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What Cause Bleeding Gums? Gingivitis Periodontitis

Do Your Gums Bleed When You Brush?

No one likes the sight of blood, especially in our mouths.

It looks frightening – becomes an unsightly mess and makes us worry.

Occasionally, however, a little bit of bleeding from your gums is normal and even expected, especially when we are vigorously brushing or flossing our teeth. It’s not necessarily something we should panic about, but if your gums bleed regularly or without you really doing anything to unsettle them, it may require further inspection here at Abbotsford Dental. After all, and without trying to alarm you, bleeding gums could be a symptom of a number of dental issues, but most commonly, a clear sign of gum disease. On the other hand, and to back away from such a direct statement, things such as injury or infections can also lead to gum bleeding, so when it comes down to it, you shouldn’t try to self-diagnose or Google it.

It’s always best to let us take a look.

Below, and for some peace of mind, we have collated some relevant information regarding the onset or continuing nature of your bleeding gums, and treatment plans in trying to rectify it. As a side note, and quite unfortunately (at least when it comes to early detection) if your bleeding gums are a sign of gum disease, many are unaware of such a condition, as there isn’t really any pain or discomfort until it becomes more severe. Obviously, if you know what to look for, or have scheduled regular check ups at Abbotsford dental, we will be able to identify any risk factors or gum disease early on in its development, and prevent it from worsening.

Again, bleeding gums are usually the first sign of gum disease, and although it is easy to disregard or write off as perhaps brushing too hard, it should always be seen by a dental professional.

Sometimes, bleeding of your gums will also be accompanied by other, unsettling symptoms. Things such as painful tenderness, red and swollen gums that remain that way over a period of time, an increase in tooth sensitivity, and the onset of bad breath can all signify something amiss.

If my gums are bleeding, does it really mean I have gum disease

As discussed above, yes, it is the most common symptom, but there are other reasons as to why your gums would bleed.

They are as follows:

  • Brushing or flossing too hard
  • Dentures that do not fit properly or have become dislodged
  • A vitamin deficiency
  • Mouth sores
  • Medications such as blood thinners
  • Clotting and bleeding disorders
  • Pregnancy gingivitis (as opposed to regular gingivitis) which can arise from hormonal changes during pregnancy
  • And medical issues such as leukemia, heart conditions, diabetes, or scurvy can also cause your gum to bleed

As you can see, there are quite a few reasons outside the diagnosis of gum disease as to why your gums may bleed, so if you find yourself bleeding often, it is best to visit us here at Abbotsford Dental in order to rule out anything serious. From there, the right treatment plan will be implemented, and we will have you back to full health where your gums are in good shape and rarely bleed.

It’s time to smile again.

Gum Disease Treatment

Do You Have Bleeding Gums?

Do You Have Bleeding Gums?

If it is the case that you have the beginnings of gum disease, don’t stress, for our dentists know exactly what to do. The most effective form of treatment is to remove the plaque from your teeth, first and foremost, in order to prevent it from returning. Plaque, as you may be aware of, is a kind of bacteria that causes gum disease over time, by wearing your enamel and overall oral health into the ground. When dental plaque builds up, it turns into a hard and gluey substance that binds to your teeth, which not only looks unappealing and sounds awful, but is ultimately a damaging process that contributes greatly to dental complications. This is known as tartar, and tartar can lead to gum disease over time when you don’t clean your teeth properly and rid them of it. Again, you should see your dentist at the Abbotsford Dental Clinic with the first signs of any abnormal gum bleeding, and they will subsequently take care of any plaque or tartar present. It may sound dramatic, but if you act quickly and efficiently, visiting us here at Abbotsford Dental may prevent your gum disease (if that’s what it is) from developing into gingivitis or periodontal disease.

They, naturally, require further treatment.

Luckily, we can prevent those two scenarios from happening, and even if your gum disease is in an advanced stage, your dentist will recommend the appropriate treatment, such as periodontal therapy or dental surgery to maintain and control the issue.

There really is no excuse to ignore bleeding gums so come in and talk to us today.

Tips to prevent and stop bleeding gums

Like any form of preventive dental care, there are things you can do at home to ensure you are mostly free from the plight of bleeding gums, plaque build up, or even the development or tartar and infection.

Here are just a few

  • Brush properly with a soft toothbrush. Brush for 2 minutes and at least twice a day, especially after heavy meals
  • Floss once a day. Make sure to floss beyond your gum line to reach even more plaque in hard to reach places
  • Use a cold compress to control the bleeding in the short term
  • Use salt water and hydrogen peroxide to rinse the mouth in order to keep the area and surrounding tissue clean
  • Be mindful that tobacco will aggravate and even worsen gum bleeding
  • Limit your sugar and carbonated food and drink intake and strive to eat a balanced meal
  • Have your dentures aligned when required

Visit our General Dentistry in Abbotsford to find out more.

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Do You Have Bad Breath

Do You Have Bad Breath?

What you need to know about bad breath

Bad breath is not something you want. Ever. It is noticeable. Embarrassing. And something that reflects poorly on your health, both orally and overall. There is also being the butt of other’s jokes, and no one likes to be made fun of. With all that being said, a bad breath is everywhere. In the young. In the elderly. – When was your last Checkup & Clean?

And in tight spaces where it really makes itself known.

There is a list of reasons why someone would experience bad breath, but most of them revolved around the premise of good, oral hygiene (or lack there of.) It’s that simple. No matter the cause though, even if its because you have let certain oral standards slip, bad breath can drive a wedge between you and your partner, your family, and create uncomfortable and embarrassing social interactions.

