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Salvaggio Dentistry Blog

November 23, 2022

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The latter part of the year is a wonderful time of festivities! From Thanksgiving to Christmas, there is an abundance of celebrations with your loved ones. The holidays are a whirl of food, fun, and family. Unfortunately, your oral health can take a hit during this busy time. It is not uncommon for people to discover that they have gotten new cavities after the holidays. Here are some factors that can contribute to a decline in your oral health during the celebrations and what you can do to keep your smile healthy!

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Which is Best for Me: Veneers or Direct Bonding?

November 22, 2022

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Man holding a palette of veneers

Modern cosmetic dentistry can work miracles. If you have a problem with your teeth that’s been bothering you, an experienced dentist can fix it. The question is no longer whether you can address an issue, but how you want to. If you’re researching cosmetic procedures, you might be wondering about the difference between veneers and direct bonding. Both can produce impressive results, but each is better at treating certain dental problems. Here’s a short guide that can help you figure out which is best for you.

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Learn How To STOP Gum Disease

November 14, 2022

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What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease describes bleeding, red, or swollen gums. It begins with hard and soft deposits on the surfaces of the teeth. If left untreated, bacterial build-up called plaque collects at the gum line. This plaque buildup eventually hardens into tartar or calculus.

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When poor oral care is present, bacteria cause inflammation of the gums (gum disease / gingivitis). Over time, these bacteria can spread into the bone, resulting in a condition called periodontitis. Left treated, periodontal disease leads to the complete destruction of the tooth’s supporting tissues, abscesses and, ultimately, loss of the tooth.

Signs and Symptoms (Source: The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association)
● Red, swollen or tender gums
● Bleeding while brushing or flossing
● Gums that pull away from the teeth
● Persistent bad breath
● Loose or separating teeth
● A change in the way your teeth fit together

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What You Should Know About Pregnancy Gingivitis

October 21, 2022

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Most people have experienced tender, red, bleeding gums at some point in life, maybe even minor bleeding while brushing or flossing. This condition is called gingivitis or gum disease, and it’s one of the most common oral conditions experienced by people throughout the world. 

Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gum tissue surrounding the teeth. It may be localized or generalized. Multiple factors influence your susceptibility to gingivitis. One of those factors is the hormonal changes associated with pregnancy and nursing. Pregnancy gingivitis is due to an increased response from the body to bacteria sitting on the teeth and gums.

In particular, pregnancy gingivitis is caused by a rise in the hormone progesterone. There is an increased blood flow to the gums, causing bleeding, redness, puffiness and sensitivity. The changes to hormones also make it easier for certain bacteria to accumulate in the mouth, further causing gingivitis. Pregnancy gingivitis is most common during the second trimester but can occur anywhere from months 2-9 of pregnancy. 

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Should You Be Brushing Your Teeth Before Breakfast or After?

September 26, 2022

Filed under: Brampton Dentist — salvaggiodentistry @ 5:01 pm

person brushing teeth before eating breakfast

For many people, a tasty breakfast is the best way to start their day. From yogurt with fruit to smoothies to oatmeal, the options are nearly endless. Brushing your teeth is another important part of a successful morning routine. This will help prevent cavities and other oral health issues. But when should you clean your smile? Read in to learn if brushing your teeth before breakfast or after you finish is the best choice for your pearly whites.

 

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Follow These Habits for a Healthier Smile

September 12, 2022

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Many of us take pride and follow various health tips to care for our body, but how about our smile? Follow these tips for a healthier mouth and smile.

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Use an Electric Toothbrush – Studies have shown that electric toothbrushes work more efficiently and are easier to use than manual brushes. They are better at plaque removal and prevent gingivitis and gum disease. 

Clean Between Your Teeth – Brushing alone does not remove plaque from between the teeth. Be sure to use floss or interdental brushes to remove the plaque from tooth contacts. 

Get Regular Dental Check-Ups – See your dentist and dental hygienist regularly for routine assessments and cleanings. Your recommended interval may range from 3-9 months, depending on your individual needs. 

Use Fluoride Daily – Dental Fluoride is a common ingredient added to toothpaste and some mouthwash that helps fight against cavities. If you are particularly cavity prone, your dentist may recommend a professional, in-office fluoride treatment.

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What’s the Difference Between Dental Crowns and Fillings?

September 2, 2022

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person wondering about the difference between dental crowns and fillings

If you’ve ever had a decayed or damaged tooth that was treated by a dentist, you may have had a crown or a filling placed. Dental crowns and dental fillings are both treatments that are used to repair damaged teeth. though they may seem like very similar restorations on the surface, there are some important ways that they differ. Read on to learn about the difference between dental crowns and fillings.

 

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Will Nitrous Oxide Make Me Sleep? Here’s What to Expect

August 31, 2022

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While dental checkups and cleanings are essential for your oral health, it can be difficult to seek care if you feel anxious about your visit. If you also tend to have head, neck, or jaw pain or require lengthy dental treatment, then you might consider getting nitrous oxide sedation. With this therapy, you can feel calmer and more relaxed throughout your appointment. But will this solution also put you to sleep? Read on to learn what you should expect!

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4 Essential Dental Hygiene Tips For Seniors

August 22, 2022

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Preserving our pearly whites typically becomes increasingly important the older we get. If youmature man practicing dental hygiene tips in Brampton’re a senior, you may be more vulnerable to issues like root decay, dry mouth, and tooth loss. For this reason, you’ll want to practice certain preventive measures to protect your oral health. Read on to learn four dental hygiene tips to help you maintain your pearly whites during your golden years!

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What You Should Know About Cold Sores

August 2, 2022

You have probably heard of cold sores, if not experienced them occasionally yourself. A cold sore is a viral infection that appears as a small fluid-filled blister or group of blisters which lasts for a couple of weeks before going away. Once the blister opens, a scab is left that heals and usually doesn’t leave a scar.

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Cause of Cold Sores

This virus is called herpes simplex type 1 (HSV-1), and once a person is infected, the virus remains inside the body for life. This virus is contagious and can be passed from person to person. Typically, people will are infected at an early age with the cold sore virus. Once infected, cold sores may occasionally appear throughout life. Various reasons may cause a cold sore to appear in a person with the HSV-1 virus, including stress, fatigue, fever, hormonal changes, exposure to sunlight or wind and injury to the skin. 

Symptoms of Cold Sores 

A person may experience tingling or itching in the area a day or two before. Then, a small and painful lump appears on the lip or surrounding area. This lump will turn into a fluid-filled blister. Less commonly, these blisters can form around the nose or even inside the cheeks. There may be one or several blisters. The blisters will open after a week or two, leaving scabs in their place that eventually heal. Reoccurrence tends to happen in the same spot. Outbreak symptoms may be fever, sore gums and throat, swollen lymph nodes and muscle aches. (more…)

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