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Easy Ways to Enjoy Fresh Breath This February

February is the month for love and romance, and if you have plans to snuggle up with a significant other, it’s important to ensure your breath is fresh and sweet-smelling. However, most dentists in Newcastle would argue it’s important to ensure your breath smells good year-round and fresh breath isn’t just for February! Here are a few easy ways to freshen your breath. Double down on Brushing Thoroughly We know this advice is obvious, but unless you brush your teeth at least twice daily, you cannot hope to have fresh breath and good oral health. It’s best to brush first thing in the morning after you get up because this removes plaque bacteria that have built up while you sleep. During sleep, your mouth is drier, creating ideal conditions for these bacteria to multiply. Throughout the day, plaque bacteria will begin to build up once more, using food particles trapped…

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Jan 31, 2020 by
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What is Dental Plaque? And Why is it Harmful?

Dental plaque consists of a sticky biofilm containing bacteria. It builds up over your tooth surfaces in between brushing and flossing. If you haven’t brushed your teeth for quite a while, you can even feel dental plaque by running your tongue over your teeth as it should feel slightly fuzzy. Why Is It Harmful? Dental plaque contains bacteria, some of which are harmful, and these thrive whenever you eat carbohydrate-rich foods, producing acid and other toxins as a byproduct. The acid softens and gradually erodes tooth enamel, eventually causing tooth decay in Clarington. Dental plaque also tends to build up around your gum line, and the bacteria infect and irritate the gums. Your body will automatically try to fight this infection, but the response causes inflammation in the gum tissue and this gradually destroys the gums and other vital structures around your teeth including ligaments and bone. This infection and…

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Jan 24, 2020 by
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What to Do If Your Mouth Feels Dry

Have you noticed your mouth feels drier than before? Maybe it’s more difficult to chew your food comfortably? Most of us take saliva for granted, but a lack of saliva can cause significant dental health problems. It’s a condition called dry mouth or xerostomia, where the saliva glands fail to make enough saliva to keep your mouth moist and comfortable. Dry mouth can be a side-effect of radiation therapy for cancer or because of certain medications, or because of lifestyle factors, and it becomes more common when you age. Why Saliva Is Essential for Good Dental Health Saliva makes it easier to chew and swallow your food properly, and it contains essential enzymes that begin the process of digestion. Saliva protects dental health by helping to neutralize acids produced by bacteria, washing away food particles and limiting the growth of bacteria. Initially, having a dry mouth may seem like a…

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Jan 17, 2020 by
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Brighten Your January with a Whiter Smile

If the January weather is making you feel a little down in the mouth, why not brighten your smile with a professional teeth whitening treatment? Very soon, your teeth could look considerably whiter and brighter. You’ll feel so good about your teeth that you will want to smile more, even on the coldest, dreariest days. The very best way to brighten your smile is to see your dentist in Bowmanville. West Bowmanville Family Dental offers two excellent options for whitening teeth safely and effectively. The Advantages of Whitening Teeth Professionally First, before we recommend any whitening treatment, we want to ensure it is safe and appropriate for your dental health and that it will achieve your aims and desires. A dental checkup is essential before any form of tooth whitening procedure, as we must ensure you don’t have any signs of active dental diseases such as tooth decay or gum…

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Jan 10, 2020 by
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Using Adult Orthodontics to Straighten Teeth Discreetly

Straighter teeth undoubtedly look more attractive, but it’s relatively rare to have a perfectly aligned smile. While many people straighten their teeth as children, others never had the chance. Some people received orthodontic treatment as a child but have subsequently seen their teeth shift position. This is something called an orthodontic relapse, and it can occur because of ageing or when someone didn’t wear their retainers correctly following completion of treatment. If you are considering straightening your smile this year, the good news is there is no need to have a mouth full of metal brackets and wires. These days it’s possible to straighten your teeth discreetly with adult orthodontics. Here at West Bowmanville Family Dental, we offer a popular orthodontic system called Invisalign, and you may already be a little familiar with it. Chances are you already have friends, family or acquaintances who have used Invisalign in Newcastle. Why…

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Jan 3, 2020 by
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