So let’s do something about it……

Here are the facts on Bad breath

Like any condition, information and awareness are important. Together, they can form the catalyst for prevention and treatment, if of course, bad breath has found a home in your mouth.

  • Bad breath affects over 25% of the population. So don’t feel alone.
  • The most common cause of bad breath is halitosis which can be caused by poor oral hygiene that accumulates and forms bacteria.
  • Particles of food and foreign substances in the mouth provide bad smelling bacteria if they are not cleaned properly or cleared.
  • The importance of being properly hydrated can not be understated. Being hydrated not only helps your overall health, but reduces the population of foul smelling and odor causing bacteria in your mouth.
  • Ultimately, the best way to avoid the worst of bad breath is to practice good, proper oral hygiene. If you are flossing, brushing, and keeping well hydrated, you will greatly reduce the effects of such an unpopular and embarrassing condition

Treatment

Having bad breath from teeth or gums

Having bad breath from teeth

At Abbotsford Dental, our holistic approach to both dental overall health is a key factor when battling bad breath. A simple alteration in your lifestyle or daily habits can completely rid your mouth of nasty odors, and protect you from the development of gum disease as well as keeping your teeth and oral cavity in good health.

Regular visits to the Abbotsford Dental Clinic will also reduce the likelihood of developing bad breath as a result of bacteria, tooth decay, and infection. It is thus recommended that you should visit us least twice a year.

As part of our commitment to holistic health, our dentists may recommend a specific course of action in order to provide the best care available. They are there to help you and get you back on the right path, so if this is the case, feel free to ask any questions.

Risk Factors

There are certainly clear and everyday things that can be substituted or removed completely from your lifestyle to control the odors in your mouth from becoming unpleasant.

Some of them are as follows:

Smoking: Is probably the most obvious, and more and more people are lighting up than ever before. It’s in movies. In the culture. And has been for generations. At Abbotsford Dental, we will never pass judgment or ridicule you for your choices, but we will offer you clear and precise information about how smoking in particular can deteriorate your gums and mouth while causing an instant case of bad breath.

Certain Foods: Garlic, seafood, and even wine, can certainly linger on the breath and send those around you searching for the nearest nostril peg. Luckily, there are ways to minimize this issue, while still allowing you to enjoy yourself and have a good time. Using mouthwash throughout the day or after a certain meal and chewing sugar-free dental gum both go a long way in reducing the odors of certain foods. The reason why garlic and onions (among others) cause an unpleasant smell is due to the process of certain bacteria that breaks down your food. Foul-smelling by-products are unfortunately the result, so again, mouthwash and gum are certainly your friend here.

Dental Cleanliness: Simply? This boils down to how thorough you are when it comes to keeping your teeth and mouth clean and free from plaque build up. If you don’t necessarily care or are too lazy to keep up a daily routine, then understandably, your breath will certain reflect that.

If you are worried or embarrassed about bad breath, feel free to express this in the consultation and our dentists will do everything they can to assure you you are in good hands.

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Are Your Teeth Crooked?

Are Your Teeth Crooked?

Treating Crooked Teeth

At Abbotsford Dental, we know that crooked teeth are not only noticeable, but they can also lead to trouble down the line. In, fact crooked teeth can be both a cosmetic issue and a dental predicament that can worsen and become a health problem over time. Obviously, the visual aspect of having teeth that don’t align properly will be the first reason you consider having them corrected, but keep in mind, a prolonged period of crooked teeth can certainly lead to unwanted dental complications. Both children and adults can suffer from the plight of crooked or misaligned teeth or a bite that doesn’t align, but the good news is that the Abbotsford Dental team can easily treat anyone with such a dental complaint, and restore your teeth and smile to a healthier, brighter (and much straighter) version.

What Causes Crooked Teeth?

At Abbotsford Dental, we consider all the possibilities and outcomes that revolve around the issue of crooked teeth. That being said, the main and perhaps fundamental reason that teeth become crooked in the first place, is because of the way that your adult teeth grow in after your baby teeth have fallen out. During this otherwise exciting time, the adult teeth that grow in first without other teeth to keep them aligned can appear in ways you don’t want them to. Then, as more and more teeth appear, they end up working against each other where they are all vying to push their way through the compromised gaps, which means they do not always grown in ‘straight’ or as they should.

It happens.

Do you need Alignment for Crooked Teeth?If crooked teeth are plaguing you later in life, many adults can succumb to a similar concern, but this time…in reverse. When there is tooth loss or missing teeth, either from trauma or a professional extraction, your remaining teeth will naturally start to shift to fill the gap that is left behind. More room to move? Yep, you guessed it. Crooked teeth as a result of unwanted shifting and internal maneuvering.

Sometimes, the unpleasantness of a TMJ disorder that affects the movement of the jaw and the surrounding muscles can lead to crooked teeth, as can a cleft palate. These are more unique problems, but at Abbotsford Dental, we can work closely with you to discuss your options.

Are Crooked Teeth that Big of a Deal?

In short, yes.

Crooked teeth can lead to some nasty and unwanted issues and side effects that can be mostly avoided. There are treatments available and professionals ready to work on your crooked and misaligned smile, and that’s what we’re here to do. At Abbotsford Dental, in fact, we know that when your teeth are healthy and properly aligned, they can be taken for granted perhaps, in the way they allow your to speak clearly and unencumbered, while also performing other day-to-day activities such as eating. Teeth that are noticeably crooked, however, obviously can threaten such normal and everyday functions, while not providing the right support or structural balance. This ultimately can lead to muscle and jaw strain, two things you should never have to experience as a result of crooked teeth. You may also find that you are at a greater risk of things like toothache, increased sensitivity, the onset of gingivitis, and continuing tooth decay because, and understandably, it is harder to keep crooked teeth clean and properly cared for.

