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How Does Vaping Affect Oral Health?

Vaping is often considered less harmful than cigarettes, but this habit is not without risks and can still affect the health of teeth and gums. Here’s how this can happen.

Key takeaways:

  • E-cigarette ingredients can cause gum inflammation, an early sign of gum disease. 
  • The chemicals contained in flavourings are high in sugar, which can damage the enamel.
  • People who vape are still at risk of developing oral cancer.

If you need help quitting smoking or vaping, ask your dentist about options that don’t compromise your oral health.

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Poor Oral Health and High Blood Pressure

Some types of oral bacteria may push up your blood pressure and can increase the risk of cardiovascular issues as well as diabetes and Alzheimer’s.

Key takeaways:

– Brush and floss teeth regularly to maintain good oral hygiene.

– Be aware that overuse of mouthwash or some antibiotics can affect the balance of oral bacteria.

– See your dentist for regular check-ups.

Studies show clear links between oral health and general health. If you have gum disease or poor oral health, it may affect your general health too. Keep your smile and your body healthy!

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Pregnancy & Dentistry: What You Should Know

Expecting mothers know that treating any health issues is a priority during this special time, as any problems could affect the baby. But what about getting dental treatments?

Key takeaways:

  • It’s safe to receive care for gum disease, and it’s important to do so to avoid infection and possible low birth weight problems. 
  • Fillings are also safe during pregnancy. 
  • Bacteria in cavities can be transmitted to your baby which could increase the baby’s risk of cavities during their childhood – so it’s important to get cavities treated before or during pregnancy.
  • Dental cleanings are also safe during pregnancy, and keep teeth free of plaque and bacteria.

If you have any specific concerns, make sure to discuss them with your dentist.

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Jawbone Density: Why Yours Might Decrease

Were you aware that the density of your jawbone can become compromised over time? This is referred to as “bone resorption” and there are several causes to address when speaking with a dentist. 

Losing one or more teeth may negatively impact the condition of your jaw. Advanced gun disease, osteoporosis and sudden trauma can also compromise jawbone density. 

Here are three key points:

  • Some individuals suffer from decreased jawbone density.
  • Bone resorption can be caused a a handful of issues.
  • Always speak with a professional if you are concerned about the condition of your jaw.

“Bone resorption is when the body essentially gets rid of bone.”

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Do You Have Crowded Teeth?

If your teeth are crowded, this can impact your confidence and self-esteem. It can also affect your oral health.

Key takeaways:

  • Crowded teeth are difficult to clean and this increases the risk of gum disease and decay.
  • Teeth enamel can erode quickly due to abnormal wear resulting in tooth sensitivity.
  • Crowded teeth can cause a misaligned bite which results in difficulties in chewing and jaw issues.

If you feel that your crowded teeth are affecting your smile and health, talk to your dentist about treatment options.

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Are Veneers Designed to Last a Lifetime?

Veneers are a very effective way to correct small aesthetic issues with your teeth. Common examples include cracks, stains or gaps. However, will veneers last for a significant period of time? Here are three important observations to note:

  • Most veneers are considered to be permanent in nature, as they are bonded directly to the enamel of a tooth.
  • Veneers still need to be properly maintained.
  • An alternative veneers known as a Lumineers can be removed when needed.

“If you’re interested in having a straighter, whiter, and more attractive smile, ask your experienced cosmetic dentist about veneers.”

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How Modern Techniques Have Improved Root Canal Therapy

Advancements in modern tools and techniques make root canal therapy today a painless procedure. A root canal is now very similar to having a cavity filled by your dentist.

Key takeaways:

  • The tools a dentist uses for a root canal today are specially designed for the procedure and are high-precision to minimize the impact on your teeth.
  • A local anesthesia is used to numb the tooth prior to a root canal to make the procedure painless, although the area may feel sore afterwards.
  • It is far more common today to apply a dental crown after a root canal to help protect the tooth from further complications.

“In addition, dentists now have microscopes to properly see inside the tooth and ensure it is fully cleaned out before sealing the chamber. The contemporary instruments dentists use also allow them to finish the root canal in a much shorter period of time and with higher success rates.”

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How Dental Crowns Can Boost Your Smile

Dental crowns help protect your teeth and enhance the appearance of your smile. Dental crowns are used in a variety of procedures, and your dentist can advise on how a crown can restore the natural appearance of your teeth. Planning a special event such as a wedding or an anniversary? Dental crowns are a fast solution for helping you to feel comfortable and look your best.

Key takeaways:

  • Dental crowns protect a tooth after a root canal and offer an alternative treatment when a cavity is too large for a traditional filling.
  • A dental crown is custom-made to match the colour of your teeth and is used in cosmetic dentistry to restore damaged or uneven teeth.
  • A dental implant with a crown fixed on top provides a sturdy replacement for a missing tooth.

“Dental crowns are often made from porcelain or ceramic, and are strong, effective replacements to protect your teeth. They make your tooth stronger and prevent infection, bacteria, or food particles from entering vulnerable spaces in your teeth.

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Symptoms You Can See On Your Tongue!

Our tongues can tell us a lot about our health and general well-being. So how can we check our tongues for signs and symptoms of illnesses? 

Key takeaways:

• A red or shiny-looking tongue could signify that you lack enough iron or Vitamin B.

• A tongue with creamy white patches could indicate that you have a condition called oral thrush.

• A tongue that feels fuzzy or appear yellow can be the result of poor oral hygiene.

Visit your dentist regularly and when brushing your teeth, remember to gently clean your tongue.

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Does Your Smile Reveal Your Age?

As we age, our smile can suffer — as chipped, stained or missing teeth can make you appear much older. Some people become self-conscious, avoid smiling or having photographs taken. 

Fortunately, there are some things you can do to keep your teeth healthy. There are also cosmetic options you can consider if you need to restore your smile.

Key takeaways:

– Reduce enamel erosion by reducing the sugary foods you eat — and remember to brush twice a day.

– Your teeth remain strong if you look after them — so maintain a regular schedule of check-ups with your dentist.

– Be careful with crunchy or hard foods, ice or sweets, as they can cause a chipped tooth

– See your dentist for advice if you grind your teeth

If your teeth and smile seem to have aged, ask your dentist about professional teeth whitening, or suitable cosmetic options like veneers to restore your youthful smile.

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