Planning and Preparing for Dental Procedures: Your Questions Answered

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Planning and Preparing for Dental Procedures: Your Questions Answered

Making decisions about your smile can be confusing. Should you have a tooth pulled or get a root canal? Should you get adult braces or stick with a retainer? Should you use at-home whitening remedies or have your teeth professionally whitened? If questions like these are keeping you up at night, you've come to the right place. I used to stress out over routine dental procedures, and as a result, I did loads of research on everything dental-related. To help others, I'm using this blog as a place to collect, review and share what I've learned through the years. I hope you can use the information here to help you plan and prepare for your next dental appointment.

Tips for Finding a Dentist You’ll Wish You Knew About Sooner

Whether you're moving to a new city or your dentist has retired, trying to find a new one doesn't have to feel stressful. From factoring in the logistics of registering with a new dentist to checking out insurance benefits, there are lots of ways to find the perfect dental practitioner for you.  Make sure your new dentist is easy to access If you live in a busy urban area, it might seem as though registering with a dentist five miles away is a good idea. Read More 

What Your Dentist Wants You to Know Before You Try Teeth Whitening

Are you feeling less than happy with the colour of your teeth? As an exceedingly popular procedure in Australia, teeth whitening allows you to remove stains that build over time. Before you try it, though, there are a few things your dentist might want you to know. Staining beneath the surface of your teeth can affect the outcomes Before you proceed with teeth whitening, it's worth knowing more about 'calculus.' Also known as tartar, calculus affects the colour of your teeth. Read More 

Why See an Orthodontist at Your Age?

Many people have their teeth straightened during their teen years, as soon as their mouth and jaw are fully formed. This is obviously not a hard-and-fast rule, which is why adults might also consider seeing an orthodontist, to address their crooked or misaligned teeth. While only you can make the decision about whether or not visiting an orthodontist is the right choice for you, note a few reasons why it can be good to at least consult with an orthodontist, no matter your age! Read More 

Dealing With Your Dental Emergency: The Do’s and the Don’ts

When you've got a dental emergency, you're probably feeling stressed -- or possibly outright panicked. This is quite normal, but stress and panic are the enemies of dental emergencies. The most important thing that you can do is to keep a clear head, take some deep breaths, and remember the following do's and don'ts of a dental emergency.  Do: Collect Your Tooth if It Was Knocked Loose If your tooth was knocked loose, collect it straight away. Read More 

Is Exercise Bad for Your Teeth?

Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, as it helps to improve fitness, burn calories, and strengthen muscles and bones. However, a study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports showed that athletes have a higher risk than non-exercisers of developing dental cavities. Here are some factors that could contribute to this worrying trend. Exercises Dries the Mouth During the study into endurance training on dental erosion, researchers found that athletes' saliva flow rates decreased during exercise. Read More