Keeping Crooked Teeth Straight

Enter the orthodontist

Orthodontics, although a mouthful, is a specialized field of dentistry that specifically deals with the issues surrounding your questionable tooth alignment, correcting your bite, or misaligned jaw. They are here to help straighten your teeth first and foremost, and as such, both adults and children can benefit from the available treatments they provide. At the Abbotsford Dental Clinic, there are several treatments that reside within this specialized field of dentistry, which include the introduction of orthodontic retainers, braces, and aligner trays. At Abbotsford Dental, we understand the stigma involved with braces, and historically, there was perhaps a justified reason. Braces in more primitive eras of dentistry were highly visible, painful, and ultimately, an uncomfortable form of orthodontic treatment. Modern braces, however, as most things that benefit from new technology and research, are a far more efficient and less intrusive form of treatment, and much more comfortable, while looking less noticeable and easily concealed.

So, essentially, you’re having your teeth aligned while the world is none the wiser. That’s a good combination!

Aligner trays are another discrete and mostly comfortable way of treating your crooked teeth, and since they can be easily removed, they are quite convenient when it comes to the practices and continual nature of good, oral hygiene habits.

Another option that is often overlooked as well, for whatever reason, is the implementation of veneers. If you have crooked teeth but your dentist at Abbotsford Dental is confident that they are merely a cosmetic issue, then they may recommend porcelain veneers to not only provide a smooth and well-aligned look for your teeth and smile, but to restore your confidence with moving forward.

The important of Regular Check Ups

It is a good idea for children to have regular dental check ups, because crooked teeth can often be prevented if their new adult teeth are monitored and properly managed. Regular dental check-ups also have a wide range of benefits for adults too, as they can go a long way in preventing tooth loss and decay, and things that ultimately result in your teeth being crooked. This protocol of being vigilant and aware of your oral health will ensure that your teeth and mouth will remain healthy and free from complication in the years to come.

If you play sports, we at Abbotsford Dental highly recommend you wear a mouth guard to prevent any potential damage to your gums and teeth. By following this simple step, it will help prevent any unnecessary tooth loss, or the possibility of chipping or breaking your teeth. Dentist-fit and professionally custom-built mouth guards offer a far better range of protection than the standard boil and bite that are found in chemists and even supermarkets, and at Abbotsford Dental, we can easily construct you a personalized mouthpiece for ultimate protection.

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Are You in Pain Now?

Need an Emergency Dentist?

Come and visit us here at Abbotsford Dental

Although it might not be an emergency that has your scrambling for the phone or through our doors here at Abbotsford Dental, pain and dental discomfort are things that still need to be properly addressed.

If you’re reading this right now, perhaps you are indeed, sitting in front of your computer or on your phone holding the side of your mouth, wondering the best course of treatment or action.
The good news is, the Abbotsford Dental Clinic is ready when you are.

Obviously, if the pain is unbearable, or it is indeed a dental emergency, it is good to know that the Abbotsford Dental Clinic will be able to assist you and offer immediate, pain-relieving assistance.

Why am I in so much pain?

Dental Emergency Abbotsford Dentist NSWWe at Abbotsford Dental will never trivialize dental pain. We understand perfectly how excruciating it can be, and the desperate need for relief and subsequent treatment. Tooth decay, infection or tooth abscess, a cracked tooth, gum disease, and the notorious and sudden nature of needing a root canal procedure, can all leave your mouth feeling miserable and inflamed and in dire need of a dental professional.

At Abbotsford Dental, we are equipped and ready to tackle your dental problems head on, and that definitely includes relieving any pain or discomfort you may be experiencing right at this moment.

Other Services to Relieve Tooth Pain

If your filling has fallen out, your dental implants need to be looked at or readjusted, if you’re having issues with your dentures, or if you require a form of cosmetic surgery to improve the quality of your life, then one simple phone call to the Abbotsford Dental Clinic will ease your mind and begin proceedings to have you healthy and pain-free again. If you have been needlessly suffering or tolerating a damaged or painful smile, or have tried to ignore dental issues, then perhaps it’s time to come in for a visit and see what we can offer you.

Pediatric Dentistry and More

When we talk about tooth pain and treatment plans, possible dental problems and gum-related issues, we are of course including your children in such a wide and accommodating dental care approach. Our Emergency Dentists at Abbotsford Dental are more than happy, and more than qualified and professionally equipped to work closely with children, allowing our clinic to provide a family-orientated service that both you and your children will comfortable in visiting.

Finally, at Abbotsford Dental, you can rest assured and breathe a little easier knowing that we are always ready to help and ease the burden of tooth pain, especially for those in the Abbotsford, Collingwood, and Fitzroy areas. We cater to a wide range of dental and emergency dental needs, for both you and your children, and will go to the next level every time in order to ensure you leave our clinic happy, healthy, and with a big, beautiful smile.

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The Best 9 Tips to Prevent Yellow Teeth

In today’s society, having pearly white teeth has become a focal point. Having white teeth gives us confidence when we smile and are talking to others. We all know that brushing and flossing are important in helping to maintain white teeth, but over time, our teeth can become discolored.

guys will take my lunch and take this opportunity to finish an errand and be back…while the rain stopped and lightning and thunder gone…need to go to the post officeTeeth can become stained, or yellow, both on and beneath the surface, for a number of reasons. This is mostly due to the enamel on our teeth becoming thin. If the enamel on our teeth is too thin, they can develop a yellowish appearance. The enamel on our teeth can naturally wear thin due to age, but can also be as a result of consuming foods that are high in acid content or sugar, such as candies and soft drinks. Drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes can also stain our teeth.

