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What All Patients Should Know About Dental X-Rays

Getting a dental X-ray is a normal part of routine dental exams at Brewery District Dental. Our dentists obtain them to detect dental disease (cavities or gum disease are simple examples) and to plan a course of treatment. We understand that you might have questions about what to expect during an X-ray, as well as concerns about radiation exposure. We would like to start by reassuring you that the amount of radiation your dentist uses in a typical X-ray is less than that used for airport screening, chest X-rays and other common scans. The Difference Between Intraoral and Extraoral X-rays ...
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Why use mouthwash

There are several reasons to make mouthwash part of your oral hygiene routine. Mouthwash can help get your teeth cleaner and whiter. Using a mouthwash or rinse can help prevent or reduce tartar, plaque, and gingivitis (early-stage gum disease). Some mouth rinses also contain ingredients to help whiten teeth. Mouthwash complements brushing and flossing. Mouthwashes and rinses can help remove any plaque that may still be left after brushing and flossing. They can also help rinse food particles out of the mouth. Mouthwash can help tame bad breath, which can have many different causes. Improper oral hygiene: Proper tooth and ...
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Preventative Dentistry

What Is Preventive Dentistry? Preventive dentistry is the practice of caring for your teeth to keep them healthy. This helps to avoid cavities, gum disease, enamel wear, and more. There are many forms of preventive dentistry, such as daily brushing and dental cleanings. To maintain optimal oral health, the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) recommends visits to the dentist at regular intervals determined by a dentist. These practices are designed to ensure that teeth are clean, strong, and white. Children should be taught proper oral hygiene at an early age. Brush Your Teeth Daily The most important part of preventive dentistry ...
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5 Reasons Why Flossing Is Extremely Important

Every time you visit the dentist for a checkup, there's one question you're almost certain to hear: "Have you been flossing regularly?" For a lot of patients, the answer isn't always yes. Many people make a point of brushing their teeth twice a day, as the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) recommends, but fewer people follow the recommendation to floss at least once a day. What many of these non-flossers don't realize is that this step plays an important role in dental health. Unlike a toothbrush, which cleans the tops and outer surfaces of the teeth and gums, floss is an ...
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Checklist for Next Dental Visit

Update Medications Your dentist will need a list of all medications you take, including prescription medications, herbal treatments and over-the-counter drugs. Even herbal and over-the-counter medications can influence your dental treatments. For instance, if you're routinely taking aspirin or using an herb that thins your blood, this could have a significant effect on bleeding potential if you have a procedure such as an extraction. Be sure to include all the drugs you take, including any illegal medications. Scheduling an Appointment for Diabetics Most importantly, it is critical for those with diabetes to routinely visit their dentist. Diabetics can have a ...
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