Dental News

At What Point Do I Need a Filling?

You think you might have a cavity. But you’ve been holding off seeing our Wyndham dentists until you’re sure that there’s something going on. Right now, your tooth doesn’t really hurt. You only feel a small twinge every now and then. But how can you know — for certain — that you need to go ahead and get a filling?   Cavities Don’t Always Hurt Did you know it was possible to have a large cavity without any symptoms of pain? Some cavities hurt while others do not. Other signs you can look for include rough edges, sensitivity to sweets, … Continue reading

Tooth Decay in Children

Primary (baby) teeth are typically brighter and whiter than their future permanent adult replacements. But did you know that the enamel in baby teeth isn’t as strong and resistant to tooth decay?   When a primary tooth develops a cavity, the lesion can spread very quickly. Not only will it go deeper into the tooth all the way to the nerve (causing an abscess), it can also spread to adjacent teeth or into the permanent tooth below.   As a parent, you may be asking our Wyndham dentists if it’s better to pull the baby tooth or have it filled. … Continue reading

When to Wear a Mouthguard

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When it comes to protecting your smile, there are a variety of different mouthguards available on the market. The design, size, and shape of each one depends on what the guard is meant for. Not all are created equally.   At Wyndham Dental, we might recommend one of the following mouthguards based on your unique smile and lifestyle:   Snore Guard — People with sleeping disorders, obstructive sleep apnea, or snoring can get a special mouthguard made that improves their breathing. You may see improvement within the first night! These mouthguards move your jaw in a slightly forward position.   … Continue reading

Easy Ways to Lower Your Cavity Risk

drinking water to reduce cavities

Do you seem to get a new cavity every year or so? Do you refer to yourself as someone with “bad teeth” (or just bad luck?) Fortunately, tooth decay is a preventable infection and there are easy steps you can take to prevent it from recurring or spreading between your dental checkups. In addition to scheduling regular checkups and cleanings with our Wyndham dentists, here are some effective tips to try on your own:   Drink More Water Water is a natural cleanser. When you sip on it throughout the day, it helps lift away bacteria and food debris. Since … Continue reading

Side-Effects of Crooked Teeth

woman with crooked teeth using invisalign

A misaligned smile isn’t just an aesthetic concern. While most of us think having straight teeth means wearing the perfect accessory, it goes much deeper than just looking your best when you’re smiling for a photo. There are functional and health side-effects that we often see in our Wyndham patients with crooked teeth.   Fractured Dental Work Your restorative crowns and fillings are durable enough to withstand everyday wear. But irregular biting patterns put heavier amounts of pressure on specific points in your mouth. When that happens, your dental work can fracture when you least expect it.   TMJ Disorder … Continue reading

Common Causes of Tooth Stain

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If you’re considering whitening your teeth or wondering why your smile looks darker than it used to, understanding the causes of tooth stain is a great place to start. When you know what makes enamel darken, you can take proactive steps to help your teeth look their best.   Your Diet Since teeth are porous, they naturally soak up the stain particles of foods and drinks we consume. Things like red wine, coffee, and tea are prime culprits for cumulative dental stain.    Environmental Factors Growing up in certain areas or having particular lifestyle habits can make your teeth appear … Continue reading

Invisalign vs. Braces: The Best Choice for Adults

woman with invisalign and braces

A straight smile isn’t just a beautiful accessory that can help you feel more confident. It’s also crucial to ensuring that you have the healthiest teeth, gums, and TMJ for years to come. That’s why so many adults choose to invest in orthodontic treatment later on in life. If you’re at the point of deciding which type of braces are right for you, you’ve probably asked yourself, “Should I get braces or Invisalign?” The answer, almost always, is “it depends.” Here are some different reasons why you may need to choose one over the other.   Conventional Braces Traditional orthodontics … Continue reading

Five Reasons to Invest in a Straighter Smile

woman with clear braces

If you think getting braces as an adult is something that’s more of an “elective” procedure, think again. At Wyndham Dental, our patients choose to straighten their smiles for a variety of reasons, some of which you may have never considered.   To Manage TMJ Disorder Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (“TMJ” or “TMD”) is a painful condition that causes headaches, limited range of motion, and jaw pain. Sometimes, it’s exacerbated by a misalignment between the upper and lower teeth. If your TMJ has to make atypical movements to chew properly, it can lead to overall fatigue. Braces may help that.   … Continue reading

Caring for Your New Crown

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Now that your new “cap” is in place over your tooth, you want to make sure that your investment lasts as long as possible. As with any other type of dental restoration, your crown will need regular maintenance and care to ensure that it stays in place for several years.   Here are several important tips to help you get started:   Floss Around Your Crown Daily Your crown is designed to tightly hug itself around the tooth that’s underneath. The margins (edges) of your cap will need to be cleaned thoroughly each day. Otherwise bacteria will want to cling … Continue reading

Top Causes of Cavities

cavities from soda drinks

Do you or certain members of your family tend to get cavities more often than other people? Even if you’re not eating sweets or lollies regularly, there could be reasons why tooth decay is popping up more frequently than you feel it should.   Sodas and Sports Drinks From the diet soda you sip in the afternoon to the popular sports drink you hydrate with at the gym each day, these liquids are loaded with natural sugars and acids. As liquids, they can reach all areas of your teeth, causing the enamel to weaken more quickly than most people think. … Continue reading