If regular brushing and flossing isn’t helping to improve your discoloration, then it might be time to look at some other options. There are some pretty extreme techniques for keeping our teeth white, but following are the best 9 tips to help keep your teeth pearly white:

1). Brush your teeth after each meal

The most obvious way to minimise stains on your teeth is to brush after each meal. Dental hygiene is a critical component in keeping your teeth nice and white. Although it is often not practical to do this after every meal, this is certainly the best way.

2). Avoid food and drink that can stain on your teeth

As mentioned earlier, coffee and cigarettes are the main culprits for the discoloration of our teeth. However, other beverages such as wine, tea and sports drinks can also stain our teeth. Food such as hard candies, berries and even tomato sauce can also play a role in the discoloration of our teeth. To prevent the staining of our teeth, it is best to avoid, or at least minimise consumption of these foods and beverages.

3). Quit smoking

Coffee and smoking general go hand in hand. By reducing or eliminating coffee and also cigarettes, this can go a long way to reducing stains on your teeth. Not only will quitting smoking keep your teeth bright, you will also reap the other health benefits.

4). Change of diet

We mentioned earlier about avoiding certain food and drink, but the inclusion of certain foods in your diet can also assist in the prevention of yellow teeth. There are certain foods that can actually strengthen your teeth. These include the following:

  • Foods high in magnesium and potassium like leafy green veggies, apples or pears
  • Food high in calcium such as milk, cheese and yogurt
  • Free range eggs
  • Root vegetables including sweet potatoes and carrots
  • Nuts such as almonds and walnuts
  • Celery, pumpkin and mushrooms

5). Drinking through a straw

If you are unable to forgo beverages that are known to cause stains on your teeth, then drinking through a straw might be an option. We now know that the consumption of sugar has other effects on our health, not just your teeth. Therefore, it is best to avoid soft drinks completely. However, using a straw can at least help minimise the impact on your teeth.

6). Baking soda

Baking soda is one of the best ingredients that you can use to get rid of yellow teeth. It can also  help to remove plaque keeping your teeth nice and white. Following are two of the better and safer methods:

  • Mix one quarter of a teaspoon of baking soda with a little toothpaste. Brush your teeth with this gritty mixture and rinse with warm water. Use it once or twice a week.
  • You can also scrub your teeth gently for at least two minutes with diluted baking soda. Do this twice in the first week, and then every 15 days after that. Please note that the use of baking soda can strip your teeth of its natural enamel.

7). Don’t allow your mouth to become dry

There are a number of factors that can cause our mouth to become dry. When our mouths become dry, our supply of saliva decreases. This can affect the enamel on our teeth hence, make our teeth appear yellow. Factors such as smoking, drinking caffeine and certain mouthwashes can actually dry up our saliva. Sugar free chewing gum and regular water intake can help stop our mouth from drying out too much.

8). Lemon and orange peel

One of the methods used to clean our teeth is by taking lemon or orange peel, and rubbing it on our teeth for a couple of minutes prior to going to bed. Lemon and orange juice contain beneficial acids which can assist in cleaning our teeth. However, acid can also wear away the enamel on our teeth.  Therefore, it is very important that you rinse your mouth out with water after rubbing the orange or lemon peel on your teeth.

9). Visit your dentist

We all know that we should visit dentist every 6 months for a check up. This helps with the maintenance of our teeth by making sure that decays are kept under control. However, your dentist can recommend a number of different techniques and procedures for also whitening your teeth, we can include bleaching. Everyone’s teeth are different, so if you are finding it difficult to whiten your teeth through some of the natural remedies recommended in this article, you may wish to consult your dentist to discuss other options.

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tonsil stones

Tonsil Stones

We have all have tonsils, but do we actually understand what they do and why? What’s more, do we know what tonsil stones and tonsillitis actually are? Let’s start by looking at some basics.

WHAT ARE TONSILS?

Tonsils are gland like structures that sit in the back of our throat. They sit in a pocket on each side of our throat. Their main purpose is to fight and prevent infection of the area by trapping bacteria as it passes through the throat.

WHAT CAUSES TONSIL STONES?

Ironically, tonsil stones, or tonsilloliths, are formed when bacteria from phlegm, food and other debris become trapped in our tonsils. Over time, this debris hardens and then calcifies. Our tonsils are filled with nooks and crannies and this is where tonsil stones form. This mostly occurs in people who have chronic inflammation of their tonsils, or repeated bouts of tonsillitis. Tonsil stones are quite small and they don’t often become large. However, some of the symptoms can be quite painful and hard to manage.

TONSIL STONE SYMPTOMS

The symptoms of tonsil stones are not very noticeable however, there can be multiple symptoms. As tonsil stones are an oral condition, some of the symptoms can be rather embarrassing. These symptoms can include the following:

Bad breath

One of the most common, and certainly worst symptoms of tonsil stones, is bad breath. This is normally associated with a tonsil infection and is usually a result of sulphur compounds contained in the breath. However, tonsil stones can also produce bad breath as they are a result of an accumulation of rotting food and other debris. Eww yuck!

Sore throat

A sore throat usually occurs as a result of tonsillitis. When a tonsil stone forms together with tonsillitis, it can be difficult to determine exactly where the pain is coming from. However, a tonsil stone on its own can also cause pain and discomfort in the area in which it is lodged.

Coughing

Sometimes tonsil stones become embedded in the area closest to the middle of the throat. This can produce bouts of coughing that can continue until the tonsil stone is removed or dislodged. This can cause a lot of inconvenience and discomfort for the sufferer.

