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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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Implant retained denture Bowmanville

We first saw Helen as a patient for an implant consult after the last few remaining teeth supporting her lower partial denture broke and were no longer repairable.  She was comfortable with her upper complete denture and was aware that a lower complete denture is often very difficult to use for chewing and often is very unstable. Helen had a denture made to be inserted at the time of teeth removal on the bottom.  4 Immediate dental implants (implants placed at the same time of extractions) were placed in the lower jaw and allowed to heal for 4 month by Dr Mark Bishara. Why was Helen a good candidate for these procedures? Helen was a good candidate for this procedure as long term wear of a loose lower denture can cause even greater bone loss.  Most often patients don’t wear their lower dentures as it gets looser or end up…

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Oct 23, 2014 by
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Dental Implant Dentures Info

Implant retained dentures or simply called implant over-denture are dentures that retained by a number of dental implants. Patients sometime ask how many implants are needed to retain their denture in place. This varies greatly by the region of the jaw (upper or lower) and whether we are making a full denture or partial. For the sake of assumption, let us assume a patient has a complete full denture on both the top and bottom jaws.  A lower denture requires two to four implants to stabilize it.  The minimum is two but it works alot better with four. For an upper jaw, we usually like to use anywhere between four to six implants to retain the denture.   This is because the upper jaw is softer in density and we need to compensate for this with extra implants. Below is an example of an upper denture with 5 implants to…

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Oct 9, 2014 by
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