Category: Preventive Dental

3 Reasons for Gum Recession

Although gum recession is only a loss of a little bit of gum tissue, it can be a very big problem.  Many patients are concerned because it is aesthetically displeasing.  Gum recession can make the teeth look longer and older than they actually are.  Without the protection of the gums, the neck of the tooth where the gum has receded may look yellower or even be indented.  Many patients complain of sensitivity to cold, hot and sweet things around teeth that have gum recession.  They may need to use sensitive toothpastes or get fillings to cover and protect the areas.

4 Strategies to Prevent Tooth Decay

Tooth decay leads to tooth structure destruction and cavities in the teeth.  Cavities cause the teeth to be sensitive to cold, hot and sweet things, which may need fillings.  Very large cavities may compromise the nerve of a tooth and cause toothache, which may need root canal treatment or extraction of the tooth.

Are You Flossing Properly?

When we talk about flossing, most patients say they know how to do it, they just don’t do it.  However, when we start demonstrating how to floss properly, they are surprised that their idea of flossing is totally different to that recommended by a dentist.  Even those who floss every day may not be doing it most effectively.

Too Busy For A Healthy Mouth?

The topic of promotion for Dental Health Week 2017 was oral health for busy lives – anywhere, anytime.  In our jam-packed daily lives where we have little time for anything, how realistic is it for us to find time to at least brush our teeth twice a day, floss once a day, and have a check-up and clean at the dentist every 6 months?

Is Your Toothpaste Wrecking Your Teeth?

Recently, I had a patient come in for her 6 monthly checkup and clean appointment who had developed quite a significant stain on her teeth which she never has had before.  After going through the typical diet, medicine and lifestyle related reasons and getting no closer to the source of her stain, we discussed any other recent changes that may be the culprit.