Tonsillitis

Tonsil stones can lead to tonsillitis as a result of the constant irritation caused by the tonsils. This can lead to swelling of the tonsils, and subsequently, tonsillitis. This can be very uncomfortable and painful.

Ear pain

Ear pain can also be caused by tonsil stones. As tonsil stones can develop anywhere in the tonsil area, and the tonsil shares nerve pathways with the ear, this might cause a person to feel pain in their ear. This is despite the fact the stone itself is not actually touching the ear.

HOW ARE TONSIL STONES TREATED?

This can depend on the size of the tonsil stone and the potential for it to cause discomfort or further harm. Some options include the following:

Removal at home. Some people become so irritated by tonsil stones that they will remove them at home. This is not necessarily recommended. People have used everything from a toothbrush to a toothpick to do this. Care should be taken.

Surgical removal

If tonsils stones become large enough to cause severe pain and discomfort, you may choose to have them surgically removed. The procedure for this is relatively simple and it’s done with the use of a numbing agent, as opposed to needing a general anesthetic.

Laser Tonsil Cryptolysis

This is a noninvasive laser treatment. It helps to eliminate pockets and crevices where tonsil stones can become lodged. The procedure will only require a local anesthesia and is a fairly quick and pain-free process.

Natural remedies

Gargling morning and night with warm salt water Is a popular way to help to ease the discomfort of tonsil stones and tonsillitis. However, gargling with lemon juice or vinegar mixed with warm water can also assist with the removal of tonsil stones. These methods can also assist with bad breath.

Antibiotics

Various antibiotics can be used for the treatment of tonsil stones. However, this does not directly assist with the removal of tonsil stones.

Mouthwash

Many types of mouthwash in the marketplace contain alcohol and other chemicals. This can actually have an adverse effect on the condition of your mouth, including making your mouth dry. This, in turn, can create an environment in which bacteria can flourish. Therefore, it is important to check the ingredients of the mouthwash to ensure there isn’t a high concentration of chemicals that may adversely affect the condition of your mouth.

HOW ARE TONSIL STONES PREVENTED?

Dental hygiene

Regular brushing and flossing of your teeth will certainly go a long way towards preventing tonsil stones from occurring. As mentioned earlier, tonsil stones are formed as a result of calcified food remains and other oral debris. Regular brushing and flossing will help to remove these food particles and other forms of bacteria that may become lodged in your teeth and subsequently, your tonsils.

Tonsillectomy

If you have a chronic case of tonsillitis, the best way to prevent this condition from getting worse, or repeating, is to have the tonsils surgically removed. This procedure is known as a tonsillectomy and removes the tissues of the tonsils completely. If this is done you, basically eliminate the chances of tonsil stones forming. If a tonsillectomy is performed, the patient will be required to undergo a general anesthetic. They will they will also feel some discomfort and pain that will last for a few days after the procedure.

Drinking water

Drinking water on a regular basis allows you to constantly flush your mouth of any leftover food particles after eating. This will also prevent your mouth from drying out too much, which can help in the proliferation of oral bacteria. Smoking is another way in which your mouth can dry out, so you may want to also consider quitting smoking.

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Top 5 Toothbrushes Dentists Recommend

Top 5 Toothbrushes Dentists Recommend

A good many people don’t give serious thoughts about visiting the dentist as frequently as recommended. Yet we tend to eat some food that encourages the growth of bacteria in your mouth and on our teeth.

With the infrequent dental check-ups and personal habits that are nowhere close to exemplary, it is a good idea to invest in a toothbrush that will keep your pearly whites fresh and plaque-free.

But which toothbrush is the best?

Well, the right toothbrush doesn’t have to be electric or manual. Both types are equally effective when used right. The only edge a powered toothbrush has over the classic types is that it might help you ditch bad brushing habits such as failing to hit hard-to-reach spots.

To help you choose a good toothbrush, these are the five best toothbrushes (in no particular order) that dentist commonly recommend to their patients;

  • Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Electric Toothbrush

The DiamondClean is considered the best Sonicare teeth whitening electric toothbrush by most users. It comes with five unique brushing modes: white, clean, polish, gum care and sensitive for you to choose the setting that best suits you.

With a dual charging system featuring a unique charging glass and a travel case, you can enjoy up to two weeks of regular brushing on a single full charge.

To charge at home, simply place the toothbrush bottom down into the sleek charger glass that usually fits stylishly into any bathroom and doubles up as glass for rinsing your mouth after brushing.

If you’re always on the go, you can always stay topped up thanks to the travel case that easily connects to a wall socket or a laptop via USB.

Away from charging, the DiamondClean electric toothbrush is also designed with two brush heads to offer a thorough clean to tricky spots, where food and bacterial plaque get trapped. The heads have diamond shaped bristles that effectively but gently remove surface stains and scrape plaque away.

  • Colgate ProClinical Expert White

This is a high-end electric toothbrush from the world leading brand: Colgate. It comes with three heads, lasting for about ten weeks each, and a handy travel case.

Thanks to its auto-setting that pauses mid-brush cycle, you will always get a reminder to proceed to other parts of your mouth and even know when your two-minute brush is complete. In essence, it automates the whole brushing experience making dental care a much easier task.

Unlike a manual toothbrush, the Colgate ProClinical Expert White has an oval head producing up to 32,5000 brush strokes per minute. The shape may make it a little tricky to hit the back teeth, but with a little bit of practice, you’ll get the hang of it.

  • Oral-B Vitality Dual Clean Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush

For a low-cost electric toothbrush, the Oral-B Vitality is top of the range. It works by producing high-speed oscillating motion resulting in a cleaner teeth and healthier gums.

