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How can I stop my child from sucking his/her thumb?

Thumb or finger sucking is very common and in early years it is not a major cause for concern. If this habit continues or is severe, it can cause changes in the position of the teeth and the shape of...
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What toothbrush and toothpaste should I use?

With the variety of toothpastes and toothbrushes that are available, choosing one can be overwhelming for some people. There are toothpastes for sensitive teeth, whitening toothpastes, ‘enamel strengthening’ toothpastes and the list goes on. There are soft/medium/hard bristled toothbrushes, angled,...
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What is a night guard, and why should I wear one?

A night guard or an occlusal splint is an acrylic oral appliance prescribed by your dentist to be worn for a specific reason(s). There are many types of guards that exist with each type serving a specific purpose. It is...
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Why should I have my child’s baby teeth filled when they will fall out eventually?

It is true that baby teeth will fall out, yet there are very good reasons to have them filled when caries (cavities) are present. Any tooth which has a cavity that is not properly fixed can eventually cause a tooth...
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When should a child see a dentist for the first time?

As parents tending to many of our children's needs, dental check-ups often end up at the bottom of the list. In fact most children do not see a dentist for the first time until they are well over a year...
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What is pregnancy gingivitis?

Besides the very obvious physical exterior changes a woman goes through during pregnancy, there are other more subtle changes that occur in the mouth. Many pregnant women ask “why do my gums bleed all of a sudden when I brush...
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Should I change my silver (amalgam) fillings to white (composite) fillings?

This is a very popular question in dentistry today; one which does not have a simple answer. Silver fillings are composed of a variety of metals including: mercury, silver, tin, and copper. Composite fillings are made of a combination of...
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What role does fluoride serve in oral health? Do we really need it?

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in our environment. We are exposed to it on a daily basis from the foods we eat, the water we drink, and the ground we walk on. Unfortunately for most people, these extremely low levels are not sufficient...
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Why do I have bad breath?

Having bad breath or ‘halitosis’ can be an embarrassing and frustrating issue to deal with. We all at some point in time have experienced our own bad breath, or someone else’s. Sometimes no matter how much we brush, floss or...
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My dentist has recommended that I get a crown on my tooth after I had a root canal. Why is this needed?

There are many circumstances in which it may be recommended that a tooth receive root canal therapy (commonly called a “root canal”).  Some common reasons are trauma, very deep cavities or infections of the tooth or surrounding bone. Once a...
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My dentist has found that I have a dead tooth and need a root canal. What exactly is a root canal and why is it necessary?

Most people have heard of the term “root canal” but there are a lot of misconceptions about what this procedure actually entails. A person’s tooth has many layers with the innermost being the pulp - commonly referred to as the...
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