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What are Dental Bridges and How Do They Work?

What are Dental Bridges and How Do They Work?

If you have recently lost your tooth, whether due to an injury, medical condition, or natural causes, you may be wondering what your options are to restore your smile. A missing tooth can create an unsightly gap, but it’s often more than a cosmetic problem. You could also experience pain when chewing, discomfort in your jaw, or other problems that are caused by a change to your bite.

One of the most common solutions to this problem is having a dental bridge placed in your mouth. If you haven’t gone through this procedure before, it’s helpful to understand the process and what to expect.

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The Effects of Thumb Sucking and Pacifiers – updated 2018

The Effects of Thumb Sucking and Pacifiers – updated 2018

It’s common for babies and children to suck on their thumbs, fingers, or a pacifier. This is a typical practice because it helps children and babies to feel comforted and is a natural reflex for them. However, as natural as this reflex may be for babies and children, it can cause damage to their teeth and mouths if it is carried on for too long.

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Brushing Is a Team Sport

Brushing Is a Team Sport

Keeping your child’s teeth healthy is very important. Taking care of their baby teeth will help ensure their permanent teeth come in correctly and will allow your child to learn good oral hygiene habits at an early age, which is a vital skill they will use throughout their life. However, getting your child to start practising these oral hygiene habits can be difficult. One of the best ways to help them get in the habit of brushing and flossing their teeth is to do it together as a family every day.

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Smoking, Vaping, and Dental Care in 2018

Smoking, Vaping, and Dental Care in 2018

By now, you’re likely aware of the negative impact smoking has on your health. However, you might not realize the serious effects smoking has on your overall dental care. Since your mouth is the starting point for all cigarette damage, you’ll deal with some significant oral health issues when you smoke. Even vaping, which is the latest trend pushed as a healthier alternative to smoking, has an impact on your health. Discover how smoking and vaping affect your dental care.

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What Are Orthodontics?

What Are Orthodontics?

Most people know to visit their general dentists often for cleaning or for help with complications such as cavities and gum disease. However, dentistry is a broad field, and patients who present with certain irregularities may need to follow up with an orthodontist. Orthodontic specialists can help individuals with problems related to their bite alignment and those who need teeth straightening procedures that go beyond simpler solutions such as Invisalign.

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Sleep Apnea – How Your Dentist Can Help

Sleep Apnea – How Your Dentist Can Help

Approximately 858,900 Canadian adults have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, according to the most recent Canadian Community Health Survey. In addition, more than one-quarter of Canadian adults say they have symptoms and risk factors that put them at a higher risk of having sleep apnea or developing the condition in the future. You’ve probably heard a sleep clinic can help you get a proper diagnosis and treatment plan while a doctor can help you lose weight to minimise symptoms. However, you may not realise your dentist can also help ease sleep apnea.

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DIY Braces – 6 Reasons You Should Leave it to the Professionals

DIY Braces – 6 Reasons You Should Leave it to the Professionals

DIY braces and at-home teeth straightening kits are popping up all over the internet, promising dentist-quality results at a fraction of the price. Unfortunately, things that sound too good to be true often are. In fact, DIY solutions can be downright dangerous, causing even more damage to your teeth in the long run. We break down common types of DIY braces and explore the reasons you should leave quality dental work to the professionals.

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Remineralizing Your Teeth’s Enamel

Remineralizing Your Teeth’s Enamel

If you’ve had issues with your teeth that involve weakening, white spots, or numerous cavities, one of the key causes could be demineralized enamel. To understand what demineralization is and how to remineralize in order to address the problem, take a look at this guide. You’ll understand that demineralization is not actually damage to tooth enamel – but it is the first sign that such damage may be coming soon, among other problems. Fortunately, demineralization can be stopped, and your teeth can remain protected.

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