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What are Mouth Ulcers?

Mouth ulcers are also called canker sores and can develop around your gums or in your mouth, making it uncomfortable or painful to eat, talk and drink. Unlike cold sores that develop on the lips, mouth ulcers aren’t contagious, and usually, clear up within a couple of weeks. What Causes Mouth Ulcers? If you have a family history of mouth ulcers, your risk of developing them is higher, and they are also more likely to develop in women and adolescents. You may develop a mouth ulcer if you have a minor injury such as accidentally biting the inside of your mouth, or if you brushed your teeth too hard. Some people find that sodium laurel sulphate found in toothpaste and mouthwash will irritate the mouth. Food sensitivities to acidic foods like citrus fruits, strawberries and pineapples, or certain ‘trigger’ foods like coffee and chocolate can cause mouth ulcers. They can…

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Sep 27, 2019 by
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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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