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Risk Factors for Tooth Decay and How to Manage Them

Did you know tooth decay is the most common disease worldwide? While it might not be life-threatening, treating tooth decay can be costly without prompt dental care in Newcastle, and you can lose time away from work or school during treatment. Also, tooth decay can cause toothache which is never pleasant! Traditionally, tooth decay is treated by drilling and filling the affected tooth, and which is very effective at eliminating decay and restoring the tooth. However, over the past few decades, we have learned much more about why tooth decay in Clarington develops, and why some people have recurrent problems with tooth decay while others have strong and healthy teeth, even when they share the same oral hygiene and dietary habits. Several factors can increase your risk of tooth decay and identifying these can help us to devise a preventative dental care plan so that together we can manage the…

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Oct 18, 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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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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Having Orthodontics When You are Older

As you get older, there is no reason why you cannot have an attractive and healthy smile. Increasingly, older adults are choosing to have orthodontic treatment, sometimes when they are well into retirement. In fact, it is never too late to move your teeth, and there isn’t any such thing as being too old for braces. Nowadays, it is estimated that one out of every five people wearing braces are adult. However, there are many more who might benefit from treatment and who never had the chance to wear braces during childhood. Why Straighten Up? An attractive smile is an excellent way to boost self-confidence, and the effects can positively impact a person’s social life or even their career, but there are other, less obvious benefits too. Adult braces can correct a whole host of different orthodontic problems, including issues with overcrowded or misaligned teeth that cannot bite together properly.…

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May 17, 2019 by
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How to Overcome Dental Anxieties

If you experience fears or anxieties about the thought of seeing a dentist in Newcastle, you’re not alone. Many people have some anxiety about dental checkups, even those have only ever had good experiences. It’s a problem because you know how important regular dental examinations are for your dental health, and for your general health. The good news is that dental anxiety can be overcome, but it’s important to choose a dentist who takes the time to listen to you and to acknowledge your fears. Common anxieties include fear of needles, a dislike or fear of the dental drill, fear of pain, and embarrassment about having bad teeth. Fear of Needles Feeling fearful about having injections isn’t confined to dentistry as many people experience this fear when seeing a medical professional. You can rest assured that we use highly effective numbing gel before giving an injection. The injection is administered…

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Dec 14, 2018 by
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