Gingivitis is a mild and common form of gum disease. Gingivitis is caused when plaque—a naturally occurring sticky film that contains bacteria—builds up on teeth, causing redness, swollen/puffy gums, and gums that easily bleed when brushing/flossing. Gingivitis can be prevented and reversed with good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and getting regular dental checkups.
Bruxism is the grinding or clenching of your teeth together. It affects more people than you may think! Approximately 30-40 million people in the North America alone have been diagnosed with this condition. In most cases, it is done at night and is involuntary.
Dietary counselling is an integral part of a dental examination. We always try to educate our patients/parents/adolescents/kids on what food or food products to eat in order to keep teeth healthy.
Have you ever arrived for your dental appointment and upon examination, your dental professional tells you your dental treatment will need to be moved to a later time due to having a cold sore? You are probably wondering why?
A dental sealant is a minimally invasive dental procedure that does not require any freezing and drilling. A plastic tooth coloured material is placed on the chewing surfaces of the permanent back teeth (molars and premolars) to help protect them from decay.
X-rays, also known as radiographs, are an essential part of any dental care treatment plan. They are diagnostic, but they can also be preventative by helping a dentist diagnose potential oral care issues in a patient’s mouth, before they become a major problem.
A common question in the dental office by patients is, “How often should I change my toothbrush?”. This is a very good question, as some patients do not realize it is more frequently than originally thought.
Plaque is a soft, sticky, colourless (when build up becomes abundant it can appear white) film containing millions of bacteria and is constantly forming on the surfaces of your teeth. Due to plaque accumulation being a constant cycle within the oral cavity, brushing and flossing 2x a day is extremely important in order to disrupt the bacterial formation/growth. If plaque is not removed regularly from the surfaces of the teeth the bacteria continues to grow causing the gingiva (gums) to become red, swollen, and eventually start to bleed. When the gingiva is in this state it is also known as gingivitis.