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Treating and Curing Early Gum Disease

If you have recently noticed blood on your toothbrush or in the bathroom sink after brushing or flossing, you may have the early signs of gum disease, a condition called gingivitis. There is some good news about gingivitis though, as when caught and treated while still in the early stages, it is reversible. However, time is limited and it’s important to see a dentist in Oshawa as soon as you notice any changes such as bleeding or swelling, or pain. Without prompt treatment, gingivitis will flourish and progress into a far more serious form of gum disease called periodontitis. By this stage we may not be able to cure your gum disease entirely, and you will need ongoing treatment to control it. What Is Gum Disease? Gum disease is caused by the bacteria found in plaque, a sticky colourless biofilm that coats your teeth. When plaque isn’t regularly removed by…

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Nov 8, 2019 | Posted by
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Is Your Busy Lifestyle Affecting Your Oral Health?

When life gets busy or more complicated, looking after your general health or your oral health might not be the first thing on your mind. But maintaining healthy teeth and gums in Whitby is an important part of any healthy lifestyle. When you have a healthy mouth, it helps to protect your overall health. Why You Should Care About Your Oral Health If you neglect your oral hygiene, it can have a catastrophic effect on your dental and overall health. You are more likely to have cavities or to lose your teeth and to have bad breath, and you may develop gum disease. Over the past few years, gum disease has become linked to many different health problems including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, respiratory diseases, dementia, and rheumatoid arthritis. Also, when you neglect your oral health you may become less confident about smiling and talking with others, which can harm personal…

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Nov 1, 2019 | Posted by
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Tooth Decay and Why It Occurs

If you were asked to name the most common disease in the world, you might reply heart disease, flu or perhaps cancer, but it is tooth decay. Although tooth decay may not seem serious, you will need to see your dentist in Whitby for diagnosis and restorative care. Most people will have to take time off school or work, and severe tooth decay can be costly to repair. Tooth decay is treated by removing the decayed portion of the tooth and repairing it with a suitable filling material. However, over the past few decades we now know far more about this problem. Most people know that tooth decay begins when sugars in their diet feed bacteria in the mouth, and these bacteria release acid that erodes tooth enamel, eventually causing cavities. One way to reduce the risk of tooth decay is to reduce the number of bacteria by brushing and…

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Oct 25, 2019 | Posted by
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What is Dry Socket?

Dry socket is a potential complication that can develop after a tooth is removed. When teeth are extracted, a blood clot forms in the empty socket and is an important part of the healing process. The socket creates a barrier, protecting the bone underneath from exposure to fluids, foods and air and allowing it to heal more easily. If the protective blood clot is disturbed or doesn’t form for some reason, the bone and nerves in the empty socket are exposed and can cause discomfort and pain. It is rare for this condition to develop, as it affects only 2% of people who have routine tooth extractions. The condition tends to most often occur in lower tooth sockets, almost always in lower molar sockets. Dry socket rarely occurs in upper teeth sockets. It is a problem that is more likely to develop if you have a complicated tooth removal such…

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Oct 18, 2019 | Posted by
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Is Your Smile Rather Gummy?

When you smile, are your upper teeth nicely framed by your gums, or do you feel you show a bit too much gum tissue? Perhaps your upper teeth look a bit short compared to the amount of gum tissue displayed during smiling? If the answer is yes to either of these questions, you might just have what’s called a “gummy smile” and which can almost certainly be treated comfortably here at Margolian Dentistry. Why Would I Have a Gummy Smile? It’s quite possible that your teeth are simply covered with an excess of gum tissue and that underneath your gums, they may be the proper length. Another possible cause is that the muscle controlling your upper lip movement is hyperactive so that when you smile your upper lip rises higher than normal, exposing more of your gum tissue. Sometimes a gummy smile is caused by the way the upper jawbone…

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Oct 11, 2019 | Posted by
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