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Remember when you were young and you were warned about “plaque bugs” and how if you don’t brush them away you’ll get cavities? Well for many of us that’s about all we learned about cavities. How they form, what are the different types and how they are filled may still be a mystery. If you don’t actually know what they are how can you avoid them? Read on to learn more as we clear up cavity confusion…. How do cavities form? Mapping a cavity It starts with the bacteria in our mouths. We all have many different types of bacteria in our mouths

As part of our oral health series we wanted to address a serious health concern. Oral Cancer. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, the disease is responsible for 10,000 deaths in America each year. Early detection is a must. Regular dental visits and exams can help detect oral cancer, but if you develop symptoms outside your regular check-ups you may want to investigate. How do you know when to worry? Read on to learn more. What is mouth/oral cancer? Oral cancer is also known as mouth cancer, though the term mouth cancer is more specific. Mouth cancer refers to cancer that develops

You may hear wisdom teeth and automatically think of those Youtube videos showing some poor sod someone recovering from surgery and saying ridiculous things. But what are they? Do they serve an actual purpose, and if not should they always be removed? Read on to get wise about wisdom teeth. What are wisdom teeth? Wisdom teeth do not make you smarter. We sometimes wish that was the case. They are the third set of molars in the back of your mouth closest to your throat. Most people have four but not everyone does. They usually develop between the ages of 17 and

What does your smile say about you? How important is your smile? As dental professionals, we obviously think a smile is extremely important. Having a smile you feel good about can increase your self confidence and affect how others see you. Did you know that your smile can also reveal your personality and that there are different types of smiles? Read on to learn more… What can a smile tell you about someone? Different types of smiles are associated with certain personality traits and how people are received. Some common ones are outlined below. A gap-toothed smile: often perceived as a sign of sensuality, especially

Struggling with snoring and sleeplessness? Call your dentist. Sleep Disturbances and Oral Health As we continue our series on oral health and how it impacts your overall health, we’re going to focus on something we all could use more of…SLEEP! Most of us are aware how long working and waking hours, caffeine, and never being unplugged are taking a toll on the amount of sleep we’re getting. It’s not just lack of sleep that’s negatively impacting our health, it’s also the quality of the sleep we’re getting. Conditions such as bruxism, (teeth grinding), restless legs, snoring may be indicators of a

Everyone has probably seen or heard of false teeth, known as dentures but what are they exactly, and are they still a tooth replacement alternative? The answer is yes…. What are Dentures? Dentures are custom-made replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back into your mouth. While dentures take some getting used to, and will never feel exactly the same as natural teeth, today's dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever. How do Dentures Work? Dentures are custom-made in a dental laboratory from impressions taken of your mouth. What are the benefits of Dentures? Improved appearance: Replacing missing teeth

If you’ve been reading our dental education posts, you’re aware that we’ve explored the connection and importance of good oral hygiene and how important it is to our overall physical health. How our physical health can affect oral health and our oral hygiene can negatively impact health overall. Today, we’re going to dive into the mind-body connection, how our mental health also plays a role in our oral health. Read on to learn more. How does the mind affect the body? The Mind/Body Connection Your body responds to the way you think, feel, and act. When you are stressed, anxious, or upset, your

If you’ve been reading our dental education blogs, we’ve been talking about how poor oral health can lead to more serious health conditions. Today, we want to highlight a health condition that may negatively impact oral health and is quite common. What is Xerostomia? Say this three times fast: “xerostomia.” Believe it or not we can guarantee you’ve heard of it, just in its more colloquial form. Chances are you’ve even experienced it after a night of indulging, or when you were really nervous. Got it yet? Drum roll please…it’s dry mouth! Okay, so maybe not as exciting as you thought but it

Okay, so you’ve got some decay, and you think you might need a filling. But you’ve heard an inlay is better that they’re more durable, or that your damage is so extensive you might need an onlay. What the heck is the difference anyway? So glad you asked… Let’s start with the basics What’s a composite filling? The decayed part of the tooth is drilled out, then filled with composite material, porcelain or metal. What’s an inlay? An inlay is used for larger cavities and is the material used is built outside the mouth, in a lab then cemented in place. What’s an onlay? An onlay

Can a tooth infection be dangerous? If a tooth infection is left to its own devices, without treatment it can lead to serious, sometimes dangerous infections. This is why oral hygiene is so important and why if you are having any symptoms of an infected tooth/abscess you should set up a dental exam with one of our offices, in the GTA or at our convenient downtown College Street dentistry office, immediately. In this post we’ll discuss signs you may have a tooth infection and the serious consequences you may suffer if you don’t seek timely treatment. What are some signs of an