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What are Dental Crowns and When Would I Need One?

Dental crowns are made to fit over the entire tooth, right down to the gum line, so none of the original tooth is visible. Sometimes dental crowns are called caps because of the way they cap or cover a tooth. We might suggest you have a dental crown in Clarington when a tooth is severely decayed or broken or after root canal therapy. Dental crowns are also useful for covering up teeth that are chipped or discoloured, as treatment can form part of a smile makeover. Treatment is beneficial because a dental crown completely protects the tooth underneath, restoring its original shape and appearance, and its strength. Once a tooth has been crowned you will be able to eat comfortably, and your crown should look beautiful, so that you can smile confidently. Will My Crown Look Natural? Traditionally, crowns were made with a metal substructure which was covered up with…

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May 25, 2018 by
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How Your Diet Affects Your Dental Health

You are probably acutely aware of how your diet affects your general health, but it can also have a significant effect on your dental health. Dentists in Newcastle often see people who eat quite healthily but who have problems with tooth decay and it can be down to diet choices rather than oral hygiene. Foods that are high in sugars and carbohydrates are particularly bad for teeth because the sugars feed plaque bacteria in your mouth. As the bacteria thrive, they produce acids that gradually weaken your tooth enamel, a process called acid erosion. Repeated exposure to acid eventually causes tooth enamel to break down, forming a cavity. Problem foods include obvious items such as candies and cookies, but also things like chips and sticky foods like granola bars and dried fruit. Although granola might be good for you, many brands contain huge amounts of hidden sugars, and while dried…

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May 18, 2018 by
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Don’t Let a Dental Emergency Ruin Your Vacation

Vacation season is fast approaching, and many people will be looking forward to a well-earned break, so you want to make sure you can enjoy it to the full. But, are you up-to-date with your dental checkups in Newcastle? Regular Professional Dental Care Can Help Prevent a Dental Emergency Often people go to a great deal of trouble when planning and preparing for their vacation, while essential preventative dental care is frequently overlooked. A dental emergency has the potential to ruin your time away. It isn’t always easy to find a good emergency dentist, and of course, they won’t have any of your dental records, and you won’t know anybody in the dental office, or you may not even speak the same language. Although it isn’t always possible to prevent accidental damage to a tooth, other problems such as a bad toothache caused by infection are frequently avoidable. When you…

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May 11, 2018 by
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Want Healthy Gums? Don’t Forget about Flossing

Do you floss your teeth every day? Congratulations if you answered yes and it almost certainly shows in your gum health. If you are one of those people who only floss when you get something stuck in between your teeth, or before you visit your dentist in Bowmanville, then we’d love to encourage you to begin flossing every day. What Happens When You Don’t Floss Regularly? When you don’t floss your teeth regularly, you are at increased risk of developing gum disease. If you don’t floss, then a considerable percentage of your tooth surfaces will remain uncleaned because your toothbrush cannot fit right in between your teeth. These contact areas are the very places where dental plaque and food debris buildup. Unless regularly removed, the bacteria in dental plaque will utilize food particles as an energy source, creating acid and toxins that infect and inflame your gums. Despite all the…

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May 4, 2018 by
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