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Need to Know: What Is Plaque?


If plaque is allowed to build up on your teeth, the acid it creates can attack tooth enamel. It can irritate gums and lead to gum disease.

Key takeaways:

Brush and floss teeth twice daily to remove food debris and plaque.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day to reduce build-up.
If allowed to harden, plaque forms tartar which must be removed by a dentist.
If you experience swelling or sore gums, this is often a sign of gum disease.

"Although plaque can certainly harm teeth and gums, it also affects your tooth roots..."

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How to Treat Gum Disease At Home


Gum disease is a common condition which can be reversed when caught early. Your dentist can advise you how to treat your gum disease at home once your gums have started to heal.

Key takeaways:

  • Rinsing your mouth with salt water can reduce levels of bacteria and help lower inflammation.
  • Ensure you are flossing properly to remove plaque and food particles from between your teeth.
  • Brush your teeth gently using a soft-bristled toothbrush to help avoid damaging gum tissue.

"If you’ve been diagnosed with gum disease, it’s not too late to redefine your flossing habits. Use plenty of floss, form a “C” shape around each tooth, and gently floss the sides of your teeth and just underneath the gumline."

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Taking Care Of Your Metal Braces Or Aligners


Learning how to care for your orthodontic devices can help keep your teeth and gums healthy during the treatment period. Whether you have metal braces or Invisalign, you need to continue good oral hygiene, making adjustments in your routine to fit your braces’ requirements.

Key takeaways:
• If you have Invisalign aligners, you can remove them to brush and floss.
• There are flossing aids (like a water flosser) that people with metal braces can use to remove food particles.
• Additionally, you can use an electric toothbrush to clean your metal braces and remove plaque.

Ask your dentist about more tricks to keep your mouth clean when receiving orthodontic treatment.

A Closer Look at All-on-Four Dental Implants


Are you missing one or more teeth? Did you recently experience severe oral trauma? If so, you might qualify for all-on-four dental implants. While your dentist will explain the finer points, here are some features associated with this revolutionary treatment option:

  • These implants can be installed extremely quickly.
  • They will help to permanently restore your smile.
  • They are normally used if you are missing more than five teeth in a row.

"Talk to your dentist today to see if you are a candidate for this radical and new innovative treatment!"

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Two-Phase Dental Treatment for Children


With today’s technology, you can prevent crooked teeth in your children. Your dentist may suggest two separate procedures to prevent a misaligned bite or overcrowded teeth, which cause teeth to shift

Key takeaways:

  • Phase one, or initial treatment, aims to create a strong foundation for healthy adult teeth to come through, usually when your child is around 8.
  • Phase two usually involves fitting braces to help guide adult teeth into permanent position.
  • If initial treatment was successful, adult braces may not be necessary.

A child should see a dentist before the age of seven for assessment on risk of orthodontic problems.
"Two Phase orthodontic treatment won’t be necessary for every patient..."


Why Braces Could be a Great Idea


We are all aware that braces can help us to achieve an attractive smile. However, there are other reasons why a dentist may recommend this orthodontic procedure if you happen to have crooked teeth. Braces could even be able to prevent more serious issues in the future.

Here are three lesser-known benefits of this procedure:

  • The symptoms of temporomandibular (TMJ) disorder (including jaw pain) can be lessened or eliminated.
  • The surfaces of your teeth will no longer be at risk of uneven wear.
  • It will be much easier to brush and floss.

"If you’ve been told you need braces, aesthetics aren’t a minor consideration."

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How Are Dental Crowns Used?


Over the years, dental crowns have been used to repair damaged teeth and restore their functionality. So when exactly is a dental crown needed? Here’s what you need to know.

Key takeaways:
• Dental crowns can repair large infected cavities or severely worn down teeth.
• Dental crowns can also be used to restore a broken or cracked tooth.
• A dental crown is also used to support a dental bridge and cover a dental implant.

For more questions regarding dental crowns, talk to your dentist and he/she will give you all the answers you need.

How to Keep Your Teeth White After a Professional Whitening


Although teeth whitening procedures are not a permanent solution, there are still some ways that will allow you to extend their overall effects.

This is important to maintain a bright and attractive smile. Let us take a look at three professional recommendations:

  • Drink water when eating meals, as water can prevent materials from staining your teeth.
  • Be sure to schedule regular cleanings with your dentist.
  • When drinking tea, coffee or carbonated beverages, use a straw.

"Ask your dentist about more ways that you can continue to enjoy your bright smile."

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What Happens During A Dental Cleaning Session?


Dental cleaning appointments play a key role in keeping your teeth and gums strong and healthy. This is what you can expect from a dental cleaning session:

Key takeaways:

  • A thorough removal of plaque and tartar.
  • A check-up of fillings, implants, and other dental work.
  • Your dentist will also check for the early signs of cavities, decay, gum disease, and oral cancer.

If it’s been a while since your last dental cleaning, now is the right time to make an appointment.

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Why are Adults at Risk of Losing Their Teeth?


Teeth can be lost at any age and adults are certainly no exception. This is why it is crucial to appreciate some of the main reasons why tooth loss may occur. Here are the most common factors to recognise:

  • Gum disease can cause teeth to fall out if left untreated.
  • Tooth decay is likewise a major contributing factor.
  • Bad habits such as smoking and acute injuries will also play significant roles.

"Your dentist is your partner in helping you take the best possible care of your teeth."

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