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Feel Calm and Relaxed with Sedation Dentistry

Here at West Bowmanville Family Dental, we pride ourselves on ensuring everyone feels comfortable and relaxed during visits, but we realize sometimes this isn’t enough. Some people feel anxious at the mere thought of seeing a dentist and these anxieties and fears can be so extreme that they fail to seek essential dental care. Why Do People Feel Anxious at Seeing a Dentist? Dental fears and anxieties can be very deep-seated and may stem from a bad experience during childhood, or sometimes these feelings are passed on from parent to child. If you have a parent who feared dental visits, it could be very difficult for them to talk about dental care positively, instead associating dental care with discomfort or pain. Some people have a fear of needles or a very low pain threshold. Others have a strong gag reflex that makes receiving dental care uncomfortable at best. Often, people…

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Sep 20, 2019 by
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How Ageing Affects Your Mouth

There is nothing you can do about ageing, but there is a lot you can do to reduce its impact on your health, including your mouth. It’s hard to imagine that even just a century ago, wearing dentures in older age was a foregone conclusion. Nowadays, around three-quarters of people over age 65 will still have at least some of their natural teeth, but ageing does increase the risk of common dental problems like tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancer. Regular preventative dentistry in Clarington can help tremendously in reducing the effects of ageing, and ensure you enjoy a healthy and attractive smile in later years. Wear and Tear on Your Teeth Each day, your teeth put up with a lot. For a start, they must cope with over 200 pounds of pressure as you bite and chew food. They are exposed to acid from the foods you eat,…

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Sep 13, 2019 by
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Women’s Hormones and Oral Health

You already know how your hormones can affect your weight, mood and sex drive, but have you ever considered their effect on your oral health? Hormonal changes that affect women throughout life can impact your dental health considerably. Knowing how they can affect you and how to maintain an optimal level of oral health can help a lot. Also, here at West Bowmanville Family Dental, every patient’s preventative oral care plan is carefully customized, so we can always help you maintain an optimal level of oral health no matter your age or stage of life. How Can Hormones Affect Oral Health? The hormones estrogen and progesterone can increase the risk of gum disease because they cause more blood to flow to your gums. The increased blood flow makes your gums more sensitive and more prone to react to anything that could irritate them, for example, a buildup of plaque and…

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Sep 6, 2019 by
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Refresh Your Smile with Regular Dental Hygiene Appointments

Our regular patients will know we strongly encourage people to book dental cleanings here at West Bowmanville Family Dental. We recommend these appointments even for people whose dental health is excellent because we know that even the most beautiful smile needs regular professional preventative care. Most people need to see a hygienist in Newcastle every six months in addition to twice-daily brushing and once-a-day flossing. Why Regular Brushing and Flossing Is Only Part of the Story When you brush and floss your teeth regularly, it helps to maintain good oral health. The idea is to remove the maximum amount of plaque and food debris from your teeth and gums each day, and before it can damage your oral health. It’s a preventative care routine that must be done regularly and meticulously because dental plaque is a sticky biofilm that builds up over tooth surfaces every day and which contains harmful…

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Aug 30, 2019 by
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Send Your Child Back to School with a Healthy Smile

School vacations are often busy and especially at this time of year as parents everywhere begin to plan for the new school year ahead. An essential part of this plan should be a back-to-school checkup, but often the new school year term can sneak up on you. Ideally, it’s best to get into the habit of booking an appointment at the beginning of summer. Is There an Ideal Time for Kids to See the Dentist? Usually, if you have a young child who likes a daytime nap still, it’s best not to schedule visits during nap time. Also, make sure your child has something light to eat before their appointment as who doesn’t feel grouchy when they are hungry? With older children, the temptation is to book a dentist appointment in Courtice straight after school, but not all kids have the stamina to see the dentist and especially if they…

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Aug 23, 2019 by
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