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Three Reasons To Look After Your Smile

Following a good oral care routine can help prevent conditions like gum disease and decay. But there are other good reasons to look after your teeth.

Key takeaways:

  • Knowing that you have healthy teeth and gums can give you confidence to smile more often.
  • This can communicate a positive impression to other people and make them feel drawn to you.
  • Last but not least, smiles are contagious!

If you’re concerned about how your teeth look and this is stopping you from smiling often, it’s time to visit your dentist and find a solution.

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Why X-rays Are an Important Part of a Dental Check-up

An X-ray lets your dentist examine your teeth and gums in more detail than an oral examination alone. X-rays form an important part of dental check-ups, spotting oral problems which are hard to see or feel during an examination.

Key takeaways:

  • Tooth decay between the teeth can be difficult to diagnose without an x-ray.
  • Smaller abscesses or tumors which may be hard to feel during an oral examination can be seen on an x-ray.
  • Dental restorative work such as dental implants may require an x-ray to get a better idea of the position of the teeth.

“X-rays can not only show cavities between your teeth, but they can also show bone loss. Bone loss in the jaw would be a concern for patients who require certain restorative procedures such as dental implants.”

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The Importance Of Advanced Technology In Dental Implant Surgery

Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) is an advanced technology used in dental implant surgery, with important benefits to patients. 

Key takeaways:

• Cone beam technology creates high-quality three-dimensional images of your jaw, teeth and neck that allow dentists to place the implant precisely.

• Cone beam technology greatly reduces the risk for infection due to the precise placement of the implant.

• This procedure is also more affordable and carries lower radiation exposure than other CT assessments.

Visit your dentist today to learn more about cone beam technology.

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A Quick Look at the Benefits of Invisalign

Are you tired of crooked teeth? If so, you will be pleased to know that your dentist or orthodontist may be able to provide you with a truly innovation solution known as the Invisalign system, which works with clear plastic aligners. 

The system offers a host of unique benefits including:

  • These aligners can be easily removed (unlike traditional braces) for meals, sports and social events.
  • It is also easy to brush and floss your teeth.
  • The nearly invisible nature of this system is great for self-conscious individuals.

“While Invisalign is popular among adults, it’s also a great option for teens who need orthodontic treatment.”

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What Can Be Done About Receding Gums?

If your gums bleed often, are swollen, or your teeth appear longer, you may have receding gums. This condition needs to be treated by a dentist as soon as possible.

Key takeaways:

  • In its beginning stage, gum recession can be reversed with a deep cleaning and follow-up care.
  • A gum graft may be recommended if gum recession is severe.
  • Proper oral care is more important than ever if you are affected by this condition.

Gum recession can be treated and even reversed as long as the problem is detected early. 

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Sleep Disorders Can Affect Dental Health

Sleeping disorders such as obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) can have detrimental effects not just on the mind and body but also on teeth and gums. With OSA normal sleep patterns are disturbed as breathing is intermittently paused and there may also be a tendency to clench and unclench the jaws. 

These OSA-associated patterns can lead to:

  • Cracked and chipped teeth
  • Dry mouth and tooth decay
  • Bite misalignment

OSA is a medical condition but it can often be detected early by a dentist who can recognise early warning signs such as a poor bite, significant plaque, dry mouth and other dental issues. This underlines the importance of regular dental check-ups and you can find out more at

Will My Teeth Sensitivity Start to Go Away?

Sensitive teeth can be caused by triggers such as hot and cold foods. The level of discomfort from tooth sensitivity may vary, but your dentist can help determine the cause of the problem.

Key takeaways:

  • Tooth sensitivity due to a dental procedure such as a root canal should gradually subside.
  • Sensitivity due to tooth enamel erosion is more likely to be permanent unless treated by a dentist.
  • Brushing teeth too hard is one of the leading contributors to tooth enamel loss and teeth sensitivity.

“First, you can focus on preventing further teeth sensitivity by not brushing too hard, avoiding acidic foods, and getting regular dental checkups. In addition, a professional dentist can tell whether or not you’re grinding your teeth, which may be a cause of your current teeth sensitivity.”

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