Tooth Discoloration Is More Telling Than You May Think | Ottawa Dentist

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Maintaining proper oral health is not only crucial for a bright smile but also for overall well-being. One often overlooked indicator of improper oral health care is tooth discoloration. Discoloration can manifest in various ways, ranging from yellowing to brown spots, and can be a warning sign of underlying issues that demand attention.

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Common Dental Emergencies and What To Do | Ottawa Dentist

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jaw pain

Dental emergencies happen and can occur at any time, anywhere. As with any emergency, its going to throw us into fight or flight mode, raising our cortisol levels and potentially even causing us to freeze in our tracks wondering what the best plan of action may be. If a dental emergency does happen, do your best not to panic, and keep the following information about what to do during a dental emergency in mind.

What is an emergency?

Dental emergencies refer to events that occur in which you need to immediately save a tooth, need to attend to a bleed or begin experiencing acute tooth or mouth pain. A cracked or lost tooth following a traumatic incident are good example.

Common emergencies

Tooth Loss –  For children who still have their baby teeth, the loss of a tooth, be it the tooth’s “turn” or due to trauma, isn’t as much a cause for concern as the loss of an adult tooth. If your child suffers the unintentional loss of a tooth due to trauma, contact their dentist right away to ensure pieces of bone are not lingering in the socket, and do not attempt to place the tooth back in their socket. An adult who has lost a tooth should attempt to place the tooth in the socket without touching the root. If that is not possible, the tooth can be stored between your cheek and gum, in milk, or an ADA approved preservation solution. Its important to keep the tooth wet until you can have the situation, and lost tooth, evaluated by your dentist.

Cracked Tooth – If you crack your tooth, its important to rinse your mouth to clear it of immediate debris that may imbed itself in the crack. Then, place an ice pack on the site to reduce the pain and swelling. Wrap the tooth in wet gauze or piece of cloth, and call your dentist to make an appointment as soon as possible.

Toothache – Simply rinse your mouth with warm water, gently floss to remove food debris and note any facial swelling that may occur. Swelling may signal an infection, and if swelling does occur, place an ice pack on the site to reduce it and ease pain. Call your dentist right away so he or she may evaluate the situation and advise you on how to proceed.

Preventing emergencies

Here are a few common ways patients increase their risk of a dental emergency. It’s best to avoid these common mistakes, as its easier to avoid an emergency than to recover from one.

  • Don’t use your teeth when scissors can do the job
  • Wear a mouthguard when engaging in contact or high-impact sports
  • Wear a helmet whenever engaging in activities such as biking and rock climbing
  • Avoid chewing on hard candies and ice
  • Help your child keep toys, trinkets and hard items out of their mouth

Dental emergencies happen, and if they do, try to remain calm, and contact your dentist immediately.

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What To Know About Oral Infections | Ottawa Dentist

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We all know that brushing our teeth for two minutes, twice a day along with regular dental visits contributes to positive oral health. You may not know the infections that can occur as a result of not practicing consistent oral hygiene routines. Here are some of the most common oral infections that may result from poor oral hygiene.

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What Is Cosmetic Dentistry? | Ottawa Dentist

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Cosmetic dentistry can transform the appearance of your teeth while retaining or enhancing your oral health. According to “…cosmetic procedures can range from basic color correction to replacing missing teeth, and everything in between.” While cosmetic dentists may employ the use of anesthesia for surgical improvement, most procedures are non-invasive. Here are a few procedures cosmetic dentists perform.

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Protecting Yourself Against Oral Cancer | Ottawa Dentist

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Cancer is an uncomfortable thing to consider, and for many around the world is a trigger for distress. Yet, the key to beating cancer commonly comes down to early detection. It’s important to understand the warning signs to look out for at home so you can consult with your dentist about your concerns as soon as possible. Please note the following is not an exhaustive list within any of these categories, but they are important to keep in mind.

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The Difference Between Dental Implants and Bridges | Ottawa Dentist

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Tooth loss can be a result of dental trauma, advanced gum disease, or deterioration of the underlying bone over time. If you have experienced dental trauma, it’s important to see your dentist sooner than later to assess surrounding teeth and gums. Either way, a cosmetic dentist may present two replacement options to consider; a fixed dental bridge or an implant. It’s important to understand what these options entail in order to make the best decision for you.

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Why It’s Critical To Care For Baby Teeth, and How To Do It | Ottowa Dentist

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“Baby teeth” are the precursor for adult teeth, they are the placeholder and it’s important they be
maintained for gum health and reduction of harmful bacteria. Our children may never
acknowledge the benefits caring for their teeth at that age has on their adult teeth later. Yet,
their health will always be better off from early interventions in proper oral hygiene.

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