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Can Porcelain Veneers Stain?

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Many people get cosmetic porcelain veneers as a way to correct the appearance of their teeth. Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin and go over the top of your front teeth, creating a bright, white smile. One of the most common reasons people get porcelain veneers is to correct the appearance of stained or discoloured teeth. Cosmetic porcelain veneers are an effective and permanent way to dramatically improve the appearance of your smile and your overall self-confidence. Porcelain veneers are not porous in the way that teeth are and therefore won’t stain nearly as easily. They are also usually coated with a stain resistant resin that will, again, keep them brighter and whiter longer than normal teeth. Over time, however, even porcelain veneers can stain or become discoloured. This can happen if the resin wears away with age, leaving the veneers vulnerable to staining. It’s important to take great care of your…

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How To Wash A Night Mouthguard

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Night mouthguards, usually used to treat tooth grinding or overnight jaw clenching, are very common dental aids. In addition to mouth guards used for grinding or clenching, many people wear plastic retainers overnight. While useful for your overall health, night mouthguards and retainers can hold bacteria and can cause plaque buildup. It’s important that you take good care of your mouthguard and clean it daily in order to keep it in good condition and to protect yourself from potentially harmful bacteria. RINSE When you remove your night mouthguard in the morning, you should rinse it immediately in warm water. This will get any bits of plaque or other debris off right away. BRUSH After you rinse your mouthguard you should give it a light brush. Don’t use toothpaste, as this can scratch the plastic and wear down the mouthguard prematurely. Some people like to use a separate brush for their…

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Brush, Floss, And Rinse: Why Each Of The Big Three Are Important

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We’re taught from a young age the “Big Three” steps of oral hygiene: Brush, Floss, and Rinse. These are all essential steps to maintaining an excellent oral hygiene routine. Unfortunately, as many people grow into adulthood, one or more of these three steps can fall by the wayside. As you get older, it’s as important as ever to continue taking great care of your teeth in order to avoid cavities, gum disease, tooth decay, and other harmful things that may lead to a tooth extraction procedure. Brush Brushing your teeth helps remove plaque, which is a transparent layer of bacteria that covers your teeth and can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and infection. A good starting point is to make sure you’re using the right tools. A soft-bristled toothbrush is ideal to avoid irritating your gums. There are also many different kinds of toothpastes available. You may want to ask your…

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5 Reasons To Always Brush Your Tongue

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You may have your oral hygiene routine down pat—brushing at least twice daily, flossing daily, visiting the dentist for regular cleanings—but how often do you remember to brush your tongue? Brushing your tongue daily is an important part of good oral hygiene. You can buy a special device called a tongue scraper, which removes bacteria, fungi, food debris, and dead cells from the surface of your tongue. Here are some reasons to always brush your tongue! Fresher Breath Brushing your tongue removes bacteria, food debris, and fungi from the surface of your tongue, which are all things that can cause bad breath. Brushing the tongue can help give you much fresher breath and has long lasting effects. Dental Health A buildup of bacteria in the mouth leads to an accumulation of plaque. Plaque is responsible for all sorts of nasty dental problems, such as cavities, tooth decay, and even tooth…

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3 Ways Your Gum Health is Impacted

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Excellent oral health is a major part of overall health and happiness. Due to our modern diet, there are many things we consume and do that can be harmful to our gums and can lead to gingivitis and gum disease. Gum disease can become serious if left untreated. It can lead to long-term health complications like tooth loss. Oral care includes gum care, and it’s important that we take great care of our gums. Here are some factors that influence our gum health, for better or for worse: Diet A healthy diet low in sugar and starch is key to both oral health and overall health. Sugars cause more bacteria to build up in the mouth, which can lead to gingivitis and gum disease. In order to prevent bacteria build-up, it’s important to rinse your mouth with water or brush your teeth after consuming sugary, starchy, or acidic foods. Additionally,…

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