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Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth

The dreaded wisdom teeth! We all have heard the horror stories, but do not ignore them. There has been many back and forth discussions about the removal of wisdom teeth and whether it is necessary to remove them. In some cases it is absolutely necessary. These are some of the main reason we recommend to remove them;    If the tooth is not erupting normally. (impacted/slanted) this can create a lot of problems in the future you can even develop cysts & in some rare occasions a tumor. Any sign of caries (cavities) this happens because they are so far in back which makes it almost impossible to keep them plaque free and if left that way it can start damaging the adjacent tooth. Sign of inflammation around the gum area. This can lead to major gum problems such as Periodontitis (gum disease) Constant pain and discomfort If you are unable to close your mouth, bite/chew your food comfortably.   Speak to your dentist or an oral surgeon about the position and health of your wisdom teeth before you start experiencing any of the symptoms listed above. They will help you in determining the best...

Causes and Cure for Sensitive Teeth

Tooth Sensitivity has become a common issue among the population. Here are some of the causes of tooth sensitivity and what you can do to help treat this issue.   Brushing Technique Always remember brush gently in a circular motion. The tips of the bristles is what removes all the plaque there is no need to press down and add excess force. Always make sure to use a soft-bristled brush. A medium or hard bristled brush is too abrasive on the enamel of the teeth & gum tissue. Acidic Foods  The acid in certain foods and drinks breakdown and weaken your enamel which later leads to sensitivity. Avoid eating foods with lime/lemon, tomato sauce, grapefruits, kiwis, etc. If you also suffer from gum recession these types of foods will only increase your tooth sensitivity. Grinding teeth Many of us grind our teeth at night and don’t even realize it. When we grind our teeth over long periods of time we end up wearing down our enamel and exposing the second layer of the tooth known as Dentin (middle layer of the tooth that leads to your nerves) which is highly more sensitive. Using a custom made night guard can help reduce the wear tear and prevent your teeth from becoming sensitive. Gum Disease Gum disease eats away at the bone structure around your teeth which leads to gum recession.  This is caused by excessive plaque, tartar, and bacteria. Exposure of the roots can cause severe sensitivity to hot & cold. Decayed Teeth    Old fillings weaken and can break or leak overtime. Leakage allows bacteria to accumulate and acid to build up...