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The Truth Behind Common Dental Myths

There are a lot of myths and misconceptions as to what’s required to keep your teeth and gums healthy. You only need to spend a few minutes each day taking care of your dental health but listening to some of these common myths could cause irreversible damage. We’ve looked at some of the more common myths. Myth 1: Brushing Harder Will Get Your Teeth Cleaner The truth is that brushing your teeth too hard or using a hard-bristled toothbrush could wear away your tooth enamel and even your gums, harming your teeth and certainly not helping get them any cleaner. You don’t need to brush your teeth hard to get them thoroughly clean as it is more a matter of technique. Instead, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and ask your Bowmanville dentist if you need help in perfecting your daily dental routine. Myth 2: You Don’t Need to Floss Every Day…

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Nov 9, 2018 by
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Is Your Smile Ready for the Party Season?

It might be hard to believe, but it is nearly the end of the year, and of course, that means it is very nearly the party season. Lots of people will spend time and money ensuring they look their best, by purchasing a new outfit, or by following a new eating or fitness regime, but have you considered your smile? If your teeth are looking dingy or discoloured, there are lots of things you can do to help rejuvenate their appearance. Now is the perfect opportunity to take action, so by the time you attend your first party, you’ll have the sparkling smile you desire. The easiest place to start is by seeing your dentist in Bowmanville, and especially if you haven’t had a check-up for a while. It is essential to ensure your teeth are healthy before you have any type of cosmetic dentistry, and it will help the…

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Nov 2, 2018 by
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What is Holistic Dentistry and Could It Help You?

Many people are increasingly concerned about what they put into their bodies and the possible impact on general health. At the same time, we now know far more about the oral-systemic connection between your mouth and body. Holistic dentistry takes this relationship into consideration, using preventative dental care to minimize your risk of dental problems. A regular routine of dental checkups and hygiene appointments at our Courtice dental office can significantly help to maintain excellent dental health. When you do need restorative dental care, our approach is to use gentle techniques to diagnose any dental problems, and we use materials that are more biocompatible with your body. A More Holistic Approach to Diagnosing Any Dental Problems Thankfully, film x-rays are a thing of the past and have been replaced with far safer digital dental x-rays. Digital dental x-rays are viewable immediately on screens in our treatment rooms and emit 90%…

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Oct 26, 2018 by
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How to Help Your Kid’s Teeth Survive Halloween Candy

Halloween is almost here. The stores are full of pumpkins, and of course, lots of Halloween candy. If you have young kids, they will probably be looking forward to trick or treating. Halloween is about dressing up and having fun, but an overload of sugar can play havoc with young teeth. The reason why sugar is so bad for teeth is that it is loved by bacteria in the mouth which will eat the sugar too! Their way of saying thanks for the feast is to produce acid that weakens tooth enamel, eventually causing tooth decay in Newcastle. You can help to reduce the damage to their teeth by choosing Halloween candies carefully as some sweet treats have less impact on teeth than others, and by having a plan for how to approach the day. Have a Plan for the Day Before your child goes trick or treating, make sure…

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Oct 19, 2018 by
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Do You Have Dry Mouth? Why Saliva is Vital for Dental Health

Everybody has a dry mouth occasionally, often from dehydration that is easily rectified with a big glass of water. More persistent dry mouth is a greater concern and is a condition called xerostomia. Xerostomia can be caused when the saliva glands fail to produce enough saliva to keep the mouth moist, clean and comfortable. The condition can be a side-effect of some medications, may be caused by radiation therapy to the head or neck area and which damages the saliva glands, or because of a problem affecting the function of the saliva glands. Some medical conditions can cause dry mouth such as Sjogren’s syndrome and diabetes. Whatever the reason, dry mouth is more than just an inconvenience and can impact your dental and general health. How Dry Mouth Affects Dental and General Health Saliva enables the mouth to maintain a neutral pH, neutralizing acids and helping to prevent tooth decay…

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Oct 12, 2018 by
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