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Is it Better to Use a Manual or Electric Toothbrush?

Increasingly, patients are asking dentists in Newcastle whether they should be using an electric toothbrush instead of a manual toothbrush. There are a plethora of different electric toothbrushes on the market, but they can be quite the investment. Most people who have made the change to using an electric toothbrush are happy with the outcome, feeling they do a better job at cleaning their teeth compared to an ordinary toothbrush. However, if you have an excellent brushing technique and are great at flossing your teeth regularly, then there may be no reason to dump your manual toothbrush in favour of an electric toothbrush. It can be a different story for people with limited dexterity, for example, someone with arthritis. If this applies to you, then an electric toothbrush which will do much of the work for you. Additionally, an electric toothbrush can be great for kids because they are more…

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Jul 27, 2018 by
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Looking After Your Smile During Pregnancy

Are you expecting a brand-new family member? Congratulations! Many women will try to be their healthiest possible in preparation for pregnancy, and this should include excellent dental health. An increasing number of clinical studies have shown possible links between poor gum health during pregnancy and low birthweight or premature babies. Ideally, it is best to visit a dentist in Newcastle before becoming pregnant, just in case you do need any more complicated treatment that is best provided before pregnancy, but otherwise book a checkup as soon as you find out the happy news. Regular Preventative Dental Care is Essential During Pregnancy During your pregnancy, it’s perfectly safe for you to receive preventative dental care. Make sure your dentist knows you are pregnant and be sure to tell them about any medications or supplements. Your Clarington dentist can use this information to devise the most suitable preventative dental care plan for…

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Jul 20, 2018 by
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What is Gingivitis and is it Curable?

You have probably heard the word gingivitis without realizing what it means. Often toothpaste or mouthwash commercials will talk about gingivitis but won’t explain what it is, what causes it and what to do really about it. What Is Gingivitis? Gingivitis is inflammation in your gums caused by your immune system trying to fight bacteria in your mouth. Each day, a sticky layer of plaque builds up over your teeth and gums, and it contains bacteria. Most plaque is removed through regular brushing and flossing but any that remains quickly harden into calculus or tartar. The bacteria in plaque and tartar produce toxins that irritate your gums, promoting your immune system to fight back which causes the inflammation. When tartar builds up on teeth, it makes it easier for more plaque to build up on top of the tartar, increasing the irritation to your gum tissue. As your gums become…

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Jul 13, 2018 by
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Ensuring Your Kid Doesn’t Fear the Dentist

Feeling a little apprehension when visiting the dentist is pretty typical, even though we are all very friendly here at West Bowmanville Family Dental! However, more substantial dental fear and anxiety are unfortunately fairly common among adults and can prevent people from receiving the essential dental care they need. Quite often these fears may even have developed in childhood, and it is something we strive very hard to prevent. If you do have a young child who feels a bit nervous about the thought of seeing a dentist in Newcastle, then we have a few simple tips to help you prepare them. Preparing Your Child to Visit the Dentist Ideally, it is best not to wait for signs of problems before bringing them to visit us. Otherwise, your kid’s first dental visit could be when they are in discomfort or even pain, and it is an association that could potentially…

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Jul 6, 2018 by
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