The toothbrush is compatible with a broad range of replacement toothbrush heads, including CrossAction, Sensitive Clean, 3D White, Precision Clean, FlossAction, TriZone, Deep Sweep, Ortho, ProWhite, PowerTip and Dual Clean, so you can always use the head that most suits you.

It features a built-in timer to help you brush for a full two minutes and ensures all the four quadrants of your mouth get a thorough clean.

  • Colgate Extra Clean Toothbrush

This is Amazon’s best selling manual toothbrush. The Colgate Extra Clean toothbrush has circular power bristles that can bend back far enough to scrape away plaque on those stubborn teeth at the back. The end-rounded bristles are specially polished to help protect your gums and enamel, keeping them cleaner and healthier.

The toothbrush has a thin, flexible handle that allows you to get a good grip. With this kind of grip, it is easier to get the right angle while brushing your teeth and hit the hard-to-reach spots, including the back teeth hiding food and the spaces between teeth.

The toothbrush is available in both soft and medium varieties so you can pick what you most prefer. Let the word ‘soft’ not mislead you; this variety has perfectly firm bristles for superior cleaning.

Also, the toothbrush comes in a broad range of colours to ensure you get not just a good quality, but also a colour that you can resonate with.

  • Oral-B Pro-Health Clinical Pro-Flex Toothbrush

Most Oral-B products are great, and the Pro-Health Clinical Pro-Flex Toothbrush is one of the best from the brand. It features powerful bristles that are designed to be gentle on teeth and gums. You can be sure to get a superior clean with the two flexing sides that adjust to the contours and curves of your teeth.

It’s easy to understand why most dentists worldwide recommend this toothbrush: it removes well over 93 percent of plaque in the spots that are hard to reach when using manual toothbrushes.

The toothbrush also removes most of the plaque along your gum line without hurting your sensitive gums, leaving your mouth feeling superior clean and producing fresh breath.

You’ll love the fact that this toothbrush not only removes surface stains but also reduces gingivitis.

The Pro-Health Clinical Pro-Flex Toothbrush is available in both soft and medium varieties, both that give equally superior results. They are also available in different colours in each pack, so you can be sure to find what you love.

Some reviewers of this bestselling toothbrush compare it to the most premium electric toothbrushes. You may want to save hugely by ditching the costlier powered toothbrushes in favour of this cheaper but equally effective alternative.

Wrap up

Even though we only listed these five dentist-recommended toothbrushes, we’re fully aware that there are still many other great toothbrushes out there. Besides, any toothbrush is worthless if you brush incorrectly.

These five toothbrushes may not be the best for everyone or for every situation, but according to dentists across the world, they are certainly at the top of the list no matter how you try to slice it. Always remember to get the softest toothbrush you can find as most people now over brush, doing permanent damage to the gums and enamel.

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Top 5 Toothpastes Dentists Love

When you walk into any supermarket today to buy a toothpaste, you will find yourself in a sea of multiple options. Rows upon rows of different toothpaste brands on the shelves.

Unless you have a preference; you will be dazzled with the many, enticing promotional texts on each toothpaste brand. Every company wants to attract more customers. And so they use appealing taglines such as “Pure. Fresh. Clean,” “advanced formulas,” “number 1 recommended by dentists,” “multi-action,” “Feel the Shine,” “micro-cleaning crystals,” “natural” and many more to lure buyers.

The word “Natural,” for instance, may hint that the toothpaste contains no artificial flavours and colours. But if there’s more than one brand with the same buzzword, how do you know which toothpaste is better?

To help you choose a toothpaste that is right for you, we’ve put together a list of top five toothpastes dentists like best.

 

  • Sensodyne ProNamel – best for sensitivity

Sensodyne brand is highly reputed as the best for sensitive teeth. The company offers different versions of the product, and as of now, however, the Sensodyne ProNamel iso-active is the most widely recommended.

This toothpaste is packed with minerals that form a protective coating on the outer layer of your teeth. Aside from that, it is specially formulated with a high percentage of potassium nitrate to block receptors in the teeth that normally translate hot and cold signals into sharp shooting kind of pain.

Those who suffer from sensitivity have reported significant relief after using Sensodyne toothpaste for only a short period.

Also, the Sensodyne ProNamel iso-active, in particular, has the added advantage of a well-balanced pH designed to help prevent acid erosion on your teeth.

 

  • Colgate Total – best for gum health

Colgate toothpaste comes in varieties, and each is perfect for a specific purpose or even more. The brand is still popular with many consumers. And, dentists all over the world recommend Colgate. Being around for many years, Colgate toothpaste has certainly earned its place as a market leader for;

  • Strengthening the enamel
  • Fighting plaque and germs to keep your gum healthy.
  • Freshening breath.

Colgate Total, in particular, is formulated to kill germs that accumulate between your teeth. Unlike other ordinary toothpaste, it contains antimicrobial triclosan, a substance that fights bacteria causing gum diseases.

Many dentists, therefore, recommend Colgate Total as a top pick for keeping your gum health in good shape. Since prevention is better than cure, it is important to approach gum health preventively by killing the germs that cause gum disease way before severe infection. And that requires toothpaste that contain the right amount of antimicrobial triclosan, such as Colgate Total.

For satisfactory results, the best thing to do is to brush your teeth using Colgate Total at a 45-degree angle. Because at this angle, the bristles can effectively reach up under your gum line to remove bacteria that burrow there.

 

  • Colgate Optic White –  best for whitening (but don’t have high expectations)

Tooth whitening requires toothpaste that is specially made with abrasives to polish teeth, plus chemicals that aid in dissolving or breaking down tough stains.

