25
Aug

Why has it Been Recommended that I Have My Teeth Cleaned Mor...

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For most patients, your dentist will likely recommend that you come and visit them at least twice a year in order to ensure your teeth and gums remain happy and healthy. This is because most dental conditions are best resolved if they are caught early and treated before they can develop. If left untreated over long period time, a small issue can quickly develop into a much more serious and complicated affair. However, every mouth is unique and what works for one patient may not be sufficient for another. The guideline of dental checkups every six months is set by the Canadian Dental Association based on the healthiest of patients: young, healthy patients who have never had gum disease and do not smoke. Patients with less than perfect oral health, however, may want to consider booking appointments a little more often. If your dentist has recommended to you that you…

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18
Aug

When Should My Child First See A Dentist?

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“When should my child first visit the dentist?” This is a common question posed to dentists and doctors by first time parents eager to ensure their child has a good start at proper oral care. As a general rule of thumb, parents should bring their child to see a dentist shortly after they begin to develop their first teeth. While it may seem like a hassle to bring a very young child in for dental checkups and cleaning, it is important to get them started early so that they not only become accustomed to proper oral care by a young age, but so the dentist can spot any potential issues as early as possible. This is an important step in ensure healthy habits as they continue to grow up. Many dentists who specialize in caring for children will offer special checkups designed to help children feel comfortable in the dentist’s…

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11
Aug

What Causes Bad Breath?

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Unfortunately for those of us who are always striving towards fresh breath, here are many causes for bad breath. From our dental hygiene practices to our food choices, there are many steps we can take to prevent – and cause – bad breath problems. The most common cause of bad breath is a medical condition known as halitosis, which results from bad oral hygiene or unhealthy lifestyle choices like smoking or chewing tobacco. However there are dozens of other factors that can lead to a foul smell throughout the day. Food and Bad Breath Everything we eat starts the process of being broken down in the mouth. Small particles are left behind on the gums, the tongue, and between the teeth until they are rinsed, flossed, or brushed away, but that is not the end of food’s effect on our breath. As food is digested, it is absorbed into the…

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4
Aug

Are Electric Toothbrushes Better than Manual?

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Electric toothbrushes are growing in popularity recently, especially among adults, with many new designs and brush options appearing on the market almost monthly. With so many new styles available, many patients have begun to wonder if this is a fad or a movement they should be part of. Recently, the American Dental Association has stated that manual toothbrushes are just as effective as electric, when used correctly. The key to good oral health lies not in which toothbrush you choose, but how well you use it. “If you are a wonderful brusher and a wonderful flosser … then the manual toothbrushes are just great.” -Kimberly Harms, DDS ADA Consumer Advisor Although the Canadian Dental Association has also stated that it’s not always the tool itself that you’re using, but instead the way you’re using it, electric toothbrushes still have the advantage of being easier to use properly. When to Choose…

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