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24May, 2016

Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS)

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It shows up without warning, can be difficult to diagnose and even more difficult to treat If you’ve ever scalded your tongue on something hot — soup, coffee, curry — you know what a relief it is when that burning feeling subsides. But for people who experience a condition called burning mouth syndrome (BMS), that sensation just doesn’t go away. BMS appears suddenly and, often, for no apparent reason. It can be quite severe — and very frustrating! The discomfort can affect your tongue, lips, palate or your entire mouth. It’s something of a mystery disease, since the cause can be difficult […]
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19May, 2016

How Safe Are Oral Piercings?

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First your daughter wanted to get her ears pierced, then her nose. And now your son wants to get his tongue pierced. You’re all for self-expression as long as it’s harmless — but is it? When it comes to oral piercings, most dental professionals say no. The possible complications or problems one might encounter immediately after an oral piercing are similar to what you’d expect after any puncture wound or incision, says Dr. Jerry Smith, a dentist in Thunder Bay, Ont., and ODA President-Elect (2013-14). Namely, pain, swelling and infection, […]
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15May, 2016

What is Periodontal Disease?

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To understand periodontitis, it is important to have an idea of the anatomy of the tooth and its supporting structure. In almost all cases, periodontitis starts with gingivitis. In susceptible patients, plaque and tartar will cause irritation of the gums and bone loss. This condition is called periodontitis. Bone loss, means that the support of the tooth is reduced. Uncontrolled continuation of bone loss leads to tooth loss. When periodontitis is present: Pocket depth increases due to swelling and bone loss. The gums may bleed more easily when touched. The […]
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10May, 2016

The Difference Between Plaque and Tartar

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Lots of people ask their dental professional if there’s a difference between plaque and tartar—and it’s a great question. Both plaque and tartar buildup are common dental problems. Significant plaque buildup can result in tooth decay and gum disease. Tartar is calcified plaque. Arming yourself with the facts can help you be smarter about how you care for your teeth. The Facts About Plaque Plaque is sticky, colorless film containing bacteria that builds up naturally on tooth surfaces and especially along the gum line within four to 12 hours after […]
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6May, 2016

Oral Health During Pregnancy

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Growing evidence suggests that pregnant women who have gum disease may be more likely to have a baby that is born too early and too small. While more researching is needed, it appears that gum disease triggers increased levels of biological fluids that can induce labor. Data also suggest that when gum disease worsens during pregnancy, there’s a higher risk of having a premature, low birth weight baby. To help minimize any risks during pregnancy, here is some general advice and some common conditions to be on the lookout for: […]
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4May, 2016

How Does Tooth Whitening Work?

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There are many ways to whiten your teeth — from whitening toothpastes and other products that can remove many surface stains for very little cost, to light-activated whitening techniques in a dentist’s office that cost up to $1,000 and can produce dramatic results. All whitening techniques work in one of two ways:  Bleaching removes both deep & surface stains.Bleaching procedures change your natural tooth color, usually anywhere from five to seven shades brighter. In-office (chairside) whitening and at-home (tray) whitening both rely on bleaching. Bleaches contain an active ingredient, most […]
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