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What Are Porcelain Veneers; Do I Need Them?

A smile can help a person feel more confident and attractive. When we have unsightly tooth problems, researching our options with the dentist is the best route. Porcelain veneers are one way to cover stains. They are very thin laminates that are bonded to teeth and can completely hide stains, chips, or cracks. The procedure can completely transform the teeth in a mouth. Stains Over time, teeth can develop stains that over-the-counter whitening treatments cannot lighten or remove. If stains are serious, even a professional cleaning may not be enough. Porcelain veneers can eliminate the visibility of these stains. Chips and Cracks When an accident damages teeth it can be incredibly painful and change the appearance of a smile. Broken, cracked, or chipped teeth can make a person self-conscious. Depending upon the severity of damage, porcelain veneers generally work well to restore a smile. Uneven Teeth Porcelain veneers can correct minor misalignments. In extreme cases, you will need advanced orthodontic services. Uneven or incorrectly shaped teeth can benefit from custom-made veneers that match (or improve) the colour and shape you had before. Wearing/Age As people age, teeth can start to […]

Use the Pain Scale Effectively During a Dental Emergency

Most everyone faces a dental emergency at some point in life. When this happens, dentists often use something called the “pain scale” to help determine the severity of your pain to determine the best course for medical treatment. How to Use the Pain Scale Effectively The pain scale ranges from 1 to 10, with 1 being very little pain and 10 being extreme or unbearable pain. Each individual feels pain differently. One person may consider their pain a 4 while another person with a similar condition may consider it a 9. It’s up to you, as a dental patient, to let the person treating you know your honest level of pain so they can help treat you and address your discomfort. There Is No Right Answer When it comes to informing your doctor of the pain you’re in, there is no such thing as a “right” answer. Your goal should be to determine how much of this pain you can tolerate and provide what you consider to be an accurate number to describe how you are feeling. When you find yourself in a dental emergency, this step is likely skipped […]

Emergencies That Require Immediate Dental Treatment

There are many types of dental emergencies that require immediate medical attention. In the case of an emergency, if you cannot reach your dentist, the emergency room or emergency dental clinic will have to suffice while you are waiting for your dental provider to get back to you. If you are not sure if you are experiencing a dental emergency, here are some questions to ask to help determine if you need immediate dental care: ● Are you in severe pain? ● Is there blood coming from your mouth? ● Have you been hit in the mouth or face? ● Are any of your teeth loose? ● Is there swelling in your mouth or facial area? ● Is there swelling or bulging of your gums? If you answered yes to any of these questions, contact your dentist immediately and/or head to the nearest emergency dental centre. When it comes to dental emergencies, there are three top reasons you will want to see the dentist right away. Those include: One of Your Teeth has been Knocked Out or Knocked Loose: If your tooth has been knocked out, pick up the tooth […]

When to Change Your Toothbrush

It may be easy to replace worn out clothes, but how regularly should you change your toothbrush? It’s generally recommended to replace a toothbrush every three to four months (or earlier if bristles are frayed). A new toothbrush is a more effective plaque remover than one that’s worn. Keep teeth clean and healthy with a brush in good working condition. Three major factors may determine how soon you replace your toothbrush: 1. Braces – Bristles wear out faster with braces. Replace brushes monthly or after every two months of use. 2. Age – Children tend to brush more rigorously. Therefore, brushes need more frequent replacement. 3. After Illness – If you have suffered from cold, flu, or mouth/throat infection use a new toothbrush once you are feeling healthy again. Doing so will reduce chances of re-exposing yourself to harmful germs that may reintroduce illness. Maintaining Your Toothbrush Help your toothbrush last longer: ● Rinse your toothbrush thoroughly after every use to remove excess debris and toothpaste. ● Store toothbrushes in the open, upright and not touching one another so they can dry quickly. ● When travelling use a plastic case […]

Choosing the Right Dental Floss

Food debris and plaque lodge under the gum line and between teeth making it nearly impossible to clean the areas with brushing alone. Flossing will remove tooth-decaying bits left behind. There are different varieties of dental floss; select the right type for your teeth. What is Floss? Dental floss is a thin, synthetic fiber designed to slide between teeth and under the gum line. Floss is usually white and can come in flavoured or unflavoured varieties. Waxed Floss This type of floss has a thin wax coating. It’s the most popular type of floss because it may be easier to slide between teeth. However, waxed floss could be slightly more difficult to get between teeth that are extremely close, but it’s tough and less likely to break in those tough spots. Unwaxed Floss This is the type of floss often used by those of us with teeth that are close or tightly aligned. Unwaxed floss is not strong and is can fray or break. Dental Tape Although like traditional floss, the strand of dental tape is flatter and broader. Dental tape comes in waxed and unwaxed varieties and is suited […]

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