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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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Why Resolve to Have Better Dental Health Next Year?

Do you intend to make some New Year’s resolutions? Many of us do but they tend to fall by the wayside very quickly. So why not make some resolutions that are easy to keep, and which will improve your dental health in Newcastle? We’ve listed a few resolutions to help you enjoy a brighter and healthier smile for the coming decade. Book a Dental Appointment If it’s been a while since you came to see us here at West Bowmanville Family Dental, pick up the phone and schedule that appointment! Regular dental checkups and hygiene appointments are the most important yet easiest thing you can do to help look after your teeth and gums. Even if your mouth feels healthy, there could be small signs of problems that are easy to treat this stage. Also, having regular dental cleanings is a lovely way to keep your mouth looking and feeling…

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Dec 27, 2019 by
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When is Snoring Really Sleep Apnea?

If you snore at night, you are not alone as it is a common habit, and sometimes it is nothing more than snoring, although it might be annoying for sleeping partners. Other times, snoring can be a symptom of a more serious problem called sleep apnea. What is the Difference Between Snoring and Sleep Apnea? Snoring occurs when your airway becomes narrowed, sometimes because the tissue in the throat relaxes, partially blocking the airway. As you breathe, air passing over these relaxed tissues causes them to vibrate, creating that characteristic snoring sound. Snorers continue to breathe evenly throughout sleep, but people with sleep apnea in Newcastle will have episodes where they stop breathing entirely for several seconds each time. The most common form of sleep apnea is called obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). If you have OSA, episodes where you cease breathing can occur multiple times each night. As oxygen levels…

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Dec 20, 2019 by
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Is It Better to Use a Manual or Electric Toothbrush?

Brushing your teeth is an essential part of good preventative dental care in Newcastle. Tooth brushing removes oral plaque and food debris that can otherwise cause decay and disease, and this task can be accomplished using a manual or electric toothbrush. Benefits of Using an Electric Toothbrush Electric toothbrushes have the bristles that rotate or vibrate, helping to remove plaque buildup from teeth and gums. Removing Plaque Effectively Because the bristles move, they create more micro-movements every time the toothbrush is moved across your teeth. Some studies have shown that generally, electric toothbrushes can decrease plaque buildup and gingivitis more compared with manual toothbrushes. Overall, oscillating or rotating toothbrushes seemed to work better than toothbrushes that vibrate. Easy to Use An electric toothbrush does most of the work for you, and they can be useful for anyone with arthritis or with other problems that limit their mobility. All you need…

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Dec 13, 2019 by
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