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The ABCs of Dental Care – Part 3

ABCs of Dental Care - Part 3

We understand that dental terminology can sound foreign and confusing. That’s why we devoted the last three blog posts to explaining some common dental terms. To read the first part, click here, and to read the second, click here. Last but not least, here is the final installment of our dental terms list:

Root canal therapy may be needed when a tooth cannot be filled or restored in another way because the tooth’s decay has reached the nerve. The pulp (inside of the tooth) is then treated to prevent further decay and save the tooth.

Sealants are plastic, tooth-coloured coatings that can be added to the chewing surfaces of your back teeth. This preventative treatment is used to protect teeth from cavities.

Temporary Dentures can completely or partially replace missing teeth. They are placed immediately after teeth are removed and, like the name suggests, are meant to be temporary. Eventually, they will need to be replaced by permanent dentures or a fixed bridge.

Unerupted teeth remain below the gum’s surface. They are either impacted (covered by only the gum) or embedded (covered by the gum and bone).

Veneers are thin layers of tooth-like material, applied to the front of a tooth’s surface using strong adhesive cement. They can be used to change the shape, position, and colour of your teeth, to create a natural, beautiful smile.

Wear on teeth has three major causes – abrasion (from a foreign body, such as a toothbrush), attrition (caused by clenching/grinding the teeth), or erosion (due to acid dissolving the outer surface of the tooth). Each of these situations can cause tooth sensitivity.

X-rays are used to determine if there is any decay or infection in your mouth. Common dental x-rays include bitewings (showing upper and lower teeth) and periapical (showing the whole tooth – crown to root).

Your oral health is so important to us. Since your mouth is the gateway to your entire body, we want to remind you to maintain regular dental appointments. If it’s been a while since you’ve visited the dentist, now is the time to book an appointment. We are here to help you care for your oral and overall health.

If you have any questions about any of the dental terms above or about anything that we didn’t mention, please contact our office 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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Protect Your Child From Cavities

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Children’s teeth are softer and more prone to cavities and decay than adult teeth. Here are some simple steps to help your child maintain a healthy smile:

Step 1: Establish a daily toothbrushing routine
Start brushing your child’s teeth once the first tooth erupts. When your child is able to brush his/her own teeth, monitor this routine to ensure that it is done correctly.

Step 2: Make flossing a daily habit
Once the teeth are touching, begin flossing daily. Regular flossing can make a big difference in cavity prevention. Like brushing, flossing is another oral health activity that should be monitored when your child can do it on his/her own.

Step 3: Have sealants applied to your child’s teeth
Dental sealants are plastic coatings that are added to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth.  Sealants help protect your child’s teeth from decay and cavities.

Step 4: Maintain regular dental appointments
We understand that people are busy, but it is important to prioritize regular dental appointments. Your dentist can screen for potential problems, manage existing ones, and help your family maintain a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

Step 5: Fix crooked teeth
Crooked or misaligned teeth are more prone to gum disease (periodontal disease) or premature wearing of the teeth.  Straight teeth are healthier, easier to clean, and can prevent greater problems down the road.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s teeth, please contact our office 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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