I need a filling, what are the material options?

Today there are many options for filling materials. The decision is usually based on many factors. Teeth can be restored (filled) with gold, amalgam silver filling (using many metals including mercury), or tooth coloured porcelain, resins, glass ionomer (using glass particles), and a newer material called zirconium for its strength. The location of the decay … Continued

How Do I Choose the Right Toothbrush For Me

Go for soft bristles. Soft & rounded bristles are the easiest on both teeth and gums. Many dentists find that brushing teeth too hard is the leading cause of sensitive teeth. The head of the brush is sized to allow bristles to comfortably reach back molars; since many are too large or wide. It’s worth … Continued

What do I do if I knock an adult tooth out traumatically?

If an adult tooth is dislodged the first thing to do is find the tooth and make sure it is clean. The socket will bleed so applying pressure with a tissue or gauze is wise. Once the tooth has been located place it into some warm milk and phone a dentist immediately. A tooth that has … Continued

Do I really need to have dental X-rays? Are they safe?

Dental x-rays are an integral part of a complete dental exam. We use them to help us keep your mouth healthy by facilitating in the diagnosis of dental cavities, dental and periodontal (gum) infections, assessment of underlying bone levels and also more serious dental pathologies. With- out X-rays many dental diseases will go undiagnosed and … Continued

What is the best type of iron supplements to take for my low iron levels?

Many people suffer from iron deficiency. Some common symptoms include extreme fatigue, weakness and pale skin. Most people with iron deficiency cannot get their required amount through diet alone and thus, iron supplements are essential. Supplements for low iron need to be taken for at least 6 months to get your levels back to normal, … Continued

How does my dental care change when I’m pregnant?

The most important thing in maintaining a healthy mouth during pregnancy is making sure you keep up your daily oral care routines including regular dental hygiene visits and check-ups. Prevention is key and minimally invasive dental treatment, such as a regular cleaning, is totally safe for you and your baby during pregnancy. If your dentist … Continued

How can I prolong the lifespan of my dental work?

The truth is that existing dental work actually increases the chances of future decay
and breakdown, so prevention of problems is key. The edges
of your fillings and crowns are still subject to bacteria accumulation. Brushing after eating and daily flossing are the best ways to protect the work in your mouth. Additionally, visiting your dentist for … Continued

With so many options for toothpaste how do I choose one?

Since there is no “silver bullet” toothpaste, the best option for you will depend on the specific needs of your mouth. Though, as a general rule the most important ingredient of any toothpaste is fluoride for cavity control. If you choose a toothpaste without fluoride for personal reasons, be aware that more frequent brushing and … Continued