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At Northtown Dental Associates, we would like to share with our Edmonton patients some helpful tips and suggestions regarding dental and oral health care. Be sure to keep this page bookmarked for your future reference. If you have any questions, give us a call today!

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    18/07/2019 0 Comments
    Cavities 101: Why They Form and How to Repair Them

    You may know that eating sugary foods can lead to cavities, but have you ever wondered how exactly they’re formed? Here’s everything you should know about cavities, including how they develop, why some are painful and others are not, and how to repair them.


    How cavities form

    Sugary and starchy foods play an integral role in causing cavities to develop. Every person’s mouth has some bacteria, which when mixed with sugars from food, turns into
    plaque. In turn, plaque produces acids that can wear away at the enamel of your teeth and cause cavities to form.


    Why Cavities Hurt

    So why do some cavities hurt while others don’t? The answer lies in the fact that cavities typically start to form on the tooth surface, which has no nerves. If not treated, the cavity will advance into the deeper layers of the tooth. The closer it comes to the nerves at the centre of the tooth, the more pain you’ll feel.


    Repairing Cavities

    Depending on how deep the cavity is, your dentist may suggest one of the following treatments.

    • Fluoride treatments. If caught early enough, a cavity might be repaired with a fluoride treatment. Since there are no symptoms of a cavity in its early stages, however, this is rarely the appropriate method to fix the cavity.
    • Dental fillings. Your dentist can treat most cavities by removing the decay and replacing the lost tooth matter with a filling made of a synthetic material.
    • Root canal. If left untreated, the cavity will eventually reach the centre of the tooth and may cause it to become abscessed. If this happens, a root canal treatment is necessary to remove the infected tissue and repair the remaining tooth.

    How to Prevent Cavities

    A solid oral hygiene routine is the only way to protect your teeth from cavities. Here’s what you should be doing:

    • Brushing your teeth twice a day using a fluoridated toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. 
    • Flossing daily to remove plaque from between your teeth.
    • Visiting your dentist twice a year for cleanings and checkupscheckups.

    A trusted North Edmonton dental clinic

    Make Northtown Dental Associates part of your oral hygiene routine. Our practice offers a range of services to address the health of our patients. In addition to general dental care, we can provide fluoride treatments, dental fillings, root canals and more. Call us today to make an appointment with our skilled and caring dental team.

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    18/07/2019 0 Comments
    The Best Way to Brush Your Teeth

    Brushing your teeth twice a day doesn’t just keep your breath fresh, it also reduces your risk for tooth decay, gum disease and a host of other health issues.
    Here are some guidelines for proper brushing.


    How to brush your teeth with a manual toothbrush

    Dentists recommend brushing twice a day with fluoridated tooth paste and a soft-bristled toothbrush, either before or after flossing. Properly cleaning your teeth requires the right technique, which includes: 

    • Holding your brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums.
    • Moving the brush in a circular or up and down motion over your gums and teeth. Don’t apply too much pressure as you might damage your enamel and gum tissue if you do so.
    • Spend two minutes in total brushing, making sure to spend equal time cleaning the outside, inside and chewing surfaces of your teeth. 

    Why you should be using an electric toothbrush

    The best brush isn’t the manual type you’ve been using your whole life. Instead, you should be using
    an electric toothbrush. Here’s why:

    • They clean your teeth with less work. With anelectric toothbrush, you don’t have to do anything except move it from tooth to tooth. No more worrying about the angle of the bristles or the pressure you’re exerting on your teeth.
    • You’ll brush for longer. Most people don’t brush for the dentist recommended time of two minutes. Many electric toothbrushes come with a timer that tells you when the two minutes is up. 
    • They remove more plaque. Electric toothbrushing removes more plaque than manual brushing.

    How to use an electric toothbrush

    Using an electric toothbrush is relatively straightforward, but it does take some getting used to. Here’s what to do:

    • Make sure the toothbrush is charged.
    • Apply a pea-sized amount of fluoridatedtoothpaste to the brush head.
    • Turn on the brush and move it from tooth totooth. Brush all the outside and inside surfaces of your teeth as well as the chewing surfaces. 
    • When the timer tells you the two minutes areup, spit out your toothpaste and rinse both your mouth and your brush head.


    Trusted North Edmonton dentists

    No matter how well you brush your teeth, regular dental cleanings and checkups should be an important part of your overall dental care plan. Call Northtown Dental Associates today to book an appointment or to learn more about how to take care of your teeth.

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    05/02/2019 0 Comments
    The Right Way to Care for Full and Partial Dentures – Edmonton, Have You Been Doing It Right?

    Dentures are quite the investment, but when you care for them properly, you will get the right results and an improved quality of life. Better care of your dentures means you get more years from them and experience fewer risks for further tooth loss, bone loss, or gum disease.


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  • Dental crown
    05/02/2019 0 Comments
    Will a Dental Crown Help & Compliment Your Smile?

    You had pain and discomfort, so you went to your friendly neighbourhood dentist. Now, you are being told that to ease the discomfort and protect your oral health, you need a dental crown.


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    05/02/2019 0 Comments
    A Parent’s Guide to Getting the Most from Your Children’s Dentist Appointments

    As a parent, you want your children to have bright, healthy smiles for the rest of their lives. That is why you are keen to monitor their brushing, flossing, and rinsing.


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  • Dental fillings last longer
    23/11/2018 0 Comments
    How to Make Dental Fillings Last Longer

    Since fillings are so common, chances are that you’ve had, or will have, a dental filling done at some point. It may feel like once the filling is in place you can simply forget about it, but this isn’t the case. Dental fillings require careful upkeep and will eventually need to be replaced. There are, however, certain measures you can take to keep your fillings healthy and long lasting. Depending on the size of the filling, you may also want to consider getting a crown as a better, long-lasting alternative.

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