In the past, such toothpaste contained large amounts of abrasives that when used frequently, became unsafe as they damaged teeth enamel or gums.

Today, improved versions contain safe-sized abrasives along with chemicals that make them effective at removing tough stains on your teeth. Some even form a shield around your teeth to help seal out new stains.

And the Colgate Optic White is one such toothpaste.  It removes stains ordinary toothpaste don’t, leaving brighter and whiter teeth. This is because it contains hydrogen peroxide, a powerful chemical that targets and easily removes tough, stubborn stains which build on the teeth surface. The level of hydrogen peroxide contained however is relatively low, and any whitening effects it creates would be very short term.

While hydrogen peroxide and abrasive particles in the toothpaste help reduce stains, no toothpaste will be effective against darker stains that have stayed for quite a while.

Why?

Darker stains are as a result of food particles building up between your teeth over a long period. If you don’t remove these food particles in time, they gradually form a tougher darker layer of tartar that even proper brushing with Colgate Optic White won’t knock off.

It’s therefore advisable to visit a dentist who will use special polishing tools to help remove such stains and restore your bright, dazzling smile.

 

  • Oral B Pro-Health –  best for all round usage

Dentists love Oral-B toothpaste because it offers a wide assortment of purpose. It’s best of all-rounded dental care and specifically flavoured for children.

With a single use of the Oral-B Pro-Health toothpaste, you whiten your teeth, reduce sensitivity and help prevent formation of cavities, plaque and gingivitis while at the same time freshening your breath.

One of the more well-known limitations of using Oral-B Pro-Health is that it contains stannous fluoride that can deprive your teeth of its white color. It’s always best to see your dentist for help when you notice brown spots after a short period of using Crest Pro-Health.

 

  • Colgate My First – best for children

Children require low/no fluoride toothpastes because they tend to ingest residual toothpaste rather than spit it out. Excessive fluoride in children leads to white spots (fluorosis spots) on their adult teeth, with some cases even having brown stripes. Colgate My First is a low fluoride formulation which is also low in foam which is more comfortable for children to use.

Conclusion

No matter the brand, always go for toothpastes that are approved by the Australian Dental Association (ADA) because;

  • They are tested and proven medically.
  • They contain fluoride, the mineral that ADA terms as nature’s cavity fighter. The mineral fluoride forms a protective coating on teeth to safeguard them from the harsh effects of cavity-causing bacteria and acids.

Last but not least, find out what your teeth need most depending on your dental health before shopping for a toothpaste. Remember that it may not be possible to get everything you need in one toothpaste brand. However, it’s our hope that this list will help you choose the toothpaste that is right for you. Otherwise, stick to what your dentist recommends.

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Dental Bridge Repair

When You Need Dental Bridge Repair?

Oral care is something that needs to be practised at all ages. Irrespective of whether people are young or old, dental hygiene is an issue of utmost importance. People tend to lose their teeth for many reasons, internal and external. When one or more teeth are lost, people resort to medical assistance. They submit themselves to qualified dentists who help them tackle the issue by building dental bridges.

Dental bridges are usually built in a strong manner to last for many years. However, they may need occasional repairing as time passes by. Some dental bridges need to be replaced depending on their fitment and purpose serving ability. Teeth that are built in an artificial manner to fill in the gap between the lost ones are referred to as Abutment teeth. In common man’s language, such teeth are called false tooth. These teeth help in building dental bridges. A dental bridge may become a necessity when the dentist finds out the need during one of the routine dental checkups or when the earlier one built has given up.

Reasons why Dental Bridges Fail

Dental bridges have no reason to fail medically. Irrespective of whether they are made of porcelain or ceramics, dental bridges are held back to the teeth with a metal or zirconia structure available for the purpose. If at all they fail, it may be due to the lack of hygiene in oral care by people concerned.

Lack of oral care makes bacteria cause decay in the abutment teeth fixed to fill the gaps. Harmful bacteria typically manage to enter through the crown fixed on the top of the abutment teeth. Remember, Abutment Teeth are prone to be affected by bacteria and are also prone to breakage due to fractures.

Issues about the abutment Teeth can also be caused due to a breakage in the pontic or just the coating. Looking at the issue from a different angle, even a fracture in the metal fixtures underneath can cause trouble to the Dental Bridge. Many times, the colour or fitment of the bridge may cause tension more than any breakages.

When exactly do teeth require a fix?

Identifying as to when a dental bridge need fixing is a task by itself. Typically, as per the medical industry, a dental bridge must last for a minimum of 5 to 7 years and even as long as 35 years. However, since abutment teeth are fully covered, the only way available to ascertain their health is through the signs of decay if they exhibit.

These signs are predominantly given by the healthy teeth around the abutment teeth. Some signs are given by the abutment teeth also act as pointers for fixing the same. Some such signs are a crack on the surface of the teeth or breakage of the material with which the abutment teeth is built. Supersensitivity and pain are also pointers which indicate the requirement for the dental bridge to be fixed. Radiographs (x-rays) can also be taken to ascertain the health of the abutment teeth.

Dental Bridge Repair

The dentist ascertains the exact treatment required depending upon the primary cause of worry. If the problem is with the abutment tooth, it necessitates removing the bridge built earlier. Abutment teeth are cemented to the bridges so they can be held in a strong manner. This makes it inevitable to break the built bridge so the abutment teeth can be treated for the problem.

If the treatment is given to the teeth and the problem gets sorted out, the bridge can be rebuilt again to cover the same. If the abutment teeth are not treatable, then an implant gets necessitated. Implants provide support to build a new bridge. Implants can be made inside the jawbone replacing the lost teeth as well as abutment teeth.

