all know to pay attention to diet and exercise to help keep us healthy. But many of us don’t realize that a healthy mouth is an extremely important part of a healthy body.
Oral pain, infections, and missing teeth can affect your eating, speech, and overall well-being. If bacteria in your mouth build up, they can make gums prone to infection, leading to the immune system attacking the infection and causing inflammation. In addition to gum and bone disease, this can cause problems in the rest of your body. Poor oral health has also been linked to conditions including diabetes and heart disease. This is why regular visits to the dentist are so important.
Despite the importance of oral health, many Canadians have avoided going to the dentist during the COVID-19 pandemic due to safety concerns. And yet, the pandemic has likely interrupted people’s daily routines, for example with them consuming more sugary snacks and beverages and not keeping up with regular brushing and flossing.
Health of patients and staff is top priority
With over 25 years of dental experience, Midtown Dental’s Dr. Vasant Ramlaggan says that protecting the health of patients and dental staff is a top priority for Canadian dentists. Clinics are using enhanced safety protocols based on guidelines from provincial health officers and provincial dental regulatory bodies.
“Dental offices are providing superior levels of air purification along with extra screening measures for COVID-19,” says Dr. Ramlaggan. “Dental offices have always used appropriate sterilization methods and measures to reduce exposure to toxins and illnesses.”
It’s important to visit your dentist to avoid tooth loss, infection, and other health issues. It’s vital to prevent and intervene before any problems arise, such as inflammation and infection, especially in immunocompromised patients with conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, or other health concerns.
When you visit, your dentist and hygienist should check for tooth decay, evaluate the health of your gums, and examine your mouth for any indications of oral cancer, diabetes, or vitamin deficiencies. They can also clean your teeth and provide advice on good oral hygiene.
Midtown Dental has provided safe and convenient care for over 20 years, and offers general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, full-mouth reconstruction, and preventative care. The one-stop location is advantageous for the whole family, so all treatments get done with fewer appointments and less travel time.
Meet the Expert
With over 25 years of experience in not just regular dental procedures, but also in critical full mouth reconstructive surgery, Dr. Vasant Ramlaggan continues to be a credible source from the dental community.
Appearing on platforms like Elevate Magazine, his commitment to helping patients from all types of communities is and something all can hope from their medical professional. “I’ve always loved helping people; even before I became a dentist! My goal is to give the best treatment options and to deliver them in a safe and caring environment,” says Dr. Ramlaggan.
Tips for Good Oral Health
Consistently Scheduled Hygiene Appointments & Check Ups
- Experts recommend to see your dentist every six months
- Your dentist can check for signs of cavities, gum disease, mouth cancer, and other oral health issue
- Drink more water
- Limit sugary foods and starches
- Sugars lead to cavities
- Starchy foods can cause tooth decay
Proper Brushing & Flossing
- Removes plaque and bacteria between teeth
- Can help prevent bad breath
- Smoking is a risk factor for gum disease
- Affects appearance of the mouth
- Causes yellowing of the teeth and tongue
- Gives breath a bad odour
Exercise & Sleep
- Exercise lowers risk of developing gum disease
- People who don’t obtain quality sleep can show a wide range of oral health problems