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The Dry Socket Experience

Dry socket – although it doesn’t happen often, it is a very uncomfortable experience. This painful condition can happen post dental extraction. This experience occurs when a clot is forming inside of a tooth socket and breaks down or is washed away. This leaves a dry exposed bone known as “dry socket”. By reviewing specific
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Is Sugar to Blame?

Why do some people get cavities over others? There can be many reasons, but three large factors are genetics, oral hygiene and sugar consumption. Many people are unaware how much sugar they are really consuming. Sugar can come in many forms, from refined sugar in candy or soda pop to natural sugars found in fruits.
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Floss For You?

Many questions have come to my attention regarding the effectiveness of flossing. There was a report issued from the Associated press in August 2016, which discussed and stated that there is no direct evidence proving the relationship. My response to my patients is to floss at your own will. However, I do have some helpful
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Solving Your Snore!

Snoring is a very common problem that can happen at any age, which affects approximately 30-50% of Americans. Many people do not think of going to the dentist as their first solution. However, there are devices that your dentist can provide to help you stop snoring. These devices work by adjusting your lower jaw and
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Not so Mellow-Yellow

With age, comes change and this includes your teeth as well! Unfortunately with age our teeth start to yellow. The enamel begins to thin and another layer, the more yellow part of the tooth is exposed. In addition, what we eat and drink over the years can leave stains behind and contribute to the discolouration.
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Sensitive Feelings

Many people experience tooth sensitivity every once in a while. These experiences can be due to temperature, sweetness, biting, chewing or a combination thereof. Although there are no strict rules when it comes to tooth sensitivity, there are a few ideas that you can indicate what is happening. Sensitivity to sweetness makes you automatically think
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Sensitive Toothpaste Can Help!

If you have ever cringed at the thought of eating ice-cream or any other cold foods, because your teeth hurt – you are probably suffering from sensitive teeth. The causes of sensitive teeth can vary, there are some toothpaste solutions that can help.  Toothpastes that are made for sensitive teeth contain two important ingredients that
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The Full Picture: Oral X-rays

During your first hygiene appointment at the dentist it is recommended to take x-rays. However, patients are always concerned about themselves and their child(ren) being exposed to radiation. It is important to note that 15 minutes of sun exposure is more harmful to you and your child(ren) than taking digital x-rays. X-rays are imperative to
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The Importance of Dental Impressions

Taking dental impressions can be done in a few different forms. Sometimes they can be messy from using a plaster material or sometimes they can be taken digitally for patients. Regardless of the method that is used, impressions are taken to get a better understanding of the structure of your teeth and jaws. Have you
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Dental Cleaning Expectations!

At Exploits Valley, we understand the importance of your dental health. We strive to make sure each visit is comfortable and ensure that you are well informed! When you are booking your appointment, be sure to let us know any concerns you may have.  Here’s a few things to know about what will happen during
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Any Wiser?

Why do dentists extract wisdom teeth? Wisdom teeth are actually a third set of molars. Many people wonder why our bodies produce these teeth, if we just end up removing them. One theory is that a long time ago, people used to lose their teeth earlier due to poor oral hygiene. When their wisdom teeth
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Toothache Relief!

Many toothache troubles are caused by sensitivity. This is from the nerve (pulp of the tooth) due to decay, injury or infection of the tooth. Gum disease, tooth fractures or even sinus infections can all cause pain too. It’s best to speak with a dental professional to help combat the pain. However here are a
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Braces: Advancement in Technology for Teens!

Gone are the days of “metal mouth”! Having braces used to mean teasing, discomfort and food getting stuck in them too. Now parents can relax! Thanks the advances in technology, braces have become lighter and more comfortable to wear. The new advancements also allow them to work faster – so your child doesn’t have to
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Sugar Limits

Everywhere we go, there seems to be the temptation of cookies, cakes, candy or soda! The effects of sugar may not be immediately noticeable, but can lead to trouble if you don’t limit it. Problems such as cavities and tooth decay are much easier to control when you are proactive. Here are some ways sugar
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Do I Have to Replace My Toothbrush Every Time I’m Sick?

The question everyone is asking, “Do I have to get rid of my toothbrush after I had the flu?” The answer is, sometimes! Thanks to your immune system your body knows how to fight off the illness and will prevent attracting that exact same illness again. Bacterias are almost always present on your toothbrush. It
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Natural Remedies: Teething Babies!

