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What are some reasons for inflamed gums?

Did you know that the health of your gums has a strong link to the health of the rest of your body? Bacteria that is found in our gums can travel from our mouth into our bloodstream and has been linked with conditions associated with the heart. Here are some common causes of gum inflammation and how to prevent them: 1-Gum Disease: Gingivitis or gum inflammation is a treatable condition that can be prevented by brushing twice a day, flossing and maintaining a consistent oral hygiene program. 2-Brushing Too Hard: Brushing twice a day is a good idea, however if you brush too hard, an electric brush may be a better alternative. They are great at preventing gum disease and avoiding gum wear causing recession of the gums. 3-Plaque On Your Teeth: Plaque is a film of debris that collects on teeth after eating and over time. If plaque is left for too…

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Sep 11, 2015 by
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How long do dental implants take to heal?

Tooth loss can happen for a number of reasons that include tooth decay, gum infections, trauma or genetic predisposition to weaker teeth. Often when teeth are lost, we are forced with alternatives that may not be the most aesthetic or comfortable in restoring the original function and appearance of the damaged teeth. A look at dental implants Dentures and bridges are two options that fill the gaps of missing teeth.  The third option being dental implants which is a popular treatment choice and the most popular of the three.  First its important to understand what dental implants can do for patients and how the alternatives work. Dentures are used as a last resort in situations where multiple teeth are missing.  While the option of multiple implants can be used, its often more cost-effective to replace with dentures. Bridges are used to restore more than one tooth at a time by…

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Sep 4, 2015 by
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How to choose the right toothbrush

According to the Canadian Dental Association, there are four important steps to consider when choosing a toothbrush: Head, Name, Size and Power. Our mouth is naturally an environment for bacteria buildup. The key to keeping your mouth free of bacteria and plaque is in choosing the right toothbrush that will help your teeth clean and sparkly. Head: Choosing the right head is very important in selecting a toothbrush. Soft and rounded bristles are what we recommend. Some people brush too hard with a soft head brush, which can lead to sensitive teeth and tender gums. Size: How big is your mouth? if you have a small mouth you will need a toothbrush head that fits comfortably inside your mouth so you can reach your back teeth without difficulty.  For children, buy a toothbrush that is specifically made for kids since their mouths are smaller. Name: If finances permit it, we…

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Sep 1, 2015 by
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