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Toothache, What Causes It and How It Is Treated

A toothache can be extremely unpleasant, and the tooth pain may be continual, sharp or throbbing. Sometimes a tooth might only hurt when you bite down on it. If you are unlucky to get a toothache, it is essential to think about seeing an emergency dentist in Whitby as soon as you can. What Can Cause a Toothache? A toothache can be caused if you have a crumbling or damaged filling that is letting in bacteria, resulting in an infected tooth. Untreated tooth decay has a similar effect. Sometimes a tooth can painfully fracture. Another reason is a tooth abscess, where the infection is deep inside the tooth and has spread to the tooth root. Clenching and grinding your teeth is a condition called bruxism and it’s frequently nocturnal. The pressure caused by bruxism can damage your teeth, causing them to ache, and you may well have facial pain or…

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Jan 18, 2019 | Posted by
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Why It’s Worth Quitting Smoking for Your Gums

If your New Year’s resolution was to quit smoking, you can look forward to a myriad of health benefits, not to mention a healthier wallet, but did you realize it could help your gum health? Tobacco Use Increases Your Risk of Gum Disease Smoking is one of the most significant risk factors for developing gum disease, and many smokers have poor gum health. According to the Ontario Dental Association, smoking could be responsible for up to 75% of periodontal diseases in adults. The more frequently you smoke, and the longer you use tobacco products, the higher the risk. All forms of tobacco are risky for oral health, and even second-hand smoke is associated with a higher risk of gum disease. One of the problems with smoking is that it can mask the symptoms of gum disease that prompt most people to be concerned about their dental health and to hopefully…

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Jan 11, 2019 | Posted by
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Can a Gummy Smile be Corrected?

Have you noticed your smile looks a bit ‘gummy?’ Does it appear as if your upper teeth are too short? It could be that your teeth are covered up by an excess of gum tissue, affecting the overall aesthetics of your smile. A gummy smile is quite a common problem, but if it is making you feel self-conscious when you smile or talk with others, it’s worth discussing the problem with your Whitby dentist. Usually, a gummy smile can be corrected with a straightforward treatment called gum recontouring, but this depends on the cause. What Can Cause a Gummy Smile? Sometimes a gummy smile is simply due to teeth being covered up by too much gum tissue. As a result, these teeth can appear too short although they may be the perfect length. Other times, showing an excess of gum tissue could be due to the way your upper jawbone…

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Jan 4, 2019 | Posted by
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New Year, New Smile?

Many people will set goals at New Year, often to do with health and fitness after a season of indulgence. Usually, these good intentions will fall by the wayside by February or March. This year, how about doing something a bit different and which will provide lasting benefits well beyond spring? If a new smile has been on your wish list, resolve to make this wish come true. The Visible and Not-So Visible Benefits of a New Smile A new smile can help you make the most of your appearance and is a great way to boost self-esteem. Lots of people plan their new smile in celebration of a special event like a wedding, milestone birthday or another occasion, but you don’t need an excuse to look after yourself. Your smile is the thing people notice first, and the possibilities to improve it are endless. Equally importantly, there are some…

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Dec 28, 2018 | Posted by
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Holiday Tips for a Healthy Smile

Many of us are looking forward to taking a few days off, and we are sure you don’t want to spend them seeking an emergency dentist in Whitby. With regular routines disrupted, it is all too easy to do something out of the ordinary and which could damage your teeth. Follow these easy tips to ensure you enjoy a healthy smile this holiday season. Resist Using Your Teeth as Tools We know opening gifts and packages is fun, but don’t ruin the joyful moment by tearing into parcels with your teeth! Trying to open bottles or cracking nuts is even worse and could crack or chip your teeth. It takes just moments to reach for the proper tools and could save you a lot of time and money in the dental chair. Say No to Hard Candies and Chewy Treats Holiday treats are often sticky or very hard, and neither…

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Dec 21, 2018 | Posted by
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