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What You Need to Know About a Dead Tooth

December 31, 2018

  You may not know that your teeth are alive, but in fact, they are! The tooth is composed of three different layers – the enamel, dentin, and pulp. The pulp contains the blood vessels and nerve tissues that keep the tooth viable or ‘alive’. If the blood supply to the pulp is cut off, the tooth will no longer have any blood flow to it, which eventually leads to a condition called a non-vital tooth or widely known as a ‘dead tooth’.

Signs of a Dead Tooth

  • Discolouration is a common first symptom of a dead tooth
  • Mild to severe pain (but some people don’t suffer any pain at all)

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December 17, 2018

  Concerned about your wisdom teeth? Let us help! Wisdom teeth are the third molars that usually emerge between the ages of 17 to 25 years old. They grow at the back of your mouth and are the last teeth to appear. Impacted wisdom teeth occur when there isn’t enough room for them to grow in, or they come through at an angle and push the adjacent teeth. As impacted wisdom teeth grow, they can cause misalignment, overcrowding and other serious dental problems. Most often they don’t show signs and symptoms. However, when impacted wisdom teeth become infected or swollen, they can cause the following signs and symptoms: ● Jaw

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December 3, 2018

  Have you ever experienced any soft tissue injuries in your mouth? ‘Soft tissue’ is the collective term used for the sensitive and delicate parts of the mouth, which includes the cheeks, gums, tongue, and lips. These soft tissues are often involved in traumatic injuries concerning the orofacial area. They can sometimes be lacerated or bruised by a fall, accidental bite and/or impact of the teeth against the tissue. If you have any soft tissue injuries, it is vital to know what to do about them, especially if they are bleeding. Here are some helpful tips for these scenarios.

  1. Right after an injury, rinse your mouth with a mild salt and water mixture.

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November 19, 2018

  Having white teeth can increase your confidence both socially and professionally. At Toronto Beach Dental, we offer one of the most popular dental procedures that can improve how your teeth look. This popular procedure is teeth whitening. Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental procedure that removes stains and discolouration on your teeth. It is an effective way of lightening the colour of your teeth, without removing the surface of the tooth. Teeth whitening is considered a simple procedure. Whitening product options often contain either Carbamide Peroxide and/or Hydrogen Peroxide. These are types of bleaches, which break discolouration or stains. In turn, this makes your teeth appear whiter and brighter. There are different options for teeth whitening procedures that a dentist can recommend. One option is using a stain removal toothpaste, where the toothpaste has additional whitening and polishing ingredients that can help remove stains. Another way to whiten your teeth is the use of chair-side bleaching. Your dentist will apply either a  How Does Periodontitis Develop?

November 5, 2018

Periodontitis is defined as a serious gum infection that can destroy the soft tissues and bones that supports the teeth. Without treatment, it can lead to loose teeth and/or tooth loss. Though Periodontitis is considered to be common, this condition is largely preventable through proper oral hygiene and care of the gums and teeth. Periodontitis develops from untreated gingivitis. Over time, the vast amounts of plaque and calculus can grow and spread beneath the gum line. Toxins from the bacteria in the mouth irritate the gums, which can cause gum tissue to pull away from the teeth and create pockets. The pockets can harbour bacteria and cause infection. As the disease progresses, the bacteria triggers a chronic release of inflammatory mediators. The resulting  Enamel Hypoplasia: Definition, Symptoms and Treatment

October 22, 2018

Enamel Hypoplasia is a developmental defect of the teeth in which the enamel is hard but thin and deficient, which leaves teeth vulnerable to damage and decay. The enamel is the hard, outermost layer that protects the sensitive inner layers of your teeth. When enamel is developing in the mouth, different factors can cause a problem in the normal process causing areas of the enamel underdeveloped. Enamel Hypoplasia often takes the form of pits, white spots, and grooves across the surface of your teeth. Depending on the severity, Enamel Hypoplasia can look like a small groove in the tooth, or take up several teeth in the oral cavity. Other symptoms include yellowish-brown stains, susceptibility to acids or sensitivity, higher risk of developing decay, sensitivity to cold and heat, the irregular wearing of teeth and lack of tooth contact. The cause of enamel hypoplasia can be either  How to Keep your Gums Healthy

September 10, 2018

Your oral health does not solely depend on having straight, healthy and white teeth. Keeping your gums healthy is an important part of a proper oral care routine to ensure optimal dental health. At Toronto Beach Dental, we make sure that our patients know how to keep their gums healthy in order to prevent  and manage gum disease. There are many things that a person can do to take care of their gums, and they aren’t difficult to follow. The main step is to ensure a regular and proper oral healthcare routine. Brushing your teeth twice daily along with flossing at least once a day and keeping your tongue clean by scraping it once a day will keep bacteria from adhering to your gums and in between teeth. Also, don’t forget to rinse your mouth with a therapeutic mouthwash and maintain a healthy dental diet (cut off your sugar intake). When  The Differences between Invisalign and Traditional Metal Braces

August 13, 2018

Everyone wants beautiful, healthy and straight teeth! With orthodontic treatment such as Invisalign, people can achieve their goals for the appearance of their smile. Here at Toronto Beach Dental, we offer Invisalign clear aligners for our patients. Although metal braces are still used today, there are many reasons our patients love their Invisalign treatment. We want to share with you a few of the benefits of Invisalign compared to traditional metal braces: Lifestyle Invisalign doesn’t necessarily restrict your lifestyle. It is removable, and you can easily put it away for a moment to brush your teeth, eat something you like, or be active with sports. With traditional braces, some of your routines are limited due to a higher risk of damage to metal brackets such as playing sports and eating foods that can damage your metal braces. However, with high impact sports, both Invisalign and metal braces treatment require wearing a mouthguard to play. Repair

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Cleaning Your Tongue with a Tongue Scraper
July 30, 2018

  Cleaning your tongue is part of a healthy oral hygiene routine. Here at Toronto Beach Dental, we want our patients to know what a good oral care routine means and this includes tongue cleaning too! A tongue scraper or also known as tongue cleaner is an oral hygiene tool made for cleaning the surfaces of the tongue. You can buy from the market, a plastic or metal tongue scraper depending on your preference. Tongue scraping is considered a fast way of removing food residues from your mouth, which if neglected can cause halitosis or bad breath.

Here’s how you can clean your tongue using a tongue scraper:

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What You Need to Know About Dental Crowns
July 16, 2018

A dental crown is an artificial restoration that takes care of various dental problems. It is used to fit over the remaining portion of a tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth. Sometimes, a dental crown is termed as a dental cap. Crowns are used for restoring the function or appearance of your teeth. If you have damaged, cracked, misaligned, discoloured and/or chipped teeth, your dentist may recommend dental crowns as one of a myriad of treatment options. Crowns are also known to protect a delicate tooth after a root canal procedure. They also help to strengthen weakened teeth due to damage or injury. If you are undergoing a dental crown procedure, expect that your tooth will be prepared in a certain way that involves removing or shaping a portion of the remaining tooth structure. Crowns can be temporary while other aspects of your treatment are incomplete or permanent when all other issues regarding your treatment allow for it. Remember that nothing lasts forever and even permanent crowns may need to be replaced (hopefully you can get 15-20 years of service) Crowns are made of different materials, including gold, metal and porcelain and all porcelain. Each crown type has its place. You should have al

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