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What you need to know about gum disease

Have you ever brushed your teeth and noticed that your gums bleed a little? Perhaps you didn’t think much of it. However, gums that bleed consistently can hint that something is wrong with your mouth.

Early signs of gum disease

Bleeding is one of the first signs you would notice of gum disease. This happens when your gum line is inflamed due to a bacterial infection. These bacteria can form a plaque that sticks to your teeth that may not be removed from mere brushing or flossing alone. If the plaque builds up, it can infect your teeth and gums, eventually affecting the bone that supports your teeth.

How do you know if ...

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Dental Implants: a dentistry game changer

When patients hear the term dental implants, they usually associate it with lengthy and painful—not to mention expensive treatment. But the truth of the matter is there are a number of different uses for implants - and not all of them require you to spend hours in a chair, in a world of pain while re-mortgaging your house to pay for it. While it is true that patients who already have a mouth full of dentures may require radical work when it comes to having dental implants, more often than not I find I am required to replace only one or two teeth around the mouth, making for a far ...

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How bad is coffee for my teeth?

Most people love their morning coffee. But, like many of our favourite foods and drinks, coffee can potentially cause problems for your teeth.

What's the problem with coffee

Coffee contains tannins that stain teeth and creates acid that can damage tooth enamel. The addition of sweeteners also creates a bacterial playground in your mouth, setting up prime conditions for dental decay and halitosis (bad breath).

However, the most apparent effects of when coffee and teeth meet is not particularly threatening but cosmetic. Tannins in coffee will eventually stain teeth, turning those high-beam pearly whites into yellow-hued sodium lights.

Do I have to give up coffee?

Not all. Certain coffees actually have compounds that help prevent ...

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Are you brushing your teeth correctly?

Using proper technique when brushing your teeth is important. There's much more to brushing your teeth than loading up your brush with toothpaste and sawing rapidly back and forth.

What is the right technique?

First of all, that sawing action is a no-no. It will damage your enamel and miss the debris between your teeth. Instead, place your bristles gently where your teeth meet your gums. Brush down on your upper teeth. When brushing teeth on the bottom, start at your gumline and brush upward. Repeat this motion for all tooth surfaces on both sides of your teeth.

Using gentle 'wiggly' motions, glide your bristles along the top of tooth surfaces when brushing ...

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Debunking the most common dental misconceptions

Sadly, too many dental patients are nervous when it comes to going to the dentist, often owing to a bad experience as a kid or to dental urban legends! We deal with a lot of these myths in our practice newsletter, but in this blog, I want to debunk some of the most common dental misconceptions that I hear from my patients.

Root canal work doesn't cause cancer

I blame Google and Facebook for this one. The number one dental myth that my patients ask me about is whether root canals cause cancer. Unfortunately, I hear a lot of crazy things now owing to articles circulating on the internet and social media ...

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What Can I Do About My Stained Teeth?

Stained teeth can be embarrassing, making people feel too awkward to smile or even talk to others. In this article we'll tell you about what causes teeth staining and what you can do about it.

What causes stained teeth?

Stained teeth are most often acquired by drinking coffee and tea, wine, and smoking. If a food or drink stains your clothing its more than likely it can stain your teeth.

However, food and drink isn't always the culprit. Sometimes stains are caused by conditions we have little control over like aging and damaged enamel. Also, certain medications can stain your teeth from the inside out. So can underlying medical or dental conditions.

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Will a dental implant work for me?

When you want to have missing teeth replaced, you don’t necessarily need to resort to dentures. Dental implants offer a more comfortable way to replace teeth that you’ve lost from decay, trauma or other dental problems. However, not everyone is a suitable candidate for them.

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a titanium post that goes into your jawbone. After the bone fuses to the post, your dentist attaches a connecting piece to it and places a replacement tooth on it. Dental implants hold artificial teeth in place securely, so you don’t have to worry about them falling out. These implants are simple to care for and help you chew ...

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