Are you afraid of the dentist? If so, you’re not alone. According to Stats Canada, around 40 percent of the population has a strong fear of the dentist. While very few people look forward to taking a seat in the dentist’s chair, some have a fear so paralyzing that it prevents them from getting the dental care they need. Without proper preventative cleanings, they eventually develop serious issues that lead to pain or lost teeth. Fortunately, you have several options available for dealing with a fear of the dentist so you can get the necessary care your mouth needs.
Wisdom teeth are the molars in the far back of your mouth and usually emerge in late teens or early twenties. In the past, they were useful for our more basic diet of meat and hard foods, but now they serve little purpose. Wisdom tooth removal may seem daunting but it is a common procedure.
It is easy when relaxing on vacation to slip out of routine, but it is important to maintain your oral hygiene wherever you are in the world. By following these few simple tips you can keep your smile looking healthy and bright while still enjoying a relaxing vacation.
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.
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.
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.
Do your teeth ever hurt when you eat something hot or cold? When tooth enamel wears down or the gums recede, it exposes a layer of your teeth that is very sensitive to temperature changes. If something too hot or too cold touches this part of your mouth, you’ll feel some pain.
But you aren’t just at risk for this type of discomfort because of your diet. During the winter, your teeth contract in response to intense cold weather. This can lead to cracks in your teeth and cause the same type of pain that you experience when you bite into ice cream. Take a look at how the cold can affect your teeth, how this relates to winter weather, and what you can do to fix aches and sensitive teeth or nerves.
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During a routine trip to the dentist, Michael Haack was told that he had a white patch on his tongue. Haack did not have a history of mouth injuries or gum disease, so the news came as a surprise.
“My dentist told me that it resembled a freckle in my mouth,” explains the 28-year-old executive director of a local political organization. “He told me that it was an oral lesion, and that we would need to monitor it going forward.”
At the time, Haack thought little of the spot. However, over the next three years and three annual checkups, it progressed in size. His dentist ordered a biopsy and the results confirmed mild oral dysplasia—abnormal lesions, often white or red, within oral tissues that have the potential to develop into cancer.
Dental x-rays are a common diagnostic procedure that is considered extremely safe. Digital dental x-rays have very low doses of radiation, producing just a fraction of what you are exposed to in other imaging procedures. If you’re worried about whether you need dental x-rays, or wondering if you should forego this procedure due to other medical conditions, it’s helpful to dive a little deeper into what dental x-rays involve, why they’re performed, and how they’re best handled.