Dentist examining a patient teeth

As you probably already know, it is highly recommended that you make a trip to the dentist at least once every six months. Those regular visits can help ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy. Of course, if you are needing additional care, those visits will have to be more frequent than that.

During your dental visit, you'll go through a very thorough examination to determine any existing or potential dental issues. The dentist will examine not just the teeth, but also your tongue, gums, your bite, your face, and your jaw movements. The assessment should be enough to identify if there's gum disease, decayed tooth, loose or broken teeth, or damaged fillings. If you wear dental appliances, the dentist will inspect their condition during your checkup as well. Of course, the thorough exam conducted by your dentist is not only to check if there are dental issues but also to see if there are any signs of vitamin deficiencies, diabetes, or oral cancer.

After your checkup, your dentist will then recommend the best course of action If there is no problem to address, your teeth will be professionally cleaned and then you can go home and be back on your next scheduled visit. Professional cleaning is also important because brushing and flossing at home can only do so much, and there are hard to reach areas that only your dentist can reach.

These are all reasons enough for a patient to keep their appointments but surprisingly, many people fail to show up for their scheduled dental checkups. Some book appointments only to cancel them. But no matter how busy you are, you should keep your dental appointments. There are tests and procedures that have to be done to ensure that you maintain optimal dental health.

By keeping your dental appointment, any potential dental issues can be identified early enough so they won't progress to something worse. Keeping your dental appointment will save you a lot of money later on. Those checkups can help prevent dental problems that may require expensive cosmetic procedures. If you want to keep your teeth and gums in good health, make time - visit your dentist!

When was the last time you had a dental checkup? What's keeping you from visiting again? If you are looking for a dentist to provide you with the best dental care possible, reach out to us at Preston Dental. We'll gladly schedule an appointment for you!

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Did you know that at the top of the list of the most common childhood illnesses are pediatric dental diseases, including cavities and tooth decay? The consequences of ignoring these problems are worse than you probably think.

Kids do not really understand the importance of dental health and how it affects their overall wellbeing. That's why the responsibility of making sure their oral health is good falls into the hands of the parents. Remember that poor oral hygiene can have an impact not only on their health but also their self-esteem.

That is not all. If left untreated, tooth decay in children can lead to eating, speaking, and even learning problems. It can also result in a bacterial infection that is linked to diabetes, heart disease, and more.

A child who has dental health problems is at risk of developing oral health problems as an adult as well. If the tissue around a tooth gets infected, it can result in an abscess which has an effect on permanent teeth. This may also cause adult teeth to grow misaligned and be more susceptible to cavities. It can also result in gum disease.

See, dental health problems during early childhood can get amplified and can result in other issues like ear infections.

One important thing that you should remember, however, is that tooth decay can be prevented. Here are some things that you can do:

* Keep your infant's bottle nipple or pacifier clean. Bacteria love these things and they can cause problems inside your child's mouth.
* If your child is too young to brush, keep his or her mouth clean using a soft cloth to wipe the gums and teeth.
* Avoid serving your child with sugary snacks and beverages. Encourage him or her to eat veggies and drink water instead of juices and soda.
* Once your child is old enough, have him or her set dental goals. Be ready to give your little one small rewards when those goals are met.
* Make sure your child sees you brush and floss twice a day Kids are more likely to do things they see their parents do.
* Don't forget to bring your child to the dentist at least twice a year.

Kids never think about their dental health. As a parent, it is your duty to think and be worried about it. What you should do is teach your child from a very early age to have good dental habits - starting from the appearance of his or her first tooth and continuing until he or she is an adult as well. However, you don't have to be alone in this undertaking. Take your child for a dental consultation at Preston Dental and we'll be happy to be your partner in making sure your child has strong and healthy teeth.

Before dental veneers were invented, people with a damaged tooth surface had only two options - to have it filled or to leave it be.

That's how it was until around 1930 when a dentist from California by the name of Charles Pincus created the very first veneers. The main purpose of those veneers was to improve the smiles of Hollywood actors and actresses who had broken or decayed teeth. Yes, even in glamorous, old Hollywood, tooth decay was a problem! Many believe that the invention of veneers led to what we call now the "Hollywood Smile".

During the early 1930s, when veneers were still new, they did not bond well with teeth. Despite their limitations, they were still well-received in Hollywood because the actors and actresses who wore them only needed them to stay in place while they were shooting a film. It quickly became obvious that there was a broader use for the general public if only they had improved longevity.

As you may know, veneers are generally made of porcelain or composites, and a thin layer of the material is bonded to the tooth's surface to protect the tooth if it's damaged or to improve its appearance. Back when veneers were first developed, it was this bonding process that was not particularly effective.

Fast forward to 1982 when research revealed that porcelain veneers could be effectively etched using hydrofluoric acid. This allowed the permanent bonding of veneers. The fact that porcelain wears better than composite materials made it the top choice for veneers.

