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What are the Choices for Replacing a Front Tooth?

Losing any teeth is distressing, but it can seem worse when it is a highly visible front tooth. Luckily, there are several solutions, so no matter your needs or budget, we can make sure your smile and your ability to eat comfortably is soon restored. Your choices include a denture, dental bridge or a dental implant. Denture A one-tooth denture or dental flipper is the most cost-effective solution for restoring a missing front tooth. It is also the least invasive treatment which can be appealing for anyone with dental anxieties or phobias. A one-tooth denture has a gum-coloured acrylic base that rests on the gums, and it supports the denture tooth. The range of denture teeth is enormous, and our dentist in Bowmanville can help you choose a tooth that will blend in beautifully with your existing teeth. Despite the ease of treatment, a one-tooth denture is frequently regarded as…

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Feb 15, 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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Using Adult Invisible Braces to Straighten Teeth

There’s no denying that straighter teeth can look more attractive, and frequently orthodontic treatment is the most effective and conservative way to achieve that beautifully straight smile. Lots of people had orthodontic treatment in Newcastle when they were children, but what can you do if you didn’t have this opportunity or if you’ve seen your teeth drift out of position? The answer is quite a lot, and an increasing number of adults are now using so-called invisible braces to straighten their teeth. Here at West Bowmanville Dentistry, we use a system called Invisalign, and you may have already heard of this product because it is popular worldwide. Invisalign is an excellent alternative to more traditional fixed metal braces and is especially suitable for adults because it is nearly invisible. Why Choose Invisalign? One reason why Invisalign in Clarington is so popular is that these invisible braces are super easy to…

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Jan 25, 2019 by
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GERD and Its Effect on Oral Health

GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease is a common condition that can be uncomfortable at best and which is frequently extremely painful. Most people have experienced at least an occasional episode of GERD, perhaps after eating specific foods or when they have overindulged too much. What Is GERD and Why Does It Occur? The painful burning sensation of GERD is caused when strong stomach acid flows backwards, up the esophagus and into the mouth. Usually, there is a muscle at the bottom of the throat which acts as a one-way valve, preventing stomach contents and acid from moving back up to the mouth. When the muscle isn’t working correctly, stomach acids can pass back up into the esophagus, causing that characteristic burning feeling in your throat or chest. When this occurs twice a week or more, it is usually diagnosed as GERD. Others may have this condition but don’t necessarily experience…

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Jan 18, 2019 by
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