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Diabetes and Its Potential Effect on Oral Health

In 2017 approximately 2.3 million people in Canada aged 12 or over were diagnosed with diabetes, and roughly 8% of the population in Ontario have this condition. People with diabetes are less able to control blood sugar levels. Those with Type I diabetes cannot produce enough insulin while people with Type II diabetes are more resistant to insulin. Both can affect dental health. How Diabetes Can Affect Oral Health Diabetes can potentially affect oral health in several different ways. One problem is a condition called xerostomia or dry mouth, and where the person is unable to produce enough saliva to keep the mouth clean and fresh. We tend to take saliva for granted until it isn’t there, but it does have an essential role to play in oral health, washing away food particles, old skin cells and maintaining a more neutral pH. When your mouth is too dry, it can…

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Mar 29, 2019 by
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The Facts and Fiction about Flossing

Did you realize you should be flossing every day to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy? You probably do. However, lots of people are still confused about flossing so we thought we’d separate the facts from fiction. Flossing is only necessary when I have something stuck between my teeth It’s true that flossing is the most effective way to get rid of food trapped in between your teeth. However, it’s not the only reason why you should floss each day. When you floss, it removes dental plaque caught between your teeth. If you don’t remove plaque regularly, the toxins it produces can quickly inflame your gums, increasing your risk of gum disease and tooth decay in Newcastle. Flossing is hard to do Lots of people find it tricky to floss thoroughly, but it’s often because they have never been shown the correct techniques. If this sounds familiar, ask…

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Mar 22, 2019 by
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What are All the Different Types of Dentures?

Dentures are removable dental appliances designed to restore one or more missing teeth. They consist of a gum-coloured acrylic base that sits directly on your gums, and which supports the replacement denture teeth. Full, Immediate or Partial Dentures Dentures can be full, meaning they will restore an entire arch of teeth. You might also hear full dentures being called complete dentures and they can be used to restore just a single upper or lower arch, or both arches. Just make it even more confusing, complete or full dentures can be called conventional, or they can be immediate dentures. Immediate Dentures Immediate dentures are very useful because they are made before teeth are removed and are worn immediately afterwards until your gums have healed. This means you needn’t worry about being left without teeth after having your natural teeth removed. The reason for supplying immediate dentures in Newcastle is because during…

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Mar 15, 2019 by
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Top Toothache Causes

A toothache can be utterly miserable and often will require expert dental treatment. We’ve outlined some of the most common reasons for toothache in Newcastle below. 1.    Tooth Decay You might have guessed this is the most common reason for toothache and occurs if the inner part of the tooth, called the dentin becomes damaged and more sensitive, especially to changes in temperature. Initially, the pain might be an ache, but it could become sharper and will worsen if the decay reaches the dental pulp right in the centre of the tooth. By this stage, the tooth is badly infected and needs urgent treatment. 2.    Dental Abscess When a tooth infection isn’t treated promptly, the tooth may become abscessed, where the tissues surrounding the tooth root also become inflamed and which can destroy gum and bone. Now, treatment is even more critical, and you should see an emergency dentist in…

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Mar 8, 2019 by
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Why Have Your Teeth Professionally Cleaned?

You conscientiously brush your teeth twice a day, and you are pretty good about flossing regularly too! So, why is it necessary to visit a Newcastle dental office regularly to have your teeth professionally cleaned? Your daily oral hygiene routine can help to maintain a healthy mouth in between dental visits, but it is only part of a good preventative dental plan. Even if you clean your teeth meticulously, spending at least two minutes each time, you are almost certainly missing out some areas, leaving plaque bacteria remaining on tooth surfaces. Initially, dental plaque is a soft, sticky layer, but unless it is removed thoroughly from your teeth surfaces, it quickly hardens into calculus or tartar. Calculus is very different because it is extremely hard, meaning it cannot be brushed away during your everyday oral care routine. Instead, it can only be removed during your regular hygiene appointment here at…

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Mar 1, 2019 by
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