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What is the Difference Between Fillings, Inlays and Onlays?

If your dentist in Bowmanville detected tooth decay during your last exam, they will almost certainly have suggested restoring the affected tooth with a filling. However, there are several types of filings, depending on the size of the cavity, the damage to the tooth, and its location in your mouth. Dental Fillings Most people are familiar with ordinary fillings and which are made from amalgam or from a tooth-coloured material called composite resin. Here at West Bowmanville Family Dental, we prefer to use amalgam-free fillings that blend in beautifully with your natural teeth, so your filling is virtually invisible. Composite resin is quite strong and durable, but it is only suitable for mending small to medium-sized cavities in teeth. It lacks the strength needed to restore larger cavities and where a significant portion of the tooth has been destroyed. This is when your Newcastle dentist might suggest an inlay or…

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Sep 28, 2018 by
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Smoking and How It Affects Your Dental Health

If you smoke, you are probably all too aware of how smoking affects your general health, but have you thought about its impact on your dental health? Some side-effects are obvious, such as bad breath and stained teeth, but smoking has far more serious implications for your gum health. In fact, smoking is one of the most significant risk factors for developing gum disease (periodontal disease), and it’s estimated over 60% of smokers have some signs of gum disease. When you smoke, your risk of periodontal disease is doubled compared to non-smokers, and you are four times as likely to have advanced periodontal disease, a severe condition that can lead to tooth loss and which can affect your general health. The longer you have smoked, the higher the risk, regardless of whether you use cigarettes or other forms of tobacco. Even just being exposed to second-hand smoke can increase your…

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Sep 21, 2018 by
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How Getting Older Affects Your Oral Health

It might be impossible to turn back the clock, and it frequently seems as if time speeds up with age, and it does affect your dental health. Protecting your oral health is possibly even more important as the years pass by because it will help to protect your general health. Poor oral health has been linked to serious health problems including diabetes and heart disease. Lots of people are living longer these days, and you want to make sure you can enjoy your hard-earned retirement to the full! West Bowmanville Family Dental is a family-oriented clinic, and we welcome people of all ages! Our dentists have lots of experience in helping people retain optimal oral health, we hope for life. Every person visiting our dentist in Bowmanville receives a personalized preventative dental care plan, based on your current dental health and it is essential we know your medical history too.…

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Sep 14, 2018 by
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Did You Know Your Dentist Screens for Mouth Cancer?

Mouth cancer is also called oral cancer and can affect the soft tissues inside your mouth including your cheeks, lips, the roof and floor of your mouth and your throat. Without early diagnosis, mouth cancer can be life-threatening. Last year in Canada, 4700 people were diagnosed with some form of mouth cancer, and 1250 Canadians died from this disease. Part of the problem is late diagnosis because often the early signs are easily ignored or missed. The earlier the diagnosis, the more likely we can treat this disease successfully and less invasively. Mouth cancer is another reason why you should visit your dentist in Bowmanville regularly. How Regular Preventative Dental Care Can Help Dentists receive specialized training in detecting the first symptoms of oral cancer and are most likely the only health care professionals who examine your mouth regularly. An oral cancer screening in Newcastle is quick, painless and non-invasive,…

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Sep 7, 2018 by
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