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GERD and Its Effect on Oral Health

GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease is a common condition that can be uncomfortable at best and which is frequently extremely painful. Most people have experienced at least an occasional episode of GERD, perhaps after eating specific foods or when they have overindulged too much. What Is GERD and Why Does It Occur? The painful burning sensation of GERD is caused when strong stomach acid flows backwards, up the esophagus and into the mouth. Usually, there is a muscle at the bottom of the throat which acts as a one-way valve, preventing stomach contents and acid from moving back up to the mouth. When the muscle isn’t working correctly, stomach acids can pass back up into the esophagus, causing that characteristic burning feeling in your throat or chest. When this occurs twice a week or more, it is usually diagnosed as GERD. Others may have this condition but don’t necessarily experience…

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Jan 18, 2019 by
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Why Choose Metal-Free Crowns and Bridges?

Traditionally, crowns and bridges were made with a metal alloy substructure covered up with tooth-coloured porcelains. Some crowns and bridges were made entirely from metal, for example, full gold crowns. Restorations using metals are still quite popular today, but nowadays, we are more likely to provide crowns and bridges that are entirely metal-free here at West Bowmanville Family Dental. These solutions are ideal if you would prefer a metal-free mouth and especially if you want the very best aesthetics. What are Metal-Free Crowns and Bridges Made From? Our metal-free crowns and bridges in Newcastle are made from lithium disilicate and zirconia oxide, and we can even fit metal-free dental implants made from zirconia. All-ceramic restorations look beautiful and are resistant to staining, and they are highly biocompatible, which is perfect for anyone concerned about metal allergies or sensitivities. It is even possible to create entire arches of teeth made from…

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Jan 11, 2019 by
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What Is a Tooth Abscess?

Anyone who has ever had an abscessed tooth will know it’s excruciating, but it’s also a condition that needs to be taken seriously. Without treatment, a dental abscess can become life-threatening. It’s the reason why anyone who has a toothache should seek emergency dental care in Newcastle. What Causes a Tooth Abscess? An abscess can develop when bacteria get right inside the tooth pulp. This is the soft inner part of a tooth containing blood vessels, connective tissues and nerves. Bacteria can get inside your tooth through an untreated cavity or crack or chip in the tooth, and the infection can spread right to the tooth root. Eventually, it causes swelling because pus will form, and without treatment can spread beyond the tooth root, affecting other parts of your body. Who Is at Risk of Developing a Dental Abscess? If you ignore a cracked or chipped tooth, lose a filling…

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Jan 4, 2019 by
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New Year’s Resolution for a Healthy Smile

New Year’s resolutions are popular, but many will fall by the wayside in a matter of just a few weeks, so this year, why not resolve to keep your teeth healthy? Improving your dental health is frequently very straightforward, and it is a resolution that is easy to stick to. Best of all, having good dental health is beneficial in so many ways. When you have a healthy smile, it can significantly boost your self-esteem and self-confidence, and it protects your overall health too. Having great dental health can also reduce your dental bills in the longer-term, and you have a far better chance of holding onto your natural teeth for life. These simple strategies will help you enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile in the coming year. Eat Your Fruits and Veggies A good diet is essential for healthy teeth and gums, and poor nutrition can negatively affect your immune…

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Dec 28, 2018 by
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What to Do If You Have Bad Breath?

Many people feel self-conscious about their breath, and there are lots of little signs that can indicate bad breath (halitosis), for example, noticing that people’s take a step back when you begin to talk, or they’ll turn their cheek when you kiss goodbye. It can be tricky to tell if you have halitosis, but you could try licking the inside of your wrist and smelling it. If it smells nasty, there’s a good chance your breath smells too. Otherwise, ask a trusted friend or relative to tell you the truth. Once you know, you can sort out this problem. Why Do People Get Bad Breath? Strong foods like onions and garlic can cause temporary halitosis, and although unpleasant and embarrassing, there’s nothing to worry about. You simply must wait for the foods to be eliminated from your body. Persistent halitosis is an entirely different matter and is usually caused by…

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Dec 21, 2018 by
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