Dental News

Flossing: How to do it Right

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Many people don’t know how to floss properly.  The dental therapists and hygienists at Wyndham Dental can show you some tips that will help you improve your technique.   When to Floss: Flossing should be a part of your daily routine.  Preferably you would floss after each meal, but we know this is not always realistic.  Your goal should be to at least floss once per day.  A great time to do this is at night, before bed, and after you’ve brushed your teeth.   Tips to Help with Better Flossing:  There is more to flossing than just sliding a … Continue reading

How to Plan a Smile Makeover

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Are you interested in taking steps to improve the appearance of your smile? Are you overwhelmed by the cosmetic treatment options available to choose from? When choosing which way to go, it is important that you have a good relationship with your dentist and that their team is willing to work with you, to help meet your goals. At Wyndham Dental, we’ve been providing customized smile makeovers for more than 30 years, so we know a thing or two about them and take great pride in our services! When you come to our office for your aesthetic consultation, we will … Continue reading

What to do During a Dental Emergency

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Sometimes a toothache can hit us at the worst possible time.  What should you do if it is the weekend and there is not a single dentist office open? Dental pain is usually due to inflammation, so over the counter anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen may be helpful in decreasing the pain. Warm salty water rinses can sometimes help soothe the area.  This can be done three times daily. Over the counter topical numbing medications usually contain benzocaine which can temporarily subside the pain.  However, overuse of this medication can further irritate the area, so use it only in moderation. If you … Continue reading

Do I Really Need a Crown?

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A crown is a cap or a cover, made from a variety of very strong materials.  It goes over a tooth to protect it. These are custom fit and shaded to match the colour of your other natural teeth. Metal crowns also exist, the most popular being gold or stainless steel. Our Wyndham dentist will determine which type of material is best to use in your case. If you have a preference on the appearance of your crown (tooth colored or metal), be sure you express this us during your exam, and we will work with you to ensure you … Continue reading

Am I a Candidate for Clear Orthodontics?

Smiling Woman with silicone trainer. Invisible braces

A lot of Invisalign consultations start out with questions like: “Am I too old for Invisalign?” and “Can I get Invisalign but only use it to straighten my front teeth?” The truth is, to find out if Invisalign is right for you (or you’re right for clear aligners,) you need to start with a consultation with a preferred Invisalign provider that has experience treating other patients like you.   Advantages of Wearing Invisalign Braces Adults make great Invisalign patients, because they’re committed to treatment and energetic about the results. But some of the benefits of choosing removable braces include things … Continue reading

Types of Toothaches and How to Treat Them

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Not all toothaches are created equal. Some may be less harmful, while others require immediate attention of our Wyndham emergency dentist. Here are some of the most common types of dental pain that we see in our practice and what you should do for each.   Sharp Pain — Not all cavities hurt, but if you’re experiencing sudden pain out of the blue or when you’re eating, it could be due to tooth decay. See our Wyndham dentist early, before the cavity has a chance to spread and become more problematic (especially if there’s an abscess.)   Pain When You … Continue reading

Fillings vs. Crowns — Which is Right for You?

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You haven’t had a cavity in years, but suddenly you’ve found that one of your teeth feels rough, sensitive, and is tending to get food stuck in it at each meal. When you schedule your exam at Wyndham Dental, you might be wondering which option is better: asking for a filling or going ahead and getting a crown.    Fillings go in Teeth, Crowns go on Them  Fillings literally fill in open cavities inside of your tooth. But first, all of those compromised areas need to be removed and only healthy tooth structure left behind. If the “hole” is small … Continue reading

Flossing FAQs

Man Flossing his teeth

What is it about flossing that makes it so confusing and frustrating? If you’ve been wondering if you’re hurting yourself more than helping your smile, here are some of the most common FAQs asked at Wyndham Dental:   Why does flossing make my gums bleed? The most common complaint people have about flossing is that it makes their gums bleed or hurt. This usually means that there is a case of gingivitis or gum disease going on. It can take up to two weeks of daily flossing for your gums to stop bleeding. Healthy gums don’t bleed, so if symptoms … Continue reading

Advantages of Getting Dental Implants

Unlike other modern types of tooth replacements, dental implants are the only ones that are structurally designed in a way that mimics natural teeth. From the artificial “root” to the crown anchored on top of it, these bio-compatible restorations are one of — if not the — best way to rehabilitate your smile when addressing missing teeth.   Here are a few reasons why our Wyndham dentists frequently recommend implants to our patients:   Implants are Non-invasive to Other Teeth An implant is a stand-alone new “tooth” that sets between healthy teeth without affecting their structure or integrity. When options … Continue reading

Top Invisalign FAQ

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At Wyndham Dental, our new Invisalign patients are typically very excited and curious about what life is going to be like with their clear braces. We’ve compiled some of the most common FAQs for you to read through before your consultation!   How long do I need to wear Invisalign each day? At least 20 hours per day, minimum. This gives you enough time to remove Invisalign when you eat, brush your teeth, or need to take them out for social situations.   How often do I change out my orthodontic trays? Every two weeks. Don’t change them out any … Continue reading