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Why You Need a Professional Dental Cleaning for a Healthy Smile

Have you ever wondered why our dentist in Clarington always suggests regular professional dental cleanings? In fact, having your teeth cleaned professionally is an easy, cost-effective way to help you maintain good dental health. It is an essential preventative dental care treatment for healthy gums. The Reason for Having Professional Dental Cleanings The purpose of a professional dental cleaning is to remove the buildup of calculus (tartar) from your teeth. Calculus is hardened plaque and each day a biofilm or layer of sticky plaque bacteria develops over your tooth surfaces. Plaque bacteria are harmful to your teeth and gums because they produce acids and toxins that cause tooth decay, and inflammation and infection. Most, but not all plaque is removed during brushing and flossing. Even if you brush your teeth meticulously and floss each day, you will most likely miss out some areas, often closest to your gums or in…

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Jun 29, 2018 by
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How to Choose the Right Toothpaste

How do you choose your toothpaste? Is your choice based on taste, what’s on special offer or do you always grab your favourite brand? Most toothpaste contains common ingredients, but there are some differences between them. We’ve listed a few things you should look out for when choosing your toothpaste. Choose a Brand That Is Approved Whatever you choose, try to ensure it has the Canadian Dental Associations Seal of approval which means the manufacturer has submitted the toothpaste and all scientific studies to the CDA so that it can be assessed for efficacy and safety. When you choose toothpaste that has received the seal of approval, then you will know it has met specific standards. Fluoride Most toothpaste contains fluoride which can help protect your teeth against cavities. The amount of fluoride added to toothpaste is very safe, but if you are at all worried then discuss the matter…

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Jun 22, 2018 by
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Metal-Free Dentistry for a Beautiful Smile

Metal has been used in dentistry for decades, for crowns, bridges and dental fillings. However, an increasing number of people prefer no metal in their mouth, and metal-free dentistry is an excellent solution. Nowadays, it is possible to restore and replace teeth without using any metals, and West Bowmanville Dental can even provide metal-free dental implants if needed. What are the Potential Advantages of Metal-Free Dentistry? Metal-free dentistry can be extremely useful for anyone with metal allergies or sensitivities to the alloys commonly used in dentistry. The metal-free materials used to restore and replace teeth are highly biocompatible, which means they are easily tolerated by your natural tissues, including your gum and jawbone. Then, of course, there are the aesthetic benefits of metal-free dentistry because modern restorations can look great! These newer materials can replace amalgam fillings and are used to fabricate crowns and bridges. Ceramic dental implants are an…

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Jun 15, 2018 by
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Mending Chipped or Broken Teeth

It is all too easy to chip or crack a tooth, and it is a situation that can be pretty upsetting, or even uncomfortable or painful, but don’t worry because West Bowmanville Dental is here to help! Our experienced dentists can soon assess broken teeth, before suggesting the most appropriate and advanced treatment. Afterwards, you can look forward to having a tooth that is strong, durable, comfortable and which will look fantastic. Why It’s Important to Mend Any Damaged Teeth Your teeth have a thin, hard outer shell made from enamel and which is the hardest substance in the human body. Tooth enamel protects the inner part of your tooth. Directly underneath your tooth enamel is a structure called dentin and which is much softer and more easily damaged. Right in the middle of your tooth is the pulp chamber, an area that contains the tooth nerve, connective tissues and…

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Jun 8, 2018 by
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Why Are Wisdom Teeth So Problematic?

Your wisdom teeth are the very last teeth to make an appearance, usually in your late teens or early 20s. They are called your third molars and are a kind of a throwback to a time when our diets were more fibrous and harder to chew. At that time having an extra set of molars was quite useful! When wisdom teeth can come through normally, then it is always nice to have more teeth that are healthy, but often overcrowding is an issue. By this time all your other adult teeth are already in place, and it’s quite likely that your jaw is full. When your wisdom teeth try to come through, they may erupt at unnatural angles, will try to come up under existing teeth, or will be stuck underneath the gums. Wisdom teeth trapped underneath the gums are called impacted. It’s also possible for wisdom teeth to partially…

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Jun 1, 2018 by
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