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The Relationship Between A Healthy Heart And A Healthy Mouth

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Our heart health is something we should always be thinking about with heart disease being the number one killer of men and women in North America. There are lots of things we can do to promote heart health and prevent heart disease, starting with our oral health. Studies show there is a link between gum disease and heart disease. There are, however, many similar risk factors for the two conditions, including smoking, diabetes, and a poor diet. Either way, taking care of your oral health is a great step towards taking care of your heart and overall health. Like anything, prevention is far better than treatment. Work on developing healthy habits and an excellent oral health routine. Some things you can work on to prevent disease, or manage it, include: Brush and floss regularly: Plaque and bacteria buildup in the mouth can lead to gum disease, and have other, negative…

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5 Signs You Might Have Sleep Apnea

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Sleep apnea affects millions of adults in Canada, yet most of these cases and other sleep disorders go undiagnosed. Many people don’t realise that untreated sleep apnea can lead to health problems and other severe consequences. Although the primary characteristic of sleep apnea is frequent pauses in breathing while asleep, there are actually three different types of sleep apnea: CSA or central sleep apnea: where the pauses are caused by failure of the brain to instruct the respiratory system to breath. OSA or obstructive sleep apnea: where the interruptions in breathing are due to a physical blockage in the airways, such as collapse of the throat and tongue tissues into the airway. Complex or mixed sleep apnea: the combined effects of CSA and OSA. About 85 percent of sleep apnea cases involve OSA, while CSA accounts for less than 1 percent. Regardless of the form, the poor breathing patterns—sometimes up…

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What Are Porcelain Veneers And How Do They Work?

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Porcelain veneers refer to thin slices of tooth-coloured material that are custom-made for bonding on the front of damaged or discoloured teeth to make them look healthy again. They are a popular cosmetic treatment to improve the colour, size, shape, or length of your teeth. They’re typically used to fix: Discoloured teeth: your dentist can recommend porcelain veneers to cover up teeth stains caused by medications such as tetracycline, or discolouration due to excess fluoride. They can also be used to conceal large resin fillings or root canal therapy. Worn down teeth: to improve their size and shape. Chipped or broken teeth: to improve your smile. Teeth with spaces between them: to eliminate gaps between teeth that may cause shifting. Minor cases of uneven, misaligned, or irregularly shaped teeth: to fix teeth with bulges or craters in them for a smile makeover What to Expect Porcelain veneer placement is usually…

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Does A Root Canal Need A Crown?

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When you have a severely damaged or infected tooth, and you are at risk of losing your natural tooth, root canal treatment can help to prevent further damage and restore the function of the tooth. Many dentists recommend a crown to seal the tooth and strengthen its structure after a successful root canal. But you can skip this final step without serious repercussions, especially if the restored tooth is at the front of the mouth where it is not subjected to brutal chewing forces. That said, the root canal procedure involves drilling into your tooth to remove the infected or damaged area, following a deep cavity or cracked tooth. The pulp, which contains the nerves and blood vessels, is removed, and the remaining tooth cavity cleaned and disinfected before it can be filled and sealed. Before treatment, the tooth is usually in a vulnerable state. Reasons to Add a Crown…

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Can Porcelain Veneers Help Sensitive Teeth?

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Sensitive teeth are not always painful, but they can make it uncomfortable to enjoy cold and hot meals and drinks. Tooth sensitivity arises when the porous, inner structure of your tooth—dentin—becomes exposed due to enamel wear, allowing heat and cold to access the nerves. Enamel wear is usually caused by poor dental hygiene and eating habits, which cause bacteria to accumulate around your teeth. The bacteria feed on sugars and starch in your mouth, converting them into acids that gradually wear down tooth enamel and expose the dentin. How to Treat Sensitive Teeth with Cosmetic Porcelain Veneers The only way to treat tooth sensitivity is by covering the exposed dentin, as with cosmetic porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain bonded to the lip-side of your teeth to recreate the natural look of your teeth, and increase their structural strength and resilience. Besides addressing tooth sensitivity, porcelain veneers…

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