Straighten your teeth without braces

Straighten your teeth without braces

Myobrace is a no-braces orthodontic approach to help straighten your teeth and jaws. The treatment addresses the poor oral habits that are the real causes of crooked teeth. It is a common belief that crowded teeth, incorrect jaw development and other orthodontic problems are caused by either large teeth in small jaws, or other hereditary factors. Modern research has shown that mouth breathing, tongue thrusting, reverse swallowing and thumb...

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Silver Fillings vs. Tooth Colored Fillings

Silver Fillings vs. Tooth Colored Fillings

When a dentist drills out the decayed part of a tooth, the resulting hole needs to be filled with something or the decay will recur. There is a wide variety of materials dentists use to fill teeth, and each one has its own unique set of advantages and disadvantages. While each option is different, the differences between tooth colored restorations and silver amalgam fillings are important to note. Silver (Amalgam) Fillings The long-standing...

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Fissure Sealants

Fissure Sealants

Sealants can protect your children’s back teeth, so that they may never need to have a filling! They are a protective plastic coating, which are applied to the chewing surfaces of teeth at risk of decay. The chewing surfaces of back teeth have small grooves or fissures which often extend right down into the tooth itself. However well the teeth are brushed, these fissures are very difficult to clean thoroughly. Bacteria and food particles...

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Handling Dental Emergencies

Handling Dental Emergencies

Any dental emergency like an injury to the teeth or gums can be potentially serious and should not be ignored. Ignoring a dental problem can increase the risk of permanent damage as well as the need for more extensive and expensive treatment later on. Here’s a quick summary of what to do for some common dental problems. Toothaches. First, thoroughly rinse your mouth with warm water. Use dental floss to remove any lodged food. If your...

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Dental Care – When Prevention is Better Than Cure

Dental Care – When Prevention is Better Than Cure

With the current array of numerous treatment options and constantly evolving advances in dental technology, there’s always a solution available for any possible dental problem.  From simple crowns or bridges to varied implant procedures and even full mouth restorations, there seems to be no excuse anymore for a person to endure any kind of dental ailment. But despite the wide availability and accessibility of modern dental treatment, any...

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What happens when you do not replace your missing tooth?

What happens when you do not replace your missing tooth?

Most adults can expect to have 32 teeth. The four third molars, or “wisdom” teeth, are often extracted because they do not grow into the mouth well or there is not enough room for them to remain in proper alignment. It is very unusual to have wisdom teeth replaced. But the other 28 teeth are needed. Your mouth, jaw, and body developed together over millions of years. They are designed to operate together at peak efficiency. When you lose a...

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How to increase the success of your dental implant

How to increase the success of your dental implant

Long-term success of implants depends on how well they are maintained. Regular dental visits are essential. Your dentist will develop a dental visit program to ensure the health of your implants and remaining natural teeth. Periodontal disease can strike when teeth and gums are not properly cleaned. If left untreated bone loss, which weakens supporting structures, can lead to loss of dental implants as well as tooth loss. Home Care: Daily...

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Rubber Dam-What is it?

Rubber Dam-What is it?

A rubber dam or dental dam is a rectangular sheet of latex used by dentists, especially for root canal treatment, but also for things like tooth-coloured fillings. The rubber dam is also referred to as “a special raincoat for teeth”. Dental dams come in lots of different colours (green and blue are very popular options). Your dentist uses a hole puncher (similar to the one you use for paper) to make a hole in the sheet for the tooth to be...

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Wisdom Teeth-should they be removed?

Wisdom Teeth-should they be removed?

Wisdom teeth are the third and last molars on each side of the upper and lower jaws. They are also the final teeth to erupt; they usually appear when a person is in their late teens or early twenties. Your wisdom teeth do not usually need to be removed if they are not causing any problems. This is because there is no proven benefit of doing this and it carries the risk of complications. Sometimes, wisdom teeth that have become impacted or have...

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How to prevent periodontal disease?

How to prevent periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is caused when bacteria in plaque (a sticky, colorless film that forms in the mouth) builds up between the gums and teeth. When the bacteria begin to grow, the gums surrounding the tooth can become inflamed. If left untreated, this inflammation can cause the gums and supporting bone structure to deteriorate. This can lead to gum recession or even tooth loss. In addition, research has shown that gum...

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