27
Oct

How Is A Night Guard Made By The Dentist Different Than The ...

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Night guards are used most commonly in adults to prevent teeth grinding, also known as bruxism. Nocturnal teeth-grinding affects many people, and if you’re one of them your dentist will prescribe a night guard. Night guards are available either custom-made by a dentist, or bought over the counter. Which choice is right for you? There are three different types of night guards: Night guards that are custom made by a dentist. Preformed night guards available at stores. Boil-and-bite night guards, also available at stores. Store-bought night guards are usually available in drug store and are usually made with clear plastic. They are affordable, and prevent teeth grinding. However, they need to be replaced frequently and because they are a stock size, many people find the plastic still uncomfortably bulky and thick. Another store-bought option is the boil-and-bite night guard which can be boiled and then moulded to your teeth. Also…

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21
Oct

Why Does My Child Need X-Rays Every Six Months?

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Dental X-rays are instrumental in identifying possible diseases in the teeth and surrounding tissue that cannot be seen with a routine oral exam. In both children and adults, dental x-rays can identify and visualize signs of dental problems early, therefore making them easier to treat. Early diagnosis can save money, discomfort, pain, even your life in rare cases! In adults, dental x-rays are recommended once a year. For children, they are recommended every six months. Why more often for children? In adults, dental x-rays can identify the following problems: Areas of decay that could not be seen with a regular dental exam, for instance, small areas of decay in between teeth or decay under fillings. Bone loss, which usually accompanies gum disease. Abscesses or other infections. Any developmental abnormalities such as tumors or cysts. Changes in the bone or root canal due to infection. In children, x-rays are still used…

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13
Oct

How Does Fluoride Help My Teeth?

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No one likes the taste of fluoride but there’s no denying it helps your teeth! Fluoride-containing compounds like sodium fluoride are commonly used topically during dental cleanings. Fluoride therapy, the application of fluoride to the teeth, prevents tooth decay and protects teeth from cavities. During your dental cleaning, fluoride is applied to your teeth either with a rinse, gel, foam, or varnish. Since fluoride is also added to most tap water, it’s often applied to our teeth without us even realizing it. So, how exactly does fluoride help our teeth? What Is Tooth Decay? When the outer surface of the tooth becomes overly acidic, teeth can begin to decay. Acid is produced by bacteria-containing plaque. There is a reason the dentist warns you against sugar! When sugars interact with the bacteria in plaque they quickly become acidic. While the acidic plaque will eventually be neutralized by saliva, plaque can hold…

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5
Oct

Why Are My Teeth Sensitive After A Dental Cleaning?

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Tooth sensitivity is an awful feeling! Tooth sensitivity, or dentin hypersensitivity, involves pain or discomfort in one or more teeth. Tooth sensitivity is often reported after a dental cleaning. This makes sense, as your hygienist or dentist will often go deeper into your teeth during a cleaning than you do during brushing and flossing. What Causes Tooth Sensitivity? Tooth sensitivity happens when gums recede to expose the underlying roots of the tooth. Unlike the tooth, the roots of the tooth are not covered by hard enamel and are incredibly sensitive. With each tooth there are thousands of tiny channels leading to the pulp—the tooth’s nerve centre. If these channels become even the slightest bit exposed, it can lead to a great deal of sensitivity as stimuli such as heat, coldness, and pressure are able to reach the nerve in the tooth. There are many, many causes of tooth sensitivity, including:…

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