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How Does Plaque Harm Your Oral Health?

July 9, 2020

Plaque is a soft thin film of bacteria that constantly builds up on your teeth. If not removed through regular brushing and flossing, plaque can greatly affect your teeth. So how exactly does plaque harm our oral health? Here’s what you should know.

Key takeaways:

Plaque can cause tooth decay. Bacterial acids in your mouth are produced every time you eat a meal or a snack. And because of plaque’s sticky texture, these acids get bound to your teeth’s surface and later cause enamel erosion. This, in turn, leads to tooth decay.

Plaque buildup can also cause gum disease. The same bacterial acids that cause tooth decay may slip into your gum tissue, initiate an infection and cause gum disease. Thereafter, you will experience inflammation around the teeth as well as jaw pain.

Sensitive teeth can also be a by-product of plaque. When plaque coats your teeth and bacterial acids are produced, these acids initiate decay and then cause cavities. These cavities later expose the pulp which often causes extreme sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures.

An exam and cleaning with your dentist can remove harmful plaque, helping you maintain a strong and bright smile for life.


How Does Water Benefit Your Oral Health?

July 7, 2020

Drinking water is good for our general well-being. But does water play a part in keeping our pearly-whites all strong and healthy? Here are a few reasons why you should always stay hydrated.

Key takeaways:

–  Drinking water keeps your mouth clean. Throughout the day, residue from the food you eat gets stuck in-between and around your teeth. If not removed, this residue will generate harmful bacteria that produce acids which can wear away the enamel.

–  Water ensures a good flow of saliva in your mouth. Saliva contains calcium and phosphorous which keeps your teeth strong and healthy. A dry mouth leaves your teeth vulnerable to tooth decay and other oral problems including gum disease. Saliva also helps us to swallow food with ease.

–  Water is free of sugar and calories. Unlike other drinks, whether beverages or soft drinks, water is the only naturally-occurring drink that doesn’t contain artificial sweeteners. Instead, it contains fluoride which is a mineral that strengthens the tooth enamel and prevents decay. Dentists recommend drinking plain water to help prevent decay.

If you have any questions about your fluoride consumption, don’t hesitate to follow up with your dentist.

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Partially Erupted Wisdom Tooth?

July 3, 2020

Your wisdom teeth are the last ones to appear. For many people, this can be during their late teen years or early 20s. 

Wisdom teeth are our third molars. Our ancestors required them in order to chew the raw food that they ate. Evolution has changed our diets and the size of our jaws. This means that many of us don’t need this extra set of molars.

In some cases, a wisdom tooth does not emerge through the gum line properly and is described as “impacted.” 

Key takeaways:

– Any impacted wisdom teeth should be examined by a dentist, especially if you are experiencing pain, swelling, bleeding or a bad taste.

– An impacted wisdom tooth can be difficult to clean which increases the risk of gum disease and infection.

– An impacted wisdom tooth can cause other teeth to shift which may affect your smile.

For some people, the solution might involve removing the wisdom teeth, but a dentist can assess if this is necessary. Contact your dentist for a checkup and more information.

“For the majority of people who have a partially erupted wisdom tooth, extraction is the only treatment that will completely resolve the issue.”

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What To Do: Knocked-Out Tooth

July 2, 2020

When a tooth has been knocked out, it’s really important to see a dentist as soon as possible — ideally within 30 minutes. If the tooth is in one piece, a dentist may be able to save it. 

Root canal therapy may be needed to restore the tooth. Damaged blood vessels and nerves that support the tooth can be repaired. You should also seek emergency dental treatment if any teeth are broken.

Key takeaways:

– Find the missing tooth; hold it by the crown, not the root that goes into the gum.

– Rinse the tooth and if possible, an adult tooth can be placed back in the socket.

– If necessary, place the tooth in a container and cover with saliva or milk.

Most dentists offer emergency treatment out of hours. It is also worth carrying emergency numbers, pain medication and a small container in a first aid kit. This can make a big difference when teeth are damaged during a trip or sporting activity.

“If you can’t see your dentist, you can always go to the emergency room, but a dentist is your best bet for safely and effectively restoring your tooth.” 

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Do You Know About Mini Dental Implants

June 25, 2020

Mini dental implants are smaller versions of traditional dental implants. They can be a great option for people who aren’t good candidates for conventional dental implants. But how exactly does a mini dental implant work? Here’s a few key facts. 

Key takeaways:

–  They are small and normally half the size of a traditional dental implant. This means that the mini implant is perfect for small teeth and narrow spaces. Many patients who can’t get a normal implant because of thin bone can greatly benefit from mini dental implants.

–  Mini dental implants are less expensive than regular implants. This is because the procedure is quick, easy and doesn’t necessarily require surgery and numerous dental visits. Your dentist will use a local anaesthetic and restore your lovely smile in just one simple visit.

–  Another benefit of mini dental implants is their excellent performance. They might be small, but they heal faster and are as long-lasting as regular dental implants. To qualify for mini dental implants, you’ll need to be in good health and free from gum disease.

With a small size, low cost, and fast healing time, mini dental implants are a great option for a wider smile.

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