The continuous improvements in both material and design, as well as the bonding agents used, have made veneers a long lasting solution for those who want to improve their smiles. In fact, you can now expect veneers to last from 10 to 30 years. Of course, there are several factors that can affect their longevity. For instance, your veneers can become cracked, damaged, or discolored. Your gums may also recede, causing decay. These issues may require that your veneers be replaced over time. But with proper care, most veneers can produce a truly beautiful smile for a very long time.

Are you considering getting dental veneers? We'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. Contact Preston Dental Centre today!

"Do I need a mouthguard that is custom-fitted for me or will an over-the-counter mouthguard work just as well?" We encounter this question often from patients who are looking for a mouthguard to protect their teeth from bruxism or sports-related dental problems. The question is a valid one. Of course, the answer depends on various factors such as the patient's personal preferences for budget, comfort, and level of protection. To help you decide, we have here for you some of the similarities and differences between the two kinds of mouthguards. Over-the-Counter Mouthguard These are similar to the mouthguards that many athletes wear when they play sports, except over-the-counter mouthguards are designed to keep teeth safe from teeth-grinding at night. Over-the-counter mouthguards are made of plastic. While sports mouthguards are thicker and more brittle, over-the-counter mouthguards are thinner and are made of more pliable plastic so that they are suitable for more applications. Over-the-counter mouthguards are formed through a process that requires the mouthguard to be placed in boiling water for a specified amount of time until the plastic gets soft and pliable and can then be molded to the teeth. This process is called boil and bite. Using an over-the-counter mouthguard to protect your teeth is better than not protecting them at all. Make note that if you move your jaw a lot during sleep, the mouthguard will not function as intended. Custom-Fit Mouthguards These are mouthguards that are prescribed and created by a dentist. They are made from a thermoplastic material. To create this kind of mouthguard, a detailed mold of your mouth and teeth is taken. Since they are highly personalized, the thickness of the mouthguard can be adjusted to perfectly fit based on the amount that you clench and grind your teeth. Custom mouthguards can be created for nighttime grinding or for use while playing sports. Since custom mouthguards are made with such precision, they can provide the wearer with the highest level of comfort and safety. This is the main advantage of custom-fit mouthguards when comparing to over-the-counter mouthguards. Custom-fit mouthguards are highly durable and unlike the over-the-counter variety, they do not lose their shape. They will last years before they need to be replaced. At Preston Dental Centre, we produce custom-fit mouthguards. Your dentist can do an evaluation to see if you are eligible, and if so, you can be fitted with a mold to create a top-quality mouthguard of your own. Don't let teeth grinding ruin your smile. Call Preston Dental Centre to make an appointment with your dentist!

Are you always avoiding cold foods or hot beverages because of how sensitive your teeth are? If your answer is yes, it may be time to finally address this inconvenient and possibly painful condition.

Millions of people experience tooth sensitivity but not all of them know what's causing sensitive teeth. If you, too, want to know more about sensitive teeth and what could be causing it, read on as we discuss the causes and treatments for this problem.

Before we talk about the causes of tooth sensitivity, it's important that you first understand the origin of hypersensitivity in teeth. You see, the inside of your tooth is made up primarily of dentin - a material that has microscopic tubules containing tiny nerve endings. The enamel of your tooth (the hard outer layer) protects the dentin inside the crown of your tooth. A layer of cementum protects the dentin that is found in the root of your tooth. When dentin loses either the protection of the enamel or cementum, the nerve endings inside its tubules are exposed to cold, hot, and acidic foods and this causes nerve irritation or dentin hypersensitivity.

What Causes Sensitive Teeth?

The following dental issues can cause sensitive teeth:

* Tooth erosion caused by highly acidic food and drinks

* Tooth decay and/or a broken tooth which exposes the dentin

* Worn-out tooth enamel due to excessively aggressive brushing or hard-bristled toothbrush

* Gum recession that exposes the root surface

* Leaky dental fillings

* Tooth grinding

* Sensitivity experienced after a dental treatment (this is only temporary and is common with procedures like tooth bleaching, crowns, and fillings, among others)

What Should You Do if You Suffer from Sensitive Teeth?

The first thing to do would be to talk about it with your dentist who can help you find relief. Be detailed when you describe your symptoms. It will also be helpful if you inform your dentist when you noticed the pain, as well as the things you do that help make it better like swishing warm water or applying a warm compress.

Once your dentist has determined the reason for your sensitive teeth, treatment can commence. It can be something as simple as replacing a worn filling or fixing a cavity. But if the discomfort mainly comes from exposed root surfaces due to gum recession, a gum graft may be suggested by your dentist.

What You Can Do to Manage the Sensitivity

Even if there is no obvious cause for your sensitive teeth, there are still various treatments that can help manage the problem. For one, your dentist can apply fluoride gel to reduce painful sensations and strengthen the enamel. You can also try a desensitizing toothpaste that can help block the nerve endings in the dentin that is exposed.

Why suffer from sensitive teeth when a short trip to your dentist is all it takes? Make an appointment with your dentist at Preston Dental Centre today and you might be able to finally enjoy the food and drinks that you have been missing for so long!