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Women’s health Bowmanville, the hormone link

Hormones in women change a lot during life: Puberty Monthly periods Pregnancy Using birth control pills/patches/injections Menopause Inflammation of the gums, known as gingivitis, is related to changes in hormone levels. Gingivitis occurs as the increase in certain hormones causes a more severe reaction to germs(bacterial plaque) . Some germs increase in the mouth, or change in type when hormones increase. Puberty: The surge in hormones may cause sensitive or swollen gums. Gums may look puffy; like a balloon. This occurs in areas of the mouth where food, plaque and tarter(calculus) are present. Menstruation: The monthly roller coaster of hormones also affects your mouth. Some women complain of swollen and bleeding gums just prior to their period. Cold sores (herpes labialis) and canker sores (aphthous ulcers) occur in some women more frequently during their monthly period. Some women have food cravings related to changes in their hormones. If you crave…

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Jan 8, 2015 by
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Tips for a great smile

Good oral hygiene is essential during the different stages of a women’s life. Brush your teeth at least twice a day to remove plaque. Make sure you brush before going to sleep. Use a soft bristle toothbrush or powered toothbrush. Use a few gentle strokes to clean your tongue. Floss once a day to clean between teeth and under gums. If your gums bleed when brushing or flossing do not stop. This is a sign that you need to actually brush and massage along the gum line more. Avoid or limit sugary foods and drinks to reduce the risk of tooth decay, poor nutrition and other health problems. Chew sugarless gum if you chew gum. Visit your dental care professional for regular preventive care.

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Jan 5, 2015 by
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Tips for Children and a Healthy Smile Bowmanville

Wipe the inside of babies’ mouth with a clean wash cloth. Start brushing your child’s teeth as soon as they appear. Use a soft tooth brush. Do not use toothpaste until your child can spit out on their own. Brush your children’s teeth until they are at least 7 years old. Then supervise their tooth brushing to make sure they are doing a thorough job. Visit the dentist regularly. Babies should have a dental visit by their first birthday. Then visit as often as your dental professional recommends. Do NOT put your baby to bed with a bottle as it can lead to cavities. Sippy cups are no better than a bottle; when the baby can sit up alone give him or her a cup to drink from. Always provide healthy meals and snacks at home and for school. Do not give pop or other sweetened drinks to children. Milk…

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Jan 1, 2015 by
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Dental Implant Smile Makeover Bowmanville

We first saw David as a patient for an implant consult after losing the upper teeth that were part of a former dental bridge. After the bridge fractured, David had been wearing a denture to replace the upper gap, but with a strong gag reflex he often did not wear it.  Why was David a good candidate for these procedures? David was the ideal candidate for this procedure as he was missing multiple teeth, was in good general and oral health and was strongly opposed to wearing a removable prosthesis (denture) as a replacement option especially on the upper jaw. How did we develop a plan for treating David’s concerns? The main concern for David was to have teeth that look and feel like his own again.  He was not wanting to deal with the many problems associated with long term denture use. He also was concerned about chewing ability and wanting…

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Nov 26, 2014 by
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Free Dental Day Bowmanville

Local dentists will be offering free dental work in Bowmanville this weekend as a way to give back to the community and help those lacking coverage. West Bowmanville Family Dental and the Rotary Club of Bowmanville will be hosting a free day of dental procedures on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. Participating dentists will offer each client a free service of either a cleaning, filling, or tooth removal throughout the day. The event, which is first come, first served, is intended to help people who do not have private insurance and do not qualify for government-assisted coverage. Free Dental Day will take place between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at West Bowmanville Family Dental, 2378 Hwy. 2 Bowmanville. For more information call the office at 905-697-1118

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Nov 14, 2014 by
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