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What Goes On During a Checkup

Most people know the importance of maintaining their dental hygiene; regular brushing, flossing, rinsing and visits to their dental professional are key, but do they really understand what that visit to the dentist entails? The following is a breakdown of what a standard dental examination visit represents: ‘Review of dental records, medical history and past X-rays Your dentist keeps detailed records of your dental health. If you move to a new community or change your dentist for another reason, make sure a copy of your records are transferred to your new dentist without delay. Your request for this must be writing and your dentist may charge a reasonable fee for copying your records including x-rays. Overall examination Dentists don’t just check your teeth; they also check your gums, … Continue Reading

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Naturally Stronger Teeth

The key to a bright and healthy smile are clean and strong teeth, which are achieved and maintained through regular brushing, flossing, rinsing and visits to your Aylmer dental professional for cleanings and thorough examinations. In addition to this, certain research has hinted towards a natural method of strengthening the enamel of teeth. “Experts at the University of Illinois’ Chicago College of Dentistry, USA, found that grape seed extract can help to strengthen the tissue behind a tooth’s enamel. The scientist claims that the breakthrough could prevent patients from needing fillings, and also boost the strength of the fillings themselves. Dr Rob Wain, UK dentist, said the study could give people the best chance yet of keeping their teeth for life.Now the new study’s lead author Ana Bedran-Russo, … Continue Reading

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Dental Hygiene Products

Last week our focus was on toothbrushes, and this week we wanted to expand things a little bit wider. There are many different products on the market to help keep the mouth clean, and cavity free; from toothpaste, to mouthwash and floss, knowing which ones to get and how to use them can be confusing. The following are some considerations to make when choosing specific dental hygiene products: Toothpaste Always look for toothpastes with fluoride as an ingredient, since fluoride helps to strengthen the outer tooth enamel of teeth (unless you are allergic, or your dentist recommends otherwise). If you are allergic to fluoride, or have another medical reason not to use fluoride, then you should choose toothpaste without fluoride. Make sure to speak with your dentist before … Continue Reading

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Choosing The Right Toothbrush

Oral care is very important to help stay healthy and avoid unwanted cavities and germs in our mouth. So how do you know which toothbrush is the right one for you, your teeth, and your gums? From soft, medium, to hard and from so many different shapes and sizes, choosing the right toothbrush for your oral care can be puzzling at times. Here are a few things to look for when choosing the right toothbrush for you: * Most dental professionals agree that using a soft toothbrush is the best and safest brush to use for removing plaque and debris from your teeth, gums, tongue, and mouth. * Choosing a brush with a small head is also preferable among most dental professionals, since they are able to access … Continue Reading

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Identifying Mouth Pain

No one likes pain, especially when it comes to the mouth. Teeth and gums are key elements of this part of the body and being able to identify pain in this area can help with remedying the issue or at the very least learning how to minimize the amount of pain being felt. Not all pain is created equal; the better one can understand what the pain is, the faster and more effectively it can be taken care of. The following are some of the different types of pain which gums and teeth can experience: “Achy tooth pain A throbbing or achy tooth pain may be nothing if it only last a day or two, but pain that lasts for more than a week may be a sign … Continue Reading

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Benefits of Dental X-Rays

Maintaining your teeth, gums and overall oral health requires consistency; regular brushing, flossing and rinsing at home is important and visiting your dental professional for regular check ups and cleanings is also important..but, when was the last time your mouth got x-rayed? Here are some of the benefits of getting your mouth x-rayed while at the dentist: • show different areas of decay that may not be easily visible in an oral exam • reveal bone loss that usually comes along with gum diseases • identify decay that may be occurring below an existing filling • assist in the preparation of braces, tooth implants, dentures and other dental procedures • reveal an infection at the root of a tooth or between gums • reveal developmental abnormalities, such as … Continue Reading

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Patient Education

Knowledge is power! The more someone knows about a given topic, the more likely they are to make better decisions regarding said topic. Maintaining the integrity of teeth and gums is no different. ‘The link between oral infections and other diseases in the body is becoming well documented and accepted within the health care community. It underscores the importance of good oral hygiene and the role dental hygienists play in preventing oral disease.’ (source: odha.on.ca) Here at Aylmer Dentistry your Aylmer dental professional, we believe in empowering our clients by offering as much information as possible. Our patient education resource offers information on a range of our products, services and different procedures. To learn more request a consultation today!

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Bad Habits & Dental Health

We are all creatures of habit and routine, but in being mindful of how these particular habits can affect us, it becomes easier to make choices aimed at improving the quality of life. When it comes to dental health, there may be things that you are doing every day that could be negatively impacting your teeth and gums. Here are a few important things to keep in mind: ‘ If we don’t breathe correctly we could be susceptible to tooth grinding and sleep apnea The mouth is the start of the respiratory system, therefore the shape of your upper and lower jaw, the position of the tongue and way the muscles around the lips and cheeks work affects the quality of your breathing and sleeping. For optimal health and … Continue Reading

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Dental Implants

The key to a perfect smile is regularly maintaining it through brushing, flossing, rinsing and visiting your Aylmer dental professional for check ups and cleanings. However, sometimes a smile may need a little bit more of a boost, which is where dental implants make for a great option! What a dental implant procedure can do for you: Restore comfort and stability to patients with removable prostheses Replace one or more missing teeth without having to use neighbouring teeth as support, thereby preserving the natural dentition. Preserve and maintain bone level in the endentulous area, thereby encouraging sustained bony and soft tissue support of surrounding dentition. Re-establish a beautiful smile! Click here to learn more about our dental implant services and schedule a free consultation today!

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Sedation & Optimized Dental Comfort

At Aylmer Dentistry we aim to provide our patients with the most comfortable environment possible before and during the examination process. However, it is during the exam where comfort and relaxation are the most important and we are proud to be able to offer different sedation options for patients who need it. ‘Often the dental office is a source of anxiety for our patients … even under the best of circumstances. When confronted with the need for a surgical procedure, the level of anxiety may increase substantially, to a point where the patient may neglect to undergo treatment and ultimately compromise their oral health. Conscious sedation dentistry is a most welcome option for patients in this situation visiting our Gatineau clinic. Conscious sedation is a technique to diminish … Continue Reading

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