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Looking After Your Smile During Pregnancy

Are you expecting a brand-new family member? Congratulations! Many women will try to be their healthiest possible in preparation for pregnancy, and this should include excellent dental health. An increasing number of clinical studies have shown possible links between poor gum health during pregnancy and low birthweight or premature babies. Ideally, it is best to visit a dentist in Newcastle before becoming pregnant, just in case you do need any more complicated treatment that is best provided before pregnancy, but otherwise book a checkup as soon as you find out the happy news. Regular Preventative Dental Care is Essential During Pregnancy During your pregnancy, it’s perfectly safe for you to receive preventative dental care. Make sure your dentist knows you are pregnant and be sure to tell them about any medications or supplements. Your Clarington dentist can use this information to devise the most suitable preventative dental care plan for…

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Jul 20, 2018 by
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What is Gingivitis and is it Curable?

You have probably heard the word gingivitis without realizing what it means. Often toothpaste or mouthwash commercials will talk about gingivitis but won’t explain what it is, what causes it and what to do really about it. What Is Gingivitis? Gingivitis is inflammation in your gums caused by your immune system trying to fight bacteria in your mouth. Each day, a sticky layer of plaque builds up over your teeth and gums, and it contains bacteria. Most plaque is removed through regular brushing and flossing but any that remains quickly harden into calculus or tartar. The bacteria in plaque and tartar produce toxins that irritate your gums, promoting your immune system to fight back which causes the inflammation. When tartar builds up on teeth, it makes it easier for more plaque to build up on top of the tartar, increasing the irritation to your gum tissue. As your gums become…

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Jul 13, 2018 by
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Ensuring Your Kid Doesn’t Fear the Dentist

Feeling a little apprehension when visiting the dentist is pretty typical, even though we are all very friendly here at West Bowmanville Family Dental! However, more substantial dental fear and anxiety are unfortunately fairly common among adults and can prevent people from receiving the essential dental care they need. Quite often these fears may even have developed in childhood, and it is something we strive very hard to prevent. If you do have a young child who feels a bit nervous about the thought of seeing a dentist in Newcastle, then we have a few simple tips to help you prepare them. Preparing Your Child to Visit the Dentist Ideally, it is best not to wait for signs of problems before bringing them to visit us. Otherwise, your kid’s first dental visit could be when they are in discomfort or even pain, and it is an association that could potentially…

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Jul 6, 2018 by
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Why You Need a Professional Dental Cleaning for a Healthy Smile

Have you ever wondered why our dentist in Clarington always suggests regular professional dental cleanings? In fact, having your teeth cleaned professionally is an easy, cost-effective way to help you maintain good dental health. It is an essential preventative dental care treatment for healthy gums. The Reason for Having Professional Dental Cleanings The purpose of a professional dental cleaning is to remove the buildup of calculus (tartar) from your teeth. Calculus is hardened plaque and each day a biofilm or layer of sticky plaque bacteria develops over your tooth surfaces. Plaque bacteria are harmful to your teeth and gums because they produce acids and toxins that cause tooth decay, and inflammation and infection. Most, but not all plaque is removed during brushing and flossing. Even if you brush your teeth meticulously and floss each day, you will most likely miss out some areas, often closest to your gums or in…

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Jun 29, 2018 by
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How to Choose the Right Toothpaste

How do you choose your toothpaste? Is your choice based on taste, what’s on special offer or do you always grab your favourite brand? Most toothpaste contains common ingredients, but there are some differences between them. We’ve listed a few things you should look out for when choosing your toothpaste. Choose a Brand That Is Approved Whatever you choose, try to ensure it has the Canadian Dental Associations Seal of approval which means the manufacturer has submitted the toothpaste and all scientific studies to the CDA so that it can be assessed for efficacy and safety. When you choose toothpaste that has received the seal of approval, then you will know it has met specific standards. Fluoride Most toothpaste contains fluoride which can help protect your teeth against cavities. The amount of fluoride added to toothpaste is very safe, but if you are at all worried then discuss the matter…

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Jun 22, 2018 by
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