Teething is a necessary step to the growth of healthy teeth and gums. Many parents have justifiable concerns about the use of teething gels; although rare, their side effects may be very serious. Now, many of the parents reading this are asking themselves the same question: How do we ensure the brightest baby-smiles for our
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Celiac Care

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder where one is not able to digest gluten. This is protein found in grains such as wheat. Celiacs maintain a gluten free diet in order to prevent damage to their small intestine. Otherwise, it is difficult for their body to absorb the essential nutrients it needs. Although the digestive
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What to Expect When Expecting?

Dental care is important from day one! Although babies don’t begin teething until they are six months old, there are many things you can do to ensure your baby has healthy oral hygiene. Here are a few things you can expect when dealing with your baby’s dental health: Early trips to the dentist! Visiting your
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How to Control Bad Breath

The best way to learn about what’s causing your bad breath is to visit your dental professional. At Exploits Valley Dental Office, we will take the time to analyze your medical and dental history, along with an oral exam to identify the culprit. There are a number of causes for bad breath which can include
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Sweet Tooth Problems

We all know from years of education, that eating candy or drinking sugar filled drinks can lead to cavities or tooth decay. If you have a sweet tooth addiction, it can be difficult to manage cavity prevention. However, there are ways to indulge in your sweet tooth and take care of your teeth.    Make
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Why Whiten?

You may have always wanted a beautiful white smile. Have you thought about whitening your teeth? Maybe they have yellowed over time or have been stained from drinking coffee or teas. Whatever the case may be, teeth whitening can be a great solution for you!    Tooth surface stains are often caused by a few
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Missing Teeth?

You may not realize just how common missing teeth can be! From an accident to tooth decay, there are many reasons for missing teeth. Replacement teeth can help fill the gap both cosmetically and functionally. They can also improve speech and chewing functions. Some tooth replacement options include dental implants, bridges or dentures. An implant
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What are Cavities?

You know to watch out for them and to eat less candy to avoid them, but do you know what a cavity is? Cavities are essentially tooth decay. This is when specific bacteria produces acid that destroys the tooth’s enamel. This happens as a result of our lifestyle choices – what we eat, how we
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Time for a Fill?

Have you heard of dental fillings? Do you know their purpose? A filling can help to restore a tooth back to it’s normal function and shape. You may need one if your tooth is infected by tooth decay. It can also help to prevent further decay by closing off areas where bacteria can enter. There
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Grinding Your Problems?

People who grind or clench their teeth at night, suffer from a condition called bruxism. The condition can happen at different stages of your life. However, the severity of the problem can depend on the individual. Symptoms of the problem include facial pain or fatigue, especially in the jaw region due to the clenching of
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The Effects of Alcohol on Your Teeth

Consuming a moderate amount of alcohol can be considered healthy. For example, we’ve heard of articles discussing red wine to have cardiovascular benefits. Although for the most part, it is not considered to be the healthiest choice. Do you know the effects it has on your body? What about the effects on your teeth?    Alcohol
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Teen Tooth Tips!

What you do in your teenage years can affect your health into your adult life. This includes your oral health too! Teenagers are engaged in a lot of activities from school to jobs, sports and social activities. This can make keeping up with good oral health habits difficult. Don’t forget to add in the cravings
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Halloween Candy Time?

Have your kids been digging into their Halloween candy treats? We know it may be hard to stop them entirely – but you can remind them of a few helpful tips. Many people believe that the more candy you eat, the more cavities you will get. Although we don’t advise overindulging, the more important thing
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The Best On The Go Remedy For Wisdom Toothaches

When your wisdom teeth start to come through, the pain can be almost unbearable. Medications and numbing gels can be useful for wisdom tooth pain, but some experience adverse effects with the use of drugs, and tooth gels can be inconvenient for day-to-day use. An excellent dental professional can certainly help with the pain by
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What is Dental Bonding?

This is the treatment used when a decayed, chipped, fractured or discoloured tooth needs to be repaired. A “tooth coloured” composite resin (made of plastic) is used to cover the tooth. Bonding benefits include: Time: just one visit to the dentist is all you need Cost: relatively one of the least expensive cosmetic dental procedures
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A Merry + Bright Smile!

