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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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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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Heart Health and Its Connection to Oral Health

At this time of year, lots of people are thinking about how best to spoil their honey. While Valentine’s Day might be all about hearts and flowers, it is worth remembering that it’s celebrated during Heart Month here in Canada. Approximately 2.4 million Canadians are affected by some form of heart disease, and most of us will know somebody with heart problems. What you may not have realized, is that poor oral health, and especially gum disease has been associated with higher rates of heart disease in numerous studies. In 2012, the American Heart Association released a statement supporting an association between the two. Currently, it is still unclear whether one condition can actually cause the other, and especially as both health problems have similar risk factors. These risk factors include smoking, diabetes, and having a poor diet. How Can Heart Disease and Oral Health Be Connected? There are several…

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Feb 8, 2019 by
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What to Do If You Have Sensitive Teeth

Do you frequently pass on eating ice cream or hot and cold drinks, knowing that if you do indulge, it will make your teeth hurt? Perhaps even breathing in on a cold day is enough to make them twinge in pain? You may have sensitive teeth. It is essential to determine the reason for any sort of dental pain or discomfort with a visit to your dentist in Courtice, and once you know why, we can help you to find a solution. What Can Cause Tooth Sensitivity? Having teeth that feel too sensitive may be due to a variety of different reasons. Often, sensitive teeth are caused by enamel erosion. Usually, healthy teeth are covered with tooth enamel which is a hard, protective layer that prevents unwanted sensations from reaching the nerve endings in your teeth. One way this can occur is if you brush your teeth too hard. Brushing…

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Feb 1, 2019 by
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