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Causes of sensitive teeth

We all have experienced tooth sensitivity at some point.  It can be caused by drinking a big glass of cold water on a hot day but for some people, the sensation can be painful. Our teeth are naturally insulated by an outer shell called enamel, and underneath it is the dentin layer.  The dentin layer when it becomes exposed can cause tooth sensitivity.  Some examples of dentin exposure could be to receding gums from brushing too hard. Our roots are not naturally covered by hard enamel like the top of the tooth.  Inside of our teeth there are thousands of tiny tubes that lead to the centre of the tooth where the nerve is located.  The nerve controls sensation of the tooth.  When anything hot, cold or sweet touches the tooth it can trigger a painful sensation. There are other reasons for sensitive teeth, not just receding gums.  These include:…

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Jul 29, 2015 by
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WE LOVE KIDS !

At our Bowmanville dental office, we are committed to ensuring your child has a great visit with little fear and anxiety as possible ! A child’s early memories of the dental office can stay with them for the rest of their lives so we always try to ensure their visits are fantastic. What we have to offer: Cavity free wall for our superstar patients Colouring station in the reception area Free Ipad use in reception area Playstation 3 with over 20 games to choose from TVs in front of every dental chair as well as on the ceiling. This way your child can distract themselves while lying flat in the chair with any program of their choice. Boston Pizza gift certificates for free lunch with every healthy child checkup All of our chairs are fitted with nice big fluffy pillows for maximum warmth and comfort We offer prizes at every…

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Jul 23, 2015 by
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Gum Therapy Options

Gum (Periodontal) therapy is a field of dentistry that deals with the gum and bone surrounding your teeth. Often when we treat the gums that cover our teeth , we also have to deal with the bone structure underneath.  The gum will often follow the bone pattern underneath, meaning that if the gums are infected or the bone is shrinking then both can affect each other.  Healthy gums depends on the health of your bones and vice versa. Our mouth is naturally filled with many areas of bacteria. There are different methods of cleaning the jaw and gums that support our teeth. Nonsurgical Options Dental cleaning Many problems in our gums start with a substance called calculus that can build up under the gums. Calculus is basically hardened plaque.  Since the plaque surface is rough, it attracts further plaque and bacteria on your teeth and gum tissues.  Plaque can be…

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Jul 20, 2015 by
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What is a dental impression?

A dental impression is taken to get a representation of the mouth and teeth for fabrication of appliances such as sports guards, crowns and bridges and dentures. The old fashioned way involved placing a putty like substance in the mouth using a tray that needs to set for 2-3 minutes.  The new way uses digital technology to create an accurate model of your mouth. The Old Way Traditional dental impressions involve the dentist selecting a tray that will closely fit the patient’s mouth. The tray is then filled with a thick material like alginate (refined sea algae) or polyvinyl siloxane (PVS) which is a rubber like silicone material. Both of these materials are inert and non-toxic making them safe for use in the mouth.  The trays remain in the mouth for 2-3 minutes allowing the substance to set (harden).  It is very crucial that during the set period, no movements…

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Jul 14, 2015 by
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