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Just How Safe are Dental X-rays?

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If you’re good about keeping up with your dental checkups, you’ve probably noticed that our Purity Dental Mulgrave dentists order X-rays from time to time during your exam. But are digital X-rays safe enough to get taken every year? Absolutely! Here’s why: Today’s routine x-rays use less radiation than the traditional films a few decades ago. Sometimes, as much as 90% less! Getting a couple of bitewing X-rays to check for cavities between your teeth will expose you to less radiation than eating a banana. Yes, you heard that right! A full mouth series of X-rays (which is usually only … Continue reading

How to Use a Water Flosser

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Water flossers (sometimes called hydro flossers or Waterpiks, which is a popular brand,) are a flossing alternative that uses a steady stream of water to clean between teeth and below the gums. Using a water flosser can take a bit of practice, but with time it’s a great way to boost your oral health. In the beginning, plan for a mess. Make sure you’re leaning over the sink or using your device in the shower to prevent any spray across the bathroom. Keep your head tilted down, with your lips slightly open so that excess water can drip into the … Continue reading

Do I Have an Abscessed Tooth?

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Dental abscesses happen when the nerve inside of your tooth is infected and becomes inflamed – leading to drainage or pus out the tip of the tooth root. If we suspect an abscess, our dentists at Purity Dental Mulgrave will order a periapical X-ray that shows the entire root structure. From there, we’ll look to see if there’s a dark radiolucency around the root tip, which is indicative of a dental abscess. Sometimes, that cyst becomes so large that it needs to drain. As such, it creates a small opening through the gums, where the pus drains out of the … Continue reading

Common Reasons for Getting a Root Canal

Endodontic therapy — more commonly called root canal treatment — is a special type of restorative treatment made to preserve teeth that are at risk of an extraction. By getting a root canal, our dentists at Purity Dental Mulgrave can help you preserve your tooth for several more years. Otherwise, infections can worsen and lead to the tooth becoming non-restorable or be detrimental to your overall health When would we recommend getting a root canal at Purity Dental? Here are just a few examples: An Abscessed Tooth Tooth abscesses may be asymptomatic or severely painful. A small cyst or pimple … Continue reading

Teeth Straightening Benefits for Adults

Thinking that you’re “too old” for teeth straightening? Our dentist at Purity Dental Mulgrave might surprise you. At Purity Dental, we have many adult orthodontic patients! Being Confident About How Your Teeth Look Having a straight smile changes what you see when they look in the mirror or how you speak or smile for photos. When you feel confident about the appearance of your teeth, you’re most likely going to feel more confident about yourself. And we all know that a great smile is one of the best first impressions a person could ever make! If crooked teeth is what’s … Continue reading

How the CDBS Helps Your Family

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) is a health scheme that makes it possible for qualifying families to access the dental care their child needs. As long as your family qualifies for Medicaid, you likely fall into most of the criteria for meeting the guidelines on applying for CDBS. The actual CDBS plan covers children between the ages of 2-18 and can be renewed every two years. What’s Covered? CDBS includes up to $1,000 in dental treatments per child. Again, this number can re-set every two years as long as your family still qualifies. The allowance covers general preventive dental … Continue reading

Do Adults Make Good Orthodontic Candidates?

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Are you thinking about getting braces as an adult? What a lot of people tend to think, is that orthodontic treatment is just for kids. But that’s simply not the case anymore! At Purity Dental Mulgrave, we offer age-appropriate orthodontic therapy for every stage of life. Whether you have a teen who needs to fix a few crooked teeth, or you’re an adult with a malocclusion (misaligned bite) that’s starting to cause cosmetic or jaw problems. The Truth About Adults in Braces Adults make great orthodontic patients, because they’re committed to the process being a successful one. Adults tend to … Continue reading

Common Causes of Toothaches

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A bad toothache can be enough to put anyone in excruciating pain. But what do your toothache symptoms mean? What’s causing them? Depending on your particular warning signs and the severity of the discomfort, there can be a lot of reasons (and treatments) for the situation. Here are just a few: Gum Recession — Receding gumlines leave exposed root surfaces inside your mouth. Roots aren’t covered in protective enamel, so they’re more sensitive to stimuli. Changes in temperature or simply touching your tooth may cause sharp pain. Sinus Congestion — Swelling inside of your nasal sinuses can put pressure on … Continue reading

Dental Signs of Sleep Apnoea

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If you suspect you have a sleeping disorder, you might want to bring it up when you schedule your next checkup at Purity Dental! Our Mulgrave dentists can actually screen for signs of oral sleep apnoea (OSA) that occur inside of your mouth. By ruling out all of the symptoms and warning signs, you can take the next steps toward a home sleep study or sleep apnoea appliance. What are some of the common dental symptoms of obstructive sleep apnoea? Here are some of the most noticeable ones: Flattened Teeth — One of the predominant oral signs of sleeping disorders … Continue reading

Can Cavities be Reversed?

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Is it possible for you to reverse tooth decay? The answer is a bit confusing, as it depends on the stage of your cavity development. When it comes to healing or re-growing a physical cavity inside of your tooth, no, it’s not possible to reverse the decay. So, anything you see on the internet saying it’s possible to cure cavities on your own using DIY methods is a bit misleading, to say the least. However, early signs of demineralization (which is the first stage of tooth decay) can be reversed, but only if caught early enough. Demineralization is when a … Continue reading