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Do I Need Fluoride?

Do I Need Fluoride?

Fluoride is a naturally occurring compound that is used in dental care as a way to prevent tooth decay. There are small amounts of fluoride that occur naturally in drinking water, food, and many other substances that people live with every day.

Most toothpastes contain fluoride, and many visits to the dentist will include a fluoride treatment. In addition to its use in dental products, many communities in Canada adjust the fluoride levels of their drinking water as a way to improve the oral health of the public.

The Canadian Dental Association (CDA) stands in favour of using fluoride as an essential component of public health and as a way to reduce the harm caused by tooth decay. Simply put, fluoride results in fewer cavities and lower long-term dental care costs.

Is Fluoride Safe?

Many decades of scientific research shows that fluoride is the main reason oral health has improved over the past 50 years. Fluoride is safe and beneficial. It improves the health of our teeth.

What about Those Who Say Fluoride is Dangerous?

Over the past 60 years, fluoride has been proven to reduce tooth decay and cavities. In recent years, some activist groups have been making claims about supposed health risks. Many of these opponents are using suspect research, scare tactics, and arguments that are based on myths and misconceptions.

Should Children Use Fluoride?

Parents of small children should be careful not to let their children use too much fluoride. When young children swallow too much fluoride, it can cause dental fluorosis, a type of tooth discolouration. (This is one of the reasons why we teach kids not to swallow their toothpaste.) Use a specially formulated children’s toothpaste that has a lower amount of fluoride.

Where Can I Get More Information?

The Canadian Dental Association has information called Fluoride FAQs (https://www.cda-adc.ca/en/oral_health/faqs/fluoride_faqs.asp). This is a great resource if you have any concerns about fluoride and want to learn more.

If you have any questions about dental fluoride, contact us. We are here to help. You can reach us at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website. Also be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.

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Do I Need Dental Crowns?

Do I Need Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are common dental procedures used to repair a decayed or damaged tooth. A solid cap or crown is placed over a tooth to protect it and prevent further decay.

Common Reasons for a Crown:

  • Your tooth is broken or severely worn down (from years of grinding): A crown can restore your tooth, making it possible to eat and sleep normally.
  • Your tooth has decayed or cracked: A crown can be used to hold your tooth together.
  • You have a large cavity: A crown can be used to cover your tooth and keep it safe and strong.
  • You have a misshapen or badly discoloured tooth: A crown can be used to cover it up.
  • You are missing a tooth: A crown can be placed on an implant to replace a tooth.

What Types of Permanent Crowns Are The Best?

Based on your personal needs, there a few options when deciding on the type of crown.

All-ceramic or all-porcelain:
These crowns are made entirely of ceramic or porcelain material no metal. These crowns offer beautiful, life-like restorations and can be used for front or back teeth.

Metal crowns
These crowns are usually made from gold alloy, palladium, or a base-metal alloy like nickel or chromium. Less of the original tooth structure needs to be removed, and there tends to be less wear on the opposing teeth that make contact with the crown during chewing and speaking.

Metal crowns rarely break and usually last the longest. It takes a long time to wear down a piece of metal. When used, they are typically used for back teeth.

Porcelain fused to metal

These crowns contain metal, but also have a porcelain veneer that can be made to match the colour of your other teeth. While the newer porcelain crowns are now replacing these, they can give a strong, long-lasting restoration.

All-resin

These crowns are made of an inexpensive synthetic material called resin, a chemical composite used in dental restorations. All-resin crowns are the least expensive, but not as strong as other crowns. They should be considered a transitional restoration until an appropriate crown can be made.

Talk to your dentist to find out which crown is best for you. You’re going to be living with this crown for many years, so make sure you are comfortable with its fit, durability, and style. Once you’ve decided, get ready for the royal treatment.

If you have any questions about dental crowns or if they are right for you, contact us. You can reach us at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website. Also be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.

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