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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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Tips for a Healthier Halloween Party

With summer fast becoming a very distant memory, the stores are stuffed with Halloween costumes, decorations, and of course, sugary treats. While kids may love Halloween, it can be a different story for concerned parents and dentists in Newcastle. If you are planning a spooky soirée or will be taking your little ones trick-or-treating, we have a few tips on how to enjoy a healthier Halloween that is still fun for everyone. It’s All About Balance Halloween is only one night a year, and the foods that are eaten every day have far more of an impact on dental health. However, you can reduce your child’s capacity for sugary treats by filling them up with nutritious foods first. Serve a healthy meal before they trick or treating or put out the healthy snacks first at a party. You can choose recipes with a Halloween theme, and the internet is a…

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Oct 11, 2019 by
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What is Hypersalivation?

You need a certain amount of healthy saliva and adults typically produce between 0.75 and 1 L of saliva every day. However, with hypersalivation your saliva glands produce an excess amount of saliva which can even begin to spill out of your mouth, causing you to drool. Hypersalivation can be a sign of an underlying condition in older children and adults, and it can be temporary or chronic. This depends on the cause, as if you have a dental infection in Newcastle, your mouth might produce more saliva to help flush away the bacteria. Once the infection is treated, hypersalivation will usually naturally resolve. When hypersalivation is constant, it can be related to an underlying health condition affecting muscle control. What Causes Temporary Hypersalivation? Temporary hypersalivation can be caused by untreated tooth decay or a mouth or tooth infection, gastro-oesophageal reflux (GERD. It could be a side-effect of certain tranquillizers…

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Oct 4, 2019 by
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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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