Want to look your best for the holiday season? A brighter and whiter smile can do just the trick. Whether it’s for a family dinner or to ring in the New Year, there are countless gatherings where you’ll want to make a good impression. Before you reach for the white strips from the drug store,
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Care towards Teeth Sensitivity

“Sensitive Teeth” are buzzwords that we hear from patients from time to time. It is very likely that at some point in our daily lives, we will experience some degree of tooth sensitivity. The standard examples we encounter include pain experienced from a sip of coffee or from that bowl of ice cream you’ve been craving
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Preventing Tooth Loss with Pulp Therapy

Pulp is the small tissue, nerves and blood vessels filling the inner cavity and root canals of a tooth. The function of the pulp is to let supply with oxygen and nutrients children teeth; it’s entirely necessary! “Pulp” is found in the middle of each tooth. It consists of tissue, nerves and blood vessels that work
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Dental Injuries and Prevention with Mouthguards

When a child begins to participate in recreational activities and organized sports, injuries can occur. A properly fitted mouth guard is an essential piece of athletic gear that can help protect your child’s smile. A mouth guard is a soft plastic device used in many sports to prevent oral injuries to the teeth, mouth, cheeks,
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What Happens After Braces Treatment?

You’re finally graduated from your orthodontic treatment. But wait, there’s an additional class! Yes, you’ve read this correctly. After orthodontic treatment comes retainer management. Everyone who completes treatment is required to wear retainers for 12 months or more. Braces fix misaligned teeth and place teeth, ligaments and other surrounding structures into their most possible correct
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Dental Implants: Important Benefits

Do you have a missing tooth? If you do, a dental implant is one of the best treatment options you can try during your next dental check-up. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root. It is surgically placed into the jawbone underneath your gums, which supports a bridge, denture or crown. Typically, it acts
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Root Canal Therapy

Have you ever had questions about root canal therapy? Perhaps we can help you understand exactly what happens and why this treatment is sometimes necessary. When the pulp of a tooth becomes inflamed or infected, it can be very uncomfortable. A root canal treatment allows you to keep your natural tooth by removing the affected
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​Gum Disease: Three Stages

While it is essential to know the general symptoms of gum disease or periodontal disease, learning the three stages of this condition allows you to understand the available treatment options. Gum disease is the inflammation of the gums that, if left untreated, can affect the bone that supports your teeth. Here, at Exploits Valley Dental Office, we help our patients understand their diagnosis
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What You Need to Know: Smoking + Oral Health

Smoking has a large impact on your dental health. Whether first-hand smoke or second-hand smoke, both are bad news for the oral cavity. One of the worst diseases that smoking can trigger is oral cancer. When you smoke, you are at a higher risk of developing oral cancer. If you don’t want to suffer this disease,
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Taking Care of Your Child’s Teeth

Taking Care of Your Child’s Teeth: Developing good oral hygiene at a young age is key to having healthy teeth as an adult. As a parent, you can help this process by starting to care for your child’s teeth from the early infant months. Taking time to guide your child helps to ensure they are
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A Beautiful Smile with Veneers

Are you embarrassed to talk or smile because of your teeth? Do you have a damaged, stained, or chipped tooth? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then it’s time to make an appointment with your dentist and discuss your options. One efficient solution is Veneers.  A veneer is a thin, custom-made, sheet
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The Effects of Sugar-Free Chewing Gum on Dental Health

The type of gum you chew makes a significant difference to your dental health. Chewing sweetened gum can increase your risk of developing dental problems like tooth decay and cavities, while sugar-free chewing gum may offer a better alternative for your oral health. According to research, sugar-free chewing gum may provide certain benefits and here’s why.
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When Should A Child First See A Dentist?

In general, children have all their teeth by the time they turn two or three years old. As parents, do you need to wait until all your children’s primary teeth erupt before going to the dentist? According to the Canadian Dental Association, children should have their first dental assessment within six months to one year
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Periodontal Disease – Are you at risk?

At Exploits Valley Dental Office, we offer periodontal services to patients diagnosed with gum disease. Many patients do not understand periodontal disease nor the risks of this condition. Redness, swelling or bleeding of the gum tissue is a sign that you may be at risk. There are many different stages of gum disease from gingivitis (mild) to
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Gum Contouring Procedure

Gums play a vital part in the appearance of your smile. Sometimes, even if you have perfectly straight teeth, but you have too much or too little gum, your smile and overall appearance are greatly affected. If you want to improve how you look and smile, then you may ask your dentist about a cosmetic
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What is a ‘Snap-On Smile’?

Some dental work helps improve the appearance of a person’s teeth and smile. Here at Exploits Valley Dental Office, we offer cosmetic dental choices that can help your smile to look stunning, leaving you feel confident! On this particular post, we will be talking about Snap-On Smile. Snap-On Smile is a revolutionized and affordable cosmetic procedure. This procedure is a life-changing cosmetic solution
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