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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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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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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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Quick Oral Health Tips for a Healthy Smile This Holiday

The holidays are fun but can be hard on teeth, but with a little forethought, everyone can still have a great time without damaging dental health in Newcastle. Sugar-Free Holiday Ideas for Kids If you have kids, advent calendars are probably a huge part of the buildup to the holidays, but they don’t need to be packed with candy. Instead, replace candy with dollar store toys such as stickers, seasonal ornaments, cranes or craft supplies. There are plenty of holiday-themed storybooks that help build excitement and are excellent for improving your child’s reading skills. Purchase a few holidays themed books or get them from your local library and read them together at bedtime. Avoid Grazing on Food It can be tempting to graze on holiday goodies as we are frequently surrounded by delicious food. But snacking more frequently will increase the risk of tooth decay by feeding the bacteria already…

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Dec 6, 2019 by
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What to Do If You Knock Out a Tooth?

Losing teeth during childhood is a rite of passage and even fun thanks to visits from the Tooth Fairy. Losing an adult tooth is a completely different experience and is far more traumatic and especially if you accidentally knock out a tooth. The good news is that sometimes a knocked-out tooth in Newcastle is salvageable, but you need to act fast. The first thing to do is to get in touch with us here at West Bowmanville Family Dental as you must see a dentist immediately. There is a far better chance of successfully reinserting your tooth if this happens within the first half an hour to an hour after the accident. Although we may still try to reinsert the tooth after this time, the chances of success diminish. However, we may still want to try because it could last for a while, buying you some extra time until you…

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Nov 22, 2019 by
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