On the other hand, if the problem is with the porcelain which chips out from the fixture, the dentist can in some select situations do a repair in a non-aesthetic zone.

Oral care for the new bridge

Care must be taken to brush the teeth at least twice a day after the new bridge is fixed. This will also help increase the longevity of the abutment teeth as well as the new bridge built. Flossing underneath the bridge is also essential but can be very difficult because of the teeth now being fixed to one another. Solutions such as superfloss, interdental brushes and air/water flossers are all easy, simple ways to clean these areas and maintain hygiene.

Ensure high levels of nutrition are provided to the teeth by consuming vegetable and fruits every day. Set up appointments with your dentist to clean your teeth in six monthly intervals. Such habits increase the oral hygiene levels helping you maintain a good dental health for long periods of time.

When you feel your tooth bridge is failing, don’t wait for them to repair all by themselves. Remember they need the help of a Dentist in Abbotsford. to get cured. Don’t miss to book an appointment with your dentist in Abbotsford whenever you face an issue with the Dental Bridge. After all, restoring your beautiful smile must get your priority at all points of time.

 

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Denture Care Methods

7 Denture Care Methods to Understand and Implement

Dentures help us when we lose our original teeth to ageing and various other factors. It is important that we take good care of these dentures mainly for enjoying good health and mouth. A healthy mouth is represented by bright looking teeth and gums. Here are some denture care tips that will take oral hygiene a long way.

Handle with care

Dentures are subtle additions to your mouth. While handling the same during varieties of occasions, ensure dentures are held in hands in a safe manner. Stand to bend over the washing sink, so dentures do not fall from high altitudes.

Avoid using Toothpaste on Dentures

It is important that dentures are cleaned at least once every day. However, do not use toothpaste on dentures since this may damage the acrylic. The abrasive nature of toothpaste causes scratches on the dentures which are visible only when seen through a microscope.

It is indeed important to brush the dentures every day but only with an intention to clean the plaques and food particles stuck to the same. Brushing dentures regularly also help in maintaining and remaining stain free. Ensure you use only a soft bristled toothbrush to clean the dentures. Take enough care to cover all the niche areas in the dentures while cleaning. It is a good habit to rinse the dentures in water every time after you consume food.

Denture cleaners help in cleaning Dentures

Dentures can be cleaned using mild dish wash liquids or liquid hand soaps. Avoid using regular toothpaste or household cleaning liquids since their roughness may cause damages in the denture surfaces. Using bleaching powder or any bleach may make the pink portions of the denture white.

Cleaning the dentures using ultrasonic cleaners can be one of the best ways adapted. Ultrasonic cleaners are nothing but small cleaning tubs which have cleaning solution in them. The sound waves caused in the tub clears all the unwanted deposits in the dentures. Remember, this is not a foolproof way to replace manual brushing of the denture.

Dentures need to be taken care even when not in use

Dentures tend to lose their shape due to loss of moisture when not properly taken care while not being used.  They also dry out if not properly safeguarded while not in use. Ensure the dentures are kept in water or denture cleanser liquid. If the denture has metal parts, check with your dentist about the proper manner in which they can be taken care when not being used. Never place dentures in hot water since the heat in the water may cause the dentures to warp.

Can I repair or adjust my Dentures on my own?

Avoid doing any repairs or adjustments if you find any mismatch in your dentures as soon as you take the same home from the Dentist. The clasps found in the dentures must not be bent. The metal attachments in the dentures must not be meddled with. Doing such things all by yourself will weaken the overall structure in an irreparable manner.

Avoid using ‘Do-it-yourself’ kind of kits available in the market since these may cause permanent damage to the dentures and underlying gums. The glues available over the counter for fixing and repairing dentures as it may spoil the same due to the high levels of a chemical found.

Do not use Dentures when they are broken or if you witness any cracks on them. Such breakages can meddle with the fitting of the dentures in your mouth. This will ultimately result in mouth sores and irritation. Avoid using dentures that do not provide the comfort since the more the damage caused to the dentures, the delayed will be the repair time to correct the error. Get in touch with your dentist the moment you feel some damage in your dentures.

Is denture replacement a must?

Dentures, when used for long periods of time undergo wear and tear. The reasons for wear and tear may be many, right from the changes in the contours of the face of the wearer to age-related factors. This makes it essential to rebase or reline to suit the current requirements.

The Prosthodontist then resizes new dentures based on the new measurements. Average lifespan for most dentures is 7 years – after which point replacement is highly likely.

Mouth and Gum care while using Dentures

It is important to follow certain habits and precautions to safeguard the mouth while using dentures. Some tips for the same are given below:

  • Ensure that all parts of the mouth are brushed thoroughly once every day with the help of soft bristled tooth brush.
  • Wear the dentures in your mouth only after brushing first thing in the morning.
  • The metal clasps of the dentures must be cleaned with extra care. Remember, any presence of plaque in the metal clasps increases the chance of tooth decay to a great extent.
  • Brush your natural teeth only after removing the partial dentures from the mouth.
  • Ensure your gums are cleaned and massaged in a periodic manner. This can be done with lukewarm water after removing the dentures from the mouth.
  • Consuming a healthy diet will help in maintaining the gums and mouth in a hygienic manner.

In what periodicity should I visit the Dentist when I use dentures?

People who use Dentures must visit their Dentist or Prosthodontist once every six months. Take your Doctor’s advice about the same. Periodic visits to your dentist ensure that the dentures fit in your mouth in a perfect manner. Dentists use these visits to check your mouth and related areas for cavities or other lesions. It also helps them to keep a check on your oral health.

Adhere to these denture care methods always.

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