Dental News

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

When Should You Touch Up Your Whitening?

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If you whitened your teeth earlier this year, you want your smile to stay bright through the months (and holidays) to come. Knowing what to do to maintain your white smile can help you keep teeth looking brighter for well into the future. Touch ups usually only consist of wearing your whitening tray an hour a day for a few days in a row (not the two weeks like the first time you whitened.) Here are some important times our Wyndham dentists recommend touching up your teeth.   After Every Checkup  During your scale and clean, we’ll polish away any … Continue reading

Common Causes of TMJ Disorder

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TMJ disorder (TMD) typically presents itself as chronic headaches, popping and clicking noises, limited range of motion, or difficulty eating. Since you rely on your TMJ (jaw joint) thousands of times per day, it’s important that it can function properly. But what you may not have realized is other conditions contributing to TMD, rather than the joint “flaring up” on its own. Here are some of the most common TMJ pain causes you should know about.   Crooked Teeth Misaligned teeth and jaws mean that your TMJ has to change the way it moves when it’s time for you to … Continue reading

Should I Get an Oral Sleep Appliance?

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If you snore or have sleep apnoea, an oral appliance might be a smart investment. Unlike CPAP machines that force air into your lungs, an oral sleep appliance naturally opens your airway so that you can breathe easier. Our Wyndham dentists can work with your physician or pulmonologist to determine if a mouthpiece could help you sleep more soundly!   How Oral Sleep Appliances Work An oral sleep appliance is similar to a mouthguard that fits over your upper and lower teeth. The difference is that it guides your lower jaw forward, so that soft tissues at the back of … 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

Combining Cosmetic Treatments

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When it comes to getting the perfect smile makeover, there’s more to it than just achieving teeth that look straighter and whiter. We also work closely with our Wyndham patients to find the right solutions that fit their budget and ideal timelines. Sometimes, it means finding the fastest option available for a last-minute important event. At other times, it involves an affordably savvy procedure until a more complex solution can take place later on. Ultimately, a smile makeover almost always involves more than one type of treatment. In most cases, our Wyndham dentists combine various aesthetic strategies on a tooth-by-tooth … 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

How Gum Disease Affects Your Health

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If you didn’t already know it, gum disease — also called periodontitis or periodontal disease — is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. But it’s not just your smile that’s at risk. Having active gum disease can lead to a host of other health complications if left untreated.   Here are just a few: Diabetes — Gum disease makes it difficult, if not impossible, to manage glucose levels in people with diabetes. Researchers have suggested that the cyclic condition of glucose and gum disease constantly worsening the other is best treated through improved dental care.   Cardiovascular Disease, … Continue reading